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 13 – 19. And this week’s video: David Dunning (of the Dunning-Kruger Effect) explains why incompetent people think they’re amazing. 5 minutes, safe for work.
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Bethany Marz Crystal says that the way to battle sexism and harassment is by improving the social feedback loop—call out the behaviors when they happen. 4 minutes to read.
Todd Williams interprets recent statistics that paint a dismal picture of corporate failure to execute on strategy and goals. 4 minutes to read.
Ryan Ogilvie notes that simply asking for feedback at service completion doesn’t help if you haven’t got a strategy to manage and act on that feedback. 3 minutes to read.
Elizabeth Harrin explains how to use graphics, pictures, graphs, and charts to communicate project information. 5 minutes to read, with a link to her white paper on the subject.
Erik van Hurk explains why we should set the Status Date and automatically update the project schedule when US MS Project. 5 minutes to read.
Harry Hall tutors us on planning for project risk management. 2 minutes to read.
Kiron Bondale suggests that we listen for the Cassandras, those subject matter experts who warn of impending risks and issues, even if they seem unlikely. 3 minutes to read.
Nilanjan Kar makes the case for integrating information security management into the PMBOK Guide. 12 minutes to read.
Glen Alleman clarifies why independent cost estimating is valid, even when performed by someone who won’t be party to execution. 3 minutes to read.
Nick Pisano points out the difference between earned value management and cash flow analysis in project management. 5 minutes to read.
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly Agile roundup, from a Jeff Patton lecture to the problem with Scrum to brilliant jerks and the immorality of addicting users. 8 outbound links, 2 minutes to browse.
Dave Prior interviews Jurgen Appelo on his new crowd-funded app/platform project: Agility Scales. Video, 18 minutes, safe for work.
Jerry Doucett shares a litmus test for getting your organization on track to being Agile (as opposed to doing Agile). 7 minutes to read.
John Yorke describes the zone of acceptance—the collection of tasks that each team member believes is a part of their job—and how to extend it in a self-organizing team. 6 minutes to read.
Tamás Török notes the importance of knowledge transfer in a software development team and describes four complementary techniques for sharing the learnings. 6 minutes to read.
Tom Cagley interviews Johanna Rothman on creating a successful Agile project. 30 minutes, safe for work.
Mike Cohn explains why it’s important to have a consistent sprint duration. 3 minutes to read.
Poornima Vijayashanker and Leslie Yang discuss product debt and why you should pay it down with every release. Video, 6 minutes, safe for work.
Cesar Abeid and Traci Duez talk about getting to self-leadership. Podcast, 28 minutes, safe for work.
Mike Clayton gets into the details of how to manage the transition when a team member leaves your project. 9 minutes to read.
Alyse Kalish gets advice from Katia Beauchamp, CEO of Birchbox, on how to make the best use of advice—as opposed to getting someone to make the decision for you. 3 minutes to read.
Chris Rainey interviews Suzanne Lucas, the Evil HR Lady, who says,” We don’t have a talent shortage, we have a training shortage.” Video, 32 minutes, safe for work.
Working and the Workplace
Brad Feld asks the question: Do you reduce stress for others or increase it? 2 minutes to read.
Scott Berkun explains the pay to stress ratio: “You can always earn more money, but you cannot earn more time.” 3 minutes to read.
Shayna Hodkin posts her occasional advice column, answering “how do I ask for a raise” and “how do I handle hating my job?” 6 minutes to read.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 15 – 21. And this week’s video: a tutorial on conducting a Monte Carlo analysis using Excel. Just 11 minutes, safe for work.
Michael O’Brochta looks at the cultural, experiential, and situational drivers of how we perceive behavior as ethical, or not. Including our own.
Kayleigh Töyrä explains how we can apply Finnish culture and values to project management.
Hope Reese reports on a life saved when Tesla Autopilot drove a man to the hospital. Ethical dilemmas, minimum acceptable reliability, and other social risk considerations will make future projects even more complicated.
Harry Hall describes seven simple actions to take that will make your risk management efforts more productive.
Andy Jordan explores the risk management techniques applicable to protecting project benefits.
Nick Pisano makes the case for incorporating measures of technical performance in earned value management.
Glen Alleman lists units of measure meaningful to expressing value.
Kenneth Ashe gives us a refresher course on the basics of project budgets and ROI.