New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 23 – 29. And this week’s video: Elizabeth Harrin identifies the best books about developing and applying team skills for project managers. 3 minutes, safe for work.
Business Acumen and Strategy
- Scott Anthony and his colleagues identified and studied the top 20 business transformations of the last decade. 7 minutes to read the article, but the study deserves more attention.
- John Kotter and Gaurav Gupta examine the Big Fail at Kraft Heinz. Traditional methods of restructuring put the ability to innovate at risk. 5 minutes to read.
- Ryan Dawson tells us why big IT unification projects so often fail. “Rationalizing” systems isn’t always rational. 4 minutes to read.
- Brook Appelbaum recommends six practices for lean portfolio management. 9 minutes to read.
- Cornelius Fichtner explains the way that the PMI Talent Triangle adds structure to the requirements for Professional Development Units (PDU’s). Podcast, 19 minutes, safe for work.
- Geoff Crane examines the ways that emotions influence project outcomes. 4 minutes to read.
- Leigh Espy lists ten benefits of respectful, productive conflict. 5 minutes to read.
- Mike Clayton shares five tips for managing project financials. Video, 10 minutes, safe for work.
- Lindsay Curtis tells us how to lead during a project crisis. 5 minutes to read.
- Sarah M. Hoban identifies eight steps to take when taking over a project already in flight from another PM. Read the transcript in 4 minutes or listen to the recording in 6 minutes.
Managing Software Development
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from identifying a feature factory to the importance of a Sprint goal to do whether the product owner role is still needed. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- Max Saperstone recommends adoption of several activities and behaviors when moving toward continuous testing. 3 minutes to read.
- Jeremy Morgan lists ten books on DevOps that should be on your bookshelf or Kindle. 4 minutes to read.
- Yuval Yeret and colleagues have updated the Kanban Guide for Scrum Teams. Highly recommended. 2 minutes to read the article; the Guide is nine pages.
- Dave Prior interviews JJ Sutherland on his new book, The Scrum Fieldbook. Podcast, 34 minutes, safe for work.
- Mike Griffiths announces his new book, Agile Illustrated—already #1 on several Amazon lists and temporarily available at a low, low price!
- Steve Keating reminds us that disagreements are perfectly normal. What matter is how we handle them. 3 minutes to read.
- Richard Larson recalls what he learned about leading from sitting in Mr. Fernholz’s class when he was in the sixth grade. 4 minutes to read.
- Lolly Daskal tells us what makes the introverted leader successful. 2 minutes to read.
Cybersecurity and Data Protection
- David Greene analyzes the EU Court’s decision that Google’s obligation to “forget” someone at their request does not extend beyond EU borders. 4 minutes to read.
- Tom Cagely interviews Christopher Gerg on information security, ransomware, and the role of the CISO. 29 minutes, safe for work.
- Asaf Fybish describes the primary security architectures in use today. Note that these are not mutually exclusive alternatives—they are often used in combinations. 10 minutes to read.
- Brian Wallace gets us up to date on how to harness our professional network, using LinkedIn. 9 minutes to read.
- Justin Brady explains job security, as seen by Gen Z. They’re not buying the same career crap that failed the last few generations. 4 minutes to read.
- Deb Geyer tells us how to achieve the deliberate un-learning and re-learning need to succeed in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 4 minutes to read.