New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 4 – 10. And this week’s video: Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen perform “Rock That Boogie” somewhere in Europe. I reference a line from this song in one of my comments below, so I figured some of you under age 60 might want to hear it in context. Less than 3 minutes, more-or-less safe for work.
Mike Murphy reports the details of Microsoft’s $7.5B deal to buy GitHub. 2 minutes to read.
Adrien Book examines the impact AI-driven content might be having on our children. Case in point: Youtube for kids. 5 minutes to read.
Elad Sherf reports on research that indicates overworked managers treat their employees less fairly, to the detriment of the organization. 6 minutes to read.
Robert Wysocki describes Hybrid Project Management—a mix of traditional, Agile, and Extreme methods. 5 minutes to read.
Walter Stinnett offers some tips on how to ensure the project status data you get from Microsoft Project is as accurate as possible. 3 minutes to read.
Adam Knight explains why testers and management have very different perceptions of risk to software under test. 7 minutes to read.
Andy Silber explains how to assess project risks using a Failure Mode and Effects Analysis. 6 minutes to read.
Glen Alleman reviews some of the principle biases that impact our decision making and how that affects our projects and estimates. 4 minutes to read.
Mike Clayton tells us how to hand over the project to the operational team when it comes to an end. Video, 4 minutes, safe for work. When Mike mentions “snagging list,” US project managers should think “punch list.”
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from using graphics to improve your facilitation skills to organizational analysis to Kanban Cadences. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
Dave Prior interviews Agile heretic and thought leader Jim Benson on why Agile is going off the rails and what should be done about it. Podcast, a little over an hour.
Valerie Senyk shares her notes from a presentation by Esther Derby: six rules for driving complex change, as an Agile coach. 2 minutes to read.
Radoslaw Orszewski answers your questions about Kanban Cadences, a more structured approach. 5 minutes to read.
Neil Killick lists eight ways to implement the Agile mindset and methods without putting the organization through an “Agile Transformation.” 4 minutes to read.
Luis Goncalves defines Agile project portfolio management. 5 minutes to read, plus a 2-minute video.
Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership content, from innovation programs to pushing back against shame and failure to acting when your employees are losing focus. 5 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
Guy Itzchakov and Avraham Kluger explain the powerful that listening plays in helping people to change their behavior. Your listening, not just theirs! 8 minutes to read.
Mary Jo Asmus imagines how it would work if we valued good questions as much as knowledge. 2 minutes to read.
John Goodpasture passes along some good advice on staying prepared for the opportunity to speak to a group about your project. 2 minutes to read.
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
Erik Dietrich identifies the seven sins of unit testing. Be aware of these worst-practices and ask the right questions. 6 minutes to read.
Erin Wildermuth expounds on science proving the benefits of talking to yourself. 4 minutes to read. “Sittin’ on a bench down in the park, talkin’ to myself alone in the dark.”—Billy C. Farlow
Julie Giulioni shares a strategy for enhancing your ability to learn and succeed over time. 3 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
Poornima Vijayashanker interviews Holly Cardew on how to recruit and interview remote workers, and why you should. Video, 13 minutes, safe for work.
Aytekin Tank explains the difference between a manager’s schedule and a maker’s schedule. You can mix both into your day if you understand the difference. 7 minutes to read.
Elizabeth Harrin shares some ways to stay motivated and productive at work during summertime, when you’d rather be outside. 6 minutes to read.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 7 – 13. And this week’s video: Chris Croft explains the difference between program evaluation and review technique (PERT) and critical path method (CPM) diagrams. Less than 3 minutes, safe for work.
Walter Frick summarizes the corporate strategy alternatives of developing a “moat,” or barriers to imitation, and setting a pace of innovation that others can’t match. 3 minutes to read.
Brandon Vigliarolo reports that researchers in the US and China are finding ways to insert messages for digital assistants like Siri into white noise. No hacks in the wild yet, but … 3 minutes to read.
Terena Bell defines cyber resilience—think continuity of operations during a data breach or cyber-attack. This is going to be a critical success metric for a lot of projects, going forward. 4 minutes to read.
Mike Clayton details the steps to create a robust project risk culture. 10 minutes to read.
John Goodpasture contemplates applicability of the firm fixed price contract, as stipulated by the public sector, for work using Agile methods. 4 minutes to read.
Kaleigh Moore examines four trends that are transforming project management. 5 minutes to read.
The folks at Clarizen give us some guidelines on when we should insert milestones in our project plan. 3 minutes to read.
