VIDEONew project management articles published on the web during the week of April 11 – 17. And this week’s video: Crazy Russian Hacker explains that we’ve been splitting firewood wrong all these years. “Safety is number one priority.” Spasibo, moy drug …
Donald Charles Wynes suggests an interesting way to identify risks: pretend the project is over, and you’re trying to analyze why it failed.
Mike Clayton recommends eight techniques for identifying risks. I especially like Brainwriting and Pre-Mortem.
Andy Jordan points out another source of risk: a change in leadership. Established Methods
Harry Hall shares a checklist that should help you understand your project, which is the first step in managing it.
Glen Alleman presents the Project Breathalyzer: should your project even be on the road?
Women Testers has released the April edition of their quarterly online magazine.
John Goodpasture contemplates managing schedule slack, based on a TED talk by Tim Urban on procrastination. Just 14 minutes, safe for work.
Elizabeth Harrin reviews Simon Moore’s book, “Strategic Portfolio Management.”
Elise Stevens interviews Emma Arnaz-Pemberton on how PMO’s can become trusted partners to the business. Just 16 minutes, safe for work. Agile Methods
Alistair Cockburn gives an excellent talk, “The Heart of Agile.” Just 50 minutes, safe for work.
Joshua Taylor makes a good point: designers shouldn’t focus on code – they should focus on the business.
Henny Portman returns from class with a nice summary of Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) 4.0.
Emanuele Passera begins a series on Kanban, with a brief introduction to the terminology.
Angela Wick explains the difference between use cases and user stories, and why you should use one or the other but not both.
Sandeep Paudel posts a brief user story FAQ. Part one of two. Applied Leadership
Cameron Conaway gets a few ideas about vision from Patti Sanchez, Chief Strategy Officer at Duarte, Inc, a “visual storytelling company” in Silicon Valley.
Suzanne Lucas, the Evil HR Lady, explains why hiring is so much more difficult than you might expect.
Liane Davey tells us how to deal with chronic complainers.
Art Petty explains how to succeed in high-pressure conversations.
Allen Ruddock contemplates the nature of motivation. Pot Pouri
Bruce Harpham gives us a comprehensive approach to winning that next promotion.
Project Journal has rounded up 30 of the best interview questions to ask of applicants for a project management position.
Derek Huether explains how to triage meeting requests.
Thomas Carney summarizes six highly regarded productivity systems, and identifies roles that they might work best for (and not).
Seth Godin makes the (quality) case for not using free software.
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VIDEONew project management articles published on the web during the week of February 15 – 21. And this week’s video: an all-star jam on Franklin’s Tower.
Cameron Conaway tells about the culture at FlexJobs, a job site for telecommuting and other non-traditional positions, where the staff lives exactly that style of work.
Seth Godin explains how we should talk about our projects. Not in the marketing sense, but in the strategic sense. Fundamentally, all projects are business activities.
Michael O’Brochta uses examples from the Flint, Michigan water scandal and the Titanic disaster to argue that ethical behavior contributes to project success. Established Methods
Cesar Abeid interviews former DeLorean Motor Cars executive Barrie Wills on the saga of the most innovative care of the 1980’s. Just over an hour, safe for work.
Elizabeth Harrin interviews Lorraine Chapman as part of her series, Inspiring Women in Project Management.
Glen Alleman points out the difference between user stories and requirements.
Aaron Smith relates the top ten business analysis trends, as identified by TwentyEighty Strategy Execution.
Harry Hall explains how to identify project risks using a structured holistic approach. Agile Methods
Johana Rothman delivered a three-part series on getting past command and control management on the way to Agile. Here’s part two and part three.
Saad Ali Jan gets philosophical on automating software testing (and what not to automate).
Donna Reed lists some of the common methods Agile teams use to measure and communicate progress. Applied Leadership
Ryan Ogilvie explores the Greek discipline of rhetoric, in an effort to improve our ability to persuade and influence.
