New PM Articles for the Week of December 9 – 15

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 9 – 15. And this week’s video: once again, we celebrate a traditional Texas family Christmas with the San Marcos Santa Claus, Robert Earl Keen. “I can’t remember how I’m kin to them …” Feliz Navidad, y’all! 4 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Greg Satell observes that moving fast is being superseded by moving in parallel. The new keywords are caution, exploration, and collaboration. 5 minutes to read.
  • Dambisa Moyo looks at de-globalization, the Splinternet, and the war for talent, and asks whether businesses are positioned to compete in the coming decade.
  • Brook Appelbaum notes the churn in the companies making up the Fortune 500 and proposes explanations for the rapid rise and fall of large enterprises. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Elizabeth Harrin listed links to 21 project management conferences and events coming up in 2020. Locations are in nearly every continent. Hopefully, someone will send her a link to a conference in South America. 8 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton explains how to run an effective stage gate review. Different organizations have different processes, but Mike covers the common elements. Video, 10 minutes, safe for work.
  • Tim Runcie previews the latest version of Microsoft Project, built from the ground up to work completely in the Cloud. 8 minutes to read.
  • Francesco Marcatto tells us when to use each of several types of timeline charts. 5 minutes to read.
  • Brad Egeland explains project integration management: combining the elements of a project plan into a unified whole. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from technical debt to measuring product / market fit to sociocracy. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Asim Suvedi explains his top three priorities as a software development manager. 3 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely continues his series on product requirements prioritization with a qualitative approach, the Kano model, and a quantitative approach, rank ordering by ROI. 4 minutes to read both.
  • Balazs Tornai explains why a backlog beats specifications. 5 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackvony lists a few potentially meaningful metrics for measuring software quality. 4 minutes to read.
  • Cory Foy shows how to use Wardley mapping to identify unique product attributes in support of April Dunford’s product positioning framework. Video, 5 minutes, safe for work.
  • Samantha Connelly talks about using mind maps and heuristics for planning mobile app testing. 2 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Jan Hagen and colleagues tell us about the training that aircraft crews receive in learning to deal with high-pressure situations. 8 minutes to read.
  • Karin Hurt and David Dye coach us on leading when our team is exhausted. 3 minutes to read.
  • Darren Manabney coaches us on being a persuasive speaker. “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” No, Oscar Wilde didn’t say it. 3 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Joan Goodchild tutors us on man-in-the-middle attacks: what they are how they work, and how to defend against them. 5 minutes to read.
  • Venkat Ramasamy outlines how a phishing attack can exploit an enterprise file synch and sharing system. In 1Q2019, Microsoft OneDrive had a 60% jump in malicious files. 4 minutes to read.
  • Gant Laborde notes five security challenges inherent to DevOps and the highly dependent nature of modern codebases. 5 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • If you liked Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking Fast and Slow, Pablo Alvarez recommends five more books on related topics. 3 minutes to read.
  • Michelle Knight describes several data management trends we should expect to track in 2020. 6 minutes to read.
  • Michelle Cheng recaps the fastest-growing jobs in the US, according to a study by LinkedIn. 4 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of November 25 – December 1

