New PM Articles for the Week of November 25 – December 1

New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 25 – December 1. And this week’s video: Oklahoma’s King of the Chuck Wagons, Cowboy Kent Rollins, gives us a detailed tutorial on how to make my favorite drink: cowboy coffee! 15 minutes and worth every second, even if you never sit a horse in your life.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Greg Satell recounts the truth behind the myths of Netflix’s winding road to success, as described by co-founder Marc Randolph. 5 minutes to read.
  • Benedict Evans says that Amazon’s “revolutionary” retail strategy is simply using 21st century technology to implement 19th century ideas. 5 minutes to read.
  • Oguz Acar and colleagues share the results of their research into the positive effects of time and budget constraints on innovation. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Mike Clayton took his usual rigorous approach to round up the best YouTube project management channels. Well done, Mike! 12 minutes to read.
  • Brad Egeland launches a new weekly Email newsletter: This Week in Project Management. Just a minute or so to view the sample and subscribe.
  • Cesar Abeid interviews Cornelius Fichtner on the changes to the PMP exam coming in July 2020. This is a huge change! 43 minutes, safe for work.
  • The nice folks at Clarizen explain the difference between a milestone and a deliverable. 3 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman describes The Practitioner’s Handbook of Project Performance: Agile, Waterfall and Beyond, edited by Mark Phillips. Glen and colleagues contributed two chapters. 3 minutes to read.
  • Henny Portman reviews Portfolio Management – A practical guide from the APM Portfolio Management SIG, written by Steve Leary and five others. 2 minutes to read.
  • Jen Morrisey recommends the second edition of Susanne Madsen’s book, The Power of Project Leadership. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Taylorism to dynamic re-teaming to value propositions in niche markets. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Gábor Zöld curates his monthly readings for engineering management, from psychological safety to increasing velocity to remote team meetings. 10 outbound links, 2 minutes to read.
  • Aparna Gopalakrishnan digs into accessibility testing—what is it, why is it necessary, and how we should proceed. 4 minutes to read. And Topal analyzes the growing risk of ADA website accessibility lawsuits. 4 minutes to read.
  • Ron Jeffries asserts that there is a good reason for test-driven development: productivity. 2 minutes to read.
  • James Thomas solicited one-line definitions of quality, bug, and testing from attendees at the Cambridge Exploratory Workshop on Testing. 2 minutes to read.
  • Yaroslav tutors us on user interviews—from why and when to conduct them to how and what to do with the collected insights. 6 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Anna Balyuk curates her quarterly list of leadership articles. 7 outbound links, 7 minutes to read.
  • Christina Lovelock wants us to stop using the term soft skills to describe what are really the core skills of leadership. 2 minutes to read.
  • Cassandra Leung proposes an alternative to the venerable RACI chart: responsibilities circles. 6 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Amber Lee Dennis explores the dimension of data quality, from rules based internal data to active external data to reference data. 7 minutes to read.
  • Amrita Khalid reports that consumers are already accepting facial recognition as a positive feature in some products, despite the risks. 3 minutes to read.
  • Ericka Chickowski shares 20(!) cybersecurity tips for your remote workers, gleaned from a panel of experts. 7 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Researchers at the Chicago School of Business found that we actually learn more from our successes than our failures. Take that, conventional wisdom! 3 minutes to read.
  • Katica Roy notes the growing effect that alternative work arrangements, such as the gig economy, are having on the economy. 6 minutes to read.
  • Sharlyn Lauby reflects on the need for both STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and math) and MESH education (media literacy, ethics, sociology, and history). 3 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of November 18 – 24

