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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.