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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Joel Peterson, chairman of JetBlue, shares some suggestions for creating an organizational culture in which trust is secured by accountability.
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.
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.