New PM Articles for the Week of February 27 – March 5

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 27 – March 5. And this week’s video: Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabris show us how selective attention works. Just over a minute, safe for work unless you keep playing it over and over.

Must read!

  • Mike Cohn reminds us that a cross-functional team is one where the members have different skills—not one where every member has all the needed skills.
  • Dave Nicolette points out that, while Scrum is an excellent solution for some problems, it doesn’t fit every situation. Lean Thinking might be what’s next.
  • Nir Eyal and Chelsea Robertson explain how the brain focuses and eliminates distraction (they are different functions), and give us some clinically proven ideas for enhancing each.

Established Methods

  • The Women Tester’s Magazine January 2017 edition is now available to download. Not just about testing, and not just for (or by) women—highly recommended.
  • Henny Portman alerts us to a new project management methodology, coming from Denmark: Project Half Double. As in half the time, double the impact.
  • Elizabeth Harrin lists the essential project management competencies we need to be successful in 2017 and beyond.
  • Harry Hall bullets 37(!) practical actions you can take to improve your project communications.
  • Glen Alleman explains what you need to know to make decisions under conditions of uncertainty, to achieve project success.
  • Michael Wood explores the critical success drivers for managing global projects.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly round-up of all things Agile, including Agile middle management, the role of QA in Agile teams, and more contrarian ideas.
  • Ryan Ripley interviews Natalie Warnert and Amitai Schleier on the Women in Agile discussion, and why we should all support it. Just 47 minutes, safe for work.
  • Dave Prior and Marty Bradley consider the question: when embracing Agile methods, should the PMO go away? Just 28 minutes, safe for work.
  • Shipra Aggarwal explains how to create release plans for feature-driven projects and date-driven projects.
  • Nicholas Malahosky coaches us on how to introduce Agile methods to teams outside of IT.
  • Tamás Török explains why software developers are like pro football players.

Applied Leadership

  • Esther Derby provides two examples where changing the point of view led decision makers to realize they were trying to solve the wrong problems.
  • Art Petty says the Big Fix doesn’t work, but incremental behavior changes can work wonders.
  • Michael Lopp traces the “New Manager Death Spiral.” Read, ye experienced manager, and cringe. I certainly did.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Geoffrey Bock updates us on the acceptance and application of smart data for Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning in the enterprise.
  • Tom McFarlin announces his upcoming e-book, “Where Do I Start with WordPress?” Since roughly 19% of the internet is run on WordPress, I thought this might be of interest.
  • Nick Pisano briefly defines business intelligence, business analytics, and knowledge discovery in databases, and points out their growing convergence.
  • Belle Cooper confronts burnout: what it means, what it does to us, and how to overcome it.

Working and the Workplace

  • Brian Wagner and James Kittle get Steve Potter to talk about interview questions and styles. Just 34 minutes, safe for work.
  • Lisette Sutherland describes the Remote First company, and what you should expect when you run into one. Just over nine minutes, safe for work.
  • Alyse Kalish gives us the up-to-date standard for what to include in the header of your resume.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of February 6 – 12

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 6 – 12. And this week’s video: Kevin Kelly’s TED talk on “cognification,” the inevitable process of making things smarter so humans can focus on inefficient things like innovation and discovery. Best line: “Efficiency is for robots.” Just 14 minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Samad Aidane tells what you should keep in mind when leading multi-cultural teams. Global projects are here to stay, and so are the people who will plan and execute them.
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy provides detailed guidance on making much better decisions with a distributed / virtual team.
  • PMI released the 2017 Pulse of the Profession survey, which says that more projects are meeting their original goals and fewer are failing.

Established Methods

  • Harry Hall tells a story about a project launch two different ways, with two different endings and a soundtrack by the Kingston Trio.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Jay Payette on aligning projects with strategic goals. Just 30 minutes, safe for work.
  • John McIntyre posts a few PMO events scheduled for this month.
  • Michael Smith tutors us on tracking task dependencies.
  • Kenneth Ashe gets us back to the basics with a look at the stakeholder register.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of links to Agile content, from strategic agility in the enterprise to the clumsy corporate comedy of Dilbert.
  • Natalie Warnert contemplates whether it is useful to estimate technical debt and defect resolution, in addition to new development work.
  • Johanna Rothman looks at a backlog consisting of tasks, rather than stories. Not a good way to create value!
  • Chris Thelwell proposes a maturity model for design teams adopting Agile methods.
  • Derek Huether notes some gaps in making Scrum work in an organization where the team is just one part of a much larger whole.
  • Bart Gerardi considers the question of whether the ScrumMaster should attend the daily stand-up.
  • The Clever PM debunks the myth of consensus. Agreement on next steps is more important and immediately actionable.
  • Ryan Ripley interviews Zach Bonaker and Amitai Schleier on the monetization of Agile and the nature of coaching.

