New PM Articles for the Week of March 6 – 12

New project management articles published on the web during the week of March 6 – 12. And this week’s video: in honor of St. Patrick, Cait O’Riordan leads the cast of “Straight to Hell” in a rendition of Danny Boy. Less than two minutes, but timeless. Side note: The US and Canada converted to Daylight SavingsTime on March 12, but the rest of the world doesn’t convert until March 26. Schedule your meetings accordingly!

Must read (or Hear)!

  • Christof Ebert presents a detailed view of the costs, benefits, risks, and opportunities available in managing globally distributed projects.
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy provides a checklist for the ideal virtual meeting space. Distributed teams benefit from virtual meetings designed to facilitate collaboration and inclusion.
  • Andy Kaufman interviews Emily Luijbregts on helping your geographically distributed, virtual team collaborate and thrive. Right at an hour, safe for work—even from home.

Established Methods

  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Jamal Moustafaev, author of “Project Portfolio Management in Theory and Practice.” Just 38 minutes, safe for work.
  • Barry Hodge explains how Knightstone Housing practices project portfolio management.
  • Harry Hall continues his short video series, 10 Things Successful Project Managers Never Tolerate. This one is just 3 minutes, safe for work—watch the whole series!
  • Elizabeth Harrin shares the results of her stakeholder management survey, and she’s created a stakeholder management master class based on what she’s discovered we need most.
  • Leigh Espy lists the essential qualities of great project managers.
  • Andy Jordan explains how he manages remote workers he’s never met, from understanding how much workload they can reliably handle to establishing a management proxy.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly round-up of all things Agile, including ways to make frameworks suck less, distributed Agile teams, ruthless prioritization, and more.
  • Chris Matts notes the places where executive beliefs frequently diverge from Agile values and beliefs.
  • Craig Brown shares the slide deck he used at his Agile India presentation, “Improve Together.” If you use it, he only asks you to give him credit and share the results.
  • Dave Prior interviews two educators from Grandview Prep, where they have implemented Scrum for both students and school administration. Just 27 minutes, safe for work.
  • The Clever PM aims for a more rigorous definition of a Minimum Viable Product.

Applied Leadership

  • Claire Karjalainen presents the case for mentorship as a key strategy for closing the tech gender gap.
  • Alison DeNisco describes the Economic Dividends for Gender Equality (EDGE) Certification, and how leading companies are pursuing sustainable diversity in the workforce.
  • Lynda Bourne lists eight ways the chair can make a meeting ineffective.
  • Beth Spriggs guides us in examining our own response to change so we might improve our ability to lead organizational change.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Yaniv Yehuda argues that integrating the database into the DevOps tool chain will enhance information security.
  • Ryan Ogilvie explains how we can leverage knowledge management to minimize the impact of service disruptions.
  • Kailash Awati reflects on the role of uncertainty and ambiguity in decision making.
  • Olivia Goldhill notes that humans evolved to deal with deep uncertainty, and thus our irrationality is beneficial when embraced selectively.

Working and the Workplace

  • Elise Stevens interviews Terri Cooper, who explains why project managers should attend all kinds of networking events, not just PM. Just 12 minutes, safe for work.
  • Stephanie Bryant recounts the final retrospective after the contract was canceled and her team was laid off. Teams need closure, especially when they involuntarily disband.
  • Stacy Lastoe shows us how to become better writers by editing a particularly error-filled Email.