New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 4 – 10. And this week’s video: Iyad Rahwan, associate professor at the MIT Media Lab, explores how Artificial Intelligence challenges our morality. If a driverless car must choose between killing five pedestrians crossing the street, or swerving to a wall and killing its own passenger, what should it do? A social dilemma! Just 14 minutes, safe for work.
- The PMBOK Guide—Sixth Edition is now available for order or complimentary PDF download, if you’re a current PMI member. 2 minutes to read this announcement page.
- Adam Shostack notes the hypocrisy in Equifax offering to protect the same consumer data that they just failed to protect. 2 minutes to read.
- Nancy Settle-Murphy interviews coach Paula Webster on how “mindfulness” helps us manage stress and stay in the moment. 7 minutes to read, 9 outbound links.
- Elizabeth Harrin lists seven must-read books on stakeholder engagement. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- Gina Abudi describes the Stakeholder Support Committee. 2 minutes to read.
- Ron Rosenhead applies the wisdom of Woody Allen to project sponsorship. 2 minutes to read.
- Susanne Madsen explains how we can create a strong team identity, beginning at the project kickoff. 4 minutes to read.
- Antonio Uncal wants us to approach the lessons learned meeting as an exercise in story-telling. 4 minutes to read.
- Bruce Benson casts a skeptical eye on methodologies that don’t acknowledge Second Order Ignorance. 3 minutes to read.
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list, from Deming’s Lean Production principle to jobs to be done, to Agile management anti-patterns. 12 outbound links, 3 minutes to browse.
- Johanna Rothman continues her series on Agile and Lean road mapping. 3 minutes to read part 2, 2 minutes to read part 3, and 3 minutes to read part 4.
- Mike Hill Tweeted an article and collected the bits in Storify—plainly, the 20th Century is over—on his Dan Pink-derived model of motivation, called RAMPS. 2 minutes to read.
- Ron Jeffries vamps on Mike Hill’s RAMPS. OK, mea culpa … 6 minutes to read.
- Erik Hansen introduces and justifies the Chaos user story—a way to insert something overlooked into an active sprint. Spock eyebrow-raise in three, two, one … 5 minutes to read.
- Glen Alleman resurrects Linus Pauling’s principle: we need to have lots of ideas and learn to throw out the bad ones. 3 minutes to read.
- Art Petty provides a few anecdotes that illustrate the need to “speak truth to power.” Bad ideas must be challenged—that’s sometimes the value we add. 4 minutes to read.
- Harry Hall suggests three positive phrases that motivate a team to higher performance. 2 minutes to read.
- Lew Sauder tells how to keep your team members accountable, without resorting to “passive-aggressive control freak douchey behavior.” 4 minutes to read.
- John Goodpasture extends an observation by Yuval Harari on organizing an army to organizing a project team. It’s not just a want; we need to believe. Just a minute to read.
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
- Kannan Chandrasegaran shares the non-techie’s guide to servers. 6 minutes to read.
- Jonathan Weisglass shows how to implement a project issue tracking database in Sharepoint. 3 minutes to read.
- Paramita Ghosh tutors us on the fundamentals of real-time analytics. The IoT is only one driver of this bundle of complexity. 7 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Barry Hodge shares several online resources for the freelance project manager to find virtual gigs. 6 minutes to read.
- Leigh Espy examines the project management career outlook across industries and in several key countries, through 2027. 3 minutes to read, plus an infographic.
- Michael Smith interviews Sophia Eng on “Hear Us Roar; a Manifesto for Women and Minorities in Startup, Tech, and Business Communities.” Video, 33 minutes.