New PM Articles for the Week of June 10 – 16

New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 10 – 16. And this week’s video: Mary Meeker—the Queen of the Internet—shares her annual internet trends report at Vox’s 2019 Code Conference. This is the sort of material that strategic planners obsess over. 31 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • TechCrunch shares Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends 2019 report, which she briefed in this week’s video. It’s 334 slides—you’re going to need more coffee.
  • Tim Bradshaw considers eye tracking to be the next gold rush for technology companies that integrate it into VR and AR headsets. But the privacy implications are enormous. 3 minutes to read.
  • Cory Doctorow says that regulating Big Tech isn’t effective; legislation entrenches those with the resources to comply. Better to encourage competition. 6 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Mike Clayton assesses the newly released Association for Project Management Body of Knowledge, 7th Edition and compares it to the PMI PMBOK. 15 minutes to read.
  • Cornelius Fichtner gives us an overview of the CCR Handbook, the PMI guidelines for renewing your professional certifications. Podcast, 13 minutes, safe for work.
  • Leigh Espy tells us why we need a project steering committee, how to create one, and how to prepare for and lead successful committee meetings. 6 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture notes the relationship between risk management and schedule management, otherwise known as slack. Just a minute to read.
  • Praveen Malik gives his opinion on why so many project managers in the corporate world don’t differentiate between risks and issues. 6 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell explains why most corporate innovation programs fail and why some succeed. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from agile coach types to an alternative to stable teams to the confluence of agile, lean, and Design Thinking. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Mike Griffiths recommends three product development books that he sees as complementary, rather than alternatives. 6 minutes to read.
  • Mike Cohn diagnoses low attendance at sprint reviews with four excellent questions framed to point to corrective actions. 4 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely begins a series on quality with thoughts on fit for purpose and then considers how cost and timing influence quality. Each about 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman quotes Janelle Klein, “Technical debt is not a loan,” and then expands on the costs and potentially diminishing value associated with that debt. 3 minutes to read.
  • Christiaan Verwijs recaps the results of a group conversation between 30 Scrum Masters. The topic: what is making you successful? 4 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Happy Birthday, Sophie!

    Nancy Settle-Murphy shares some key points about the types of meetings we should conduct from Kim Scott’s book, Radical Candor. 7 minutes to read.

  • Art Petty details three discussions that every boss should work into the dialogs they have with their teams. 4 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin collates material from Carole Osterweil that briefly explains how we can use the SCARF model to manage change on our projects. 5 minutes to read.
  • Francesco Marcatto illustrates adhocracy in project management with reference to a classic Las Vegas caper film, Ocean’s Eleven. 7 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Nicola Sedgwick shares her rituals for successful public speaking while introverted and self-conscious. Apparently, impostor syndrome helps. 4 minutes to read.
  • Amanda Shendruk tells us where the US’s artificial intelligence research funding is going. 2 minutes to read.
  • Karen Hao reports that Deepfakes, videos manipulated to change the appearance or behavior of the subject for some nefarious purpose, might soon be the target of legislation. 5 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Pawel Brodzinski thinks out loud about the ways a new employee figures out her new organization’s culture. 6 minutes to read.
  • Jelena Slatinac coaches us on conducting a trivia quiz as a team building activity. Pub optional, of course. 5 minutes to read.
  • Michael Musker gives us four questions to help us self-diagnose work burnout. 4 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of May 6 – 12

New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 6 – 12. And this week’s video: Angela Lee Duckworth explains her research into grit—the power of passion and perseverance, and working toward long-term goals. While her research began with students, she also studied adults in the work environment. 6 minutes, safe for work. Tip of the hat to Johanna Rothman for the link!

Business Acumen and Strategy

Managing Projects

  • Mike Clayton goes into detail on a code of conduct for project managers, generally and as espoused by PMI, APM, the Institute of Business Ethics, and the MBA Oath. 14 minutes to read.
  • Cesar Abeid interviews his colleague at Automattic, Karen Arnold, on building a geographically distributed team. Podcast, 37 minutes, safe for work.
  • John Goodpasture comments on “hub and spoke” project networks, as described by Andrew Shipilov. Two interesting points of view. 2 minutes to read.
  • Mike Griffiths examines the way the new PMI Standard for Risk Management in Portfolios, Programs, and Projects applies to Agile methods and finds a lot to like. 8 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman has compiled a list of around 470 risk management resources, from papers to books to these, available from public sites. I suggest searching the page for keywords.
  • Greg Satell opines on why change management initiatives so often fail and how we can improve the odds. 6 minutes to read.
  • Luca Collina is conducting a survey to solicit your thoughts on failing (or failed) change initiatives and how they might be recovered. 3 minutes or less to take the survey.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from liberating structures for Scrum Masters to dot voting to the Collabnet state of Agile report. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale considers the optimal length of a sprint. OK, you guessed it: it depends. 2 minutes to read.
  • Guarav Dhooper gives his opinion on sprint durations and story sizing. 4 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman closes out her series on product roles with Part 7 and Part 8, each about 3 minutes to read. If you missed an earlier part, she includes links to all 8.
  • Valerie Senyk announces the results of her poll of REALagility Newsletter readers, identifying the skills every Scrum Master should strive to develop. 3 minutes to read.
  • Scott Fitzpatrick identifies several practices for reducing the time, infrastructure, and effort spent on testing. 5 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Marcella Bremer points to the mid-point between the heroic leader and the servant leader: the host. 4 minutes to read.
  • Mary Jo Asmus reminds us that all leaders are also followers. 2 minutes to read. Boomers: if you suddenly feel the need to listen to Jerry Garcia sing Ripple, click here.
  • Sarah Hoban tells us how to network effectively as a project manager. 3 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Joan Palmiter Bajorek digs into the consequences of gender and race biases still inherent in voice recognition technology. 4 minutes to read.
  • Amanda Woo analyzes our interactions with smart speakers and wonders whether our behavior will be affected by devices with no human capacity for taking offense. 4 minutes to read.
  • Katharine Ellen Foley reports on neurological research that indicates the ideal time to tackle leadership roles is in your mid-50’s. I’m so over-the-hill … 3 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Stav Ziv lists seven actions to take that will clear out the waste in your calendar (or diary, if you’re in the UK). 8 minutes to read.
  • Andy Oziemblo observes that an increasingly mobile and health-conscious workforce is leading to a revolution in office design. 4 minutes to read.
  • Soomi Lee reports that even a small loss of sleep can impact productivity the following day. 4 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

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!