New PM Articles for the Week of May 27 – June 2

New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 27 – June 2. And this week’s video: Diana Larsen and James Shore explain the Agile fluency model, a framework to help decide how to invest in Agile methods so that your teams can achieve the right zone of fluency. 11 minutes, safe for work. Thanks to Henny Portman for the link!

Two pictures from Vancouver Lake Park, taken this afternoon. That’s Mt. St. Helen and Mt. Hood in the background.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Ioannis Ioannou and Caroline Flammer explore the shifting balance between corporate investing and saving when preparing for a navigating through recessions. 4 minutes to read.
  • Sonal Mehta looks at how augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) will impact manufacturing and the industrial internet of things. 6 minutes to read.
  • Kathy Pham on what classes should be required for a computer science degree: “When people learn to code, they should also learn about ethics, humanities, and equity. Then perhaps they’ll be more prepared to predict the unintended consequences of their work.” 6 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Satya Narayan Dash shows how to use Ceptah Bridge as an MS Project add-in to connect to Jira. 7 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale tells us why project stakeholder management is the most important knowledge area. 2 minutes to read.
  • Mark Mulally reflects on the nature of quality as an attribute of what a project delivers and finds that most of what we’ve been taught just isn’t useful. 8 minutes to read.
  • The nice folks at Clarizen explain the business impact analysis, which assesses how an interruption of critical operations would impact the business. 3 minutes to read.
  • Brad Egeland reminds us that all project data is at risk, and the project team needs to manage that risk. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile links, from #NoFrameworks to couples counseling techniques for Scum team conflicts to servant leadership in product management. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Dave Prior interviews Howard Sublett on his new role as Chief Product Owner for the Scrum Alliance. Podcast, 29 minutes, safe for work.
  • Lisa Crispin summarizes key findings from the 2019 DevTestOps Landscape Report. She also provides a link to the full report. 5 minutes to read.
  • Roger James shares his development process checklist for ensuring that your new mobile app is secure. 5 minutes to read.
  • Ben Aston compiled a list of the best wireframe tools to make mockups and prototypes—the 10 best and 13 honorable mentions. 7 minutes to read.
  • Alex Novkov takes us from a Kanban board to a Kanban system. 8 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman provides his detailed rebuttal to Predicting the Unpredictable: Pragmatic approaches to estimating cost or schedule by Johanna Rothman. 14 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Lila MacLellan calls our attention to a manager’s manifesto: “I deeply resent how we’ve infantilized the workplace.” 3 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton provides a comprehensive primer on project human resource management, focusing on the team-leading tasks. 59(!) outbound links, 9 minutes to read.
  • Randy Conley uses the metaphor of a growing tree to show us how we can develop resilient team members. 4 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Hans Gunnoo explains Isaac Asimov’s Laws of Robotics, and then tells us why AI may not follow them. 6 minutes to read.
  • Sonia Elks reports on a new study, sponsored by the United Nations, which found that Siri, Alexa, and Cortana are reinforcing sexist stereotypes. 3 minutes to read.
  • Karen Hao explains how we historically handled the liability for catastrophic failures of automated systems. In short: we blame the nearest human. 4 minutes to read.
  • Melanie Mitchell illustrates some challenges for autonomous vehicles that can only be resolved with common sense—an understanding of the world as experienced by living things. 6 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Sarah Sunday reflects on how her geographically distributed team handles communications and workflow. Not just their tools, but their culture. 3 minutes to read.
  • Kerry Roberts and Beth Schinoff explain how micromoves—small actions or behaviors that seem inconsequential at the moment—affect our work relationships. 6 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas shares her HR expert opinion on how to keep remote workers engaged. 3 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of May 20 – 26

