New PM Articles for the Week of October 30 – November 5

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.

Must read!

  • 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.

Established Methods

  • 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.

Agile Methods

  • 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.

Applied Leadership

  • 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.

Stakeholder Engagement

  • 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.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of October 2 – 8

New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 2 – 8. And this week’s video: Simon Sinek details the four barriers to Millennial success—bad parenting, social media addiction, learned impatience, and the corporate environment. 16 minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Dieter Bohn interviews Google CEO Sundar Pichai on their efforts to balance the ethical use of AI, both online and in hardware, with “getting it right.” 8 minutes to read.
  • Alison DeNisco identifies the surprisingly common reasons so few women who take “Intro to Computer Science” graduate with a CS degree. 15 minutes to read.
  • Reuters reports that HP Enterprise allowed the Russian government to review the source code for ArcSight, the cybersecurity system used by the US military and much of the private sector. 6 minutes to read, but I understand that the Russians were given more time than that.

Established Methods

  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy tutors us on the vocabulary and concepts of project quality management. 4 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin explains how to “do” document version control, both automatically and manually. 3 minutes to read, with a 1-minute video, safe (but loud) for work.
  • Mike Clayton lists the key changes to the PMBOK in the 6th 8 minutes to read.
  • Michael Wood describes a practical approach to portfolio management as a dynamic continuum. 6 minutes to read.
  • Nick Pisano notes that project performance data has to be timely to be actionable. 10 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture quotes Confucius in describing the impact of lousy data on decision-making. Less than 2 minutes to read, and the green grass grew all around, all around …

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list, from pitfalls awaiting those who would scale Agile to “the ultimate list of product and design resources.” 2 minutes to scan, 9 outbound links.
  • Shane Hastie interviews Johanna Rothman and Mike Griffiths on the PMI / Agile Alliance joint development of the Agile Practice Guide. 24 minutes to read.
  • Lucho Salazar maps Agile concepts and values onto the old Iron Triangle to get an … Agile Triangle. 3 minutes to read.
  • John Yorke decries overproduction—the creation of features or other products that aren’t really needed—as the most wasteful of wastes. 4 minutes to read.
  • Mike Cohn invokes Goldilocks in telling us to add just the right amount of detail to user stories. 2 minutes to read.
  • Travis Birch notes an interesting phenomenon: about half of the people he knows who use Scrum were required to use it. 2 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Gina Kawalek describes seven key competencies for the next generation of leaders. 5 minutes to read.
  • Harry Hall notes five bad communications habits we need to break. Three minutes to read.
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy shares some tips for building trusting relationships across virtual teams, based on building and reinforcing behavioral norms. 5 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Mike Griffiths describes the Inverted Classroom model, blending online resources with in-person instruction. Attend lectures at home and do homework in class? 3 minutes to read.
  • Febin John James explains how to protect your password from artificial intelligence guessers. For a little while longer, anyway. 2 minutes to read.
  • Paramita Ghosh tutors us on the fundamentals of predictive analysis. Build your vocabulary now, because you’re going to see this in a future project. 5 minutes to read.
  • Maurik-Jan Veenman notes the growing collection of internet of things (IoT) instances in his life, including some you wouldn’t notice. 2 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Leigh Espy identifies and describes the rungs on the project manager career ladder. 7 minutes to read.
  • Steve Lohr reports on current trends in office design—now there is “a palette of places.” 10 minutes to read.
  • Keri Wiginton interviews sleep scientist Matthew Walker, who punctures any remaining illusions you might have about how little sleep you need. 4 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

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!