New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 11 – 17. And this week’s video: Jingle Bells, for all of you who never learned to play an actual musical instrument. 2 minutes, safe for work, but you’ll have to replay it for everyone within earshot.
Kio Stark explains how to exit a conversation without being a jerk. 4 minutes to read.
Michael Lopp describes his inner monologue as an introvert preparing and delivering the next sentence. Insightful enough to be discomforting. 3 minutes to read.
Julie Beck interviews N.J. Enfield on how the tiny pauses and filler words enable us to keep the conversation flowing. So “Umm” has a purpose? Good to know. 8 minutes to read.
Elizabeth Harrin lists the project management trends that she believes will dominate the profession in 2018 and beyond. 5 minutes to read.
Darragh Broderick points to five collaboration trends we’ll see in project management in 2018. 4 minutes to read.
Leigh Espy tutors us on creating an agenda for a project status meeting.
Ryan Ogilvie notes that problem management is like watering plants—you can’t overcome neglect quickly. 3 minutes to read.
Kerry Wills observes a possible trend, toward “lightweight” PMO’s. Just a minute or so to read.
Renee Adair recounts an anecdote that illustrates the consequences of a “failure to communicate” when lots of channels are involved. 5 minutes to read.
Brendan Toner concludes his short series on how to deliver projects on time. 6 minutes to read.
Stefan Wolpers curates his Agile content list, from Vasco Duarte’s 20 top Agile blogs to hiring wisdom from a young Steve Jobs to how Sales adds value to a product roadmap. 7 outbound links, 2 minutes to scan.
Tom Cagley interviews Michael Harris on the business value of software—how to recognize it and how to create it. Podcast, 43 minutes.
John Goodpasture recaps Steve McConnell’s video presentation on managing technical debt in financial terms, which make more sense to the business. 2 minutes for the recap, just over an hour for the video.
Glen Alleman addresses a weak spot in Agile development processes at many organizations: separation of concerns. 7 minutes to read.
Abhijeet Verma tutors us on Spikes, as a tool for addressing uncertainties in stories or epics.
Johanna Rothman continues her series on building respect in organizations, rather than families. Here are parts four and five. 3 to 4 minutes each.
Suzanne Lucas uses Queen Elizabeth as an example of how a true leader responds to criticism. 3 minutes to read.
Seth Godin suggests we invest in making our gut smarter. 1 minute to read.
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
Stuart Firestein interviews professional poker layer Annie Duke on the Resulting Fallacy—judging the decision on the result—and how it negatively impacts our ability to refine our decision-making process. 8 minutes to read.
Keith Foote recaps the history of Big Data, beginning in the 17th century(!). 7 minutes to read.
Will Fanguy tutors us on prototyping. 4 minutes to read.
Bertrand Duperrin looks at the implementation concerns that organizations reasonably should have about HR Chatbots. 3 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
Travis Bradberry provides some ideas on how to structure your working day between “work” and “breaks” to maximize your actual productivity. 4 minutes to read.
Scott Berkun identifies the top five reasons why remote workers don’t succeed. 4 minutes to read.
Kat Boogaard lists seven questions to ask in an informational interview when thinking about a career change. 4 minutes to read.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 21 – 27. And this week’s video: Excel wizard Steve Equals True (get it?) shows how to create a project status spectrum chart in Excel. Just 8 minutes, safe for work.
Must read (or Listen)!
Artur Kiulian explains why your next boss may be a robot. 7 minutes to read.
Kara Swisher leads a techie discussion panel on the potential for finding tech workers in coal country. Podcast, just over an hour.
Bertrand Duperrin recounts a fascinating conversation: “I did not go to school. I went to YouTube.” Peer-to-peer education has become a powerful force. 3 minutes to read.
Elizabeth Harrin describes her new book: “Communicating Change: How to talk about project change.” 3 minutes to read (the article, not the book).
