New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 21 – 27. And this week’s video: Excel wizard Steve Equals True (get it?) shows how to create a project status spectrum chart in Excel. Just 8 minutes, safe for work.
Must read (or Listen)!
- Artur Kiulian explains why your next boss may be a robot. 7 minutes to read.
- Kara Swisher leads a techie discussion panel on the potential for finding tech workers in coal country. Podcast, just over an hour.
- Bertrand Duperrin recounts a fascinating conversation: “I did not go to school. I went to YouTube.” Peer-to-peer education has become a powerful force. 3 minutes to read.
- Elizabeth Harrin describes her new book: “Communicating Change: How to talk about project change.” 3 minutes to read (the article, not the book).
- Mike Clayton has curated a list of TED Talks for project managers. 24 outbound links, 5 minutes to browse, and hours of video content.
- Glen Alleman describes the concept of operations and explains why it is so valuable to project success. 4 minutes to read.
- Nick Pisano continues his examination of integrated project management, this time focusing on the economic aspects. 8 minutes to read.
- Stuart Easton explains that PMO’s have super-powers. At least, in business terms. 5 minutes to read.
- Allen Chilmeran describes key metrics that should be incorporated into project status reports. 10 minutes to read.
- Peter Landau shares the ultimate project status reporting checklist. 5 minutes to read.
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from feature factories (bad) to Agile project management (bad?) to creating psychological safety (undeniably good). 12 outbound links, 3 minutes to scan.
- Eli Woolery interviews Irene Au, one of the people who designed Netscape and continues to influence design at Google and beyond. Podcast, 32 minutes.
- Toyota alumnus Glen Morris explains the notion of Jidoka and what he and his team expect to gain from implementing self-monitoring machines. 4 minutes to read.
- The Clever PM interviews Jay Stansell of the Product Coalition on the start of the craft and applying design thinking to daily life. 6 minutes to read.
- Harry Hall tutors us on the techniques that can be used for stakeholder analysis. 2 minutes to read.
- Lynda Bourne describes a new metric for measuring the level of engagement that we need/want/expect/experience from our project stakeholders. 5 minutes to read.
- Roy Naquin reviews the basic techniques we can use to influence our stakeholders. 4 minutes to read.
- Art Petty tells us that we need to develop managers who lead—the behaviors of leadership are needed at all levels in the organization. 3 minutes to read.
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
- Rich Maltzman explains voltage optimization, and how organizations are saving money (and power) by changing their power supply to match their actual needs. 3 minutes to read.
- John McIntyre describes Holly, the holiday-bot that queries their HR system for absences and uses Slack to tell the PMO lead which project managers are out of the office. 3 minutes to read.
- Josh Wardini shared an extensive infographic on the history and current state of Poker-playing AI applications. 6 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Leigh Espy tells why you need to determine the purpose of your next meeting in order to get the most out of everyone’s time. 3 minutes to read.
- Michael Hyatt notes the point where delegation becomes an abdication of responsibility.
- Lisette Sutherland curates comments from past interviews on the fine points of managing remote teams. Podcast, 20 minutes.
- Michael Huber addresses overcoming isolation as a remote employee. 3 minutes to read.