New PM Articles for the Week of March 11 – 17

New project management articles published on the web during the week of March 11 – 17. And this week’s video: Harry Hall walks us through two very simple methods for conducting a qualitative risk analysis. 4 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Nicolas Bloom and colleagues report on their survey of 7,500 business executives on the UK on Brexit as an uncertainty event. The impact is already evident. 6 minutes to read. Side note: Ireland is experiencing a boom in passport requests as more people living in the UK realize how difficult it will be to travel for business.
  • Hines Vaughn contrasts the California Consumer Privacy Act with the GDPR and notes a difference in consent—opt-in versus opt-out. 4 minutes to read.
  • Mihnea Moldoveanu finds a root cause for why AI underperforms business expectations: we don’t translate business problems into computational business problems. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Mike Griffiths teaches us how to create the truly great charter your project deserves. 10 minutes to read.
  • Becca Bruggman tells us all about what technical program managers do all day. Yup—been there, done that. 8 minutes to read.
  • Audrius Zujus prepares us to manage a project that includes virtual reality technology development. 14 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton explains another term of art: value engineering. Video, 5 minutes, safe for work.
  • Elizabeth Harrin describes the PMI-SP scheduling credential and shares her opinion of a prep course for it. 6 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from practices adoption to leadership health checks to being done with customer discovery. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman contemplates alternative ways of getting close enough to the customer to create value. 3 minutes to read.
  • Karlo Smid presents a concise, value-oriented definition of a software bug. “Remember that design and architectural errors are bugs, too.” 2 minutes to read.
  • Roger Swannell suggests thinking of velocity as a product measurement, rather than a team 2 minutes to read.
  • Henny Portman reviews Introduction to Disciplined Agile Delivery, by Scott Ambler and Mark Lines. 3 minutes to read.
  • Camilo Gomez shares some actions we should take to improve intercultural communications when outsourcing software development. 7 minutes to read.
  • Tony Ho Tran covers the pros and cons of the hamburger menu. You know: that little icon on phone apps that resembles the Chinese character for numeral 3. 12 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Kiron Bondale says that transparency is necessary but not sufficient: we must be responsibly 2 minutes to read.
  • Syed Moize explains emotional intelligence in the context of project management. 6 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagley began a series on the value of behavioral constraints, using the metaphor of guardrails. 4 minutes to read; 3 minutes for part two.

Research and Insights

  • The U. of Washington promotes a new website by two professors challenging us to identify which of two photos was generated by artificial intelligence. Just what we needed—more fake people. 3 minutes to read.
  • Hemel Vasavada Gill and Chakib Labibi summarize their research with Alexa users and their adoption curve for the Alexa voice interface. 8 minutes to read.
  • Yana Yelina presents short descriptions of several machine learning trends being followed by MIT professors and researchers. 5 minutes to read.
  • Olivia Goldhill reports that neuroscientists were able to predict decisions by monitoring brain activity a full 11 seconds before the subjects announced them. 3 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Siva Prasad rounds up the most in-demand IT skills and certifications, from project management to DevOps to Big Data. 9 minutes to read.
  • Jack Vale considers the pros and cons of Email as the primary means of workplace communications. 4 minutes to read.
  • Dan Rockwell describes the coolest exercise in giving feedback I’ve ever heard of. 2 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of March 4 – 10

New project management articles published on the web during the week of March 4 – 10. And this week’s video: Harry Hall explains the difference between qualitative risk analysis and quantitative risk analysis. 4 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Eshe Nelson observes the damage the UK has already inflicted on itself, no matter what sort of Brexit scenario actually comes to pass. 2 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell traces the evolution of artificial intelligence from system to transformational ecosystem. 5 minutes to read.
  • Martin Zwilling tells us how to void some of the unintended consequences of using artificial intelligence for business purposes. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Elizabeth Harrin tutors us on project resource management—the ultimate guide. Agilistas, remember: “resources” doesn’t just mean “people.” 9 minutes to read.
  • Mike Griffiths tells about a project that involved a lot of uncertainty, change, and conflicting interests. One methodology does not fit all. 7 minutes to read.
  • Keith Baxter describes a ten-step approach to kicking off the risk management process for your project. 12 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture explains the project balance sheet—a depiction of the balance between what is the responsibility of the project manager and the business sponsor. 3 minutes to read.
  • Mohamed Hesham Youssef shares some advice on getting the most value-add from the procurement process. 4 minutes to read.
  • Joel Carboni reflects on the PRISM methodology (PRojects integrating Sustainable Methods), noting that it’s not just about being green; it’s about managing the impact of what we manage. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from the agile-industrial complex to the state of cynefin to strategy maps. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman just finished her series on managing Agile transformations. This is her summary, with links to each article in the series. Total time for the series is about 9 minutes.
  • Li-Hsuan Lung suggests that product owners take an approach analogous to managing a personal investment portfolio. 4 minutes to read.
  • Thomas Sugar collects insights from designers at seven top companies on how to run a focused, productive design meeting. 12 minutes to read.
  • George Krasadakis counts out eight steps for defining a minimum viable product. 7 minutes to read.
  • Dave Prior interviews Melissa Boggs, the Scrum Alliance’s new Chief Scrum Master. Podcast, 28 minutes, safe for work.

