New PM Articles for the Week of December 14 – 20

Hot Air BalloonNew project management articles published on the web during the week of December 14 – 20. We give you a high-level view so you can read what interests you. Recommended:

Must read!

  • John Goodpasture explains the Hybrid Operating Principle: Agile projects are simultaneously strategically stationary and tactically iterative and emergent.
  • Adam Shostack derives design governance lessons from a presentation by the engineer responsible for the Death Star’s exhaust system. May the Force be aligned with your strategic initiatives!
  • Peter Saddington describes two keys to effective communication: active engagement and active listening. Side note: in addition to being a Scrum consultant, Peter has an MA in Counseling.

Established Methods

  • Braden Kelly unveils his Visual Project Charter, a poster-sized format for capturing and/or sharing project information in a team meeting. Better than a Word template?
  • Diana Eskander covers the process of stakeholder management.
  • Lynda Bourne addresses the meaning of corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and the triple bottom line, from a stakeholder’s perspective.
  • Susanne Madsen gets us up to speed on managing change, using John Kotter’s eight-step model.
  • Matthew Squair reviews the use of “Incredible” as a qualitative likelihood for risk management, when all the swans have been confirmed to be white.
  • Ryan Ogilvie shares a colleague’s story about an off-the-shelf application that was too heavily modified to ever be maintained.
  • Kailash Awati contemplates evolution and obsolescence, as they apply to enterprise architecture. Biology is destiny, even in metaphors.

Agile Methods

  • Johanna Rothman continues her series on Agile methods for hardware development.
  • Bob Tarne finds Gall’s Law reflected in certain Agile principles.
  • Robert Galen describes user stories as a “lifecycle of conversations,” using the example of building a better mousetrap.
  • Paul Goddard and Geoff Watts list ten tips for running an effective retrospective.
  • M.W. Settlemire posts an academic-looking treatise, “Effective use of Kanban for monitoring and controlling low-complexity projects in a high-volume project environment.”
  • Glen Alleman breaks down the definition of value into several units of measure.

Work Is Not A Place

  • Aaron Smith interviews leadership trainer Brady Wilson on his new book, “Beyond Engagement,” and workplace exhaustion.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Jesse Fewell on his 2015 PMI Global Congress presentation, “Can you hear me now?” Just 23 minutes, safe for work.
  • Harry Hall lays out a plan for aching your project management career dreams.
  • Penelope Trunk helps her ten year old son realize that his job is becoming obsolete, that it happens to everyone, and he just needs to find a new one. Hilarious!
  • Seth Godin takes a look at the economics of smart phones, where the perpetual interruptions of beeping and vibrating trigger opportunity costs.

Trends and the New Year

  • Elizabeth Harrin shares her project management career retrospective for 2015.
  • Mike Cohn proposes 21 New Year’s resolutions for ScrumMasters. Definitely get more fiber. And cut back on the sodium.
  • Ramin Sayar notes five data analytics trends that will impact us in the coming year.
  • Per Holmlund has a few suggestions for improving teamwork in 2016.