New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 22 – 28. And this week’s video: The Allman Brothers Band, live at the Beacon Theatre in New York in 2003, performing “Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More.” Rest in peace, Gregg.
Eric Garton makes the case for managing human capital as carefully and rigorously as we manage financial capital (which is cheaper and far more plentiful).
Robert Austin and Gary Pisano report on the growth of neurodiversity—actively recruiting candidates and accommodating employees with autism and similar conditions—in the corporate world.
Brandon Vigliarolo reports that stolen (and exploitable) data from every single Fortune 500 company has been found on the DarkNet.
Elizabeth Harrin summarizes the high-level changes coming in the Sixth Edition of the PMBOK. To be released in 3Q17, with exam changes in 1Q18.
Mike Donoghue identifies the characteristics that make a project complex, from technical to financial to … well, lots of stuff.
Lynda Bourne reviews the various biases and political influences that may apply when using reference classes to calculate management reserves.
Mike Clayton explains how the linear responsibility chart connects work breakdown structure to resources. Just six minutes, safe for work.
Leigh Espy defines, compares, and contrasts Waterfall and Agile.
The Clever PM makes the case for managing to data, as opposed to going with your gut or best guess.
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from resilient teams to Agile at scale, to Reddit for product managers, to revisiting Deming’s 14 points.
Johanna Rothman starts a series of articles to define “Scaling Agile,” so we all have a common vocabulary to argue with.
Scott Sehlhorst gives his thoughts on achieving Agile at Scale, focusing on product management.
Rex Lester lists what he believes to the three most important Agile practices. Actually, these are applicable to just about everything from retail to medical care.
John Yorke notes the difference between a deliberate culture and a reflective culture. You can’t change the behavior (and culture) of the group simply by changing processes.
Bob Tarne reflects on the nature of estimates, as he waits for the airline to resolve an unspecified technical issue.
Harry Hall shares some techniques for improving your presentations.
Elise Stevens interviews Dr. Ginger Levin on embracing and exploiting change. Just 28 minutes, safe for work.
John Goodpasture notes that those driving change won’t get much support from the people who will benefit from the change because they have experienced it yet.
Seth Godin shares an insight: people resist change because they are rewarded for being competent, and change brings the risk of incompetence.
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
Brendan Toner reviews Hyper Plan, a two-dimensional task manager. Looks interesting, but no mobile option.
Lee Munroe gets us started on user testing as a component of UX research.
David Schlesinger gives us the high points on implementing encryption for network assets, including an allowable exception for executives and their admins.
Working and the Workplace
Maddy Osman shares her collected practices for maintaining productivity when working from home.
Lisette Sutherland talks with Ralph van Roosmalen about a way for remote teams to make decisions on the fly, using a shared document. Just 12 minutes, safe for work.
Art Petty suggests we think of career planning as an adventure into parts unknown.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 15 – 21. And this week’s video: a short clip from “Mr. Blandings Build His Dream House,” where Cary Grant learns what happens when you make a decision when you don’t understand the alternatives and don’t bother to ask for clarification. Just a minute, safe for work, as long as you aren’t standing under the lintels.
Bertrand Duperrin casts a critical eye on ROI, business cases, and lying with numbers.
Martin Seligman and John Tierney report on recent research that indicates the human mind is built to spend a lot of time considering the future—planning if you will.
Ian Whittington explores the history of managing complexity in projects from the Iron Bridge constructed in the 18th century to today’s software systems with emergent behaviors.
Glen Alleman explains measures of effectiveness and measures of performance as different points of view when examining a proposed product capability.
Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy digs into the details to tutor us on managing stakeholder engagement, in a strategic way.
Elizabeth Harrin interviews Kate Morris—convener of the PMI Australia Conference 2017 and practicing project manager—on managing a project manager’s conference.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 8 – 14. And this week’s video: TED’s Chris Anderson interviews Elon Musk on his projects, from boring tunnels under Los Angeles to a permanent colony on Mars. Just 41 minutes, safe for work. The future is a work in progress.
Must read (or Hear)!
Chad Rigetti and Chris Dixon discuss the physical limits that apply to Moore’s Law and prospects for quantum computing in machine learning. New term: “neuromorphic processor.” Just 27 minutes, safe for work.
Yuval Noah Harari looks out to 2050 when most jobs that exist today will have disappeared, and the “useless” class will be a far greater challenge than the working class.
Bertrand Duperrin updates on the end of search (as we know it) and the rise of non-benevolent assistance (“Let me help you select a product from our sponsors.”).
Harry Hall identifies five actions we can take to improve project communication
Charmaine Karunaratne suggests strategies and tactics for managing a project team distributed around the globe.
Colin Ellis catalogs a few ways to really suck at project management.
Geraldine O’Reilly steps us through the creation of a RACI matrix, and points out a few other variations, like CAIRO and RACI-VS.
Rich Maltzman notes the risk management implications of a recent discovery that climate change is releasing long-frozen viruses and bacteria into the water supply.
Glen Alleman recommends “The Death of Expertise,” by Tom Nichols. The Age of Enlightenment is but a dim memory …
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of all things Agile, from refactoring Agile to schizophrenic dichotomies in Agile frameworks to dual track development.
Leigh Espy delivers an excellent summary of Agile principles and philosophy, and a short overview of the leading methods. Highly recommended for project managers looking for a point of entry.
Dave Prior interviews John Le Drew, host of The Agile Path on his approach to the craft of podcasting. Just 46 minutes, safe for work.
The Clever PM presents a product manager’s guide to technical debt.
Bart Gerardi introduces voting using the Fist of Five. It only sounds like a Kung Fu movie.
Art Petty provides some guidance for managers on dealing with a toxic employee.
Mike Clayton provides action plans for dealing with each of six different types of difficult project sponsors.
Coert Visser notes that positive stereotypes are just as depersonalizing as negative stereotypes and thus should not be used as a compliment.
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
Thomas Fox-Brewster reports on the quick action by a malware researcher which shut down Friday’s WannaCry ransomware. Still running XP on some device? You’ll surely get another opportunity to regret it.
Jennifer Zaino catches us up on recent attempts to develop standards for the Internet of Things, notably a new W3C working group and services based on Linked Data.
Nir Eyal shares an excerpt from Nathalie Nahai’s new book, “Webs of Influence: The psychology of online persuasion.” Specifically, this excerpt is about persuasive video.
Working and the Workplace
Michael Lopp describes his daily morning calendar scrub. “If unscheduled time is zero, die a little inside.”
My Nguyen outlines what we need to know about ergonomics to stay healthy while riding a desk all day. Desk, monitor, keyboard, mouse, chair, and regular movement – all important!
Sara McCord considers the pros and cons of deleting LinkedIn connections you don’t actually know.