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.
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.
Michael 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.
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.
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.
Nada Aldahleh describes six characteristics of effective product owners.
Mike Griffiths looks at the statistics of the various credential programs from PMI, and plots a few trends.
Paul Ritchie breaks down what the new PMI recertification requirements mean to training organizations.
Steven Levy renews his membership in PMI, using software with an appallingly bad UX.
Bruce Harpham notes several things you can do to help new team members get up to speed, while instilling a positive attitude.
Elizabeth Harrin shares the contents of her reading pile. More accurately, her books to-finish-reading pile.
Jamie Hill extracts a few lessons from his new book, “Make Good Habits Stick.”
Podcasts and Videos
Cesar Abeid interviews Wes Schaeffer on the art and practice of sales and negotiating for project managers. Plus career tips from Dev Ramcharan and the must-read PM articles list from your truly. Just 36 minutes, safe for work.
Cornelius Fichtner interviews Jamal Moustafaev on his new book, “Project Scope Management.” Just 25 minutes, safe for work.
Rich Maltzman and Dave Shirley have crafted a commercial for their new book, “Driving Project, Program, and Portfolio Success: The Sustainability Wheel.” Just three minutes, safe for work, it’s got a good beat, and you can dance to it.