New PM Articles for the Week of November 21 – 27

New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 21 – 27. And this week’s video: “Weightless,” by Manchester, UK “ambient” band Marconi Union. A study by Mindlab International determined that this song produces a greater state of relaxation than any other music tested to date: a 65% reduction in overall anxiety and a 35% reduction in usual physiological resting rates. In case of holiday-induced stress …

Must read!

  • Darragh Broderick points out five leadership lessons we can learn from the National Football League.
  • Johanna Rothman provides elegant definitions of iterative and incremental, and how each manages a different type of risk.
  • Seth Godin notes that automation is reducing the difference in cost between custom, on-demand orders and mass-produced products. We’ll need a few adjustments in our management approach to stay in business.

Established Methods

  • Barry Hodge helps us radically transform our status reports by making progress visible.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy posted two more risk management videos, on selecting risk response strategies. Total time just over 7 minutes, safe for work.
  • John Goodpasture points out the application of project statistics in “Cost Risk and Uncertainty,” Chapter 14 of the GAO Cost Estimating Manual. Free download!
  • Pat Weaver reports to us on the application of virtual reality and 4D Building Information Modelling to optimize scheduling of activities and resources in construction projects.
  • Harry Hall tutors us on scope risks – how to recognize them, how to manage them.
  • Mike Donoghue puts the focus on gathering and managing requirements.
  • Naomi Caietti explains the details of managing organizational change in projects.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Suketu Nagrecha, Chairman of the Board of the PMI Educational Foundation. Just 19 minutes, safe for work.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers posts his weekly round-up of Agile articles, blog posts, and other content.
  • Dave Prior discusses “being” Agile, as opposed to “doing” Agile with Jessie Shternshus and Paul Hammond. Just 40 minutes, safe for work.
  • Henny Portman bullets the learning objectives of the SAFe 4.0 Scrum Master course.
  • Margaret Kelsey rounds up links to the top five #DesignTalk webinars of 2016, with links to the recordings.

Applied Leadership

  • Elizabeth Harrin identifies the potential sources of conflict in each phase of the project life cycle.
  • Leigh Espy shares a variety of ways to express appreciation to your team and co-workers.
  • Deanne Earle reviews “Leading in a Changing World,” by Keith Coats and Graeme Codrington.
  • Elise Stevens interviews author and organization change management consultant Michelle Gibbings on becoming a more effective influencer. Just 17 minutes, safe for work.

Technology and Techniques

  • Mike Griffiths tutors us on the fine points of creating multiple choice questions (and how to spot the correct answer in poorly written examples).
  • Leyla Acaroglu reviews the two physiological states of being for insights into what motivates change. As it turns out, a little discomfort is a good thing.
  • Jory McKay explains how our brain processes what we’ve read for retention. Yes, how you read makes a difference.

Working and the Workplace

  • Nir Eyal updates us on the current state of the ongoing debunking of ego-depletion, and suggests that there is meaning in our feelings about our work.
  • Suzanne Lucas reports on a study from Germany: switching from a seniority-based system to a merit-based system breeds inter-generational resentment.
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Clare McNamara on giving virtual teams the time and space to get to know each other. Just 38 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of November 7 – 13

New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 7 – 13. And this week’s video: CEO of Datameer, Stefan Groschupf, talks about how companies like AirBnB, Uber and SpaceX are taking an Agile, evolutionary approach to data analytics. Just 2 minutes, safe for work.

Must read / view / listen!

  • Michael Hyatt argues that starting your day by eating a frog can help fight procrastination, but starting with the easiest task and working to the most difficult builds confidence.
  • Glen Alleman outlines the Agile Canon, as presented by Daniel R. Greening. This is an excellent depiction of Agile principles in five groups.
  • Jiwat Ram makes the case for compliance projects as strategic, “… as non-compliance could lead to far-reaching implications for business survival and continuity management.”

Established Methods

  • Elizabeth Harrin details the five skills you need to manage complex projects. She also explains the difference between difficult and hard projects.
  • Harry Hall covers the basics of requirements management.
  • Momoko McCartney and Edward Hun describe the business analysis operating model, and why you need one.
  • Jason Morio invokes a recent study from Appleseed Partners which found that collaboration is impeded by using multiple tools, rather than relying on One Source of Truth.
  • Anna Murray identifies four common mistakes organizations make in managing software development, and how to prevent them.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers posts his weekly round-up of Agile articles, blog posts, and other content.
  • Danni Friedland explains how to collect actionable UX design data by conducting usability testing.
  • Mike Griffiths tutors us on adding risk management to Agile methods.
  • Dave Prior interviews Troy Magennis on the use of his forecasting tools, which are based on team performance. Just 23 minutes, safe for work.
  • Anand Kedia outlines continuous integration and continuous delivery, shows the benefits of each, and tells how they fit together.
  • Craig Smith interviews Mark Pedersen on the changing role of the tester in ensuring software quality. Just 37 minutes, safe for work.
  • Neil Potter points out that Scrum teams and coaches need to master the “hard skills” of managing software development.