Applied Leadership

  • Lila MacLellan summarizes key points from President Obama’s interview at the Experience Management Summit, talking about making tough decisions. 4 minutes to read.
  • Bob Frisch and Cary Freene suggest that the first decision a group should make is how they will make decisions. 3 minutes to read.
  • Pawel Brodzinski challenges the way we assess whether a candidate would be a good “cultural fit.” 4 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Ed O’Brien shares the findings of his research into how much information we use to make decisions. TLDR: Less than you think. 6 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely notes that the wrong approach to measuring productivity can give rise to counter-productive behavior by both leaders and employees. 3 minutes to read.
  • Timothy Aeppel reports that US companies installed more robots last year than ever, except in the auto industry, which seems to have reached saturation. 2 minutes to read.
  • Nicholas Christakis contemplates the ways that artificial intelligence and human-like robots might change the way we humans relate to each other. 10 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Tae Yoo puts the need for perpetual learning into perspective: The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here, and the pace of job skill disruption is increasing. 3 minutes to read.
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy lists her key a-ha takeaways from The Feedback Fallacy, by Buckingham and Goodall. It’s a behavior-changer! 5 minutes to read.
  • Sharlyn Lauby shares her rules for managing Email. 3 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of February 25 – March 3

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 25 – March 3. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton describes the (surprising!) history, structure, and use of the Gantt chart. Just over 5 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Sanya Carley and David Konisky analyze the Green New Deal proposed by freshman Democrats in Congress for what it would mean for businesses. 5 minutes to read.
  • Jeff Desjardins collects a lot of data on the changing balance between automation and jobs in manufacturing, in seven charts and some bullet points. 5 minutes to read.
  • Lila MacLellan reports on a survey conducted by Cisco that indicates the largest skills gap executives see I the IT department isn’t technical. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Mike Clayton gives us a detailed primer on Earned Value Management, with an intro to Earned Schedule. Well worth the ten minutes to read.
  • Ronald Smith continues his series on using net present value (NPV) in project portfolio selection, with a look at the tools available in Excel and MS Project. 7 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture extols the value of “loose coupling” in scheduling. Less than a minute to read.
  • Kiron Bondale applies change management concepts to the challenge of getting buy-in to risk responses. 2 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin has bundled templates for the essential project management documents for download—for free! 2 minutes to read.
  • The folks at Clarizen list seven of the best project management conferences being held around the globe in 2019. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Dark Agile and Scrum to cost vs. value measurements to product launches. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Jeff Keyes points out five trends in software development, from mission-critical agility to analytics, leading to data-driven flexibility and success. 3 minutes to read.
  • Dave Prior interviews TJay Gerber on how to earn Scrum educational units in order to renew your CSM or CSPO credential. Podcast, 15 minutes, safe for work.
  • Ajay Balamurugadas identifies three common testing management practices that can only be called counter-productive. 5 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Scrum coach Jesse Houwing on remote pairing and mobbing. Podcast, 33 minutes, safe for work.
  • Jim Holmes looks into static analysis tools that can facilitate identifying code complexity and other sorts of issues that manifest as technical debt. 4 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Poornima Luthra introduces some new terms—generational intelligence and micro-generations—into the discussion of fostering collaboration. 4 minutes to read.
  • Christopher Cook tutors us on the notion of a business strategy and how it fits into setting goals. 3 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy curated 25 quotes on dealing with challenges, including five from the Stoics, two from the last great Roman Emperor, and one from Christina Aguilera. 4 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Gavin M updates us on proposed US IoT security and privacy legislation making their way through Congress. 3 minutes to read.
  • Benedict Carey notes that researchers have found no evidence to support the idea that management bullying gets better results in the workplace. 5 minutes to read.
  • Irfan Ahmed Khan points to nine artificial intelligence technology trends that we should monitor in the coming years. 6 minutes to read.
  • The editors of MIT Technology Review list ten big global challenges that could be solved with the proper application of technology. 6 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Travis Bradberry lists six things you don’t owe your boss. 4 minutes to read.
  • Kerry Jones lists ten early indicators of a toxic workplace. 6 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas repurposes advice to gifted teens responding to their teachers for adults in the workplace responding to a boss who says, “No.” 3 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!