New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 19 – 25. And this week’s video: Elizabeth Harrin shows how to create a video version of your presentation using Lumen5.com. Less than seven minutes, safe for work, and highly recommended!
- Darragh Broderick links us to six TED talks that can help us master critical communication skills. Definitely, take the time to listen to the talks by William Ury and Colin Camerer.
- Harry Hall suggests some ways we can apply the principles described by Joshua Becker in “The More of Less: Finding the life you want under everything you own” to project management.
- Dan O’Sullivan details the losses in the newly discovered leak of data collected on behalf of the Republican National Committee. Personal data on nearly all of 200 million eligible voters—the mind boggles that this much data could be left completely exposed.
- Michel Dion observes that there is an objective to each meeting, beyond the one reflected in the agenda.
- John Goodpasture shares a great picture of F-35 program manager Vice Admiral David Venlet standing in front of a low-tech, high-information dashboard. Paper still gets it done!
- Alex Puscasu posted eight more articles fleshing out his Risk Management Guide. This is the one on Risk Assessment; click on the Guide link for the rest.
- Mike Clayton explains the history and details of the Tuckman model of group development, and how well it applies to project teams. Just six minutes, safe for work.
- Glen Alleman clarifies some common misinterpretations of the Cone of Uncertainty.
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from abandoning Scrum in favor of Kanban, to how effective teams work, to crappy product roadmaps.
- Natalie Warnert explains why carrying unfinished work over to the next sprint is wasteful.
- Dave Prior posts links to three podcasts that explain Cost of Delay in terms that even he understands. Just 35, 26, and27 minutes, respectively. All safe for work.
- Johanna Rothman concludes her series on “scaling” Agile, with a look at how change works at the culture level.
- Leigh Espy lists nine best practices for the Daily Scrum meeting.
- The Clever PM has some recommendations on how you can expand your product management skill set. Good suggestions for Scrum Masters and project managers, too.
- John Maher suggests that the Drexler / Sibbert team performance model might be more useful for Agile teams than the Tuckman team development model.
- Bertrand Duperrin quotes Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, “Speed is the new currency of business.” And since humans are still the linchpins of business, that’s a problem.
- Scott Berkun comments on Netflix’s newly updated description of their culture: good, questionable, and off the mark.
- Art Petty notes that good leaders ask questions and listen to the answers, while bad ones talk about themselves even though nobody cares.
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
- Adam Shostack tutors us on threat modeling. “Under attack” is the new normal, folks …
- Charles Roe explains Data Governance, Data Modeling, and Data Management. The differences are significant.
- Mike Girdler explains why our process mapping techniques and outputs suck. But, there’s hope.
- Faisal Hoque links mindfulness to productivity and effective leadership. Sweep the floor and then drink some tea …
Working and the Workplace
- Maddy Osman has eight suggestions for making Email a less demanding part of your working day.
- Richard Moy identifies four warning signs that you need to get up and take a five-minute break so you can get back to being productive.
- The Daily Mail conducted a survey to determine the fifty most annoying office jargon terms, from “blue-sky thinking” to “ASAP.”