New PM Articles for the Week of March 20 – 26

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

Established Methods

  • 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.

Agile Methods

  • 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.
  • Peter Borsella and Hubert Smits identify the mix of skills needed by cross-functional teams when producing hardware products.
  • Johanna Rothman concludes her series on becoming an Agile Leader.
  • Tamás Török extracts some stunning statistics from The State of Software Development 2017, Startup Edition. Not your corporate software development experience.
  • Mike Cohn introduces yet another installment of his free training videos: this one is on adding just the right amount of detail to user stories.
  • Ryan Ripley interviews author Geoff Watts on his new book, Product Mastery. Just 47 minutes, safe for work.

Applied Leadership

  • Harry Hall makes a case for the caring leader.
  • Alankar Karpe explains why ethics is more important than ever and how to foster an ethical culture in your organization.
  • Henny Portman reviews The Agility Shift: Create Agile and Effective Leaders, Teams, and Organizations.
  • John Goodpasture reflects on a hard question: in your domain, who can say “yes” and make it stick?
  • Gina Abudi continues her case study on getting buy-in for a large project.

Working and the Workplace

  • Michelle Symonds explains a coming development in the UK: a project management apprentice scheme.
  • Alison DeNisco reports on a survey of more than 1,400 US tech workers—48% said that the 2016 election made them care more about diversity and inclusion.
  • Rob England rants about Hot Desks and the dehumanizing policies that remove our team identity and sense of place. We should not be arriving at work early just to get a good seat.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of January 16 – 22

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.

Must read!

  • 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.

Established Methods

  • 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.

Agile Methods

  • 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.
  • Madhavi Ledalla sketches the “Art of the Scrum Master.”
  • The Clever PM articulates the challenges of trying to reliably predict the future behavior of your customers.
  • Donna Reed tells about Kaizen, or “change for the better,” and creating a high-maturity Agile culture based on continuous improvement.
  • Yona Gidalevitz describes the application of ethnographic research to UX design for users from a specific culture. There’s more to it than just translating words to their language.

Applied Leadership

  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews Gary Lloyd’s new book, “Business Leadership for IT projects.”
  • Wayne Turmel points out the obvious – of course a project manager is a people manager.
  • Kerry Wills reminds us to set the example: “Act what you expect.”

Technology and Techniques

  • Craig Smith interviews quality consultant Anne-Marie Charrett on context-driven testing, exploratory testing, and women in technology. Just 40 minutes, safe for work.
  • Cade Metz reports on the growing number of high-end physicists finding work in the software teams of Silicon Valley.
  • Jake Rhuede of Red Stag Fulfillment posted an interesting infographic on the ways artificial intelligence is infiltrating E-commerce.

Working and the Workplace

  • Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic and Adam Yearsley point out the types of work where people with high EQ are less effective.
  • Suzanne Lucas considers the case of the employee who refuses to answer (or even read) Emails in the evening.
  • Jennifer Aldrich explains why hiring for culture fit is not antithetical to hiring for diversity.
  • Jack Simpson notes that if you don’t finish what you’re working on, you’re not productive – you’re just busy.

Enjoy!

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!