New project management articles published on the web during the (slow, holiday) week of December 25 – 31. Happy New Year!
Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy explains earned value management with a short example in an embedded video. 5 minutes to read, another 5 minutes for the video.
Glen Alleman contemplates Wilo’s Law and mature communication processes. 5 minutes to read.
Ryan Robinson asked 9 top technical teams what tools they used for project management, and got some interesting responses. Conspicuous by its absence was MS Project. 14 minutes to read.
John Goodpasture shares an actionable quote from Andrew Gelman on Big Data. 2 minutes to read.
Rich Mironov notes that there are multiple audiences for your product roadmap, and each has different needs. 9 minutes to read.
Will Fanguy notes the lessons that designers should learn from Alexa. 4 minutes to read.
Art Petty suggests that what we really need is daily resolutions, and he offers three of them. 3 minutes to read.
Scott Berkun answers the question: How can you tell a wise person when you meet one? Wisdom comes with age, although age often comes unaccompanied. 6 minutes to read.
Elliot Forbes explains how serverless computing will change the world in 2018. 4 minutes to read.
Shaun Carter and Michael Nielsen share a detailed essay on the history, present, and future of using artificial intelligence to augment human intelligence. 30 minutes or so to read.
Justin O’Beirne casts his cartographer’s eye on the technical evolution of Google Maps to include not just individual buildings but architectural features and asks: how does this fit in with self-driving cars? 15 minutes to read, much longer to ponder.
Srinivas Rao argues that calendars are more effective than to-do lists. 5 minutes to read.
Sam Applebee worked from 7 different countries in the space of 7 months and learned why you can’t ignore the bottom three levels of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. 6 minutes to read.
Alyse Kalish describes the practice and benefits of mindful eating. 2 minutes to read.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 20 – 26. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton answers the question: what is a RAG (or traffic light) report? 5 minutes, safe for work.
Steve Lohr reports on the increasing attraction of the American Midwest to tech investors who have become fearful of the “craziness” in Silicon Valley. 5 minutes to read.
Klint Finley explains how the end of net neutrality will change the internet—for those of us in the US, at any rate. 5 minutes to read.
Eric Martin lists fourteen technology-enabled trends, including some social trends, that might deliver a better future for everyone. 12 minutes to read.
Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy has compiled 26 arguments illustrating the benefits of project management. 7 minutes to read.
Jigs Gaton applies lessons learned from the highly successful Virginia-class nuclear submarine design project to managing mundane civilian projects. 5 minutes to read.
Cornelius Fichtner and Simona Fallavolitta, product manager for the PMP credential, discuss the changes coming to the PMP exam on March 26, 2018. Podcast, 20 minutes, safe for work.
Kiron Bondale extracts project management lessons from a few fables we heard as children.3 minutes to read.
Aimee Baxter provides practical advice on driving change adoption, based on stakeholder engagement, listening, and then communicating. 6 minutes, safe for work.
Stephanie Ray tutors us on the project communications plan. 7 minutes to read.
Stefan Wolpers curates his list of Agile content, from the group decision process to nimbly doing the wrong things to product management by committee (utterly doomed). 8 outbound links, 2 minutes to scan.
James Mensch describes the perfect daily stand-up (or Scrum, if you prefer). 2 minutes to read.
Holger Paffrath notes the relationship between Patrick Lencioni’s Five Dysfunctions of a Team and the values espoused by the Scrum Guide. 2 minutes to read.
Tom Cagley has a few holiday shopping suggestions for the readers of Agile books on your list. 2 minutes to read.
Mike Cohn shares five lessons he’s grateful to have learned during his career. 10 minutes to read.
Michael Lopp describes the necessary content required for the creation of two career paths—one for individual contributors and one for managers. 7 minutes to read.
Lisette Sutherland recommends some ways to apply modern leadership methods in the virtual world. Podcast, 12 minutes, safe for work.
Pawel Brodzinski explains why he got involved in a trivial discussion—because it would change the organizational culture, ever so slightly, but irrevocably. 3 minutes to read.
Den Howlett reports that one of the primary reasons for Workday’s 98% customer satisfaction score is the absolute control they exercise over their implementation partners, thus keeping the playing field level. 4 minutes to read.
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
Susan Dynarski makes the case for banning electronics during a lecture or meeting. 5 minutes to read.
