New PM Articles for the Week of January 16 – 22

New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 16 – 22. And this week’s video: Harry Hall shares a few ideas to improve our project cost management approach. Less than four minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Kailash Awati examines the potential for data science to do considerable damage when we ignore social and ethical considerations. Weapons of math destruction, indeed!
  • Art Petty describes the “energy sinks” (the opposite of “source”) that burn us out and lists some actions we can take to turn them off.
  • Jesse Lynn Stoner suggests that humiliation might be a gift – a wake-up call – and quotes Gandhi’s comment on the proverb: the truth hurts.

Established Methods

  • Atif Qureshi curated responses to a request for predictions: what will be the top project management trends in 2017? Of course, he has his own predictions.
  • Leigh Espy shared a simple but complete scope statement template for download. Just name and Email required.
  • Mike Clayton posts a basket full of ideas that have nothing to do with project management that will nevertheless help us be more effective project managers.
  • Samuel Bacharach describes the characteristics of four type of influencers – Top Dogs, Gatekeepers, Gurus, and Players – who can make or break your project.
  • Mike Griffiths introduces a loose series of blog posts on the #NoProjects principle of continuous software development.
  • Kristyn Medeiros waxes poetic on the stoplight colors we use for status reporting.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Guerrilla Innovation to Kanban metrics to saying no to customers.
  • Craig Brown makes the case for still using Planning Poker, even after you’ve been using Agile methods for a while.
  • Derek Huether created an infographic that enumerates qualities of good and bad ScrumMasters.
  • Madhavi Ledalla sketches the “Art of the Scrum Master.”
  • The Clever PM articulates the challenges of trying to reliably predict the future behavior of your customers.
  • Donna Reed tells about Kaizen, or “change for the better,” and creating a high-maturity Agile culture based on continuous improvement.
  • Yona Gidalevitz describes the application of ethnographic research to UX design for users from a specific culture. There’s more to it than just translating words to their language.

Applied Leadership

  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews Gary Lloyd’s new book, “Business Leadership for IT projects.”
  • Wayne Turmel points out the obvious – of course a project manager is a people manager.
  • Kerry Wills reminds us to set the example: “Act what you expect.”

Technology and Techniques

  • Craig Smith interviews quality consultant Anne-Marie Charrett on context-driven testing, exploratory testing, and women in technology. Just 40 minutes, safe for work.
  • Cade Metz reports on the growing number of high-end physicists finding work in the software teams of Silicon Valley.
  • Jake Rhuede of Red Stag Fulfillment posted an interesting infographic on the ways artificial intelligence is infiltrating E-commerce.

Working and the Workplace

  • Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic and Adam Yearsley point out the types of work where people with high EQ are less effective.
  • Suzanne Lucas considers the case of the employee who refuses to answer (or even read) Emails in the evening.
  • Jennifer Aldrich explains why hiring for culture fit is not antithetical to hiring for diversity.
  • Jack Simpson notes that if you don’t finish what you’re working on, you’re not productive – you’re just busy.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of January 9 – 15

New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 9 – 15. And this week’s video: the Jon Spear Band celebrates risk management (sort of) with “The Second Mouse Gets the Cheese.” Just 3:16 of jump blues, safe for work. Turn it up …

Must read!

  • Michael Lopp contemplates the illusion of productivity, the mindset of busy, and (his proposed cure) the Builder’s Mindset. Think of this as an intervention.
  • Liane Davey advises on managing a team that has been tasked with unrealistic targets. Ethical failures at Wells Fargo, Volkswagen, and so on arose from pressure to deliver, at all costs.
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy makes the case for proving that you are trustworthy and then tells you how.

Established Methods

  • Harry Hall gets us back to the basics of cost management. Great example, real life actions.
  • Elizabeth Harrin calendars the project management conferences planned for 2017, including some too far in the future to describe the content.
  • Mike Clayton lists fifty great project management blogs we should be following in 2017, including many new to me.
  • Frederic Lardinois reports that Atlassian Software (Jira and Confluence) is buying Trello in yet another round of consolidation in the project management software market.
  • David Robins points out the downside of online project management and collaboration software: empowering the uninitiated. Think “Jurassic Park.”
  • Glen Alleman goes into deep, technical detail on the Cone of Uncertainty, which is a metaphor for the process of reducing cost and schedule risk on projects.
  • Thomas Carney gives us a detailed course on quality assurance in software engineering.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers shares his weekly Agile roundup: Scrum turns 21, product ownership (not just the role), and whether “priority” can be plural.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews NK Shrivastava on his PMI Global Congress presentation, Warning Signs that Agile Isn’t Working. Just 30 minutes, safe for work.
  • Marty Bradley addresses the new Agilista question: should the PMO go away?
  • Matteo Tontini describes learning to work as a team using Scrum, without a full-time product owner. Failure in three, two, one …
  • Moira Alexander posts a beginners FAQ on Agile project management. You almost certainly have a stakeholder that would benefit from this, so pass it along.

