New PM Articles for the Week of December 4 – 10

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 4 – 10. And this week’s video: A funny little “slice of death” on business continuity planning, from the US Department of Homeland Security. Less than 3 minutes, safe for work. And this week’s pictures are from the Oregon Zoo’s winter event, Zoo Lights. That seascape is about 16 feet tall and made entirely of LED lights.

Must read!

  • Johanna Rothman has started an excellent series on how to behave professionally at work, based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Here’s part two. Each 3 – 4 minutes to read.
  • Jacek Materna explains shadow IT—from origins to challenges and opportunities—and why SaaS and the Cloud are driving cultural change in the IT department.
  • Coert Visser shared a diagram of the “motivation continuum,” based on the extent to which autonomy, competence, and relatedness needs are fulfilled. Click on the image to get a clearer view and then study it for a few minutes. Worth the time investment.

Established Methods

  • Phil Buckley points out 7 change management trends that project managers need to be aware of. 6 minutes to read.
  • Bob Tarne describes Nemawashi, a change management technique the starts with relationship building as the path to consensus building. 2 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale extracts lessons on both risk management and ethics from a recent Dilbert strip. 2 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman does a deep dive into the difference between open-loop and closed-loop controls. 8 minutes to read.
  • Bruce Benson notes that project schedules must account for a certain amount of “getting things wrong.” 2 minutes to read.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his Agile content list, from the origin of the Agile Manifesto to Scrum and Hypothesis-driven Development to using customer feedback. 7 outbound links, a couple of minutes to scan.
  • Mike Griffiths offers some thoughts on next steps in professional development for those of use with the Certified Scrum Master credential. 4 minutes to read.
  • Sriram Narayan posts an FAQ for Product-Mode, as an alternative to organizing work as projects. Before you object to #NoProjects, scan this for 10 minutes.
  • Mike Cohn answers the criticism that Scrum teams meet too often with a simple suggestion: measure before and after. 4 minutes to read.
  • Matteo Tontini reflects on what the rise and fall of Slack use revealed about his collocated team. 5 minutes to read.
  • Michael Dubakov gets controversial: Every new feature either adds debt or creates a placeholder for future debt. And not just technical debt. 4 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagley tutors us on six important process flow metrics; part 2 is here. Each about 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Pawel Brodzinski reflects on autonomy, authority, and lessons learned from the transition to a holocratic model for his company. 3 minutes to read.
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy describes a few techniques that can help us (and our teams) increase our capacity for generating insights. 4 minutes to read.
  • Art Petty explains the power of asking, “Why do you think that?” Especially of yourself. 3 minutes to read.

Technology and Techniques

  • Bob Martin recaps the history of storing information in computers, from punch cards to SSD’s, and asks: what’s the next fundamental improvement? 6 minutes to read.
  • Lucy Kaith recaps Microsoft’s presentation on new features coming in Sharepoint 2019 (which seems like it should be more than 13 months from now). 5 minutes to read.
  • Cari Romm explains how to be just a little bit better at remembering things. 2 minutes to read.
  • Brendan Toner reviews MindGenius 6—a Windows mind mapping product that exports directly to MS Project. 7 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Suzanne Lucas tells us how to create a team when managing remote workers. 5 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Theresa Sigillito Hollema on strengthening collaboration across cultures and borders. Podcast, 38 minutes.
  • Seth Godin lists 20 excellent books that might change the way you and your colleagues work—especially if you read them together. Just a minute to read the list, but bookmark it.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of November 20 – 26

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.

Must read!

  • 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.

Established Methods

  • 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.

Agile Methods

  • 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.

Applied Leadership

  • 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.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of August 7 – 13

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 7 – 13. And this week’s video: Harry Hall explains how to identify, evaluate, engage, and influence your project stakeholders. Just 9 minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Suzanne Lucas recaps recent events at Google, following the outing and firing of James Damor. Not surprisingly, Googlers are now afraid of being outed and fired. 3 minutes to read.
  • Andreas Sandre rounds up some rankings and statistics on gender and racial diversity among large technology companies. 3 minutes to read and well worth the time.
  • John Goodpasture reacts to John Kao’s auteur model of innovation, pointing out that the most successful innovation auteur was the late Steve Jobs. 2 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • Pat Weaver observes that there is more to project success than benefits realization and meeting initial cost and schedule targets. 4 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews William Davis, creator of Excel-based Statistical Pert, who explains the difference between predicting and forecasting. 4 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy describes the project sponsor role and explains what to do when you have a weak sponsor. 6 minutes to read.
  • Lew Sauder recounts an anecdote that illustrates the fine line between giving the project sponsor too much information and not enough. 3 minutes to read.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Sabina Janstrom on the importance of stakeholder engagement to project portfolio management. Podcast, 20 minutes, safe for work.
  • Nick Pisano examines the failures of project management that can only result in an inadequate form of project monitoring. 15 minutes or so to read.
  • John McIntyre advises PMO leaders to ignore Waterfall vs. Agile and other false dichotomies in favor of choosing the best methods and tools for each project. 4 minutes to read.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from cultural revolutions to scaling autonomous teams, to high-performance teams. 11 outbound links, 3 minutes to browse.
  • Rich Mironov recommends we abandon the generic “user” and “customer” in favor of more specific role identities. And he goes off on a good rant, too. 5 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman identifies progress measurements that can be effective at the program level.
  • Atul Sinha explores the parameters of a “definition of ready” for a user story. 2 minutes to read.
  • Henny Portman summarizes a new book by Jeff Gothelf and Josh Seiden, “Lean UX – Designing Great Products with Agile Teams.” 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • The Clever PM explains why silence works in facilitating communication, how to use it effectively, and how to combine it with active listening. 4 minutes to read.
  • Kara Swisher hosts “Built for Growth” authors Chris Kuenne and John Danner on becoming a great entrepreneur. Podcast, 56 minutes, mostly safe for work.
  • Bertrand Duperrin notes that successful transformation projects require that we expose the corporate culture to change. 3 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Ryan Ogilvie points out the software asset management selling points that will appeal to executive decision makers. 3 minutes to read.
  • Russell Brandom reports on the current, weakened state of two-factor authentication. “In 2017, just having two-factor is no longer enough.” 8 minutes to read.
  • Conner Forrest reports that Bill Burr, who wrote the NIST guidelines for password standards, “regrets” that advice. Good news: there’s an update available. 2 minutes to read.
  • Kamesh Ganeson explains ISO 22301, a widely-used standard for business continuity management. 4 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Rebecca Collins notes that 79% of knowledge workers work from home, and offers some suggestions on facilitating their success. 3 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Nenad Maljkovic on permaculture and designing sustainable remote systems. Podcast, 35 minutes, safe for work.
  • Thomas Oppong gives us a pep talk: stop managing your time and start owning it, through time boxing, the Pomodoro Technique, prioritizing, and just saying no. 5 minutes to read.

Enjoy!