New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 7 – 13. And this week’s video: Harry Hall explains how to identify, evaluate, engage, and influence your project stakeholders. Just 9 minutes, safe for work.
- Suzanne Lucas recaps recent events at Google, following the outing and firing of James Damor. Not surprisingly, Googlers are now afraid of being outed and fired. 3 minutes to read.
- Andreas Sandre rounds up some rankings and statistics on gender and racial diversity among large technology companies. 3 minutes to read and well worth the time.
- John Goodpasture reacts to John Kao’s auteur model of innovation, pointing out that the most successful innovation auteur was the late Steve Jobs. 2 minutes to read.
- Pat Weaver observes that there is more to project success than benefits realization and meeting initial cost and schedule targets. 4 minutes to read.
- Elizabeth Harrin interviews William Davis, creator of Excel-based Statistical Pert, who explains the difference between predicting and forecasting. 4 minutes to read.
- Leigh Espy describes the project sponsor role and explains what to do when you have a weak sponsor. 6 minutes to read.
- Lew Sauder recounts an anecdote that illustrates the fine line between giving the project sponsor too much information and not enough. 3 minutes to read.
- Elise Stevens interviews Sabina Janstrom on the importance of stakeholder engagement to project portfolio management. Podcast, 20 minutes, safe for work.
- Nick Pisano examines the failures of project management that can only result in an inadequate form of project monitoring. 15 minutes or so to read.
- John McIntyre advises PMO leaders to ignore Waterfall vs. Agile and other false dichotomies in favor of choosing the best methods and tools for each project. 4 minutes to read.
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from cultural revolutions to scaling autonomous teams, to high-performance teams. 11 outbound links, 3 minutes to browse.
- Rich Mironov recommends we abandon the generic “user” and “customer” in favor of more specific role identities. And he goes off on a good rant, too. 5 minutes to read.
- Johanna Rothman identifies progress measurements that can be effective at the program level.
- Atul Sinha explores the parameters of a “definition of ready” for a user story. 2 minutes to read.
- Henny Portman summarizes a new book by Jeff Gothelf and Josh Seiden, “Lean UX – Designing Great Products with Agile Teams.” 3 minutes to read.
- The Clever PM explains why silence works in facilitating communication, how to use it effectively, and how to combine it with active listening. 4 minutes to read.
- Kara Swisher hosts “Built for Growth” authors Chris Kuenne and John Danner on becoming a great entrepreneur. Podcast, 56 minutes, mostly safe for work.
- Bertrand Duperrin notes that successful transformation projects require that we expose the corporate culture to change. 3 minutes to read.
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
- Ryan Ogilvie points out the software asset management selling points that will appeal to executive decision makers. 3 minutes to read.
- Russell Brandom reports on the current, weakened state of two-factor authentication. “In 2017, just having two-factor is no longer enough.” 8 minutes to read.
- Conner Forrest reports that Bill Burr, who wrote the NIST guidelines for password standards, “regrets” that advice. Good news: there’s an update available. 2 minutes to read.
- Kamesh Ganeson explains ISO 22301, a widely-used standard for business continuity management. 4 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Rebecca Collins notes that 79% of knowledge workers work from home, and offers some suggestions on facilitating their success. 3 minutes to read.
- Lisette Sutherland interviews Nenad Maljkovic on permaculture and designing sustainable remote systems. Podcast, 35 minutes, safe for work.
- Thomas Oppong gives us a pep talk: stop managing your time and start owning it, through time boxing, the Pomodoro Technique, prioritizing, and just saying no. 5 minutes to read.