New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 1 – 7. And this week’s video: Samantha Fish tears up the slo’ blooz with “Either Way I Lose,” in NOLA at Jazz Fest May 5, 2017. Eight minutes, safe for work unless you turn it up to eleven.
Must read (or Hear)!
- Lesley Alderman reports on the trend of prioritizing our smartphones over human interactions. Phubbing (phone snubbing) and technoference are now words, and that can’t be good.
- Nancy Settle-Murphy explains how to make introverts happy (and crazy) and how to make extroverts crazy (and happy).
- Carol Stewart debunks some common myths about introverts as leaders.
- Naomi Caietti interviews Andy Silber on his new book: “Adaptive Project Management: Leading complex and uncertain projects.”
- Harry Hall frames communicating risks as an extension of stakeholder management.
- Kathleen O’Connor interviews Dan Kushner, lead project manager at MBX systems and adjunct professor at Northeastern University on managing opportunities as positive risks.
- Adam Shostack introduces the concept of “threat modeling,” with a glance at the internet of things.
- Tamás Török explains how to minimize risk when outsourcing software development.
- Brendan Toner reviews Rational Plan, a low-cost (the Linux version is free) alternative to Microsoft Project.
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly Agile content roundup, including the 11 essential laws of product development, “disagree and commit,” and why developers don’t water the plants.
- Rich Mironov explains why you may need a Chief Product Officer, which he refers to as Head of Product.
- The Clever PM warns us not to reward behavior we don’t want. It’s an obvious concept, but it’s all about alignment between incentives and goals
- Craig Brown challenges the idea of the product owner writing the user stories. When the team adds their thoughts, the stories can only get better.
- Dave Prior interviews Gene Bounds, former member of the PMI Board of Directors and current Chair of the Scrum Alliance Board of Directors. Just 18 minutes, safe for work.
- Natalie Warnert notes that diversity isn’t just about appearance—it also refers to diverse opinions and working styles.
- Lew Sauder explores categorization based on correlation and the ramifications for leadership.
- Elise Stevens interviews Leisha Boyle on stakeholder engagement communications. Just 21 minutes, safe for work.
- Gina Abudi makes a case for the employer supporting social involvement by employees to better engage them at work. And not just the younger ones!
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
- Steve Vassallo says we need to expand design thinking to include the concepts and tools of systems thinking.
- Bertrand Duperrin says the critical factor in getting user acceptance of analytics is trust in the data and how it’s processed.
- Matthew Colford introduces us to ten US federal agencies that you should know about if you’re producing technology products.
- Nir Eyal reflects on the nature of addiction, and how technology companies that make their products more engaging also make them more addictive.
Working and the Workplace
- Alison DeNisco reports that the main reason people leave technology jobs is mistreatment and perceived unfairness, and it’s costing employers $16B per year.
- Olivia Goldhill expounds on the virtues of wasting time. Or, if you prefer, not being at 100% utilization, 24 hours a day.
- Belle Cooper notes that “We’re more likely to complete boring tasks that we’ve been putting off when we’re in a good mood.”