New PM Articles for the Week of July 4 – 10

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 4 – 10. And this week’s video: Nick Bostrom’s TED talk on why machine learning will eventually require machines to have human values.

Must read!

  • Art Petty points to Volkswagen as example of what happens when an ethical lapse allows an organization to take a shortcut to success.
  • Daniel Newman looks into the business potential of chatbots and deep learning. If you manage projects with customer-facing capabilities, this stuff is in your near future.
  • Henny Portman describes the changes to the latest refresh of the Scrum Guide.

Established Methods

  • Nick Pisano makes an elegant case for trial and error, and always being in a yellow status.
  • Glen Alleman builds on the baseball metaphor in “Moneyball” to illustrate the need to manage software development, based on continuous analysis.
  • Harry Hall recounts a recent health scare to illustrate how to identify and deal with “sneaky” risks.
  • Mike Cohn recommends two simple actions that will help meeting participants be more mindful.
  • Isidora Roskic covers the basics of stakeholder management, from a team perspective.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews test preparation coach Julie DeSot on how to identify the correct answer in the PMP exam. Just 39 minutes, safe for work.

Agile Methods

  • Ryan Ripley interviews Ellen Gottesdiener on the importance of discovery as an enabler of delivery. Just 17 minutes, safe for work.
  • David Taber has some very specific recommendations for making Agile methods and traditional waterfall concepts work together.
  • Jeff Himmelright shares an interactive team training exercise in responding to unexpected contingencies, inspired by a scene in Apollo 13.
  • Aaron Smith summarizes the key findings in the recent Changepoint study, “Business Agility: Is It Easy to Pivot?”

Applied Leadership

  • Braden Kelly expounds on the value of thought leadership.
  • Apple Pineda explains why it takes a different approach to earn a Millenial’s loyalty.
  • Andy Jordan looks at some of the issues related to managing multiple generations in the workplace.
  • David Cotgreave notes that project risk management and handling requires a team where everyone’s opinion is considered – not just the leader’s.
  • Brad Egeland lists a few reasons why the human touch is still needed in project management – robots need not apply.

Working and the Workplace

  • Bertrand Duperrin describes the need to “consumerize” the workplace: “If they had to pay to rent the workplace, would they pay or look for another place?”
  • James Clear makes an interesting point: our environment imposes limits that we can’t easily change, no matter how motivated we are.
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Michael Sliwinski on maximizing productivity by actively curating notifications and interruptions. Just 40 minutes, safe for work.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Nicole Nader, who makes the case for women attending a project management networking event. Just 21 minutes, safe for work.
  • Bruce Harpham interviews technical recruiter Ronald Yoon for insights on how recruiting works and what recruiters are looking for.
  • Susanne Madsen tells us how to demonstrate leadership, on the way to earning your next promotion.

Enjoy!

New Post at AITS: Why #NoEstimates is a Rough Finish for Your IT Career

AITSBloggingAllianceMy newest post for AITS has been published: Why #NoEstimates Is a Rough Finish for Your IT Career. In it, I show what #NoEstimates sounds like to business people, with an example that’s close to home.

As a former programmer, I understand the mindset. But too many people who should know better are suggesting that #NoEstimates alternatives to planning and scheduling are viable. While it might have worked for one or two unusual cases, it is no more generally applicable than low-gravity golf clubs [obscure Apollo program reference].

As always, thanks for taking the time to read my stuff. After nearly six years of blogging, I’ve grown to really appreciate the people who care enough about the profession to stay current by reading. It’s a comfort to know that I ‘m in good company!

New PM Articles for the Week of February 15 – 21

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 15 – 21. And this week’s video: an all-star jam on Franklin’s Tower.

Must read!

  • Cameron Conaway tells about the culture at FlexJobs, a job site for telecommuting and other non-traditional positions, where the staff lives exactly that style of work.
  • Seth Godin explains how we should talk about our projects. Not in the marketing sense, but in the strategic sense. Fundamentally, all projects are business activities.
  • Michael O’Brochta uses examples from the Flint, Michigan water scandal and the Titanic disaster to argue that ethical behavior contributes to project success.

Established Methods

  • Cesar Abeid interviews former DeLorean Motor Cars executive Barrie Wills on the saga of the most innovative care of the 1980’s. Just over an hour, safe for work.
  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Lorraine Chapman as part of her series, Inspiring Women in Project Management.
  • Glen Alleman points out the difference between user stories and requirements.
  • Aaron Smith relates the top ten business analysis trends, as identified by TwentyEighty Strategy Execution.
  • Harry Hall explains how to identify project risks using a structured holistic approach.

Agile Methods

  • Johana Rothman delivered a three-part series on getting past command and control management on the way to Agile. Here’s part two and part three.
  • Saad Ali Jan gets philosophical on automating software testing (and what not to automate).
  • Donna Reed lists some of the common methods Agile teams use to measure and communicate progress.

Applied Leadership

  • Ryan Ogilvie explores the Greek discipline of rhetoric, in an effort to improve our ability to persuade and influence.
  • The Clever PM explains the finer points of leading through influence, when managing those above you in the org chart.
  • Martin Webster lists the things strong leaders do in a crisis.
  • Jesse Lynn Stoner explains the greatness of Abraham Lincoln, an ordinary man who saved a nation.
  • Steven Levy extracts lessons learned from the failure of on-line magazines at Yahoo.
  • Art Petty notes three lessons video game designers can teach us about implementing organizational change.
  • Liane Davey tells how to lead your team through the turmoil usually associated with organizational change.
  • Sarah Hood suggest that we deal with the “elephant in the room” head on, rather than let it remain an unspoken fear.
  • Kerry Wills observes that the problem with superheroes is that they need villains to fight. Not productive in a collaborative environment!

Pot Pouri

  • Bernard Marr reports on the Big Data technologies being leveraged to fight the Zika virus.
  • Cal Newport, author of “Deep Work,” proposes an interesting way to limit the type and number of interruptions you agree to accept: the attention charter.
  • Coert Visser calls our attention to recent research which found, “Winning a competition engenders subsequent unrelated unethical behavior.”
  • Maria Popova extracts a lesson on developing resilience found in Seneca’s “Letters from a Stoic.”

Enjoy!