New PM Articles for the Week of January 20 – 26

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.

Managing Projects

  • CommunicationElizabeth 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.

Applied Leadership

  • 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.

Pot Pourri

  • 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.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of January 13 – 19

New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 13 – 19. And this week’s video: 3Blue1Brown (I’m sure his parents don’t call him that) explains Bayes Theorem, one of the most important formulas in probability. 16 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Tom Chatfield argues that there can be no such thing as ethical AI. The challenges are about much more than just the technology. 5 minutes to read.
  • “Sir Richard” catalogs the various types and structures of mergers and acquisitions. 5 minutes to read.
  • Jonathan Woetzel and his colleagues at McKinsey published their report on climate risk and response. 15 minutes to read, with other resource links. The last time the climate changed, humans transitioned from migrating tribes of hunter-gatherers to farmers and herders living in fixed locations. Then history happened.

Managing Projects

  • Harry Hall notes that, for a team to effectively manage project risks, they first must agree on what is project risk. 3 minutes to read.
  • Ann Quito reports on the growing evidence that brainstorming simply isn’t an effective technique. 3 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale notes that teams dealing with complex adaptive systems require psychological safety to be successful. 2 minutes to read.
  • Dale Howard shows how to see what changed after approving pending task updates in the Project web app. 10 minutes to read.
  • Donald Fomby argues for managing global projects using remote project management technology. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton tells us how to conduct an excellent lessons-learned meeting. Video, 13 minutes, safe for work.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Jen Dolden on her experience in starting Women in Projects Australia. 25 minutes, safe for work.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of agile content, from pair programming to probabilistic forecasting to decaf, pragmatic, and real resistance. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Fredrik Wendt considers an interesting question: should the product owner be responsible for balancing the level of technical debt? 3 minutes to read.
  • Corey Roth lists considerations for prototyping and scaling IoT solutions. 7 minutes to read.
  • Ravi Hastantram begins a series on edge AI, also known as on-device AI, with the use cases. 6 minutes to read, with seven more articles to come.
  • Glen Alleman shares a table of Good Practices and Enablers of Good Practices, based on a report from Comptroller and Auditor General, UK Ministry of Defence. 6 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagley continues his series on value stream mapping one a post on keeping the big picture and variability and matrix organizations. 7 minutes to read both.

Applied Leadership

  • Kellogg Insight interviews Kieu-Trang Nguyen on her research into the relationship between trust and innovation. Podcast, 14 minutes, safe for work.
  • Kristen Bell DeTienne and colleagues explain how to manage an employee with depression. 6 minutes to read.
  • Sharlyn Lauby explores the legal concept and practical considerations of what constitutes a conflict of interest at work. 5 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Steven Melendez updates us on the increased potential for a cyberwar between Iran and the US. 8 minutes to read.
  • Joan Goodchild reports on ways to keep security on life support, now that Windows 7 and Server 2008 have reached end-of-life. 4 minutes to read.
  • Douglas Elliott and Lisa Quest examine five alternative futures for the way data is used, controlled, and shared. 6 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Jesse Weaver investigated the causes of his physical ailments and found that he’s part of a silent epidemic. “Tech neck?” So that’s what it’s called … 6 minutes to read.
  • Arslan Hassan characterizes the impact of sleep deprivation on productivity. 5 minutes to read.
  • Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association, identifies action items to make the workplace better for our mental health. 3 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of January 6 – 12

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.

Managing Projects

  • 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.

Applied Leadership

  • Happy IPM DayRuchika 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.

Pot Pourri

  • 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.

Enjoy!