New PM Articles for the Week of June 26 – July 2

New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 26 – July 2. And this week’s video: Brendon Gouveia presents a short animation breaking down the concepts of emotional intelligence and how it’s an integral part of thinking and decision making.

Must read!

  • Katie Benner caps a week in which Uber CEO Travis Kalanick stepped down with a report on the culture of harassment of women in technology.
  • Tyler Cowen looks at how the iPhone has changed not only the behavior of the people who use it but the way complex products are mass-produced.
  • Rich Maltzman and Dave Shirley apply the ancient metaphor of the Fox and the Hedgehog to project management and sustainability.

Established Methods

  • Harry Hall compiles ten commandments of risk management, expressed in ye Olde English of King James (but with an embedded Leo Tolstoy reference).
  • Mike Clayton explains why he prefers the term “stakeholder engagement.” Just over 5 minutes, safe for work.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Payson Hall on the most effective relationship between the project sponsor and project manager roles.
  • Barry Hodge explains the project champion role with a video, just over a minute and safe for work.
  • Kerry Wills notes the key activities in planning an off-site meeting.
  • Pat Weaver reports on an exciting development: PMI will allow candidates to take an on-line proctored CAPM certification exam through Pearson VUE, beginning this summer.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content—making the transition from project thinking to product thinking, quantifying the cost of delay, and Product Manager vs. Product Owner.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Stas Podoxin on how he prepared for the PMI-ACP exam by taking a university course. Just 34 minutes, safe for work.
  • Dave Prior and Jesse Fewell discuss whether the PMP Is still worth having if you are doing Agile. Just over 45 minutes, safe for work.
  • Bart Gerardi lists a few things to look for when hiring candidates for a job where Agile methods will be used.
  • The Clever PM explains how to overcome passive resistance from stakeholders.
  • John Goodpasture answers a student question: no, there are no stage gates in Agile. But it might be simpler to adapt DSDM than Scrum. And links to a presentation that demonstrates the idea.

Applied Leadership

  • Susanne Madsen identifies the connection between our values and the experiences from our childhood that influence our leadership style.
  • The partners at McKinsey & Company polled the leaders of some very visible organizations to ask what they’ll be reading this summer. Read like a CEO to think like one?
  • Geraldine O’Reilly describes the key skills required to successfully manage projects with a cross-cultural team.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Ben Longstaff explores the moral challenges of creating error handling for self-driving cars that can’t empathize with the humans they may impact— When an accident is inevitable, whose life should be saved?
  • Nick Heath prepared a summary of where ransomware comes from and how to protect yourself from it.
  • Eshe Nelson reports on a PWC estimate that AI could increase global GDP by $15.7 trillion by 2030, with almost half of that amount accruing to China.
  • Garrett Kinsman evangelizes the coming wave in the Internet of Things (IoT), explaining how it will change the world forever.

Working and the Workplace

  • E. Goodman-Wilson explains why he left a good gig in San Francisco at Slack to take a position in Paris. Yes, the one in France.
  • Tim Herrera makes the business case for taking a nap at work. Note that napping during meetings is still not good practice.
  • Katrina Davies shares some simple techniques for de-stressing without leaving your desk. Note: leave your desk, anyway—this stuff is the last resort.


New PM Articles for the Week of June 26 – July 2
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New PM Articles for the Week of June 26 – July 2
New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 26 – July 2
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