New PM Articles for the Week of October 31 – November 6

New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 31 – November 6. And this week’s video: Melissa Marshall explains how to “Talk Nerdy to Me,” so we can share our complex engineering and technology work with others. In other words: your elevator pitch.

Must read / view / listen!

  • Aimee Chanthadavong reports on the success women in Australia are having in breaking the glass ceiling in tech companies and what the rest of the world can learn from them.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy provides a detailed explanation of how to conduct a qualitative risk analysis in a series of four videos totaling a little over nine minutes. Safe for work and recommended for viewing with your project team.
  • Art Petty explains how to survive and thrive with your executive sponsor. Just 28 minutes, safe for work.

Established Methods

  • Michel Dion puts the need for documenting requirements into perspective, as a vital communications tool.
  • Elizabeth Harrin lists three ways to reel it back in when your project starts to go off the rails. Note that these are not mutually exclusive, and in fact reinforce each other.
  • Harry Hall posts five questions to ask when developing a scope management plan.
  • David Hillson describes risk escalation, a portfolio-level approach to managing risk responses when the project that identifies the risk isn’t impacted by it.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Beth Spriggs on her PMI Global Congress presentation: project assumptions as a source of risk. Just 23 minutes, safe for work.
  • John McIntyre proposes an interesting alternative to reviewing lessons learned documents when beginning a new project: it’s called Call3!
  • Ryan Ogilvie tells how incident management can be improved by those in other roles who have a stake in problem resolution.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers posts his weekly round-up of Agile articles, blog posts, and other content.
  • Johanna Rothman concludes her series on the roles of coaches and managers in Agile transformations.
  • Tom McFarlin on developer intuition: “It feels like all we’ve done is introduce complexity while championing simplicity.” Hear, hear!
  • Mike Griffiths does the financial analysis that shows when outsourcing / offshoring makes sense, and when it does not.
  • Austin Knight considers the sources of design debt (as opposed to technical debt) and how we can avoid piling up too much of it.
  • Brendan Toner reviews “Scrum Magic,” by Doug Purcell. An entry-level view of Scrum, with language friendly to project managers who use traditional methods.

Applied Leadership

  • Kenneth Darter explains the basics of being a mentor.
  • Alicia McClain explains how leaders can build psychological safety for their teams.
  • Dana Wilkie reports on a survey that not only finds 84% of workers have had a bad boss, but identified the characteristics of “bad.” Don’t be these people!

Technology and Techniques

  • Bertrand Duperrin shares a critical lesson learned from the Delta Airlines outage this past summer: survivable platforms are harder to build than to lease in the Cloud.
  • Seth Godin notes that your websites will eventually decay, become obsolete or buggy. So, how do you plan for finding those problems and sunsetting each site?
  • Conner Forrest reports that mobile devices now account for over 51% of internet usage. If you aren’t optimizing for mobile consumption, get ready to fail.

Working and the Workplace

  • Lisette Sutherland answers her most-asked question: how do you get a remote job? Just nine minutes, safe for work.
  • Victor Tan Chen reports on the growing evidence that performance metrics applied to individual workers produces a lot of negative effects.
  • Natalie Warnert reflects on the need to decompress and “not add value.”


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