New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 6 – 12. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton shares several witty quotes on nature of projects and the challenges of managing them. Irony, insight, and a couple of laugh-out-loud moments. 6 minutes, safe for work.
Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy
- Rich Mironov wants to promote industry discussions about a product code of ethics, to prevent unintended consequences and product misuse. 7 minutes to read.
- Sharlyn Lauby suggests a half-dozen ways to improve your business acumen. Strategies that work for an HR manager also work for a project manager. 3 minutes to read.
- Greg Satell on Amazon’s new quantum computing service: “In an ecosystem driven world, power doesn’t lie at the top of value chains, but at the center of networks.” 5 minutes to read.
- PMI will make the exposure draft of the seventh edition of the PMBOK available for public comment and review on January 15. Just a minute to read.
- Cornelius Fichtner talks with Rich Maltzman and Jim Stewart about their new book, How to Facilitate Productive Project Planning Meetings. Podcast, 37 minutes, safe for work.
- Praveen Malik demonstrates five ways to customize the Gantt chart view in MS Project, a great tool for communicating the schedule. 4 minutes to read.
- John Goodpasture describes the role of the system integrator in really big projects and programs. 2 minutes to read.
- Kiron Bondale reflects on how we might handle unresponsive key project stakeholders. 2 minutes to read.
- Doc Norton expounds on Goodhart’s Law and why guidelines are better than targets. 2 minutes to read.
- Esther Derby distinguishes between training and education, and why they are better together. 2 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of agile content, from the Descaling Manifesto (not about coffee makers) to team rule-breaking to Scrum Masters on a CEO path. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- Gábor Zöld curates his monthly engineering management resource roundup, from scaling a distributed team (also not about coffee makers) to managing managers to deliberate appreciation. 10 outbound links, 4 minutes to read.
- Simran Pandey explains how a proof of concept can be used to test an assumption or product idea. 5 minutes to read.
- Gilad David Maayan describes five metrics that should be useful for teams using agile methods. 4 minutes to read.
- Tom Cagely begins a series on the issues we commonly encounter when developing a value stream map. About 3 minutes to read. Part 2 is also about 3 minutes.
- Ruchika Tulshyan gives us permission to ask people how to pronounce their name correctly. Roo-CHEEK-Ah. 7 minutes to read.
- Gina Abudi asks, have you considered the impact of the change you are leading on you? 2 minutes to read.
- Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist at the Wharton School, shares his recommended reading list for leaders. 5 minutes to read.
Cybersecurity and Data Protection
- Michael Grothaus reports that both Mozilla and the US Department of Homeland Security want you to update your Firefox browser. Like, right now. 1 minute to read.
- Dorit Dor asserts five trends will be prevalent in cybersecurity in 2020. 4 minutes to read.
- Dana Kozubska reports on several trends related to the Internet of Things that should influence business decisions in 2020. 5 minutes to read.
- Roland Flemm begins a series on systems thinking with an examination of wicked problems. If you are going to intervene, choose wisely. 7 minutes to read.
- Anne Quito and Dan Kopf illustrate the dispute between designers and statisticians on what makes a good information graphic. 8 minutes to read.