New PM Articles for the Week of December 12 – 18

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 12 – 18. And this week’s video: a short but surprisingly good Las Vegas TV station news report on how the Obama administration’s Cybersecurity Task Force is trying to stay ahead of information security threats. Just 4 minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Connor Forrest sums up four information security lessons we should learn from the recently confirmed Yahoo exposure of over a billion accounts.
  • Eric Lipton, David Sanger, and Scott Shane report on the Russian intrusion into the Democratic National Committee’s servers. The executives need to be convinced that their information is valuable to the people who took the time to steal it!
  • Kara Swisher reports (indirectly, of course) on what was discussed inside President-elect Trump’s meeting with the titans of the tech industry.

Established Methods

  • John Goodpasture notes the project management lessons in a Harvard Business Review interview with Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen.
  • Harry Hall explains the complementary relationship between the business analyst and project manager roles.
  • Mike Clayton tutors us on the sources of project risk.
  • Barry Hodge distinguishes between risks and issues, and explain how to manage project issues.
  • Mike Wuerthele reports on OmniPlan 3.6 with Touch Bar support in Mac OS Sierra. If you only carry a Windows laptop so you can have MS project, it’s time to reconsider.

Agile Methods

  • Age of Product presents their final Food for Thought roundup of Agile content for 2016.
  • Johanna Rothman shares an insight about the criteria for a Minimum Viable Product.
  • Henny Portman review Dean Leffingwell’s classic, “Agile Software Requirements.”
  • Emily Hannon presented a webinar this week, “Dude, Where’s My Control? Transitioning from a Project Manager to a Scrum Master.”
  • Mike Cohn describes how reward systems can work for teams embracing Agile methods. Key phrase: “Organizational gravity,” describing resistance to cultural change.

Applied Leadership

  • Elle Kaplan notes that leadership is on the messages we send, and lists eight messages good leader send every day.
  • Beth Spriggs explains how to damage relationships, twelve ways. Yes, that was a Wonder Bread reference.
  • Elise Stevens interviews John Alleyne on how to establish yourself as a trusted advisor, rather than an intruder. Just 19 minutes, safe for work.
  • Doug Thorpe recounts the “Parable of the Abilene Paradox,” to illustrate the notion that managing agreement and consensus isn’t as easy as it sounds.

Technology and Techniques – 2017 is Coming!

  • Elizabeth Harrin notes five trends in project management to watch for in 2017.
  • Jennifer Zaino summarizes an expert panel’s thoughts on what trends will emerge for data strategy in 2017.
  • Hope Reese points out the coolest achievements coming out of artificial intelligence research in 2016.

Working and the Workplace

  • Derek Huether explains the Productivity Triangle – System, Ritual, Habit – and how it results in clarity, commitment, and progress.
  • Brendan Toner posts the final part of his “Hierarchy vs. flat task lists” epic, and then follows it up with an article on ToDo list apps for people who don’t like ToDo lists.
  • Lisette Sutherland explains how to set up a virtual office for use while traveling. Just 14 minutes, safe for work.
  • Eli Woolery interviews Bill Burnett on his new book with Dave Evans, “Designing Your Life.”
  • Cari Romm reviews recent research into the science of saying “no.”


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