Applied Leadership

  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Kristine Hayes Munson on influencing without authority. Just 30 minutes, safe for work.
  • Michael Lopp describes the effective staff meeting, and when to not bother having it.
  • Bertrand Duperrin puts the gap between the digital employee (and applicant) and the employer in context.

Technology and Techniques

  • Jamie Hale gives a high-level explanation of the language of statistics and why correlation matters even when it isn’t indicative of causation.
  • Matthew Squair provides a lesson (in his Screwtape persona) explaining how the concept of mitigation can be used to help paper over dangerous decisions.
  • Mark Samuels summarizes recommendation from Gartner that should impact the way we approach Big Data projects.
  • Aaron Smith summarizes the top ten tech trends for 2017, as identified by Gartner.

Working and the Workplace

  • Lisette Sutherland interview Corey Grusdan of SoFetch about what it takes to work remotely. Just 24 minutes, safe for work.
  • Suzanne Lucas reminds us to take our annual vacation before the year runs out.
  • Jory MacKay suggests ways to make your workspace work better for you.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of October 31 – November 6

New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 31 – November 6. And this week’s video: Melissa Marshall explains how to “Talk Nerdy to Me,” so we can share our complex engineering and technology work with others. In other words: your elevator pitch.

Must read / view / listen!

  • Aimee Chanthadavong reports on the success women in Australia are having in breaking the glass ceiling in tech companies and what the rest of the world can learn from them.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy provides a detailed explanation of how to conduct a qualitative risk analysis in a series of four videos totaling a little over nine minutes. Safe for work and recommended for viewing with your project team.
  • Art Petty explains how to survive and thrive with your executive sponsor. Just 28 minutes, safe for work.

Established Methods

  • Michel Dion puts the need for documenting requirements into perspective, as a vital communications tool.
  • Elizabeth Harrin lists three ways to reel it back in when your project starts to go off the rails. Note that these are not mutually exclusive, and in fact reinforce each other.
  • Harry Hall posts five questions to ask when developing a scope management plan.
  • David Hillson describes risk escalation, a portfolio-level approach to managing risk responses when the project that identifies the risk isn’t impacted by it.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Beth Spriggs on her PMI Global Congress presentation: project assumptions as a source of risk. Just 23 minutes, safe for work.
  • John McIntyre proposes an interesting alternative to reviewing lessons learned documents when beginning a new project: it’s called Call3!
  • Ryan Ogilvie tells how incident management can be improved by those in other roles who have a stake in problem resolution.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers posts his weekly round-up of Agile articles, blog posts, and other content.
  • Johanna Rothman concludes her series on the roles of coaches and managers in Agile transformations.
  • Tom McFarlin on developer intuition: “It feels like all we’ve done is introduce complexity while championing simplicity.” Hear, hear!
  • Mike Griffiths does the financial analysis that shows when outsourcing / offshoring makes sense, and when it does not.
  • Austin Knight considers the sources of design debt (as opposed to technical debt) and how we can avoid piling up too much of it.
  • Brendan Toner reviews “Scrum Magic,” by Doug Purcell. An entry-level view of Scrum, with language friendly to project managers who use traditional methods.

Applied Leadership

  • Kenneth Darter explains the basics of being a mentor.
  • Alicia McClain explains how leaders can build psychological safety for their teams.
  • Dana Wilkie reports on a survey that not only finds 84% of workers have had a bad boss, but identified the characteristics of “bad.” Don’t be these people!

Technology and Techniques

  • Bertrand Duperrin shares a critical lesson learned from the Delta Airlines outage this past summer: survivable platforms are harder to build than to lease in the Cloud.
  • Seth Godin notes that your websites will eventually decay, become obsolete or buggy. So, how do you plan for finding those problems and sunsetting each site?
  • Conner Forrest reports that mobile devices now account for over 51% of internet usage. If you aren’t optimizing for mobile consumption, get ready to fail.

Working and the Workplace

  • Lisette Sutherland answers her most-asked question: how do you get a remote job? Just nine minutes, safe for work.
  • Victor Tan Chen reports on the growing evidence that performance metrics applied to individual workers produces a lot of negative effects.
  • Natalie Warnert reflects on the need to decompress and “not add value.”

Enjoy!