New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 16 – 22. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
- Michel Dion advocates for informal communication, as 75% or more of the communication on a project.
- Sreenivas Kunapuli describes what might be the first new contract type in decades: the pre-paid staffing model.
- Paul Ritchie points out the value of a PMO in mergers and divestitures. Having been through more than a few myself, I agree completely.
- Elizabeth Harrin interviews Brett Harned on how his project teams use Slack as a communication platform.
- Lindsey Patterson reviews the technology and techniques available for maintaining communications with team members working away from the office.
- Gina Abudi tells how to handle that rare problem of an overly-engaged project sponsor.
- Wanda Curlee briefs us on this year’s PMO symposium in Phoenix, from the perspective of a portfolio manager.
- Adam Shostack finds new information security wisdom in a relatively old book: Henry Petroski’s “The Evolution of Useful Things.”
- Dave Wakeman explains how to mix innovation in with a structured approach to project management.
- Jeff Collins details the steps to close out a project.
- Kerry Wills says that action items need a date, so he schedules a meeting to get an update from the person assigned to the action.
- Mike Cohn says there is value in the work not assigned. It gives people a chance to step up and lead.
- Glen Alleman shares an incredibly long Agile-at-Scale reading list.
- Johanna Rothman begins a series: how long are your Scrum iterations?
- Bruce Harpham provides a quick introduction to user stories, as a mechanism for identifying requirements.
- Derek Huether on choosing an Agile framework: “Look for a framework that looks like a potential organizational end-state.”
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Jack Ferraro on his paper, “Measure Twice, Change Once: Practical Strategies for Change Management.” Just 32 minutes, safe for work.
- Mike Clayton summarizes recent research into resistance to change.
- Colin Ellis says the best thing about project management is “Knowing that you brought a team of people together and collectively created something special.”
- Coert Visser observes that letting go of our limiting beliefs is necessary in order to play a positive role in the world.
- John Goodpasture has some advice for the introvert attending a conference.
- Elise Stevens interviews John Hinwood on stress addiction: “Stress acts in the same brain regions as other addictive substances.” Just 22 minutes, safe for work.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 5 – 11. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
- Swadhin Mishra and Preeti Jain give us their insights picked up while working on large transformation projects for global organizations.
- Steven Levy finds eight lessons for project managers in new movie, “The Martian.”
- Karina Keith shares two cool graphics on strategic planning. The first explains the What and Why; the second, the How.
- Bob Kreha identifies teamwork lessons from an old fire-fighting technique: the Bucket Brigade.
- John Goodpasture recommends another good read on managing across boundaries.
- Bruce Harpham explains how to develop business acumen.
- Cesar Portillo provides a slightly academic explanation of organizational change management, as a contributor to project success.
- Ryan Ogilvie recommends testing your disaster recovery plan, both actively and passively.
- Elizabeth Harrin shares three haiku with a project management theme, to celebrate National Poetry Day.
- Bob Tarne presents a “mapping” view of users stories, to help prioritize in a big picture
- Esther Derby points out the environmental factors to consider when assessing improvements to team performance, following training.
- Samantha Webb explains how her distributed Scrum team manages product backlog refinement, using defined acceptance criteria and a definition of ready.
- Mike Cohn reviews considerations for processing items left undone at the end of a sprint.
- Lynda Bourne tries to find a balance between SOP’s and agility.
- Bart Gerardi continues his series on organizational agility, with an article on cultural agility.
Agile + Data = The Future
- Nancy Couture gives us a lessons-learned from applying Agile methods to enterprise data management.
- Nick Pisano reviews Neil Killick’s self-diagnostic, Are You Doing Agile Software Development, and the potential of Knowledge Discovery in Databases principles.
- Lisa Morgan points out the bear traps in data governance, and how to avoid them.
- Liane Davey explains why some issues should be addressed in a deep dive meeting, rather than a regularly scheduled team meeting.
- Art Petty casts a critical eye on managers who complain about the Millenials. The problem isn’t with them, any more than it was with the Boomers 40 years ago.
- Bruce Benson sees learning opportunities in the California drought: reducing waste lets you get by with less – a lesson for every project.
- John Buchanan explains two of his three key principles to effective coaching. He’ll get back to us on the third …
Work Isn’t a Place You Go
- Miriam Souccar gives us insight into the choice to live in one city or country and commute to work in another.
- Kerry Wills reminds us, “Be yourself: everyone else is taken.”
- Suzanne Lucas reports on very public abuses of the H1-B visa program.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 14 – 20. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
- Kathleen O’Connor interviews Chris Krebs, a social science researcher, on an experiment in fostering innovation in higher education called “The Creative Disruptors.”
- Adrian Fittolani details the Monte Carlo approach to prepare a distribution of likely project durations, based on a relatively small number of samples.
- William Davis introduces us to Statistical PERT, a technique for creating estimates using Excel.
- Glen Alleman notes that an understanding of system intangibles is required in order to decompose the work needed to create it.
- Elizabeth Harrin interviews Christian Kotzbauer, Managing Director of Genius Project, on the future of project management software.
- Bruce Harpham gives us the background and best practices for leading virtual teams.
- John Goodpasture reviews General Stanley McChrystal’s new book, “Team of Teams.”
- Gina Abudi lists three quick bullet points that can improve how you negotiate with others.
- Kerry Wills explains the notion of “watermelon” status reporting: green on the outside, red on the inside.
- Johanna Rothman started a series on balancing resource utilization and workflow efficiency. Here are parts two and three; more are on the way.
- Michael Smith shares some tips on scaling a software development team, gleaned from Forbes.com.
- Bernd Schiffer arms us with 17 questions and 8 techniques for use in a Sprint review.
- Pedro Gustavo Torres explains pair programming, and shares some best practices.
- Deloitte CIO Journal has an interesting article on preparing for crisis, as opposed to disaster. It’s not just about natural events, but “nefarious acts.”
- Janice Blake details the key considerations when contracting for software as a service (SaaS) projects.
- Ron Rosenhead recommends a UK government report from the National Audit Office with some interesting insights into what predicts project success.
Work Isn’t a Place You Go
- Liane Davey reviews stress: being aware of the impact and dealing with the causes.
- Emma Bracy give us the short science explanation for why we need to unplug from our hyper-connected routine.
- Peter Saddington notes that we need manage the time we spend learning and experimenting, in light of our limitations.
- Karina Keith rounds up three blog posts that make the business case for taking a nap. I’m elderly – I don’t need no stinkin’ business case …
Podcasts and Videos
- Craig Smith interviews Jeff Patton, author of “User Story Mapping: Discover the Whole Story, Build the Right Product.” Just 43 minutes, safe for work.
- Harry Hall reviews his recommendations for creating accurate project estimates. Just 2 minutes, safe for work.
- Ruairi O’Donnellan shares a list of six TED Talks relevant for project managers. Excellent stuff!
- Kamal Ahmed interviews Demis Hassabis, head of Google’s machine learning business. Just two minutes, safe for work, plus some text not included in the video.