New PM Articles for the Week of October 30 – November 5

New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 30 – November 5. Note that Daylight Savings Time ended in North and Central America. And this week’s video: Jesse Fewell shares an excited video selfie from the PMI Global Conference in Chicago, following the launch of the Agile Practice Guide. A new era is dawning – PMI and the Agile Alliance have created non-commercial, methodology-agnostic guidelines for tailoring Agile methods to the work to be done.  5 minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Michael Simmons reveals the secret to Thomas Edison’s success: the 10,000-experiment rule. “Deliberate experimentation is more important than deliberate practice.” 10 minutes to read.
  • Valerie Senyk shares some observations on what it takes to teach well. 3 minutes to read.
  • Nathan Kinch predicts that one of the outcomes of the GDPR will be closer collaboration between designers and attorneys. Privacy by design is a requirement. 6 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • Kiron Bondale defends the use of the digraph as a risk communication tool. 2 minutes to read.
  • Harry Hall describes the steps to take in right-sizing your risk management plan.
  • Glen Alleman reinforces the concepts in an old post: Process is King. Activity must be guided to efficiently achieve goals. 3 minutes to read.
  • Bruce Garrod points out the process changes in each knowledge area of the PMBOK 6th 3 minutes to read.
  • Sam Huffman explains the best practice for entering task durations in MS Project. Less than 2 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture quotes Yuval Harari in caveating the predictive value of the past project history and metrics kept by every PMO. Just about a minute to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin conducts a wide-ranging 22-minute video interview with Jon Clay, President of PMI UK. Or you can read the transcript in about 14 minutes.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly Agile round-up, from Agile experiments to Agile misconceptions, to starting stand-ups on time. 8 outbound links, 2 minutes to browse.
  • Adam Palmer puts story points and relative sizing into perspective using pumpkins. 2 minutes to read.
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors and his invisible gorilla, Hogarth, introduce an enterprise Scrum simulation game using Legos. 7 minutes to read, bring your own Legos.
  • Muslim Rizvi explains the acronym TECHMEDICS, which collects the basic considerations and questions to ask before beginning an Agile implementation. 8 minutes to read.
  • Mike Cohn shines a light on several “scary” aspects of adopting Agile methods, in honor of Halloween. 6 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Grace Windsor extols the benefits of using a project team charter to facilitate alignment and put the focus on the goals of the project. 5 minutes to read.
  • Naomi Caietti tutors us on emotional intelligence and how to develop it in ourselves. 5 minutes to read.
  • Susanne Madsen recounts her recovery from the stress she imposed on herself while leading a large, business-critical program. Sometimes, we must lead ourselves. 7 minutes to read.

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Lynda Bourne describes a complex model of stakeholder engagement, with the authentic characteristics of the organization at the core. 6 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton tells us how to plan a stakeholder engagement campaign. 8 minutes to read.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Nicole Nader on why being authentic is important to building effective relationships with stakeholders. Podcast, 16 minutes, safe for work.

Working and the Workplace

  • Tamás Török shares the findings on hiring software developers at start-up companies, from the State of Software Development 2017 report. 4 minutes to read.
  • Gary Poster conducts a rigorous analysis of the pros and cons of distributed teams, from “remote friendly” to “remote reliant.” 6 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Dom Price, head of R&D at Atlassian, on best practices for including remote colleagues in teams, such as team rituals. Video interview, 41 minutes.
  • Mike Griffiths reminds of the importance of focus. Just over a minute to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of October 16 – 22

New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 16 – 22. And this week’s video: motivational psychologist Edward Deci explains self-determination theory, including autonomous motivation, controlled motivation, and basic psychological needs at a high level. Just 8 minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Michael Karnanaprakorn, CEO and founder of Skillshare, describes his annual Think Week, which he adopted from Bill Gates. Even a Think Weekend is a good thing. 3 minutes to read.
  • Art Petty says we can improve the quality of our group decisions by analyzing and stress testing our assumptions, using techniques like red teaming, fracking, and mapping. 5 minutes to read.
  • Amber Lee Dennis points out the hidden opportunity in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): transforming our existing records to a more actionable form. 5 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • Kiron Bondale defends one of the tools removed in the PMBOK 6th Edition—the Critical Chain Method. 2 minutes to read.
  • Barry Hodge notes the benefits of working as a virtual project manager and how to get started. I’ve been doing it for years, and would never go back to a commute. 3 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman debunks the silly claim that process reduces agility. Who keeps coming up with this nonsense, anyway? 2 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews Bridging the Project Management Competency Gap, by Rich Maltzman and Loredana Abramo. 3 minutes to read.
  • Henny Portman reviews Johanna Rothman’s new book, Manage Your Project Portfolio—2nd Edition. 4 minutes to read.
  • Amy Hamilton tutors us on stakeholder identification. 3 minutes to read, plus a 4-minute roadside video, safe for work.
  • Mike Clayton explains the concepts of Objectives and Key Results in describing project deliverables. Just 5 minutes, safe for work.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from team building without rock stars to psychological safety to why SAFe might be just command and control thinking. 3 minutes to scan, 7 outbound links.
  • David Sabine dissects Jeff Sutherland’s occasional claim that Scrum breaks the Iron Triangle. 3 minutes to read.
  • Jen Bunk interviews Johanna Rothman on how she got started, early microcomputer tech, and why project problems are really people problems. 45 minutes, safe for work.
  • Travis Birch explains Kanban in just under a minute.
  • Roopak Jain compares estimating using story points with estimating hours of effort. 3 minutes to read.
  • John Yorke describes his new Kanban game, Motor City. You, too, can be a titan of table-top industry! 2 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Bertrand Duperrin considers the four generations now in the workforce and how to manage for retention. 2 minutes to read.
  • Daniel Lock identifies four actionable triggers of intrinsic motivation. 4 minutes to read.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy gives us a few tools to enable leading successfully without positional authority. 5 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Connor Forrest reports on the KRACK vulnerability that will affect nearly every Wifi network and device. 2 minutes to read.
  • Michelle Knight provides concise, clear definitions of taxonomy, ontology, and metadata. Each a minute or so to read.
  • Suraj Chatrath points out the potential role of a business analyst in data science applications. 4 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Brendan Toner begins a series of articles summarizing the key features of available day planner apps. If you haven’t read his past articles, this is definitely his area of expertise. 5 minutes to read.
  • Lew Sauder breaks down the key elements of being proactive—planning ahead, being organized, prioritizing, and acting quickly. 3 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland shares some ideas for conducting a hybrid meeting—those with a mix of remote and in-person attendees. 11 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

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!