New PM Articles for the Week of July 25 – 31

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 25 – 31. And this week’s video: Stefan Groshupf, CEO of Datameer, on Big Data ethics. As Mike Inman likes to say, “Just because you can does not mean you should.” Just five minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Nick Pisano reflects on the recent past and near future of research and development, from Bell Labs to Google X.
  • Jeff Collins reviews the incredible evolutionary progress of the practice of project management over the last ten years.
  • Jesse Lyn Stoner gives leaders the hard truth – actually ten of them – about the limits of our power, authority, and influence.

Established Methods

  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy takes us through a twelve-step program for creating a realistic project schedule. Yes, that was a sly AA reference …
  • Elizabeth Harrin has curated a list of project managers to follow on Pinterest.
  • Éamonn McGuinness introduces BrightWork’s new “Collaborative Project Management: A Handbook.”
  • Elise Stevens interviews Lyn Windsor on what it means to be an ethical project manager. Just 24 minutes, safe for work.
  • John Goodpasture juxtaposes risk management and vision, with inductive and deductive thinking.
  • Glen Alleman disabuses us of the idea that “discovery by doing” as meaningful in all but very specialized endeavors.
  • Rahul Razdan waxes poetic on our growing ability to turn data into actionable information.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers lists ten proven stakeholder communication tactics to use in an Agile transition (and afterward, too).
  • Vishal Prasad reminds us that Agile methods only help if we already have the basics in place.
  • Bart Gerardi has some recommendations for adding an expert – a non-core team member – to an Agile team.
  • Scott Selhorst makes the case for identifying and solving the minimal valuable problem, as a precursor to designing the minimum viable product.
  • Dave Prior spent the week at the Agile 2016 conference in Atlanta, and interviewed most of the luminaries. This page lets you select the interviews that interest you.
  • The Clever PM shares some ways to get access to customers, even when the marketing and sales folks want to play gatekeeper.

Applied Leadership

  • Gina Abudi starts a five-part case study on leading a team through the four stages of development, per Tuckman. Here are parts two and three.
  • Liane Davey explains how to engage the team member who is “too busy” to participate in team building.
  • Art Petty tells us to give ourselves permission to make a decision, to act, and to learn.
  • Michael Lopp describes his process for analyzing The Situation (no, not the reality TV person; a previously unknown problem of epic proportion) and getting to The Decision.

Working and the Workplace

  • Lisette Sutherland curates her five favorite segments from the last fifty episodes, on teams working remotely. Just 20 minutes, safe for work.
  • Paul Chaney rounds up some interesting statistics about the rapid growth of the gig / freelance economy. More than a fourth of the US workforce? Wow…
  • Penelope Trunk tells a rambling story that illustrates why always working from home is not as great as it sounds. Maybe I should write a rambling counter-point …
  • Bruce Benson applies the concept of refactoring to the way we manage our time and resources.
  • Jerome Iveson notes that multi-tasking is the best way to do lots of sub-par work. Real productivity requires focus!