New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 1 – 7. And this week’s video: Thomas Frank recaps five lessons from “The Power of Habit,” by Charles Duhhig. Five minutes, safe for work.
Must read (or Listen)!
Danny Vinik gets us up to speed on alternative work arrangements. It’s more than just the gig economy: from 2005 through 2015, all net job growth in the American economy was in contingent jobs. 18 minutes to read.
Aarian Marshall reports that the development of self-driving cars has hit a technical wall—namely, safely coexisting with humans on the same road. 7 minutes to read.
Linky van der Merwe gives us a primer on corporate social responsibility. Two minutes to read, plus an extensive infographic.
Elizabeth Harrin asked 32 project management thought leaders how to make 2018 a successful year for our projects. She ended up with a long article (20 minutes to read) and an e-book.
Mike Clayton contemplates developing our professional skills in 2018. 2 minutes to read.
Brad Egeland identifies five key trends we’ll see develop in 2018 and beyond. 4 minutes to read.
Ryan Hewitt shares his approach to planning for a workshop—he calls it the Seven P’s. 4 minutes to read.
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from the State of Scrum to highly progressive workplaces to designing a bulletproof product strategy. 9 outbound links, four minutes to browse.
Johanna Rothman poses three questions to ask before estimating the cost of an Agile program. 6 minutes to read.
Glen Alleman casts a critical eye on the notion of incremental delivery. Sometimes, the customer is looking for more than just a collection of user stories. 3 minutes to read.
Jez Halford observes a key reason why software is often bad at whatever it was supposed to do: unconscious assumptions. 2 minutes to read.
Jesse Fewell notes the frequent disconnect between what we do and why we do it. Video, about 5 minutes.
Tim Runcie introduces us to some of the new Agile capabilities in MS Project. 6 minutes to read.
Henny Portman reviews Dan Miller’s new book, Don’t Spook the Herd! How to get your agile projects running smoothly. 3 minutes to read.
Art Petty tells us we need to embrace—even love—challenging conversations. They all have a “use by” date. 4 minutes to read.
Michael Lopp shares three lessons gained from reflection: act last, read the room, and taste the soup. Code words for good advice. 6 minutes to read.
Kiron Bondale tells a few stories of customer service—good and not so good. Passing the buck is a recipe for not good. 4 minutes to read.
Gina Abudi notes that difficult stakeholders are not always behaving irrationally. 2 minutes to read.
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
Tom Merritt reports on the top 5 technology trends to watch in 2018. Video, just under 2 minutes.
Neil Barton makes four data technology adoption predictions for 2018. 3 minutes to read.
Javier Augusto explains why people are the most important part of the innovation process. 8 minutes to read.
Bruce Benson reflects on the A-teams and the B-teams, noting that the important ideas don’t usually come from the ones you might expect. 2 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
Lisette Sutherland curates a massive list of resources and tools for remote workers. How massive? Nearly 200 entries.
Will Fanguy shares a ten-step plan for eliminating distractions when working remotely. 6 minutes to read.
Ciara McDonnell shares an infographic on managing your energy. 2 minutes to read.
New project management articles published on the web during the (slow, holiday) week of December 25 – 31. Happy New Year!
Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy explains earned value management with a short example in an embedded video. 5 minutes to read, another 5 minutes for the video.
Glen Alleman contemplates Wilo’s Law and mature communication processes. 5 minutes to read.
Ryan Robinson asked 9 top technical teams what tools they used for project management, and got some interesting responses. Conspicuous by its absence was MS Project. 14 minutes to read.
John Goodpasture shares an actionable quote from Andrew Gelman on Big Data. 2 minutes to read.
Rich Mironov notes that there are multiple audiences for your product roadmap, and each has different needs. 9 minutes to read.
Will Fanguy notes the lessons that designers should learn from Alexa. 4 minutes to read.
Art Petty suggests that what we really need is daily resolutions, and he offers three of them. 3 minutes to read.
