New PM Articles for the Week of December 16 – 22

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 16 – 22. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton updates a holiday favorite with the twelve project management days of Christmas. No singing and no birds in fruit trees; just short reminders of key themes in project management. Six minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Bas Kohnke points out four trends in the gig economy, people enablement, chatbots, and AI that will further change the workplace in 2020. 4 minutes to read.
  • Rashmi Sharma describes seven tech trends about to transform business in the coming decade. 6 minutes to read.
  • Kimberley Botwright reports on the furious growth of cross-border data transactions, and the growing body of regulations restricting it. Compliance will be one of the challenges of the 20’s. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Harold Kerzner identifies coming changes to the practice of project management. This will be the decade that project management becomes a strategic skill set. 6 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture shares an outline and general guidelines for writing an RFP. 4 minutes to read.
  • Brad Egeland describes what a project manager should be able to expect from the customer, the project team, and from senior management. 9 minutes to read all three.
  • Stephen Biddle tells us how to write a report. And just as important: how to not write a report. 3 minutes to read.
  • Jason Westland gives us an overview of IT governance, including definitions, frameworks, and planning. 6 minutes to read.
  • David Binny looks at the intricacies of the making a business case for a move to S/4HANA, before SAP ends support for ECC. Alternatives abound! 6 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from innovation failures to better standups to actively doing nothing. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman expands a recent conversation with a project manager to illustrate the power of role titles. 6 minutes to read.
  • Louis-Philippe Carignan observes the impact of DevOps on Agile practices; specifically, the growing value of Kanban metrics as a substitute for story points. 6 minutes to read.
  • Bob Reselman outlines a strategy for testing in an event-driven application architecture. 7 minutes to read.
  • Chris Fox rants, “Testing is essential, but it’s secondary. Sorry.” 6 minutes to read.
  • Nels Hoenig shares an anecdote that underlines the value of validating data before proceeding to analysis. 5 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Art Petty analyzes the leader’s role in executing on strategy. 5 minutes to read.
  • Amy Jen Su examines the components of trust between manager and team to help us understand if we really trust each other. 10 minutes to read.
  • John Millen uses Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffet, and Elon Musk as examples of great communicators. 5 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Curtis Franklin explains how to approach API security. 5 minutes to read.
  • Edlyn Levine and Algirde Pipikaite assess the potential of cyberattacks that directly target the hardware in our infrastructure. 4 minutes to read.
  • Colin Jones updates us on developments in mobile two-factor authentication and security keys, in the wake of SIM-swapping attacks. 6 minutes to read.
  • Steven Melendez reports that ransomware attackers are now publishing stolen data from victims who don’t pay. Yes, this means they are leveraging GDPR fines. 2 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Leigh Espy primes the pump with 35 conversation-starter questions for social and networking events. Not just for the holidays! 5 minutes to read.
  • Harry McCracken extols the iPad as his personal gadget of the decade. 3 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of December 9 – 15

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 9 – 15. And this week’s video: once again, we celebrate a traditional Texas family Christmas with the San Marcos Santa Claus, Robert Earl Keen. “I can’t remember how I’m kin to them …” Feliz Navidad, y’all! 4 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Greg Satell observes that moving fast is being superseded by moving in parallel. The new keywords are caution, exploration, and collaboration. 5 minutes to read.
  • Dambisa Moyo looks at de-globalization, the Splinternet, and the war for talent, and asks whether businesses are positioned to compete in the coming decade.
  • Brook Appelbaum notes the churn in the companies making up the Fortune 500 and proposes explanations for the rapid rise and fall of large enterprises. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Elizabeth Harrin listed links to 21 project management conferences and events coming up in 2020. Locations are in nearly every continent. Hopefully, someone will send her a link to a conference in South America. 8 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton explains how to run an effective stage gate review. Different organizations have different processes, but Mike covers the common elements. Video, 10 minutes, safe for work.
  • Tim Runcie previews the latest version of Microsoft Project, built from the ground up to work completely in the Cloud. 8 minutes to read.
  • Francesco Marcatto tells us when to use each of several types of timeline charts. 5 minutes to read.
  • Brad Egeland explains project integration management: combining the elements of a project plan into a unified whole. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from technical debt to measuring product / market fit to sociocracy. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Asim Suvedi explains his top three priorities as a software development manager. 3 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely continues his series on product requirements prioritization with a qualitative approach, the Kano model, and a quantitative approach, rank ordering by ROI. 4 minutes to read both.
  • Balazs Tornai explains why a backlog beats specifications. 5 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackvony lists a few potentially meaningful metrics for measuring software quality. 4 minutes to read.
  • Cory Foy shows how to use Wardley mapping to identify unique product attributes in support of April Dunford’s product positioning framework. Video, 5 minutes, safe for work.
  • Samantha Connelly talks about using mind maps and heuristics for planning mobile app testing. 2 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Jan Hagen and colleagues tell us about the training that aircraft crews receive in learning to deal with high-pressure situations. 8 minutes to read.
  • Karin Hurt and David Dye coach us on leading when our team is exhausted. 3 minutes to read.
  • Darren Manabney coaches us on being a persuasive speaker. “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” No, Oscar Wilde didn’t say it. 3 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Joan Goodchild tutors us on man-in-the-middle attacks: what they are how they work, and how to defend against them. 5 minutes to read.
  • Venkat Ramasamy outlines how a phishing attack can exploit an enterprise file synch and sharing system. In 1Q2019, Microsoft OneDrive had a 60% jump in malicious files. 4 minutes to read.
  • Gant Laborde notes five security challenges inherent to DevOps and the highly dependent nature of modern codebases. 5 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • If you liked Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking Fast and Slow, Pablo Alvarez recommends five more books on related topics. 3 minutes to read.
  • Michelle Knight describes several data management trends we should expect to track in 2020. 6 minutes to read.
  • Michelle Cheng recaps the fastest-growing jobs in the US, according to a study by LinkedIn. 4 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of December 2 – 8

