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.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of October 9 – 15

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

Must read!

  • 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.

Established Methods

  • 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.

Agile Methods

  • 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.

Applied Leadership

  • 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.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of October 2 – 8

New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 2 – 8. And this week’s video: Simon Sinek details the four barriers to Millennial success—bad parenting, social media addiction, learned impatience, and the corporate environment. 16 minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Dieter Bohn interviews Google CEO Sundar Pichai on their efforts to balance the ethical use of AI, both online and in hardware, with “getting it right.” 8 minutes to read.
  • Alison DeNisco identifies the surprisingly common reasons so few women who take “Intro to Computer Science” graduate with a CS degree. 15 minutes to read.
  • Reuters reports that HP Enterprise allowed the Russian government to review the source code for ArcSight, the cybersecurity system used by the US military and much of the private sector. 6 minutes to read, but I understand that the Russians were given more time than that.

Established Methods

  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy tutors us on the vocabulary and concepts of project quality management. 4 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin explains how to “do” document version control, both automatically and manually. 3 minutes to read, with a 1-minute video, safe (but loud) for work.
  • Mike Clayton lists the key changes to the PMBOK in the 6th 8 minutes to read.
  • Michael Wood describes a practical approach to portfolio management as a dynamic continuum. 6 minutes to read.
  • Nick Pisano notes that project performance data has to be timely to be actionable. 10 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture quotes Confucius in describing the impact of lousy data on decision-making. Less than 2 minutes to read, and the green grass grew all around, all around …

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list, from pitfalls awaiting those who would scale Agile to “the ultimate list of product and design resources.” 2 minutes to scan, 9 outbound links.
  • Shane Hastie interviews Johanna Rothman and Mike Griffiths on the PMI / Agile Alliance joint development of the Agile Practice Guide. 24 minutes to read.
  • Lucho Salazar maps Agile concepts and values onto the old Iron Triangle to get an … Agile Triangle. 3 minutes to read.
  • John Yorke decries overproduction—the creation of features or other products that aren’t really needed—as the most wasteful of wastes. 4 minutes to read.
  • Mike Cohn invokes Goldilocks in telling us to add just the right amount of detail to user stories. 2 minutes to read.
  • Travis Birch notes an interesting phenomenon: about half of the people he knows who use Scrum were required to use it. 2 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Gina Kawalek describes seven key competencies for the next generation of leaders. 5 minutes to read.
  • Harry Hall notes five bad communications habits we need to break. Three minutes to read.
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy shares some tips for building trusting relationships across virtual teams, based on building and reinforcing behavioral norms. 5 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Mike Griffiths describes the Inverted Classroom model, blending online resources with in-person instruction. Attend lectures at home and do homework in class? 3 minutes to read.
  • Febin John James explains how to protect your password from artificial intelligence guessers. For a little while longer, anyway. 2 minutes to read.
  • Paramita Ghosh tutors us on the fundamentals of predictive analysis. Build your vocabulary now, because you’re going to see this in a future project. 5 minutes to read.
  • Maurik-Jan Veenman notes the growing collection of internet of things (IoT) instances in his life, including some you wouldn’t notice. 2 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Leigh Espy identifies and describes the rungs on the project manager career ladder. 7 minutes to read.
  • Steve Lohr reports on current trends in office design—now there is “a palette of places.” 10 minutes to read.
  • Keri Wiginton interviews sleep scientist Matthew Walker, who punctures any remaining illusions you might have about how little sleep you need. 4 minutes to read.

Enjoy!