New PM Articles for the Week of November 27 – December 3

New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 27 – December 3. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton explains project change control—why it’s needed and how to manage it. 5 minutes, safe for work.

Must Read Predictions for 2018!

  • George Krasadakis identifies the technologies and trends we should expect to spend our time on in 2018. 9 minutes to read.
  • Keith Foote lists the Big Data trends for 2018, from BI to analytics to Cloud trends to the IoT to machine learning and AI. 7 minutes to read.
  • Eric Bloom also weighs in with 14 business technology trends for 2018. 6 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • Elizabeth Harrin gives us seven scenarios where we should apply our best ethical judgment and behavior. 7 minutes to read.
  • Richard Bayney takes us through a model for maximizing strategic value in our project portfolio. 6 minutes to read.
  • Sam Huffman shares five quick tips for Microsoft Project users. How quick? Just a minute to read.
  • Harry Hall explains how to define risk categories that are meaningful to your project’s problem domain. 2 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman has collected some resources for the Cone of Uncertainty, a key principle for managing programs. 4 minutes to read.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from macro trends to domains of business agility to innovation at scale. 3 minutes to read, 7 outbound links.
  • Johanna Rothman notes that a successful adoption of Agile methods requires a parallel change to management culture.
  • Dave Prior and Jurgen Appelo discuss the notion of measuring Scrum Master performance. Video, 7 minutes, safe for work.
  • Joel Bancroft Connors and his invisible gorilla, Hogarth, address the question: does an Agile coach need coding skills to be effective? 5 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagley explains the difference between cycle time and throughput. And yes, the difference is more than just rhetorical. 4 minutes to read.
  • Deepak Agnihotri explains why the Sprint Goal is important and notes some scenarios when the team may not be able to identify a goal. 4 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • John Goodpasture shares a diagram on metacognition—the ability of skilled decision makers to supplement recognized familiar patterns with processes to verify results and correct problems.
  • Cesar Abeid and Traci Duez discuss the willingness to make a choice, based on our growth mindset (or, not). Podcast, 40 minutes, safe for work.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews new PMI Master Class graduate Jeff Kissinger on leading projects without authority. Podcast, 34 minutes, safe for work.
  • Art Petty describes leadership at the intersection of logic and emotion. 5 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Frameworks

  • Tamás Török goes into deep detail on best practices for developing a microservices architecture. Long read, about 15 minutes or so.
  • Will Fanguy provides a comprehensive introduction to design systems. 10 minutes to read.
  • Drew Davison describes the PACE framework—Process, Assets, Change, and Environment—for incorporating change management into project decisions.
  • Luca Collina tutors us on embedding change management activities into our routine project execution activities. 6 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Rich Bellis reports on research by sleep expert Michael Breus that can help design your ideal workday, based on your chronotype. Apparently, I’m a Lion. 6 minutes to read.
  • Michelle Guerrere gives us a tutorial on how to read body language, from face to posture to hands and feet. 3 minutes to read.
  • Nick Bilton notes that we might really be near the end of the social media era. 5 minutes to read.


New Post at AITS: Managing Globally Distributed Project Teams

My latest article for AITS was published today: Managing Globally Distributed Project Teams.

I’ve been managing projects with globally distributed teams for a lot of years. Between the scheduling problems, the communication issues, and simply keeping everyone aligned on priorities in order to stay on schedule, it can be a handful. I’ve included several links to useful resources, as well as my usual suggestions for solving some of the common problems. But entirely aside from what’s in this article: become knowledgeable about different cultures. Call it a part of business acumen, call it being a citizen of a larger world. Just realize that the jobs at the upper end of the pay scale require a global mindset today and that requirement will spread downward in the years to come.

As always, thanks for taking the time to read my stuff.

New PM Articles for the Week of November 13 – 19

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.

Must read (or Listen)!

  • 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.

Established Methods

  • 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.

Agile Methods

  • Agile

    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.

Applied Leadership

  • 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.