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!

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!