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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.