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 2 – 8. And this week’s video: Harry Hall coaches us on refining the project estimates we provide to sponsors and key stakeholders, from managing their expectations to educating them on the nature of cost and schedule estimates. 3 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Peter Diamandis describes brick-and-mortar retail in 2030: The Experience Economy! The gentleman to the right is Wes Fath, my grandfather, about 60 years ago. Think about how much the consumer experience has changed in the last six decades before you contemplate the next decade. 7 minutes to read, or listen to the podcast, 13 minutes, safe for work.
  • Seth Godin on Tesla’s pickup truck: “Early adopters are thrilled by the new. They seek innovation. Everyone else is wary of failure. They seek trust.” 3 minutes to read.
  • Lindsay Curtis illustrates five ethical principles with situations commonly encountered by project managers. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Elizabeth Harrin has produced an ambition series of training videos, Project Management 2020. The first three videos average 15 – 20 minutes, the fourth is about 8 minutes.
  • Deena Chadwick takes a different approach to the 2-by-2 stakeholder matrix by asking, “What can the stakeholders do for the project?” 2 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely introduces a series on prioritization, using qualitative, quantitative, and subjective methods. The second installment is here. About 5 minutes to read both.
  • Mike Clayton gives us some advanced tips on project risk management. Video, 11 minutes, safe for work.
  • John Leo Weber gives us an overview of program management, from definition and goals to tools to professional credentials. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Flow thinking to visualizing forecasts to building professional trust. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture passes along a description of a product owner’s council, for the purpose of managing the backlog. 2 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale points to experimentation, conducted early in a project, as a key to reducing overall project risk. 2 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman observes that component teams increase coupling between workgroups and increase work in progress and time to completion. 5 minutes to read.
  • Nick Dyer considers the pros and cons of three alternatives ways to assign work to a team of specialists. 5 minutes to read.
  • Karolina Toth interviews Matt Greenberg, VP of Engineering at Credit Karma on growing new engineering managers. Podcast, 25 minutes, safe for work; transcript, 14 minutes to read.
  • Jean-Paul Delimat differentiates between continuous integration and continuous deployment. 8 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Quint Studer reminds us that leaders must do a lot of things that make us uncomfortable. Discomfort is not a reason to not do the right thing. 4 minutes to read.
  • Stephanie Vozza tells us how to address an issue without apologizing, if the fault lies elsewhere. 3 minutes to read.
  • Michael Lopp gives us a primer on leading distributed meetings. 5 minutes to read.
  • The nice folks at Clarizen tell us how to follow up more effectively with our direct reports. 4 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Joan Goodchild explains why some of our oldest security rules no longer apply, from passwords to virus checkers. “Antivirus’ efficacy is between 50% and 80% on a good day.” 6 minutes to read.
  • Rebecca James reviews the current state of biometric technology and asks: should we be worried? 7 minutes to read. Brian Wallace also weighed in: 2 minutes.
  • Alisson Peres suggests a few non-technical elements of IT security, including password managers. 4 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Lewisch tutors us on 16 common types of charts used in data visualization, from bars and columns to bubbles to heat maps. 6 minutes to read.
  • Paramita Ghosh identifies artificial and machine learning trends we should see continue to develop in the coming year. 6 minutes to read.
  • The Engine gives us a detailed analysis of the key players in the 3D printing market. 25 minutes to read.

Enjoy!