New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 12 – 18. And this week’s video: applying insights and techniques derived from recent studies on multi-tasking and ego depletion to improve your productivity. Less than four minutes, safe for work. Tip of the hat to Harry Hall, who shared this.
- Henny Portman advocates for positioning Agile methods as changes to “business as usual,” rather than as changes to the way projects are run.
- Robin Goldsmith describes the process of determining ROI by discovering the requirements that drive business value and quantifying the intangibles.
- Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy lists six practical risk identification techniques that won’t go over the heads of your project team.
- Elizabeth Harrin reviews “The Conscious Project Leader,” by Colin Ellis.
- Lawrence Putnam lays out the case for an enterprise estimation center of excellence.
- Glen Alleman pulls together his best responses to common #NoEstimates ideas and assertions into a single post.
- Jiwat Ram analyzes Project Management as a Service, and finds reasons to hesitate.
- David Cotgreave shares some tips on how to get your IT project approved by the executive suite.
- Stefan Wolpers posts his weekly compilation of new Agile content, from “dark Scrum” to mental models and three jobs for product managers.
- Ryan Ripley interviews Jeremy Willets on applying the introspective mindset to fine-tune the effectiveness of your coaching. Just 14 minutes, safe for work.
- Debashish Ghosh examines the theory and practice of quality assurance in Agile methods.
- Jake Rocheleau gives us a guided tour of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Get out in front on this, if you’re only compliant with the typical W3C standards.
- Andrew Neitlich provides some pointers on managing the organizational politics that affect your project.
- Coert Visser describes a strategy for positive communication, based on the reciprocity principle.
- Liane Davey recommends an approach for preventing a meeting attendee from excessive participation in the conversation. You know: talking too much.
- Art Petty decries the value-deficient leadership recently displayed at some organizations: win at all costs, ethics be damned. Don’t work for these people, ever.
- Belle B. Cooper explains the mentoring relationship, why both parties benefit, and how to find your own mentee.
- Seth Godin asserts that professionals will push back because they have standards.
Technology and Techniques
- Alex Handy reports from the GitHub Universe conference that project management features are being added to the most widely-used source code management platform.
- Jay Donovan reports on Kinetise, a platform that creates native apps for iOS and Android using a drag and drop interface. Enterprise “citizen developers” are creating their own apps!
- Monica Yoo debunks three common myths about security in cloud applications and environments.
- Bas de Baat gets us up to date on the potential application of AI pattern recognition techniques to some of the more routine project management tasks.
Working and the Workplace
- Brendan Toner reviews MarginNote Pro, a fantastic iOS app for annotating PDF and eBook documents.
- Karina Keith curates a list of tips to stay productive when working from home.
- Suzanne Lucas lists nine gadgets everyone who works from home needs to invest in.