New PM Articles for the Week of December 18 – 24

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 18 – 24. Happy holidays to you and your families and teams! May 2018 be the year that you aspire for it to be, rather than the one you fear it might be. And this week’s video: First Aid Kit sings their homage to Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons with Emmylou in the audience. Just over five minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Jeff Stibel explains that the brain needs sleep to remove toxic waste by-products. If you go about 200 hours without sleeping you’ll probably die. Take THAT, Warren Zevon! 5 minutes to read.
  • Karen Frances Eng summarizes recent research into the way the enteric nervous system works. As it turns out, we really do think with our gut. 5 minutes to read.
  • Kristen Wong reveals the keys top being a better listener—asking questions and empathy. 5 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • Drew Davison examines the Canadian federal government payroll replacement project as an example of a huge initiative that didn’t go as well as expected and generated more problems than savings. 10 minutes to read.
  • Jigs Gaton identifies a key learning from the Equifax breach—find the overdue tasks—and then shares a technique for flagging them in MS Project. 7 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale shares a few thoughts on effective processes for risk identification. 2 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton lists what he feels are the best project management books, from beginner intros to specialized topics and the really technical stuff. 12 minutes to read.
  • Harold Kerzner makes his predictions for how project management will continue to evolve in 2018. 5 minutes to read.
  • Amy Hamilton looks back at 2017 and ahead to 2018 from the intersection of cybersecurity and project management. 3 minutes to read.

Agile Methods

  • Data ConversionCornelius Fichtner interviews Betsy Stockdale on the life cycle of Agile requirements, writing better user stories and testable acceptance criteria. Podcast, 31 minutes, safe for work.
  • Mike Cohn explains why Agile teams must become comfortable with a degree of uncertainty. “You need an answer, but do you need the answer before starting?” 5 minutes to read.
  • Ringo Thomas interviews Alistair Cockburn on the Heart of Agile, his updated approach to Agile methods. Video, 32 minutes, safe for work.
  • Dave Prior and Derek Huether review two student questions from students who have recently taken a CSM or CSPO course. Video, 20 minutes, safe for work.
  • Bob Martin notes, “The parallels between double-entry accounting and test-driven development deep end Plentiful.” 5 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Mike Griffiths recounts an anecdote that illustrates the need to understand the organizational culture before attempting to introduce changes.
  • Johanna Rothman concludes her series on building an organizational culture on respect and safety. 4 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy reminds us that project managers, as much as visionaries and dreamers, change the world. 2 minutes to read.
  • Harry Hall explores three decision-making models and explains why decision management should be part of our project management plan. 3 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Magnifying Glass ManSuzanne Lucas considers the pros and cons of facial recognition technology in accessing (and securing) corporate data. 3 minutes to read.
  • Jaime Green describes divergent brainstorming, where the goal is quantity, rather than quality. 2 minutes to read.
  • Antonio Uncal applies two key principles from quantum physics to project management: superposition and complementarity. It’s a nerdy metaphor, but it beats that pig-and-chicken Agile meme. 4 minutes to read.
  • Connor Forrest summarizes an editorial from a Homeland Security official that attributes the WannaCry attack earlier this year (and many others going back to 2009) to North Korea. 3 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Priya Sanjeevi Raja identifies useful techniques for managing virtual teams. 6 minutes to read.
  • Matt Plummer notes both the dysfunctional and effective approaches to feeling refreshed after the holiday season. 5 minutes to read.
  • Tiffanie Wen collates the data from job sites and recruiting experts to find the optimal time to search for a new job. 4 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of December 11 – 17

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.

Must read!

  • 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.

Established Methods

  • 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.

Agile Methods

  • 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.

Applied Leadership

  • 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.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of December 4 – 10

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 4 – 10. And this week’s video: A funny little “slice of death” on business continuity planning, from the US Department of Homeland Security. Less than 3 minutes, safe for work. And this week’s pictures are from the Oregon Zoo’s winter event, Zoo Lights. That seascape is about 16 feet tall and made entirely of LED lights.

Must read!

  • Johanna Rothman has started an excellent series on how to behave professionally at work, based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Here’s part two. Each 3 – 4 minutes to read.
  • Jacek Materna explains shadow IT—from origins to challenges and opportunities—and why SaaS and the Cloud are driving cultural change in the IT department.
  • Coert Visser shared a diagram of the “motivation continuum,” based on the extent to which autonomy, competence, and relatedness needs are fulfilled. Click on the image to get a clearer view and then study it for a few minutes. Worth the time investment.

Established Methods

  • Phil Buckley points out 7 change management trends that project managers need to be aware of. 6 minutes to read.
  • Bob Tarne describes Nemawashi, a change management technique the starts with relationship building as the path to consensus building. 2 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale extracts lessons on both risk management and ethics from a recent Dilbert strip. 2 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman does a deep dive into the difference between open-loop and closed-loop controls. 8 minutes to read.
  • Bruce Benson notes that project schedules must account for a certain amount of “getting things wrong.” 2 minutes to read.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his Agile content list, from the origin of the Agile Manifesto to Scrum and Hypothesis-driven Development to using customer feedback. 7 outbound links, a couple of minutes to scan.
  • Mike Griffiths offers some thoughts on next steps in professional development for those of use with the Certified Scrum Master credential. 4 minutes to read.
  • Sriram Narayan posts an FAQ for Product-Mode, as an alternative to organizing work as projects. Before you object to #NoProjects, scan this for 10 minutes.
  • Mike Cohn answers the criticism that Scrum teams meet too often with a simple suggestion: measure before and after. 4 minutes to read.
  • Matteo Tontini reflects on what the rise and fall of Slack use revealed about his collocated team. 5 minutes to read.
  • Michael Dubakov gets controversial: Every new feature either adds debt or creates a placeholder for future debt. And not just technical debt. 4 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagley tutors us on six important process flow metrics; part 2 is here. Each about 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Pawel Brodzinski reflects on autonomy, authority, and lessons learned from the transition to a holocratic model for his company. 3 minutes to read.
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy describes a few techniques that can help us (and our teams) increase our capacity for generating insights. 4 minutes to read.
  • Art Petty explains the power of asking, “Why do you think that?” Especially of yourself. 3 minutes to read.

Technology and Techniques

  • Bob Martin recaps the history of storing information in computers, from punch cards to SSD’s, and asks: what’s the next fundamental improvement? 6 minutes to read.
  • Lucy Kaith recaps Microsoft’s presentation on new features coming in Sharepoint 2019 (which seems like it should be more than 13 months from now). 5 minutes to read.
  • Cari Romm explains how to be just a little bit better at remembering things. 2 minutes to read.
  • Brendan Toner reviews MindGenius 6—a Windows mind mapping product that exports directly to MS Project. 7 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Suzanne Lucas tells us how to create a team when managing remote workers. 5 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Theresa Sigillito Hollema on strengthening collaboration across cultures and borders. Podcast, 38 minutes.
  • Seth Godin lists 20 excellent books that might change the way you and your colleagues work—especially if you read them together. Just a minute to read the list, but bookmark it.

Enjoy!