New PM Articles for the Week of January 13 – 19

New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 13 – 19. And this week’s video: 3Blue1Brown (I’m sure his parents don’t call him that) explains Bayes Theorem, one of the most important formulas in probability. 16 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Tom Chatfield argues that there can be no such thing as ethical AI. The challenges are about much more than just the technology. 5 minutes to read.
  • “Sir Richard” catalogs the various types and structures of mergers and acquisitions. 5 minutes to read.
  • Jonathan Woetzel and his colleagues at McKinsey published their report on climate risk and response. 15 minutes to read, with other resource links. The last time the climate changed, humans transitioned from migrating tribes of hunter-gatherers to farmers and herders living in fixed locations. Then history happened.

Managing Projects

  • Harry Hall notes that, for a team to effectively manage project risks, they first must agree on what is project risk. 3 minutes to read.
  • Ann Quito reports on the growing evidence that brainstorming simply isn’t an effective technique. 3 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale notes that teams dealing with complex adaptive systems require psychological safety to be successful. 2 minutes to read.
  • Dale Howard shows how to see what changed after approving pending task updates in the Project web app. 10 minutes to read.
  • Donald Fomby argues for managing global projects using remote project management technology. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton tells us how to conduct an excellent lessons-learned meeting. Video, 13 minutes, safe for work.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Jen Dolden on her experience in starting Women in Projects Australia. 25 minutes, safe for work.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of agile content, from pair programming to probabilistic forecasting to decaf, pragmatic, and real resistance. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Fredrik Wendt considers an interesting question: should the product owner be responsible for balancing the level of technical debt? 3 minutes to read.
  • Corey Roth lists considerations for prototyping and scaling IoT solutions. 7 minutes to read.
  • Ravi Hastantram begins a series on edge AI, also known as on-device AI, with the use cases. 6 minutes to read, with seven more articles to come.
  • Glen Alleman shares a table of Good Practices and Enablers of Good Practices, based on a report from Comptroller and Auditor General, UK Ministry of Defence. 6 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagley continues his series on value stream mapping one a post on keeping the big picture and variability and matrix organizations. 7 minutes to read both.

Applied Leadership

  • Kellogg Insight interviews Kieu-Trang Nguyen on her research into the relationship between trust and innovation. Podcast, 14 minutes, safe for work.
  • Kristen Bell DeTienne and colleagues explain how to manage an employee with depression. 6 minutes to read.
  • Sharlyn Lauby explores the legal concept and practical considerations of what constitutes a conflict of interest at work. 5 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Steven Melendez updates us on the increased potential for a cyberwar between Iran and the US. 8 minutes to read.
  • Joan Goodchild reports on ways to keep security on life support, now that Windows 7 and Server 2008 have reached end-of-life. 4 minutes to read.
  • Douglas Elliott and Lisa Quest examine five alternative futures for the way data is used, controlled, and shared. 6 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Jesse Weaver investigated the causes of his physical ailments and found that he’s part of a silent epidemic. “Tech neck?” So that’s what it’s called … 6 minutes to read.
  • Arslan Hassan characterizes the impact of sleep deprivation on productivity. 5 minutes to read.
  • Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association, identifies action items to make the workplace better for our mental health. 3 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of January 6 – 12

New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 6 – 12. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton shares several witty quotes on nature of projects and the challenges of managing them. Irony, insight, and a couple of laugh-out-loud moments. 6 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Rich Mironov wants to promote industry discussions about a product code of ethics, to prevent unintended consequences and product misuse. 7 minutes to read.
  • Sharlyn Lauby suggests a half-dozen ways to improve your business acumen. Strategies that work for an HR manager also work for a project manager. 3 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell on Amazon’s new quantum computing service: “In an ecosystem driven world, power doesn’t lie at the top of value chains, but at the center of networks.” 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • PMI will make the exposure draft of the seventh edition of the PMBOK available for public comment and review on January 15. Just a minute to read.
  • Cornelius Fichtner talks with Rich Maltzman and Jim Stewart about their new book, How to Facilitate Productive Project Planning Meetings. Podcast, 37 minutes, safe for work.
  • Praveen Malik demonstrates five ways to customize the Gantt chart view in MS Project, a great tool for communicating the schedule. 4 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture describes the role of the system integrator in really big projects and programs. 2 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale reflects on how we might handle unresponsive key project stakeholders. 2 minutes to read.
  • Doc Norton expounds on Goodhart’s Law and why guidelines are better than targets. 2 minutes to read.
  • Esther Derby distinguishes between training and education, and why they are better together. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of agile content, from the Descaling Manifesto (not about coffee makers) to team rule-breaking to Scrum Masters on a CEO path. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Gábor Zöld curates his monthly engineering management resource roundup, from scaling a distributed team (also not about coffee makers) to managing managers to deliberate appreciation. 10 outbound links, 4 minutes to read.
  • Simran Pandey explains how a proof of concept can be used to test an assumption or product idea. 5 minutes to read.
  • Gilad David Maayan describes five metrics that should be useful for teams using agile methods. 4 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely begins a series on the issues we commonly encounter when developing a value stream map. About 3 minutes to read. Part 2 is also about 3 minutes.

