New PM Articles for the Week of January 6 – 12

New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 6 – 12. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton shares several witty quotes on nature of projects and the challenges of managing them. Irony, insight, and a couple of laugh-out-loud moments. 6 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Rich Mironov wants to promote industry discussions about a product code of ethics, to prevent unintended consequences and product misuse. 7 minutes to read.
  • Sharlyn Lauby suggests a half-dozen ways to improve your business acumen. Strategies that work for an HR manager also work for a project manager. 3 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell on Amazon’s new quantum computing service: “In an ecosystem driven world, power doesn’t lie at the top of value chains, but at the center of networks.” 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • PMI will make the exposure draft of the seventh edition of the PMBOK available for public comment and review on January 15. Just a minute to read.
  • Cornelius Fichtner talks with Rich Maltzman and Jim Stewart about their new book, How to Facilitate Productive Project Planning Meetings. Podcast, 37 minutes, safe for work.
  • Praveen Malik demonstrates five ways to customize the Gantt chart view in MS Project, a great tool for communicating the schedule. 4 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture describes the role of the system integrator in really big projects and programs. 2 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale reflects on how we might handle unresponsive key project stakeholders. 2 minutes to read.
  • Doc Norton expounds on Goodhart’s Law and why guidelines are better than targets. 2 minutes to read.
  • Esther Derby distinguishes between training and education, and why they are better together. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of agile content, from the Descaling Manifesto (not about coffee makers) to team rule-breaking to Scrum Masters on a CEO path. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Gábor Zöld curates his monthly engineering management resource roundup, from scaling a distributed team (also not about coffee makers) to managing managers to deliberate appreciation. 10 outbound links, 4 minutes to read.
  • Simran Pandey explains how a proof of concept can be used to test an assumption or product idea. 5 minutes to read.
  • Gilad David Maayan describes five metrics that should be useful for teams using agile methods. 4 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely begins a series on the issues we commonly encounter when developing a value stream map. About 3 minutes to read. Part 2 is also about 3 minutes.

Applied Leadership

  • Happy IPM DayRuchika Tulshyan gives us permission to ask people how to pronounce their name correctly. Roo-CHEEK-Ah. 7 minutes to read.
  • Gina Abudi asks, have you considered the impact of the change you are leading on you? 2 minutes to read.
  • Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist at the Wharton School, shares his recommended reading list for leaders. 5 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Michael Grothaus reports that both Mozilla and the US Department of Homeland Security want you to update your Firefox browser. Like, right now. 1 minute to read.
  • Dorit Dor asserts five trends will be prevalent in cybersecurity in 2020. 4 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Dana Kozubska reports on several trends related to the Internet of Things that should influence business decisions in 2020. 5 minutes to read.
  • Roland Flemm begins a series on systems thinking with an examination of wicked problems. If you are going to intervene, choose wisely. 7 minutes to read.
  • Anne Quito and Dan Kopf illustrate the dispute between designers and statisticians on what makes a good information graphic. 8 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of September 23 – 29

New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 23 – 29. And this week’s video: Elizabeth Harrin identifies the best books about developing and applying team skills for project managers. 3 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Scott Anthony and his colleagues identified and studied the top 20 business transformations of the last decade. 7 minutes to read the article, but the study deserves more attention.
  • John Kotter and Gaurav Gupta examine the Big Fail at Kraft Heinz. Traditional methods of restructuring put the ability to innovate at risk. 5 minutes to read.
  • Ryan Dawson tells us why big IT unification projects so often fail. “Rationalizing” systems isn’t always rational. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Brook Appelbaum recommends six practices for lean portfolio management. 9 minutes to read.
  • Cornelius Fichtner explains the way that the PMI Talent Triangle adds structure to the requirements for Professional Development Units (PDU’s). Podcast, 19 minutes, safe for work.
  • Geoff Crane examines the ways that emotions influence project outcomes. 4 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy lists ten benefits of respectful, productive conflict. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton shares five tips for managing project financials. Video, 10 minutes, safe for work.
  • Lindsay Curtis tells us how to lead during a project crisis. 5 minutes to read.
  • Sarah M. Hoban identifies eight steps to take when taking over a project already in flight from another PM. Read the transcript in 4 minutes or listen to the recording in 6 minutes.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from identifying a feature factory to the importance of a Sprint goal to do whether the product owner role is still needed. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Max Saperstone recommends adoption of several activities and behaviors when moving toward continuous testing. 3 minutes to read.
  • Jeremy Morgan lists ten books on DevOps that should be on your bookshelf or Kindle. 4 minutes to read.
  • Yuval Yeret and colleagues have updated the Kanban Guide for Scrum Teams. Highly recommended. 2 minutes to read the article; the Guide is nine pages.
  • Dave Prior interviews JJ Sutherland on his new book, The Scrum Fieldbook. Podcast, 34 minutes, safe for work.
  • Mike Griffiths announces his new book, Agile Illustrated—already #1 on several Amazon lists and temporarily available at a low, low price!

