New PM Articles for the Week of May 28 – June 3

New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 28 – June 3. And this week’s video: Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner Mary Meeker presents her annual internet trends report at the 2018 Code Conference. 33 minutes but well worth your time. Her 294-slide deck is here.

Must read!

  • Mark Johnson tells how Ford is transitioning from auto manufacturer to mobility provider. Noted business disruptor Henry Ford would be very impressed. 6 minutes to read.
  • Mike Murphy reports that Alphabet’s Waymo division is about to put around 62,000 autonomous minivans into a commercialized ride-hailing service. Take a moment to imagine the logistics for this rollout and how these vehicles will be serviced. 2 minutes to read.
  • Alex Hern reports that the first GDPR complaint lawsuits have been filed against Facebook and Google. If upheld, fines could run into the billions of Euros. 3 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • Esther Cohen provides a detailed set of tips for preparing and conducting exceptionally effective project kickoff meetings. 10 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton goes into details of the various risk response strategies, as expanded in the PMBOK 6th 8 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin describes the role and duties of project steering groups, sometimes called the Governance Committee. 5 minutes to read.
  • Lindsay Curtis lists the Do’s and Don’ts of project management communications, from plan to delivery. 4 minutes to read.
  • Heikki Hellgren tutors us on proper software requirements. 7 minutes to read.
  • Nick Pisano proposes a software customer Bill of Rights—commercial practices that apply ethics to the process of marketing and selling software. 8 minutes to read.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from the iceberg of ignorance to misunderstanding Kanban to how amazon quantified the benefits of Amazon Prime. 3 minutes to read, 7 outbound links.
  • John Yorke observes that the enemy of Agile is ego—a belief that we have achieved perfect knowledge and there is no need to learn anything else. 4 minutes to read.
  • Pawel Brodzinski examines the related concepts of autonomy and alignment and emergent purpose. 5 minutes to read.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy and Leigh Espy discuss the challenges of IT project management when working with complex technologies and Agile methods. Video, 10 minutes, safe for work.
  • John Goodpasture gives a detailed response to a reader who challenged his statement that firm fixed-price contracts are inappropriate for contracting Agile. 4 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his list of leadership articles, from walking out of bad meetings to minding feedback to making better decisions. 4 minutes to read, 5 outbound links.
  • Alicia Liu shares a comprehensive guide to influencing behavior, from developing self-awareness and modeling desired behavior to giving actionable feedback. 13 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale examines the three common temporal preferences—larks, owls, and third-birds—to suggest ways we can optimize our team’s work schedule. 2 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Darius Foroux explains Price’s Law—sort of a variation on the Pareto Principle. 4 minutes to read.
  • Raul Popa posts an FAQ for TypingDNA, a biometric technology that identifies users by the way they type. Useful for two-factor authentication. 4 minutes to read.
  • Igor Ilunin describes two rapidly evolving means of human-computer interaction: voice, and soon thought recognition. 3 minutes to read.
  • Gina Abudi shows how to create and refine a mind map to organize your ideas. 2 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Andrew Rundle has analyzed health data to quantify how much impact frequent business travel has on our health. Spoiler: a lot. 5 minutes to read.
  • Michael Deane gives us the marketing executive’s view of how to optimize our use of social media to raise our professional visibility. 2 minutes to read.
  • Hugh Beaulac explains how to procrastinate productively. 3 minutes to read.
  • Gerald Weinberg unpacks the “Anti-esteem toolkit,” a set of tactics people use to maintain low self-esteem. 2 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New Post at AITS: Status Reports News and Information

My latest article for AITS was published today: Status Reports: Separating Information from News.

Cartoon News ReadersIt’s important to think like a journalist when writing status reports: be clear, concise, and engage the reader by creating a narrative. Tell a story that the reader wants to finish. But not everything in your status report should be news—you also need to mix in information, showing trends and data in a digestible format. The goal should be to help your stakeholders have a better understanding of the work planned, completed, and in progress so they can make better decisions and help to champion the project.

As always, thanks for taking the time to read my stuff.

New PM Articles for the Week of January 22 – 28

New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 22 – 28. And this week’s video: Harry Hall explains the concept of risk velocity—the relative amount of time you have until an identified risk manifests as an issue—and how to include it in your qualitative risk assessment. 4 minutes, safe for work.

Must read (or Listen)!

  • Connor Forrest describes Amazon’s new retail artificial intelligence technology, called Just Walk Out. It’s the brains behind Amazon Go—a convenience store with no checkout line. 3 minutes to read.
  • Devin Coldewey reports on the surveillance technology behind Amazon Go. 6 minutes to read.
  • Dan Smiljanic reveals the results of Binfire’s analysis of the status of project managers and the profession, with global statistics and a survey of 1080 PM’s in the USA, UK, Europe, Israel, India, and Japan. 7 minutes to read and very enlightening.

Established Methods

  • Glen Alleman tutors us on physical percent complete—also called, “Are we done yet?” in the context of an integrated master plan and integrated master schedule. 8 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture answers a key criticism of Monte Carlo simulations: you don’t really know what distribution should apply. 3 minutes to read.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiyoffers a practical guide to identifying project risks. 6 minutes to read.
  • Mari Rengarajam Deenadayalu tutors us on managing project scope in the presence of complexity and uncertainty. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton curates an excellent list of the best books about communication skills (and there are several types of skills represented) for project managers. 10 minutes to read.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from the state of Agile engineering to SWARMing to why the velocity of experimentation is worth measuring. 3 minutes to scan, 7 outbound links.
  • Gojko Adzic says that tools like Kanban and Scum boards are only mirrors—they reflect where you are. To make them actionable requires context and experience. 8 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman shares some ideas for helping your team finish all of their work inside a sprint. 4 minutes to read.
  • Vrushali Umbarkar coaches us on why, when, and how to make the move from Scrum to Kanban.
  • Renee Troughton lists the seven habits of highly effective Agile sponsors. 9 minutes to read.
  • Pete Houghton describes the gamification of automated software testing. 5 minutes to read.
  • Kate Paulk lists ten bad reasons to not hire additional software testers. Some of these are funny because they’re both terrifying and common. 8 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Walter Frick describes three ways to improve your decision making. 4 minutes to read.
  • Scott Berkun says that there are several ways to say “no,” and as leaders and decision-makers, we should master all of them. 5 minutes to read.
  • Ryan Ogilvie correlates a shift in the weekday with the number of reported software incidents with a shift in the weekday that changes are moved to production. 4 minutes to read.
  • Art Petty points out the liberating power of accountability. 2 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • George Krasadakis describes the ways in which the economy—from transportation to insurance—will be impacted by autonomous cars and trucks. 6 minutes to read.
  • Fergus from TechRogers created an infographic that shows all of the sensors and other components that make up a self-driving car.
  • Seth Godin describes four postures to consider when working with a good designer, from “I know what I want” to “I’ll know It when I see it.” Just over a minute to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Leigh Espey takes us through the steps for dealing with a difficult team member. 4 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagley helps you to decide whether you need a coach or a mentor. 3 minutes to read.
  • Elle Griffin shares a nifty flowchart to help you decide whether to have a meeting. Maybe 2 minutes to read, if you don’t stop to giggle.

Enjoy!