Applied Leadership

  • Happy IPM DayRuchika Tulshyan gives us permission to ask people how to pronounce their name correctly. Roo-CHEEK-Ah. 7 minutes to read.
  • Gina Abudi asks, have you considered the impact of the change you are leading on you? 2 minutes to read.
  • Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist at the Wharton School, shares his recommended reading list for leaders. 5 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Michael Grothaus reports that both Mozilla and the US Department of Homeland Security want you to update your Firefox browser. Like, right now. 1 minute to read.
  • Dorit Dor asserts five trends will be prevalent in cybersecurity in 2020. 4 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Dana Kozubska reports on several trends related to the Internet of Things that should influence business decisions in 2020. 5 minutes to read.
  • Roland Flemm begins a series on systems thinking with an examination of wicked problems. If you are going to intervene, choose wisely. 7 minutes to read.
  • Anne Quito and Dan Kopf illustrate the dispute between designers and statisticians on what makes a good information graphic. 8 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of December 30 – January 5

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 30 – January 5. And this week’s video: Leila Gharani tells us how to use the new and improved Excel XLOOKUP function. In addition to replacing both VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP, the IFNOTFOUND argument turbocharges error handling. Microsoft is still rolling this out, so you might not have it yet, even with Office 365. 14 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Benjamin Gomes-Casseres examines the biggest business deals (and the absence of some deals) of 2019 for trends extending into the twenties. 6 minutes to read.
  • Ryan Raiker lists the top ten technology trends for the new decade, from hyper-automation to human augmentation to AI security. 9 minutes to read.
  • Alison Martin casts an insurance executive’s eye on the World Economic Forum’s list of the top ten business risks and asks, what about climate change? 3 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Kiron Bondale reviews Jonathan Sapir’s new book, Thriving at the Edge of Chaos: Managing projects as complex adaptive systems. 3 minutes to read.

  • Henny Portman summarizes the insights contained in the Standish Group’s CHAOS Report 2018, including decision latency theory. 4 minutes to read.
  • Linky van der Merwe shares a list of project management conferences to consider attending in 2020. Six in Europe and five in the US, 4 minutes to read.
  • Alyssa Scavetta gives us a brief overview of requirements management. 6 minutes to read.
  • Rob Williams interviews Nick Pisano on the history (and future) of digital transformation. Podcast, 47 minus, safe for work.

Managing Software Development

  • Ariff Kassam makes the case for a microservices architecture. 3 minutes to read.
  • Dave Prior and Jesse Fewell reflect on ten years as PMPs and Certified Scrum Trainers. A lot has changed, and more changes are coming. Podcast, 41 minutes, safe for work.
  • Harsh Vardhan promotes the use of analytics for test automation outcomes. 6 minutes to read.
  • Victoria Bezsmolna notes the top problems teams are still having with test automation. 5 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Susanne Madsen shares a leadership self-assessment questionnaire to help determine what project leadership skills to develop in the coming year. 7 minutes to read.
  • Brian Uzzi, Nour Kteily, and Cynthia Wang discuss the psychology of conflict and when it can be harnessed for good. 6 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Mary Stone Ross asserts that the California Consumer Privacy Act, the strictest privacy law in the country, still isn’t enough. And she helped draft it. 7 minutes to read.
  • Sadrach Pierre explains the potential data security risks of quantum computers. If any password can be broken in a matter of seconds … 5 minutes to read.
  • Patrick Howell O’Neill predicts that hackers will be the weapon of choice for governments in 2020. As if cyber-criminals weren’t enough … 5 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Art Petty shares some thoughts on how to succeed in high-stress management meetings. And they’re all high stress, aren’t they? 6 minutes to read.
  • Shelly Fan recaps the neuroscience findings of the last ten years that transformed our understanding of how the brain works. 6 minutes to read or 10 minutes for the podcast.

Enjoy!