Applied Leadership

  • Steve Keating reminds us that disagreements are perfectly normal. What matter is how we handle them. 3 minutes to read.
  • Richard Larson recalls what he learned about leading from sitting in Mr. Fernholz’s class when he was in the sixth grade. 4 minutes to read.
  • Lolly Daskal tells us what makes the introverted leader successful. 2 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • David Greene analyzes the EU Court’s decision that Google’s obligation to “forget” someone at their request does not extend beyond EU borders. 4 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely interviews Christopher Gerg on information security, ransomware, and the role of the CISO. 29 minutes, safe for work.
  • Asaf Fybish describes the primary security architectures in use today. Note that these are not mutually exclusive alternatives—they are often used in combinations. 10 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Brian Wallace gets us up to date on how to harness our professional network, using LinkedIn. 9 minutes to read.
  • Justin Brady explains job security, as seen by Gen Z. They’re not buying the same career crap that failed the last few generations. 4 minutes to read.
  • Deb Geyer tells us how to achieve the deliberate un-learning and re-learning need to succeed in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 4 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of July 22 – 28

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 22 – 28. And this week’s video: Suzy Welch rails against four business buzzwords that are no substitute for honest communication. 2 minutes, safe for work. And more on this from Teena Maddox, below.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Dirk Deichmann, Violetta Rodopoulou, and Inga Hoever report on their research into selecting crowd-sourced ideas for corporate investment. 6 minutes to read.
  • Teena Maddox rounds up the 50 most overused business clichés. I’ll keep using actionable, but the rest need to be retired from our presentation vocabulary. 5 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell explores the nature of negative reactions to innovation and why we should learn to embrace that opposition and learn from it. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Elizabeth Harrin tutors us on how to create a project budget, including several types of costs that you will need to account for. 7 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton does a deep dive into constraints, interdependency, external dependency, and task dependency. 11 minutes to read, plus six videos totaling about 29 minutes, all safe for work.
  • Harry Hall reviews the available strategies for handling overall project risk. The considerations are different from selecting strategies for individual risks and opportunities. Video, 4 minutes, safe for work.
  • Seth Godin reminds us of the balance between resilience and reliability. Not all failures are created equally. 1 minute to read.
  • Andy Silber critiques the risk management skills exhibited by Captain James T. Kirk and finds him woefully lacking. 4 minutes to read.
  • Máté Wohlmuth, who runs a software development agency, compares fixed price versus time and labor contracts, along with other outsourcing success factors. 5 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture lists a few good practices for managing our little data in Excel. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from mental models and cognitive biases to a Scrum Fail case study to suitable metrics for an innovation program. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman explains how to manage projects and products portfolio in a shared services Here’s part two; each about 3 minutes to read.
  • Paul Grizzafi and Mas Kono describe a method of assigning “points” to test cases, to answer questions about, “Can we release yet?” 12 minutes to read.
  • Uncle Bob Martin recounts an anecdote from a barbecue joint that shows how software can frustrate a user who just wants to do his job. 3 minutes to read.
  • Bob Marshall offers his thoughtful analysis of the #NoSoftware hashtag, which is more about challenging assumptions than eliminating code. 5 minutes to read.
  • Alan Richardson continues Bob’s line of reasoning: maybe you don’t need a tool to solve your communication problems. 6 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Michael Lopp explains real-time wisdom, which he refers to as Spidey-sense. “Something is up, and I don’t know what.” Some might say to trust your gut. 5 minutes to read.
  • Art Petty lists six skills we should develop for career success. For project managers, gray-zone leadership is make-or-break. 3 minutes to read.
  • Christiaan Verwijs examines the elephants in the room—those invisible conflicts within the team—and identifies ways to make them visible. 6 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • David Balaban makes the case for not paying the pirates when attacked by ransomware. 5 minutes to read.
  • S. Deller and Robert Gaunt look at emerging developments in brain-machine interfaces. This will soon be a common thing, like eyeglasses and hearing aids. 5 minutes to read.
  • Oksana Sokolovsky and Rojit Mahajan examine the impact of GDPR after one year and tell us what to expect as more countries pass privacy legislation. 3 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Stephanie Neal reviews the data and finds that Gen X is becoming a flight risk. Over-worked, under-rewarded, and fewer promotions are having an impact. 5 minutes to read.
  • Trace Cohen explains how he got into an Executive MBA program and why that has turned out to be right for his tech / startup career. 5 minutes to read.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Crystal Richards on how political skills can help a project manager succeed. Podcast, 19 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!