New PM Articles for the Week of October 24 – 30

New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 24 – 30. And this week’s video: Garland “Captain Time” Coulson explains how to be more productive by working in a coffee shop. Just eight minutes, safe for work. And yes, I finished this list at a Starbucks under the influence of a triple venti latte.

Must read!

  • Most of the countries in Europe and Asia that observe Daylight Savings Time returned to Standard Time over the weekend (October 30). And the countries in North America will return to Standard Time next weekend (November 6). If you are working across continents, check here to see whose clock shifted.
  • Ron Carucci explains how to integrate strategic thinking into your day to day management activities.
  • Beth Spriggs looks at the cost of indecision, and how to avoid it.

Established Methods

  • John Goodpasture provides the best quote of the week: “Checklists are found between the milestones.”
  • Stuart Easton examines several discredited methods for prioritizing projects in a portfolio that are inexplicably still in wide use.
  • Mary Shacklett recommends an approach for evaluating project management software.
  • Jennifer Lonoff Schiff enumerates a process for achieving IT department goals, using project management tools and mindset.
  • Christopher Cook considers entrepreneurial project management through two philosophical lenses: the western Stoicism and the eastern Taoism. Interesting.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers posts his weekly round-up of Agile articles, blog posts, and other content.
  • Johanna Rothman continues her series on the roles of coaches and managers in Agile transformations.
  • Mike Cohn suggests three new books for your Agile methods reading list.
  • Brian Jones tells how Virginia Tech introduced Scrum to teams with operational responsibilities, to split their time with product development responsibilities.
  • Luis Seabra explains servant leadership, based on Robert K. Greenleaf’s essay “The servant as leader”, published in 1970.
  • The Clever PM wants us to INVEST in our user stories. Yes, it’s a clever acronym – read it anyway.
  • Jutta Eckstein explains the “Sociocratic approach” to management and how to apply it in modern hierarchical organizations.

Applied Leadership

  • Lolly Daskal provides some diagnostics, in case you suspect your emotional intelligence is not up to the task of getting you through your day.
  • Coert Vissar notes that when someone says a topic is boring, there may be some element of performance anxiety involved.
  • Marcel Schwantes lists ten phrases that will help you be perceived as more trustworthy. Of course, you must mean them to be trustworthy.
  • Seth Godin observes how the professional wrestling mindset has infiltrated our politics and out workplaces.

Technology and Techniques

  • Matthew Squair distills the technology and security lessons from this week’s denial-of-service attack by an IoT botnet.
  • Sahil Miglani explains the difference between Small Data and Big Data.
  • Brendan Toner starts a three-part series contrasting hierarchical and flat task lists in personal productivity applications.

Working and the Workplace

  • Suzanne Lucas gets us ready for the return to Standard Time by pointing out that Seasonal Affective Disorder has the potential to impact our health and productivity.
  • Yuki Noguchi reports on the growing evidence that noisy co-workers reduce productivity. The days of cubicle work spaces may be numbered.
  • Belle Cooper suggests we re-think how we spend our leisure time. There’s more to it than just not working. Like blogging …

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of August 22 – 28

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 22 – 28. And this week’s video: the late designer Bill Moggridge explains interaction design, one of the concepts used to design application software for the first laptop computer, the GRiD Compass. John Ellenby, who founded GRiD Systems in 1979, passed away this week. I was proud to work in GRiD’s federal systems division back in the 1980’s.

Must read!

  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Ellen Maynes, 2016 Global Peace Fellow and project management educator. Attention, Dos Equis: Ellen is The Most Interesting Woman in the World.
  • Mike Cohn explains story points as an estimating tool, taking into account the amount of work to do, complexity, and uncertainty or risk. An excellent, thorough explanation!
  • John Goodpasture shows how game theory can be applied to external threats. Remember: your SWOT analysis is just the beginning.

