New PM Articles for the Week of September 25 – October 1

New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 25 – October 1. And this week’s video: Harry Hall suggests a way to identify project risks by starting with success. Two minutes, safe for work.

Must read (or Listen)!

  • Vivek Murthy, former US Surgeon General, describes the “loneliness epidemic” in terms of both the impact on our health and our productivity. 12 minutes to read.
  • Matthew Biggins frets that, given recent advances in virtual reality and augmented reality, at some point, actual reality will feel fake. 5 minutes to read.
  • Katie Heaney gets some expert opinions on the continuum between analytical thinking and “going with your gut.” It’s not a binary choice! 6 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • Elizabeth Harrin provides a detailed plan for communicating with your stakeholders when you don’t have time for meetings. 4 minutes to read.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiyrecommends a list of project management books (14) and software tools (13). 8 minutes to read, 24 outbound links.
  • Mike Clayton goes to his bookshelf for the best personal effectiveness books for project managers. 16 books, 12 minutes to read.
  • Chris Matts continues his series on the three levels of metric maturity. 3 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman shares a webcast by Dr. Barry Boehm on the incremental commitment spiral model of software development. Just over an hour, long intro, safe for work.
  • Johnny Beirne interviews Stephen Carver on resilience can help us thrive in a VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity) world. 21 minutes, safe for work.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from slicing user stories to the Team Culture model to the origins of the design sprint. 9 outbound links, 3 minutes to browse.
  • Johanna Rothman concludes her series on alternatives for Agile and Lean road mapping, with part 6 (4 minutes to read) and part 7 (3 minutes to read).
  • Mike Cohn identifies five common mistakes teams make in splitting user stories and suggests avoidance strategies. 10 minutes to read, but worth your time.
  • Henny Portman reviews The Scrum Culture: Introducing Agile methods in organizations, by Dominik Maximini. 3 minutes to read.
  • Dave Prior interviews Michael de la Maza and Dhaval Panchal talk about their new book Agile Coaching: Wisdom from Practitioners. 33 minutes, safe for work.
  • Christopher Lewis tells us that great Scrum Masters are first good product owners. 4 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Adam Shostack analyzes the “resignation” of CEO Richard Smith from Equifax. It’s not about the breach, but the response to the breach. 4 minutes to read.
  • Art Petty expands on four key components of strategy execution. 5 minutes to read.
  • Bertrand Duperrin reviews Marketplace 3.0: Rewriting the rules of borderless business, by Hiroshi Mikitani. 4 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Natalie Warnert explains the concept of learned helplessness and tells us how to unlearn 4 minutes to read.
  • Kamil Tamiola notes that poorly written “scientific” articles on AI and machine learning drive “… bizarre levels of anxiety among the public, press, science and tech investors.” 5 minutes to read.
  • Seth Godin explores the difference between pleasure (which you can buy) and happiness (which you can’t), in under 2 minutes.

Working and the Workplace

  • April Kilcrease summarizes the backlash against the open office layout movement. 5 minutes to read.
  • Brendan Toner reviews day planner and to-do list app Focuster. 6 minutes to read.
  • Hilary Potkewitz reports on the early morning routines of the well-organized: 4:00 AM is the new 7:00 AM. 5 minutes to read; 1 embedded video, 4 minutes.
  • Darius Foroux shares his take on prioritizing, planning, and time blocking. “Time Blocking is more than just a productivity tool. It’s about self-awareness.” 4 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of June 12 – 18

New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 12 – 18. And this week’s video: a compilation of the things project managers say, do, and otherwise share. Just over three minutes, and more or less safe for work.

Must read!

  • Rich Armstrong suggests that we should start developing an inclusive culture by working less and focusing on professionalism.
  • Adam Greenfield takes a (very) long look at the smartphone, which has completely transformed our society and social interactions in only ten years.
  • Brad Stulber and Steve Magness describe the positive effects derived from letting the brain rest, from insights to preventing burnout.

Established Methods

  • Alex Puscasu begins a 12-part series on risk management, with a description of project risk and a list of the articles to come.
  • Harry Hall offers some risk management metaphors from the beach.
  • John Goodpasture quickly summarizes “Algorithms to Live By: The computer science of human decisions,” by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths.
  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Linky ven der Merwe—just two of the most influential women in project management having a chat.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from the evolution of the Agile manager to the illusion of measuring what customers want, to when and how to say “no.”
  • Scott Sehlhorst explores four potential gains from Agile methods, requiring only lots of hard work.
  • Dave Prior interviews Parikshit Basrur on his Agile Transformation Playbook. Just 34 minutes, safe for work.
  • Ron Jeffries reflects on why we need a concept of “done” in Scrum, and why shorter sprints might help us learn to get everything done.
  • Mike Cohn helps us get ready for summer with a list of things to do before the Scrum master goes on vacation. Agile is about responding to changes, right?
  • Johanna Rothman continues her series on scaling Agile with an examination of Agile management, with a focus on flow efficiency.
  • The Clever PM looks at the contribution that accepting uncertainty makes to Agile teams.
  • Verena Frey points out the opportunity we get in a retrospective to reinforce the positive.
  • John Wood explains how to develop a user experience strategy.

