New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 16 – 22. We read all of this stuff so you don’t have to! My reader survey is still open, so if you didn’t get the chance to answer six simple questions, here is your chance! Recommended:
- Shim Marom looks at adaptive complex systems, governance, and the development of distributed leadership.
- Erick Lauber examines the fundamental reasons people like their job.
- Chris Miles describes the responsibilities and traits of a successful project champion.
- Cheri Baker says we should respect others, not because they’ve earned it or deserve it, but because it is the right thing to do.
- Jesse Fewell tells how failing led to success. “Failure motivated me to unlearn the wrong things I thought I knew.”
PM Best Practices
- Glen Alleman sums up the generic risks that nearly every project will face.
- Andy Jordan explains the use of a risk profile, and provides and example.
- Elizabeth Harrin posts her Carnival of Project Management roundup for November and December.
- Kerry Wills notes that there are two reasons for a project status to be yellow, and it’s important to distinguish between them.
- John Goodpasture says, “Scope is a fact; value is an opinion!”
- Dick Billows shares a video on preparing a three-point estimate.
- John Gaziano provides a list of questions to ask in your next SWOT analysis.
- Steven Levy critiques an automated voice message from USAir. “Get to the point!”
- Adriana Girdler gives us the highlight reel: her top ten favorite posts from her blog from the past year.
- Carol Pinchefsky finds some negative examples for project managers in five classic science fiction films. Well, to the degree that “Prometheus” is classic …
- Scott Berkun explains how to prepare a talk delivered without slides, and then demonstrates. Just 18 minutes, safe for work.
- Craig Brown provides links to four “Big Agile” frameworks we should all know a bit about.
- Peter Saddington reflects on what we’d all gain from recapturing the startup mentality.
- Johanna Rothman identifies the common characteristics of emergent projects.
- Venkatesh Krishnamurthy translates some coaching lessons he picked up from the trainer who helped him lose 17 pounds in two months to Agile coaching.
The Future Starts Tomorrow
- Daniel Burrus identifies 25 game-changing trends that will create opportunities through disruption. I’m skeptical about a few of these, but here’s part 2.
- Samuel Greengard lists six technology trends he’ll follow in 2014.
- Andy Makar notes the key project management trends he sees for 2014.
- Rich Maltzman and Dave Shirley like the way Ikea’s long-range plan for sustainability will fit into a project management context.
- Matthew Squair projects a recent report of a Chinese-manufactured electric kettle with malware-armed WiFi into an unpleasant future for the internet of things.