New PM Articles for the Week of June 27 – July 3

New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 27 – July 3. And this week’s video: Australian software project manager Adrian Fittolani’s TEDx talk at Deakin University on why being more selective about your TV watching might be the key to both achieving your goals and feeling more relaxed. Yes, it’s a video – but you can choose whether to watch it.

Must read!

  • Louis Columbus reports on the ways machine learning is impacting manufacturing, from production capacity and waste reduction to manufacturing-as-a-service.
  • Lynda Bourne notes some lessons learned on selling change, in the context of Brexit. “It helps if they are unhappy with the status quo.”
  • Chris Middleton speculates on the impact of Brexit on data protection, data transfer, and privacy. These issues will matter to IT project managers in almost every country.

Established Methods

  • Maria Nordberg interviews David Hillson, the Risk Doctor, on how uncertainties in work and project should be handled. Just 17 minutes, safe for work.
  • John Goodpasture opines that the first question of risk management should be, “Where does the slack go?”
  • Matthew Squair looks at the ramifications of the first fatality attributed to Tesla’s autopilot, while humming an old song by The Doors.
  • Nick Pisoni points out the limitations of earned value management, especially in managing contracts and risks.
  • Elizabeth Harrin has some recommendations for getting benefits from new tools brought in by team members without getting bogged down in tech adoption.
  • Beth Spriggs notes that a large project has to overcome more inertia than a small one, and describes a process to get things moving.
  • Ryan Ogilvie looks at the strategic considerations that must be addressed by a knowledge management solution.

Agile Methods

  • Johanna Rothman concludes her series on product owners and learning with parts 4 and 5.
  • Siddalingesh Zalaki shares a product owner’s view of story maturity, and how to achieve it.
  • The Clever PM describes several indicators of an Agile culture.
  • Ryan Ripley interviews Christopher Avery on the responsibility process. Just 16 minutes, safe for work.
  • Mike Griffiths has prepared a mind map for those preparing for the PMI-ACP exam.

Applied Leadership

  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy has posted the ultimate guide to effective team meetings.
  • Mike Clayton lists a few attributes of a good project manager.
  • Susanne Madsen points out the most common communication mistakes.
  • Joe Curcillo explains a team-building acronym: GLUE.
  • Stuart Easton sees the Brexit vote as a sign of the failure to build a consensus on the meaning of the leadership’s vision for the organization.

Working and the Workplace

  • Art Petty invokes W. Edwards Deming and Frank Herbert in identifying two types of fear and how to neutralize them.
  • Bertrand Duperrin reviews “The Digital Renaissance of Work: Delivering Digital Workplaces Fit for the Future,” by Paul Miller and Elizabeth Marsh.
  • Lisette Sutherland tells how to combat loneliness as a remote worker. Just 9 minutes, safe for work.
  • Bruce Harpham lists 30(!) resources to help grow your network and your career.
  • Peter Saddington shares a list of ten things that require zero talent, but make all the difference.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of June 6 – 12

New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 6 – 12. And this week’s video: Ed Deci’s TED Talk on controlled motivation and autonomous motivation. Ed is the co-developer of the self-determination theory, which suggests that we should create conditions under which people can motivate themselves. Just 14 minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Johanna Rothman presents the case for and against estimates, in parts 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. This series should be sufficient justification for you to follow her blogs.
  • Nick Statt reports on Microsoft’s new project management app for Office 365, called Planner. Not a replacement for Project, but a collaboration and planning tool.
  • Brad Egeland provides one-page summaries for twelve project management, collaboration, and portfolio management software products.

Established Methods

  • Elizabeth Harrin collected insights from six PM’s on how they manage multiple simultaneous projects.
  • Pat Weaver looks into those cases where the critical path includes task dependencies other than Finish-to-Start links.
  • Clark Wimberly notes that proper preparation is required for a kick-off meeting which will pay dividends throughout the project.
  • Henny Portman reviews “PPM! Manage Your Organization Masterfully with Project portfolio Management.”
  • Cameron Conaway interviews Robin Kwong, Special Projects Editor at the Financial Times, who find clarity by beginning each project with the same question: What’s it for?
  • Kenneth Ashe explains how to create and use an Issues Log.
  • Rob England proposed two deliberately conflicting principles to guide a DevOps transformation, in order to create a dynamic tension. Which is how the world works, right?

