New PM Articles for the Week of October 2 – 8

New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 2 – 8. And this week’s video: Simon Sinek details the four barriers to Millennial success—bad parenting, social media addiction, learned impatience, and the corporate environment. 16 minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Dieter Bohn interviews Google CEO Sundar Pichai on their efforts to balance the ethical use of AI, both online and in hardware, with “getting it right.” 8 minutes to read.
  • Alison DeNisco identifies the surprisingly common reasons so few women who take “Intro to Computer Science” graduate with a CS degree. 15 minutes to read.
  • Reuters reports that HP Enterprise allowed the Russian government to review the source code for ArcSight, the cybersecurity system used by the US military and much of the private sector. 6 minutes to read, but I understand that the Russians were given more time than that.

Established Methods

  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy tutors us on the vocabulary and concepts of project quality management. 4 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin explains how to “do” document version control, both automatically and manually. 3 minutes to read, with a 1-minute video, safe (but loud) for work.
  • Mike Clayton lists the key changes to the PMBOK in the 6th 8 minutes to read.
  • Michael Wood describes a practical approach to portfolio management as a dynamic continuum. 6 minutes to read.
  • Nick Pisano notes that project performance data has to be timely to be actionable. 10 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture quotes Confucius in describing the impact of lousy data on decision-making. Less than 2 minutes to read, and the green grass grew all around, all around …

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list, from pitfalls awaiting those who would scale Agile to “the ultimate list of product and design resources.” 2 minutes to scan, 9 outbound links.
  • Shane Hastie interviews Johanna Rothman and Mike Griffiths on the PMI / Agile Alliance joint development of the Agile Practice Guide. 24 minutes to read.
  • Lucho Salazar maps Agile concepts and values onto the old Iron Triangle to get an … Agile Triangle. 3 minutes to read.
  • John Yorke decries overproduction—the creation of features or other products that aren’t really needed—as the most wasteful of wastes. 4 minutes to read.
  • Mike Cohn invokes Goldilocks in telling us to add just the right amount of detail to user stories. 2 minutes to read.
  • Travis Birch notes an interesting phenomenon: about half of the people he knows who use Scrum were required to use it. 2 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Gina Kawalek describes seven key competencies for the next generation of leaders. 5 minutes to read.
  • Harry Hall notes five bad communications habits we need to break. Three minutes to read.
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy shares some tips for building trusting relationships across virtual teams, based on building and reinforcing behavioral norms. 5 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Mike Griffiths describes the Inverted Classroom model, blending online resources with in-person instruction. Attend lectures at home and do homework in class? 3 minutes to read.
  • Febin John James explains how to protect your password from artificial intelligence guessers. For a little while longer, anyway. 2 minutes to read.
  • Paramita Ghosh tutors us on the fundamentals of predictive analysis. Build your vocabulary now, because you’re going to see this in a future project. 5 minutes to read.
  • Maurik-Jan Veenman notes the growing collection of internet of things (IoT) instances in his life, including some you wouldn’t notice. 2 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Leigh Espy identifies and describes the rungs on the project manager career ladder. 7 minutes to read.
  • Steve Lohr reports on current trends in office design—now there is “a palette of places.” 10 minutes to read.
  • Keri Wiginton interviews sleep scientist Matthew Walker, who punctures any remaining illusions you might have about how little sleep you need. 4 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of September 11 – 17

New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 11 – 17. And this week’s video: the folks at MePIN provide a little background on the GDPR, if it’s not already on your radar. Just 2 minutes, safe for work.

Must read (or Listen)!

