New PM Articles for the Week of April 15 – 21

New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 15 – 21. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton explains the PMI, APM, and Prince2 definitions of an issue, and what project managers should do to manage them. 5 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Susan Lund and Jacques Bughin describe the changing nature of globalization, driven by flows of information and data. 8 minutes to read.
  • Stephen Bungay debunks five popular myths about strategy. 6 minutes to read.
  • Brad Plizga argues that human rights must always come before business. It’s time for Big Tech to say no to oppressive governments.

Managing Projects

  • Valaiporn Niramai does a deep dive on what it takes to organize and manage a transformation project. 7 minutes to read.
  • Sarah Hoban explains the fundamentals of project branding. 3 minutes to read, or listen to her podcast: 6 minutes, safe for work.
  • Nenad Trajkovski suggests that we consider what type of task to use, based on constraints and drivers, before we start up MS Project. 2 minutes to read.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Laura Dallas Burford on how to become a project management consultant. Podcast, 33 minutes, safe for work.
  • The Nice Folks at Clarizen explain one of my favorite methodologies: Gap Analysis. Loved by business analysts and implementation project managers everywhere. 3 minutes to read.
  • Tapera Mangezi tells how to maintain positive stakeholder engagement during business analysis processes. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from the merits of less communication to the demerits of A/B testing to multiple team Scrum. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Tamás Török gives us an executive summary of Coding Sans Software Development Trends 2019 annual report. Full report and data available for download. 7 minutes to read.
  • Doug Bradbury suggests a less risky alternative to a major re-write of your current software product in order to exploit a new market. 3 minutes to read.
  • Barry Weston observes some of the challenges in testing AI solutions. 4 minutes to read.
  • Brendan Wovchko coaches us on the choice between using Scum and using Kanban. 4 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackovny, professional tester and former professional organizer, tells us how to organize for testing success. 5 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Michael Lopp considers the leadership responsibilities of meetings. 4 minutes to read.
  • Melody Wilding coaches us on managing the complainers who come to our meetings. You can give people a voice without losing control. 4 minutes to read.
  • Pawel Brodzinski reflects on the co-dependent nature of autonomy and transparency: you can’t have one without the other. 7 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy shares a few simple things you can do to endear yourself to your project team. It’s easier to lead people who like you. 4 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Greg Satell gives us an executive summary of quantum computing. My take: they aren’t faster general-purpose computers. 5 minutes to read.
  • MIT Technology Review recaps what we’ve learned in the 20 years since the first distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. 6 minutes to read.
  • Raconteur shares an infographic that illustrates how much new data is created in a single day. I wouldn’t call the 4,000 terabytes generated on Facebook useful, but it’s data. A minute or two to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Jenny Foss suggests we send a letter of interest to that company we’d really like to work for. Even if they don’t have a position open. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mayo Oshin looks at the science of how music affects your productivity. Sad news: although music reduces anxiety, lyrics reduce mental performance. 5 minutes to read the rest.
  • Lauren Adley on motivation: “It’s easier to get things done when we’re driven, but it’s not a necessary precondition in order to do so.” 4 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of February 11 – 17

