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!

New PM Articles for the Week of August 28 – September 3

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 28 – September 3. And this week’s video: Project Chair Cyndi Dionisio and Vice Chair Dr. David Hillson explain what’s new in the PMBOK Guide 6th Edition, to be released on September 6. Less than 4 minutes, safe for work.

Must read (or Listen)!

  • Teena Maddox reports that technology companies are stepping up to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey dry out their cell phones. 7 minutes to read.
  • Guise Bule notes the impact of Hurricane Harvey and lists some steps that businesses need to take to protect data and IT assets from natural disaster. 4 minutes to read.
  • Marc Andreessen, Clayton Christensen, and Steven Levy discuss disruption theory, The Innovator’s Dilemma, modularity, and competing against luck. Podcast, 37 minutes.

Established Methods

  • Rich Maltzman explains how to read general business articles like a project leader. 2 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin tutors us on how organizational change management fits into project management. 5 minutes to read.
  • Roland Combes maps the complex mix of elements of a global IT project capacity into two delivery models. 3 minutes to read.
  • Glenn Alleman revisits his comments on why you don’t need Agile methods to avoid the Seven Deadly Sins of Project Management. Short intro, with 27 slides. Call it five minutes to read.
  • Harry Hall tells how to engage stakeholders through an internal project blog. 3 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton contrasts the PMP and CAPM, two different qualifications based on the same body of knowledge. 6 minutes to read.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly Agile connections, from a skeptic’s embrace of design thinking to Agile / DevOps / continuous delivery to product discovery. 11 outbound links, 3 minutes to scan.
  • Kaysie Garza on design thinking: why you need it and how to put it into practice. 14 outbound links, 4 minutes to read. Take the time to scan the links before you get too deep into any of them, unless you’re already familiar with the concepts.
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors and his invisible gorilla, Hogarth, look at the pitfalls of using metrics to manage Agile adoption. 6 minutes to read.
  • Mike Griffiths gives us the details on the new Agile Appendix to the 6th Edition of the PMBOK, plus the all new Agile Practice Guide. 4 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman starts a new series, describing alternatives for creating Agile and Lean product roadmaps. 5 minutes to read.
  • Shashank Sinha shares his approach to managing technical debt in a Scrum team. 2 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • John Goodpasture decants the lessons (and value) of myth-making from Yuval Harrari’s book, “Sapiens.” 2 minutes to read.
  • Art Petty tells how to recognize and seize the opportunities when management identifies a need for organizational changes. 3 minutes to read.
  • Justin Bariso analyzes an exemplary Email from Elon Musk to Tesla employees outlining his corporate communication philosophy. 4 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas observes the leader as teacher: not a micro-manager, but a facilitator of the process of learning. 3 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Amber Lee Dennis presents a case study on how Office Depot benefitted from the implementation of a master data management solution. 5 minutes to read.
  • αλεx π (everybody’s gotta have a name) reviews three books on the ways that math and statistics can be misused. 6 minutes to read.
  • Kindra Hall analyzes the common failure modes of the question and answer sessions that follow your presentation. 3 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Bertrand Duperrin sees the remote work “wave” beginning to recede. 4 minutes to read.
  • Travis Bradberry lists the nine skills he recommends we master that will deliver life-long value. 7 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland reflects on some of the disadvantages of using video conferencing. Podcast (no video), 11 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

Exposure Draft for the PMBOK Guide – Sixth Edition

PMBOK Guide 5th EditionPMI is updating the PMBOK Guide, once again. As they have done with prior updates, an exposure draft is available from now through April 6, 2016 for comment by PMI members in good standing.

Key changes to this edition are:

  • The inclusion of more detailed information on agile and other iterative practices including:
    • Information about agile and other practices often used in an adaptive environment in each Knowledge Area section (Sections 4–13)
    • An appendix to The Standard for Project Management on agile and other iterative practices
  • A new chapter on the role of the project manager which discusses the PMI Talent Triangle, including greater emphasis on the strategic and business knowledge aspect of project management

It seems that each release of the PMBOK Guide includes a bit more input from advocates for Agile methods. It’s good to see the Standard keeping pace with current notions of best practices.