New PM Articles for the Week of July 17 – 23

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 17 – 23. And this week’s video: in this TEDx talk, Allan Pease gets deep into the meaning, power, and history of the handshake. Just 14 minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Lynda Bourne reports that the UK government is seeing significant improvements in the way they are delivering major projects, by improving governance. 4 minutes to read.
  • Michael Wood takes a mid-year look at seven technologies at or just beyond the tipping point, ready to disrupt the way we do business. 5 minutes to read.
  • Adam Shostack threat-models password managers in general, and cloud-stored 1Password in particular. 4 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • Praful Saklani notes that “small data,” associated with a narrow set of terminology, can be the basis for very powerful AI applications. 4 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture reminds us that most of our projects only produce “small data,” which is better analyzed using Bayesian techniques. 2 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton tutors us on Moscow Analysis, as used for analyzing the proposed scope of a project. Video, 5 minutes, safe for work.
  • Elise Stevens checklists six questions that new project managers should ask when meeting stakeholders. 3 minutes to read.
  • Kamesh Gaeson points out the value of the PRINCE2 project management framework (and certifications), from a project manager’s point of view. 5 minutes to read.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from getting Agile to work in your organization to making the C-suite more agile. 11 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Tamás Török polled ten leaders of tech startup companies, asking how they prioritize what their software teams are working on at any moment. One size does not fit all! 12 minutes to read.
  • The Clever PM asks the rhetorical question: why does Agility matter? 3 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin applies Agile methods to meetings, to maximize the benefits of spending time together as a team. 4 minutes to read.
  • Mike Cohen explains the case for having the whole team participate when estimating. 7 minutes to read.
  • Jonathan Shariat, the co-author of “Tragic Design,” shows how bad design can cause physical and emotional harm. Webex, 40 minutes, safe for work.
  • Ben Longstaff tells a parable explaining the source of technical debt. Equal parts funny, painful, and true. 4 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Charles Hall explains how to create policies and procedures to prevent those with the power to purchase from taking kickbacks. 5 minutes to read.
  • Barry Hodge coaches us on getting our project proposal funded. 3 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman presents a detailed approach for developing leadership skills. 9 minutes to read.
  • Sanket Pai describes the role and behaviors of an effective mentor. 3 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Alison DiNisco reports on a survey of US programmers, asking what are the easiest programming languages to learn. 3 minutes to read.
  • Pawel Halabuda explains what’s behind the growth in popularity of Chatbots. 5 minutes to read.
  • Ish Jindal explains why Chatbot message length matters: a call to act immediately. 5 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Louise Penberthy shares strategies for surviving and thriving on a self-organizing team that isn’t good at it, yet. 7 minutes to read.
  • Jordan Gonen lists some job sites where you might be able to find a contract gig working remotely. 10 outbound links, 4 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas reports on a change at Deloitte: moving away from “affinity groups” originally created to increase diversity in favor of including white men as advocates of diversity. 2 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of July 10 – 16

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 10 – 16. Note that this week marks an anniversary—I start curating this list seven years ago. And this week’s video: Brandon Rodriguez shares an interesting animation explaining the power of constraints on creativity and innovation. It turns out that we need at least a minimal box, after all. Just 5 minutes, safe for work.

Must read (or Hear)!

  • Glen Alleman contrasts scheduling software release based on the cadence of the development team with scheduling based on needed product capabilities. 2 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture explains the Hybrid (mixing Agile and established methods) Operating Principle: Agile projects are simultaneously strategically stationary and tactically iterative and emergent. 2 minutes to read.
  • Umberto D’Alessandro shares a case study of a project that failed because they were not solving the actual problem. An excellent lesson in data collection and analysis. 8 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Pam Shergill on how she made the transition to project management by making herself redundant and now works as an independent project management consultant. 5 minutes to read.
  • Elise Stevens interview Ashleigh Waters on really knowing your stakeholders. Podcast, 19 minutes, safe for work.
  • Harry Hall tutors us on procurement management and how to improve our processes. 3 minutes to read.
  • Pat Weaver reviews differences in the upcoming PMBOK Guide 6th Edition and how it will impact PMI’s professional credential exams. 5 minutes to read.
  • Deb Schaffer gives us the basics on writing a problem statement. 5 minutes to read.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his list of Agile content, from product discovery and product-market fit to a hypothesis backlog, to a Manifesto for Change Management. 4 minutes to read, 11 links.
  • Leigh Espy provides a detailed overview of the Scrum Master’s responsibilities. 6 minutes to read.
  • Scott Selhorst starts with a sight gag and expands into a discussion of selected human behavior principles, as they apply to product design. 5 minutes to read.
  • The Clever PM interviews Suzanne Abate on her latest project: collecting the stories, advice, and experience of 100 product managers. 6 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman explains how to create delivery milestones when using iteration-based methods. 4 minutes to read.
  • Hemant Kothiyal tutors us on story points and how to use them. 4 minutes to read.
  • John Yorke quotes ancient Roman Publilius Syrus to demonstrate that Agile thinking has a deeper history than you might imagine. 1 minute to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Nancy Settle-Murphy extracts several essential questions from James Ryan’s book, “Wait, What, and Life’s Other Essential Questions.” 5 minutes to read.
  • Gina Abudi recommends that you regularly ask your team for feedback: How well am I doing as a team leader? 2 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton explains transformational leadership, as opposed to transactional leadership. Video, 5 minutes, safe for work.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • RTS Labs explains what Net Neutrality is and why it should matter to those of us who make our living with technology. 5 minutes to read.
  • Prateek Singh explores Conway’s Law (“How do committees invent?”) and Little’s Law of queuing to chart a path to flat, customer-centered organizations. 11 minutes to read.
  • Ryan Ogilvie notes the three special challenges that IT service managers face in communicating with their customers. 3 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Katie Perry collates a few action items for cubicle dwellers making the transition to digital nomads. 7 minutes to read.
  • Rebecca Greenfield reports on a growing trend: the end of telecommuting. 4 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland highlights five of her favorite segments from the last 50 Collaboration Superpower interviews. Podcast, 19 minutes, safe for work.
  • Marcio Santos shared an infographic on common productivity killers and ways we can avoid them. 3 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New Post at AITS: Simplicity

My latest article for AITS was published today: Simplicity: What’s Left When You Ignore Everything Else.

One of the great trends of the last decade has been the consumerization of virtually everything. You no longer have to know anything about the technology you are using to meet your needs. From retail self-service to manager dashboards to (soon) autonomous automobiles, our products are becoming ever less demanding of us, as we have become ever more demanding of them. And as project managers delivering those products to impatiently waiting end users, we have to understand the relationship between that expected simplicity and the hidden complexity in order to keep our projects within scope and on track.

As always, thanks for taking the time to read my stuff.