New PM Articles for the Week of August 7 – 13

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 7 – 13. And this week’s video: Harry Hall explains how to identify, evaluate, engage, and influence your project stakeholders. Just 9 minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Suzanne Lucas recaps recent events at Google, following the outing and firing of James Damor. Not surprisingly, Googlers are now afraid of being outed and fired. 3 minutes to read.
  • Andreas Sandre rounds up some rankings and statistics on gender and racial diversity among large technology companies. 3 minutes to read and well worth the time.
  • John Goodpasture reacts to John Kao’s auteur model of innovation, pointing out that the most successful innovation auteur was the late Steve Jobs. 2 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • Pat Weaver observes that there is more to project success than benefits realization and meeting initial cost and schedule targets. 4 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews William Davis, creator of Excel-based Statistical Pert, who explains the difference between predicting and forecasting. 4 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy describes the project sponsor role and explains what to do when you have a weak sponsor. 6 minutes to read.
  • Lew Sauder recounts an anecdote that illustrates the fine line between giving the project sponsor too much information and not enough. 3 minutes to read.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Sabina Janstrom on the importance of stakeholder engagement to project portfolio management. Podcast, 20 minutes, safe for work.
  • Nick Pisano examines the failures of project management that can only result in an inadequate form of project monitoring. 15 minutes or so to read.
  • John McIntyre advises PMO leaders to ignore Waterfall vs. Agile and other false dichotomies in favor of choosing the best methods and tools for each project. 4 minutes to read.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from cultural revolutions to scaling autonomous teams, to high-performance teams. 11 outbound links, 3 minutes to browse.
  • Rich Mironov recommends we abandon the generic “user” and “customer” in favor of more specific role identities. And he goes off on a good rant, too. 5 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman identifies progress measurements that can be effective at the program level.
  • Atul Sinha explores the parameters of a “definition of ready” for a user story. 2 minutes to read.
  • Henny Portman summarizes a new book by Jeff Gothelf and Josh Seiden, “Lean UX – Designing Great Products with Agile Teams.” 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • The Clever PM explains why silence works in facilitating communication, how to use it effectively, and how to combine it with active listening. 4 minutes to read.
  • Kara Swisher hosts “Built for Growth” authors Chris Kuenne and John Danner on becoming a great entrepreneur. Podcast, 56 minutes, mostly safe for work.
  • Bertrand Duperrin notes that successful transformation projects require that we expose the corporate culture to change. 3 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Ryan Ogilvie points out the software asset management selling points that will appeal to executive decision makers. 3 minutes to read.
  • Russell Brandom reports on the current, weakened state of two-factor authentication. “In 2017, just having two-factor is no longer enough.” 8 minutes to read.
  • Conner Forrest reports that Bill Burr, who wrote the NIST guidelines for password standards, “regrets” that advice. Good news: there’s an update available. 2 minutes to read.
  • Kamesh Ganeson explains ISO 22301, a widely-used standard for business continuity management. 4 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Rebecca Collins notes that 79% of knowledge workers work from home, and offers some suggestions on facilitating their success. 3 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Nenad Maljkovic on permaculture and designing sustainable remote systems. Podcast, 35 minutes, safe for work.
  • Thomas Oppong gives us a pep talk: stop managing your time and start owning it, through time boxing, the Pomodoro Technique, prioritizing, and just saying no. 5 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of July 31 – August 6

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 31 – August 6. And this week’s video: ShadowCat’s wonderfully haunting cover of Song of Exile, from King Arthur. Just over six minutes, safe for work. Audience alert: if you’re into distortion-laden industrial / electronica, skip this.

Must read!

  • Mike Griffiths expands on a quote from Dianna Larson, ”Knowledge work is learning work.” 4 minutes to read.
  • Justin Bariso breaks down the legendary Steve Jobs’ response to a public insult, and why it was so effective. 4 minutes to read.
  • Craig Morrison explains why the “little details” of the user experience matter so much to users. 8 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • SightseersMichael Wood offers three anecdotes that illustrate how to use visual techniques in project management. 7 minutes to read.
  • Barry Hodge explains what and how to communicate at each project stage. 5 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman tutors us on managing cost, schedule, and technical performance risk. 6 minutes to read.
  • Harry Hall illustrates the Theory of Constraints with a poolside tale from his recent vacation. 5 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Chris Cook, author of The Entrepreneurial Project Manager. 5 minutes to read.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his list of all things Agile, from a case of failed product discovery to Agile misconceptions, to what Google has learned about creating effective teams. 3 minutes to browse, 11 outbound links.
  • Dave Prior and Tim Wise discuss stretch goals that are positive for the team. Podcast, 22 minutes, safe for work.
  • Mike Cohn describes common mistakes that Scrum masters make and tells how to correct them. 6 minutes to read.
  • Jack Reed notes that some suggestions to improve the Daily Scrum might not be … improvements. 5 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman is up to Part 5 in her series on Creating Agile HR. This link is to the first part, and she has breadcrumbs you can follow. Each is 3 – 4 minutes to read.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Yazmin Darcy on preparing for and passing the PMI-ACP exam. And now she’s working on developing the sample exam questions for the exam. Podcast, 49 minutes, safe for work.

