New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 24 – 30. And this week’s video: Paul Brown provides a brief introduction to organizational change management. Just nine minutes, safe for work.
- NiMa Asghari lists some of the very real problems that drone delivery is going to solve. 4 minutes to read.
- Connor Forrest summarizes a report from Accenture naming the top five cyber security threats seen this year and recommended countermeasures. 2 minutes to read.
- Sean Gwaltney describes an interesting tool: the Purpose Breakdown Structure, which links strategic objectives, success criteria, and work packages. 6 minutes to read.
- Brendan Toner begins a three-part series on using the Critical Path method to deliver a project on time. 10 minutes to read.
- Elizabeth Harrin interviews Colin D. Ellis author of The Project Rots from the Head. Video with transcript, 4 minutes, safe for work.
- Barry Hodge takes the traditional 2 by 2 power and interest stakeholder matrix and maps each quadrant to an anthropomorphic animal. Embrace the metaphor! 6 minutes to read.
- Kerry Wills shares a model for how the share of a project manager’s four primary activities evolves over the life cycle of a project. 2 minutes to read.
- Vivien Goldstrong points out a few examples where cognitive computing might be useful in project management. 4 minutes to read.
- Craig Brown outlines twelve steps to project success. A minute or so to read.
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from why Spotify’s agile patterns work and why you shouldn’t copy them, to negotiation skills for product managers. 10 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- John Goodpasture describes Agile methods as a series of nested planning cycles, each with a different horizon.
- Leigh Espey explains the difference between a project manager role and a Scrum Master role. 5 minutes to read.
- Regis Armel Asseman has compiled a few “diet tips” for a healthy software product. Yeah, it’s a gimmick, but a well-written gimmick. 6 minutes to read.
- Ron Jeffries realizes that he wrote legacy code yesterday. And he probably will again, tomorrow. 2 minutes to read.
- Valerie Senyk unpacks the implications of the Agile Manifesto’s fifth principle. 4 minutes to read.
- Elyse Stevens interviews Jase Clamp on how a product manager handles stakeholder engagement. Audio only, 17 minutes, safe for work.
- Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy explains Herzberg’s Two-Factor theory of motivation. 3 minutes to read. Includes a video—4 minutes, safe for work.
- Lex Laufer and Jeff Russell make the case for managing by moving about: getting out and talking to the people, looking at the results. 2 minutes to read.
- Lew Sauder describes the characteristics of the leadership personality. 3 minutes to read.
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
- Glen Alleman explains why merely having a data set is insufficient to support a position—you also need a model that explains why you should be seeing that data. 3 minutes to read.
- Shuba Kathikeyan gives us a thumbnail of eleven programming languages suitable for DevOps. 4 minutes to read.
- Stefan Groschupf ruminates on what comes after Hadoop. Video, just over one minutes, safe for work.
Working and the Workplace
- Harry Hall lays out the critical steps to develop a successful buy – seller relationship. 3 minutes to read.
- Suzanne Lucas reports that the Japanese government is promoting telecommuting for several good reasons, including the 202 Olympics. Note: it’s not an event. 3 minutes to read.
- Jenny Blake provides guidelines on what tasks to delegate, illustrated with Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielson playing three guitars. 5 minutes to read.