Brad Egeland describes seven big technical advances—from Tupac to Elon—that we should see impacting our projects over the next few years. 5 minutes to read.
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from ‘agile’ as social technology to not-invented-here syndrome to epic corporate innovation failures. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
Roman Pichler tells us why product owners need to take on a very focused leadership role and leave the rest to the people in the other Scrum roles. 4 minutes to read.
Jesse Fewell maps the career progression from Scrum master to Agile Coach. Video, 7 minutes, safe for work or you can read the transcript in about 4 minutes.
Johanna Rothman examines the challenge (for some teams) of knowing when to release all the value they’ve created. Yes, it’s about done. 2 minutes to read.
Keith Hogan describes “skinny” Agile, as an organizational approach to the adoption of selected practices. 15 minutes to read.
Yuval Yeret gets into the details of limiting work in progress in Scrum by using Kanban concepts and techniques. 4 minutes to read.
Henny Portman reviews The Agile Enterprise, by Mario Moreira. 4 minutes to read.
Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership articles, from why entrepreneurs start companies to jobs to be done to managing priorities. 5 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
Tony Schwartz tells us how to deepen, widen, and lengthen our perspective to better think about complex problems. 4 minutes to read.
Hank van der Merwe shares a few tips to help us stop overcomplicating leadership. 3 minutes to read.
Peter Landau has compiled ten classic quotes about management and offers his thoughts on each one. 8 minutes to read.
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
Greg Satell debunks four pervasive myths about innovation. “Don’t look for a great idea, find a good problem.” 5 minutes to read.
Carey Fletcher shares her experience with developing a central testing team in a scaled Agile environment. 3 minutes to read.
Erik Dietrich shoots down five myths about test-driven development. 5 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
Liana Brinded recaps research by Robert Half that found employers lose their top candidates if the interview process drags on for too long. 2 minutes to read, interesting graphic.
Craig Brown looks at teams that go through the Tuckman stages of team development—forming, storming, norming, performing—and then stay together. 3 minutes to read.
Faisal Hoque poses three questions that can help you determine your next step in career development. 3 minutes to read.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 30 – May 6. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton explains the acronym ITTO, which refers to inputs, tools, techniques, and outputs, and why it takes up so much of the PMBOK. 4 minutes, safe for work. And two pictures from Bisbee Arizona, courtesy of Steve Miller—Thanks!
Avery Phillips notes that ransomware is here to stay. And paying the ransom may not be as damaging as the loss of trust. 3 minutes to read.
Bhaskar Chakravorti observes that, while the GDPR might seem like a good template for data privacy, not all countries agree that regulation is the best solution. 7 minutes to read.
Youyou Zhou analyzes the data, finding that far fewer international students are coming to the United States for an education. 2 minutes to read.
Niansheng Chu tutors us on Failure Mode and Effects Analysis, a structured approach to finding the risks inherent in a design or process, with examples. 8 minutes to read.
Suzanna Haworth gives us a deep understanding of the RACI chart and various alternatives. Also, a template! 15 minutes to read.
Sylvia Gindi does a deep and thorough dive into project deliverables and explains why a milestone isn’t a deliverable. 10 minutes to read.
Elizabeth Harrin examines five common roadblocks to success encountered by many (most?) projects and how to move them off the road. 4 minutes to read.
Brad Egeland also identifies five common causes of project failure and how to avoid them. 6 minutes to read.
John Goodpasture goes back to Nate Silver’s new classic, “The Signal and the Noise,” to frame Bayes Theorem as an iterative process. 2 minutes to read.
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from decisions under uncertainty to minimum-viable-whatever to “other” customer success metrics. 2 minutes to read, 7 outbound links.
Bisser Ivanov begins a series he’s calling Kanban 101. 3 minutes to read.
Johanna Rothman explains the difference between minimum viable experiment (MVE) and minimum viable product (MVP). 5 minutes to read.
Ilia Pavlichenko describes The Speed Boat Game—an interesting product metaphor to get clients to talk about their pains and perceived value of a product. 3 minutes to read.
Marie-Eve Trempe provides a quick tutorial on velocity for Scrum teams and how to measure it and use it.
Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership content, from why entrepreneurs fail to tackle big problems to your imagination as a superpower. 3 minutes to read, 5 outbound links.
Jory McKay presents 5 key goal-setting exercises for high-performing teams, as practiced at places like Google, LinkedIn, DropBox, and more. 15 minutes to read.
Mary Jo Asmus says that leading means staying out of the weeds—if you love the work, maybe you shouldn’t be a manager. 2 minutes to read.