New PM Articles for the Week of December 31 – January 6

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 31 – January 6. And this week’s video: Alec Watson gives us a product development case history of the videotape wars, VHS versus Betamax. The winner was not the company with the best technology, but the one that better understood the use cases of their customers. Even if you’re not in a product development role, this is a valuable management insight. Here’s part two. Each part about 16 minutes, both safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Nariman Behavesh, Chief Economist for IHS Markit, posted his predictions for the global economy in 2019. 6 minutes to read.
  • Mark Sullivan curates “tech trend” predictions for the coming year, from AI and augmented reality to 5G, drones, and the shift away from cable TV. 10 minutes to read.
  • Marc Bain reports on trends in retail, grouped as experimental, threatening, transitory, and necessary. “Autonomous last-mile delivery” is a thing, it seems. 6 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • The folks at MPUG list ten of their most popular articles from 2018. Here’s one more chance to read them! 6 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture warns us to beware the strategic objective that isn’t really strategic at all. 2 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin coaches a project manager on effectively communicating with stakeholders who must act on an issue. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton reflects on the “blaming” mindset which kicks in when projects go wrong. Just over a minute to read.
  • David Robins gets deep into the details of tracking progress against plan. 6 minutes to read.
  • Harry Hall recaps his ten most popular project risk management articles from 2018, describes his plans for 2019, and asks you to take his reader survey—I did! 2 minutes to read.
  • The folks at Clarizen list a few risk assessment techniques you should consider using if you aren’t already. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Agile as common sense to supporting hypergrowth to why leadership isn’t always about having a plan. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Emily Stevens points out five important UX trends for 2019. 8 minutes to read.
  • Adam Shostack launches a new course, Introduction to Threat modeling for Security Professionals, on LinkedIn Learning. For free. A minute to read.
  • Alan Page notes that when using modern software development approaches, testing is a value-add, rather than a cost. 4 minutes to read.
  • Cynthia Dunlop curated a list of interesting quotes from people talking about software testing. 12 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • John Yorke considers ways in which a manager can determine whether a worker is slacking off. 4 minutes to read.
  • Kerry Wills expounds on the need for clear accountability—a leadership function if there ever was one. 2 minutes to read.
  • Katharine Schwab provides an action plan for making your organization more ethical. 7 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Sam Rigby lists the 99 best things that happened in 2018. Nearly all of these were the result of projects—use them in your presentations! Long read but share it with your kids.
  • Annalisa Merelli lists key stories about disruption (hacking) of our commercial infrastructure from servers to point of sale systems over the last year. This will only get worse. 3 minutes to read.
  • Joe Biron and Jonathan Lang look at improving augmented reality products by analyzing user insights. 6 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Phil Burgess interviews author and Agile testing trainer Linda Crispin on being your own advocate in your IT career. Podcast, 18 minutes, safe for work.
  • Natalie Warnert makes the market-based case for being replaceable. 3 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas points out five over-arching employment trends we’ll see in 2019. 3 minutes to read.
  • Jo Ann Jenkins makes the case for the “Five Generation Workforce” as an unprecedented opportunity. 6 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of November 19 – 25

New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 19 – 25. And this week’s video: Apple CEO Time Cook explains where his ethical compass comes from and what it means to be an ethical leader. 3 minutes, safe for work.

This week only! The Kindle version of my book, The Data Conversion Cycle: A guide to migrating transactions and other records, for system implementation teams, will be discounted to a mere $1.99 starting at 08:00 PST on Monday, November 26. It will return to the regular price at 17:00 PST on November 30. For those who prefer Dead Tree books, the paperback version is available for $6.99. Help the business SME’s on your team get ready for the New Year!

