New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 31 – August 6. And this week’s video: ShadowCat’s wonderfully haunting cover of Song of Exile, from King Arthur. Just over six minutes, safe for work. Audience alert: if you’re into distortion-laden industrial / electronica, skip this.
- Mike Griffiths expands on a quote from Dianna Larson, ”Knowledge work is learning work.” 4 minutes to read.
- Justin Bariso breaks down the legendary Steve Jobs’ response to a public insult, and why it was so effective. 4 minutes to read.
- Craig Morrison explains why the “little details” of the user experience matter so much to users. 8 minutes to read.
- Michael Wood offers three anecdotes that illustrate how to use visual techniques in project management. 7 minutes to read.
- Barry Hodge explains what and how to communicate at each project stage. 5 minutes to read.
- Glen Alleman tutors us on managing cost, schedule, and technical performance risk. 6 minutes to read.
- Harry Hall illustrates the Theory of Constraints with a poolside tale from his recent vacation. 5 minutes to read.
- Elizabeth Harrin interviews Chris Cook, author of The Entrepreneurial Project Manager. 5 minutes to read.
- Stefan Wolpers curates his list of all things Agile, from a case of failed product discovery to Agile misconceptions, to what Google has learned about creating effective teams. 3 minutes to browse, 11 outbound links.
- Dave Prior and Tim Wise discuss stretch goals that are positive for the team. Podcast, 22 minutes, safe for work.
- Mike Cohn describes common mistakes that Scrum masters make and tells how to correct them. 6 minutes to read.
- Jack Reed notes that some suggestions to improve the Daily Scrum might not be … improvements. 5 minutes to read.
- Johanna Rothman is up to Part 5 in her series on Creating Agile HR. This link is to the first part, and she has breadcrumbs you can follow. Each is 3 – 4 minutes to read.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Yazmin Darcy on preparing for and passing the PMI-ACP exam. And now she’s working on developing the sample exam questions for the exam. Podcast, 49 minutes, safe for work.
- Michael Lopp expounds on rumors that grow in the absence of communication, and the impact it has on both the team and the leader. 10 minutes to read.
- Art Petty shares a dozen ideas on how to conduct more effective meetings. 4 minutes to read.
- Mike Clayton covers commonly used stakeholder analysis and engagement techniques. 10 minutes to read.
- Elyse Stevens interviews Loretta Bayliss on how professional services firms should approach stakeholder engagement. Podcast,16minutes, safe for work.
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
- Dániel Mátyás Vincze provides a beginner’s guide to serverless architectures, also known as Function as a Service (FaaS). 7 minutes to read.
- Rich Malztman introduces the notion of “chunking,” the mind’s way of recognizing logical, coherent structures so we don’t bog down on the pieces. 3 minutes to read.
- Jennifer Zaino considers the impact of data quality on an Agile Data Strategy. 5 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Lisette Sutherland lists several up-and-coming virtual collaboration tools for remote teams. Podcast, 9 minutes, safe for work. The first minute is a poorly produced commercial – skip it.
- Natalie Warnert shares her approach to packing for a week into one carry-on. 3 minutes to read, 3 outbound links.
- Kerry Wills notes that some people ask questions in meetings to refine their understanding, while others … have other motives. 2 minutes to read.
- Katrina Davies rounded up a few articles on diagnosing and improving your emotional intelligence. 2 minutes to browse, 10 outbound links.