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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Cihan Bebek examines the Hertz Rental Car lawsuit against Accenture and believes both parties made significant errors. 8 minutes to read.