Applied Leadership

  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy coaches us on how to fire people from our projects.
  • Art Petty extols the inspirational value of the highly competent.
  • Andy Kaufman interviews Andy Molinsky on his new book, “Reach,” and helping people step outside their comfort zones. Just 56 minutes, safe for work.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Seth Godin points out some recent revolutions that completely changed the human experience, and a couple of new ones already in progress.
  • John Yorke presents a short biography of Henry Ford, the man who first introduced what would become the Theory of Constraints, Lean, and workflow optimization to the workplace.
  • Grace Windsor shares some “pro tips” on preparing effective Powerpoint presentations.

Working and the Workplace

  • Madeleine Dore recaps the case for managing our energy, scheduling idle time, and preserving our focus.
  • Kat Boogaard lays out some strategies for getting the most out of the sleep you can get, if eight hours is out of the question.
  • Patrick Allen quotes Epictetus: “It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.”

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of March 27 – April 2

New project management articles published on the web during the week of March 27 – April 2. And this week’s video: Ward Cunningham reflects on the history, motivation and common misunderstanding of the “debt metaphor” as motivation for refactoring.

Must read (or Hear)!

  • John Le Drew curated extracts of interviews with Agile thought leaders and statistics to tell a very NPR-sounding story about safety from abusive work environments, and why we need it. Just 37 minutes, safe for work.
  • Natalie Warnert contemplates how technical debt contributes to the cost of delay in future changes, and why we should talk about that future cost before incurring additional debt.
  • Johanna Rothman shares a few anecdotes that describe how servant leadership works in practice.

Established Methods

  • Laura Barnard describes the activities that should happen in the Discovery phase before the project is approved and the charter created.
  • Susanne Madsen bullets six things to do when starting up a new project.
  • Dave Prior interviews Don Kim on his new book, “I Think, Therefore I Plan.” Just 32 minutes, safe for work.
  • Nick Pisano defends the analysis of historical data to identify and act on trends as more than just “telling them history they already know.”
  • Glen Alleman lists five principles of project success and then ties them to the processes needed to implement them and practices that have been proven to be widely applicable.
  • Jeff Collins gives us a tutorial on earned value management.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly roundup of Agile content, including the Agile mindset, the neuroscience of trust, structured conversations, experimentation, and more.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy has a truthful conversation with a prospective client about Scrum: how it works, what it demands of the product owner, and why they’re called “sprints.”
  • Esther Derby describes experimentation as a method of driving incremental organizational change.
  • The Clever PM provides a recommended reading list for product managers – also applicable to project managers, Scrum masters, and anyone else leading people.
  • Bart Gerardi describes three kinds of dependencies that would make a Scrum team want to align their sprint calendar with that of other teams.
  • Margaret Kelsey interviews Misael Leon of Nearsoft, who shares his insights on how to understand your users’ motivations. Just 37 minutes, safe for work.

Applied Leadership

  • Harry Hall identifies four common reasons we get stuck and suggests corrective actions that can get our teams moving again. Plus a three-minute video, safe for work.
  • Michael Greer describes five critical conditions that have to be present in order to enable team success.
  • Mike Girdler lists four key actions needed to change a toxic corporate culture.
  • Gina Abudi concludes her series on getting buy-in for a large project.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Mike Clayton gives us a solid tutorial on persuasion and influence.
  • Gavin Martin links us to a table from the National Conference of State Legislatures, with links to the security breach notification laws in each state.
  • Teena Maddox reports on the successful recycling of a SpaceX booster rocket—just one more step on the way to 4,425 satellites delivering internet service to the entire globe.

Working and the Workplace

  • Bertrand Duperrin notes that the young are virtuoso users of technology that they don’t understand and don’t care to learn about. So how will we find enough geeks?
  • Leigh Espy explains what project managers really do in terms of roles and responsibilities. This is an excellent resource for coaching an “accidental project manager.”
  • Coert Visser collates a checklist of questions to support your professional development.

Enjoy!