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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.