New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 27 – December 3. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton explains project change control—why it’s needed and how to manage it. 5 minutes, safe for work.
Must Read Predictions for 2018!
- George Krasadakis identifies the technologies and trends we should expect to spend our time on in 2018. 9 minutes to read.
- Keith Foote lists the Big Data trends for 2018, from BI to analytics to Cloud trends to the IoT to machine learning and AI. 7 minutes to read.
- Eric Bloom also weighs in with 14 business technology trends for 2018. 6 minutes to read.
- Elizabeth Harrin gives us seven scenarios where we should apply our best ethical judgment and behavior. 7 minutes to read.
- Richard Bayney takes us through a model for maximizing strategic value in our project portfolio. 6 minutes to read.
- Sam Huffman shares five quick tips for Microsoft Project users. How quick? Just a minute to read.
- Harry Hall explains how to define risk categories that are meaningful to your project’s problem domain. 2 minutes to read.
- Glen Alleman has collected some resources for the Cone of Uncertainty, a key principle for managing programs. 4 minutes to read.
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from macro trends to domains of business agility to innovation at scale. 3 minutes to read, 7 outbound links.
- Johanna Rothman notes that a successful adoption of Agile methods requires a parallel change to management culture.
- Dave Prior and Jurgen Appelo discuss the notion of measuring Scrum Master performance. Video, 7 minutes, safe for work.
- Joel Bancroft Connors and his invisible gorilla, Hogarth, address the question: does an Agile coach need coding skills to be effective? 5 minutes to read.
- Tom Cagley explains the difference between cycle time and throughput. And yes, the difference is more than just rhetorical. 4 minutes to read.
- Deepak Agnihotri explains why the Sprint Goal is important and notes some scenarios when the team may not be able to identify a goal. 4 minutes to read.
- John Goodpasture shares a diagram on metacognition—the ability of skilled decision makers to supplement recognized familiar patterns with processes to verify results and correct problems.
- Cesar Abeid and Traci Duez discuss the willingness to make a choice, based on our growth mindset (or, not). Podcast, 40 minutes, safe for work.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews new PMI Master Class graduate Jeff Kissinger on leading projects without authority. Podcast, 34 minutes, safe for work.
- Art Petty describes leadership at the intersection of logic and emotion. 5 minutes to read.
Technology, Techniques, and Frameworks
- Tamás Török goes into deep detail on best practices for developing a microservices architecture. Long read, about 15 minutes or so.
- Will Fanguy provides a comprehensive introduction to design systems. 10 minutes to read.
- Drew Davison describes the PACE framework—Process, Assets, Change, and Environment—for incorporating change management into project decisions.
- Luca Collina tutors us on embedding change management activities into our routine project execution activities. 6 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Rich Bellis reports on research by sleep expert Michael Breus that can help design your ideal workday, based on your chronotype. Apparently, I’m a Lion. 6 minutes to read.
- Michelle Guerrere gives us a tutorial on how to read body language, from face to posture to hands and feet. 3 minutes to read.
- Nick Bilton notes that we might really be near the end of the social media era. 5 minutes to read.