New PM Articles for the Week of September 11 – 17

New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 11 – 17. And this week’s video: the folks at MePIN provide a little background on the GDPR, if it’s not already on your radar. Just 2 minutes, safe for work.

Must read (or Listen)!

  • Lily Hay Newman gives us some background on the Social Security number—why we still use it for so many things and what the Equifax breach might mean for our American identity crisis. 5 minutes to read.
  • Russell Brandom diagnoses the larger problem: our entire credit bureau system, which relies on data that is no longer private, is irretrievably broken. 4 minutes to read.
  • Bertrand Duperrin notes measures of a lack of business maturity in data privacy and security practices, even with the General Data Protection Regulation becoming effective in May 2018. 3 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • Harry Hall explains why those who already have their PMP should read the PMBOK 6th edition. 2 minutes to read, and I second the motion.
  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews The Project Manager’s Little Book of Cheats, by Beth Spriggs. “I’ve covered it in sticky notes.” 2 minutes to read.
  • Johnny Beirne interviews Mike Clayton on the importance of project definition. Podcast, 28 minutes.
  • Ron Rosenhead notes the potential value in a selection process for project sponsors. 2 minutes to read.
  • Cheryl Texeira walks us through planning a project with an unrealistic deadline. 3 minutes to read.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list, from Agile metrics to scaling Agile, to the existential question: Is Agile Doomed? 11 outbound links, 3 minutes to scan.
  • Mike Cohn maps out the most productive way for programmers and testers to collaborate. 7 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman continues her series on alternatives for Agile and Lean road mapping, describing the Product Value Team. 3 minutes to read.
  • Mishkin Berteig lists three alternatives to Scrum and identifies how well each fits IT project work. 8 minutes to read.
  • Bart Gerardi describes the benefits of an Agile Center of Excellence as opposed to a more common Project Management Office. 7 minutes to read.
  • Scott Sehlhorst describes an approach for progressively elaborating the team’s understanding and behavior model of the users. 6 minutes to read.
  • Jason Moccia tutors us on design sprints, which use Scrum to refine the requirements and design before beginning development. WaterScrum? Uh, no. 7 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Uri Galimidi tells an anecdote about a manager who failed to hear what he was being told and offers some thoughts on developing your listening ability. 4 minutes to read.
  • Art Petty describes the corporate Zombie Apocalypse and offers some head-shots to deal with the causes. 3 minutes to read.
  • Ted Bauer eviscerates the “high achiever” myth, with acerbic wit, foul language, and several anecdotes. 6 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas gives us the executive micro-summary of a study conducted by an all-women team at BCG on what is helping women succeed and what is not. 3 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Ryan Ogilvie shows how to sell service improvement to decision makers as a value-add. 3 minutes to read.
  • Steven Levy profiles the team at CTRL-Labs and the work they’re doing on a brain-machine interface that might soon be implemented as a watchband. 15 minutes to read, but absolutely worth it.
  • John Goodpasture links Oren Etzioni’s rules for AI systems with Isaac Asimov’s laws of robotics for an interesting baseline of constraints. 2 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Mike Griffiths expands on Dianna Larson’s recent keynote speech, “Knowledge work is learning work.” 4 minutes to read.
  • Adam Schwartz, founder and CEO of Articulate, tells us why (and how) remote work scales. 5 minutes to read.
  • Conner Forrest reports on a recent survey by Softchoice: 74% of office workers would change jobs to firms that supported working from home. 2 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of August 1 – 7

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 1 – 7. And this week’s video: Dennis Nally, Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Ltd. introduces the key findings from PwC’s 19th Annual Global CEO Survey. Less than six minutes, safe for work, and valuable for understanding your organization’s global operating environment.

Must read (or hear)!

  • Dave Prior interviews psychologist Krista Pierce and PM Carson Pierce on ways to deal with the pressure, angst, and anxiety that come with the PM job. Just 42 minutes, safe for work.
  • Elizabeth Harrin takes a moment to reflect on the stresses in her career and balance with her family life. Naturally, she has a plan.
  • Conner Forrest reports on actions that US Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is taking to secure electronic voting systems in the 9,000 jurisdictions around the country.

