New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 13 – 19. And this week’s video: David Dunning (of the Dunning-Kruger Effect) explains why incompetent people think they’re amazing. 5 minutes, safe for work.
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Bethany Marz Crystal says that the way to battle sexism and harassment is by improving the social feedback loop—call out the behaviors when they happen. 4 minutes to read.
Todd Williams interprets recent statistics that paint a dismal picture of corporate failure to execute on strategy and goals. 4 minutes to read.
Ryan Ogilvie notes that simply asking for feedback at service completion doesn’t help if you haven’t got a strategy to manage and act on that feedback. 3 minutes to read.
Elizabeth Harrin explains how to use graphics, pictures, graphs, and charts to communicate project information. 5 minutes to read, with a link to her white paper on the subject.
Erik van Hurk explains why we should set the Status Date and automatically update the project schedule when US MS Project. 5 minutes to read.
Harry Hall tutors us on planning for project risk management. 2 minutes to read.
Kiron Bondale suggests that we listen for the Cassandras, those subject matter experts who warn of impending risks and issues, even if they seem unlikely. 3 minutes to read.
Nilanjan Kar makes the case for integrating information security management into the PMBOK Guide. 12 minutes to read.
Glen Alleman clarifies why independent cost estimating is valid, even when performed by someone who won’t be party to execution. 3 minutes to read.
Nick Pisano points out the difference between earned value management and cash flow analysis in project management. 5 minutes to read.
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly Agile roundup, from a Jeff Patton lecture to the problem with Scrum to brilliant jerks and the immorality of addicting users. 8 outbound links, 2 minutes to browse.
Dave Prior interviews Jurgen Appelo on his new crowd-funded app/platform project: Agility Scales. Video, 18 minutes, safe for work.
Jerry Doucett shares a litmus test for getting your organization on track to being Agile (as opposed to doing Agile). 7 minutes to read.
John Yorke describes the zone of acceptance—the collection of tasks that each team member believes is a part of their job—and how to extend it in a self-organizing team. 6 minutes to read.
Tamás Török notes the importance of knowledge transfer in a software development team and describes four complementary techniques for sharing the learnings. 6 minutes to read.
Tom Cagley interviews Johanna Rothman on creating a successful Agile project. 30 minutes, safe for work.
Mike Cohn explains why it’s important to have a consistent sprint duration. 3 minutes to read.
Poornima Vijayashanker and Leslie Yang discuss product debt and why you should pay it down with every release. Video, 6 minutes, safe for work.
Cesar Abeid and Traci Duez talk about getting to self-leadership. Podcast, 28 minutes, safe for work.
Mike Clayton gets into the details of how to manage the transition when a team member leaves your project. 9 minutes to read.
Alyse Kalish gets advice from Katia Beauchamp, CEO of Birchbox, on how to make the best use of advice—as opposed to getting someone to make the decision for you. 3 minutes to read.
Chris Rainey interviews Suzanne Lucas, the Evil HR Lady, who says,” We don’t have a talent shortage, we have a training shortage.” Video, 32 minutes, safe for work.
Working and the Workplace
Brad Feld asks the question: Do you reduce stress for others or increase it? 2 minutes to read.
Scott Berkun explains the pay to stress ratio: “You can always earn more money, but you cannot earn more time.” 3 minutes to read.
Shayna Hodkin posts her occasional advice column, answering “how do I ask for a raise” and “how do I handle hating my job?” 6 minutes to read.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 30 – November 5. Note that Daylight Savings Time ended in North and Central America. And this week’s video: Jesse Fewell shares an excited video selfie from the PMI Global Conference in Chicago, following the launch of the Agile Practice Guide. A new era is dawning – PMI and the Agile Alliance have created non-commercial, methodology-agnostic guidelines for tailoring Agile methods to the work to be done. 5 minutes, safe for work.
Michael Simmons reveals the secret to Thomas Edison’s success: the 10,000-experiment rule. “Deliberate experimentation is more important than deliberate practice.” 10 minutes to read.
