VIDEONew project management articles published on the web during the week of May 2 – 8. And this week’s video: a TED Talk interview with Linus Torvald, the man behind Linux and Git, who explains, “I am not a visionary, I’m an engineer.” Just 22 minutes, safe for work.
Elizabeth Harrin shares a video of her Imposter Syndrome presentation at PMI Synergy. Just 16 minutes long, safe for work.
Susanne Madsen begins a series on balancing positive and negative stress with the relationship between job pressure and job performance. There is an optimum level of stress!
Kevin Coleman describes the principles of managing what is being called a hybrid project, mixing Agile and Traditional methods. Established Methods
Dimitriy Nizhebetskiy gets us back to the basics on the Work Breakdown Structure.
Bart Gerardi shares five techniques for earning and keeping the trust of your project team, stakeholders, and sponsors.
Margaret Meloni posts an infographic that describes the four basic components of quality management.
Kailash Awati applies Oliver Williamson’s economics research in order to identify the hidden costs to IT outsourcing. Just 5 minutes, safe for work.
Elise Stevens interviews Barbara Trautlein, who explains how to be a confident change leader. Just 24 minutes, safe for work.
Shuba Kathikeyan profiles twenty notable project management professors from around the globe. If you’re looking for an academic program, this could be very useful.
Harry Hall lists twelve questions that will help you diagnose the effectiveness of your project risk management activities.
John Goodpasture explains the basics of fault and root cause analysis. Agile Methods
Mike Cohn explains how triangulation can prevent your story point estimates from escalating over time.
Johanna Rothman proposes a minimalist working definition of Agile.
Lynda Bourne looks at the maturing of Agile, as “the ridiculous excesses promoted by consultants and experts” fade into obscurity and pragmatism takes hold.
Pawel Brodzinski shows how Real Options helps achieve commitment from decision makers at the portfolio level to implementers at the feature level, in return for autonomy.
Peter Saddington shares an infographic that tells you everything you need to understand about the user experience. Applied Leadership
Moira Alexander points out the most common challenges in software project (and portfolio) management these days.
Liane Davey recommends, “When faced with emotion at work, focus on the issue, not the emotion.”
Nancy Settle-Murphy outlines Radical Civility, which she defines as, “A kind of personal armor that can help repel the damaging effects of rude behavior.” Virtual Teams
Lisette Sutherland explains how to discover the culture on your virtual team. Just 8 minutes, safe for work.
Danielle Koehler continues her series with HR expert Gail Rolls with a Q&A on managing remote workers.
Suzanne Lucas reports that the single most important thing needed for a productive team is psychological safety – the way the team interacts.
Hubstaff has a nice infographic on how to run a remote meeting. Since I lead such meetings several times a day, I can say: well done!
Michael Girdler provides a few tips on how to work from home effectively and efficiently.
Abby Wolfe presents the counter-point: working from home is over-rated.
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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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Tagged Agile Project Management, Kanban, Leadership, Professional Development, Project Management, Project Management Articles, Project Management Office, Project Planning, Project Test Plans, Quality, Risk Management, SaaS, Stakeholder Management, Teams, User Stories |
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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