New PM Articles for the Week of July 31 – August 6

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 31 – August 6. And this week’s video: ShadowCat’s wonderfully haunting cover of Song of Exile, from King Arthur. Just over six minutes, safe for work. Audience alert: if you’re into distortion-laden industrial / electronica, skip this.

Must read!

  • Mike Griffiths expands on a quote from Dianna Larson, ”Knowledge work is learning work.” 4 minutes to read.
  • Justin Bariso breaks down the legendary Steve Jobs’ response to a public insult, and why it was so effective. 4 minutes to read.
  • Craig Morrison explains why the “little details” of the user experience matter so much to users. 8 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • SightseersMichael Wood offers three anecdotes that illustrate how to use visual techniques in project management. 7 minutes to read.
  • Barry Hodge explains what and how to communicate at each project stage. 5 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman tutors us on managing cost, schedule, and technical performance risk. 6 minutes to read.
  • Harry Hall illustrates the Theory of Constraints with a poolside tale from his recent vacation. 5 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Chris Cook, author of The Entrepreneurial Project Manager. 5 minutes to read.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his list of all things Agile, from a case of failed product discovery to Agile misconceptions, to what Google has learned about creating effective teams. 3 minutes to browse, 11 outbound links.
  • Dave Prior and Tim Wise discuss stretch goals that are positive for the team. Podcast, 22 minutes, safe for work.
  • Mike Cohn describes common mistakes that Scrum masters make and tells how to correct them. 6 minutes to read.
  • Jack Reed notes that some suggestions to improve the Daily Scrum might not be … improvements. 5 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman is up to Part 5 in her series on Creating Agile HR. This link is to the first part, and she has breadcrumbs you can follow. Each is 3 – 4 minutes to read.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Yazmin Darcy on preparing for and passing the PMI-ACP exam. And now she’s working on developing the sample exam questions for the exam. Podcast, 49 minutes, safe for work.

Applied Leadership

  • Michael Lopp expounds on rumors that grow in the absence of communication, and the impact it has on both the team and the leader. 10 minutes to read.
  • Art Petty shares a dozen ideas on how to conduct more effective meetings. 4 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton covers commonly used stakeholder analysis and engagement techniques. 10 minutes to read.
  • Elyse Stevens interviews Loretta Bayliss on how professional services firms should approach stakeholder engagement. Podcast,16minutes, safe for work.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Dániel Mátyás Vincze provides a beginner’s guide to serverless architectures, also known as Function as a Service (FaaS). 7 minutes to read.
  • Rich Malztman introduces the notion of “chunking,” the mind’s way of recognizing logical, coherent structures so we don’t bog down on the pieces. 3 minutes to read.
  • Jennifer Zaino considers the impact of data quality on an Agile Data Strategy. 5 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Lisette Sutherland lists several up-and-coming virtual collaboration tools for remote teams. Podcast, 9 minutes, safe for work. The first minute is a poorly produced commercial – skip it.
  • Natalie Warnert shares her approach to packing for a week into one carry-on. 3 minutes to read, 3 outbound links.
  • Kerry Wills notes that some people ask questions in meetings to refine their understanding, while others … have other motives. 2 minutes to read.
  • Katrina Davies rounded up a few articles on diagnosing and improving your emotional intelligence. 2 minutes to browse, 10 outbound links.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of July 24 – 30

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 24 – 30. And this week’s video: Paul Brown provides a brief introduction to organizational change management. Just nine minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • NiMa Asghari lists some of the very real problems that drone delivery is going to solve. 4 minutes to read.
  • Connor Forrest summarizes a report from Accenture naming the top five cyber security threats seen this year and recommended countermeasures. 2 minutes to read.
  • Sean Gwaltney describes an interesting tool: the Purpose Breakdown Structure, which links strategic objectives, success criteria, and work packages. 6 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • Brendan Toner begins a three-part series on using the Critical Path method to deliver a project on time. 10 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Colin D. Ellis author of The Project Rots from the Head. Video with transcript, 4 minutes, safe for work.
  • Barry Hodge takes the traditional 2 by 2 power and interest stakeholder matrix and maps each quadrant to an anthropomorphic animal. Embrace the metaphor! 6 minutes to read.
  • Kerry Wills shares a model for how the share of a project manager’s four primary activities evolves over the life cycle of a project. 2 minutes to read.
  • Vivien Goldstrong points out a few examples where cognitive computing might be useful in project management. 4 minutes to read.
  • Craig Brown outlines twelve steps to project success. A minute or so to read.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from why Spotify’s agile patterns work and why you shouldn’t copy them, to negotiation skills for product managers. 10 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture describes Agile methods as a series of nested planning cycles, each with a different horizon.
  • Leigh Espey explains the difference between a project manager role and a Scrum Master role. 5 minutes to read.
  • Regis Armel Asseman has compiled a few “diet tips” for a healthy software product. Yeah, it’s a gimmick, but a well-written gimmick. 6 minutes to read.
  • Ron Jeffries realizes that he wrote legacy code yesterday. And he probably will again, tomorrow. 2 minutes to read.
  • Valerie Senyk unpacks the implications of the Agile Manifesto’s fifth principle. 4 minutes to read.
  • Elyse Stevens interviews Jase Clamp on how a product manager handles stakeholder engagement. Audio only, 17 minutes, safe for work.

Applied Leadership

  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy explains Herzberg’s Two-Factor theory of motivation. 3 minutes to read. Includes a video—4 minutes, safe for work.
  • Lex Laufer and Jeff Russell make the case for managing by moving about: getting out and talking to the people, looking at the results. 2 minutes to read.
  • Lew Sauder describes the characteristics of the leadership personality. 3 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Glen Alleman explains why merely having a data set is insufficient to support a position—you also need a model that explains why you should be seeing that data. 3 minutes to read.
  • Shuba Kathikeyan gives us a thumbnail of eleven programming languages suitable for DevOps. 4 minutes to read.
  • Stefan Groschupf ruminates on what comes after Hadoop. Video, just over one minutes, safe for work.

Working and the Workplace

  • Harry Hall lays out the critical steps to develop a successful buy – seller relationship. 3 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas reports that the Japanese government is promoting telecommuting for several good reasons, including the 202 Olympics. Note: it’s not an event. 3 minutes to read.
  • Jenny Blake provides guidelines on what tasks to delegate, illustrated with Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielson playing three guitars. 5 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!