New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 27 – March 5. And this week’s video: Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabris show us how selective attention works. Just over a minute, safe for work unless you keep playing it over and over.
- Mike Cohn reminds us that a cross-functional team is one where the members have different skills—not one where every member has all the needed skills.
- Dave Nicolette points out that, while Scrum is an excellent solution for some problems, it doesn’t fit every situation. Lean Thinking might be what’s next.
- Nir Eyal and Chelsea Robertson explain how the brain focuses and eliminates distraction (they are different functions), and give us some clinically proven ideas for enhancing each.
- The Women Tester’s Magazine January 2017 edition is now available to download. Not just about testing, and not just for (or by) women—highly recommended.
- Henny Portman alerts us to a new project management methodology, coming from Denmark: Project Half Double. As in half the time, double the impact.
- Elizabeth Harrin lists the essential project management competencies we need to be successful in 2017 and beyond.
- Harry Hall bullets 37(!) practical actions you can take to improve your project communications.
- Glen Alleman explains what you need to know to make decisions under conditions of uncertainty, to achieve project success.
- Michael Wood explores the critical success drivers for managing global projects.
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly round-up of all things Agile, including Agile middle management, the role of QA in Agile teams, and more contrarian ideas.
- Ryan Ripley interviews Natalie Warnert and Amitai Schleier on the Women in Agile discussion, and why we should all support it. Just 47 minutes, safe for work.
- Dave Prior and Marty Bradley consider the question: when embracing Agile methods, should the PMO go away? Just 28 minutes, safe for work.
- Shipra Aggarwal explains how to create release plans for feature-driven projects and date-driven projects.
- Nicholas Malahosky coaches us on how to introduce Agile methods to teams outside of IT.
- Tamás Török explains why software developers are like pro football players.
- Esther Derby provides two examples where changing the point of view led decision makers to realize they were trying to solve the wrong problems.
- Art Petty says the Big Fix doesn’t work, but incremental behavior changes can work wonders.
- Michael Lopp traces the “New Manager Death Spiral.” Read, ye experienced manager, and cringe. I certainly did.
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
- Geoffrey Bock updates us on the acceptance and application of smart data for Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning in the enterprise.
- Tom McFarlin announces his upcoming e-book, “Where Do I Start with WordPress?” Since roughly 19% of the internet is run on WordPress, I thought this might be of interest.
- Nick Pisano briefly defines business intelligence, business analytics, and knowledge discovery in databases, and points out their growing convergence.
- Belle Cooper confronts burnout: what it means, what it does to us, and how to overcome it.
Working and the Workplace
- Brian Wagner and James Kittle get Steve Potter to talk about interview questions and styles. Just 34 minutes, safe for work.
- Lisette Sutherland describes the Remote First company, and what you should expect when you run into one. Just over nine minutes, safe for work.
- Alyse Kalish gives us the up-to-date standard for what to include in the header of your resume.