New PM Articles for the Week of November 5 – 11

New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 5 – 11. And this week’s video: Suzanne Lucas chastises corporate HR for using the term talent to refer to their employees when the reality is that we should be looking for skills, which are a result of study and hard work. 8 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Nate Lanxon visits Amazon’s newest UK fulfillment center and contemplates how human and robot collaboration will evolve. 3 minutes to read.
  • Ben Goertzl reports on the newest citizen of Saudi Arabia—a robot, named Sophia. Probably unrelated: will robots have to someday pay into Social Security? 12 minutes to read.
  • Kayla Matthews looks at the GDPR, now in place for about six months, and asks: have we (meaning society) accomplished anything? 4 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Glen Alleman notes that “Project risk often comes from non-technical aspects of the initiative,” and proceeds to list a few dozen sources. Save this one! 2 minutes to read.
  • Satya Naryan Dash does a deep dive into qualitative risk analysis, including such things as appetite for risk and risk urgency. 10 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy explains “The Five Whys,” a technique for root-cause analysis. 4 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture shares a model for three broad “customer-facing” roles for establishing, maintaining, and leveraging relationships with the customer. 2 minutes to read.
  • Tzvi Zukerman shares an approach to generate lessons-learned from failed projects. 4 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton explains the PMI Talent Triangle: why it’s important and what resources are available to expand your skill set. 8 minutes to read.
  • The folks at Clarizen shared their list of six important project management influencers (and they included me, so I’m blushing). 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Enterprise Agile to servant leadership to working without managers. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Danny Perez makes some suggestions on how to securely share passwords and other secrets within a larger team. 2 minutes to read.
  • Aaron Hodder provides a detailed description of lean testing concepts and practices. 9 minutes to read.
  • Robbin Schuurman describes and explains the background of five product owner maturity levels. 8 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely asserts that users stories are valuable when maintaining legacy applications as well as when developing new ones. 5 minutes to read.
  • Adam Auerbach explains that continuous testing requires more than simply test automation. 2 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership content, from managing through anger to saying no to making time for your passion project. 4 outbound links, 2 minutes to read.
  • Lila MacLellan extracts key points from an interview with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: three characteristics to look for in leaders. 3 minutes to read.
  • Rasmus Hougaard observes that ego is the enemy of good leadership. 4 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Sarah Kessler goes beyond the sexist hiring algorithm that Amazon has now discarded to ask: might this flawed tool still be better than a human performing the same task? 4 minutes to read.
  • Rahul Kapoor recaps his research into the decision for a company to self-disrupt—make significant changes to their business—in anticipation of a disruptive technology on the horizon. 7 minutes to read.
  • Keith Foote provides definitions and a bit of history for data repositories, from lakes to silos to warehouses. 6 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Garland Coulson gives us an introduction to freelancing. Video, under five minutes, safe for work (aside from the subject matter).
  • Rebecca Addison gives us the executive summary of Upwork’s new survey of freelance workers in the United States. Technology is disrupting things here, too. 3 minutes to read.
  • Brendan Toner reviews Notability, which he says is about the best note-taking application on the market. 5 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of October 29 – November 4

New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 29 – November 4. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton explains Edward De Bono’s wonderful analytical toolset, the Six Thinking Hats. 6 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Michael Spencer analyzes the business case for IBM’s acquisition of Red Hat. The big challenge will be retaining all of that software engineering talent. 4 minutes to read.
  • Jonathan Tirone reports on the growing number of private firms working to develop a commercially viable nuclear fusion reactor. 5 minutes to read.
  • Michael Coren recaps a Peter Thiel interview where he expresses doubt that Silicon Valley will continue to lead in innovation. They’ve jumped the shark? 2 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • PMI Talent TriangleMike Griffiths tells how to pursue the combination of technical skills, people skills, and industry-specific knowledge that makes up the Talent Triangle. 6 minutes to read.
  • The Clever PM leads us to discover our core competency. 4 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin explains how to use the project manager’s “pocket database,” also known as a RAID log. 5 minutes to read.
  • Sylvie Edwards recommends we think beyond Expected Monetary Value when calculating risk reserves. 3 minutes to read.
  • Lindsay Curtis tutors us on the critical path method, from basic concept to common practices. 5 minutes to read.
  • Deb Schaffer shares some good practices for effective project status meetings. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from the agile industrial complex to identifying the problem to be solved to whether holacracy is a solution or a cult. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackvony contemplates Smoke Testing—why you need it and what tests to put in the script. 4 minutes to read.
  • Bas Dijkstrav recommends a simple criterion for determining whether to add a test to an automation suite. 4 minutes to read.
  • Justin Rohrman focuses on the “conversational” aspects of behavior-driven development (BDD). 6 minutes to read.
  • Ben Kelly notes that “test” is an overloaded verb, so we may need to be more precise when discussing research and experimentation. 4 minutes to read.
  • Lance Ng predicts that most mobile apps will fade away, based on his assessment of the economics. 6 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership content, from measuring what matters to why soft skills matter to the general formula for success. 5 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagley recaps common attributes of a toxic work environment, as described in John Carreyrou’s book on failed Silicon Valley start-up Theranos. 3 minutes to read.
  • Rick Lynch lists four ways to pressure test strategic decisions, as inspired by the military. Think of it as mining for risks. 4 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Maryam Kouchaki updates us on her research into when we are more likely to behave ethically. It turns out that gender differences are significant. 4 minutes to read.
  • Michael Grothaus reports on his experiments using a form of self-hypnosis to fall asleep, using a technique developed by the US Army in the 1980’s. 4 minutes to read.
  • Echo Huang recaps the results of surveys conducted, by nation, on whom a self-driving car should save in the event of an impending accident. Once again, culture matters.

