New PM Articles for the Week of September 7 – 13

Over TownNew project management articles published on the web during the week of September 7 – 13. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Lynda Bourne sees recent corporate ethical lapses in the news, and traces them to both a governance problem and an enforcement challenge.
  • Harry Hall has some practical ways to improve the quality of IT project estimates. No magic bullets here, just good management practice.
  • Michel Dion tells us how to management project relationships. It’s not just about planning communications, but establishing lines of communication.

Established Methods

  • Glen Alleman contrasts the four common software development approaches – Waterfall, Incremental, Spiral, and Evolutionary – and provides some history.
  • John Goodpasture decomposes the notion of scope, as described in the second edition of his book, “Project Management the Agile Way.”
  • Bruce Harpham explains how to build better relationships at work.
  • Russell Whitworth explains how to plan for and conduct a “Learning from Experience” workshop, because we never learn from lessons learned documents.
  • Nick Pisano comes up for air, after spending a lot of time in data streams and data reservoirs.
  • John Hoebler has a few non-technical pointers for making your system implementation project a success.
  • Elizabeth Harrin summarizes new features recently included in several popular (and obscure) project management apps.
  • Dave Wakeman celebrates the start of the college football season by writing about Alabama coach Nick Saban’s mantra: “process guarantees success.”
  • Ryan Ogilvie runs into a friend, who described a problem at work. Ryan’s diagnosis: a lack of knowledge management
  • David Cotgreave thinks the way to keep up with changes in technology is to outsource it.
  • Tim Kress explains how to develop the ability to sell your ideas to management, otherwise known as “pitching.”
  • Henny Portman reviews “Successful Project Sponsorship,” by Michiel van der Molen. The new English language version uses PMBOK terminology, but retains the PRINCE2 point of view.

Agile Methods

  • Derek Huether explains the merits of an A3 report, a structured approach to continuous improvement. You don’t need me to mention Toyota, right? Thought not.
  • Neil Killick is willing to admit to his role as an early advocate of #NoEstimates, but he doesn’t want to be seen as spokesman – just as one of the debaters.
  • Mike Cohn wants to play “stump the band.” So head over to Mountain Goat Software and suggest a topic for him to write about.
  • Ken Coomes derives seven habits of highly effective Scrum ceremonies from an article by Neal Hartman.
  • Gene Gendel just completed his two-part article on how to handle interruptions in Scrum. But start with Part 1.

Work Isn’t a Place You Go

  • Don Kim finds the future, as a self-employed artisan project manager, in an article in The Economist. Hear, hear!
  • Suzanne Lucas gives us the details on how employers (and managers) really hire an employee.
  • Coert Visser reviews a recent study and finds that the mental effort required for a solitary task can influence the concentration of a companion on a different solitary task. In other words, concentration is contagious.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Judy Hinwood on how to break the stress cycle – start by celebrating your awareness of the problem! Just 14 minutes, safe for work.
  • Patricia Goh confirms that, while a little hard work never hurt anyone, overworking can eventually kill you.