New PM Articles for the Week of October 9 – 15

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

Must read!

  • 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.

Established Methods

  • 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.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy tutors us on project quality assurance. 6 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale suggests that, in addition to defining project success factors, we should define what would constitute a project failure.
  • Kerry Wills lists five guiding principles for an agile portfolio. 2 minutes to read.
  • Harry Hall lists seven project management influencers to watch. Thanks for including me in such esteemed company! 3 minutes to read.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of all things Agile, from scaling Spotify to uncontrollable technical debt to cost of delay. 3 minutes to scan, 9 outbound links.
  • John Yorke’s new Kanban training board game is almost ready for general distribution, but he’s looking for feedback. Seems really interesting. 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman explores minimalism—how little can we do and yet still be effective? Just over a minute to read.
  • Shane Billings articulates the type of “deviations” needed to adapt a plan (connect the moving dots) in a fast-changing environment.
  • Jesse Fewell calls out the haters—“Hate is not an Agile value.” Attack the problem, not the person. 4 minutes to read the text, 5 minutes for the podcast. Safe for work.
  • Eli Woolery and Aarron Walter interview Jake Knapp, father of the design sprint and author of Sprint. 2 minutes to read the article, 57 minutes for the podcast.

Applied Leadership

  • John Goodpasture notes that any activity at scale requires strangers to work together effectively. Which requires things like currency, bureaucracy, and the rule of law. 2 minutes to read.
  • Art Petty maps out the distinctions between a team and a group. Yes, groups are useful, too. 4 minutes to read.
  • Kat Boogaard shares some legitimate tactics for becoming a thought leader. Yes, thought leaders are leaders. 3 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Ryan Ogilvie gives us a detailed plan for improving business support. 7 minutes to read.
  • The Nuvro blog has a new article on how to create a customer success team. 5 minutes to read.
  • Vaibhav Aparimit begins a series on the fundamentals of system design with definitions of reliability more accurately resilience), scalability, and maintainability. 2 minutes to read.
  • Karik Patel explains augmented analytics and tells us why it matters. 3 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Michael Lopp describes that moment when the Old Guard and the New Guard actually come together for the first time—in a moment of crisis. 5 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas explains how to keep working when you’re depressed (and shares some insights into managing depressed people). 5 minutes to read.
  • Seth Godin: “Sonderis defined as that moment when you realize that everyone around you has an internal life as rich and as conflicted as yours.” 1 minute to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of September 25 – October 1

New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 25 – October 1. And this week’s video: Harry Hall suggests a way to identify project risks by starting with success. Two minutes, safe for work.

Must read (or Listen)!

  • Vivek Murthy, former US Surgeon General, describes the “loneliness epidemic” in terms of both the impact on our health and our productivity. 12 minutes to read.
  • Matthew Biggins frets that, given recent advances in virtual reality and augmented reality, at some point, actual reality will feel fake. 5 minutes to read.
  • Katie Heaney gets some expert opinions on the continuum between analytical thinking and “going with your gut.” It’s not a binary choice! 6 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • Elizabeth Harrin provides a detailed plan for communicating with your stakeholders when you don’t have time for meetings. 4 minutes to read.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiyrecommends a list of project management books (14) and software tools (13). 8 minutes to read, 24 outbound links.
  • Mike Clayton goes to his bookshelf for the best personal effectiveness books for project managers. 16 books, 12 minutes to read.
  • Chris Matts continues his series on the three levels of metric maturity. 3 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman shares a webcast by Dr. Barry Boehm on the incremental commitment spiral model of software development. Just over an hour, long intro, safe for work.
  • Johnny Beirne interviews Stephen Carver on resilience can help us thrive in a VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity) world. 21 minutes, safe for work.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from slicing user stories to the Team Culture model to the origins of the design sprint. 9 outbound links, 3 minutes to browse.
  • Johanna Rothman concludes her series on alternatives for Agile and Lean road mapping, with part 6 (4 minutes to read) and part 7 (3 minutes to read).
  • Mike Cohn identifies five common mistakes teams make in splitting user stories and suggests avoidance strategies. 10 minutes to read, but worth your time.
  • Henny Portman reviews The Scrum Culture: Introducing Agile methods in organizations, by Dominik Maximini. 3 minutes to read.
  • Dave Prior interviews Michael de la Maza and Dhaval Panchal talk about their new book Agile Coaching: Wisdom from Practitioners. 33 minutes, safe for work.
  • Christopher Lewis tells us that great Scrum Masters are first good product owners. 4 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Adam Shostack analyzes the “resignation” of CEO Richard Smith from Equifax. It’s not about the breach, but the response to the breach. 4 minutes to read.
  • Art Petty expands on four key components of strategy execution. 5 minutes to read.
  • Bertrand Duperrin reviews Marketplace 3.0: Rewriting the rules of borderless business, by Hiroshi Mikitani. 4 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Natalie Warnert explains the concept of learned helplessness and tells us how to unlearn 4 minutes to read.
  • Kamil Tamiola notes that poorly written “scientific” articles on AI and machine learning drive “… bizarre levels of anxiety among the public, press, science and tech investors.” 5 minutes to read.
  • Seth Godin explores the difference between pleasure (which you can buy) and happiness (which you can’t), in under 2 minutes.

