New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 12 – 18. And this week’s video: a compilation of the things project managers say, do, and otherwise share. Just over three minutes, and more or less safe for work.
- Rich Armstrong suggests that we should start developing an inclusive culture by working less and focusing on professionalism.
- Adam Greenfield takes a (very) long look at the smartphone, which has completely transformed our society and social interactions in only ten years.
- Brad Stulber and Steve Magness describe the positive effects derived from letting the brain rest, from insights to preventing burnout.
- Alex Puscasu begins a 12-part series on risk management, with a description of project risk and a list of the articles to come.
- Harry Hall offers some risk management metaphors from the beach.
- John Goodpasture quickly summarizes “Algorithms to Live By: The computer science of human decisions,” by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths.
- Elizabeth Harrin interviews Linky ven der Merwe—just two of the most influential women in project management having a chat.
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from the evolution of the Agile manager to the illusion of measuring what customers want, to when and how to say “no.”
- Scott Sehlhorst explores four potential gains from Agile methods, requiring only lots of hard work.
- Dave Prior interviews Parikshit Basrur on his Agile Transformation Playbook. Just 34 minutes, safe for work.
- Ron Jeffries reflects on why we need a concept of “done” in Scrum, and why shorter sprints might help us learn to get everything done.
- Mike Cohn helps us get ready for summer with a list of things to do before the Scrum master goes on vacation. Agile is about responding to changes, right?
- Johanna Rothman continues her series on scaling Agile with an examination of Agile management, with a focus on flow efficiency.
- The Clever PM looks at the contribution that accepting uncertainty makes to Agile teams.
- Verena Frey points out the opportunity we get in a retrospective to reinforce the positive.
- John Wood explains how to develop a user experience strategy.
- Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy coaches us on how to fire people from our projects.
- Art Petty extols the inspirational value of the highly competent.
- Andy Kaufman interviews Andy Molinsky on his new book, “Reach,” and helping people step outside their comfort zones. Just 56 minutes, safe for work.
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
- Seth Godin points out some recent revolutions that completely changed the human experience, and a couple of new ones already in progress.
- John Yorke presents a short biography of Henry Ford, the man who first introduced what would become the Theory of Constraints, Lean, and workflow optimization to the workplace.
- Grace Windsor shares some “pro tips” on preparing effective Powerpoint presentations.
Working and the Workplace
- Madeleine Dore recaps the case for managing our energy, scheduling idle time, and preserving our focus.
- Kat Boogaard lays out some strategies for getting the most out of the sleep you can get, if eight hours is out of the question.
- Patrick Allen quotes Epictetus: “It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.”