New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 13 – 19. And this week’s video: Jochen Menges explains how charismatic leaders speak to our emotions, and why we defer to them. Just 18 minutes, safe for work.
Must read (or Hear)!
- Vicki Wrona concludes her four-part series on project management obstacles with her reflections on unrealistic expectations and micro-management.
- Mike Griffiths explains how to apply Lean Thinking precepts to your PMO, to deliver the most value with the least waste and highest utilization of available talent.
- Cornelius Fichtner extracts the answer to one question he asked in each of 14 interviews at the PMI Global Congress 2016: Which is the interpersonal skill that you attribute the most of our success in your career to? Just 24 minutes, safe for work.
- Leigh Espy provides a complete, concise, and actionable tutorial on software project requirements.
- Mark Mulally contemplates project management as a service function, and what that means to stakeholders, sponsors, and project managers.
- Elise Stevens interviews Michel Dion on rescuing troubled projects with a brutal assessment and a new plan, followed by execution and intense monitoring. Just 24 minutes, safe for work.
- Barry Hodge explains how to tailor Prince2 to each project. And yes, that’s an integral part of the method!
- Harry Hall identifies seven common quality management failure modes.
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Agile tribes to the learning value of prototyping, to the Goldilocks product development timeframe.
- Johanna Rothman shows how to maintain visibility over the work you postpone with a Parking Lot.
- Ryan Ripley interviews Bryan Beecham on the importance of simplicity, psychological safety, and continuous improvement. Just over an hour, safe for work.
- Jay Melone addresses the big question on Design sprints: how do you get from validation to execution?
- Tamás Török links us to the best Slack integrations for distributed software teams.
- John Goodpasture ruminates on the fiduciary nature of the project manager role.
- Art Petty catalogs some of the awkward moments—the ones that trigger our negative emotions—and advises on how to handle them.
- Grace Windsor explores ways to apply emotional intelligence techniques to enhance team collaboration.
Technology and Techniques
- Mordaxus starts a series where he will complain about information security practices with a short didactic on security models.
- Cathy Nolan reports on the growing use of Internet of Things technology by retailers, as they watch us shop and try to understand (and influence) our behavior.
- Joe Wynne starts a series on managing robotic process automation projects for CRM applications. The fact that I can type this, you get what it means, and we both treat it as A Thing astounds me to no end.
- Bill Gates wants us to tax the robots who take human jobs. Even the ones shaped like paper clips? OK, maybe that’s an obscure reference …
Working and the Workplace
- Brendan Toner touts OneNote as the ultimate tool for blogging (I use it for just about all of my writing and note taking these days).
- Bertrand Duperrin points to recent studies that found needlessly complex processes kill productivity and reduce employee engagement.
- Elizabeth Harrin shares a long list of the small strategies that help her to be efficient in her multiple roles.
- Lolly Daskal reminds us that time management is only one piece of the productivity and effectiveness puzzle.
- Lisette Sutherland focuses on maintaining our health when working remotely by being mobile. Just 9 minutes, safe for work.