New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 13 – 19. And this week’s video: Jochen Menges explains how charismatic leaders speak to our emotions, and why we defer to them. Just 18 minutes, safe for work.
Must read (or Hear)!
Vicki Wrona concludes her four-part series on project management obstacles with her reflections on unrealistic expectations and micro-management.
Mike Griffiths explains how to apply Lean Thinking precepts to your PMO, to deliver the most value with the least waste and highest utilization of available talent.
Cornelius Fichtner extracts the answer to one question he asked in each of 14 interviews at the PMI Global Congress 2016: Which is the interpersonal skill that you attribute the most of our success in your career to? Just 24 minutes, safe for work.
Leigh Espy provides a complete, concise, and actionable tutorial on software project requirements.
Mark Mulally contemplates project management as a service function, and what that means to stakeholders, sponsors, and project managers.
Elise Stevens interviews Michel Dion on rescuing troubled projects with a brutal assessment and a new plan, followed by execution and intense monitoring. Just 24 minutes, safe for work.
Barry Hodge explains how to tailor Prince2 to each project. And yes, that’s an integral part of the method!
Harry Hall identifies seven common quality management failure modes.
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Agile tribes to the learning value of prototyping, to the Goldilocks product development timeframe.
Johanna Rothman shows how to maintain visibility over the work you postpone with a Parking Lot.
Ryan Ripley interviews Bryan Beecham on the importance of simplicity, psychological safety, and continuous improvement. Just over an hour, safe for work.
Jay Melone addresses the big question on Design sprints: how do you get from validation to execution?
Tamás Török links us to the best Slack integrations for distributed software teams.
Art Petty catalogs some of the awkward moments—the ones that trigger our negative emotions—and advises on how to handle them.
Grace Windsor explores ways to apply emotional intelligence techniques to enhance team collaboration.
Technology and Techniques
Mordaxus starts a series where he will complain about information security practices with a short didactic on security models.
Cathy Nolan reports on the growing use of Internet of Things technology by retailers, as they watch us shop and try to understand (and influence) our behavior.
Joe Wynne starts a series on managing robotic process automation projects for CRM applications. The fact that I can type this, you get what it means, and we both treat it as A Thing astounds me to no end.
Bill Gates wants us to tax the robots who take human jobs. Even the ones shaped like paper clips? OK, maybe that’s an obscure reference …
Working and the Workplace
Brendan Toner touts OneNote as the ultimate tool for blogging (I use it for just about all of my writing and note taking these days).
Bertrand Duperrin points to recent studies that found needlessly complex processes kill productivity and reduce employee engagement.
Elizabeth Harrin shares a long list of the small strategies that help her to be efficient in her multiple roles.
Lolly Daskal reminds us that time management is only one piece of the productivity and effectiveness puzzle.
Lisette Sutherland focuses on maintaining our health when working remotely by being mobile. Just 9 minutes, safe for work.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 5 – 11. And this week’s video: Dr. Andrew Weil demonstrates the 4 – 7 – 8 breathing exercise. Useful for dealing with stress, getting to sleep, and avoiding criminal charges when some half-wit swerves into your lane. Just five minutes, and safer for work than driving in Las Vegas.
Must read (Holiday Prep Edition)!
Seth Godin helps us with gifts for smart friends by name-checking ten excellent books. I’m going to read at least two of them over the holiday break – the best way to begin a new year is with new ideas.
Elizabeth Harrin re-tunes the old carol, “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” for project managers and their sponsors.
Margaret Meloni shares five tips for getting through the holiday season “in peace and not in pieces.”
Karen Chovan expounds on social responsibility and the intersection of sustainability and risk.
Dave Prior interviews Philip Diab on a new concept: Rapid Start PMO. Just 41 minutes, safe for work, and fun to listen in as two smart guys just chat about what we do.
Stuart Easton describes five ideas that are transforming the PMO landscape.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 3 – 9. And this week’s video: a quick explanation of how to hack your to-do list, with David Allen of “Getting Things Done.” Just over two minutes and safe for work, even with all of the monkey noises. Tip of the hat to Harry Hall, who also linked to this video.
Rich Maltzman reviews the business case and ROI from sustainability projects. This isn’t just about the future – it’s about successful projects and organizations.
Andy Jordan explains how we can incorporate accountability for delivering on time, in scope, and within budget without hampering the collaboration that makes it possible.
Beth Spriggs makes the case for ambiguity as opportunity – to take risks, think creatively, and create exceptional outcomes.
Cornelius Fichtner interviews Cyndi Snyder Dionisio, who chaired the team that developed the “PMBOK Guide – Sixth Edition.” Just 37 minutes, safe for work.