New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 9 – 15. And this week’s video: Caitria and Morgan O’Neill explain how they became disaster recovery project managers on the day their hometown (including their home) was hit by a tornado. 9 minutes, safe for work. #MillennialsSteppingUp
- Ben Evans does a generational study of dominant tech firms and finds that GAFA (Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon) are 3X the scale of Wintel. 5 minutes to read.
- Eshe Nelson summarizes the work of Nobel Prize winner Richard Thaler, who examines the flaws and biases in human nature that drive us to make bad decisions. 5 minutes to read.
- Nir Eyal and Lakshmi Mani focus on confirmation bias—how it works inside your brain, and how to deal with it when trying to function in the real world. 5 minutes to read.
- Elizabeth Harrin interviews Jonathan Clay, PMI UK’s incoming president on the upcoming Synergy conference and what’s next for the chapter. 5 minutes to read.
- Mike Clayton answers the rhetorical question: should I get a project management qualification? 10 minutes to read, 7 outbound links.
- Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy tutors us on project quality assurance. 6 minutes to read.
- Kiron Bondale suggests that, in addition to defining project success factors, we should define what would constitute a project failure.
- Kerry Wills lists five guiding principles for an agile portfolio. 2 minutes to read.
- Harry Hall lists seven project management influencers to watch. Thanks for including me in such esteemed company! 3 minutes to read.
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of all things Agile, from scaling Spotify to uncontrollable technical debt to cost of delay. 3 minutes to scan, 9 outbound links.
- John Yorke’s new Kanban training board game is almost ready for general distribution, but he’s looking for feedback. Seems really interesting. 3 minutes to read.
- Johanna Rothman explores minimalism—how little can we do and yet still be effective? Just over a minute to read.
- Shane Billings articulates the type of “deviations” needed to adapt a plan (connect the moving dots) in a fast-changing environment.
- Jesse Fewell calls out the haters—“Hate is not an Agile value.” Attack the problem, not the person. 4 minutes to read the text, 5 minutes for the podcast. Safe for work.
- Eli Woolery and Aarron Walter interview Jake Knapp, father of the design sprint and author of Sprint. 2 minutes to read the article, 57 minutes for the podcast.
- John Goodpasture notes that any activity at scale requires strangers to work together effectively. Which requires things like currency, bureaucracy, and the rule of law. 2 minutes to read.
- Art Petty maps out the distinctions between a team and a group. Yes, groups are useful, too. 4 minutes to read.
- Kat Boogaard shares some legitimate tactics for becoming a thought leader. Yes, thought leaders are leaders. 3 minutes to read.
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
- Ryan Ogilvie gives us a detailed plan for improving business support. 7 minutes to read.
- The Nuvro blog has a new article on how to create a customer success team. 5 minutes to read.
- Vaibhav Aparimit begins a series on the fundamentals of system design with definitions of reliability more accurately resilience), scalability, and maintainability. 2 minutes to read.
- Karik Patel explains augmented analytics and tells us why it matters. 3 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Michael Lopp describes that moment when the Old Guard and the New Guard actually come together for the first time—in a moment of crisis. 5 minutes to read.
- Suzanne Lucas explains how to keep working when you’re depressed (and shares some insights into managing depressed people). 5 minutes to read.
- Seth Godin: “Sonderis defined as that moment when you realize that everyone around you has an internal life as rich and as conflicted as yours.” 1 minute to read.