New PM Articles for the Week of February 29 – March 6

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 29 – March 6. And this week’s video: the first episode of a 15-part series, “Stories from the Stone Age.” Ten minutes, safe for work unless you are into binge-watching.

Must read!

  • Susanne Madsen explores the reasons our delivery so often falls short of our vision.
  • Nat Tanner reflects on the national embrace of Agile in Australia, in government and business.
  • George Pitagorsky suggests that we move from either-or thinking to both-and. Real Agility isn’t about being exclusive; it’s about being open-minded.

Established Methods

  • Michel Dion explores the difference between communication and collaboration.
  • Glen Alleman defines risk management, in the context of managing in the presence of uncertainty.
  • Harry Hall gives us another reason to evaluate risks: because it saves time and money.
  • John Goodpasture puts the Monte Carlo Simulation into perspective, as “superior to other analysis paradigms.”
  • Liane Davey reviews “The Coaching Habit,” by Michael Bungay Stainier.
  • Ron Rosenhead covers the impact of limited project sponsor skills in the organization.
  • Stuart Easton compares the role of the PMO with that of the Lord of Downton Abbey: custodian of key assets during a time of extraordinary change.

Agile Methods

  • Elise Stevens interviews Shane Hastie on Agile project management. “Agile shouldn’t be a goal. It’s the mindset that you have.” Just 27 minutes, safe for work.
  • Gil Broza reflects on the problems his clients are experiencing in moving from Agile processes to an Agile mindset.
  • Johanna Rothman explains how to respond to people who think all of the requirements need to be defined up front.
  • The Clever PM contrasts Kanban and Scrum as complementary tools with specific strengths.
  • Upputuri Srikanth explains how to conduct an effective daily standup with a geographically distributed team.
  • The Oikosofy Team has prepared a list of the top 100 Agile blogs, based on traffic ratings from
  • Jackie Fong clears up some of our misconceptions about UX and design.

Applied Leadership

  • Cesar Abeid interviews Elizabeth Harrin on how to have better meetings. Just 38 minutes, safe for work.
  • Harry Harpham describes eight roles that can play to help your meetings be more effective.
  • Art Petty shares some war stories on how mismanaging organizational change affects actual people.
  • Sanket Pai details s few favored stress management techniques.

Pot Pouri

  • Jason Morio observes an interesting trend: the rise of “deskless” knowledge workers, using mobile technology.
  • Ian Rowlands insists that security is a critical data governance domain. “Data under attack is the new normal.”
  • Gary Atkinson explains how optimism bias affects our schedules and budgets, and how we can overcome it.