New PM Articles for the Week of August 28 – September 3

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 28 – September 3. And this week’s video: Project Chair Cyndi Dionisio and Vice Chair Dr. David Hillson explain what’s new in the PMBOK Guide 6th Edition, to be released on September 6. Less than 4 minutes, safe for work.

Must read (or Listen)!

  • Teena Maddox reports that technology companies are stepping up to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey dry out their cell phones. 7 minutes to read.
  • Guise Bule notes the impact of Hurricane Harvey and lists some steps that businesses need to take to protect data and IT assets from natural disaster. 4 minutes to read.
  • Marc Andreessen, Clayton Christensen, and Steven Levy discuss disruption theory, The Innovator’s Dilemma, modularity, and competing against luck. Podcast, 37 minutes.

Established Methods

  • Rich Maltzman explains how to read general business articles like a project leader. 2 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin tutors us on how organizational change management fits into project management. 5 minutes to read.
  • Roland Combes maps the complex mix of elements of a global IT project capacity into two delivery models. 3 minutes to read.
  • Glenn Alleman revisits his comments on why you don’t need Agile methods to avoid the Seven Deadly Sins of Project Management. Short intro, with 27 slides. Call it five minutes to read.
  • Harry Hall tells how to engage stakeholders through an internal project blog. 3 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton contrasts the PMP and CAPM, two different qualifications based on the same body of knowledge. 6 minutes to read.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly Agile connections, from a skeptic’s embrace of design thinking to Agile / DevOps / continuous delivery to product discovery. 11 outbound links, 3 minutes to scan.
  • Kaysie Garza on design thinking: why you need it and how to put it into practice. 14 outbound links, 4 minutes to read. Take the time to scan the links before you get too deep into any of them, unless you’re already familiar with the concepts.
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors and his invisible gorilla, Hogarth, look at the pitfalls of using metrics to manage Agile adoption. 6 minutes to read.
  • Mike Griffiths gives us the details on the new Agile Appendix to the 6th Edition of the PMBOK, plus the all new Agile Practice Guide. 4 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman starts a new series, describing alternatives for creating Agile and Lean product roadmaps. 5 minutes to read.
  • Shashank Sinha shares his approach to managing technical debt in a Scrum team. 2 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • John Goodpasture decants the lessons (and value) of myth-making from Yuval Harrari’s book, “Sapiens.” 2 minutes to read.
  • Art Petty tells how to recognize and seize the opportunities when management identifies a need for organizational changes. 3 minutes to read.
  • Justin Bariso analyzes an exemplary Email from Elon Musk to Tesla employees outlining his corporate communication philosophy. 4 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas observes the leader as teacher: not a micro-manager, but a facilitator of the process of learning. 3 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Amber Lee Dennis presents a case study on how Office Depot benefitted from the implementation of a master data management solution. 5 minutes to read.
  • αλεx π (everybody’s gotta have a name) reviews three books on the ways that math and statistics can be misused. 6 minutes to read.
  • Kindra Hall analyzes the common failure modes of the question and answer sessions that follow your presentation. 3 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Bertrand Duperrin sees the remote work “wave” beginning to recede. 4 minutes to read.
  • Travis Bradberry lists the nine skills he recommends we master that will deliver life-long value. 7 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland reflects on some of the disadvantages of using video conferencing. Podcast (no video), 11 minutes, safe for work.


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New PM Articles for the Week of August 28 – September 3
New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 28 – September 3
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