VIDEONew project management articles published on the web during the week of March 2 – 8. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton introduces a new concept: aintegration, a measure of how well one copes with uncertainty and contradictions. Successful project managers must be able to deal with volatility, uncertainty, and ambiguity as a necessary part of the job, and developing that skill should be part of your professional development plan. 4 minutes, safe for work. Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy
Tom Linton and Bindiya Vakil consider what COVID-19 means for supply chain risk as a matter of business continuity. 6 minutes to read. And Philipp Carlsson-Szlezak opines on the potential for a global recession. 8 minutes to read.
Francesco Pecoraro identifies the three components of corporate strategy. 3 minutes to read.
Beck Bamberger collects insights from seven CEO’s on what it means to develop a transparent organization. 4 minutes to read. Managing Projects
Mike Griffiths compares the WBS and product backlog, beginning with a brief history lesson. 5 minutes to read.
Payson Hall objects to the answer, “We have done all we can to mitigate the risk. We can’t think of anything more to do, so we closed it.” 2 minutes to read.
Elizabeth Harrin looks back, twenty years after deciding to become a project manager, and sees a few things she didn’t realize at the time. 4 minutes to read.
Cornelius Fichtner interviews Kim Wasson on social intelligence as a soft skill for project managers. Podcast, 28 minutes, safe for work.
Andy Jordan considers two of the statistics from the PMI Pulse of the Profession 2020 survey and sees a lack of corporate investment in project management professionals. 7 minutes to read.
The nice folks at Explority have identified the top 30 IT consulting firms in the world, in anticipation of your next solutions project. 10 minutes to read. Managing Software Development
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from rumors of the demise of Agile to the perils of being too data-driven to driving innovation. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
Gábor Zöld curates his monthly engineering management resource roundup, from recruiting engineers to hiring remotely to cultural debt. 10 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
Johanna Rothman began a series on building team resilience. 3 minutes to read. Here are links to Part 2 (4 minutes) and Part 3 (5 minutes). Part 4 will be a summary.
Mike Cohn explains how to estimate story points with multiple teams by developing a common baseline. 5 minutes to read.
Doc Norton does the math on why we need to manage WIP. 3 minutes to read.
Stephen Younge does a deep dive into technical debt, from sources to productive ways to reduce the debt. 7 minutes to read.
Janna Loeffler answers our questions about integrating AI into our software testing routines. 6 minutes to read. Applied Leadership
Kerry Goyette tells us how to work on our emotional intelligence. “American workplaces have five generations working side by side.” 4 minutes to read.
Raj Vardhman shares some tips for Gen X project leaders on how to better manage Millennials. 4 minutes to read.
Nancy Settle-Murphy coaches us on building consensus with eight actionable tips. 6 minutes to read.
Suzanne Lucas shares her Evil HR Lady insights into employee retention. “Replacing workers cost employers $617 billion in 2018, compared with $331 billion in 2010.” 2 minutes to read. Cybersecurity and Data Protection
Curtis Franklin interviews James Stavridis, former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, on the current cybersecurity threat level. 10 minutes to read.
Naineesh Gaur and Chris Morris shock us with statistics and data, and then make the business case for cyber resiliency. 5 minutes to read.
Judhajeet Das examines current trends in how distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks are perpetrated and defended against. 5 minutes to read. Pot Pourri
Lila MacLellan coaches us on how to politely decline a handshake in the Age of COVID-19. 3 minutes to read.
Arianne Cohen reports that caffeine won’t make you more creative, but it may help you solve problems. Time for another cuppa joe … 1 minute to read.
VIDEONew project management articles published on the web during the week of February 24 – March 1. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton suggests a routine to deal with the feeling of being overwhelmed by pruning and prioritizing your to-do list, and then working it aggressively. 9 minutes, safe for work. Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy
Pierre Haren and David Simchi-Levi expect that the full impact of COVID-19 on the global supply chain will hit us in mid-March and could continue for months. 4 minutes to read.
Edd Gent reports that tech manufacturing depends on 23 rare minerals that have significant supply chain risk. The analysis is as interesting as the finding. 3 minutes to read.
David Rotman reports that Moore’s Law is dead (sort of) and explains what that will mean for the trajectory of technology. 9 minutes to read. Managing Projects
Elizabeth Harrin shares ten tips for preparing meeting minutes. You can delegate notetaking but take responsibility for preparing the minutes! 6 minutes to read.
Carsten Lund Pedersen and Thomas Ritter suggest a framework for predicting the chances of success for your new Big Data project. 7 minutes to read.
Erik van Hurck shares three tips for working with Microsoft Planner. 5 minutes to read.
Kiron Bondale suggests an interesting technique for increasing alignment on delivery approaches: uncertainty poker. 3 minutes to read.
Glen Alleman posted a list of books and documents that should be of use to teams who are engineering complex systems. 3 minutes to read.
Johanna Rothman examines the merits of collecting labor hours expended for capitalizing projects. Abandon all expectation of accuracy and you’ll be fine. 5 minutes to read. Managing Software Development
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from liberating structures to measuring a complex reality to making decisions in complex situations. 7 outbound links, 4 minutes to read.
