New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 10 – 16. Note that this week marks an anniversary—I start curating this list seven years ago. And this week’s video: Brandon Rodriguez shares an interesting animation explaining the power of constraints on creativity and innovation. It turns out that we need at least a minimal box, after all. Just 5 minutes, safe for work.
Must read (or Hear)!
- Glen Alleman contrasts scheduling software release based on the cadence of the development team with scheduling based on needed product capabilities. 2 minutes to read.
- John Goodpasture explains the Hybrid (mixing Agile and established methods) Operating Principle: Agile projects are simultaneously strategically stationary and tactically iterative and emergent. 2 minutes to read.
- Umberto D’Alessandro shares a case study of a project that failed because they were not solving the actual problem. An excellent lesson in data collection and analysis. 8 minutes to read.
- Elizabeth Harrin interviews Pam Shergill on how she made the transition to project management by making herself redundant and now works as an independent project management consultant. 5 minutes to read.
- Elise Stevens interview Ashleigh Waters on really knowing your stakeholders. Podcast, 19 minutes, safe for work.
- Harry Hall tutors us on procurement management and how to improve our processes. 3 minutes to read.
- Pat Weaver reviews differences in the upcoming PMBOK Guide 6th Edition and how it will impact PMI’s professional credential exams. 5 minutes to read.
- Deb Schaffer gives us the basics on writing a problem statement. 5 minutes to read.
- Stefan Wolpers curates his list of Agile content, from product discovery and product-market fit to a hypothesis backlog, to a Manifesto for Change Management. 4 minutes to read, 11 links.
- Leigh Espy provides a detailed overview of the Scrum Master’s responsibilities. 6 minutes to read.
- Scott Selhorst starts with a sight gag and expands into a discussion of selected human behavior principles, as they apply to product design. 5 minutes to read.
- The Clever PM interviews Suzanne Abate on her latest project: collecting the stories, advice, and experience of 100 product managers. 6 minutes to read.
- Johanna Rothman explains how to create delivery milestones when using iteration-based methods. 4 minutes to read.
- Hemant Kothiyal tutors us on story points and how to use them. 4 minutes to read.
- John Yorke quotes ancient Roman Publilius Syrus to demonstrate that Agile thinking has a deeper history than you might imagine. 1 minute to read.
- Nancy Settle-Murphy extracts several essential questions from James Ryan’s book, “Wait, What, and Life’s Other Essential Questions.” 5 minutes to read.
- Gina Abudi recommends that you regularly ask your team for feedback: How well am I doing as a team leader? 2 minutes to read.
- Mike Clayton explains transformational leadership, as opposed to transactional leadership. Video, 5 minutes, safe for work.
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
- RTS Labs explains what Net Neutrality is and why it should matter to those of us who make our living with technology. 5 minutes to read.
- Prateek Singh explores Conway’s Law (“How do committees invent?”) and Little’s Law of queuing to chart a path to flat, customer-centered organizations. 11 minutes to read.
- Ryan Ogilvie notes the three special challenges that IT service managers face in communicating with their customers. 3 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Katie Perry collates a few action items for cubicle dwellers making the transition to digital nomads. 7 minutes to read.
- Rebecca Greenfield reports on a growing trend: the end of telecommuting. 4 minutes to read.
- Lisette Sutherland highlights five of her favorite segments from the last 50 Collaboration Superpower interviews. Podcast, 19 minutes, safe for work.
- Marcio Santos shared an infographic on common productivity killers and ways we can avoid them. 3 minutes to read.