New PM Articles for the Week of May 1 – 7

New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 1 – 7. And this week’s video: Samantha Fish tears up the slo’ blooz with “Either Way I Lose,” in NOLA at Jazz Fest May 5, 2017. Eight minutes, safe for work unless you turn it up to eleven.

Must read (or Hear)!

  • Lesley Alderman reports on the trend of prioritizing our smartphones over human interactions. Phubbing (phone snubbing) and technoference are now words, and that can’t be good.
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy explains how to make introverts happy (and crazy) and how to make extroverts crazy (and happy).
  • Carol Stewart debunks some common myths about introverts as leaders.

Established Methods

  • Naomi Caietti interviews Andy Silber on his new book: “Adaptive Project Management: Leading complex and uncertain projects.”
  • Harry Hall frames communicating risks as an extension of stakeholder management.
  • Kathleen O’Connor interviews Dan Kushner, lead project manager at MBX systems and adjunct professor at Northeastern University on managing opportunities as positive risks.
  • Adam Shostack introduces the concept of “threat modeling,” with a glance at the internet of things.
  • Tamás Török explains how to minimize risk when outsourcing software development.
  • Brendan Toner reviews Rational Plan, a low-cost (the Linux version is free) alternative to Microsoft Project.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly Agile content roundup, including the 11 essential laws of product development, “disagree and commit,” and why developers don’t water the plants.
  • Rich Mironov explains why you may need a Chief Product Officer, which he refers to as Head of Product.
  • The Clever PM warns us not to reward behavior we don’t want. It’s an obvious concept, but it’s all about alignment between incentives and goals
  • Craig Brown challenges the idea of the product owner writing the user stories. When the team adds their thoughts, the stories can only get better.
  • Dave Prior interviews Gene Bounds, former member of the PMI Board of Directors and current Chair of the Scrum Alliance Board of Directors. Just 18 minutes, safe for work.

Applied Leadership

  • Natalie Warnert notes that diversity isn’t just about appearance—it also refers to diverse opinions and working styles.
  • Lew Sauder explores categorization based on correlation and the ramifications for leadership.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Leisha Boyle on stakeholder engagement communications. Just 21 minutes, safe for work.
  • Gina Abudi makes a case for the employer supporting social involvement by employees to better engage them at work. And not just the younger ones!

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Steve Vassallo says we need to expand design thinking to include the concepts and tools of systems thinking.
  • Bertrand Duperrin says the critical factor in getting user acceptance of analytics is trust in the data and how it’s processed.
  • Matthew Colford introduces us to ten US federal agencies that you should know about if you’re producing technology products.
  • Nir Eyal reflects on the nature of addiction, and how technology companies that make their products more engaging also make them more addictive.

Working and the Workplace

  • Alison DeNisco reports that the main reason people leave technology jobs is mistreatment and perceived unfairness, and it’s costing employers $16B per year.
  • Olivia Goldhill expounds on the virtues of wasting time. Or, if you prefer, not being at 100% utilization, 24 hours a day.
  • Belle Cooper notes that “We’re more likely to complete boring tasks that we’ve been putting off when we’re in a good mood.”

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of April 24 – 30

New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 24 – 30. And this week’s video: Cassini phoned home to mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California after successfully making the first of 22 orbits in the narrow gap between Saturn and its innermost rings. Not bad for a craft launched in October 1997!

Must read!

  • Mike Griffiths shares ideas on how to get PDU’s in the “Strategic and Business Management” area of the talent triangle. You need at least 8 to recertify as a PMP.
  • Ben Evans projects electric and autonomous vehicles, virtual reality, and machine learning out about five to ten years, in terms of consumer behavior change.
  • Ahmed Alkhateeb claims that Big Data and robotics are advanced enough to automate scientific research using Sir Francis Bacon’s model of discovery. Ahmed is a molecular cancer biologist at Harvard Medical School, so this is serious.

Established Methods

  • Mike Clayton tutors us on project governance, from its origin with the ancient Greeks to direction-setting, decision-making, and oversight.
  • Harry Hall catalogs the most common reasons and most beneficial ways to resolve project conflicts.
  • Glenn Alleman explains how to talk about estimates and their attributes of uncertainty: precision, accuracy, and bias.
  • Alex Pucasu identifies the common environmental elements that you should account for when making estimates.
  • Andy Jordan gets us up to speed on the portfolio-level view of projects with common goals.
  • John Goodpasture expounds on technical debt as an enabler, rather than an evil to be avoided.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from the futility of scaling Agile to why Agile doesn’t work in Asia, to morality, metrics, and more.
  • Mike Cohn addresses the question: does the Scrum Master role ever go away?
  • The Clever PM recommends you begin your Agile transformation with a healthy dose of practice, and forget about all that theory.
  • Ryan Ripley and Amatai Schleier interview Jessie Shternshus on how improv skills can help make your Agile team awesome. Just 43 minutes, safe for work.
  • Craig Smith interviews Paul Rayner on domain driven design, working with legacy code, and user story mapping. Just 49 minutes, safe for work.
  • Humberto Cordioli identifies the tradeoffs when determining whether to adopt a business or architectural orientation.
  • Saravana Bharathi explains how continuous integration and continuous delivery differ, but fit together.

