New PM Articles for the Week of May 29 – June 4

New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 29 – June 4. And this week’s video: Daniel Kahneman explains how a premortem can help a team overcome thinking bias when making critical decisions.

Must read (or Hear)!

  • Rani Molla links us to Mary Meeker’s 2017 internet trends report, from the slide deck to a video of her delivery. Just 34 minutes, safe for work, and overwhelming to consider all in one sitting.
  • Jonathan Soble reports on Japan’s shrinking and aging population and what it will require to sustain economic growth. We should expect every industrialized nation to face this demographic problem (and business opportunity) by 2040.
  • Adam Shostack reflects on the external and internal reasons that organizations don’t maintain or update their software and notes a few choices for managing them.

Established Methods

  • John Goodpasture presents an interesting bar chart displaying relative priority of key project attributes (he calls them influencers and discriminators) from the client’s perspective.
  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Emma Seaton-Smith, who has been nominated for the 2017 Rising Stars award in technology sponsored by the Times of London.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Jordan Kyriakidis, who says that we have the technology to improve the quality of our project requirements. Just 33 minutes, safe for work.
  • Elise Stevens interviews change leader Cassie Kowaltzke on how to exercise strong stakeholder engagement during business transformation. Just over 14 minutes, safe for work.
  • Alexis Devinin tutors us on the preparation of first-cost estimates as used in engineering projects.
  • Glen Alleman deconstructs the #NoEstimates manifesto presented at a recent Agile conference in Nashville, TN.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly round-up of all things Agile, from the necessity of experimentation to the State of Agile report, to why brainstorming sucks as an ideation tool.
  • Mike Cohn lists eight behavior recommendations that might help you become the Scum Master your team needs.
  • Johanna Rothman continues her series on defining “scaling” Agile, with a look at creating Agile product development capabilities.
  • George Pitagorsky notes the commonalities among the various Agile “denominations.”
  • The Clever PM contemplates the balance between agility and strategy.
  • Peter Borsella and Hubert Smits describe “potentially shippable” as it pertains to non-software products.

Applied Leadership

  • Art Petty contrasts two managers he once worked for at the same time, with two wildly different approaches to decision making.
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy sensitizes us to the problems that can arise from cultural differences in globally distributed teams.
  • Alex Puscasu suggests we encourage functional (as opposed to dysfunctional) conflict and critical debate within our project teams.
  • Mike Clayton explains the Transactional Analysis model of interpersonal communication. Just under six minutes, safe for work.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Rich Maltzman notes the growing trend to repair, re-purpose, and re-use electronic devices as encouraged by a movement called “Restart Parties.”
  • Jay Bennett reports on Moon Express and Rocket Lab’s use of 3D printers to create a booster vehicle and lander for the first Lunar landing by a private company. Target: December 2017.
  • Evan Koblentz explains why so many transaction processing software applications are still written and maintained in COBOL: it just runs faster.

Working and the Workplace

  • Lisette Sutherland interviews writer Sue Thomas on finding the balance between nature and technology. Just 35 minutes, safe for work.
  • Suzanne Lucas highly recommends that you take a lunch break. If not for yourself, then for the sake of the restaurant business.
  • Bertrand Duperrin notes that a focus on the employee experience comes after refinement of the customer experience—and that’s a good thing.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of May 22 – 28

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.

Must read!

  • 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.

Established Methods

  • 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.

Agile Methods

  • 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.

Applied Leadership

  • 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.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of May 15 – 21

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.

Must read!

  • 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.

Established Methods

  • 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.
  • Michel Dion outlines the project closure report.
  • Mike Clayton explains the Project Goal, a simple concept with profound implications. Just over two minutes, safe for work.
  • Harry Hall suggests some effective ways to improve our communication skills.
  • Elise Stevens shares lessons learned from alienating a key stakeholder in their first meeting.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his list of Agile content with a focus this week on team building, plus observations on the relationship between product discovery and product delivery.
  • Mike Cohn describe four possible career paths for the accomplished Scrum master.
  • Eli Woolery recaps five key insights gained from the inaugural Design Leadership Camp.
  • The Clever PM conducts one of his “ten questions” interviews with Paul Jackson—product manager, user-centered design practitioner, and newsletter publisher.
  • Renee Troughton describes the three patterns she has seen used for Agile delivery pipeline management at scale.

Applied Leadership

  • Jeff Collins lists a half-dozen qualities of strong project leaders.
  • Pat Weaver describes practical wisdom, “working out the right way to do the right thing in a particular circumstance.”
  • Krister Ungerboeck reflects on the toxic legacy of Steve Jobs and his “wretched asshole” leadership style.
  • Alex Puscasu describes Connie Gersick’s punctuated equilibrium model of group development. There’s more than just forming-storming-norming-performing-adjourning.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • John Goodpasture points out the complexity that is inevitably required to enable simplicity.
  • James Sanders shares the smart person’s guide to ransomware.
  • Paramita Ghosh lays out the currently expected use cases for artificial intelligence.

Working and the Workplace

  • Art Petty critiques IBM recent announcement that it is ending remote working arrangements.
  • Grace Windsor reminds us that until recently, leisure time was a marker of success. Then we decided that constant busyness indicated professionalism.
  • Tom McFarlin reflects on managing the tension between work and vacation. As my Dad used to say, “You don’t own the business; the business owns you.”

Enjoy!