New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 20 – 26. And this week’s video: just in case you’re still suffering from withdrawal, here is a hilarious collection of short clips illustrating one of the most persistent memes in The Game of Thrones—6 minutes of Jon Snow, knowing nothing. Not quite safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • The Bloomberg Editorial Board opines against the recent San Francisco ban on the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement. 3 minutes to read.
  • Eshe Nelson summarizes the global economy’s “fragile” outlook, per the Organization for European Cooperation and Development. The US-China trade war is a risk. 2 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell reminds us to think critically about the conventional wisdom. Not every story we hear is the whole story, and sometimes it’s not even remotely correct. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Mike Clayton gives us a comprehensive guide to project resource management. 10 minutes to read.
  • Lindsay Curtis tells us how to get the most out of a project kickoff meeting. 4 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture shares a Requirements Feasibility and Risk Assessment Guide, an analytical structure for identifying technical challenges before creating your quality management plan. 2 minutes to read.
  • Francesco Marcatto helps us understand how our teams lose focus and what we can do about it. 7 minutes to read.
  • Dianne Inniss suggests a somewhat different model for user readiness: Ready, Able, and Willing. 4 minutes to read.
  • Pat Weaver explains how the content of the PMP exam will change at the end of 2019, based on the updated Role Delineation Study to be released this summer. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from story points and velocity to getting rid of hierarchical structures to mental models and biases. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Dave Prior interviews Troy Lightfoot on probabilistic forecasting, as opposed to velocity or story points. Podcast, 58 minutes, safe for work.
  • Ron Jeffries admits that he probably invented story points, and ruefully explores his current thinking on how they should be used, if at all. 8 minutes to read.
  • Maxson Tee tells us how to get client feedback and incorporate it into your development process. 5 minutes to read.
  • Nacho Bassino examines the impact of product maintenance on continued product development. 10 minutes to read.
  • PV Kannan and Josh Bernoff help us analyze business case for a chatbot or voice interface. 7 minutes to read.
  • Kimberly Crawford suggests that testers should anticipate the users we don’t want—evil-doers she lumps into the category villainous personas. 5 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Paul Axtell provides a comprehensive set of actions to take when you’ve reached an impasse in your meeting. 7 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale tells us how to temper the eternal optimism of a delivery team. 2 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Larson points to Tyrion Lannister, one of the key characters in Game of Thrones, as a prime example of a trusted adviser. 5 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Shelly Fan relays news that a “biologically-inspired deep neural network” spontaneously learned how to assess relative quantities—more and less—after it was trained to recognize objects. 5 minutes to read.
  • Nick Kael reports that Phishing attacks are getting creative and lists a few steps we can take to keep these weasels from succeeding. 5 minutes to read.
  • Curtis Preston recaps the first year of enforcement of the GDPR by the European Commission. 5 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Elizabeth Harrin gives us a detailed process for preparing to hand off your project while you take off on vacation. 7 minutes to read.
  • Mike Vardy introduces the notion of an achievement structure—a behavioral framework for using your to-do list and other organizing tools. 5 minutes to read.
  • Alice Merlino notes three common reasons we fail at communication and offers some comprehensive thoughts on how to improve. 9 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of May 13 – 19

New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 13 – 19. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton explains the Voice of the Customer, a process for understanding stakeholder needs. 3 minutes, safe for work. Mike has produced over 80 of these brief videos on a wide variety of topics; check them out here.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Ronald Smith lists some Worst Practices for outsourcing IT. Yes, these are guaranteed failure drivers—go thou and do otherwise. 11 minutes to read.
  • Michael Li recaps several very public failures of AI business solutions where inherent bias crept into the system because no one was managing the risk. 5 minutes to read.
  • Hites Ahir, Nicholas Bloom, and Davide Furceri examine the impact of uncertainty, driven by political forces, on business investment and economic results.

Managing Projects

  • Elizabeth Harrin posted two webinars this week: How to Succeed as a Project Manager, based on her book, and How to Manage Multiple Projects. Each a little over an hour, safe for work.
  • George Freeman gives us his thoughts on Architectural Awareness, the newest addition to the PMI Talent Triangle. At some point, will this become a square? 6 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale observes that project information radiators require behavior changes on the part of the senior stakeholders in order to actually communicate. 2 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy introduces us to the Lean Coffee meeting and tells how to organize one. 6 minutes to read.
  • Gerri Poling shares her thoughts on ITIL 4, the version introduced earlier this year. Just over 2 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman begins a new series on Agile methods for budgeting; here’s part 2. 7 minutes to read both.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Friday deploy freezes to electronic vs. visual boards to unintended consequences of your metrics. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • “Uncle Bob” Martin, who is a pilot and a programmer, shares his thoughts on the Boeing 737 Max 8 software failure that caused two crashes. 6 minutes to read.
  • Jason Skowronski explains staging environments—what they are and how they fit into the deployment cycle. 7 minutes to read.
  • Bas Dijkstra looks at two main reasons test automation doesn’t meet expectations, then outlines six steps to avoid falling into these traps. 7 minutes to read.
  • Alexey Gayduk describes the implementation of a chatbot system using an automated insurance agent as an example. 4 minutes to read.
  • Marija Cvjetkovic is a product owner and a cartoonist. Here are a few “graphical” thoughts about her day job. 6 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Agata Czopek on being an inclusive leader of a diverse project team. Podcast, 18 minutes, safe for work.
  • Mike Cohn tells us what the team wants from their Scrum Master. And any manager, for that matter. 4 minutes to read.
  • Sarah Hoban shares her experience with community goal setting. 3 minutes to read or download the podcast and listen for less than 5 minutes; safe for work.
  • Andy Makar recommends three must-read books to help a leader build better teams. 4 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Gemma Read and Jason Thompson expect that if pedestrians can step into the road without fear of an autonomous vehicle hitting them, traffic will grind to a halt. 4 minutes to read.
  • Andreas Sandre summarizes 14 trends shaping consumer technology, transportation, and more. 4 minutes to read.
  • Colin Jones shares his notes on AWS security essentials, based on a video by Aaron Bedra. 6 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Alice Boyes, author of The Anxiety Toolkit, explains what anxiety does to us at work, and it’s not good. 4 minutes to read.
  • Mike Vardy advocates for working at the speed of right—taking the time for critical thought and working on the right things. 2 minutes to read.
  • Michelle Cheng give us the executive summary of a survey on the most disruptive office distractions. If at least five make you feel guilty, there’s hope for you. 2 minutes to read.

Enjoy!