New PM Articles for the Week of February 13 – 19

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 13 – 19. And this week’s video: Jochen Menges explains how charismatic leaders speak to our emotions, and why we defer to them. Just 18 minutes, safe for work.

Must read (or Hear)!

  • Vicki Wrona concludes her four-part series on project management obstacles with her reflections on unrealistic expectations and micro-management.
  • Mike Griffiths explains how to apply Lean Thinking precepts to your PMO, to deliver the most value with the least waste and highest utilization of available talent.
  • Cornelius Fichtner extracts the answer to one question he asked in each of 14 interviews at the PMI Global Congress 2016: Which is the interpersonal skill that you attribute the most of our success in your career to? Just 24 minutes, safe for work.

Established Methods

  • Leigh Espy provides a complete, concise, and actionable tutorial on software project requirements.
  • Mark Mulally contemplates project management as a service function, and what that means to stakeholders, sponsors, and project managers.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Michel Dion on rescuing troubled projects with a brutal assessment and a new plan, followed by execution and intense monitoring. Just 24 minutes, safe for work.
  • Barry Hodge explains how to tailor Prince2 to each project. And yes, that’s an integral part of the method!
  • Harry Hall identifies seven common quality management failure modes.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Agile tribes to the learning value of prototyping, to the Goldilocks product development timeframe.
  • Johanna Rothman shows how to maintain visibility over the work you postpone with a Parking Lot.
  • Ryan Ripley interviews Bryan Beecham on the importance of simplicity, psychological safety, and continuous improvement. Just over an hour, safe for work.
  • Jay Melone addresses the big question on Design sprints: how do you get from validation to execution?
  • Tamás Török links us to the best Slack integrations for distributed software teams.

Applied Leadership

  • John Goodpasture ruminates on the fiduciary nature of the project manager role.
  • Art Petty catalogs some of the awkward moments—the ones that trigger our negative emotions—and advises on how to handle them.
  • Grace Windsor explores ways to apply emotional intelligence techniques to enhance team collaboration.

Technology and Techniques

  • Mordaxus starts a series where he will complain about information security practices with a short didactic on security models.
  • Cathy Nolan reports on the growing use of Internet of Things technology by retailers, as they watch us shop and try to understand (and influence) our behavior.
  • Joe Wynne starts a series on managing robotic process automation projects for CRM applications. The fact that I can type this, you get what it means, and we both treat it as A Thing astounds me to no end.
  • Bill Gates wants us to tax the robots who take human jobs. Even the ones shaped like paper clips? OK, maybe that’s an obscure reference …

Working and the Workplace

  • Brendan Toner touts OneNote as the ultimate tool for blogging (I use it for just about all of my writing and note taking these days).
  • Bertrand Duperrin points to recent studies that found needlessly complex processes kill productivity and reduce employee engagement.
  • Elizabeth Harrin shares a long list of the small strategies that help her to be efficient in her multiple roles.
  • Lolly Daskal reminds us that time management is only one piece of the productivity and effectiveness puzzle.
  • Lisette Sutherland focuses on maintaining our health when working remotely by being mobile. Just 9 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of February 6 – 12

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 6 – 12. And this week’s video: Kevin Kelly’s TED talk on “cognification,” the inevitable process of making things smarter so humans can focus on inefficient things like innovation and discovery. Best line: “Efficiency is for robots.” Just 14 minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Samad Aidane tells what you should keep in mind when leading multi-cultural teams. Global projects are here to stay, and so are the people who will plan and execute them.
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy provides detailed guidance on making much better decisions with a distributed / virtual team.
  • PMI released the 2017 Pulse of the Profession survey, which says that more projects are meeting their original goals and fewer are failing.

Established Methods

  • Harry Hall tells a story about a project launch two different ways, with two different endings and a soundtrack by the Kingston Trio.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Jay Payette on aligning projects with strategic goals. Just 30 minutes, safe for work.
  • John McIntyre posts a few PMO events scheduled for this month.
  • Michael Smith tutors us on tracking task dependencies.
  • Kenneth Ashe gets us back to the basics with a look at the stakeholder register.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of links to Agile content, from strategic agility in the enterprise to the clumsy corporate comedy of Dilbert.
  • Natalie Warnert contemplates whether it is useful to estimate technical debt and defect resolution, in addition to new development work.
  • Johanna Rothman looks at a backlog consisting of tasks, rather than stories. Not a good way to create value!
  • Chris Thelwell proposes a maturity model for design teams adopting Agile methods.
  • Derek Huether notes some gaps in making Scrum work in an organization where the team is just one part of a much larger whole.
  • Bart Gerardi considers the question of whether the ScrumMaster should attend the daily stand-up.
  • The Clever PM debunks the myth of consensus. Agreement on next steps is more important and immediately actionable.
  • Ryan Ripley interviews Zach Bonaker and Amitai Schleier on the monetization of Agile and the nature of coaching.

