New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 20 – 26. And this week’s video: Jason Fried lays out his theory of why the office isn’t a good place to get work done, and some suggestions that address the cause of that conundrum.
- Bryan Menegus reports on the latest massive leak of passwords and personally identifiable information. Change all of your passwords and then read the details.
- Mark Rice and Timothy Korson explain how to apply Malcolm Gladwell’s “thin slice” expert opinion approach and Planning Poker to estimate timeline and budget.
- Michael Lopp tells how to win the “Successfully deliver hard news” merit badge.
- Johanna Rothman suggests several scenarios that let you report defects based on the risks that arise from them.
- Matthew Heminger illustrates the consulting power of Why with a story about a hole in the ground.
- Rob England explains that #NoProjects doesn’t mean there won’t be any projects, just that it won’t be the primary mode of operation in IT.
- Harry Hall links quality of requirements to quality of the outcome with a simple anecdote.
- Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy provides a short textbook and video on creating a robust work breakdown structure. Even the full online course is free.
- Mike Clayton tutors us on the project business case. Even if you’re not using Prince2, this is a great explanation of an important business practice.
- Eamonn McGuinness just published the second edition of The Collaborative Project Management Handbook.
- Karthik Subburaman lists eight excellent books on project management and related skills.
- The nice folks at Smartsheet posted The Complete Glossary of Project Management Terminology.
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly links to Agile content, including the brilliant jerks who make Agility impossible, slicing user stories, prototyping, and more.
- Ryan Ripley interviews Tom Cagley on the role and impact that certifications have had on the Agile movement.
- Paul Culmsee reports from Creative Melbourne, where he was one of the inaugural speakers. Sounds like an interesting group of smart people being fascinating.
- Max Ogle interviews Irene Au, design partner at Khosla Ventures and former head of design at Google and Yahoo, on the need to base designs on what people actually do.
- Magi Graziano defines three tenets of leadership IQ: self-awareness, executive brain function, and response agility.
- Seth Godin explains why we do what’s urgent, rather than what’s important.
- The Clever PM contemplates the human factors that make people resist behavioral change.
- Leigh Espy interviews Kane Hadley, who says that his foundational experience in project management came from playing Dungeons and Dragons.
Technology and Techniques
- Kailash Awati tutors us on the basics of machine learning. Yes, there’s more to it than regression analysis.
- Conner Forrest summarizes a recent report on the technical hurdles facing artificial intelligence based on machine learning.
- Paramita Ghosh reports on one of Hitachi’s machine learning initiatives: the Robot Boss. Hitachi claims an 8% productivity increase in enterprise IT functions. No word on how much of that was attributable to fewer meetings.
- Hussain Bandukwala begins a short series for the first-time PMO leader on setting up the PMO.
- Elizabeth Harrin reviews a new on-line training course created by Philip R. Diab, a former Chair of PMI, called RapidStart PMO.