An experienced project manager is used to leveraging influence in the absence of direct authority. What most of us are not used to is influencing people who are about to lose their jobs, when we want them to work with their replacements. It isn’t just about the need for emotional intelligence, but the need to preserve the dignity of the employees of the departing incumbent. If you have comments on this topic, please leave a comment at AITS. If you have suggestions for future topics, please leave a comment here.
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New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 3 – 9. And this week’s video: Art Petty tell us to find the opportunities lurking in situations characterized by ambiguity and uncertainty. Less than 4 minutes, safe for work.
Must read (or Hear)!
Michael Wood offers some career counseling for those considering a move to project management consulting.
Greg Satell says that looking for a good problem will lead us to find a great idea.
Bertrand Duperrin observes that there are no more technology companies—only companies using technology. Just ask Tesla Motors, now calling itself Tesla, Inc.
Elizabeth Harrin explains how to hold people accountable, in her weekly Project Management Café Facebook Live session. Join the group! Just 18 minutes, safe for work.
Harry Hall walks us through creating a project human resource management plan.
Moira Alexander tutors us on RFIs and RFQs from the perspective of both the potential customer and the vendor.
Anna Murray explains the nature of complex projects, using the assembly of an Ikea desk as a metaphor. If you’re thinking “schedule risk,” I think you get the idea.
Glen Alleman tutors us on interpreting a probability distribution, using the measured similarity in two very different climates to illustrate.
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, including posts on how many teams a Scrum Master should handle and whether they should work themselves out of a job.
Jimeque Turner counts the soft skills that allowed her to transition from teacher to project manager, to Scrum Master.
Johanna Rothman contrasts an iterative approach with a cadence-driven approach.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of March 27 – April 2. And this week’s video: Ward Cunningham reflects on the history, motivation and common misunderstanding of the “debt metaphor” as motivation for refactoring.
Must read (or Hear)!
John Le Drew curated extracts of interviews with Agile thought leaders and statistics to tell a very NPR-sounding story about safety from abusive work environments, and why we need it. Just 37 minutes, safe for work.
Natalie Warnert contemplates how technical debt contributes to the cost of delay in future changes, and why we should talk about that future cost before incurring additional debt.
Johanna Rothman shares a few anecdotes that describe how servant leadership works in practice.
Laura Barnard describes the activities that should happen in the Discovery phase before the project is approved and the charter created.
Susanne Madsen bullets six things to do when starting up a new project.
Dave Prior interviews Don Kim on his new book, “I Think, Therefore I Plan.” Just 32 minutes, safe for work.
Nick Pisano defends the analysis of historical data to identify and act on trends as more than just “telling them history they already know.”
Glen Alleman lists five principles of project success and then ties them to the processes needed to implement them and practices that have been proven to be widely applicable.
Jeff Collins gives us a tutorial on earned value management.
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly roundup of Agile content, including the Agile mindset, the neuroscience of trust, structured conversations, experimentation, and more.
Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy has a truthful conversation with a prospective client about Scrum: how it works, what it demands of the product owner, and why they’re called “sprints.”
Esther Derby describes experimentation as a method of driving incremental organizational change.
The Clever PM provides a recommended reading list for product managers – also applicable to project managers, Scrum masters, and anyone else leading people.
Bart Gerardi describes three kinds of dependencies that would make a Scrum team want to align their sprint calendar with that of other teams.
Margaret Kelsey interviews Misael Leon of Nearsoft, who shares his insights on how to understand your users’ motivations. Just 37 minutes, safe for work.
Harry Hall identifies four common reasons we get stuck and suggests corrective actions that can get our teams moving again. Plus a three-minute video, safe for work.
Michael Greer describes five critical conditions that have to be present in order to enable team success.
Mike Girdler lists four key actions needed to change a toxic corporate culture.
Gina Abudi concludes her series on getting buy-in for a large project.
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
Mike Clayton gives us a solid tutorial on persuasion and influence.
Gavin Martin links us to a table from the National Conference of State Legislatures, with links to the security breach notification laws in each state.
Teena Maddox reports on the successful recycling of a SpaceX booster rocket—just one more step on the way to 4,425 satellites delivering internet service to the entire globe.
Working and the Workplace
Bertrand Duperrin notes that the young are virtuoso users of technology that they don’t understand and don’t care to learn about. So how will we find enough geeks?
Leigh Espy explains what project managers really do in terms of roles and responsibilities. This is an excellent resource for coaching an “accidental project manager.”
Coert Visser collates a checklist of questions to support your professional development.