New PM Articles for the Week of June 20 – 26

New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 20 – 26. And this week’s video: a short cartoon on the nature of resistance to change as a failure to communicate. Just six minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Craig Brown makes the counter-argument to the #NoProjects meme. Apparently, this is a thing in certain programmer circles.
  • Glen Alleman uses bicycle riding as a metaphor for the balance between control and stability, risk management and execution.
  • Katie Rogers reports on the rapid adoption of covering laptop cameras with a piece of tape – notably, by Mark Zuckerberg and the head of the FBI. Maybe we should, too.

Established Methods

  • Michel Dion explains why it is so important for the customer to understand the process used to manage the project.
  • Harry Hall tutors us on how to create a project summary we can deliver in under 60 seconds.
  • Ruth Zive describes the best practices to achieve an auditable project when working in a regulated business environment.
  • John Goodpasture considers the inherent limitations of the qualitative risk matrix, in detail.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Trish Sutter on facilitating innovation in project processes. Just 18 minutes, safe for work.
  • Brent Dykes notes that it is more common to question data that doesn’t support our beliefs than it is to question the assumptions behind our beliefs.

Agile Methods

  • Pawel Brodzinski contemplates the idea of “value for money.”
  • Johanna Rothman writes about the nature of the product owner role: the PO is the center of organizational “learning” about the product. Part 2 and 3.
  • The Clever PM reminds us that the Product Manager is not the User – you are a conduit for ideas to be considered for implementation.
  • Dave Prior interviews Roman Pichler on his new book: “Strategize: Product Strategy and Product Roadmap Practices for the Digital Age.” Just 32 minutes, safe for work.
  • Kristin Hillery interviews Sean Landry, creative director at TripAdvisor, who asserts that autonomy breeds ownership.
  • Mike Cohn lists both incentives and deterrents that can help your daily Scrums to start on time.
  • Paul Carvalho looks at the application of mind mapping techniques to facilitate software testing.
  • Sourav Singla describes his approach to a common XP technique: he calls it “confined pair programming.”

Applied Leadership

  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Penny Pullan about her new book, “Virtual Leadership.” Just 5 minutes, safe for work.
  • Liane Davey makes the case for an inclusive approach to implementing strategy through projects.
  • Danielle Koehler continues her interview series with Gail Rolls with a conversation on the value of team-building activities.
  • Suzanne Lucas lists some of the interview questions that candidates really want you to ask. Like, “What’s the difference between a ’rounding error’ and a cost overrun?”
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Peter Wilson on what the hiring and onboarding process looks like for an offshore team. Just 35 minutes, safe for work.

Pot Pouri

  • Lindsay Patterson tells the story of NUMMI, a joint venture that helped General Motors absorb Toyota’s culture of quality.
  • Greg Schultz reminds us that the opportunity to upgrade to Windows 10 for free will expire on July 29, 2016.
  • Hanh Nguyen has collected images of 32 T-shirts you’d be proud to wear to any IT geek conference. But probably not your high school reunion.