Elizabeth Harrin reviews Mindjet MindManager 2018, a mind mapping and visual management tool. 6 minutes to read.
Chris Hoffman compares the new Firefox Quantum browser to Chrome. It’s apparently not merely faster, but better in other ways. 5 minutes to read.
Brendan Toner provides a detailed view of Scrivener, for iOS, a multi-platform author’s tool for serious long-form writing. 8 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
Coert Visser briefly explains Carol Dweck’s new theory on the foundations of personality, including her micro-theory contained in a taxonomy of needs. 5 minutes to read.
Cesar Abeid and Traci Duez discuss mindfulness and various myths about how the brain works. Podcast, 51 minutes, safe for work.
Leigh Espy tells us how gratitude, expressed consciously, can help us feel happy, healthy, and successful. 4 minutes to read.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 30 – November 5. Note that Daylight Savings Time ended in North and Central America. And this week’s video: Jesse Fewell shares an excited video selfie from the PMI Global Conference in Chicago, following the launch of the Agile Practice Guide. A new era is dawning – PMI and the Agile Alliance have created non-commercial, methodology-agnostic guidelines for tailoring Agile methods to the work to be done. 5 minutes, safe for work.
Michael Simmons reveals the secret to Thomas Edison’s success: the 10,000-experiment rule. “Deliberate experimentation is more important than deliberate practice.” 10 minutes to read.
Valerie Senyk shares some observations on what it takes to teach well. 3 minutes to read.
Nathan Kinch predicts that one of the outcomes of the GDPR will be closer collaboration between designers and attorneys. Privacy by design is a requirement. 6 minutes to read.
Kiron Bondale defends the use of the digraph as a risk communication tool. 2 minutes to read.
Harry Hall describes the steps to take in right-sizing your risk management plan.
Glen Alleman reinforces the concepts in an old post: Process is King. Activity must be guided to efficiently achieve goals. 3 minutes to read.
Bruce Garrod points out the process changes in each knowledge area of the PMBOK 6th 3 minutes to read.
Sam Huffman explains the best practice for entering task durations in MS Project. Less than 2 minutes to read.
John Goodpasture quotes Yuval Harari in caveating the predictive value of the past project history and metrics kept by every PMO. Just about a minute to read.
Elizabeth Harrin conducts a wide-ranging 22-minute video interview with Jon Clay, President of PMI UK. Or you can read the transcript in about 14 minutes.
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly Agile round-up, from Agile experiments to Agile misconceptions, to starting stand-ups on time. 8 outbound links, 2 minutes to browse.
Adam Palmer puts story points and relative sizing into perspective using pumpkins. 2 minutes to read.
Joel Bancroft-Connors and his invisible gorilla, Hogarth, introduce an enterprise Scrum simulation game using Legos. 7 minutes to read, bring your own Legos.
Muslim Rizvi explains the acronym TECHMEDICS, which collects the basic considerations and questions to ask before beginning an Agile implementation. 8 minutes to read.
Mike Cohn shines a light on several “scary” aspects of adopting Agile methods, in honor of Halloween. 6 minutes to read.
Grace Windsor extols the benefits of using a project team charter to facilitate alignment and put the focus on the goals of the project. 5 minutes to read.
Naomi Caietti tutors us on emotional intelligence and how to develop it in ourselves. 5 minutes to read.
Susanne Madsen recounts her recovery from the stress she imposed on herself while leading a large, business-critical program. Sometimes, we must lead ourselves. 7 minutes to read.
Lynda Bourne describes a complex model of stakeholder engagement, with the authentic characteristics of the organization at the core. 6 minutes to read.
Mike Clayton tells us how to plan a stakeholder engagement campaign. 8 minutes to read.
Elise Stevens interviews Nicole Nader on why being authentic is important to building effective relationships with stakeholders. Podcast, 16 minutes, safe for work.
Working and the Workplace
Tamás Török shares the findings on hiring software developers at start-up companies, from the State of Software Development 2017 report. 4 minutes to read.
Gary Poster conducts a rigorous analysis of the pros and cons of distributed teams, from “remote friendly” to “remote reliant.” 6 minutes to read.
Lisette Sutherland interviews Dom Price, head of R&D at Atlassian, on best practices for including remote colleagues in teams, such as team rituals. Video interview, 41 minutes.
Mike Griffiths reminds of the importance of focus. Just over a minute to read.