New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 25 – 31. And this week’s video: Stefan Groshupf, CEO of Datameer, on Big Data ethics. As Mike Inman likes to say, “Just because you can does not mean you should.” Just five minutes, safe for work.
- Nick Pisano reflects on the recent past and near future of research and development, from Bell Labs to Google X.
- Jeff Collins reviews the incredible evolutionary progress of the practice of project management over the last ten years.
- Jesse Lyn Stoner gives leaders the hard truth – actually ten of them – about the limits of our power, authority, and influence.
- Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy takes us through a twelve-step program for creating a realistic project schedule. Yes, that was a sly AA reference …
- Elizabeth Harrin has curated a list of project managers to follow on Pinterest.
- Éamonn McGuinness introduces BrightWork’s new “Collaborative Project Management: A Handbook.”
- Elise Stevens interviews Lyn Windsor on what it means to be an ethical project manager. Just 24 minutes, safe for work.
- John Goodpasture juxtaposes risk management and vision, with inductive and deductive thinking.
- Glen Alleman disabuses us of the idea that “discovery by doing” as meaningful in all but very specialized endeavors.
- Rahul Razdan waxes poetic on our growing ability to turn data into actionable information.
- Stefan Wolpers lists ten proven stakeholder communication tactics to use in an Agile transition (and afterward, too).
- Vishal Prasad reminds us that Agile methods only help if we already have the basics in place.
- Bart Gerardi has some recommendations for adding an expert – a non-core team member – to an Agile team.
- Scott Selhorst makes the case for identifying and solving the minimal valuable problem, as a precursor to designing the minimum viable product.
- Dave Prior spent the week at the Agile 2016 conference in Atlanta, and interviewed most of the luminaries. This page lets you select the interviews that interest you.
- The Clever PM shares some ways to get access to customers, even when the marketing and sales folks want to play gatekeeper.
- Gina Abudi starts a five-part case study on leading a team through the four stages of development, per Tuckman. Here are parts two and three.
- Liane Davey explains how to engage the team member who is “too busy” to participate in team building.
- Art Petty tells us to give ourselves permission to make a decision, to act, and to learn.
- Michael Lopp describes his process for analyzing The Situation (no, not the reality TV person; a previously unknown problem of epic proportion) and getting to The Decision.
Working and the Workplace
- Lisette Sutherland curates her five favorite segments from the last fifty episodes, on teams working remotely. Just 20 minutes, safe for work.
- Paul Chaney rounds up some interesting statistics about the rapid growth of the gig / freelance economy. More than a fourth of the US workforce? Wow…
- Penelope Trunk tells a rambling story that illustrates why always working from home is not as great as it sounds. Maybe I should write a rambling counter-point …
- Bruce Benson applies the concept of refactoring to the way we manage our time and resources.
- Jerome Iveson notes that multi-tasking is the best way to do lots of sub-par work. Real productivity requires focus!