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.
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.
Ruchika 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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.