New PM Articles for the Week of August 19 – 25

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 19 – 25. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton summarizes a few of the key points of his new book, Project Governance: A guide for project managers. 10 minutes, safe for work.

Information protection has become more central to the practice and knowledge base of IT project management. I’ve been linking to at least two or three related articles each week under various headings, so I’ve replaced the section Research and Insights with a new topic heading: Cybersecurity and Data Protection. I’ll include content links related to news, techniques, trends, and legislation. I’ve also resurrected the Pot Pourri section to replace Working and the Workplace; expect to find interesting things that didn’t fit any of the more specific headings.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Bob van Luijt explains how the notion of an API—an interface for delivering digital services—became the basis for entire business models. 7 minutes to read.
  • Jasper Dekker justifies the requirement for autonomous cars to drive like a local. If people in Taipei don’t drive like people in London, why should robots drive like people in California? 3 minutes to read.
  • Vanessa Bates Ramirez summarizes Peter Diamandis’s presentation on meta-trends at the Singularity University Global Summit. 6 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Emily Peterson selected some of the Q&A following Steve Marjot’s webinar to discuss the Royal Bank of Scotland transformation journey from traditional project portfolio management to Lean portfolio management. 7 minutes to read.
  • Ronald Smith follows up his article on misconceptions about Critical Path with a lesson how to avoid a slippery 5 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale answers the rhetorical question: Does closeout vary between projects following an adaptive, rather than a predictive life cycle? 3 minutes to read.
  • Luís Gonçalves presents the business case for outsourcing software development, with options, potential mistakes, and management best practices. 16 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin shares her thoughts (and a template) on benefits management. 3 minutes to read.
  • The nice folks at Clarizen describe the seven integrated characteristics of high-performance agile IT teams. 3 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy shows how to create a Pareto chart, one of the most easily understood visual tools for decision support. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from enabling engineer decision making to estimation to tracking value in an agile transformation. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackovny continues her series, explaining how HTTPS works, from encryption to cookies and tokens. With more to come next week! 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman concludes her series on where agile is headed; 8 minutes to read. Her summary of the series is here; 7 minutes to read.
  • Ashan Fernando describes web application security with a broad view—from external requirements like PCI and GDPR to assessments, code reviews, and audits. 7 minutes to read.
  • Sounderrajan Seshadri suggests an approach to budget management for agile projects. 4 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alison Coleman coaches us on uniting the multi-generational workforce. 5 minutes to read.
  • Emily Luijbregts shares four tips for dealing with difficult team members. 4 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely continues his series on saying no, including five prerequisites for safely saying no and a simple process for saying no. About 5 minutes to read both.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Bobby Allyn reports on a ransomware attack that hit 22 municipalities in Texas. And Nalneesh Gaur recommends a decision framework for deciding whether to pay. Each 5 minutes to read.
  • Joan Goodchild tells us about cyber-risk insurance, another component of a comprehensive risk management program that is growing in acceptance. 4 minutes to read.
  • Mariarosaria Taddeo and Francesca Bosco make the case for treating cybersecurity like a public good, where the public sector shares in the cost and responsibility.
  • Ben Dickson reports on the impact of flawed disclosure and reporting of software security flaws. 4 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Andy Jordan coaches us on dealing with the disappointments that will come along with our career successes. 7 minutes to read.
  • Darius Foroux lists seven professional skills that we should develop in order to maximize both our effectiveness and our income. 5 minutes to read.
  • Esther Cohen tutors us on retention marketing: How to get clients to stay. It’s not just about delivering on time and on budget. 8 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of August 12 – 18

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 12 – 18. And this week’s video: Adriana Girdler coaches us on how to introduce yourself professionally. Tailor it to your needs; I’d skip the part about the puppy because I’m a Boomer—we talk about our grandkids. 5 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Josh Taylor reports on a breach of biometric data that exposed fingerprints, facial recognition and other personal information of over a million people. And unlike a password, those attributes can’t be changed. 4 minutes to read.
  • Adrien Book lists ten assessment questions to consider when setting up a corporate AI project. 7 minutes to read.
  • Roger Swannell explains the difference between pipeline thinking and platform thinking for organizations that want to present information to their customers. Just a minute to read.