Mike Clayton has curated a list of TED Talks for project managers. 24 outbound links, 5 minutes to browse, and hours of video content.
Glen Alleman describes the concept of operations and explains why it is so valuable to project success. 4 minutes to read.
Nick Pisano continues his examination of integrated project management, this time focusing on the economic aspects. 8 minutes to read.
Stuart Easton explains that PMO’s have super-powers. At least, in business terms. 5 minutes to read.
Allen Chilmeran describes key metrics that should be incorporated into project status reports. 10 minutes to read.
Peter Landau shares the ultimate project status reporting checklist. 5 minutes to read.
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from feature factories (bad) to Agile project management (bad?) to creating psychological safety (undeniably good). 12 outbound links, 3 minutes to scan.
Eli Woolery interviews Irene Au, one of the people who designed Netscape and continues to influence design at Google and beyond. Podcast, 32 minutes.
Toyota alumnus Glen Morris explains the notion of Jidoka and what he and his team expect to gain from implementing self-monitoring machines. 4 minutes to read.
The Clever PM interviews Jay Stansell of the Product Coalition on the start of the craft and applying design thinking to daily life. 6 minutes to read.
Harry Hall tutors us on the techniques that can be used for stakeholder analysis. 2 minutes to read.
Lynda Bourne describes a new metric for measuring the level of engagement that we need/want/expect/experience from our project stakeholders. 5 minutes to read.
Roy Naquin reviews the basic techniques we can use to influence our stakeholders. 4 minutes to read.
Art Petty tells us that we need to develop managers who lead—the behaviors of leadership are needed at all levels in the organization. 3 minutes to read.
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
Rich Maltzman explains voltage optimization, and how organizations are saving money (and power) by changing their power supply to match their actual needs. 3 minutes to read.
John McIntyre describes Holly, the holiday-bot that queries their HR system for absences and uses Slack to tell the PMO lead which project managers are out of the office. 3 minutes to read.
Josh Wardini shared an extensive infographic on the history and current state of Poker-playing AI applications. 6 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
Leigh Espy tells why you need to determine the purpose of your next meeting in order to get the most out of everyone’s time. 3 minutes to read.
Michael Hyatt notes the point where delegation becomes an abdication of responsibility.
Lisette Sutherland curates comments from past interviews on the fine points of managing remote teams. Podcast, 20 minutes.
Michael Huber addresses overcoming isolation as a remote employee. 3 minutes to read.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 3 – 9. And this week’s video: Scott Wadsworth and Cy Swan revive the old American tradition of shooting an anvil into the air on Independence Day. Just three minutes, safe for work.
Joanna Plucinska reports that the G20 will collaborate with the private sector to fight terrorism online.
Anshu Sharma describes Amazon as “the company with 100 CEOs” and explains why that model lets them do anything. Anything.
Deepali Uppal explores coming trends in organizational structure. It’s not just Holocracy.
John Goodpasture explains the concept of “the most valuable milestone” and why we should protect it.
Leigh Espy provides a decision guide for choosing between Agile methods and detailed planning methods, based on characteristics of the project and the team. Sorry, I can’t bring myself to use the epithet “waterfall.”
Stuart Easton contemplates the most common complaint from PMOs: “We have too many projects!”
Kerry Wills describes that annual corporate game of gambling and bluffing: Budget Poker.
Lynda Bourne uses the Sydney Opera House as an example of a project that may or may not have been successful, depending on what success criteria you use.
Harry Hall details three of his favorite techniques for identifying risks.
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly Agile content list, from hiring Scrum Masters, to applying the Theory of Constraints to Agile, to a list of 113 mental models.
Mike Cohn share a few recommendations for your summer reading list (and leaves the door open for commenters to add their recommendations).
Puja Nigam describes the current state of the quality manager role in an Agile world.
Ryan Ripley shares an audio recording of his Advanced Scrum presentation at the Path to Agility conference in Ohio. About an hour and twenty minutes, safe for work.