New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 20 – 26. And this week’s video: Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen explains disruptive innovation, as described in his book The Innovator’s Dilemma. Clay passed away this week, leaving a body of work that has influenced business decision makers all over the world for more than three decades. 8 minutes, safe for work.
Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy
- Briony Harris reports that the International Monetary Fund is becoming cautiously optimistic, predicting slower growth but a “sluggish” recovery in the global economy. 2 minutes to read.
- Greg Satell compares the rise of China as an economic power in the last forty years with the earlier rise of Japan and the United States, pointing to some substantial differences. 6 minutes to read.
- The Editors of the Harvard Business Review provide a short analysis of the work and impact of Clayton Christensen, with links to eleven of his seminal articles. 6 minutes to read.
- Robert Jameson examines the impact of the iPad on the evolution of mobile technology products and strategies. 10 minutes to read.
- Elizabeth Harrin shares 15 actions and habits that will improve your project communication. 7 minutes to read.
- Pat Weaver explains why the concept of project management processes is being dropped from both the ISO Standard and the forthcoming edition of the PMBOK. 6 minutes to read.
- Praveen Malik does a deep dive on milestone reporting using Gantt charts in MS Project. 5 minutes to read.
- Mike Clayton muses on a couple of paradoxes that illustrate why short-cuts aren’t usually a good way to resolve problems. Video, 7 minutes, safe for work.
- John Goodpasture contemplates the factors that influence the quality of our predictions, with a little input from Nate Silver. 2 minutes to read.
- Glen Alleman adds some commentary to an on-going LinkedIn exchange about risk management with links to a group of articles and other resources. 2 minutes to read.
- Tom Cagely interviews Paul Gibbons on his new book, IMPACT: 21st Century Change Management. Podcast, 42 minutes, some PG-13 expressions.
Managing Software Development
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of agile content, from agile coaching to swarming to backlog bankruptcy. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- Johanna Rothman started a series on defining a project in terms of its boundaries—features, defects, schedule, cost, people, and work environment. 5 minutes to read part one, 6 minutes for part 2, and 4 minutes for part 3 with a summary still to come.
- Wolfgang Platz makes the case for risk coverage—weighting test cases based on business risk—as an improvement over percentage of test cases completed. 5 minutes to read.
- Karolina Tóth interviews Camille Fournier, managing director at financial management firm Two Sigma, on keeping developers engaged. Podcast, 31 minutes, safe for work. Or read the transcript in 11 minutes.
- Roland Flemm explains how to facilitate multi-team product backlog refinements. 7 minutes to read.
- Renate Wagner reflects on the role and necessary mindset of leader in an age of tremendous upheaval. Like, right now. 4 minutes to read.
- Marcus Blankenship interviews Michael Lopp on building trust and his new book, The Art of Leadership. Podcast, 44 minutes, safe for work.
- Dan Rockwell says that fatigue and self-neglect should not be badges of honor. 2 minutes to read.
Cybersecurity and Data Protection
- Shuba Kathikeyan argues that ethical hacking is changing the way we see security and information protection. 5 minutes to read.
- Alois Zwinggi and colleagues identify the emerging cybersecurity trends for 2020. “Cyber strategy is business strategy” because the risks are increasing. 6 minutes to read.
- Jennifer Zaino reports on data governance trends that will be more prominent in 2020. 6 minutes to read.
- Leigh Espy explores seven ways to improve your active listening skills. 6 minutes to read.
- Judaheet Das shares ten tips for improving your business writing skills. 7 minutes to read.
- Dorie Clark advises us on prioritizing our goals and aligning them with the overall strategic vision of our organization. 5 minutes to read.