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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of March 20 – 26. And this week’s video: Art Petty tells how to start each day by preparing your attitude. Less than three minutes, safe for work.
Must read (or Hear)!
Max Ogles interviews Jane McGonigal, author of Reality is Broken and Superbetter, on the future of habit-forming technology.
Ned Johnson thinks the model of the project manager as project CEO might be the reason so many projects become death marches.
Darragh Broderick performs a failure analysis on three of the worst decisions of the 20th
Pat Weaver makes the point that your project controls—tailored to your delivery strategy—must be both useful and maintainable.
Michelle MacAdam tells how to assess whether your project or program is ready to deliver the benefits it was launched to capture.
Mike Clayton explains the project checklist in just under three minutes. Safe for work, of course.
Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy talks us through the steps in identifying project stakeholders. Just over two minutes, safe for work.
Glen Alleman clarifies the math underlying a commonly quoted quality rubric for software project estimates.
Jenn Livingston describes the key elements of successfully outsourcing software development.
Keith Foote provides a “Cliff’s Notes” history of database management for those who wonder what some of those acronyms mean.
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, including Scrum, Lean, risk-taking and experimentation, and even the Seven Day weekend.
The Clever PM explains why we need to measure what matters—just say no to vanity metrics.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 16 – 22. And this week’s video: Harry Hall shares a few ideas to improve our project cost management approach. Less than four minutes, safe for work.
Kailash Awati examines the potential for data science to do considerable damage when we ignore social and ethical considerations. Weapons of math destruction, indeed!
Art Petty describes the “energy sinks” (the opposite of “source”) that burn us out and lists some actions we can take to turn them off.
Jesse Lynn Stoner suggests that humiliation might be a gift – a wake-up call – and quotes Gandhi’s comment on the proverb: the truth hurts.
Atif Qureshi curated responses to a request for predictions: what will be the top project management trends in 2017? Of course, he has his own predictions.
Leigh Espy shared a simple but complete scope statement template for download. Just name and Email required.
Mike Clayton posts a basket full of ideas that have nothing to do with project management that will nevertheless help us be more effective project managers.
Samuel Bacharach describes the characteristics of four type of influencers – Top Dogs, Gatekeepers, Gurus, and Players – who can make or break your project.
Mike Griffiths introduces a loose series of blog posts on the #NoProjects principle of continuous software development.
Kristyn Medeiros waxes poetic on the stoplight colors we use for status reporting.
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Guerrilla Innovation to Kanban metrics to saying no to customers.
Craig Brown makes the case for still using Planning Poker, even after you’ve been using Agile methods for a while.
Derek Huether created an infographic that enumerates qualities of good and bad ScrumMasters.