New PM Articles for the Week of December 11 – 17

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 11 – 17. And this week’s video: Jingle Bells, for all of you who never learned to play an actual musical instrument. 2 minutes, safe for work, but you’ll have to replay it for everyone within earshot.

Must read!

  • Kio Stark explains how to exit a conversation without being a jerk. 4 minutes to read.
  • Michael Lopp describes his inner monologue as an introvert preparing and delivering the next sentence. Insightful enough to be discomforting. 3 minutes to read.
  • Julie Beck interviews N.J. Enfield on how the tiny pauses and filler words enable us to keep the conversation flowing. So “Umm” has a purpose? Good to know. 8 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • Elizabeth Harrin lists the project management trends that she believes will dominate the profession in 2018 and beyond. 5 minutes to read.
  • Darragh Broderick points to five collaboration trends we’ll see in project management in 2018. 4 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy tutors us on creating an agenda for a project status meeting.
  • Ryan Ogilvie notes that problem management is like watering plants—you can’t overcome neglect quickly. 3 minutes to read.
  • Kerry Wills observes a possible trend, toward “lightweight” PMO’s. Just a minute or so to read.
  • Renee Adair recounts an anecdote that illustrates the consequences of a “failure to communicate” when lots of channels are involved. 5 minutes to read.
  • Brendan Toner concludes his short series on how to deliver projects on time. 6 minutes to read.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his Agile content list, from Vasco Duarte’s 20 top Agile blogs to hiring wisdom from a young Steve Jobs to how Sales adds value to a product roadmap. 7 outbound links, 2 minutes to scan.
  • Tom Cagley interviews Michael Harris on the business value of software—how to recognize it and how to create it. Podcast, 43 minutes.
  • John Goodpasture recaps Steve McConnell’s video presentation on managing technical debt in financial terms, which make more sense to the business. 2 minutes for the recap, just over an hour for the video.
  • Glen Alleman addresses a weak spot in Agile development processes at many organizations: separation of concerns. 7 minutes to read.
  • Abhijeet Verma tutors us on Spikes, as a tool for addressing uncertainties in stories or epics.

Applied Leadership

  • Johanna Rothman continues her series on building respect in organizations, rather than families. Here are parts four and five. 3 to 4 minutes each.
  • Suzanne Lucas uses Queen Elizabeth as an example of how a true leader responds to criticism. 3 minutes to read.
  • Seth Godin suggests we invest in making our gut smarter. 1 minute to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Stuart Firestein interviews professional poker layer Annie Duke on the Resulting Fallacy—judging the decision on the result—and how it negatively impacts our ability to refine our decision-making process. 8 minutes to read.
  • Keith Foote recaps the history of Big Data, beginning in the 17th century(!). 7 minutes to read.
  • Will Fanguy tutors us on prototyping. 4 minutes to read.
  • Bertrand Duperrin looks at the implementation concerns that organizations reasonably should have about HR Chatbots. 3 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Travis Bradberry provides some ideas on how to structure your working day between “work” and “breaks” to maximize your actual productivity. 4 minutes to read.
  • Scott Berkun identifies the top five reasons why remote workers don’t succeed. 4 minutes to read.
  • Kat Boogaard lists seven questions to ask in an informational interview when thinking about a career change. 4 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

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!