New PM Articles for the Week of October 12 – 18

Morning at the LakeNew project management articles published on the web during the week of October 12 – 18. We give you a clear view, so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Steve Cheney explains how Steve Jobs positioned Apple to dominate the world for the next ten years, when everything including electric cars will be simply a mobile device.
  • John Goodpasture explains bureaucracy as an organization where “No” has more power than ”Yes.” Think of it as institutionalized hesitation.
  • Martin Abbott and Mike Fisher contrast two organizational mindsets: IT service delivery, and technology product development. They need very different management approaches!

Established Methods

  • Harry Hall shows why you need a complete understanding of the risks and issues before you develop a risk response.
  • Allen Ruddock looks at risk and issue management at the program and portfolio level.
  • Henny Portman reviews two more “little” books from Nine Feet Tall: “The little book of Portfolio Management” and “The little book of Project Methodologies.”
  • Andy Jordan examines the challenges of establishing a management structure for large projects.
  • Glen Alleman debunks Hofstadter’s Law: “It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law.”
  • Ryan Ogilvie opens with the question,” Is your Service Desk still relevant?” It’s all about interacting with customers.

Agile Methods

  • Mike Griffiths details the human resources practice of talent management, as applied to Agile teams.
  • Bruce Harpham has collected ten resources for project managers who want to get a better understanding of Agile methods.
  • Mike Cohn uses a restaurant example to demonstrate that changing requirements have a cost, even if it’s not made visible to the customer.

Applied Leadership

  • Elizabeth Harrin on IT projects: “There is no dichotomy of IT and ‘the business.’ IT is part of the business.” Hear, hear!
  • Cyndee Miller summarizes the lessons learned from David Robertson’s PMI Keynote address on how Lego got away from “disruptive innovation” and re-engaged their customers.
  • Seth Godin extends our understanding of infrastructure, to include culture.
  • Pawel Brodzinski that there is no safe way to experiment with culture.
  • Suzanne Lucas has rounded up five online classes that will help you brush up on key leadership skills.
  • Steven Levy presents a mix of common, uncommon, and whimsical clocks, and their meaning to our working lives.

Podcasts and Videos

  • Cesar Abeid interviews instructor Maria Matarelli on the Certified Scrum Master program and the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner certification. Just 38 minutes, safe for work.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Victor Carter-Bey on the PMI Talent Triangle, and coming changes to PMP continuing education requirements. Just 35 minutes, safe for work.
  • Jon Whitty deconstructs the “capability engine” of a café to produce a great cup of coffee as six business elements, all in balance – the Syllk model. Just six minutes, safe for work.
  • Bryan Orr interviews Cesar Abeid on his new book, “Project Management for You,” and how project management applies to small business. Just 20 minutes, safe for work.
  • The Electric Cloud hosts a panel discussion on Agile in Large Enterprises with Johanna Rothman, Todd Decapua, Josh Sieden, and Todd Miller. Not quite an hour, safe for work.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Gillian Klette on managing organizational change as if the current state were a dance, and you are changing the rhythm. Just 15 minutes, safe for work.