Managing Projects

  • John Goodpasture vamps on a key idea from Peter Bernstein’s Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk. Luck only exists at the sub-atomic level. 2 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton explains the 12 project management jargon terms that have had the most viewings among his 80+ Project Management in Under 5 Minutes Video, 16 minutes, safe for work.
  • Kiron Bondale looks at the people-management responsibilities of project managers in project-oriented management structures. 2 minutes to read.
  • Dan Smiljanic looks at the key components of a project management plan. And no, that Gantt chart is not a plan. 6 minutes to read.
  • Ronald Smith clears up some common misconceptions about the critical path. 2 minutes to read.
  • Ben Aston and Kelly Suter discuss the maximum number of projects a PM should manage at once. Video, 6 minutes, safe for work.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from organization-wide agility to abolishing innovation silos to the benefits of trunk-based development. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman began a series on where she thinks Agile is headed, from do you need it to where does management fit to what is the correct recipe? Each about 5 minutes to read, with more to come.
  • John Lafleur lists seven rules to track software engineering metrics correctly, and then suggests ten metrics worth tracking. 6 and 10 minutes to read, respectively.
  • Mike Cohn tells us how to manage Sprint interruptions by setting up a budget for them and then tracking them. 5 minutes to read.
  • Stephanie Ockerman considers the question: Can a development team member also fill the Scrum Master role? 4 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackovny begins a series on how HTTP requests work; mostly an explanation of the terminology and a high-level description of the process. 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Shelley Row suggests a good way to understand the people on your team: ask them to present a briefing on their project, and pay attention to their approach. 3 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely says, “A judicious no is more important than saying yes,” then explains how a forced yes becomes a problem. Each 2 minutes to read.
  • Thomas Oppong summarizes key points from Robin Dreeke’s book, It’s Not All About “Me”: The Top Ten Techniques for Building Quick Rapport with Anyone. 4 minutes to read.
  • Dan Rockwell shares some brief insights on accommodating the things that make the people on your team less than perfect. You know: like you. 2 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Neil Rubenking and Max Eddy report from Black Hat 2019, where hacks, attacks, and vulnerabilities were discussed in casinos. 7 minutes to read.
  • Bernard Marr considers the ethical implications of using AI to create realistic images of people who don’t exist. Mix with Deep Fakes, stir well, and torpedo a political career? 4 minutes to read.
  • Karen Roby and Macy Bayern discuss the 54% increase in reported data breaches in the first six months of 2019. Health care data is especially at risk. Video, 4 minutes, safe for work.

Working and the Workplace

  • Daniela McVicker shares some tips for addressing performance issues with a proven basis in psychology. 5 minutes to read.
  • Joel Schwartzberg tells how to respond to, “So tell me about yourself,” in a job interview. First of all, the question isn’t about you. 5 minutes to read.
  • Michael Wood takes a rigorous approach to career planning. How rigorous? Well, he has a spreadsheet. 6 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of August 5 – 11

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 5 – 11. And this week’s video: Redditor Hotwir3 shared this outtake from Malcolm in the Middle, where Hal needs to replace a light bulb. Some of us refer to this phenomenon as the Law of Three Other Things: in order to do any one thing, you must do three other things first, recursively. Less than a minute, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Julian Birkenshaw opines that ecosystem businesses—those that position themselves as hubs within a network of suppliers and customers—are changing the nature of competitive advantage and business strategy. 6 minutes to read.
  • Georgia Frances King hosts a conference call with tech publishing legend Tim O’Reilly, who discusses competition in the digital-marketplace age. Video, 31 minutes, safe for work.
  • Peter Rejcek warns us that undeclared wars in cyberspace are becoming more aggressive, more highly automated, and more effective. 5 minutes to read.
  • Anders Melin reports on the growing war for senior cybersecurity talent. Lots of background information here—this is a critical skill for IT PM’s to develop. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Harry Hall explores what is needed for a great project charter. With a video (3 minutes), an online course, and a free template—who could ask for anything more? 3 minutes to read.
  • Peter Bregman and Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez share six tough questions to ask before launching a “moon shot” project. 5 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture articulates the hybrid operating principle: “Agile projects are simultaneously strategically stationary and tactically iterative and emergent.” 2 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin looks at three methods to track percent complete for your project tasks and five ways to measure project performance. With a video (3 minutes) and a template. 5 minutes to read.
  • Robin Nicklas does a highly technical examination of scheduling schemes and leveling heuristics for resource-constrained projects. Nerd content over 90%! 8 minutes to read.
  • Andy Makar considers the career benefits of spending a year or two working in a corporate PMO. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from failing agile transformations to liberating structures to right-sizing user stories. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Matt Hartley begins a new series on his lessons learned, beginning with why software requirements in the real world are hard. 9 minutes to read.
  • Andy Glover and Matt Archer list ten reasons why we should fix bugs as soon as we find them, rather than prioritizing defects for correction or possible deferral. 6 minutes to read.
  • Maaret Pyhäjärvi looks at making some changes after two years of No Product Owner.
  • Tom Cagely tells us what to do when the daily Scrum has devolved into a daily status report and reinforces the practice as envisioned in the Scrum Guide. Total, about 5 minutes.
  • Bob Marshall reviews John Seddon’s upcoming book, “Beyond Command and Control.” 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Mike Clayton explains the GROW model of coaching, which might be better called GROW ME. Video, 5 minutes, safe for work.
  • Rick Woolworth helps us improve our mentoring to address the whole person, not just their career. 6 minutes to read.
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy provide guidance on “speaking truth to power” in ways that your boss can hear. 7 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Patrick Collison and Tyler Cowan argues that we need a new science of progress, meaning “the combination of economic, technological, scientific, cultural, and organizational advancement that has transformed our lives.” 9 minutes to read.
  • Akash Deep lists a few of the ways that AI is transforming the way healthcare will be delivered. The business opportunities are limitless. 5 minutes to read.
  • David Gilbertson has far too much fun finding accounts that can be accessed with one of the 25 most common passwords. There’s a 17% chance that you’re using 123456. 6 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Kiron Bondale points out some of the impacts that distributed work teams can have on stakeholders who aren’t part of the team. 3 minutes to read.
  • Anne Quito passes along the empowering advice that TED gives to nervous speakers. 3 minutes to read.
  • Tracy Middleton shares a quiz to help you determine your Chronotype, to optimize your schedule. I’m an early bird—moderately morning type. 4 minutes to read, a minute for the quiz.

Enjoy!