Applied Leadership

  • Michael Lopp expounds on rumors that grow in the absence of communication, and the impact it has on both the team and the leader. 10 minutes to read.
  • Art Petty shares a dozen ideas on how to conduct more effective meetings. 4 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton covers commonly used stakeholder analysis and engagement techniques. 10 minutes to read.
  • Elyse Stevens interviews Loretta Bayliss on how professional services firms should approach stakeholder engagement. Podcast,16minutes, safe for work.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Dániel Mátyás Vincze provides a beginner’s guide to serverless architectures, also known as Function as a Service (FaaS). 7 minutes to read.
  • Rich Malztman introduces the notion of “chunking,” the mind’s way of recognizing logical, coherent structures so we don’t bog down on the pieces. 3 minutes to read.
  • Jennifer Zaino considers the impact of data quality on an Agile Data Strategy. 5 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Lisette Sutherland lists several up-and-coming virtual collaboration tools for remote teams. Podcast, 9 minutes, safe for work. The first minute is a poorly produced commercial – skip it.
  • Natalie Warnert shares her approach to packing for a week into one carry-on. 3 minutes to read, 3 outbound links.
  • Kerry Wills notes that some people ask questions in meetings to refine their understanding, while others … have other motives. 2 minutes to read.
  • Katrina Davies rounded up a few articles on diagnosing and improving your emotional intelligence. 2 minutes to browse, 10 outbound links.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of July 24 – 30

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 24 – 30. And this week’s video: Paul Brown provides a brief introduction to organizational change management. Just nine minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • NiMa Asghari lists some of the very real problems that drone delivery is going to solve. 4 minutes to read.
  • Connor Forrest summarizes a report from Accenture naming the top five cyber security threats seen this year and recommended countermeasures. 2 minutes to read.
  • Sean Gwaltney describes an interesting tool: the Purpose Breakdown Structure, which links strategic objectives, success criteria, and work packages. 6 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • Brendan Toner begins a three-part series on using the Critical Path method to deliver a project on time. 10 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Colin D. Ellis author of The Project Rots from the Head. Video with transcript, 4 minutes, safe for work.
  • Barry Hodge takes the traditional 2 by 2 power and interest stakeholder matrix and maps each quadrant to an anthropomorphic animal. Embrace the metaphor! 6 minutes to read.
  • Kerry Wills shares a model for how the share of a project manager’s four primary activities evolves over the life cycle of a project. 2 minutes to read.
  • Vivien Goldstrong points out a few examples where cognitive computing might be useful in project management. 4 minutes to read.
  • Craig Brown outlines twelve steps to project success. A minute or so to read.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from why Spotify’s agile patterns work and why you shouldn’t copy them, to negotiation skills for product managers. 10 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture describes Agile methods as a series of nested planning cycles, each with a different horizon.
  • Leigh Espey explains the difference between a project manager role and a Scrum Master role. 5 minutes to read.
  • Regis Armel Asseman has compiled a few “diet tips” for a healthy software product. Yeah, it’s a gimmick, but a well-written gimmick. 6 minutes to read.
  • Ron Jeffries realizes that he wrote legacy code yesterday. And he probably will again, tomorrow. 2 minutes to read.
  • Valerie Senyk unpacks the implications of the Agile Manifesto’s fifth principle. 4 minutes to read.
  • Elyse Stevens interviews Jase Clamp on how a product manager handles stakeholder engagement. Audio only, 17 minutes, safe for work.

Applied Leadership

  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy explains Herzberg’s Two-Factor theory of motivation. 3 minutes to read. Includes a video—4 minutes, safe for work.
  • Lex Laufer and Jeff Russell make the case for managing by moving about: getting out and talking to the people, looking at the results. 2 minutes to read.
  • Lew Sauder describes the characteristics of the leadership personality. 3 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Glen Alleman explains why merely having a data set is insufficient to support a position—you also need a model that explains why you should be seeing that data. 3 minutes to read.
  • Shuba Kathikeyan gives us a thumbnail of eleven programming languages suitable for DevOps. 4 minutes to read.
  • Stefan Groschupf ruminates on what comes after Hadoop. Video, just over one minutes, safe for work.

Working and the Workplace

  • Harry Hall lays out the critical steps to develop a successful buy – seller relationship. 3 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas reports that the Japanese government is promoting telecommuting for several good reasons, including the 202 Olympics. Note: it’s not an event. 3 minutes to read.
  • Jenny Blake provides guidelines on what tasks to delegate, illustrated with Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielson playing three guitars. 5 minutes to read.

Enjoy!