New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 3 – 9. And this week’s video: Kerry Goyette tells us that our employees are already motivated—the key to success is unleashing the power of their motivation. Just 17 minutes, safe for work.
- Julie Bort reports on how Jeff Bezos and the Amazon leadership team make risky business decisions. In short: decide quickly, based on the question, “So, what if you’re wrong?”
- Scott Berkun debunks several common clichés about creativity. Telling people to think outside the box doesn’t change their behavior any more than telling them to jump higher.
- Tamás Török shares a comprehensive guide to creating user stories, as a vehicle for communicating the value users will find in your app.
- Elizabeth Harrin lists twenty things that might go into a project plan and provides three templates and a PDF file you can download with the entire list.
- Geraldine O’Reilly picks up where Elizabeth left off with a list of nine essential project documents, from business case to lessons learned.
- And Tony Adams anthropomorphizes a group of project management documents to demonstrate why the work breakdown structure is the coolest guy at the bar.
- PMI announces the formation of a committee to update the Practice Standard for Scheduling. If that’s a special area of expertise, you should consider volunteering.
- Harry Hall tells us how to “catch” those big project risks by using three straightforward techniques.
- Elise Steven interviews Naomi Caietti on stakeholder engagement and driving change by becoming a trusted partner.
- Gina Abudi shares three critical actions needed to engage employees in cross-functional projects.
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly roundup of all things Agile, from lipstick Agile, Tragile, and Wagile to distributed Agile and how Jeff Bezos plans to keep Amazon relevant.
- Jerry Doucett and Valerie Senyk argue for the practice of subversive Scrum in workplaces that haven’t decided to embrace such things.
- Johanna Rothman does the math to show why team size matters.
- Mike Cohn points out specific value elements of getting to “done” at the end of a sprint, as opposed to just making progress.
- Shazir Mucklai makes an excellent case for applying project management processes at startups.
- John Goodpasture answers a student question about IT project stage gates and Agile methods.
- Art Petty contemplates the critical question: what’s it like to be you? As he says, cognitive diversity is a thing.
- Suzanne Lucas reports on an April Fool’s joke at Reddit that morphed into a demonstration of the power of those who step up to lead.
- Angela Chen interviews neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett on the science of emotions, and why we don’t all “feel” the same things.
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
- Ilan Hertz explains why chatbots will be the next evolutionary step in business analytics. “Why don’t people buy our products, HAL?”
- Mary Shacklett summarizes five recommendations from Big Data project leaders that might help you avoid the 60% failure rate reported by the Gartner Group.
- Conner Forrest reports on recent research that found your smartphone fingerprint scanner may be a lot easier to spoof than you might think.
Working and the Workplace
- Leigh Espy explains why we should look past project management conferences for excellent opportunities to learn, meet interesting people, and develop face-to-face relationships.
- Jason Dana reports on research which demonstrated that free-flowing job applicant interviews do not predict success and can actually overshadow more valuable information. Watch Kerry’s video above before you read this one!
- Kara Swisher interviews Code2040 CEO Laura Weidman Powers on moving from diversity to inclusion. Just 48 minutes, safe for work.