New PM Articles for the Week of May 8 – 14

New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 8 – 14. And this week’s video: TED’s Chris Anderson interviews Elon Musk on his projects, from boring tunnels under Los Angeles to a permanent colony on Mars. Just 41 minutes, safe for work. The future is a work in progress.

Must read (or Hear)!

  • Chad Rigetti and Chris Dixon discuss the physical limits that apply to Moore’s Law and prospects for quantum computing in machine learning. New term: “neuromorphic processor.” Just 27 minutes, safe for work.
  • Yuval Noah Harari looks out to 2050 when most jobs that exist today will have disappeared, and the “useless” class will be a far greater challenge than the working class.
  • Bertrand Duperrin updates on the end of search (as we know it) and the rise of non-benevolent assistance (“Let me help you select a product from our sponsors.”).

Established Methods

  • Harry Hall identifies five actions we can take to improve project communication
  • Charmaine Karunaratne suggests strategies and tactics for managing a project team distributed around the globe.
  • Colin Ellis catalogs a few ways to really suck at project management.
  • Geraldine O’Reilly steps us through the creation of a RACI matrix, and points out a few other variations, like CAIRO and RACI-VS.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy suggests a relatively simple project risk management plan.
  • John Goodpasture addresses the definition and handling of extreme risks.
  • Rich Maltzman notes the risk management implications of a recent discovery that climate change is releasing long-frozen viruses and bacteria into the water supply.
  • Glen Alleman recommends “The Death of Expertise,” by Tom Nichols. The Age of Enlightenment is but a dim memory …

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of all things Agile, from refactoring Agile to schizophrenic dichotomies in Agile frameworks to dual track development.
  • Leigh Espy delivers an excellent summary of Agile principles and philosophy, and a short overview of the leading methods. Highly recommended for project managers looking for a point of entry.
  • Dave Prior interviews John Le Drew, host of The Agile Path on his approach to the craft of podcasting. Just 46 minutes, safe for work.
  • The Clever PM presents a product manager’s guide to technical debt.
  • Bart Gerardi introduces voting using the Fist of Five. It only sounds like a Kung Fu movie.

Applied Leadership

  • Art Petty provides some guidance for managers on dealing with a toxic employee.
  • Mike Clayton provides action plans for dealing with each of six different types of difficult project sponsors.
  • Coert Visser notes that positive stereotypes are just as depersonalizing as negative stereotypes and thus should not be used as a compliment.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Thomas Fox-Brewster reports on the quick action by a malware researcher which shut down Friday’s WannaCry ransomware. Still running XP on some device? You’ll surely get another opportunity to regret it.
  • Jennifer Zaino catches us up on recent attempts to develop standards for the Internet of Things, notably a new W3C working group and services based on Linked Data.
  • Nir Eyal shares an excerpt from Nathalie Nahai’s new book, “Webs of Influence: The psychology of online persuasion.” Specifically, this excerpt is about persuasive video.

Working and the Workplace

  • Michael Lopp describes his daily morning calendar scrub. “If unscheduled time is zero, die a little inside.”
  • My Nguyen outlines what we need to know about ergonomics to stay healthy while riding a desk all day. Desk, monitor, keyboard, mouse, chair, and regular movement – all important!
  • Sara McCord considers the pros and cons of deleting LinkedIn connections you don’t actually know.


New PM Articles for the Week of May 8 – 14
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Dave Gordon is a project manager with over twenty five years of experience in implementing human capital management and payroll systems, including SaaS solutions like Workday and premises-based ERP solutions like PeopleSoft and ADP Enterprise. He has an MS in IT with a concentration in project management, and a BS in Business. He also holds the project management professional (PMP) designation, as well as professional designations in human resources (GPHR and SPHR) and in benefits administration (CEBS). In addition to his articles and blog posts, he curates a weekly roundup of articles on project management, and he has authored or contributed to several books on project management.