Agile Methods

  • Dave Prior notes the untimely passing of Agile leading light Jean Tabaka by pulling two interviews from his archives. A total of 42 minutes, safe for work. She will be sorely missed.
  • Saumya Nigam explains estimation using story points.
  • Faisal Ansari uses the INVEST model to determine whether backlog items are well written, as the first step in splitting them into smaller stories.
  • Emanuele Passera continues his introduction to Kanban series with part 2.
  • Tom McFarlin considers Reid Hoffman’s quote, “If you’re not embarrassed by the first version of your product, then you’ve launched too late.”
  • Tami Flowers describes using Lean/ Agile methods to establish a data governance organization framework.
  • Bob Tarne explains the concept of “ready ready.” It’s where you need to begin in order to get to “done done.” You can say that again …

Applied Leadership

  • Suresh MK uses events from the life of Nelson Mandela to illustrate John Kotter’s eight-stage process of creating major change.
  • Kathleen O’Connor interviews Bart Engal on his book, “Leading Through Language: choosing Words that Influence and Inspire.”
  • Lysette Sutherland interviews Dave Hecker on effectively managing geographically distributed software development teams. Just 35 minutes, safe for work.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Gillian Klette on what to do when your project team hates each other. Just 18 minutes, safe for work.

Pot Pouri

  • David Manheim looks at complexity, reification, Goodhart’s Law, and why measurement is hard. So is spelling reification.
  • Travis Bradberry explains why you should work for 52 minutes, then take a break for 17 minutes. Got your timer ready?
  • Abby Wolfe shares an infographic on the high-impact LinkedIn profile updates you should make when job-hunting.
  • Seth Godin suggests we talk slowly, because “um” doesn’t add as much value as silence.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of May 30 – June 5

New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 30 – June 5. And this week’s video: A parody of lousy incident management, “BP Spills Coffee.” Three minutes, not safe for work (especially if you work at BP or Haliburton).

Must read!

  • Fadi Shawtah describes political risk management for cross-border operations, which includes exposure to everything from currency risk to sovereign risk, to transfer risk.
  • Michael Kassner quotes Michael Hayden, former director of the CIA and NSA, on vulnerability management: “They’re going to get in. Get over it.” Focus on managing consequences!
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy addresses techniques for preventing culture clashes for “mixed” teams, after a merger.

Established Methods

  • Deb Schaeffer demonstrates how to get a better status on project activities by asking additional questions.
  • John Goodpasture walks us through the project balance sheet. Not a financial view, but a way to show how resources are being allocated to accomplish project goals.
  • Coert Visser explains the “circle technique,” a white board and Post-It Notes approach to analyzing goals, progress already made, and actions still required.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Fernando Remolina, who explains how to create a work breakdown structure. Just 22 minutes, safe for work.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy walks us through the steps to use the WBS efficiently.
  • Jody Markopoulos describes GE’s new approach, “Contemporary project management.”

Agile Methods

  • Mike Cohn describes a simple way to get a shared understanding of the level of effort represented by a story point before the team plays planning poker.
  • Johanna Rothman introduces the concept of Rubber Duck Debugging, which is explaining a problem to someone who doesn’t understand it and isn’t in management.
  • Muhammed Irfan Azam explains how Clear Code Day can put the focus on the Scrum team, rather than the ScrumMaster of product owner.
  • Bob Tarne describes the “sponsored user” – someone assigned to the development team when you need to hear the voice of the customer at all times.
  • Samantha Webb introduces the #pubretro movement, not necessarily because you should be drinking, but because getting out of the office might make all the difference.
  • Ryan Ripley interviews Jason Womack, author of “Get Momentum.” Just 15 minutes, safe for work.
  • Tony Ponton and Craig Smith interview James Shore, author of “The Art of Agile Development.” Just 43 minutes, safe for work.

Applied Leadership

  • Art Petty explores the Least Bad Option – which usually involves exposing the decision maker to greater risk.
  • David Bicknell excerpts a few examples from “The Dead Presidents’ Guide to Project Management,” by Jim Johnson.
  • Seth Godin says reading more blogs will help us become “smarter, more effective and more engaged in what’s going on.” If you are reading this, you agree.
  • Peter Landau posts the annual ProjectManager.com roundup of the best project management and leadership blogs.

See Tech Like an Exec

  • Mary Shacklett bullet points the critical considerations for running an internet of things project.
  • Tara Seals trots out some sobering statistics: information security issues are slowing or halting the majority of Big Data projects.
  • George Leopold reports on the next big constraint for Big Data: legal hassles, like the recent tussle between Apple and the FBI.
  • Jesus Rodriguez reports on the business side of artificial intelligence – not the applications, but the race to secure market share and future profits.

Enjoy!