New PM Articles for the Week of December 22 – 28

Just OverheadNew project management articles published on the web during the week of December 22 – 28. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

PM Best Practices

  • Moira Alexander tells how to align project management with business strategy.
  • Aaron Kumove lists the characteristics of effective project governance.
  • Glen Alleman explains the difference between business governance and program and project governance.
  • Bruce Harpham has curated links to 52 resources for growing your skills and career as a project manager.
  • Joe Wynne reminds us that retention is part of our job as managers, even when the workers don’t report to us.
  • Gina Abudi shares two brief, alternative conversations that demonstrate how we support or inhibit the adoption of a process change.
  • Ian Whittingham examines the biases that impact our planning, and what we can do to limit the negative effects of what we think we know.
  • Bob Tarne gives us the early take on “Decisive,” by Chip and Dan Heath. I still need to read “Switch,” but this sounds even more interesting.
  • Phil Johnson summarizes the key findings related to risk management on software development projects, from a recent study that analyzed 3,000 research papers.
  • Sara Tabor gives us a testing practitioner’s view of how to write a test ticket.
  • Mark Woeppel outlines best practices for improving the quality of our collaborative communications.
  • William Guinan shares an infographic on using Sharepoint for collaboration. Yes, that’s what it’s for, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be successful at collaborating.
  • Michel Dion shares a similar infographic, but on Basecamp. This one is a bit more like a job aid, but still interesting.

Agile Methods

  • Gene Gendel describes an estimation technique for the scenario where an epic is too large to finish in a single sprint.
  • John Goodpasture shares a change management plan for the transition to Agile, presented by one of his students.

Podcasts and Videos

  • Stephen Coty of Alert Logic webcasts on the major security breaches of 2014, and what we should anticipate for 2015. Just 63 minutes, safe for work.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Jim DePiante, who argues that project portfolio managers have the same responsibilities for investment rigor as securities dealers. Just 18 minutes, safe for work.