New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 5 – 11. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
- Maree Harris tells us how to be a coach, rather than a critic.
- Amy Webb identifies the technology trends we can’t ignore in 2015.
- Igal Hauer breaks down the actions that you should take to get your project team communicating and collaborating.
PM Best Practices
- Steven Levy continues his series of posts on how to become the “five tools project manager,” explaining how to manage the Conditions of Satisfaction.
- Michael Wood explains why program management is more than just managing a portfolio of related projects.
- Glen Alleman gives us a quick recap of how our techniques for decision making in the presence of uncertainty have evolved, and how estimating is key to modern processes.
- Johanna Rothman explains why the “indispensable employee” is a problem for the team, for management, and for the indispensable employee.
- Lynda Bourne gives us a quick overview of the relationship between ethics, culture, rules, and governance.
- Steve Jones explores a hypothetical: a person in a trusted role, who has started doing things differently (but not out of role), being detected by security analytics.
- Terry Czigan reviews Margaret Lee’s new book, “Leading Virtual Project Teams.”
- Susanne Madsen applies the metaphor of Yin and Yang to leading projects.
- Margaret Meloni shares a nice graphic that summarizes how much project managers earn around the world.
- Elizabeth Harrin has identified ten high-value project management conferences for us to consider attending in 2015.
- Derek Huether found a new product that lets you implement a green technique: reusable story cards!
- Kelsey van Haaster gives us a primer on technical debt.
- John Goodpasture explains why round negotiating tables are Agile.
- Fang Wan consider the tenuous relationship between work and hours in estimates.
- Bart Gerardi explains why velocity is not a figure of merit for the team; it is a planning metric, not an efficiency metric.
- Mike Cohn even uses Scrum concepts to organize his own work. Probably not a daily stand-up, but other concepts map nicely.
- Deven Parekh projects five trends related to Big Data. “Personalized medicine?” The pharmacist as barista – wow …
- Scott Berkun tries to measure a trend: just how popular is remote work?
- Don Kim brings together various indicators that predict the growth of the independent project manager, as part of the new normal.
Podcasts and Videos
- Cesar Abeid interviews Susanne Madsen, on the power of project leadership. Just 56 minutes, safe for work.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Brian Irwin on facilitating Agile transformations using the Socratic method. Just 17 minutes, safe for work.
- Mark Phillipy interviews Joseph Flahiff on his new book, “Being Agile in a Waterfall World.” Just 58 minutes, safe for work.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 29 – January 4. Wait, it’s 2015? Happy New Year!
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- Glen Alleman elegantly explains why a project needs both a budget and on-going estimates of cost to complete, in order to be in control.
- John Goodpasture breaks down the “big three” of portfolio management – sequence, value, and risk – as the essence of planning to maximize value.
- Bruce Benson parallels personal financial planning assumptions with the assumptions we use in planning our projects.
- Adriana Girdler has some thoughts on how to sustain that new change initiative.
- Gina Abudi explains how a team-building exercise works, when your team is spread across the globe.
- Harry Hall builds on his recent post about asking the right questions, with some examples of what, why, and how.
- Russell Whitworth urges us to distinguish between the essential and the merely important.
- Lynda Bourne provides a few techniques for fine-tuning your bullshit detector. Yup, she even has a no-bullshit road sign, which I envy to no end.
- Kenneth Darter coaches us on how to communicate changes on our project.
- Soma Bhattacharya interviews Elizabeth Harrin about her new e-coaching service.
- Pawel Brodzinski proposes an alternative to Minimum Viable Product: he calls it Minimum Indispensable Feature Set.
- Don Kim predicts that 2015 will see us using the term “Agile” less frequently, as Agile methods become the norm.
- Terry Bunio notes the resemblance between the Agile Movement, which is now in its teen years, and actual teenagers. Hilarious …
- Johanna Rothman shares a recent coaching experience, as a lead-in to the new Influential Agile Leader training that she and Gil Broza will deliver this year.
- Alex Lu-Pon points out the use of Agile methods in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1.”
- Sumit Sharma details the Definition of Ready for a user story.
- Cheri Baker thinks the best part of January 1st is the attitude that we are empowered to make adjustments to our behavior.
- Michel Dion asks us, what will you stop doing in 2015, in order to have the time to achieve your goals?
- Elizabeth Harrin lists some specific actions to take at work, in order to get organized for 2015.
- Andy Jordan looks ahead, with a few concerns about how the project management profession is evolving. But, just a few.
- Robert Vamosi reports that the Internet of Things is now sneaking into our socks. No, he’s not kidding.
- Scott Berkun relates how he learned to concentrate with advice in a book from Larry Bird.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 17 – 23. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:
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- Seth Godin considers how the project scope is a bit like a bushel of apples. I guess Forrest Gump already did the “box of chocolates” routine.
- Adriana Beal explores the Peter Drucker notion that, if you keep doing what made you successful, you will eventually fail.
- Don Kim explains the relationship between Kaizen, an operations management incremental improvement process, and Kaikaku, a project delivering radical change.
- Bruce Benson notes that groups get better over time, only by learning from their experience – including the negative experiences.
- Ron Rosenhead recounts an anecdote that illustrates how stakeholder engagement can lead to real improvements.
- Nick Pisano points out the pivotal role of the integrated master plan in complex programs and project portfolios.
- Kenneth Darter shares his checklist for preparing to begin a really big project.
- Pat Weaver summarizes an article he contributed to, on the topic of governance versus management.
- Harry Hall recommends an approach to selecting and initiating projects.
- Elizabeth Harrin reports from the Synergy 2014 conference, summarizing three presentations and some audience participation music-making.
- Ryan Ogilvie looks at the details of implementing that IT department holiday tradition: the production change freeze.
- Pallavi Kelapure and Vikas Gupta detail their approach to applying rapid deployment principles in an ERP implementation.
- Johanna Rothman offers some practical approaches to breaking your near-epics into smaller stories.
- Deepak Joshi walks us through a simple example of user role modeling, to show why the technique is so useful.
- Derek Huether proposes an innovation in backlog grooming: Progression Workshops, using a subset of the team, referred to as the Product Owner Team.
- Glen Alleman provides links to eight resources for methods to estimate non-trivial software projects, based on historical metrics.
- Mike Cohn disputes the dissing of so-called “vanity metrics.”
- John Goodpasture explains what a “figure of merit” is, and how it can be useful.
- Rich Maltzman leverages an old post by Mounir Ajam to show that project success includes things you can’t measure until well after the project is complete.
Podcasts and Videos
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Jack Ferraro on the competencies required to drive strategic initiatives. Just 30 minutes, safe for work.
- Paul Ritchie contemplates how the way we name our projects influences the way our stakeholders and team feel about them. Just 16 minutes, safe for work.
Human Behavior in Groups
- Lynda Bourne summarizes the Cohen-Bradford “Influence without Authority” model.
- Pawel Brodzinski provides a leader’s view of the movement to reduce the role of management, and shares Lunar Logic’s two rules that govern their approach.
- Peter Saddington notes the holes in the “personality testing” model of candidate selection.
- Bruce Harpham lists some proactive methods to manage project conflict, and your reactions to it.