New PM Articles for the Week of January 22 – 28

New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 22 – 28. And this week’s video: Harry Hall explains the concept of risk velocity—the relative amount of time you have until an identified risk manifests as an issue—and how to include it in your qualitative risk assessment. 4 minutes, safe for work.

Must read (or Listen)!

  • Connor Forrest describes Amazon’s new retail artificial intelligence technology, called Just Walk Out. It’s the brains behind Amazon Go—a convenience store with no checkout line. 3 minutes to read.
  • Devin Coldewey reports on the surveillance technology behind Amazon Go. 6 minutes to read.
  • Dan Smiljanic reveals the results of Binfire’s analysis of the status of project managers and the profession, with global statistics and a survey of 1080 PM’s in the USA, UK, Europe, Israel, India, and Japan. 7 minutes to read and very enlightening.

Established Methods

  • Glen Alleman tutors us on physical percent complete—also called, “Are we done yet?” in the context of an integrated master plan and integrated master schedule. 8 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture answers a key criticism of Monte Carlo simulations: you don’t really know what distribution should apply. 3 minutes to read.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiyoffers a practical guide to identifying project risks. 6 minutes to read.
  • Mari Rengarajam Deenadayalu tutors us on managing project scope in the presence of complexity and uncertainty. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton curates an excellent list of the best books about communication skills (and there are several types of skills represented) for project managers. 10 minutes to read.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from the state of Agile engineering to SWARMing to why the velocity of experimentation is worth measuring. 3 minutes to scan, 7 outbound links.
  • Gojko Adzic says that tools like Kanban and Scum boards are only mirrors—they reflect where you are. To make them actionable requires context and experience. 8 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman shares some ideas for helping your team finish all of their work inside a sprint. 4 minutes to read.
  • Vrushali Umbarkar coaches us on why, when, and how to make the move from Scrum to Kanban.
  • Renee Troughton lists the seven habits of highly effective Agile sponsors. 9 minutes to read.
  • Pete Houghton describes the gamification of automated software testing. 5 minutes to read.
  • Kate Paulk lists ten bad reasons to not hire additional software testers. Some of these are funny because they’re both terrifying and common. 8 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Walter Frick describes three ways to improve your decision making. 4 minutes to read.
  • Scott Berkun says that there are several ways to say “no,” and as leaders and decision-makers, we should master all of them. 5 minutes to read.
  • Ryan Ogilvie correlates a shift in the weekday with the number of reported software incidents with a shift in the weekday that changes are moved to production. 4 minutes to read.
  • Art Petty points out the liberating power of accountability. 2 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • George Krasadakis describes the ways in which the economy—from transportation to insurance—will be impacted by autonomous cars and trucks. 6 minutes to read.
  • Fergus from TechRogers created an infographic that shows all of the sensors and other components that make up a self-driving car.
  • Seth Godin describes four postures to consider when working with a good designer, from “I know what I want” to “I’ll know It when I see it.” Just over a minute to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Leigh Espey takes us through the steps for dealing with a difficult team member. 4 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagley helps you to decide whether you need a coach or a mentor. 3 minutes to read.
  • Elle Griffin shares a nifty flowchart to help you decide whether to have a meeting. Maybe 2 minutes to read, if you don’t stop to giggle.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of January 15 – 21