  • Lily Hay Newman gives us some background on the Social Security number—why we still use it for so many things and what the Equifax breach might mean for our American identity crisis. 5 minutes to read.
  • Russell Brandom diagnoses the larger problem: our entire credit bureau system, which relies on data that is no longer private, is irretrievably broken. 4 minutes to read.
  • Bertrand Duperrin notes measures of a lack of business maturity in data privacy and security practices, even with the General Data Protection Regulation becoming effective in May 2018. 3 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • Harry Hall explains why those who already have their PMP should read the PMBOK 6th edition. 2 minutes to read, and I second the motion.
  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews The Project Manager’s Little Book of Cheats, by Beth Spriggs. “I’ve covered it in sticky notes.” 2 minutes to read.
  • Johnny Beirne interviews Mike Clayton on the importance of project definition. Podcast, 28 minutes.
  • Ron Rosenhead notes the potential value in a selection process for project sponsors. 2 minutes to read.
  • Cheryl Texeira walks us through planning a project with an unrealistic deadline. 3 minutes to read.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list, from Agile metrics to scaling Agile, to the existential question: Is Agile Doomed? 11 outbound links, 3 minutes to scan.
  • Mike Cohn maps out the most productive way for programmers and testers to collaborate. 7 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman continues her series on alternatives for Agile and Lean road mapping, describing the Product Value Team. 3 minutes to read.
  • Mishkin Berteig lists three alternatives to Scrum and identifies how well each fits IT project work. 8 minutes to read.
  • Bart Gerardi describes the benefits of an Agile Center of Excellence as opposed to a more common Project Management Office. 7 minutes to read.
  • Scott Sehlhorst describes an approach for progressively elaborating the team’s understanding and behavior model of the users. 6 minutes to read.
  • Jason Moccia tutors us on design sprints, which use Scrum to refine the requirements and design before beginning development. WaterScrum? Uh, no. 7 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Uri Galimidi tells an anecdote about a manager who failed to hear what he was being told and offers some thoughts on developing your listening ability. 4 minutes to read.
  • Art Petty describes the corporate Zombie Apocalypse and offers some head-shots to deal with the causes. 3 minutes to read.
  • Ted Bauer eviscerates the “high achiever” myth, with acerbic wit, foul language, and several anecdotes. 6 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas gives us the executive micro-summary of a study conducted by an all-women team at BCG on what is helping women succeed and what is not. 3 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Ryan Ogilvie shows how to sell service improvement to decision makers as a value-add. 3 minutes to read.
  • Steven Levy profiles the team at CTRL-Labs and the work they’re doing on a brain-machine interface that might soon be implemented as a watchband. 15 minutes to read, but absolutely worth it.
  • John Goodpasture links Oren Etzioni’s rules for AI systems with Isaac Asimov’s laws of robotics for an interesting baseline of constraints. 2 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Mike Griffiths expands on Dianna Larson’s recent keynote speech, “Knowledge work is learning work.” 4 minutes to read.
  • Adam Schwartz, founder and CEO of Articulate, tells us why (and how) remote work scales. 5 minutes to read.
  • Conner Forrest reports on a recent survey by Softchoice: 74% of office workers would change jobs to firms that supported working from home. 2 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of September 4 – 10

New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 4 – 10. And this week’s video: Iyad Rahwan, associate professor at the MIT Media Lab, explores how Artificial Intelligence challenges our morality. If a driverless car must choose between killing five pedestrians crossing the street, or swerving to a wall and killing its own passenger, what should it do? A social dilemma! Just 14 minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • The PMBOK Guide—Sixth Edition is now available for order or complimentary PDF download, if you’re a current PMI member. 2 minutes to read this announcement page.
  • Adam Shostack notes the hypocrisy in Equifax offering to protect the same consumer data that they just failed to protect. 2 minutes to read.
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy interviews coach Paula Webster on how “mindfulness” helps us manage stress and stay in the moment. 7 minutes to read, 9 outbound links.

Established Methods

  • Elizabeth Harrin lists seven must-read books on stakeholder engagement. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Gina Abudi describes the Stakeholder Support Committee. 2 minutes to read.
  • Ron Rosenhead applies the wisdom of Woody Allen to project sponsorship. 2 minutes to read.
  • Susanne Madsen explains how we can create a strong team identity, beginning at the project kickoff. 4 minutes to read.
  • Antonio Uncal wants us to approach the lessons learned meeting as an exercise in story-telling. 4 minutes to read.
  • Bruce Benson casts a skeptical eye on methodologies that don’t acknowledge Second Order Ignorance. 3 minutes to read.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list, from Deming’s Lean Production principle to jobs to be done, to Agile management anti-patterns. 12 outbound links, 3 minutes to browse.
  • Johanna Rothman continues her series on Agile and Lean road mapping. 3 minutes to read part 2, 2 minutes to read part 3, and 3 minutes to read part 4.
  • Mike Hill Tweeted an article and collected the bits in Storify—plainly, the 20th Century is over—on his Dan Pink-derived model of motivation, called RAMPS. 2 minutes to read.
  • Ron Jeffries vamps on Mike Hill’s RAMPS. OK, mea culpa … 6 minutes to read.
  • Erik Hansen introduces and justifies the Chaos user story—a way to insert something overlooked into an active sprint. Spock eyebrow-raise in three, two, one … 5 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman resurrects Linus Pauling’s principle: we need to have lots of ideas and learn to throw out the bad ones. 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Art Petty provides a few anecdotes that illustrate the need to “speak truth to power.” Bad ideas must be challenged—that’s sometimes the value we add. 4 minutes to read.
  • Harry Hall suggests three positive phrases that motivate a team to higher performance. 2 minutes to read.
  • Lew Sauder tells how to keep your team members accountable, without resorting to “passive-aggressive control freak douchey behavior.” 4 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture extends an observation by Yuval Harari on organizing an army to organizing a project team. It’s not just a want; we need to believe. Just a minute to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Kannan Chandrasegaran shares the non-techie’s guide to servers. 6 minutes to read.
  • Jonathan Weisglass shows how to implement a project issue tracking database in Sharepoint. 3 minutes to read.
  • Paramita Ghosh tutors us on the fundamentals of real-time analytics. The IoT is only one driver of this bundle of complexity. 7 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Barry Hodge shares several online resources for the freelance project manager to find virtual gigs. 6 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy examines the project management career outlook across industries and in several key countries, through 2027. 3 minutes to read, plus an infographic.
  • Michael Smith interviews Sophia Eng on “Hear Us Roar; a Manifesto for Women and Minorities in Startup, Tech, and Business Communities.” Video, 33 minutes.

Enjoy!