New PM Articles for the Week of December 14 – 20

Hot Air BalloonNew 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:

Must read!

  • 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!

New PM Articles for the Week of November 16 – 22

New BalloonNew 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:

Must read!

  • 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.

Established Methods

  • 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.

Agile Methods

  • 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.”

Applied Leadership

  • 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.

 

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of October 5 – 11

Yet Another BalloonNew 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:

Must read!

  • 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.

Established Methods

  • 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.

Agile Methods

  • 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.

Applied Leadership

  • 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.

Enjoy!