Applied Leadership

  • Seth Godin translates a sign at LaGuardia Airport from pompous bureaucratic to conversational English. Yes, you have permission to communicate like an actual person.
  • Coert Visser explains the Mother of All Biases: naïve realism. Includes a “count your fingers” exercise demonstrating how our perception is sharp in only a very narrow field.
  • Elise Stevens curates a list of resources for developing effective leadership skills.
  • Andy Kaufman reflects on influencing through questions. Just over six minutes, safe for work. A bit loud, but if you clicked on the Jon Spear Band tune …

Technology and Techniques

  • Jenna Hogue directs us to a presentation on cognitive computing (51 minutes, safe for work) but mercifully gives us an overview of the content.
  • Carnegie Mellon University has lined up four of the world’s best professional poker players to compete against an AI program. Sounds like “Her” meets “Casino Royale.”
  • Nilanjan Kar tutors us on creating an impactful PMO dashboard using Powerpoint. More interesting for the examples than the techniques, but worth reading.

Working and the Workplace

  • Kathleen O’Connor interviews Anna Schlegel, author of “Truly Global: The theory and practice of bringing your company to international markets.”
  • Ryan Ogilvie recounts a conversation with a colleague who was asked to ‘drop the hammer’ on people more often in her new role. Ryan’s counsel: choose your battles wisely.
  • Suzanne Lucas shares demotivating job descriptions penned by the people who do them. “I try to convince people in another time zone to talk to the person two cubicles away.”

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of December 12 – 18

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 12 – 18. And this week’s video: a short but surprisingly good Las Vegas TV station news report on how the Obama administration’s Cybersecurity Task Force is trying to stay ahead of information security threats. Just 4 minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Connor Forrest sums up four information security lessons we should learn from the recently confirmed Yahoo exposure of over a billion accounts.
  • Eric Lipton, David Sanger, and Scott Shane report on the Russian intrusion into the Democratic National Committee’s servers. The executives need to be convinced that their information is valuable to the people who took the time to steal it!
  • Kara Swisher reports (indirectly, of course) on what was discussed inside President-elect Trump’s meeting with the titans of the tech industry.

Established Methods

  • John Goodpasture notes the project management lessons in a Harvard Business Review interview with Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen.
  • Harry Hall explains the complementary relationship between the business analyst and project manager roles.
  • Mike Clayton tutors us on the sources of project risk.
  • Barry Hodge distinguishes between risks and issues, and explain how to manage project issues.
  • Mike Wuerthele reports on OmniPlan 3.6 with Touch Bar support in Mac OS Sierra. If you only carry a Windows laptop so you can have MS project, it’s time to reconsider.

Agile Methods

  • Age of Product presents their final Food for Thought roundup of Agile content for 2016.
  • Johanna Rothman shares an insight about the criteria for a Minimum Viable Product.
  • Henny Portman review Dean Leffingwell’s classic, “Agile Software Requirements.”
  • Emily Hannon presented a webinar this week, “Dude, Where’s My Control? Transitioning from a Project Manager to a Scrum Master.”
  • Mike Cohn describes how reward systems can work for teams embracing Agile methods. Key phrase: “Organizational gravity,” describing resistance to cultural change.

Applied Leadership

  • Elle Kaplan notes that leadership is on the messages we send, and lists eight messages good leader send every day.
  • Beth Spriggs explains how to damage relationships, twelve ways. Yes, that was a Wonder Bread reference.
  • Elise Stevens interviews John Alleyne on how to establish yourself as a trusted advisor, rather than an intruder. Just 19 minutes, safe for work.
  • Doug Thorpe recounts the “Parable of the Abilene Paradox,” to illustrate the notion that managing agreement and consensus isn’t as easy as it sounds.

Technology and Techniques – 2017 is Coming!

  • Elizabeth Harrin notes five trends in project management to watch for in 2017.
  • Jennifer Zaino summarizes an expert panel’s thoughts on what trends will emerge for data strategy in 2017.
  • Hope Reese points out the coolest achievements coming out of artificial intelligence research in 2016.

Working and the Workplace

  • Derek Huether explains the Productivity Triangle – System, Ritual, Habit – and how it results in clarity, commitment, and progress.
  • Brendan Toner posts the final part of his “Hierarchy vs. flat task lists” epic, and then follows it up with an article on ToDo list apps for people who don’t like ToDo lists.
  • Lisette Sutherland explains how to set up a virtual office for use while traveling. Just 14 minutes, safe for work.
  • Eli Woolery interviews Bill Burnett on his new book with Dave Evans, “Designing Your Life.”
  • Cari Romm reviews recent research into the science of saying “no.”

Enjoy!