Working and the Workplace

  • April Kilcrease summarizes the backlash against the open office layout movement. 5 minutes to read.
  • Brendan Toner reviews day planner and to-do list app Focuster. 6 minutes to read.
  • Hilary Potkewitz reports on the early morning routines of the well-organized: 4:00 AM is the new 7:00 AM. 5 minutes to read; 1 embedded video, 4 minutes.
  • Darius Foroux shares his take on prioritizing, planning, and time blocking. “Time Blocking is more than just a productivity tool. It’s about self-awareness.” 4 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of September 18 – 24

New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 18 – 24. And this week’s video: two Scottish men try to communicate with a voice-activated elevator. My Taiwan-born wife laughed so hard I thought she’d require CPR. Just under 4 minutes, more-or-less safe for work.

Must read!

  • Derek Beres explains how reading changes your brain, increasing intelligence and empathy. Which is why you read these weekly round-ups, right? 5 minutes to read, four short videos embedded.
  • Rich Maltzman and Dave Shirley report on the growth of Sustainable and Responsible Investment, using the Seychelles as an example. Deals like this always create new projects. 4 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture opines on the relationship between precision and accuracy and two schools of practice—one of objectivity and one of subjectivity. 2 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • Harry Hall tells how to conduct a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis and apply the findings to your risk management activities. 2 minutes to read.
  • PMI released two new in-depth reports—one on achieving agility (32 pages) and one on the drivers of agility (16 pages). Note that “Agile” and agility are not the same thing.
  • Michelle Symonds explains why the “triple constraint” ignores all other constraints and points out some of the others we will encounter. 4 minutes to read, one embedded video.
  • Laura Paton debunks five myths about PMI’s business analysis certification. Laura had key roles in developing both the PMI standard for business analysis and the BABOK Guide. 7 minutes to read.
  • Cheryl Texiera gets down to the gritty details of creating consistent documentation for your project. 3 minutes to read.
  • Chris Matts begins a series describing the three levels of metric maturity. 2 minutes to read.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from the roles of change (agitate, innovate, orchestrate) to systems thinking, to the case for teams to self-select. 11 outbound links, 3 minutes to scan.
  • Mike Cohn explores the two ways in which a team can add detail to a user story: splitting and adding acceptance criteria. 6 minutes to read.
  • John Cutler presents some background on the story points debate and then suggests some alternative metrics. 4 minutes to read.
  • Tamás Török presents a scientific approach to prioritizing software development requirements. 4 minutes to read.
  • David Vicentin explains how Six Sigma projects can apply Agile techniques and values. 2 minutes to read.
  • Arthur Moore presents the Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) notion of the perfect definition of done. 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Harry McCracken reports on the success of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in changing the culture at Microsoft, resulting in a dazzling improvement in their prospects. 20 minutes to read.
  • Robert Kaiser, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, and Derek Lusk guide us in learning to play office politics ethically and effectively. 5 minutes to read.
  • Art Petty reminds us that while results certainly matter, leaders need to get them sustainably to be effective. 4 minutes to read.
  • Christopher Chabris provides brief reviews of four recent books on different aspects of decision-making, behavior, and influence, authored by researchers in the fields. 4 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Tom Warren reports that the forces of evil managed to hide botnet malware in the CCleaner app that has been downloaded more than 2 billion times. 2 minutes to read.
  • Dan Patterson and Emily Wilson discuss the details of the Equifax breach, including the revelation that the company directed victims to a phishing website for support. Incredible … 7 minutes, safe for work.
  • Febin John James reveals that artificial intelligence can be used to guess passwords because humans are predictable. But, you knew that. 3 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Geoff Crane identifies four distinct skills, based on the trait model of emotional intelligence, that will allow us to thrive in the “gig economy.” 4 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy coaches us on preparing for project management behavioral interview questions and even shares a list of 40 samples. 10 minutes to read.
  • Kailash Awati notes that “no one actually experiences time as it is depicted in a timeline.” The level of engagement makes time seem to go faster or slower. 6 minutes to read, although it might seem like 2 or 3.

Enjoy!