Established Methods

  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Lindsay Scott on the Arras People Project Management Benchmark Report 2016. An interesting analysis by the recruiters – just 31 minutes, safe for work.
  • Deanne Earle reflects on the Arras People Project Management Benchmark Report 2016. Why can’t organizations find the talent that they need?
  • Bertrand Duperrin describes the pros and cons of the Fourth Industrial Revolution – end-to-end digitization and integration of partners into the value chain.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy recommends five project management blogs that you should follow (including this one).
  • Amber Lee Dennis presents a primer on Data Lakes.
  • Shuba Kathikeyan shares two excellent infographics: the impact of poor software quality in business and a set of data center industry statistics and projections.
  • Pramod Jaiswal presents an infographic on developing a practical IT disaster recovery plan.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly Food for Thought list of recommended Agile posts, articles, and so on.
  • Mike Griffiths describes some of the ways you can incorporate risk management into Agile methods.
  • Ryan Ripley interviews Agile coach Don Gray in a wide-ranging conversation that covers Agile transformation, models, and sources of insights. Just 40 minutes, safe for work.
  • Bart Gerardi debunks the notion that Agile is a way to eliminate a layer of management.
  • Belle B. Cooper explains the idea behind a personal hackathon, and uses Brian Nelson’s recent experience as source material.
  • Sam Sinha shares his tips for grooming the backlog.

Applied Leadership

  • Coert Visser recaps research into when positive feedback is more motivational, and when negative feedback moves us more.
  • Michael Lopp has just published the third edition of Managing Humans, in paperback and Kindle editions.
  • Bruce Harpham shares recommendations on twelve books for your reading table (or Kindle).
  • Peter Landau recommends another sixteen leadership and management books. Fortunately, there’s still nothing good on TV.

Working and the Workplace

  • Garland Coulson wants us to plan our day to accommodate those “low energy” periods, by scheduling the right tasks.
  • Harry Hall also recommends that we need to manage our energy, not just our time.
  • Brendan Toner reviews the best new Getting Things Done features of Zendone 2.0. Did you know they now have both iOS and Android apps?
  • Suzanne Lucas tells how five well-known companies help their employees work from home.
  • Lisette Sutherland answers an interesting question: how does a virtual team celebrate together? Just 7 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of June 27 – July 3

New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 27 – July 3. And this week’s video: Australian software project manager Adrian Fittolani’s TEDx talk at Deakin University on why being more selective about your TV watching might be the key to both achieving your goals and feeling more relaxed. Yes, it’s a video – but you can choose whether to watch it.

Must read!

  • Louis Columbus reports on the ways machine learning is impacting manufacturing, from production capacity and waste reduction to manufacturing-as-a-service.
  • Lynda Bourne notes some lessons learned on selling change, in the context of Brexit. “It helps if they are unhappy with the status quo.”
  • Chris Middleton speculates on the impact of Brexit on data protection, data transfer, and privacy. These issues will matter to IT project managers in almost every country.

Established Methods

  • Maria Nordberg interviews David Hillson, the Risk Doctor, on how uncertainties in work and project should be handled. Just 17 minutes, safe for work.
  • John Goodpasture opines that the first question of risk management should be, “Where does the slack go?”
  • Matthew Squair looks at the ramifications of the first fatality attributed to Tesla’s autopilot, while humming an old song by The Doors.
  • Nick Pisoni points out the limitations of earned value management, especially in managing contracts and risks.
  • Elizabeth Harrin has some recommendations for getting benefits from new tools brought in by team members without getting bogged down in tech adoption.
  • Beth Spriggs notes that a large project has to overcome more inertia than a small one, and describes a process to get things moving.
  • Ryan Ogilvie looks at the strategic considerations that must be addressed by a knowledge management solution.

Agile Methods

  • Johanna Rothman concludes her series on product owners and learning with parts 4 and 5.
  • Siddalingesh Zalaki shares a product owner’s view of story maturity, and how to achieve it.
  • The Clever PM describes several indicators of an Agile culture.
  • Ryan Ripley interviews Christopher Avery on the responsibility process. Just 16 minutes, safe for work.
  • Mike Griffiths has prepared a mind map for those preparing for the PMI-ACP exam.

Applied Leadership

  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy has posted the ultimate guide to effective team meetings.
  • Mike Clayton lists a few attributes of a good project manager.
  • Susanne Madsen points out the most common communication mistakes.
  • Joe Curcillo explains a team-building acronym: GLUE.
  • Stuart Easton sees the Brexit vote as a sign of the failure to build a consensus on the meaning of the leadership’s vision for the organization.

Working and the Workplace

  • Art Petty invokes W. Edwards Deming and Frank Herbert in identifying two types of fear and how to neutralize them.
  • Bertrand Duperrin reviews “The Digital Renaissance of Work: Delivering Digital Workplaces Fit for the Future,” by Paul Miller and Elizabeth Marsh.
  • Lisette Sutherland tells how to combat loneliness as a remote worker. Just 9 minutes, safe for work.
  • Bruce Harpham lists 30(!) resources to help grow your network and your career.
  • Peter Saddington shares a list of ten things that require zero talent, but make all the difference.

Enjoy!