New PM Articles for the Week of July 10 – 16

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 10 – 16. Note that this week marks an anniversary—I start curating this list seven years ago. And this week’s video: Brandon Rodriguez shares an interesting animation explaining the power of constraints on creativity and innovation. It turns out that we need at least a minimal box, after all. Just 5 minutes, safe for work.

Must read (or Hear)!

  • Glen Alleman contrasts scheduling software release based on the cadence of the development team with scheduling based on needed product capabilities. 2 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture explains the Hybrid (mixing Agile and established methods) Operating Principle: Agile projects are simultaneously strategically stationary and tactically iterative and emergent. 2 minutes to read.
  • Umberto D’Alessandro shares a case study of a project that failed because they were not solving the actual problem. An excellent lesson in data collection and analysis. 8 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Pam Shergill on how she made the transition to project management by making herself redundant and now works as an independent project management consultant. 5 minutes to read.
  • Elise Stevens interview Ashleigh Waters on really knowing your stakeholders. Podcast, 19 minutes, safe for work.
  • Harry Hall tutors us on procurement management and how to improve our processes. 3 minutes to read.
  • Pat Weaver reviews differences in the upcoming PMBOK Guide 6th Edition and how it will impact PMI’s professional credential exams. 5 minutes to read.
  • Deb Schaffer gives us the basics on writing a problem statement. 5 minutes to read.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his list of Agile content, from product discovery and product-market fit to a hypothesis backlog, to a Manifesto for Change Management. 4 minutes to read, 11 links.
  • Leigh Espy provides a detailed overview of the Scrum Master’s responsibilities. 6 minutes to read.
  • Scott Selhorst starts with a sight gag and expands into a discussion of selected human behavior principles, as they apply to product design. 5 minutes to read.
  • The Clever PM interviews Suzanne Abate on her latest project: collecting the stories, advice, and experience of 100 product managers. 6 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman explains how to create delivery milestones when using iteration-based methods. 4 minutes to read.
  • Hemant Kothiyal tutors us on story points and how to use them. 4 minutes to read.
  • John Yorke quotes ancient Roman Publilius Syrus to demonstrate that Agile thinking has a deeper history than you might imagine. 1 minute to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Nancy Settle-Murphy extracts several essential questions from James Ryan’s book, “Wait, What, and Life’s Other Essential Questions.” 5 minutes to read.
  • Gina Abudi recommends that you regularly ask your team for feedback: How well am I doing as a team leader? 2 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton explains transformational leadership, as opposed to transactional leadership. Video, 5 minutes, safe for work.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • RTS Labs explains what Net Neutrality is and why it should matter to those of us who make our living with technology. 5 minutes to read.
  • Prateek Singh explores Conway’s Law (“How do committees invent?”) and Little’s Law of queuing to chart a path to flat, customer-centered organizations. 11 minutes to read.
  • Ryan Ogilvie notes the three special challenges that IT service managers face in communicating with their customers. 3 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Katie Perry collates a few action items for cubicle dwellers making the transition to digital nomads. 7 minutes to read.
  • Rebecca Greenfield reports on a growing trend: the end of telecommuting. 4 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland highlights five of her favorite segments from the last 50 Collaboration Superpower interviews. Podcast, 19 minutes, safe for work.
  • Marcio Santos shared an infographic on common productivity killers and ways we can avoid them. 3 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

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!