Applied Leadership

  • Art Petty lists some excellent examples of real leaders being effective in the corporate workplace by quietly doing the things that help others be successful.
  • David Cotgreave examines the need for conflict resolution skills by the project manager.
  • Chris Cook reviews three biases that can negatively influence our decision making.

Technology and Techniques

  • Kara Swisher interviews former New York Times technology reporter John Markoff, who explains why we need robots to take our jobs. Just 58 minutes, safe for work.
  • Cade Metz reports on the Asilomar conference on artificial intelligence, where the conversation turned to the looming loss of middle-class jobs.
  • Belle Cooper reviews the science that tells us we need to reduce the noise level, for productivity and health.

Working and the Workplace

  • Hired released the second edition of their Global State of Tech Salaries report. Looks like there’s more to Austin than just the City Limits.
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Nick “The Podcast Monster” Jaworski on building authentic relationships with remote clients. Just 39 minutes, safe for work.
  • Suzanne Lucas reports that IBM is acting to dramatically reduce the number of employees working from home.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of January 30 – February 5

New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 30 – February 5. And this week’s video: Eduardo Briceño talks about how to most effectively move between the performing zone and the learning zone, using Diogenes and Beyonce as examples. Just 11 minutes, safe for work.

Must read (or hear)!

  • Soma Bhattacharya encapsulates some ideas about neuroplasticity and suggests some brain-boosting activities. Includes a link to an excellent TED talk by Lara Boyd.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Wanda Curlee on how situational awareness and emotional intelligence are intertwined. Just 23 minutes, safe for work.
  • Angelica Larios summarizes research into the dimensions of cultural differences by Robert House into short, clear definitions and a useful table. Even if you’re not managing global teams today, this knowledge is important!

Established Methods

  • Mike Clayton coaches us on ways to engage our project sponsor.
  • John Goodpasture shares his FAQ on systems engineering. Only slightly
  • Leigh Espy tutors us on the scope management plan.
  • Harry Hall uses his new FitBit as a metaphor for project financial management.
  • Bruce Harpham helps us take our questions from good to great.
  • Nick Pisano critiques a list of project management trends for 2017, compiled by Atif Qureshi.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from team building and the need for dissent to guerilla research and The Bad Product Fallacy.
  • Mike Cohn shares an agenda for the Sprint Review – a ceremony designed for soliciting actionable feedback.
  • Dave Prior interviews Mike Cottmeyer on the State of Agile in 2017 and addresses the question: Is culture really the issue? Just 48 minutes, safe for work.
  • Alison Wood made a new eBook from Knowledge Train available for download: “The Challenges with Agile.” Six Agile practitioners, 12 pages, many excellent insights.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Melanie Franklin on the evolution of the PMO in adopting Agile methods. Just 19 minutes, safe for work.
  • Tom McFarlin addresses the tension between “It’s good enough,” and “It could be better” when deciding to ship your product.

Applied Leadership

  • Andy Kaufman interviews Nick Petrie and Derek Roger, authors of “Work Without Stress,” on… well, stress and pressure. Just 55 minutes, safe for work. Plus a couple of minutes for the clip from “Bridge of Spies” that puts it all into perspective.
  • Beth Spriggs depicts a difficult but necessary conversation with someone who needed to hear some very negative feedback.
  • Rich Maltzman summarizes the sustainability trends driving business in 2017, based on a report by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.
  • Seth Godin notes that, just as you don’t heat your office with coal anymore, you will eventually abandon the employee performance review system you’ve used for thirty years.

Technology and Techniques

  • Cade Metz updates us the recent poker tournament where an AI program beat four of the world’s best poker players at no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em.
  • Tom Randall reports on three new lithium-ion battery storage plants in California, any one of which would have been the largest such facility ever built. Focus on the description of the construction project.
  • Nick Bilton reports on the death of Hollywood, as technology reshapes filmmaking the way it has everything else.

Working and the Workplace

  • Lisette Sutherland edits several old interviews to extract four insights in establishing camaraderie in remote teams.
  • Conner Forrest explains how to determine whether President Trump’s suspension of immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries will impact your company.
  • Suzanne Lucas reports on some fascinating research – extensive international travel and exposure to different cultures can desensitize you to what is right and wrong.

Enjoy!