New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 30 – November 5. Note that Daylight Savings Time ended in North and Central America. And this week’s video: Jesse Fewell shares an excited video selfie from the PMI Global Conference in Chicago, following the launch of the Agile Practice Guide. A new era is dawning – PMI and the Agile Alliance have created non-commercial, methodology-agnostic guidelines for tailoring Agile methods to the work to be done. 5 minutes, safe for work.
Michael Simmons reveals the secret to Thomas Edison’s success: the 10,000-experiment rule. “Deliberate experimentation is more important than deliberate practice.” 10 minutes to read.
Valerie Senyk shares some observations on what it takes to teach well. 3 minutes to read.
Nathan Kinch predicts that one of the outcomes of the GDPR will be closer collaboration between designers and attorneys. Privacy by design is a requirement. 6 minutes to read.
Kiron Bondale defends the use of the digraph as a risk communication tool. 2 minutes to read.
Harry Hall describes the steps to take in right-sizing your risk management plan.
Glen Alleman reinforces the concepts in an old post: Process is King. Activity must be guided to efficiently achieve goals. 3 minutes to read.
Bruce Garrod points out the process changes in each knowledge area of the PMBOK 6th 3 minutes to read.
Sam Huffman explains the best practice for entering task durations in MS Project. Less than 2 minutes to read.
John Goodpasture quotes Yuval Harari in caveating the predictive value of the past project history and metrics kept by every PMO. Just about a minute to read.
Elizabeth Harrin conducts a wide-ranging 22-minute video interview with Jon Clay, President of PMI UK. Or you can read the transcript in about 14 minutes.
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly Agile round-up, from Agile experiments to Agile misconceptions, to starting stand-ups on time. 8 outbound links, 2 minutes to browse.
Adam Palmer puts story points and relative sizing into perspective using pumpkins. 2 minutes to read.
Joel Bancroft-Connors and his invisible gorilla, Hogarth, introduce an enterprise Scrum simulation game using Legos. 7 minutes to read, bring your own Legos.
Muslim Rizvi explains the acronym TECHMEDICS, which collects the basic considerations and questions to ask before beginning an Agile implementation. 8 minutes to read.
Mike Cohn shines a light on several “scary” aspects of adopting Agile methods, in honor of Halloween. 6 minutes to read.
Grace Windsor extols the benefits of using a project team charter to facilitate alignment and put the focus on the goals of the project. 5 minutes to read.
Naomi Caietti tutors us on emotional intelligence and how to develop it in ourselves. 5 minutes to read.
Susanne Madsen recounts her recovery from the stress she imposed on herself while leading a large, business-critical program. Sometimes, we must lead ourselves. 7 minutes to read.
Lynda Bourne describes a complex model of stakeholder engagement, with the authentic characteristics of the organization at the core. 6 minutes to read.
Mike Clayton tells us how to plan a stakeholder engagement campaign. 8 minutes to read.
Elise Stevens interviews Nicole Nader on why being authentic is important to building effective relationships with stakeholders. Podcast, 16 minutes, safe for work.
Working and the Workplace
Tamás Török shares the findings on hiring software developers at start-up companies, from the State of Software Development 2017 report. 4 minutes to read.
Gary Poster conducts a rigorous analysis of the pros and cons of distributed teams, from “remote friendly” to “remote reliant.” 6 minutes to read.
Lisette Sutherland interviews Dom Price, head of R&D at Atlassian, on best practices for including remote colleagues in teams, such as team rituals. Video interview, 41 minutes.
Mike Griffiths reminds of the importance of focus. Just over a minute 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 August 7 – 13. And this week’s video: Harry Hall explains how to identify, evaluate, engage, and influence your project stakeholders. Just 9 minutes, safe for work.
Suzanne Lucas recaps recent events at Google, following the outing and firing of James Damor. Not surprisingly, Googlers are now afraid of being outed and fired. 3 minutes to read.
Andreas Sandre rounds up some rankings and statistics on gender and racial diversity among large technology companies. 3 minutes to read and well worth the time.
John Goodpasture reacts to John Kao’s auteur model of innovation, pointing out that the most successful innovation auteur was the late Steve Jobs. 2 minutes to read.
Pat Weaver observes that there is more to project success than benefits realization and meeting initial cost and schedule targets. 4 minutes to read.
Elizabeth Harrin interviews William Davis, creator of Excel-based Statistical Pert, who explains the difference between predicting and forecasting. 4 minutes to read.
Leigh Espy describes the project sponsor role and explains what to do when you have a weak sponsor. 6 minutes to read.
Lew Sauder recounts an anecdote that illustrates the fine line between giving the project sponsor too much information and not enough. 3 minutes to read.
Elise Stevens interviews Sabina Janstrom on the importance of stakeholder engagement to project portfolio management. Podcast, 20 minutes, safe for work.
Nick Pisano examines the failures of project management that can only result in an inadequate form of project monitoring. 15 minutes or so to read.
John McIntyre advises PMO leaders to ignore Waterfall vs. Agile and other false dichotomies in favor of choosing the best methods and tools for each project. 4 minutes to read.
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from cultural revolutions to scaling autonomous teams, to high-performance teams. 11 outbound links, 3 minutes to browse.
Rich Mironov recommends we abandon the generic “user” and “customer” in favor of more specific role identities. And he goes off on a good rant, too. 5 minutes to read.
Johanna Rothman identifies progress measurements that can be effective at the program level.
Atul Sinha explores the parameters of a “definition of ready” for a user story. 2 minutes to read.
Henny Portman summarizes a new book by Jeff Gothelf and Josh Seiden, “Lean UX – Designing Great Products with Agile Teams.” 3 minutes to read.
The Clever PM explains why silence works in facilitating communication, how to use it effectively, and how to combine it with active listening. 4 minutes to read.
Kara Swisher hosts “Built for Growth” authors Chris Kuenne and John Danner on becoming a great entrepreneur. Podcast, 56 minutes, mostly safe for work.
Bertrand Duperrin notes that successful transformation projects require that we expose the corporate culture to change. 3 minutes to read.
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
Ryan Ogilvie points out the software asset management selling points that will appeal to executive decision makers. 3 minutes to read.
Russell Brandom reports on the current, weakened state of two-factor authentication. “In 2017, just having two-factor is no longer enough.” 8 minutes to read.
Conner Forrest reports that Bill Burr, who wrote the NIST guidelines for password standards, “regrets” that advice. Good news: there’s an update available. 2 minutes to read.
Kamesh Ganeson explains ISO 22301, a widely-used standard for business continuity management. 4 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
Rebecca Collins notes that 79% of knowledge workers work from home, and offers some suggestions on facilitating their success. 3 minutes to read.
Lisette Sutherland interviews Nenad Maljkovic on permaculture and designing sustainable remote systems. Podcast, 35 minutes, safe for work.
Thomas Oppong gives us a pep talk: stop managing your time and start owning it, through time boxing, the Pomodoro Technique, prioritizing, and just saying no. 5 minutes to read.