Valerie Senyk shares some observations on what it takes to teach well. 3 minutes to read.
Nathan Kinch predicts that one of the outcomes of the GDPR will be closer collaboration between designers and attorneys. Privacy by design is a requirement. 6 minutes to read.
Kiron Bondale defends the use of the digraph as a risk communication tool. 2 minutes to read.
Harry Hall describes the steps to take in right-sizing your risk management plan.
Glen Alleman reinforces the concepts in an old post: Process is King. Activity must be guided to efficiently achieve goals. 3 minutes to read.
Bruce Garrod points out the process changes in each knowledge area of the PMBOK 6th 3 minutes to read.
Sam Huffman explains the best practice for entering task durations in MS Project. Less than 2 minutes to read.
John Goodpasture quotes Yuval Harari in caveating the predictive value of the past project history and metrics kept by every PMO. Just about a minute to read.
Elizabeth Harrin conducts a wide-ranging 22-minute video interview with Jon Clay, President of PMI UK. Or you can read the transcript in about 14 minutes.
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly Agile round-up, from Agile experiments to Agile misconceptions, to starting stand-ups on time. 8 outbound links, 2 minutes to browse.
Adam Palmer puts story points and relative sizing into perspective using pumpkins. 2 minutes to read.
Joel Bancroft-Connors and his invisible gorilla, Hogarth, introduce an enterprise Scrum simulation game using Legos. 7 minutes to read, bring your own Legos.
Muslim Rizvi explains the acronym TECHMEDICS, which collects the basic considerations and questions to ask before beginning an Agile implementation. 8 minutes to read.
Mike Cohn shines a light on several “scary” aspects of adopting Agile methods, in honor of Halloween. 6 minutes to read.
Grace Windsor extols the benefits of using a project team charter to facilitate alignment and put the focus on the goals of the project. 5 minutes to read.
Naomi Caietti tutors us on emotional intelligence and how to develop it in ourselves. 5 minutes to read.
Susanne Madsen recounts her recovery from the stress she imposed on herself while leading a large, business-critical program. Sometimes, we must lead ourselves. 7 minutes to read.
Lynda Bourne describes a complex model of stakeholder engagement, with the authentic characteristics of the organization at the core. 6 minutes to read.
Mike Clayton tells us how to plan a stakeholder engagement campaign. 8 minutes to read.
Elise Stevens interviews Nicole Nader on why being authentic is important to building effective relationships with stakeholders. Podcast, 16 minutes, safe for work.
Working and the Workplace
Tamás Török shares the findings on hiring software developers at start-up companies, from the State of Software Development 2017 report. 4 minutes to read.
Gary Poster conducts a rigorous analysis of the pros and cons of distributed teams, from “remote friendly” to “remote reliant.” 6 minutes to read.
Lisette Sutherland interviews Dom Price, head of R&D at Atlassian, on best practices for including remote colleagues in teams, such as team rituals. Video interview, 41 minutes.
Mike Griffiths reminds of the importance of focus. Just over a minute to read.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 9 – 15. And this week’s video: Caitria and Morgan O’Neill explain how they became disaster recovery project managers on the day their hometown (including their home) was hit by a tornado. 9 minutes, safe for work. #MillennialsSteppingUp
Ben Evans does a generational study of dominant tech firms and finds that GAFA (Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon) are 3X the scale of Wintel. 5 minutes to read.
Eshe Nelson summarizes the work of Nobel Prize winner Richard Thaler, who examines the flaws and biases in human nature that drive us to make bad decisions. 5 minutes to read.
Nir Eyal and Lakshmi Mani focus on confirmation bias—how it works inside your brain, and how to deal with it when trying to function in the real world. 5 minutes to read.
Elizabeth Harrin interviews Jonathan Clay, PMI UK’s incoming president on the upcoming Synergy conference and what’s next for the chapter. 5 minutes to read.
Mike Clayton answers the rhetorical question: should I get a project management qualification? 10 minutes to read, 7 outbound links.