New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 15 – 21. And this week’s video: Allison Osborn explains the “Quarter Life Crisis,” an interesting view of the stress felt by so many millennials as they search for personally meaningful work. 17 minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Eric Newcomer and Brad Stone provide the sobering details behind the year-long ouster of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. 15 minutes to read.
  • Patrick Gillespie collates reports from around the U.S. indicating that American businesses can’t find workers. Note that 18 states will raise their minimum wage this year. 2 minutes to read.
  • Peter Fleming notes the science-based backlash against long hours of desk-based work. 4 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • Glen Alleman overviews Improving Project Performance: Eight Habits of Successful Project Teams by Jerry Wellman. 3 minutes to read.
  • Nick Pisano reviews the HBR OnPoint Magazine issue, The Data-Driven Manager: Make the Numbers Work for You. 6 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton shares several stakeholder engagement strategies. 5 minutes to read.
  • Human Motamedi identifies the challenges to expect when integrating an off-shore team with a near-shore 5 minutes to read.
  • Geraldine O’Reilly describes the role of Project Champion and what to look for when recruiting one. 3 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture gives a high-level explanation of four very different views of risk. 2 minutes to read.
  • Luca Collina walks us through the common points of recovering a project that has slipped into the Red. 5 minutes to read.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly Food for Agile Thought, from the ‘too many Scrum meetings’ myth to knowing what not to build to the agility assessment framework. 3 minutes to scan, 7 outbound links.
  • Ryan Ripley interviews Jessie Shternshus on helping teams un-learn the old so they can learn new Agile behaviors and habits. Podcast, 27 minutes, safe for work.
  • Rik Marselis recaps Brian Marick’s idea of Agile Testing Quadrants. It’s a shame that after more than 14 years, this isn’t more widely used. 4 minutes to read.
  • David Robins explains the difference between a project manager and a product manager. 2 minutes to read.
  • John Cutler shares a thought experiment on the relative merits of fixed length iteration and continuous flow in Sprint goal planning. 7 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Rob Lambert explains active listening—why it’s valuable and how to do it effectively. 7 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagley begins a new series on coaching and mentoring—similar but different activities. 3 minutes to read.
  • Derek Huether tutors us on objectives and key results, a well-established process for setting, communicating and monitoring goals and results in organizations. 3 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • David Balaban presents his analysis of the critical security vulnerability introduced by Apple with the introduction of iOS 11. 7 minutes to read.
  • Bob Martin uses the aviation concept of going into a stall when behind the power curve as a metaphor for software quality. “Rotten code is induced drag.” 4 minutes to read, even if you’ve only ever been a passenger.
  • Martin Fowler asks us to reconsider what we mean by an integration test and whether we have a clear understanding of what we’re trying to confirm. 5 minutes to read.
  • Alexa Roman introduces product analytics as a means of measuring the effectiveness of a UX design. 8 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Brendan Toner presents the ultimate tutorial on how to create and maintain your to-do list. 15 minutes to read.
  • Anett Grant offers some excellent advice for when your presentation is running longer than the time available. 4 minutes to read.
  • Ryan Born has some excellent advice: instead of apologizing, say “Thank you!” A minute to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of January 8 – 14

New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 8 – 14. And this week’s video: Vijay Pande explains drug development and healthcare from an engineering perspective, including “technical debt” and other things that don’t sound like biology. 24 minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Nancy Settle-Murphy talks up the value of civilized disagreement and explains how to pursue it. 6 minutes to read.
  • Henny Portman reviews The Startup Way—How Entrepreneurial Management Transforms Culture and Drives Growth, Eric Ries’s follow-up to The Lean Startup. 5 minutes to read.
  • The January 2018 edition of the Women Testers Magazine is now available. Not just for or by women! 4 minutes to scan the overview, but download and read the whole thing.

Established Methods

  • John Owen explains schedule risk analysis, including some excellent examples. 6 minutes to read.
  • Jeff Collins explores some of the benefits of a reliable project schedule. 5 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin lists five ways to get tasks out of your inbox and make them trackable actions. 6 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton tutors us on the stage gate process and why it adds project management value. 12 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy shares a single-page format for a project status report. 6 minutes to read.
  • Billy Guinan describes ways to cultivate a successful project management culture. 6 minutes to read.
  • Lew Sauder tells us what a PMO does to add value. 4 minutes to read.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from troubled Agile transitions to building trust to what product strategy concepts are currently en vogue. 6 outbound links, 2 minutes to scan.
  • Will Fanguy curates the weekly design news roundup, with 5 outbound links. 2 minutes to scan.
  • Martin Eriksson tabulates ten product management articles you should have read in 2017. 1o outbound links, 7 minutes to read.
  • John Cutler notes that Agile done right is actually continuous design. 4 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman debunks some of the balderdash being passed around as verities. 5 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Bruce Benson notes that just because an unethical behavior seems to have become common does not mean it should be accepted. 3 minutes to read.
  • Art Petty explains how to “survive to play another day” when reporting to a dictator-manager. 4 minutes to read.
  • Kerry Wills lists some examples of meeting invitations and other communications that don’t make expectations clear and actionable. 2 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Nilay Patel went to CES and realized just how much the tech industry assumes that consumers understand—mind the gap! 4 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale advocates the use of a Kanban to manage your personal development resolutions for 2018. OK, call it a plan, then. 3 minutes to read.
  • David Lavenda updates our expectations for AI delivering improved productivity and engagement in the coming year. 4 minutes to read.
  • Kritika Pandey lists some hacks and tools for team collaboration and productivity. 4 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Martin De Wulf does a deep dive into the stress of remote working. 12 minutes to read.
  • Seth Godin points out the keys to good customer service are in the first 60 seconds of the encounter. 2 minutes to read.
  • Tommy Goodwin notes that the US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics has added “Project Management Specialist” to its Standard Occupational Classification and explains why it’s a big deal. 3 minutes to read.

Enjoy!