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.
- Alexandra 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.
- Marcus 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.
- 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.