New PM Articles for the Week of November 2 – 8

Grand CanyonNew project management articles published on the web during the week of November 2 – 8. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

Must read!

  • Geoff Colvin examines the 21st century Corporation, where human capital matters more than the means of production and intellectual capital is creating all of the wealth.
  • Brian Horowitz explains how dairy farmers in India are using RFID tags and sensors to feed Big Data applications that let them maximize milk production.
  • Dave Wakeman expresses the ROI of project managers and project management. As Dave says, it’s not about actions, it’s about outcomes.

Established Methods

  • Federico Tomassetti tells us what software developers expect from a project manager. You can expand this to other technical subject matter experts.
  • Harry Hall uses an anecdote from a friend whose bedroom was invaded by fire ants to illustrate the nature of emerging risks.
  • Ken Martin covers the fundamentals of stakeholder management.
  • Marc Lacroix says that managing expectations is critical: just as you need to define “done,” you need to define “successful.”
  • Ken Burrell initiates the ”Campaign for Real Project Managers.” All you have to do is share your project management horror stories, using the tag #CAMRPM.
  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews “Visual Project Management,” by Paul R. Williams. It seems like a compendium of tools, rather than a methodology.
  • Moira Alexander shares some recommendations for managing a project portfolio for strategic alignment.
  • Andy Jordan sings the praises of checklists, for executive decision-making.
  • Nick Pisano advocates adoption of open databases and data structure definitions, as a way to avoid a technical marriage of inconvenience.
  • Michael Ipsaro lists some best practices and critical considerations for performing a cost-benefit analysis.

Agile Methods

  • Cesar Abeid interviews solution architect Matt Stratton on DevOps. Just over an hour, safe for work.
  • Mike Cohn has some suggestions for hiring managers who need to interview prospective Scrum Masters.
  • Craig Smith interviews Peter Bell on managing software development, and his talk at Yow on using Git. Just 31 minutes, safe for work.
  • Jesse Fewell says that Agile is the new normal, because it represents a moral imperative. Less than four minutes, safe for work.

Applied Leadership

  • Susanne Madsen notes that our beliefs drive our attitudes, which drive our actions, which in turn drive the results we get.
  • Art Petty points out the leadership activities that equate to “getting your hands dirty.”
  • Penelope Trunk weaves together threads of disparate research findings into a fascinating collection of insights into human nature – useful if you happen to work with humans.
  • Dennis McCafferty shares a slide deck that explains what differentiates a world-class IT department from their peers.
  • Tom McFarlin provides some insights on his approach to public speaking.
  • Elise Stevens interviews chiropractor Judy Hinwood of the Stress Management Institute on how to manage good and bad stress. Just 23 minutes, safe for work.