New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 11 – 17. And this week’s video: Jingle Bells, for all of you who never learned to play an actual musical instrument. 2 minutes, safe for work, but you’ll have to replay it for everyone within earshot.
Kio Stark explains how to exit a conversation without being a jerk. 4 minutes to read.
Michael Lopp describes his inner monologue as an introvert preparing and delivering the next sentence. Insightful enough to be discomforting. 3 minutes to read.
Julie Beck interviews N.J. Enfield on how the tiny pauses and filler words enable us to keep the conversation flowing. So “Umm” has a purpose? Good to know. 8 minutes to read.
Elizabeth Harrin lists the project management trends that she believes will dominate the profession in 2018 and beyond. 5 minutes to read.
Darragh Broderick points to five collaboration trends we’ll see in project management in 2018. 4 minutes to read.
Leigh Espy tutors us on creating an agenda for a project status meeting.
Ryan Ogilvie notes that problem management is like watering plants—you can’t overcome neglect quickly. 3 minutes to read.
Kerry Wills observes a possible trend, toward “lightweight” PMO’s. Just a minute or so to read.
Renee Adair recounts an anecdote that illustrates the consequences of a “failure to communicate” when lots of channels are involved. 5 minutes to read.
Brendan Toner concludes his short series on how to deliver projects on time. 6 minutes to read.
Stefan Wolpers curates his Agile content list, from Vasco Duarte’s 20 top Agile blogs to hiring wisdom from a young Steve Jobs to how Sales adds value to a product roadmap. 7 outbound links, 2 minutes to scan.
Tom Cagley interviews Michael Harris on the business value of software—how to recognize it and how to create it. Podcast, 43 minutes.
John Goodpasture recaps Steve McConnell’s video presentation on managing technical debt in financial terms, which make more sense to the business. 2 minutes for the recap, just over an hour for the video.
Glen Alleman addresses a weak spot in Agile development processes at many organizations: separation of concerns. 7 minutes to read.
Abhijeet Verma tutors us on Spikes, as a tool for addressing uncertainties in stories or epics.
Johanna Rothman continues her series on building respect in organizations, rather than families. Here are parts four and five. 3 to 4 minutes each.
Suzanne Lucas uses Queen Elizabeth as an example of how a true leader responds to criticism. 3 minutes to read.
Seth Godin suggests we invest in making our gut smarter. 1 minute to read.
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
Stuart Firestein interviews professional poker layer Annie Duke on the Resulting Fallacy—judging the decision on the result—and how it negatively impacts our ability to refine our decision-making process. 8 minutes to read.
Keith Foote recaps the history of Big Data, beginning in the 17th century(!). 7 minutes to read.
Will Fanguy tutors us on prototyping. 4 minutes to read.
Bertrand Duperrin looks at the implementation concerns that organizations reasonably should have about HR Chatbots. 3 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
Travis Bradberry provides some ideas on how to structure your working day between “work” and “breaks” to maximize your actual productivity. 4 minutes to read.
Scott Berkun identifies the top five reasons why remote workers don’t succeed. 4 minutes to read.
Kat Boogaard lists seven questions to ask in an informational interview when thinking about a career change. 4 minutes to read.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.