New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 16 – 22. We gather all of this stuff so you don’t have to search for it! Recommended:
- Glen Alleman uses Darrell Huff’s 1954 book, “How to Lie with Statistics,” to skewer the Standish Report and the #NoEstimates movement (again).
- John Goodpasture pulls a quote from John Mandel’s “The Statistical Analysis of Experimental Data” to illustrate the dangers of inductive reasoning.
- Bertrand Duperrin reviews a new book by James Sesil thattells how better analysis is improving the quality of HR decisions.
- Nick Pisano notes the need for better integration between project schedule and project budget.
PM Best Practices
- Frank Gorman shares a fable and an anecdote to illustrate the application of ethics in project management.
- Rich Maltzman and Dave Shirley tell of their contribution to the EcoCar2 competition. Very cool!
- Michael Lopp points out that keeping yourself perpetually busy may actually be an endorphin addiction.
- Martin Webster pauses in his series on leadership models to reflect on what actually matters.
- Alina Vrabie mines research by Gloria Mark for ways we can minimize self-interruptions; not all of those task switches are prompted by others!
- Elizabeth Harrin shares an infographic listing five project lessons for 2014.
- Terry Bunio tells of his struggles to replace a bathroom vanity and sink, and finds it looks suspiciously like his day job: managing software development.
- Chuck Morton looks at what we mean when we say a PM is in charge of the project, from beginning to end.
- Todd Boehm illustrates a methodical approach to a difficult choice: the right ERP.
- Ron Rosenhead leverages a flight delay to address poor project communications.
- Kailash Awati interviews his long-time collaborator Paul Culmsee on sense-making and the value of the oblique (as opposed to direct) question.
- Vicki Wrona gives us the lowdown on a decision-making approach called OODA – Observe, Orient, Decide, Act.
- Johanna Rothman on geographically distributed Agile teams: “Don’t do standups. Do handoffs.”
- Saravana Bharathi diagnoses problems in the Daily Scrum.
- Mike Cohn shares a few innovative ways to clean up the product backlog.
- Greg Pfister, VP for Agile Practices at federal government contractor Agilex, explains how they embraced CMMI in order to be more Agile.
- Mike Donoghue uses some analytical data from LinkedIn to identify words that appear in far too many resumes. Time for some synonyms!
- John Carroll relates the Taoist virtues of compassion, frugality, and humility.
- Mike Griffiths urges us to act on that desire to qualify for a new professional credential.
- Chris Moody just completed his Certified Scrum Master exam, and he has an Agile Manifesto take on the value of certifications.