New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 1 – 7. And this week’s video: Thomas Frank recaps five lessons from “The Power of Habit,” by Charles Duhhig. Five minutes, safe for work.
Must read (or Listen)!
- Danny Vinik gets us up to speed on alternative work arrangements. It’s more than just the gig economy: from 2005 through 2015, all net job growth in the American economy was in contingent jobs. 18 minutes to read.
- Aarian Marshall reports that the development of self-driving cars has hit a technical wall—namely, safely coexisting with humans on the same road. 7 minutes to read.
- Linky van der Merwe gives us a primer on corporate social responsibility. Two minutes to read, plus an extensive infographic.
- Elizabeth Harrin asked 32 project management thought leaders how to make 2018 a successful year for our projects. She ended up with a long article (20 minutes to read) and an e-book.
- Mike Clayton contemplates developing our professional skills in 2018. 2 minutes to read.
- Brad Egeland identifies five key trends we’ll see develop in 2018 and beyond. 4 minutes to read.
- Ryan Hewitt shares his approach to planning for a workshop—he calls it the Seven P’s. 4 minutes to read.
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from the State of Scrum to highly progressive workplaces to designing a bulletproof product strategy. 9 outbound links, four minutes to browse.
- Johanna Rothman poses three questions to ask before estimating the cost of an Agile program. 6 minutes to read.
- Glen Alleman casts a critical eye on the notion of incremental delivery. Sometimes, the customer is looking for more than just a collection of user stories. 3 minutes to read.
- Jez Halford observes a key reason why software is often bad at whatever it was supposed to do: unconscious assumptions. 2 minutes to read.
- Jesse Fewell notes the frequent disconnect between what we do and why we do it. Video, about 5 minutes.
- Tim Runcie introduces us to some of the new Agile capabilities in MS Project. 6 minutes to read.
- Henny Portman reviews Dan Miller’s new book, Don’t Spook the Herd! How to get your agile projects running smoothly. 3 minutes to read.
- Art Petty tells us we need to embrace—even love—challenging conversations. They all have a “use by” date. 4 minutes to read.
- Michael Lopp shares three lessons gained from reflection: act last, read the room, and taste the soup. Code words for good advice. 6 minutes to read.
- Kiron Bondale tells a few stories of customer service—good and not so good. Passing the buck is a recipe for not good. 4 minutes to read.
- Gina Abudi notes that difficult stakeholders are not always behaving irrationally. 2 minutes to read.
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
- Tom Merritt reports on the top 5 technology trends to watch in 2018. Video, just under 2 minutes.
- Neil Barton makes four data technology adoption predictions for 2018. 3 minutes to read.
- Javier Augusto explains why people are the most important part of the innovation process. 8 minutes to read.
- Bruce Benson reflects on the A-teams and the B-teams, noting that the important ideas don’t usually come from the ones you might expect. 2 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Lisette Sutherland curates a massive list of resources and tools for remote workers. How massive? Nearly 200 entries.
- Will Fanguy shares a ten-step plan for eliminating distractions when working remotely. 6 minutes to read.
- Ciara McDonnell shares an infographic on managing your energy. 2 minutes to read.