New PM Articles for the Week of August 24 – 30

Crater LakeNew project management articles published on the web during the week of August 24 – 30. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Gary Lea raises the legal and ethical question: who is accountable when artificial intelligence does something harmful? This isn’t just a Dilbert story line!
  • Paul Pelletier addresses the proper response when you observe bullying in the workplace.
  • Art Petty explains the manager’s responsibilities when bullied by an employee.

Established Methods

  • Stilgherrian looks ahead, to when the Internet of Things has massive installations of unsupported code, security exploits abound, and the world is your data center.
  • John Goodpasture contemplates old court cases and dead horses, and finds verities amongst the balderdash.
  • Matthew Squair maintains that the mid-flight explosion of shuttle Challenger resulted from a failure of engineers to communicate the nature of the risk.
  • Allen Ruddock provides an example of the milestone leveling technique.
  • Harry Hall follows up on a recent article listing 40 reasons PMO’s fail, with ten risk strategies for preventing PMO failure.
  • Aaron Smith summarizes the key points of a recent Gartner Group report on ensuring the relevancy of the PMO.
  • Mike Girdler explains the difference between continuous improvement and innovation, and why one might be more important than the other for your organization.
  • Kevin Coleman uses the example of 3D printing to explore the need to continually evolve business strategy, in order to deal with what’s happening in the larger business environment.

Agile Methods

  • Mike Cohn examines an iterative approach that is still just waterfall in smaller chunks. Old habits die hard!
  • Johanna Rothman contrasts the different roles of the project portfolio management team and the product owner team.
  • Zoltan Csutoras advocates what he calls the “one piece flow” as a technique to reinvigorate the daily stand-up. Limiting work in progress can be the key to getting to done!
  • Damián Buonamico recommends a Kaizen board as a visual tool to correct the pathologies identified during retrospectives.

Work Isn’t a Place You Go

  • Patti Gilchrist addresses the growing demand that project managers be knowledgeable of a specific domain.
  • Bruce Harpham ties together several of his earlier posts on managing your career, with some insights into earning that next promotion.
  • Bruce Benson reflects on the choice of either training your own people or hiring new people with the needed skills.
  • Patricia Goh lists the reasons for actually using your vacation time.

Video Podcasts from Agile 2015

  • Dave Prior interviews Mike Vizdos and Michele Sliger at the Agile Alliance Video Podcast booth. Just 7 minutes, safe for work.
  • Dave Prior interviews Esther Darby. Just 23 minutes, safe for work.
  • Dave Prior interviews Scott Ambler on Agile Data Warehousing and Disciplined Agile Delivery. Just 29 minutes, safe for work.
  • Craig Smith and Renee Troughton join a round table of podcasters and other attendees. Just 40 minutes, safe for work.



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