New PM Articles for the Week of September 23 – 29

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.

Managing Projects

  • 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!

Applied Leadership

  • 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.

Pot Pourri

  • 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.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of September 16 – 22

New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 16 – 22. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton advises us on how to succeed in our next project management job interview. 16 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Walter Frick reports on efforts to quantify the cost of Brexit uncertainty: executives are spending a lot of time preparing, but no one knows what they are preparing for. 4 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell notes that the Revolution is over and Digital won. Now, here’s what we need to do in order to be a part of the next revolution. 5 minutes to read.
  • Senior members of the faculty of the Kellogg School of Management discuss shareholder value and the role of the corporation, going forward. 10 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Carole Osterweil, author of Project Delivery, Uncertainty and Neuroscience: A Leader’s Guide to Walking in Fog. Video, 24 minutes, safe for work.
  • Rich Mironov shares tips for pulling data science into product development processes. Useful for both product managers and project managers. 7 minutes to read.
  • Alison Coleman highlights seven trends that continue to shape the way project management is evolving. 4 minutes to read.
  • Michael Wagner outlines the risks associated with modern technologies and proposes new ethical perspectives on the delivery of projects and outcomes. 9 minutes to read.
  • Pat Weaver posts a new paper and a presentation on technical debt, examining the London Crossrail project. 9 minutes or so to read both.
  • