New PM Articles for the Week of September 21 – 27

SightseersNew project management articles published on the web during the week of September 21 – 27. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Kevin Coleman identifies five technologies that will drive a trillion dollars in spending by 2020. Just the Internet of Things and 3D Printing are enough to revolutionize entire industries.
  • Jinesh Parekh describes microservices, an emerging architecture model for software development that leverages language-independent API’s. Picture a network of black boxes …
  • Bertrand Duperrin decries the triumph of “content” over “information,” and the abandonment of journalism in favor of attracting attention. Clicks rule? Not for the audience!

Established Methods

  • Elizabeth Harrin reports the results of her survey on how we use collaboration tools.
  • Nick Pisano suggests a framework for better project metrics and indicators, using direct and indirect measurements.
  • John Goodpasture summarizes four “big ideas” or movements in product and process quality in a Slideshare presentation.
  • Steven Levy introduces a series on “failure plans” with a great example: Bruce Springsteen’s concert sound system.
  • Glen Alleman provides an overview of software engineering economics.

Agile Methods

  • Neil Killick tries to find the common ground between the #NoEstimates advocates and the folks who insist that estimates are needed.
  • Johanna Rothman concludes her series on balancing resource efficiency and flow efficiency, with parts 4 and 5.
  • Mike Cohn notes that upfront analysis and design is like insurance: the trick is to buy just enough to avoid excess re-work.
  • Pankaj Srivastava explains the fundamentals of test-driven development.
  • Alena Kuzniatsova shows an online Ishikawa diagram used to facilitate brainstorming in meetings and retrospectives. You might know it as a fishbone diagram or mind map.
  • Derek Huether shares a link to the Leankit Lean Business Report Survey. A little benchmarking is a good thing!

IT Management

  • Shim Marom criticizes the way companies in Australia are using temporary work visas to keep labor costs low.
  • Kerry Wills proposes a practical manifesto, principles to consider when implementing any methodology.
  • Ryan Ogilvie examines an opportunity: actively managing constraints. We manage risks and issues, don’t we?
  • Rob England points out that all software eventually becomes a legacy system, and once it does, agility will no longer be a value-add.

Work Isn’t a Place You Go

  • Suzanne Lucas suggests some strategies for working with people you dislike.
  • Bruce Harpham outlines the process to onboard yourself in five days.
  • Michael Girdler recommends we focus on our health, in order to maximize our productivity.
  • Art Petty starts a new series on career advice for us over-50 leaders. “How do I detox from my 30-plus years of corporate life and regain my energy, fitness and sense of adventure?”


  • Elise Stevens interviews John Hinwood on why we should embrace excellence, rather than perfectionism. Just 27 minutes, safe for work.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Dr. Emad Rahim, on the value of becoming a thought leader in project manager. Just 25 minutes, safe for work.