New PM Articles for the Week of December 26 – January 1

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 26 – January 1. And this week’s video: as we start a new sequence of 365, Craig Benzine from Mental Floss explains why there are 24 hours in a day and 60 minutes in an hour. Just over two minutes, safe for work, and the various toys on the shelf in the background and framed pictures on the wall are worth the click, all by themselves.

New Year, Ready or Not

  • Sara McCord coaches us on how to efficiently wade through the enormous mound of Email that accumulated like snow on Lake Placid while we were on vacation.
  • Doug Thorpe repeats excellent advice from John Maxwell in planning ahead to improve your execution in the new year, remembered as PLAN AHEAD.
  • Alyse Kalish has curated a list of six TED talks with actionable self-improvement strategies. Don’t just make the usual New Year’s resolutions …

Established Methods

  • Glen Alleman summarizes the guidelines for a credible cost estimate.
  • John Goodpasture explains the Law of Requisite Variety and what it means for designing controls.
  • Joe Wynne completes his two-part series on managing organizational change in HR projects.
  • Michelle Knight tutors us on the data dictionary – useful for everything from data governance to designing reports.
  • Barry Hodge listed his take on the best project management blogs of2016 (including this one – thanks, Barry!).

Agile Methods

  • Mike Griffiths analyzes the role of business analyst in a project using Agile methods.
  • Ryan Ripley interviews Neil Killick on a variety of Agile topics, from “Shu-Ha-Ri” to #NoEstimates and “Done.” Just 53 minutes, safe for work.
  • Dave Prior and Devin Hedge discuss estimates for bidding projects that will use Agile methods, as opposed to those proposals based on plan-driven methods. Just 15 minutes, safe for work.
  • Michael Abehsera asserts the need to design for reality, rather than our aspirations.
  • Craig Smith interviews James Lewis on the principles of microservices architectures. Just 31 minutes, safe for work.

Pot Pouri

  • Erin Griffith reports on the growing list of ethics scandals at various startups in Silicon Valley and elsewhere.
  • Gretchen Reynolds summarizes a recent study into the effects of periodic walking as a positive alternative to the purely sedentary working day.
  • Brendan Toner gets the to-do list app down to two great alternatives – ToDoist and Wunderlist – and shares his reasons for selecting one of them.