New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 22 – 28. And this week’s video: The Allman Brothers Band, live at the Beacon Theatre in New York in 2003, performing “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More.” Rest in peace, Gregg.
- Eric Garton makes the case for managing human capital as carefully and rigorously as we manage financial capital (which is cheaper and far more plentiful).
- Robert Austin and Gary Pisano report on the growth of neurodiversity—actively recruiting candidates and accommodating employees with autism and similar conditions—in the corporate world.
- Brandon Vigliarolo reports that stolen (and exploitable) data from every single Fortune 500 company has been found on the DarkNet.
- Elizabeth Harrin summarizes the high-level changes coming in the Sixth Edition of the PMBOK. To be released in 3Q17, with exam changes in 1Q18.
- Mike Donoghue identifies the characteristics that make a project complex, from technical to financial to … well, lots of stuff.
- Lynda Bourne reviews the various biases and political influences that may apply when using reference classes to calculate management reserves.
- Mike Clayton explains how the linear responsibility chart connects work breakdown structure to resources. Just six minutes, safe for work.
- Leigh Espy defines, compares, and contrasts Waterfall and Agile.
- The Clever PM makes the case for managing to data, as opposed to going with your gut or best guess.
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from resilient teams to Agile at scale, to Reddit for product managers, to revisiting Deming’s 14 points.
- Johanna Rothman starts a series of articles to define “Scaling Agile,” so we all have a common vocabulary to argue with.
- Scott Sehlhorst gives his thoughts on achieving Agile at Scale, focusing on product management.
- Rex Lester lists what he believes to the three most important Agile practices. Actually, these are applicable to just about everything from retail to medical care.
- John Yorke notes the difference between a deliberate culture and a reflective culture. You can’t change the behavior (and culture) of the group simply by changing processes.
- Bob Tarne reflects on the nature of estimates, as he waits for the airline to resolve an unspecified technical issue.
- Harry Hall shares some techniques for improving your presentations.
- Elise Stevens interviews Dr. Ginger Levin on embracing and exploiting change. Just 28 minutes, safe for work.
- John Goodpasture notes that those driving change won’t get much support from the people who will benefit from the change because they have experienced it yet.
- Seth Godin shares an insight: people resist change because they are rewarded for being competent, and change brings the risk of incompetence.
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
- Brendan Toner reviews Hyper Plan, a two-dimensional task manager. Looks interesting, but no mobile option.
- Lee Munroe gets us started on user testing as a component of UX research.
- David Schlesinger gives us the high points on implementing encryption for network assets, including an allowable exception for executives and their admins.
Working and the Workplace
- Maddy Osman shares her collected practices for maintaining productivity when working from home.
- Lisette Sutherland talks with Ralph van Roosmalen about a way for remote teams to make decisions on the fly, using a shared document. Just 12 minutes, safe for work.
- Art Petty suggests we think of career planning as an adventure into parts unknown.