Established Methods

  • John Goodpasture examines extreme risks: those for which the consequences are irreversible, and the impact is near-catastrophic. Fortunately, the probability is usually low.
  • Andy Jordan introduces the concepts of enterprise risk and portfolio risk distribution.
  • Harry Hall has assembled a list of diagnostic questions to ask when a project is troubled.
  • Helena Liu maps out the steps to take when a project starts to go wrong.
  • Ron Rosenhead points out one possible reason for “zombie projects:” a widespread management belief in inevitable success.
  • Binfire has just published their project management software buyer’s guide. It’s about the process of selecting what you need and makes no product recommendations.
  • Seth Godin reminds us what’s at stake when reviewing a contract.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers shares his curated reading list of Agile content for the week. Like this one, but focused on Agile methods.
  • Henny Portman reviews the second edition of Andrew Craddock’s “Agile Project Management and Scrum.”
  • Jeff Collins decomposes the introduction of Agile project management processes into existing organizations into five key steps.
  • Erich Orozco makes the case for not sharing people across teams.
  • Shuba Kathikeyan explains the Six Sigma DMAIC framework, certification sources, and the various Lean Six Sigma belts.

Applied Leadership

  • Joel Peterson, chairman of JetBlue, shares some suggestions for creating an organizational culture in which trust is secured by accountability.
  • John Carroll takes a Taoist look at servant leadership.
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy focuses on the end of the meeting: action assignments and next steps.
  • Gina Abudi completes parts four and five of her series on leading teams through Tuckman’s four stages of team development.
  • Jesse Lynn Stoner explains some of the causes for smart people to make dumb decisions.

Working and the Workplace

  • Johanna Rothman makes the case for hiring older workers. Hey, Dos Equis hired Jonathan Goldsmith to portray The Most Interesting Man in the World at age 67.
  • Margaret Meloni explains why a respect for organizational culture is necessary to prevent failure on a new job.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Niraj Kumar on the wide range of benefits to achieving the PMP credential. Just 31 minutes, safe for work.
  • Sarah White shares some insights on how you can maximize the impact of your resume, based on current recruitment practices and trends.
  • Art Petty: “Seeking next is the new state of normal for most of us in our careers and almost all of us in our businesses.”

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of July 4 – 10

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 4 – 10. And this week’s video: Nick Bostrom’s TED talk on why machine learning will eventually require machines to have human values.

Must read!

  • Art Petty points to Volkswagen as example of what happens when an ethical lapse allows an organization to take a shortcut to success.
  • Daniel Newman looks into the business potential of chatbots and deep learning. If you manage projects with customer-facing capabilities, this stuff is in your near future.
  • Henny Portman describes the changes to the latest refresh of the Scrum Guide.

Established Methods

  • Nick Pisano makes an elegant case for trial and error, and always being in a yellow status.
  • Glen Alleman builds on the baseball metaphor in “Moneyball” to illustrate the need to manage software development, based on continuous analysis.
  • Harry Hall recounts a recent health scare to illustrate how to identify and deal with “sneaky” risks.
  • Mike Cohn recommends two simple actions that will help meeting participants be more mindful.
  • Isidora Roskic covers the basics of stakeholder management, from a team perspective.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews test preparation coach Julie DeSot on how to identify the correct answer in the PMP exam. Just 39 minutes, safe for work.

Agile Methods

  • Ryan Ripley interviews Ellen Gottesdiener on the importance of discovery as an enabler of delivery. Just 17 minutes, safe for work.
  • David Taber has some very specific recommendations for making Agile methods and traditional waterfall concepts work together.
  • Jeff Himmelright shares an interactive team training exercise in responding to unexpected contingencies, inspired by a scene in Apollo 13.
  • Aaron Smith summarizes the key findings in the recent Changepoint study, “Business Agility: Is It Easy to Pivot?”

Applied Leadership

  • Braden Kelly expounds on the value of thought leadership.
  • Apple Pineda explains why it takes a different approach to earn a Millenial’s loyalty.
  • Andy Jordan looks at some of the issues related to managing multiple generations in the workplace.
  • David Cotgreave notes that project risk management and handling requires a team where everyone’s opinion is considered – not just the leader’s.
  • Brad Egeland lists a few reasons why the human touch is still needed in project management – robots need not apply.

Working and the Workplace

  • Bertrand Duperrin describes the need to “consumerize” the workplace: “If they had to pay to rent the workplace, would they pay or look for another place?”
  • James Clear makes an interesting point: our environment imposes limits that we can’t easily change, no matter how motivated we are.
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Michael Sliwinski on maximizing productivity by actively curating notifications and interruptions. Just 40 minutes, safe for work.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Nicole Nader, who makes the case for women attending a project management networking event. Just 21 minutes, safe for work.
  • Bruce Harpham interviews technical recruiter Ronald Yoon for insights on how recruiting works and what recruiters are looking for.
  • Susanne Madsen tells us how to demonstrate leadership, on the way to earning your next promotion.

Enjoy!