New PM Articles for the Week of July 20 – 26

Ballon PassingNew project management articles published on the web during the week of July 20 – 26. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Our theme this week is Agile software development. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Johanna Rothman shares a few tips for product owners faced with ranking features in a backlog. This needs to be a checklist!
  • Neil Killick shares a twelve-point decision tree (which only looks like a questionnaire) that will help you determine whether your team is actually developing software using Agile methods. And no, it’s not a twelve-step program – just a coincidence.
  • Aaron Smith interviews Thomas Wise, co-author of the new book, “Agile Readiness: Four Spheres of Lean and Agile Transformation.”

PM Best Practices

  • Elizabeth Harrin: “The biggest challenge facing project management today is that project-related work and jobs are growing too quickly for our approaches to professionalism to keep up.”
  • Adam Shostak points us toward a good, long read at CIO on real lessons learned from the dubious rollout of Healthcare.gov.
  • John Goodpasture quotes John LeCarre (for the second time in a week) on the need for facts to have a credible source.
  • Kailash Awati continues his series introducing us to R, the open source statistical analysis package.
  • Kerry Wills walks us through his analytical process for Issues.
  • Bruce Benson leverages a story in Bloomberg Businessweek to introduce the radical idea of skepticism, as a tool for issue prevention.
  • Kenneth Darter observes that some issues only crop up after the project is (nearly) completed. That doesn’t make them non-issues!
  • Matthew Squair reports on a demonstration of how to take control of a car via the internet. “My new car has Wi-fi!” Far out, Dude …
  • Lynda Bourne covers the elements of stakeholder engagement, including a bit of history.
  • Paul Ritchie addresses a tough recruiting question: how do I interview for soft skills?
  • Nick Pisano looks at the economics of data through the lenses of public sector economic and Moore’s Law.
  • Rex Homlin explains that successful projects are successful on three levels.
  • Ryan Ogilvie covers the basics of software asset management.

Agile Methods

  • Mike Griffiths posts an infographic and some statistics and analysis on a topic we sometimes avoid: the down side of open space office plans.
  • Mike Cohn provides an alternative to user stories, for when your users aren’t really part of the story.
  • Glen Alleman explains why deadlines still matter, even in an Agile world.
  • Bob Tarne explains Lean, from a mountain climber’s perspective.
  • Alhad Akole share best Scrum practices for getting to zero defects.

 

Podcasts and Videos

  • Cesar Abeid interviews the all-around wonderful Dorie Clark, on how to be better and how to be noticed for it. Just 55 minutes, safe for work.
  • Harry Hall shares a short video, where Shane Hastie explains the discipline of business analysis. Three minutes, safe for work.
  • Ruairi O’Donnellan shares a micro-video on issue management using Sharepoint. Less than two minutes, safe for work.

 

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of June 21 – 28

Sydney HarborNew project management articles published on the web during the week of June 21 – 28. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Tushnar Patel pulls a few key statistics from a recent survey of project portfolio managers by Innotas.
  • Shim Marom offers a few insights from his own experience on the clash of Agile and Waterfall approaches in organizations trying to make both work.
  • Johanna Rothman examines some unrealistic expectations that managers have about what their people “should” do.

PM Best Practices

  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews Mario Trentim’s new book, “Managing Stakeholders as Clients.”
  • Glen Alleman recommends a book by Mark Maier and Eberhardt Rechtin, “The Art of Systems Architecting.”
  • Kailash Awati invokes Joseph Heller and Gregory Bateson’s double-bind theory in examining paradoxes at work.
  • John Goodpasture repeats advice from Dorie Clark on preparing for “networking events.”
  • Aaron Smith lists some of the key findings of the fourth annual benchmarking survey of PMO’s by ESI International
  • Ryan Ogilvie considers ways in which we can improve problem management, even when we’re not the problem manager.

Agile Methods

  • Pawel Brodzinski notes the de-motivating effects of hierarchy-driven organization structures. Finding yourself at the bottom of a tall org chart is a definite downer.
  • Mike Cohn discounts the value of a complicated story hierarchy.
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors and his gorilla-conscience, Hogarth, look at the possibility that the Pareto Principle might begin to explain resistance to Agile methods.
  • Mike Stuedeman identifies three common reasons organizations struggle with Scum and Agile.
  • Tom McFarlin shares how his approach to providing estimates for custom software development has evolved.

 

Outside the Lines

  • Bruce Benson examines the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Air Force for lessons on the difference between a noble purpose and effectiveness.
  • Wanda Curlee see opportunities for project managers in the ever-evolving Internet of Things.
  • Tony Sarris, on the other hand, finds HAL enabled by the Internet of Things. I don’t relish the prospect of having conversations with the coaster under my beer.
  • Matthew Squair finds a moment of Zen in the news that hospital drug pumps can be hacked. Hannibal before the gates, indeed …

 

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of May 18 – 24

StakeholdersNew project management articles published on the web during the week of May 11 – 24. Our theme this week is connecting with our stakeholders. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Joel Bancroft Connors and his invisible gorilla, Hogarth, explain the value of conducting structured meetings with stakeholders.
  • Elizabeth Harrin summarizes the key points from a presentation by Emad Aziz at the PMI Global Congress EMEA, what stakeholders want. Basically, they want to understand the value and benefits of the project, and they want to gain an assurance that the PM is up to the job.
  • Bruce Harpham explores the ways we can build trust at work, based on recent research.

Project Management Methods

  • Glen Alleman shares his reading list for those who want to learn about applying statistics, finance and economics to estimating and business decision making.
  • John Goodpasture casts a critical eye on a dubious claim: statistics does not require randomness.
  • Nick Pisano considers the potential for development of a general theory of project management.
  • Dave Wakeman looks at how we can achieve strategic alignment for our projects.
  • Rich Maltzman recounts an interesting story from a bank in Israel that applies corporate social responsibility to reduce risk and improve sustainability.
  • Michel Dion reviews Peter Taylor’s new book, Real Project Management.
  • Andy Jordan details how to ensure your project realizes the benefits it was approved to deliver.
  • Marco Behler announces his new e-book on customer requirements, for custom software development.
  • Tom McFarlin has an interesting approach to ever-changing technology: assume you know nothing.

Agile Methods

  • Geoff Watts explains imposter syndrome, and how to deal with professional insecurity, effectively.
  • Pawel Brodzinski summarizes what he and his colleagues at Lunar Logic have learned about Minimum Viable Product.
  • Ebin Poovathany gives us the history behind user stories, and what Kent Beck had in mind when he started using them.

Management without the Pointy Hair

  • Venkat Rao explores the relationship between social interaction, strain, and stress.
  • Margaret Meloni says we need to fine-tune the stress levels our team operates under, in order to optimize our productivity.
  • Coert Vissar samples a list of 20 psychological principles for teaching and learning, published by the APA.
  • Paul Ritchie summarizes recent research from PM College, showing the gap between what skills project managers think they need to work on, and what their bosses think.
  • Karina Keith rounds up a list of scary statistics on time management.

Podcasts and Videos

  • Cesar Abeid interviews Colin Ellis, who shares his thoughts on hot to get started in a project management career. Just 55 minutes, safe for work.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews PMI’s John Kleine on the upcoming changes to the PDU mix required to maintain your PMP credential. Just 40 minutes, safe for work.
  • Vivek Anigras and Aakash Srinivasan turn the tables on Dave Prior, interviewing him for their new Agile Archers series of videos. Just 8 minutes, safe for work.
  • Harry Hall explains how he developed a series of on-line project management courses. His overview video is here. Just two minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!