New PM Articles for the Week of September 25 – October 1

New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 25 – October 1. And this week’s video: Harry Hall suggests a way to identify project risks by starting with success. Two minutes, safe for work.

Must read (or Listen)!

  • Vivek Murthy, former US Surgeon General, describes the “loneliness epidemic” in terms of both the impact on our health and our productivity. 12 minutes to read.
  • Matthew Biggins frets that, given recent advances in virtual reality and augmented reality, at some point, actual reality will feel fake. 5 minutes to read.
  • Katie Heaney gets some expert opinions on the continuum between analytical thinking and “going with your gut.” It’s not a binary choice! 6 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • Elizabeth Harrin provides a detailed plan for communicating with your stakeholders when you don’t have time for meetings. 4 minutes to read.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiyrecommends a list of project management books (14) and software tools (13). 8 minutes to read, 24 outbound links.
  • Mike Clayton goes to his bookshelf for the best personal effectiveness books for project managers. 16 books, 12 minutes to read.
  • Chris Matts continues his series on the three levels of metric maturity. 3 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman shares a webcast by Dr. Barry Boehm on the incremental commitment spiral model of software development. Just over an hour, long intro, safe for work.
  • Johnny Beirne interviews Stephen Carver on resilience can help us thrive in a VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity) world. 21 minutes, safe for work.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from slicing user stories to the Team Culture model to the origins of the design sprint. 9 outbound links, 3 minutes to browse.
  • Johanna Rothman concludes her series on alternatives for Agile and Lean road mapping, with part 6 (4 minutes to read) and part 7 (3 minutes to read).
  • Mike Cohn identifies five common mistakes teams make in splitting user stories and suggests avoidance strategies. 10 minutes to read, but worth your time.
  • Henny Portman reviews The Scrum Culture: Introducing Agile methods in organizations, by Dominik Maximini. 3 minutes to read.
  • Dave Prior interviews Michael de la Maza and Dhaval Panchal talk about their new book Agile Coaching: Wisdom from Practitioners. 33 minutes, safe for work.
  • Christopher Lewis tells us that great Scrum Masters are first good product owners. 4 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Adam Shostack analyzes the “resignation” of CEO Richard Smith from Equifax. It’s not about the breach, but the response to the breach. 4 minutes to read.
  • Art Petty expands on four key components of strategy execution. 5 minutes to read.
  • Bertrand Duperrin reviews Marketplace 3.0: Rewriting the rules of borderless business, by Hiroshi Mikitani. 4 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Natalie Warnert explains the concept of learned helplessness and tells us how to unlearn 4 minutes to read.
  • Kamil Tamiola notes that poorly written “scientific” articles on AI and machine learning drive “… bizarre levels of anxiety among the public, press, science and tech investors.” 5 minutes to read.
  • Seth Godin explores the difference between pleasure (which you can buy) and happiness (which you can’t), in under 2 minutes.

Working and the Workplace

  • April Kilcrease summarizes the backlash against the open office layout movement. 5 minutes to read.
  • Brendan Toner reviews day planner and to-do list app Focuster. 6 minutes to read.
  • Hilary Potkewitz reports on the early morning routines of the well-organized: 4:00 AM is the new 7:00 AM. 5 minutes to read; 1 embedded video, 4 minutes.
  • Darius Foroux shares his take on prioritizing, planning, and time blocking. “Time Blocking is more than just a productivity tool. It’s about self-awareness.” 4 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of September 11 – 17

New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 11 – 17. And this week’s video: the folks at MePIN provide a little background on the GDPR, if it’s not already on your radar. Just 2 minutes, safe for work.

Must read (or Listen)!