Applied Leadership

  • Gina Abudi tells of a client who collaborated with her remote team to develop ground rules for how they would interact.
  • Esther Derby explains the three kinds of empathy, and how they improve our ability to adapt our “change” messaging.
  • Luis Seabra Coelho explains the Start-Stop-Continue feedback model, which seems to work well across most cultures.

The Power of YOU

  • Jesse Lyn Stoner encapsulates the barriers to successfully managing our time, how to overcome them, and how to stop procrastinating.
  • Brendan Toner reviews “The Power of Full Engagement,” by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz. They maintain that energy, not time, is our most precious resource.
  • Coert Visser examines the exercise choice: walking or running. Note that if your nose runs and your feet smell, you may be built upside down.

Project Management as a Career

  • Jon Vordermark takes a critical look at the career path for the typical corporate project manager and finds it lacking.
  • Leigh Espy suggests that the way to get into project management is from your current job.
  • Barry Hodge decided to create a more interesting intro to the basics of project management, for those who are thinking of getting into it.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of April 10 – 16

New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 3 – 9. And this week’s video: Kerry Goyette tells us that our employees are already motivated—the key to success is unleashing the power of their motivation. Just 17 minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Julie Bort reports on how Jeff Bezos and the Amazon leadership team make risky business decisions. In short: decide quickly, based on the question, “So, what if you’re wrong?”
  • Scott Berkun debunks several common clichés about creativity. Telling people to think outside the box doesn’t change their behavior any more than telling them to jump higher.
  • Tamás Török shares a comprehensive guide to creating user stories, as a vehicle for communicating the value users will find in your app.

Established Methods

  • Elizabeth Harrin lists twenty things that might go into a project plan and provides three templates and a PDF file you can download with the entire list.
  • Geraldine O’Reilly picks up where Elizabeth left off with a list of nine essential project documents, from business case to lessons learned.
  • And Tony Adams anthropomorphizes a group of project management documents to demonstrate why the work breakdown structure is the coolest guy at the bar.
  • PMI announces the formation of a committee to update the Practice Standard for Scheduling. If that’s a special area of expertise, you should consider volunteering.
  • Harry Hall tells us how to “catch” those big project risks by using three straightforward techniques.
  • Elise Steven interviews Naomi Caietti on stakeholder engagement and driving change by becoming a trusted partner.
  • Gina Abudi shares three critical actions needed to engage employees in cross-functional projects.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly roundup of all things Agile, from lipstick Agile, Tragile, and Wagile to distributed Agile and how Jeff Bezos plans to keep Amazon relevant.
  • Jerry Doucett and Valerie Senyk argue for the practice of subversive Scrum in workplaces that haven’t decided to embrace such things.
  • Johanna Rothman does the math to show why team size matters.
  • Mike Cohn points out specific value elements of getting to “done” at the end of a sprint, as opposed to just making progress.
  • Shazir Mucklai makes an excellent case for applying project management processes at startups.
  • John Goodpasture answers a student question about IT project stage gates and Agile methods.

Applied Leadership

  • Art Petty contemplates the critical question: what’s it like to be you? As he says, cognitive diversity is a thing.
  • Suzanne Lucas reports on an April Fool’s joke at Reddit that morphed into a demonstration of the power of those who step up to lead.
  • Angela Chen interviews neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett on the science of emotions, and why we don’t all “feel” the same things.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Ilan Hertz explains why chatbots will be the next evolutionary step in business analytics. “Why don’t people buy our products, HAL?”
  • Mary Shacklett summarizes five recommendations from Big Data project leaders that might help you avoid the 60% failure rate reported by the Gartner Group.
  • Conner Forrest reports on recent research that found your smartphone fingerprint scanner may be a lot easier to spoof than you might think.

Working and the Workplace

  • Leigh Espy explains why we should look past project management conferences for excellent opportunities to learn, meet interesting people, and develop face-to-face relationships.
  • Jason Dana reports on research which demonstrated that free-flowing job applicant interviews do not predict success and can actually overshadow more valuable information. Watch Kerry’s video above before you read this one!
  • Kara Swisher interviews Code2040 CEO Laura Weidman Powers on moving from diversity to inclusion. Just 48 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!