New PM Articles for the Week of July 3 – 9

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.

Must read!

  • 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.

Established Methods

  • 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.

Agile Methods

  • 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.

Applied Leadership

  • Jesse Lynn Stoner makes the case against team alignment.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Mike Clayton on the importance of building resilience in advance of running into challenges. Just 19 minutes, safe for work.
  • Suzanne Lucas tells how to manage people you don’t like.
  • Richard Lannon explains why coaching skills should be part of your professional development plan.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Elle Mirman summarizes the top five trends found in Crayon’s analysis of the top 1,000 landing pages.
  • David Pierce updates us on why and how we need to protect our phones from exploits.
  • Adam Shostack points out the potential commercial impact of the Presidential Advisory Commission’s commitment to release voter data (including the last four of SSN) to the public.
  • Shannon Kempe reveals the most popular posts published by Dataversity in the first half of 2017.

Working and the Workplace

  • Elizabeth Harrin recaps the “four sins of meetings” described by Gerry Lewis in his book, “Shine.”
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Lily Snyder, COO at Doghead Simulations, on their new virtual reality collaboration software for remote teams. Just 37 minutes, safe for work.
  • Art Petty explains why (and how) we should remove the negative influences from our life and career.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of April 17 – 23

New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 17 – 23. And this week’s video: Carl T. Bergstrom and Jevin West introduce their new 1 credit hour course at the University of Washington on Calling Bullshit. Eight minutes, and I could say it was safe for work, but I’d be full of shit.

Must read!

  • Joseph Kelly makes the case that the role of the Entrepreneur is to create new Truths. And along the way, some of these Truths may not be absolute. It’s about creation, not morality. Read this with an open mind and be prepared to come back to it later.
  • Will Knight points out a problem with Deep Learning artificial intelligence applications: since they learned by observing human behavior, we can’t explain how they make decisions.
  • Michael O’Brochta explains how sunk costs, groupthink, escalation of commitment, and conflicts of interest make failing projects so hard to kill.

Established Methods

  • Robert Wysocki elaborates on the co-manager model for complex projects, where a product manager and a process manager collaborate to lead a combined team.
  • Harry Hall catalogs some actions we can take to recognize and reward our project teams.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Hans Arnbjerg on how the PMO can help project managers engage with their stakeholders.
  • Mike Clayton a list of 22 excellent project management podcasts—“[some] extinct, some dormant, and some highly active.”
  • Alex Puscasu looks at the potential upside of integrating Scrum into Prince2.
  • Lew Sauder uses the Fitbit as an introduction to measures of project health: one metric does not tell a meaningful story.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly round-up of Agile content, from the C-suite’s fondness for Big Bangs to what we can learn from the customer service debacle at United Airlines, to the Museum of Failure.
  • Jordan Koschel explains how to deal with design debt. Like technical debt, only more visible to your user community.
  • Anurag Prakash takes a critical look at the way burn-downs are used in practice. Let project structure drive your choice of metrics.
  • The Clever PM interviews one of his mentors, Rich Mironov. Based on this interview, I’m now following Rich’s blog.
  • Jesse Fewell addresses the question: where is the project manager role in Agile methods? Just 7 minutes, safe for work.
  • Ryan Ripley interviews Lisa Crispin and Amitai Schleier on the fine art of co-presenting at conferences, co-writing books, and Agile testing. Just 44 minutes, safe for work.

Applied Leadership

  • Glen Alleman identifies seven key behaviors that can be found in a weak leader.
  • Coert Visser examines the difference between (benign) admiration and (malicious) envy and how each motivates us.
  • Jayath Jayarathna guides us through managing subject matter experts.
  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Karen Chovan, project manager and advocate for clean, lean, and green solutions.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Naomi Caietti explains the six emotional intelligence behaviors and skill sets necessary for project and program managers.
  • John Goodpasture shares his FAQ on systems engineering.
  • Brendan Toner lists his ten most useful iPad apps. I have five of them on my iPad and similar apps for four of the others. And we both drink Bushmills, so there’s that.

Working and the Workplace

  • Ron Rosenhead notes a survey of workers in various professions that found only the legal profession is more boring that project management. Statisticians and journalists didn’t make the list, which makes it somewhat suspect …
  • Andy Kaufman interviews author Amy Blankson on the strategies we can use to stay productive and happy when surrounded by interactive tech. Just 49 minutes, safe for work.
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Jerry Koch-Gonzales on the practice of Sociocracy in group meetings. Just 38 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of February 27 – March 5

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 27 – March 5. And this week’s video: Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabris show us how selective attention works. Just over a minute, safe for work unless you keep playing it over and over.

Must read!

  • Mike Cohn reminds us that a cross-functional team is one where the members have different skills—not one where every member has all the needed skills.
  • Dave Nicolette points out that, while Scrum is an excellent solution for some problems, it doesn’t fit every situation. Lean Thinking might be what’s next.
  • Nir Eyal and Chelsea Robertson explain how the brain focuses and eliminates distraction (they are different functions), and give us some clinically proven ideas for enhancing each.

Established Methods

  • The Women Tester’s Magazine January 2017 edition is now available to download. Not just about testing, and not just for (or by) women—highly recommended.
  • Henny Portman alerts us to a new project management methodology, coming from Denmark: Project Half Double. As in half the time, double the impact.
  • Elizabeth Harrin lists the essential project management competencies we need to be successful in 2017 and beyond.
  • Harry Hall bullets 37(!) practical actions you can take to improve your project communications.
  • Glen Alleman explains what you need to know to make decisions under conditions of uncertainty, to achieve project success.
  • Michael Wood explores the critical success drivers for managing global projects.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly round-up of all things Agile, including Agile middle management, the role of QA in Agile teams, and more contrarian ideas.
  • Ryan Ripley interviews Natalie Warnert and Amitai Schleier on the Women in Agile discussion, and why we should all support it. Just 47 minutes, safe for work.
  • Dave Prior and Marty Bradley consider the question: when embracing Agile methods, should the PMO go away? Just 28 minutes, safe for work.
  • Shipra Aggarwal explains how to create release plans for feature-driven projects and date-driven projects.
  • Nicholas Malahosky coaches us on how to introduce Agile methods to teams outside of IT.
  • Tamás Török explains why software developers are like pro football players.

Applied Leadership

  • Esther Derby provides two examples where changing the point of view led decision makers to realize they were trying to solve the wrong problems.
  • Art Petty says the Big Fix doesn’t work, but incremental behavior changes can work wonders.
  • Michael Lopp traces the “New Manager Death Spiral.” Read, ye experienced manager, and cringe. I certainly did.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Geoffrey Bock updates us on the acceptance and application of smart data for Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning in the enterprise.
  • Tom McFarlin announces his upcoming e-book, “Where Do I Start with WordPress?” Since roughly 19% of the internet is run on WordPress, I thought this might be of interest.
  • Nick Pisano briefly defines business intelligence, business analytics, and knowledge discovery in databases, and points out their growing convergence.
  • Belle Cooper confronts burnout: what it means, what it does to us, and how to overcome it.

Working and the Workplace

  • Brian Wagner and James Kittle get Steve Potter to talk about interview questions and styles. Just 34 minutes, safe for work.
  • Lisette Sutherland describes the Remote First company, and what you should expect when you run into one. Just over nine minutes, safe for work.
  • Alyse Kalish gives us the up-to-date standard for what to include in the header of your resume.

Enjoy!