New PM Articles for the Week of September 25 – October 1

New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 25 – October 1. And this week’s video: Harry Hall suggests a way to identify project risks by starting with success. Two minutes, safe for work.

Must read (or Listen)!

  • Vivek Murthy, former US Surgeon General, describes the “loneliness epidemic” in terms of both the impact on our health and our productivity. 12 minutes to read.
  • Matthew Biggins frets that, given recent advances in virtual reality and augmented reality, at some point, actual reality will feel fake. 5 minutes to read.
  • Katie Heaney gets some expert opinions on the continuum between analytical thinking and “going with your gut.” It’s not a binary choice! 6 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • Elizabeth Harrin provides a detailed plan for communicating with your stakeholders when you don’t have time for meetings. 4 minutes to read.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiyrecommends a list of project management books (14) and software tools (13). 8 minutes to read, 24 outbound links.
  • Mike Clayton goes to his bookshelf for the best personal effectiveness books for project managers. 16 books, 12 minutes to read.
  • Chris Matts continues his series on the three levels of metric maturity. 3 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman shares a webcast by Dr. Barry Boehm on the incremental commitment spiral model of software development. Just over an hour, long intro, safe for work.
  • Johnny Beirne interviews Stephen Carver on resilience can help us thrive in a VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity) world. 21 minutes, safe for work.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from slicing user stories to the Team Culture model to the origins of the design sprint. 9 outbound links, 3 minutes to browse.
  • Johanna Rothman concludes her series on alternatives for Agile and Lean road mapping, with part 6 (4 minutes to read) and part 7 (3 minutes to read).
  • Mike Cohn identifies five common mistakes teams make in splitting user stories and suggests avoidance strategies. 10 minutes to read, but worth your time.
  • Henny Portman reviews The Scrum Culture: Introducing Agile methods in organizations, by Dominik Maximini. 3 minutes to read.
  • Dave Prior interviews Michael de la Maza and Dhaval Panchal talk about their new book Agile Coaching: Wisdom from Practitioners. 33 minutes, safe for work.
  • Christopher Lewis tells us that great Scrum Masters are first good product owners. 4 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Adam Shostack analyzes the “resignation” of CEO Richard Smith from Equifax. It’s not about the breach, but the response to the breach. 4 minutes to read.
  • Art Petty expands on four key components of strategy execution. 5 minutes to read.
  • Bertrand Duperrin reviews Marketplace 3.0: Rewriting the rules of borderless business, by Hiroshi Mikitani. 4 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Natalie Warnert explains the concept of learned helplessness and tells us how to unlearn 4 minutes to read.
  • Kamil Tamiola notes that poorly written “scientific” articles on AI and machine learning drive “… bizarre levels of anxiety among the public, press, science and tech investors.” 5 minutes to read.
  • Seth Godin explores the difference between pleasure (which you can buy) and happiness (which you can’t), in under 2 minutes.

Working and the Workplace

  • April Kilcrease summarizes the backlash against the open office layout movement. 5 minutes to read.
  • Brendan Toner reviews day planner and to-do list app Focuster. 6 minutes to read.
  • Hilary Potkewitz reports on the early morning routines of the well-organized: 4:00 AM is the new 7:00 AM. 5 minutes to read; 1 embedded video, 4 minutes.
  • Darius Foroux shares his take on prioritizing, planning, and time blocking. “Time Blocking is more than just a productivity tool. It’s about self-awareness.” 4 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of August 21 – 27

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 21 – 27. And this week’s video: Excel wizard Steve Equals True (get it?) shows how to create a project status spectrum chart in Excel. Just 8 minutes, safe for work.

Must read (or Listen)!

  • Artur Kiulian explains why your next boss may be a robot. 7 minutes to read.
  • Kara Swisher leads a techie discussion panel on the potential for finding tech workers in coal country. Podcast, just over an hour.
  • Bertrand Duperrin recounts a fascinating conversation: “I did not go to school. I went to YouTube.” Peer-to-peer education has become a powerful force. 3 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • Elizabeth Harrin describes her new book: “Communicating Change: How to talk about project change.” 3 minutes to read (the article, not the book).
  • Mike Clayton has curated a list of TED Talks for project managers. 24 outbound links, 5 minutes to browse, and hours of video content.
  • Glen Alleman describes the concept of operations and explains why it is so valuable to project success. 4 minutes to read.
  • Nick Pisano continues his examination of integrated project management, this time focusing on the economic aspects. 8 minutes to read.
  • Stuart Easton explains that PMO’s have super-powers. At least, in business terms. 5 minutes to read.
  • Allen Chilmeran describes key metrics that should be incorporated into project status reports. 10 minutes to read.
  • Peter Landau shares the ultimate project status reporting checklist. 5 minutes to read.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from feature factories (bad) to Agile project management (bad?) to creating psychological safety (undeniably good). 12 outbound links, 3 minutes to scan.
  • Eli Woolery interviews Irene Au, one of the people who designed Netscape and continues to influence design at Google and beyond. Podcast, 32 minutes.
  • Toyota alumnus Glen Morris explains the notion of Jidoka and what he and his team expect to gain from implementing self-monitoring machines. 4 minutes to read.
  • The Clever PM interviews Jay Stansell of the Product Coalition on the start of the craft and applying design thinking to daily life. 6 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Harry Hall tutors us on the techniques that can be used for stakeholder analysis. 2 minutes to read.
  • Lynda Bourne describes a new metric for measuring the level of engagement that we need/want/expect/experience from our project stakeholders. 5 minutes to read.
  • Roy Naquin reviews the basic techniques we can use to influence our stakeholders. 4 minutes to read.
  • Art Petty tells us that we need to develop managers who lead—the behaviors of leadership are needed at all levels in the organization. 3 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Rich Maltzman explains voltage optimization, and how organizations are saving money (and power) by changing their power supply to match their actual needs. 3 minutes to read.
  • John McIntyre describes Holly, the holiday-bot that queries their HR system for absences and uses Slack to tell the PMO lead which project managers are out of the office. 3 minutes to read.
  • Josh Wardini shared an extensive infographic on the history and current state of Poker-playing AI applications. 6 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Leigh Espy tells why you need to determine the purpose of your next meeting in order to get the most out of everyone’s time. 3 minutes to read.
  • Michael Hyatt notes the point where delegation becomes an abdication of responsibility.
  • Lisette Sutherland curates comments from past interviews on the fine points of managing remote teams. Podcast, 20 minutes.
  • Michael Huber addresses overcoming isolation as a remote employee. 3 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

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!