New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 18 – 24. And this week’s video: a short video explaining the notion of thinking fast and slow, as described by Daniel Kahneman in his book of the same name. Highly recommended, if you haven’t read it. 5 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Greg Satell warns against relying on surveys and statistics to develop business strategy. “Assume that [your strategy] is wrong in at least some aspects.” 5 minutes to read.
  • Alexandra Ossola notes the various biases and intellectual limitations that make humans so bad at predicting the future and then briefly suggests ways around them. 5 minutes to read.
  • Eddie Yoon and colleagues explain the difference between a First Mover and a Category Creator. It’s all about flywheels. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Elizabeth Harrin arms us with a meeting agenda template, ten tips, and two infographics to help prepare for that next project meeting. 6 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton talks us into pursuing certification of our project management skills and experience and gives us some tips on how to proceed. Video, 10 minutes, safe for work.
  • Hannah Cohen gives us an advanced tutorial on creating a project timeline. 8 minutes to read.
  • Geert-Hinke Addink describes the pre-mortem and the role it can play in identifying many of the risks in a proposal or new initiative. 2 minutes to read.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy compares the project manager career path with the Scrum master career path. 10 minutes to read, plus two short videos, 9 and 7 minutes, safe for work.
  • Jaclyn Westlake shows how to write a great project manager resume, including an example. 8 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from tough conversations and conflict to “stances” of the product owner role to the benefits of transparency. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Johannes Geske explains whether you should attend the Professional Scrum Foundations course or the Professional Scrum Master course.
  • Angie Jones analyzed which programming languages are most commonly used for UI test automation. 3 minutes to read.
  • John Yorke shares his slide deck from the Agile Product Ownership meetup for a discussion of the discovery phase of a product. 13 slides, including intro and outro.
  • Vadim lists ten things to keep in mind when developing and maintaining a product road map. 6 minutes to read.
  • Salomé Mortazavi describes outcome-based product roadmaps, driven by a vision and a strategy for achieving it. 5 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Quint Studer suggests a number of specific actions to take that will make it OK for your team to speak the truth to power and take risks of honesty. 7 minutes to read.
  • Art Petty extols the combination of emotional intelligence and situational awareness and offers some thoughts on strengthening your SA skills. 4 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman notes that a major component of culture is what behaviors we choose to reward and punish. 3 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Richard LeCount gives us the whys and wherefores of an internal cyber security audit. 9minutes to read.
  • Adrien Ogée and Parker Crockford update us on the growing trend of using authentication alternatives to passwords. 4 minutes to read.
  • Alex Humphrey encourages embedding better security practices throughout the DevOps cycle. 4 minutes to read.
  • Brian Wallace shows the history of spam and phishing via timeline. This goes back further than you think. 7 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Leigh Espy describes several activities that will boost your creative thinking skills. 11 minutes to read.
  • Deepak Vohra reminds us that raw data must be rationalized before it can be analyzed. 3 minutes to read.
  • Rob Marvin points out some of the tech innovations of the closing decade that were so successful, we can’t remember life before them. 13 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of November 11 – 17

New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 11 – 17. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton tabulates his list of essential project documentation, from absolute minimum individual documents to second-tier documents and document types to third-tier broad document categories, as needed based on the size and complexity of the project. 12 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Roger Swannell gives us a short course on the business models of the 21st century and what makes them competitive. 9 minutes to read, 24 references to investigate.
  • Leigh Espy recaps five short examples of the way that creativity made all the difference in a business opportunity. 7 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell references previous periods of disruption in his prediction of how evolving technologies will disrupt business and daily life over the coming decade. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Project Portfolio ManagementAlexandra Nekrasova lists five project management books, as recommended by five experienced project managers. 4 minutes to read.
  • Sarah Hoban explains the difference between solutioning and project management. Yes, it is apparently a word, more’s the pity. 3 minutes to read, or 4 for the podcast.
  • Rob England warns that industrial manufacturing paradigms such as Lean and Theory of Constraints have their limits. 2 minutes to read.
  • Angeliki Koumani describes three project success metrics that enable mid-course corrections. 3 minutes to read.
  • Bruce Harpham outlines a five-step on-boarding plan for new project management professionals. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from alignment and autonomy to the coaching mindset to next year’s product conferences. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Mike Cohn shares ten tips for more effective daily scrums. 5 minutes to read.
  • Jesse Houwing recommends that we focus on what was done and the remaining backlog during the Sprint review, rather than comparing to what was planned. 4 minutes to read.
  • Alan Crouch explains the ScrumMaster’s role in team communication. 2 minutes to read.
  • Taros Tymoshchuck reports on mobile application development to follow in 2020. 6 minutes to read.
  • Victoria Bezsmolna lists seven benefits of automated testing. 4 minutes to read.
  • Chris Colosimo tells us how to transition from test automation to continuous testing, which is exactly what it sounds like. 8 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • LeadershipMarcus Blankenship and Jennifer Jones-Patulli discuss conflict management within teams and the larger organizations. Conflict can be productive. 41 minutes, safe for work.
  • Catharine Perloff profiles Dave Duffield, founder of software giants PeopleSoft and Workday, among others, and his focus on creating a culture based on shared values. 7 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale notes the disconnect between individual performance evaluation and the need for teamwork. We get more of the behaviors we reward. 2 minutes to read.
  • Charlotte Blank and colleagues report on their research into the use of proactive time, where employees set aside time for work that is important but not urgent. 5 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Adam Shostack introduces us to managed attribution threat modeling and explains the CAKED acrostic. With links to more details at Ntrepid. 3 minutes to read.
  • Sarah Peters suggests eight questions to ask yourself about your organization’s backup and recover capabilities. 5 minutes to read.
  • James Briers gives us some tips on preparing for a data migration. 4 minutes to read. Or if you want to dig deeper, read my book on the data conversion cycle.

Pot Pourri

  • Limes or Lemons?Adam Rogers anticipates that Generation Z could make corporate culture more transparent in ways that may make older generations uncomfortable … at first. 4 minutes to read.
  • Peter Taylor entices us to move past the challenges of a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) business environment. 3 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas reports on her conversations with several HR technology companies at Unleash World in Paris on the business problems they’re trying to solve. 4 minutes to read.

Enjoy!