New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 15 – 21. And this week’s video: a short clip from “Mr. Blandings Build His Dream House,” where Cary Grant learns what happens when you make a decision when you don’t understand the alternatives and don’t bother to ask for clarification. Just a minute, safe for work, as long as you aren’t standing under the lintels.
- Bertrand Duperrin casts a critical eye on ROI, business cases, and lying with numbers.
- Martin Seligman and John Tierney report on recent research that indicates the human mind is built to spend a lot of time considering the future—planning if you will.
- Ian Whittington explores the history of managing complexity in projects from the Iron Bridge constructed in the 18th century to today’s software systems with emergent behaviors.
- Glen Alleman explains measures of effectiveness and measures of performance as different points of view when examining a proposed product capability.
- Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy digs into the details to tutor us on managing stakeholder engagement, in a strategic way.
- Elizabeth Harrin interviews Kate Morris—convener of the PMI Australia Conference 2017 and practicing project manager—on managing a project manager’s conference.
- Michel Dion outlines the project closure report.
- Mike Clayton explains the Project Goal, a simple concept with profound implications. Just over two minutes, safe for work.
- Harry Hall suggests some effective ways to improve our communication skills.
- Elise Stevens shares lessons learned from alienating a key stakeholder in their first meeting.
- Stefan Wolpers curates his list of Agile content with a focus this week on team building, plus observations on the relationship between product discovery and product delivery.
- Mike Cohn describe four possible career paths for the accomplished Scrum master.
- Eli Woolery recaps five key insights gained from the inaugural Design Leadership Camp.
- The Clever PM conducts one of his “ten questions” interviews with Paul Jackson—product manager, user-centered design practitioner, and newsletter publisher.
- Renee Troughton describes the three patterns she has seen used for Agile delivery pipeline management at scale.
- Jeff Collins lists a half-dozen qualities of strong project leaders.
- Pat Weaver describes practical wisdom, “working out the right way to do the right thing in a particular circumstance.”
- Krister Ungerboeck reflects on the toxic legacy of Steve Jobs and his “wretched asshole” leadership style.
- Alex Puscasu describes Connie Gersick’s punctuated equilibrium model of group development. There’s more than just forming-storming-norming-performing-adjourning.
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
- John Goodpasture points out the complexity that is inevitably required to enable simplicity.
- James Sanders shares the smart person’s guide to ransomware.
- Paramita Ghosh lays out the currently expected use cases for artificial intelligence.
Working and the Workplace
- Art Petty critiques IBM recent announcement that it is ending remote working arrangements.
- Grace Windsor reminds us that until recently, leisure time was a marker of success. Then we decided that constant busyness indicated professionalism.
- Tom McFarlin reflects on managing the tension between work and vacation. As my Dad used to say, “You don’t own the business; the business owns you.”