The Clever PM explains the finer points of leading through influence, when managing those above you in the org chart.
Martin Webster lists the things strong leaders do in a crisis.
Jesse Lynn Stoner explains the greatness of Abraham Lincoln, an ordinary man who saved a nation.
Steven Levy extracts lessons learned from the failure of on-line magazines at Yahoo.
Art Petty notes three lessons video game designers can teach us about implementing organizational change.
Liane Davey tells how to lead your team through the turmoil usually associated with organizational change.
Sarah Hood suggest that we deal with the “elephant in the room” head on, rather than let it remain an unspoken fear.
Kerry Wills observes that the problem with superheroes is that they need villains to fight. Not productive in a collaborative environment! Pot Pouri
Bernard Marr reports on the Big Data technologies being leveraged to fight the Zika virus.
Cal Newport, author of “Deep Work,” proposes an interesting way to limit the type and number of interruptions you agree to accept: the attention charter.
Coert Visser calls our attention to recent research which found, “Winning a competition engenders subsequent unrelated unethical behavior.”
Maria Popova extracts a lesson on developing resilience found in Seneca’s “Letters from a Stoic.”
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New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 14 – 20. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
John Goodpasture explains the Hybrid Operating Principle: Agile projects are simultaneously strategically stationary and tactically iterative and emergent.
Adam Shostack derives design governance lessons from a presentation by the engineer responsible for the Death Star’s exhaust system. May the Force be aligned with your strategic initiatives!
Peter Saddington describes two keys to effective communication: active engagement and active listening. Side note: in addition to being a Scrum consultant, Peter has an MA in Counseling. Established Methods
Braden Kelly unveils his Visual Project Charter, a poster-sized format for capturing and/or sharing project information in a team meeting. Better than a Word template?
Diana Eskander covers the process of stakeholder management.
Lynda Bourne addresses the meaning of corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and the triple bottom line, from a stakeholder’s perspective.
Susanne Madsen gets us up to speed on managing change, using John Kotter’s eight-step model.
Matthew Squair reviews the use of “Incredible” as a qualitative likelihood for risk management, when all the swans have been confirmed to be white.
Ryan Ogilvie shares a colleague’s story about an off-the-shelf application that was too heavily modified to ever be maintained.
Kailash Awati contemplates evolution and obsolescence, as they apply to enterprise architecture. Biology is destiny, even in metaphors. Agile Methods
Johanna Rothman continues her series on Agile methods for hardware development.
Bob Tarne finds Gall’s Law reflected in certain Agile principles.
Robert Galen describes user stories as a “lifecycle of conversations,” using the example of building a better mousetrap.
Paul Goddard and Geoff Watts list ten tips for running an effective retrospective.
M.W. Settlemire posts an academic-looking treatise, “Effective use of Kanban for monitoring and controlling low-complexity projects in a high-volume project environment.”
Glen Alleman breaks down the definition of value into several units of measure. Work Is Not A Place
Aaron Smith interviews leadership trainer Brady Wilson on his new book, “Beyond Engagement,” and workplace exhaustion.
Cornelius Fichtner interviews Jesse Fewell on his 2015 PMI Global Congress presentation, “Can you hear me now?” Just 23 minutes, safe for work.
Harry Hall lays out a plan for aching your project management career dreams.
Penelope Trunk helps her ten year old son realize that his job is becoming obsolete, that it happens to everyone, and he just needs to find a new one. Hilarious!
Seth Godin takes a look at the economics of smart phones, where the perpetual interruptions of beeping and vibrating trigger opportunity costs. Trends and the New Year
Elizabeth Harrin shares her project management career retrospective for 2015.
Mike Cohn proposes 21 New Year’s resolutions for ScrumMasters. Definitely get more fiber. And cut back on the sodium.
Ramin Sayar notes five data analytics trends that will impact us in the coming year.
Per Holmlund has a few suggestions for improving teamwork in 2016. Enjoy!
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