Working and the Workplace

  • Lisette Sutherland interviews agile coach Molood Nouri Alavijeh, on building trust and effectiveness in remote agile teams. Podcast, 34 minutes, safe for work.
  • Nick Morgan notes that we are all now “unwitting participants in a massive unregulated social experiment.” Namely, virtual communication and collaboration. 4 minutes to read.
  • Jade Emmons explains her company’s vision of how to create a good company culture with remote workers. 5 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas offers her HR-expert view of the demands expressed by the leaders of the Google sexual harassment walkout. 4 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of October 22 – 28

New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 22 – 28. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton explains a common term encountered in implementation projects: the business blueprint. Less than 4 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Greg Satell contrasts innovation practices at IBM, Google, and Amazon—three very different firms with very different cultures. There is more than one way to sustained success. 5 minutes to read.
  • Hannah Fry notes the ethical questions of developing applications for cutting-edge technology that might be used for evil purposes. 5 minutes to read.
  • Dave Gershgorn reminds us that companies are responsible for the algorithms that they use. Especially if they display bias. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Elizabeth Harrin notes that the Iron Triangle—Time, Cost, and Quality—are no longer the most significant drivers of whether a project will be perceived as successful. 6 minutes to read.
  • Dale Howard helps us diagnose a common problem with MS Project: “I can’t see all of the tasks in my project.” 2 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy tells us when and how to use an Ishikawa or fishbone diagram for root-cause analysis. 4 minutes to read.
  • Mark Bails reviews an example of risk mitigation strategy, as practiced at Symcor. 6 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale notes some lessons about project management that we can pick up while shooting pool. 2 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman ilustrates a few of the problems encountered when trying to apply agile software development principles to program management practices. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Agile collaboration to useful metrics to escaping the feature factory mindset. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Craig Smith interview Michael Feathers on working effectively with legacy code. Podcast, 33 minutes, safe for work.
  • Erik Dietrich explains how to determine the level of effort required for “enough” testing for quality assurance, based on your backlog of user stories. 6 minutes to read.
  • Emily Esposito recaps five trends in UX design, from voice-first to emotional design. I can’t keep up! 5 minutes to read.
  • Greg Paciga defends his claim that you can demo things that aren’t done, aren’t working, or even not yet started. 6 minutes to read.
  • James Gallagher gives us some pointers for preparing a code review checklist. 5 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership content, from ignoring your customers to startup hires to structuring your OKR’s. 5 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas explains how to empower your employees to make better business decisions. 4 minutes to read.
  • Khalil Smith and colleagues explain how to gracefully exclude colleagues from meetings, Emails, and other marginal uses of their time. 5 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Neema Singh Guliani and Jay Stanley preview the coming battles over US legislation governing data privacy in the wake of California’s groundbreaking new law. 5 minutes to read.
  • Josephine Wolff explains why it’s so hard to punish companies following a data breach, and thus why it will be difficult to craft legislation to regulate it. 5 minutes to read.
  • Andrew Burt notes the potential downside of privacy legislation, arising from another law—the law of unintended consequences. 4 minutes to read.
  • YK Sugi gives us a tutorial on quantum computers. 8 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Lisette Sutherland explains how to interview candidates who will be working remotely. Podcast, 9 minutes, safe for work.
  • Simone Stoloff notes that, in the future, companies won’t just hire remote employees—they’ll hire remote teams. 3 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture reminds us that a seemingly silly question might just be a poorly phrased request for important information. 2 minutes to read.

Enjoy!