Applied Leadership

  • Art Petty lists some excellent examples of real leaders being effective in the corporate workplace by quietly doing the things that help others be successful.
  • David Cotgreave examines the need for conflict resolution skills by the project manager.
  • Chris Cook reviews three biases that can negatively influence our decision making.

Technology and Techniques

  • Kara Swisher interviews former New York Times technology reporter John Markoff, who explains why we need robots to take our jobs. Just 58 minutes, safe for work.
  • Cade Metz reports on the Asilomar conference on artificial intelligence, where the conversation turned to the looming loss of middle-class jobs.
  • Belle Cooper reviews the science that tells us we need to reduce the noise level, for productivity and health.

Working and the Workplace

  • Hired released the second edition of their Global State of Tech Salaries report. Looks like there’s more to Austin than just the City Limits.
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Nick “The Podcast Monster” Jaworski on building authentic relationships with remote clients. Just 39 minutes, safe for work.
  • Suzanne Lucas reports that IBM is acting to dramatically reduce the number of employees working from home.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of January 30 – February 5

New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 30 – February 5. And this week’s video: Eduardo Briceño talks about how to most effectively move between the performing zone and the learning zone, using Diogenes and Beyonce as examples. Just 11 minutes, safe for work.

Must read (or hear)!

  • Soma Bhattacharya encapsulates some ideas about neuroplasticity and suggests some brain-boosting activities. Includes a link to an excellent TED talk by Lara Boyd.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Wanda Curlee on how situational awareness and emotional intelligence are intertwined. Just 23 minutes, safe for work.
  • Angelica Larios summarizes research into the dimensions of cultural differences by Robert House into short, clear definitions and a useful table. Even if you’re not managing global teams today, this knowledge is important!

Established Methods

  • Mike Clayton coaches us on ways to engage our project sponsor.
  • John Goodpasture shares his FAQ on systems engineering. Only slightly
  • Leigh Espy tutors us on the scope management plan.
  • Harry Hall uses his new FitBit as a metaphor for project financial management.
  • Bruce Harpham helps us take our questions from good to great.
  • Nick Pisano critiques a list of project management trends for 2017, compiled by Atif Qureshi.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from team building and the need for dissent to guerilla research and The Bad Product Fallacy.
  • Mike Cohn shares an agenda for the Sprint Review – a ceremony designed for soliciting actionable feedback.
  • Dave Prior interviews Mike Cottmeyer on the State of Agile in 2017 and addresses the question: Is culture really the issue? Just 48 minutes, safe for work.
  • Alison Wood made a new eBook from Knowledge Train available for download: “The Challenges with Agile.” Six Agile practitioners, 12 pages, many excellent insights.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Melanie Franklin on the evolution of the PMO in adopting Agile methods. Just 19 minutes, safe for work.
  • Tom McFarlin addresses the tension between “It’s good enough,” and “It could be better” when deciding to ship your product.

Applied Leadership

  • Andy Kaufman interviews Nick Petrie and Derek Roger, authors of “Work Without Stress,” on… well, stress and pressure. Just 55 minutes, safe for work. Plus a couple of minutes for the clip from “Bridge of Spies” that puts it all into perspective.
  • Beth Spriggs depicts a difficult but necessary conversation with someone who needed to hear some very negative feedback.
  • Rich Maltzman summarizes the sustainability trends driving business in 2017, based on a report by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.
  • Seth Godin notes that, just as you don’t heat your office with coal anymore, you will eventually abandon the employee performance review system you’ve used for thirty years.

Technology and Techniques

  • Cade Metz updates us the recent poker tournament where an AI program beat four of the world’s best poker players at no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em.
  • Tom Randall reports on three new lithium-ion battery storage plants in California, any one of which would have been the largest such facility ever built. Focus on the description of the construction project.
  • Nick Bilton reports on the death of Hollywood, as technology reshapes filmmaking the way it has everything else.

Working and the Workplace

  • Lisette Sutherland edits several old interviews to extract four insights in establishing camaraderie in remote teams.
  • Conner Forrest explains how to determine whether President Trump’s suspension of immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries will impact your company.
  • Suzanne Lucas reports on some fascinating research – extensive international travel and exposure to different cultures can desensitize you to what is right and wrong.

Enjoy!