Welcome to the December edition of Streamline!
December brings a close to the year and an opportunity to reflect on our learning and growth in project management. This month, we've curated a selection of articles that vary on diverse aspects of leadership, decision-making, and technological advancements in the field.
What caught our attention in December:
Democratizing Data in Organizations: The race to become data-driven is on, and companies that haven't woven data into their cultural fabric are falling behind. It's a tough challenge, even for tech giants like Airbnb and Netflix. The key? It's not just about having data scientists; it's about creating a data democracy. (Read time: 7 min)
AI and Machine Learning in PMO Efficiency: Gartner predicts that by 2030, 80% of project management tasks will leverage AI, big data, machine learning, and natural language processing. This tech integration will transform PMO operations. That’s why we found the top 10 practical AI and ML use cases set to boost PMO efficiencies significantly. (Read time: 7 minutes)
Feedback Across Genders: Understanding how gender influences feedback in the workplace is crucial. No matter what gender. No matter what field. This article goes over the challenges of gender-based communication and offers ways to enhance effectiveness and inclusivity. ( Erin Meyer Read time: 8 min)
Agile Decision-Making in Uncertain Times: Many middle-management and senior leadership teams seek certainty in future work, leading to extensive backlogs and long-term roadmaps. However, these techniques don't always provide the certainty they seek. Agile decision-making offers a more flexible and effective approach for making better decisions in the face of uncertainty. ( Johanna Rothman Read time: 7 min)
Becoming an Agile Learner: Learning agility is the skill of learning from experiences so you can succeed in new situations. This is why learning agility is a much sought-after skill to create a flexible, mobile, and resilient workforce. Here are the steps to becoming a better agile learner. (Read time: 9 min)
The Era of Personalization: Isn't it amazing how products these days are tailored just for you, reflecting your unique preferences? Personalization is changing the game in product development. But it's not all smooth sailing; there are some tricky challenges and exciting opportunities too. Here’s what this means for product management. (Read time: 6 min)
Skills Analysis for Project Managers: Transitioning to project management from a technical or different background? It's thrilling but can reveal gaps in your skillset. Don't overlook your existing strengths. Instead learn how to identify your skills, understand gaps, and strategize to fill them for better project management capabilities. ( Felicity Goldsack Read time: 5 min)
AI's Role in Strategic Planning: In a classroom experiment, MBA students' traditional strategy development was put to the test against AI. The result? Both methods produced similar strategies, but the AI, using tools like Chat GPT, delivered a more original approach in just 60 minutes, compared to the students' week-long effort. (Read time: 10 min)
Enhancing Project Data Quality: Is your organization's project decision-making truly data-driven? Despite the recognized importance of data, many still rely on intuition, leading to the common 'planning fallacy' – underestimating project resources and time. The key step? Assess the quality of your project data to shift towards more reliable, data-based decisions. (Read time: 6 min)
Choosing the Right Lifecycle or Agile Approach: Assessing and managing risks in projects is essential, whether it's through the ability to cancel or modify projects, or managing releases to customers. But not all projects are created equal, and neither are their management approaches. This guide helps you tailor the perfect strategy for your project's unique needs. ( Johanna Rothman Read time: 7 min)
As we move into a new year, let's embrace the learnings and challenges of the past months and step forward with renewed passion and insights. Happy reading, and see you in the New Year!
Operations keep the lights on, strategy provides a light at the end of the tunnel, but project management is the train engine that moves the organization forward.” ~ Joy Gumz