New project management articles published on the web during the week of March 13 – 19. And this week’s video: Julia Galef uses the metaphor of soldiers and scouts to help explain why we think we’re right—even what we’re wrong. Just 12 minutes, safe for work.
- Elizabeth Harrin lists five common failure modes for planning and executing our project schedules, and what we should be doing instead. Bookmark this page!
- Harry Hall proposes having the team write their own Constitution, or list of shared values, to drive unity and make expected behaviors explicit. Includes another short video.
- Tamás Török presents a software development practitioner’s guide to code quality, as processes and tools. Brief, comprehensive, actionable, and an apropos panel from XKCD.
- Mike Clayton posts another video in his Project Management in Under 5 series: this one explains the RACI chart and compares it to the linear responsibility chart. Under 5 minutes, safe for work.
- William Davis introduces his free Excel template, Statistical PERT. I’ll post a detailed review here in a few days.
- Glen Alleman reminds us that the customer values process and governance, and thus their notion of value at risk includes those things, even if you think they’re overhead.
- Nick Pisano makes the case that cost, schedule, and technical achievement are insufficient metrics—we should incorporate sociological and psychological factors.
- Barry Hodge explains how his company takes a project from proposal to Go document, to execution.
- Andrew Conrad lists the top five paying industries for those project managers holding the PMP.
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly round-up of Agile topics, from the nature of coaching to user stories to the limits of product manager authority.
- Johanna Rothman posts an extensive series on becoming an Agile Leader. Here are parts 2, 3, and 4.
- Chris Matts continues his series reflecting on the difference between executive and practitioner visions of Agile methods, in terms of dragon slayers and farmers.
- Ben Linders summarizes “The Great Scrum Master,” by Zuzana Šochová, in 15 tweets.
- Romy Misra interviews former Microsoft product manager Erik Kennedy on techniques for effectively working with visual designers.
- Alok Kumar and Suganthi Subramanian recount their experience in applying Scum to data warehousing environments.
- Tim Clark, the author of “Leading with Character and Competence,” tells the story of the dog who only bites occasionally. Like the boss who is only a tyrant when he’s upset.
- Leigh Espy reviews “Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion,” by Robert Cialdini. The review was certainly influential—I added it to my Kindle.
- Gina Abudi begins a series that presents a case study in getting buy-in for a large project.
- Claire Karjalainen convenes a panel of women in technology to address the question: how can the leadership team empower the women in your company?
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
- Grace Windsor summarizes some of the common cognitive biases that impact our decision making.
- Justin Talbot-Zorn and Leigh Marz report that the busier you are, the more you need quiet time.
- Coert Visser considers the question: if the Dunning-Kruger effect makes the incompetent feel confident, is confidence indicative of incompetence?
Working and the Workplace
- Lisette Sutherland extracts dialogs from prior interviews that address how to effectively provide feedback on virtual teams. Just 25 minutes, safe for work.
- Naomi Caietti reviews the key strategies for leading virtual teams, based on the work of Penn Pullan and Evi Prokopi.
- Suzanne Lucas reports on the growing trend of “forced praise” in the workplace, from apps like HeyTaco and Growbot to simple excess niceness. It’s not all good.