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Joshua Brustein reports that growth at the big tech companies is slowing, stock prices are down, and some think regulation is coming. Call it “Peak Tech.” 5 minutes to read.
  • Robert Reich, former US Secretary of Labor, argues that it’s time to start taking anti-trust actions against Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon. 4 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell notes that automation doesn’t replace jobs; it changes how tasks are performed. A sustainable competitive edge still requires people. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Harry Hall shares twelve tips to improve your delivery when speaking to a group. 3 minutes to read.
  • Andy Makar points out five things you can do to thank your team, even on a tiny budget. 5 minutes to read.
  • Tzvi Zucker argues that scheduling should be driven by people who will perform the work, not the tasks to be assigned. 8 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman describes the relationship between cost management and value management. 3 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton presents his updated list of the 52 best project management blogs. 15 minutes to read.
  • Dharam Singh reports that Dr. Ginger Levin, author, trainer, and long-time thought leader in the project management community, has passed away. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from “agile trust” to healthy product debates to continuous alignment of product management. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale addresses a question from a learner: “Won’t the ideas from a retrospective use up some of the team’s capacity in the next sprint?” 2 minutes to read.
  • Cassandra Leung had to develop a test strategy from scratch, in a hurry. Here are the seven steps she followed. 4 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackvony shares her thoughts on how to prioritize what to test when there’s not enough time to test everything thoroughly. 6 minutes to read.
  • Pawel Brodzinski notes that self-organizing must be implemented throughout the hierarchy, not just at the lowest (team) level. 5 minutes to read.
  • Edwin Dando points out the need for increased accountability when increasing autonomy. 4 minutes to read.
  • Amir Ghahrai lists his choices for the top ten open source performance testing tools, with links. 2 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership articles, from leading an inexperienced team of junior developers to why analog still matters to finding strength in ambiguity. 5 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Rich Mironov provides a list of thoughtful responses to the ultimatum, “I’ll quit unless …” 7 minutes to read.
  • Lila MacLellan notes that we can have more of an impact in asking than we can in telling. 4 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Aisha Hassan summarizes key points from the World Talent Ranking 2018 report. The US and UK trail western Europe in attracting, developing, and retaining talent. 2 minutes to read.
  • Mark McGranaghan presents findings from the Ink & Switch research lab’s study of the sources of slow software response (which isn’t always about the software). 15 minutes to read.
  • Keith Foote identifies trends for Big Data in 2019. 6 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Elise Stevens interviews Paul Pelletier on disrespect in the workplace, from gossip to bullying and harassment. Podcast, 39 minutes, safe for work.
  • Ananya Bhattacharya reports that tightening restrictions on H-1B visas are leading Indian IT firms with a presence in Canada and Mexico to bring in workers from those countries on TN visas. 2 minutes to read.
  • Adriana Girdler tells us how to be confident at work. Video, 5 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of November 12 – 18

New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 12 – 18. And this week’s video: Erin Meyer explains the concept of a culture map, showing similarities and differences among cultural behaviors. As organizations become more global, understanding cultural differences can be a key to success. 11 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Paul Irving considers the business impact of the aging population and the possibility of five generations in the workforce. 12 minutes to read.
  • Andrew Chakhoyan reports on deep fakes—undetectable forged videos of people doing outrageous things—as a threat to democracy. Of course, they could also be used in commercial competition. 4 minutes to read.
  • Alison Schrager notes the downside of Amazon’s selection of New York and Crystal City as the sites of their headquarters expansion: smaller cities might have benefitted more. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Susan Irwin explains agility in project management, from the perspectives of both the project manager and project management processes. 8 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton provides a comprehensive view of ITSM and ITIL, concluding with a brief interview with Ivor MacFarlane, one of the founders. 12 minutes to read.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Benjamin Anyacho on the increasing need for knowledge management as so many of the Boomers retire. Podcast, 34 minutes, safe for work. Click on “Play Now” in the upper left to begin.
  • Elise Stevens extols the virtues of saying yes to new opportunities. 4 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman explains how we use ordinal and cardinal numbers in decision analysis. 5 minutes to read.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy reviews the basics of project management for those transitioning in from another discipline. 7 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from product backlog to creating an experimentation culture to contrasting LeSS and Nexus. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Greg Paciga has been reflecting on the practice of measuring velocity, and he has his doubts. 4 minutes to read.
  • Chou Yang tells us how to maximize the ROI from your investment in test automation. 6 minutes to read.
  • Jory MacKay describes the process of creating technical documentation that actually helps the reader. 12 minutes to read.
  • Konrad Pogorzala shares how his team changed the organizational culture at Siemens Digital Factory to extend the use of agile methods. 3 minutes to read.
  • Geshan Manandhar explains how to use feature flags to deploy code to production that isn’t quite ready for general release. 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Frank Sonnenberg considers the consequences of blurring the line between right and wrong. 4 minutes to read.
  • Jordan Gross list seven habits of highly ineffective leaders. 8 minutes to read.
  • Sydney Finkelstein honors the memory of the late Stan Lee as a Super Boss who knew how to spot and develop creative talent. 4 minutes to read.
  • Shawn Willett analyzes Amazon sales data to identify the most popular leadership books in each of the fifty states and finds eleven winners. 3 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Dan Schawbel recaps research showing that remote workers are less engaged and more likely to quit. 4 minutes to read.
  • Betty-Ann Heggie advocates for laughing in the office, and she has the science to back her up. 3 minutes to read.
  • Erin Wildermuth tells us how to apply the lessons of Kahneman and Tversky’s work on the Planning Fallacy. 4 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Jennifer Pauli notes nine silly ideas we need to abandon in order to become more productive. 4 minutes to read.
  • Jamey Austin points out six workplace traits that attract and retain smart people and have nothing to do with perks like free beer. 7 minutes to read; 9 over a beer.
  • Mary Jo Asmus refutes the recent claim that people would rather work for a competent jerk than a likable fool. 2 minutes to read.

Enjoy!