New PM Articles for the Week of January 7 – 13

New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 7 – 13. And this week’s video: Microsoft program manager Verlebie Chan talks about overcoming bias, expectations, and self-doubt and taking risks on her way to establishing her career as a software developer. 13 minutes to watch.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Mike Murphy reports from the Consumer Electronics Show 2019. “We’ve entered the post-smartphone era.” 8 minutes to read.
  • The folks at ELIX list the core business values of Amazon, as articulated and evolved by Jeff Bezos. 8 minutes to read.
  • Paul Rawlinson makes an elegant case for regulation as necessary to keep global trade from becoming a zero-sum game. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Mike Clayton recaps ten lessons he’s learned about project management over the years. Best line: “Stakeholder Engagement is Project Management for Sophisticated Adults.”8 minutes to read.
  • The folks at PM Times join forces to point out trends in project management, business analysis, and agile methods during 2019. 6 minutes to read.
  • Carolyn Smith shares lessons learned from two decades managing IT PMO organizations. 14 minutes to read but well worth it.
  • Leigh Espy tutors us on affinity diagrams—what they are and how to use them. 6 minutes to read.
  • Sandhya Gupta shares her checklist for sunsetting software products, from the vendor’s point of view. 7 minutes to read.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Susanne Madsen on managing stress while managing projects. Podcast, 34 minutes, safe for work.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his list of Agile content, from the EPIQ model to product design principles to the Prime Directive. 7 outbound links, three minutes to read.
  • John Demian gets deep into the economics of a serverless (in this case AWS Lambda) framework for operations. 12 minutes to read.
  • Vladimir Fedak makes the argument against a switch to microservices. 4 minutes to read.
  • Scott Shipp wants to put the “engineering” back in software engineering. Hear, hear! 5 minutes to read.
  • Henny Portman name checks Agile frameworks, from well-known to obscure and a couple that I don’t think count as Agile frameworks. 12 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackvony explains how the Automation Test Wheel, an alternative concept to the testing pyramid that she described here, works in practice. 5 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Randy Conley gets a few leadership lessons from observing nature in action: one hawk and three crows. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mary Jo Asmus helps reflexive problem-solvers keep the problems with their owners with one simple question. 2 minutes to read.
  • Steve Keating explains the difference between a talker and a communicator. I’ll let you describe the transmitter. Here’s part 2. Each about 3 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Marc Prosser asks whether facial recognition technology is still viable, now that 3D printed busts of people’s heads have been used to unlock 4 of 5 smartphones. 4 minutes to read.
  • Bill Gates, the world’s second-richest man, reports from a Harvard University lab on new robots shaped like nothing Isaac Asimov ever imagined. 4 minutes to read.
  • David Stringer and Kevin Buckland report on progress in getting to commercially viable solid-state battery technology, the key to faster charging. 6 minutes to read.
  • Paramita Ghosh explains the decentralized data storage approach commonly known as blockchain and points out a few good use cases. 5 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace.

  • Steph Smith curated a list of ten 2019 conferences for women in technology and on the way identified a couple of diversity scholarships. 6 minutes to read.
  • Alessandro Lulian makes the business case for hiring Millennials. For one thing, they outnumber us Boomers in the workforce. 4 minutes to read.
  • Brian Wallace shares an infographic explaining how to robot-proof your career, in case you’re asking for a friend. 3 minutes or so to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of December 31 – January 6

