New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 9 – 15. And this week’s video: Caitria and Morgan O’Neill explain how they became disaster recovery project managers on the day their hometown (including their home) was hit by a tornado. 9 minutes, safe for work. #MillennialsSteppingUp
Ben Evans does a generational study of dominant tech firms and finds that GAFA (Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon) are 3X the scale of Wintel. 5 minutes to read.
Eshe Nelson summarizes the work of Nobel Prize winner Richard Thaler, who examines the flaws and biases in human nature that drive us to make bad decisions. 5 minutes to read.
Nir Eyal and Lakshmi Mani focus on confirmation bias—how it works inside your brain, and how to deal with it when trying to function in the real world. 5 minutes to read.
Elizabeth Harrin interviews Jonathan Clay, PMI UK’s incoming president on the upcoming Synergy conference and what’s next for the chapter. 5 minutes to read.
Mike Clayton answers the rhetorical question: should I get a project management qualification? 10 minutes to read, 7 outbound links.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 21 – 27. And this week’s video: Excel wizard Steve Equals True (get it?) shows how to create a project status spectrum chart in Excel. Just 8 minutes, safe for work.
Must read (or Listen)!
Artur Kiulian explains why your next boss may be a robot. 7 minutes to read.
Kara Swisher leads a techie discussion panel on the potential for finding tech workers in coal country. Podcast, just over an hour.
Bertrand Duperrin recounts a fascinating conversation: “I did not go to school. I went to YouTube.” Peer-to-peer education has become a powerful force. 3 minutes to read.
Elizabeth Harrin describes her new book: “Communicating Change: How to talk about project change.” 3 minutes to read (the article, not the book).
Mike Clayton has curated a list of TED Talks for project managers. 24 outbound links, 5 minutes to browse, and hours of video content.
Glen Alleman describes the concept of operations and explains why it is so valuable to project success. 4 minutes to read.
Nick Pisano continues his examination of integrated project management, this time focusing on the economic aspects. 8 minutes to read.
Stuart Easton explains that PMO’s have super-powers. At least, in business terms. 5 minutes to read.
Allen Chilmeran describes key metrics that should be incorporated into project status reports. 10 minutes to read.
Peter Landau shares the ultimate project status reporting checklist. 5 minutes to read.
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from feature factories (bad) to Agile project management (bad?) to creating psychological safety (undeniably good). 12 outbound links, 3 minutes to scan.
Eli Woolery interviews Irene Au, one of the people who designed Netscape and continues to influence design at Google and beyond. Podcast, 32 minutes.
Toyota alumnus Glen Morris explains the notion of Jidoka and what he and his team expect to gain from implementing self-monitoring machines. 4 minutes to read.
The Clever PM interviews Jay Stansell of the Product Coalition on the start of the craft and applying design thinking to daily life. 6 minutes to read.
Harry Hall tutors us on the techniques that can be used for stakeholder analysis. 2 minutes to read.
Lynda Bourne describes a new metric for measuring the level of engagement that we need/want/expect/experience from our project stakeholders. 5 minutes to read.
Roy Naquin reviews the basic techniques we can use to influence our stakeholders. 4 minutes to read.
Art Petty tells us that we need to develop managers who lead—the behaviors of leadership are needed at all levels in the organization. 3 minutes to read.
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
Rich Maltzman explains voltage optimization, and how organizations are saving money (and power) by changing their power supply to match their actual needs. 3 minutes to read.
John McIntyre describes Holly, the holiday-bot that queries their HR system for absences and uses Slack to tell the PMO lead which project managers are out of the office. 3 minutes to read.
Josh Wardini shared an extensive infographic on the history and current state of Poker-playing AI applications. 6 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
Leigh Espy tells why you need to determine the purpose of your next meeting in order to get the most out of everyone’s time. 3 minutes to read.
Michael Hyatt notes the point where delegation becomes an abdication of responsibility.
Lisette Sutherland curates comments from past interviews on the fine points of managing remote teams. Podcast, 20 minutes.
Michael Huber addresses overcoming isolation as a remote employee. 3 minutes to read.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 28 – December 4. And this week’s video: children narrate a Museum of London video of a man demonstrating how to cast an axe head using Bronze Age technologies. Just four minutes, safe for work, and far more thought-provoking than anything on television.
Must read / view / listen!
Sathappan Chinnakaruppan reports on teaching project management terminology, processes, and skills to sixth-grade kids – including his daughter.
Elizabeth Harrin recommends eleven must-have gadgets for the office worker on your holiday gift list.
Mike Cohn makes the case for standards of excellence in Agile and stimulates a whole lot of comments.
Women Testers Magazine October 2016 edition is now available for download, and it includes a variety of excellent articles. Yes, I know – it’s December …
Scott Matteson details ten (non-mutually exclusive) ways to kill a zombie IT project. No edged weapons required.
John McIntyre explains why the US government’s Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act is a big deal.
John Goodpasture quotes John LeCarre in asserting that part of assessing the quality of data is identifying the source.
Kerry Wills demonstrates the value of managing expectations when failure is a distinct possibility.
Nick Pisano updates us on progress toward producing a user experience completely under user control.
Stefan Wolpers shares his weekly round-up of all things Agile, from Scrum to Kanban, and from teams to customers.
Johanna Rothman explains why both pushing work (i.e. Scrum) and pulling work (i.e. Kanban) may be right for your team.
Dave Prior interviews Derek Huether on the Triangle of Productivity, his new theory on what makes us effective. Just 30 minutes, safe for work.
Ben Linders explains the Agile Self-Assessment Game, an interesting way for teams to discover how well they’ve embraced Agile methods.
Henny Portman reviews “The Product Samurai,” by Chris Lukassen, which maps the seven principles of the Samurai to product management. But no swords.
Shay Peleg debunks a half-dozen myths that senior management frequently believes about Agile methods.
Moira Alexander provides the smart person’s guide to Agile project management. Dummies need not apply.
Michael Wood identifies the critical “people realities” of project management, and the people skills we need to hone to deal with them.