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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.