New PM Articles for the Week of October 16 – 22

New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 16 – 22. And this week’s video: motivational psychologist Edward Deci explains self-determination theory, including autonomous motivation, controlled motivation, and basic psychological needs at a high level. Just 8 minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Michael Karnanaprakorn, CEO and founder of Skillshare, describes his annual Think Week, which he adopted from Bill Gates. Even a Think Weekend is a good thing. 3 minutes to read.
  • Art Petty says we can improve the quality of our group decisions by analyzing and stress testing our assumptions, using techniques like red teaming, fracking, and mapping. 5 minutes to read.
  • Amber Lee Dennis points out the hidden opportunity in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): transforming our existing records to a more actionable form. 5 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • Kiron Bondale defends one of the tools removed in the PMBOK 6th Edition—the Critical Chain Method. 2 minutes to read.
  • Barry Hodge notes the benefits of working as a virtual project manager and how to get started. I’ve been doing it for years, and would never go back to a commute. 3 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman debunks the silly claim that process reduces agility. Who keeps coming up with this nonsense, anyway? 2 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews Bridging the Project Management Competency Gap, by Rich Maltzman and Loredana Abramo. 3 minutes to read.
  • Henny Portman reviews Johanna Rothman’s new book, Manage Your Project Portfolio—2nd Edition. 4 minutes to read.
  • Amy Hamilton tutors us on stakeholder identification. 3 minutes to read, plus a 4-minute roadside video, safe for work.
  • Mike Clayton explains the concepts of Objectives and Key Results in describing project deliverables. Just 5 minutes, safe for work.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from team building without rock stars to psychological safety to why SAFe might be just command and control thinking. 3 minutes to scan, 7 outbound links.
  • David Sabine dissects Jeff Sutherland’s occasional claim that Scrum breaks the Iron Triangle. 3 minutes to read.
  • Jen Bunk interviews Johanna Rothman on how she got started, early microcomputer tech, and why project problems are really people problems. 45 minutes, safe for work.
  • Travis Birch explains Kanban in just under a minute.
  • Roopak Jain compares estimating using story points with estimating hours of effort. 3 minutes to read.
  • John Yorke describes his new Kanban game, Motor City. You, too, can be a titan of table-top industry! 2 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Bertrand Duperrin considers the four generations now in the workforce and how to manage for retention. 2 minutes to read.
  • Daniel Lock identifies four actionable triggers of intrinsic motivation. 4 minutes to read.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy gives us a few tools to enable leading successfully without positional authority. 5 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Connor Forrest reports on the KRACK vulnerability that will affect nearly every Wifi network and device. 2 minutes to read.
  • Michelle Knight provides concise, clear definitions of taxonomy, ontology, and metadata. Each a minute or so to read.
  • Suraj Chatrath points out the potential role of a business analyst in data science applications. 4 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Brendan Toner begins a series of articles summarizing the key features of available day planner apps. If you haven’t read his past articles, this is definitely his area of expertise. 5 minutes to read.
  • Lew Sauder breaks down the key elements of being proactive—planning ahead, being organized, prioritizing, and acting quickly. 3 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland shares some ideas for conducting a hybrid meeting—those with a mix of remote and in-person attendees. 11 minutes, safe for work.


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New PM Articles for the Week of October 16 – 22
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Dave Gordon is a project manager with over twenty five years of experience in implementing human capital management and payroll systems, including SaaS solutions like Workday and premises-based ERP solutions like PeopleSoft and ADP Enterprise. He has an MS in IT with a concentration in project management, and a BS in Business. He also holds the project management professional (PMP) designation, as well as professional designations in human resources (GPHR and SPHR) and in benefits administration (CEBS). In addition to his articles and blog posts, he curates a weekly roundup of articles on project management, and he has authored or contributed to several books on project management.

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