Scott Berkun answers the question: How can you tell a wise person when you meet one? Wisdom comes with age, although age often comes unaccompanied. 6 minutes to read.
Elliot Forbes explains how serverless computing will change the world in 2018. 4 minutes to read.
Shaun Carter and Michael Nielsen share a detailed essay on the history, present, and future of using artificial intelligence to augment human intelligence. 30 minutes or so to read.
Justin O’Beirne casts his cartographer’s eye on the technical evolution of Google Maps to include not just individual buildings but architectural features and asks: how does this fit in with self-driving cars? 15 minutes to read, much longer to ponder.
Srinivas Rao argues that calendars are more effective than to-do lists. 5 minutes to read.
Sam Applebee worked from 7 different countries in the space of 7 months and learned why you can’t ignore the bottom three levels of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. 6 minutes to read.
Alyse Kalish describes the practice and benefits of mindful eating. 2 minutes to read.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 27 – December 3. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton explains project change control—why it’s needed and how to manage it. 5 minutes, safe for work.
Must Read Predictions for 2018!
George Krasadakis identifies the technologies and trends we should expect to spend our time on in 2018. 9 minutes to read.
Keith Foote lists the Big Data trends for 2018, from BI to analytics to Cloud trends to the IoT to machine learning and AI. 7 minutes to read.
Eric Bloom also weighs in with 14 business technology trends for 2018. 6 minutes to read.
Elizabeth Harrin gives us seven scenarios where we should apply our best ethical judgment and behavior. 7 minutes to read.
Richard Bayney takes us through a model for maximizing strategic value in our project portfolio. 6 minutes to read.
Sam Huffman shares five quick tips for Microsoft Project users. How quick? Just a minute to read.
Harry Hall explains how to define risk categories that are meaningful to your project’s problem domain. 2 minutes to read.
Glen Alleman has collected some resources for the Cone of Uncertainty, a key principle for managing programs. 4 minutes to read.
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from macro trends to domains of business agility to innovation at scale. 3 minutes to read, 7 outbound links.
Johanna Rothman notes that a successful adoption of Agile methods requires a parallel change to management culture.
Dave Prior and Jurgen Appelo discuss the notion of measuring Scrum Master performance. Video, 7 minutes, safe for work.
Joel Bancroft Connors and his invisible gorilla, Hogarth, address the question: does an Agile coach need coding skills to be effective? 5 minutes to read.
Tom Cagley explains the difference between cycle time and throughput. And yes, the difference is more than just rhetorical. 4 minutes to read.
Deepak Agnihotri explains why the Sprint Goal is important and notes some scenarios when the team may not be able to identify a goal. 4 minutes to read.
John Goodpasture shares a diagram on metacognition—the ability of skilled decision makers to supplement recognized familiar patterns with processes to verify results and correct problems.
Cesar Abeid and Traci Duez discuss the willingness to make a choice, based on our growth mindset (or, not). Podcast, 40 minutes, safe for work.
Cornelius Fichtner interviews new PMI Master Class graduate Jeff Kissinger on leading projects without authority. Podcast, 34 minutes, safe for work.
Art Petty describes leadership at the intersection of logic and emotion. 5 minutes to read.
Technology, Techniques, and Frameworks
Tamás Török goes into deep detail on best practices for developing a microservices architecture. Long read, about 15 minutes or so.
Will Fanguy provides a comprehensive introduction to design systems. 10 minutes to read.
Drew Davison describes the PACE framework—Process, Assets, Change, and Environment—for incorporating change management into project decisions.
Luca Collina tutors us on embedding change management activities into our routine project execution activities. 6 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
Rich Bellis reports on research by sleep expert Michael Breus that can help design your ideal workday, based on your chronotype. Apparently, I’m a Lion. 6 minutes to read.
Michelle Guerrere gives us a tutorial on how to read body language, from face to posture to hands and feet. 3 minutes to read.
Nick Bilton notes that we might really be near the end of the social media era. 5 minutes to read.