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 31 – January 6. And this week’s video: Alec Watson gives us a product development case history of the videotape wars, VHS versus Betamax. The winner was not the company with the best technology, but the one that better understood the use cases of their customers. Even if you’re not in a product development role, this is a valuable management insight. Here’s part two. Each part about 16 minutes, both safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Nariman Behavesh, Chief Economist for IHS Markit, posted his predictions for the global economy in 2019. 6 minutes to read.
  • Mark Sullivan curates “tech trend” predictions for the coming year, from AI and augmented reality to 5G, drones, and the shift away from cable TV. 10 minutes to read.
  • Marc Bain reports on trends in retail, grouped as experimental, threatening, transitory, and necessary. “Autonomous last-mile delivery” is a thing, it seems. 6 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • The folks at MPUG list ten of their most popular articles from 2018. Here’s one more chance to read them! 6 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture warns us to beware the strategic objective that isn’t really strategic at all. 2 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin coaches a project manager on effectively communicating with stakeholders who must act on an issue. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton reflects on the “blaming” mindset which kicks in when projects go wrong. Just over a minute to read.
  • David Robins gets deep into the details of tracking progress against plan. 6 minutes to read.
  • Harry Hall recaps his ten most popular project risk management articles from 2018, describes his plans for 2019, and asks you to take his reader survey—I did! 2 minutes to read.
  • The folks at Clarizen list a few risk assessment techniques you should consider using if you aren’t already. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Agile as common sense to supporting hypergrowth to why leadership isn’t always about having a plan. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Emily Stevens points out five important UX trends for 2019. 8 minutes to read.
  • Adam Shostack launches a new course, Introduction to Threat modeling for Security Professionals, on LinkedIn Learning. For free. A minute to read.
  • Alan Page notes that when using modern software development approaches, testing is a value-add, rather than a cost. 4 minutes to read.
  • Cynthia Dunlop curated a list of interesting quotes from people talking about software testing. 12 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • John Yorke considers ways in which a manager can determine whether a worker is slacking off. 4 minutes to read.
  • Kerry Wills expounds on the need for clear accountability—a leadership function if there ever was one. 2 minutes to read.
  • Katharine Schwab provides an action plan for making your organization more ethical. 7 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Sam Rigby lists the 99 best things that happened in 2018. Nearly all of these were the result of projects—use them in your presentations! Long read but share it with your kids.
  • Annalisa Merelli lists key stories about disruption (hacking) of our commercial infrastructure from servers to point of sale systems over the last year. This will only get worse. 3 minutes to read.
  • Joe Biron and Jonathan Lang look at improving augmented reality products by analyzing user insights. 6 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Phil Burgess interviews author and Agile testing trainer Linda Crispin on being your own advocate in your IT career. Podcast, 18 minutes, safe for work.
  • Natalie Warnert makes the market-based case for being replaceable. 3 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas points out five over-arching employment trends we’ll see in 2019. 3 minutes to read.
  • Jo Ann Jenkins makes the case for the “Five Generation Workforce” as an unprecedented opportunity. 6 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of December 24 – 30

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 24 – 30. And this week’s video: General Stanley McChrystal makes the case for sharing knowledge. “Information is only of value if you give it to people who can do something with it.” 7 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • An article from the World Economic Forum summarizes research into the effects of long-term and short-term corporate investment—long-term isn’t always optimum. 6 minutes to read and well worth it.
  • Wayne Rash notes four trends for IT managers to watch in 2019. 6 minutes to read.
  • Emily Warna suggests that, before we try to pass legislation regulating technology, we address the underlying question: who owns our data? 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Harry Hall shows us the “formula” for writing clear, specific, measurable goals. 2 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture maps the complementary concepts of validation and verification to Agile practices. 2 minutes to read.
  • Erin Wildermuth says that we should break our projects and goals into smaller chunks in order to get the reinforcement of dopamine hits. Yes, that’s a thing. 4 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale reminds us that past perceptions set expectations. 2 minutes to read.
  • Marina Danilova does a quick check on the post-GDPR world, from compliance to yet more legislation from other governments. 3 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton posts a few aphorisms about project management and “what could possibly go wrong.” 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Rich Mironov shares the results of his survey of product leaders, asking them for their concerns. 5 minutes to read.
  • Craig Smith and Tony Ponton interview Agile Manifesto signatory “Uncle Bob” Martin on software craftsmanship, among other topics. Podcast, 45 minutes safe for work.
  • Samanta Cicilia tutors us on specification by example, from history through practice and resources. 9 minutes to read.
  • Akanksha Pandey explains how visual search is transforming the retail industry. There must be other applications for this technology—get a team together and brainstorm! 4 minutes to read.
  • Bertrand Duperrin examines the chatbot user experience and wonders if maybe they weren’t such a good idea. 3 minutes to read.
  • Seth Godin suggests that we include a “stupid” filter in our applications, so they default to what we want, rather than what we ask for. With great examples; just a minute to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Marcia Reynolds wants us to focus less on trying to ask good questions; we should work on ensuring our intent is clear. 4 minutes to read.
  • Karin Hurt and David Dye curate a list of the most popular leadership articles on the Let’s Grow Leaders blog in 2018. 8 minutes to read.
  • Cesar Abeid talks with Farnoosh Brock on developing a serving mindset, as opposed to a sales mindset. Podcast, 52 minutes, safe for work.
  • Stephanie Ockerman tutors us on servant leadership in terms of Vision, Values, Value, and Validation. 6 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Dave Gershgorn reports that US intelligence agencies are devising tests to identify image-recognition AI applications that have been compromised with “Trojan” images. 2 minutes to read.
  • Max Read complains that it’s getting harder to tell which parts of the internet are legitimate. “If a Russian troll using a Brazilian man’s photograph to masquerade as an American Trump supporter watches a video on Facebook, is that view ‘real’?” 8 minutes to read.
  • Cameron Coward shows us a robot “hand” that plays the piano without relying on complex actuators, motors, or solenoids. 2 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Suzanne Lucas reports on a possible ethical lapse: Google interviewed a candidate and then filed a patent for her work. 2 minutes to read.
  • Louis Chew uses Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as an example to show how to find fulfillment and meaning in our work. 4 minutes to read.
  • Henny Portman recommends Spencer Johnson’s sequel to Who Moved My Cheese, appropriately titled Out of the Maze. 2 minutes to read.

Enjoy!