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 11 – 17. And this week’s video: Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro and his colleague, Dr. Dylan Glas, are interested in what makes a human. Erica is their latest creation – a semi-autonomous android, product of the most funded scientific project in Japan. More philosophic than scientific, but sometimes that’s the kind of questions we need to ask. 14 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • David Goodman and Karen Weise tell how the turbulent politics of New York led Amazon to decide to pull the plug on the deal to build a second headquarters in Queens. 8 minutes to read.
  • Will Martin shares an insight from Neil Shearing, Chief Economist at Capital Economics, on the most useful predictor of trends in the global economy. 3 minutes to read.
  • Patricia de Hemricourt updates us on the growth of privacy regulation and what compliance looks like in the aftermath of the effective date of the GDPR. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • John Goodpasture analyzes the value of Monte Carlo simulations based on data with an unknown distribution. 3 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton give us the details on what to do when our project is deferred, as opposed to canceled. 10 minutes to read.
  • Mark Romanelli notes the analytical tools we should use when selecting projects to achieve strategic goals. 6 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy tutors us on problem-solving using a seven-step process. 8 minutes to read.
  • Mac Sauls takes us through the process of calculating a management reserve using basic statistical techniques. 10 minutes to read.
  • Alex Ponomarev explains how to estimate a project using user stories—an excellent starting point for the customer in understanding Agile methods. 5 minutes to read.
  • Payson Hall reminds why understanding the business problem is so essential. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from questioning agile dogma to prioritizing opportunities to who owns the product backlog. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman suggests that changing how you think about your customers can lead to improvements in your delivery. 4 minutes to read.
  • Stacy Sherman tutors us on customer personas as an input to customer experience design. 3 minutes to read.
  • Poornima Vijayashankar interviews UX consultant Sarah Doody, who explains how to source, vet, hire and work with UX designers. Podcast, 39 minutes, safe for work.
  • Emily Esposito shares her master list of all UX conferences scheduled for 2019, worldwide. 10 minutes to read.
  • Edwin van der Thiel considers what DevOps means to the team. 2 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Amervis Lopez Cobb reports from the Accelerate Women Conference in Las Vegas, with some background on herself. 10 minutes to read.
  • Molly Page reflects on what she’s learned about digesting criticism. 4 minutes to read.
  • Lolly Daskal notes that people experience a change in four stages. 2 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • James Bessen and James Kossuth report on research into how automation affects high-skill and low-skill workers. 4 minutes to read.
  • Knowledge@Wharton interviews John McCoy on his research into the most productive approach to crowdsourcing answers. 5 minutes to read.
  • Janelle Edge notes four of the most common ways that people learn. In this case, it also means ways that we understand an explanation. 5 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Amy Whicker explains emotional assertiveness—one more tool in our emotional intelligence toolbox. 8 minutes to read.
  • Joshua Brustein reports on conditions for contractors working at one of Apple’s “black sites” in Silicon Valley. Not an encouraging picture of corporate America. 12 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland reports on her experiments on what to wear and where to sit for video calls when working remotely. Podcast, 9 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of February 4 – 10

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 4 – 10. And this week’s video: Jesse Fewell explains why command and control is a good thing, in the context it was originally expressed—as an organizational competency. 6 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Chris Dimitriadis notes that data fraud/theft and large-scale cyber attacks were identified as two of the top five global threats by the World Economic Forum. Let that sink in for a moment. 4 minutes to read.
  • Curt Nickisch interviews Anne Curzan, who studies the evolution of language. She analyzes the origins and effectiveness of some common metaphors. Podcast, 29 minutes, safe for work.
  • The FirstMark team shares insights and first principle that they got from Caty Kobe, head of Scalable Customer Success at Square, a financial services technology firm. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Satya Narayan Dash delivers a tutorial on Earned Schedule Management, an extension of earned value management. 8 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture looks at iteration models that “change things up” in order to avoid burning out the team. 3 minutes to read.
  • Cate Huston reflects on the lessons in change management she’s learned, as both manager and individual contributor. 6 minutes to read.
  • Seth Godin uses swimming and surfing as metaphors for the risks when accepting responsibility for projects with higher stakes. 2 minutes to read.
  • Daniel Doiron applies critical chain buffers to determine realistic project deadlines. 4 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin gives us some pointers on decision making as a process. Complete with a decision log template! 6 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from transition failures to futile efforts to building the wrong thing. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read,
  • Kiron Bondale suggests that we need a definition of done for our agile ceremonies as well as our products. 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman has concluded her epic series on balancing innovation, commitment and feedback loops. Here is part 2, part 3, and part 4. Each about 4 minutes to read.
  • Leon Adato shares some guidelines and practices for deciding when to “pull the plug” on legacy technology. 4 minutes to read.
  • Tomer Dicturel warns us of the impact unrealistic expectations will have on software development projects. 3 minutes to read.
  • Henny Portman reviews Devops: A business perspective, by Oleg Skrynnik. 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Chad Husted extracts actionable self-management information from Stephen R. Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. 7 minutes to read.
  • Dan Rockwell encourages us to develop empathy in our efforts to become better leaders. 2 minutes to read.
  • Roman Pichler explores ways that we can listen to understand, rather than simply respond. 6 minutes to read.
  • Liz Fosslien and Mollie West-Duffy provide some guidance on when to hug at work. And when not to hug. The cartoons are hysterical. 4 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Jon Porter reports on Googles new Password Checkup extension to Chrome. It checks a database to see if your password has been exposed in a data breach. 2 minutes to read.
  • Adam Shostack reflects on aviation, telephones, and the balance between regulation and innovation. Definitely thought-provoking. 2 minutes to read.
  • Daniel Bourke shares a comprehensive list of his takeaways from the How to Learn course on Coursera. How comprehensive? 14 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Kevin Wang examines the rapidly changing way we work, from remote work to automation to the nature of work skills. 7 minutes to read.
  • Leo Babauta coaches us on the practice of letting go. It’s a Zen thing … 3 minutes to read.
  • Adriana Girdler tells us how to develop healthy work habits, from drinking water to stretching to healthy eating. Video, 6 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!