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!

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!