New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 25 – December 1. And this week’s video: Oklahoma’s King of the Chuck Wagons, Cowboy Kent Rollins, gives us a detailed tutorial on how to make my favorite drink: cowboy coffee! 15 minutes and worth every second, even if you never sit a horse in your life.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Greg Satell recounts the truth behind the myths of Netflix’s winding road to success, as described by co-founder Marc Randolph. 5 minutes to read.
  • Benedict Evans says that Amazon’s “revolutionary” retail strategy is simply using 21st century technology to implement 19th century ideas. 5 minutes to read.
  • Oguz Acar and colleagues share the results of their research into the positive effects of time and budget constraints on innovation. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Mike Clayton took his usual rigorous approach to round up the best YouTube project management channels. Well done, Mike! 12 minutes to read.
  • Brad Egeland launches a new weekly Email newsletter: This Week in Project Management. Just a minute or so to view the sample and subscribe.
  • Cesar Abeid interviews Cornelius Fichtner on the changes to the PMP exam coming in July 2020. This is a huge change! 43 minutes, safe for work.
  • The nice folks at Clarizen explain the difference between a milestone and a deliverable. 3 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman describes The Practitioner’s Handbook of Project Performance: Agile, Waterfall and Beyond, edited by Mark Phillips. Glen and colleagues contributed two chapters. 3 minutes to read.
  • Henny Portman reviews Portfolio Management – A practical guide from the APM Portfolio Management SIG, written by Steve Leary and five others. 2 minutes to read.
  • Jen Morrisey recommends the second edition of Susanne Madsen’s book, The Power of Project Leadership. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Taylorism to dynamic re-teaming to value propositions in niche markets. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Gábor Zöld curates his monthly readings for engineering management, from psychological safety to increasing velocity to remote team meetings. 10 outbound links, 2 minutes to read.
  • Aparna Gopalakrishnan digs into accessibility testing—what is it, why is it necessary, and how we should proceed. 4 minutes to read. And Topal analyzes the growing risk of ADA website accessibility lawsuits. 4 minutes to read.
  • Ron Jeffries asserts that there is a good reason for test-driven development: productivity. 2 minutes to read.
  • James Thomas solicited one-line definitions of quality, bug, and testing from attendees at the Cambridge Exploratory Workshop on Testing. 2 minutes to read.
  • Yaroslav tutors us on user interviews—from why and when to conduct them to how and what to do with the collected insights. 6 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Anna Balyuk curates her quarterly list of leadership articles. 7 outbound links, 7 minutes to read.
  • Christina Lovelock wants us to stop using the term soft skills to describe what are really the core skills of leadership. 2 minutes to read.
  • Cassandra Leung proposes an alternative to the venerable RACI chart: responsibilities circles. 6 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Amber Lee Dennis explores the dimension of data quality, from rules based internal data to active external data to reference data. 7 minutes to read.
  • Amrita Khalid reports that consumers are already accepting facial recognition as a positive feature in some products, despite the risks. 3 minutes to read.
  • Ericka Chickowski shares 20(!) cybersecurity tips for your remote workers, gleaned from a panel of experts. 7 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Researchers at the Chicago School of Business found that we actually learn more from our successes than our failures. Take that, conventional wisdom! 3 minutes to read.
  • Katica Roy notes the growing effect that alternative work arrangements, such as the gig economy, are having on the economy. 6 minutes to read.
  • Sharlyn Lauby reflects on the need for both STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and math) and MESH education (media literacy, ethics, sociology, and history). 3 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of November 18 – 24

New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 18 – 24. And this week’s video: a short video explaining the notion of thinking fast and slow, as described by Daniel Kahneman in his book of the same name. Highly recommended, if you haven’t read it. 5 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Greg Satell warns against relying on surveys and statistics to develop business strategy. “Assume that [your strategy] is wrong in at least some aspects.” 5 minutes to read.
  • Alexandra Ossola notes the various biases and intellectual limitations that make humans so bad at predicting the future and then briefly suggests ways around them. 5 minutes to read.
  • Eddie Yoon and colleagues explain the difference between a First Mover and a Category Creator. It’s all about flywheels. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Elizabeth Harrin arms us with a meeting agenda template, ten tips, and two infographics to help prepare for that next project meeting. 6 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton talks us into pursuing certification of our project management skills and experience and gives us some tips on how to proceed. Video, 10 minutes, safe for work.
  • Hannah Cohen gives us an advanced tutorial on creating a project timeline. 8 minutes to read.
  • Geert-Hinke Addink describes the pre-mortem and the role it can play in identifying many of the risks in a proposal or new initiative. 2 minutes to read.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy compares the project manager career path with the Scrum master career path. 10 minutes to read, plus two short videos, 9 and 7 minutes, safe for work.
  • Jaclyn Westlake shows how to write a great project manager resume, including an example. 8 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from tough conversations and conflict to “stances” of the product owner role to the benefits of transparency. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Johannes Geske explains whether you should attend the Professional Scrum Foundations course or the Professional Scrum Master course.
  • Angie Jones analyzed which programming languages are most commonly used for UI test automation. 3 minutes to read.
  • John Yorke shares his slide deck from the Agile Product Ownership meetup for a discussion of the discovery phase of a product. 13 slides, including intro and outro.
  • Vadim lists ten things to keep in mind when developing and maintaining a product road map. 6 minutes to read.
  • Salomé Mortazavi describes outcome-based product roadmaps, driven by a vision and a strategy for achieving it. 5 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Quint Studer suggests a number of specific actions to take that will make it OK for your team to speak the truth to power and take risks of honesty. 7 minutes to read.
  • Art Petty extols the combination of emotional intelligence and situational awareness and offers some thoughts on strengthening your SA skills. 4 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman notes that a major component of culture is what behaviors we choose to reward and punish. 3 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Richard LeCount gives us the whys and wherefores of an internal cyber security audit. 9minutes to read.
  • Adrien Ogée and Parker Crockford update us on the growing trend of using authentication alternatives to passwords. 4 minutes to read.
  • Alex Humphrey encourages embedding better security practices throughout the DevOps cycle. 4 minutes to read.
  • Brian Wallace shows the history of spam and phishing via timeline. This goes back further than you think. 7 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Leigh Espy describes several activities that will boost your creative thinking skills. 11 minutes to read.
  • Deepak Vohra reminds us that raw data must be rationalized before it can be analyzed. 3 minutes to read.
  • Rob Marvin points out some of the tech innovations of the closing decade that were so successful, we can’t remember life before them. 13 minutes to read.

Enjoy!