New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 25 – October 1. And this week’s video: Harry Hall suggests a way to identify project risks by starting with success. Two minutes, safe for work.
Must read (or Listen)!
- Vivek Murthy, former US Surgeon General, describes the “loneliness epidemic” in terms of both the impact on our health and our productivity. 12 minutes to read.
- Matthew Biggins frets that, given recent advances in virtual reality and augmented reality, at some point, actual reality will feel fake. 5 minutes to read.
- Katie Heaney gets some expert opinions on the continuum between analytical thinking and “going with your gut.” It’s not a binary choice! 6 minutes to read.
- Elizabeth Harrin provides a detailed plan for communicating with your stakeholders when you don’t have time for meetings. 4 minutes to read.
- Dmitriy Nizhebetskiyrecommends a list of project management books (14) and software tools (13). 8 minutes to read, 24 outbound links.
- Mike Clayton goes to his bookshelf for the best personal effectiveness books for project managers. 16 books, 12 minutes to read.
- Chris Matts continues his series on the three levels of metric maturity. 3 minutes to read.
- Glen Alleman shares a webcast by Dr. Barry Boehm on the incremental commitment spiral model of software development. Just over an hour, long intro, safe for work.
- Johnny Beirne interviews Stephen Carver on resilience can help us thrive in a VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity) world. 21 minutes, safe for work.
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from slicing user stories to the Team Culture model to the origins of the design sprint. 9 outbound links, 3 minutes to browse.
- Johanna Rothman concludes her series on alternatives for Agile and Lean road mapping, with part 6 (4 minutes to read) and part 7 (3 minutes to read).
- Mike Cohn identifies five common mistakes teams make in splitting user stories and suggests avoidance strategies. 10 minutes to read, but worth your time.
- Henny Portman reviews The Scrum Culture: Introducing Agile methods in organizations, by Dominik Maximini. 3 minutes to read.
- Dave Prior interviews Michael de la Maza and Dhaval Panchal talk about their new book Agile Coaching: Wisdom from Practitioners. 33 minutes, safe for work.
- Christopher Lewis tells us that great Scrum Masters are first good product owners. 4 minutes to read.
- Adam Shostack analyzes the “resignation” of CEO Richard Smith from Equifax. It’s not about the breach, but the response to the breach. 4 minutes to read.
- Art Petty expands on four key components of strategy execution. 5 minutes to read.
- Bertrand Duperrin reviews Marketplace 3.0: Rewriting the rules of borderless business, by Hiroshi Mikitani. 4 minutes to read.
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
- Natalie Warnert explains the concept of learned helplessness and tells us how to unlearn 4 minutes to read.
- Kamil Tamiola notes that poorly written “scientific” articles on AI and machine learning drive “… bizarre levels of anxiety among the public, press, science and tech investors.” 5 minutes to read.
- Seth Godin explores the difference between pleasure (which you can buy) and happiness (which you can’t), in under 2 minutes.
Working and the Workplace
- April Kilcrease summarizes the backlash against the open office layout movement. 5 minutes to read.
- Brendan Toner reviews day planner and to-do list app Focuster. 6 minutes to read.
- Hilary Potkewitz reports on the early morning routines of the well-organized: 4:00 AM is the new 7:00 AM. 5 minutes to read; 1 embedded video, 4 minutes.
- Darius Foroux shares his take on prioritizing, planning, and time blocking. “Time Blocking is more than just a productivity tool. It’s about self-awareness.” 4 minutes to read.