Andre Schweighofer tells how the Adidas tech team decided to stop estimating story points and found a more effective approach for the way they worked. 6 minutes to read.
Craig Brown talks about backlog bankruptcy—having so much on the backlog that you can never get down to zero. 2 minutes to read.
Nishi Grover Garg explains the tester’s notion of bug advocacy, and when to advocate. Think about encouraging your testers to be advocates. 3 minutes to read.
Tom Cagely interviews Todd Miller and Ryan Ripley on their new book, Fixing Your Scrum: Practical solutions to common Scrum problems. Podcast, 40 minutes, safe for work.
Robb Pieper discusses the pros and cons of having technical or business domain knowledge as a Scrum Master. Video, 2 minutes, safe for work. Applied Leadership
Greg Satell focuses on the lessons learned about leading change in Lou Gerstner’s tenure as CEO of IBM. 5 minutes to read.
Karin Hurt coaches us on how to manage a strong, arrogant, slightly obnoxious high performer. 4 minutes to read.
Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy tells us how to introduce ourselves as the PM on a new project. Video, 13 minutes, safe for work.
Jamie Davidson suggests nine tips for developing great remote management skills. 5 minutes to read.
Art Petty sums up the way we assess effective leadership in others as the Four C’s. 4 minutes to read. Cybersecurity and Data Protection
Eric Griffith dives into the FBI’s cybercrime statistics for insights into the what might be the biggest threats. 3 minutes to read.
Gilad David Maayan shares proven practices for responding to Big Data breaches. 5 minutes to read.
Joan Goodchild reports on the growing debate over whether foreign-made tech products can be made safe for use by the US government in critical infrastructure. Yes, they mean Huawei. 3 minutes to read. Pot Pourri
Elizabeth Grace Saunders suggests self-care for working parents approaching burn-out. 6 minutes to read.
Leigh Espy lists seven reasons why networking is critical for a successful career. 4 minutes to read.
VIDEONew project management articles published on the web during the week of February 17 – 23. And this week’s video: Harry Hall shares his list of inputs for your project risk management plans. 2 minutes, safe for work. Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy
Greg Satell reflects on the growing need for us to consider the ethical dimensions of the technologies we develop and field. 5 minutes to read.
Richard Smith-Bingham and Kavitha Hariharan explain why the coronavirus epidemic is a global business risk and make the case for business investment in pandemic resilience. 6 minutes to read.
Azeem Azhar interviews Ian Bremmer on geopolitics, technology, and the top risks for the decade ahead. Podcast, 43 minutes, safe for work. Managing Projects
Henny Portman examines the International PMO standard under development by the AIPMO. 7 minutes to read.
Elise Stevens interviews Anita Phagura of Fierce Project Management, a networking group for women and underrepresented groups in project management. Podcast, 29 minutes, safe for work.
Deb Schaffer tutors us on the basics of scope management. 3 minutes to read.
John Goodpasture ruminates on projects as transactions. Or possibly relationships. Or maybe both. 2 minutes to read.
Mike Clayton explains the difference between a milestone and a deadline. Video, 3 minutes, safe for work.
Pat Weaver has compiled a map of philosophies and principles that shape planning approaches. Culture dominates our decision-making! 7 minutes to read. Managing Software Development
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from an interview with Kent Beck to Agile leadership to organizing your backlog. 7 outbound links, 4 minutes to read.
Gábor Zöld curates his monthly engineering management resource roundup, from Two Sigma to feedback to celebrating achievement. 10 outbound links, 4 minutes to read.
Doc Norton identifies the metrics he recommends for measuring agile efficiency, despite a preference for effectiveness. 3 minutes to read.
Ayush Jain explains the product manager role and responsibilities in the modern product lifecycle framework. 5 minutes to read.
Marcus Blankenship interviews Ellen Gottesdiener on improving the product management lifecycle with better collaborative decision-making. Podcast, 49 minutes, safe for work.
Michel van der Meulen maps out the transition from a business analyst role to a product owner role. 4 minutes to read. Applied Leadership
Cory Foy lists ten questions you should ask before introducing change to your team. 4 minutes to read.
Jennifer Jordan and colleagues explore seven tensions between traditional and emerging leadership approaches. 7 minutes to read.
Adriana Girdler explains the Tuckman model of team development stages. Video, 7 minutes, safe for work. Cybersecurity and Data Protection
William Turton reports on an incredibly sophisticated social engineering and corporate Email fraud ring that investigators have dubbed Exaggerated Lion. 6 minutes to read.
Michael Kan reports that the US Defense Information Systems Agency, charged with securing US military communications, may have been breached. 2 minutes to read.
Thomas Fillaud makes six cybersecurity predictions for 2020. Keep an eye on machine identity security and global supply chain security. 3 minutes to read.
Suzanne Lucas provides an HR practitioner’s view of what compliance with the California Consumer Privacy Act means for HR data. 3 minutes to read. Pot Pourri
John Schwarz reports on how on-the-job training is replacing the graduate degree. 6 minutes to read.
Elizabeth Harrin notes that, from robotics and automation to artificial intelligence, the future of work is already here. The challenge is to harness the benefits. 5 minutes to read.
Leigh Espy does a deep dive into Tim Hurson’s new book, Think Better. 10 minutes to read.