  • Lily Hay Newman gives us some background on the Social Security number—why we still use it for so many things and what the Equifax breach might mean for our American identity crisis. 5 minutes to read.
  • Russell Brandom diagnoses the larger problem: our entire credit bureau system, which relies on data that is no longer private, is irretrievably broken. 4 minutes to read.
  • Bertrand Duperrin notes measures of a lack of business maturity in data privacy and security practices, even with the General Data Protection Regulation becoming effective in May 2018. 3 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • Harry Hall explains why those who already have their PMP should read the PMBOK 6th edition. 2 minutes to read, and I second the motion.
  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews The Project Manager’s Little Book of Cheats, by Beth Spriggs. “I’ve covered it in sticky notes.” 2 minutes to read.
  • Johnny Beirne interviews Mike Clayton on the importance of project definition. Podcast, 28 minutes.
  • Ron Rosenhead notes the potential value in a selection process for project sponsors. 2 minutes to read.
  • Cheryl Texeira walks us through planning a project with an unrealistic deadline. 3 minutes to read.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list, from Agile metrics to scaling Agile, to the existential question: Is Agile Doomed? 11 outbound links, 3 minutes to scan.
  • Mike Cohn maps out the most productive way for programmers and testers to collaborate. 7 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman continues her series on alternatives for Agile and Lean road mapping, describing the Product Value Team. 3 minutes to read.
  • Mishkin Berteig lists three alternatives to Scrum and identifies how well each fits IT project work. 8 minutes to read.
  • Bart Gerardi describes the benefits of an Agile Center of Excellence as opposed to a more common Project Management Office. 7 minutes to read.
  • Scott Sehlhorst describes an approach for progressively elaborating the team’s understanding and behavior model of the users. 6 minutes to read.
  • Jason Moccia tutors us on design sprints, which use Scrum to refine the requirements and design before beginning development. WaterScrum? Uh, no. 7 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Uri Galimidi tells an anecdote about a manager who failed to hear what he was being told and offers some thoughts on developing your listening ability. 4 minutes to read.
  • Art Petty describes the corporate Zombie Apocalypse and offers some head-shots to deal with the causes. 3 minutes to read.
  • Ted Bauer eviscerates the “high achiever” myth, with acerbic wit, foul language, and several anecdotes. 6 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas gives us the executive micro-summary of a study conducted by an all-women team at BCG on what is helping women succeed and what is not. 3 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Ryan Ogilvie shows how to sell service improvement to decision makers as a value-add. 3 minutes to read.
  • Steven Levy profiles the team at CTRL-Labs and the work they’re doing on a brain-machine interface that might soon be implemented as a watchband. 15 minutes to read, but absolutely worth it.
  • John Goodpasture links Oren Etzioni’s rules for AI systems with Isaac Asimov’s laws of robotics for an interesting baseline of constraints. 2 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Mike Griffiths expands on Dianna Larson’s recent keynote speech, “Knowledge work is learning work.” 4 minutes to read.
  • Adam Schwartz, founder and CEO of Articulate, tells us why (and how) remote work scales. 5 minutes to read.
  • Conner Forrest reports on a recent survey by Softchoice: 74% of office workers would change jobs to firms that supported working from home. 2 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of September 4 – 10

New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 4 – 10. And this week’s video: Iyad Rahwan, associate professor at the MIT Media Lab, explores how Artificial Intelligence challenges our morality. If a driverless car must choose between killing five pedestrians crossing the street, or swerving to a wall and killing its own passenger, what should it do? A social dilemma! Just 14 minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • The PMBOK Guide—Sixth Edition is now available for order or complimentary PDF download, if you’re a current PMI member. 2 minutes to read this announcement page.
  • Adam Shostack notes the hypocrisy in Equifax offering to protect the same consumer data that they just failed to protect. 2 minutes to read.
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy interviews coach Paula Webster on how “mindfulness” helps us manage stress and stay in the moment. 7 minutes to read, 9 outbound links.

Established Methods

  • Elizabeth Harrin lists seven must-read books on stakeholder engagement. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Gina Abudi describes the Stakeholder Support Committee. 2 minutes to read.
  • Ron Rosenhead applies the wisdom of Woody Allen to project sponsorship. 2 minutes to read.
  • Susanne Madsen explains how we can create a strong team identity, beginning at the project kickoff. 4 minutes to read.
  • Antonio Uncal wants us to approach the lessons learned meeting as an exercise in story-telling. 4 minutes to read.
  • Bruce Benson casts a skeptical eye on methodologies that don’t acknowledge Second Order Ignorance. 3 minutes to read.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list, from Deming’s Lean Production principle to jobs to be done, to Agile management anti-patterns. 12 outbound links, 3 minutes to browse.
  • Johanna Rothman continues her series on Agile and Lean road mapping. 3 minutes to read part 2, 2 minutes to read part 3, and 3 minutes to read part 4.
  • Mike Hill Tweeted an article and collected the bits in Storify—plainly, the 20th Century is over—on his Dan Pink-derived model of motivation, called RAMPS. 2 minutes to read.
  • Ron Jeffries vamps on Mike Hill’s RAMPS. OK, mea culpa … 6 minutes to read.
  • Erik Hansen introduces and justifies the Chaos user story—a way to insert something overlooked into an active sprint. Spock eyebrow-raise in three, two, one … 5 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman resurrects Linus Pauling’s principle: we need to have lots of ideas and learn to throw out the bad ones. 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Art Petty provides a few anecdotes that illustrate the need to “speak truth to power.” Bad ideas must be challenged—that’s sometimes the value we add. 4 minutes to read.
  • Harry Hall suggests three positive phrases that motivate a team to higher performance. 2 minutes to read.
  • Lew Sauder tells how to keep your team members accountable, without resorting to “passive-aggressive control freak douchey behavior.” 4 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture extends an observation by Yuval Harari on organizing an army to organizing a project team. It’s not just a want; we need to believe. Just a minute to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Kannan Chandrasegaran shares the non-techie’s guide to servers. 6 minutes to read.
  • Jonathan Weisglass shows how to implement a project issue tracking database in Sharepoint. 3 minutes to read.
  • Paramita Ghosh tutors us on the fundamentals of real-time analytics. The IoT is only one driver of this bundle of complexity. 7 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Barry Hodge shares several online resources for the freelance project manager to find virtual gigs. 6 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy examines the project management career outlook across industries and in several key countries, through 2027. 3 minutes to read, plus an infographic.
  • Michael Smith interviews Sophia Eng on “Hear Us Roar; a Manifesto for Women and Minorities in Startup, Tech, and Business Communities.” Video, 33 minutes.

Enjoy!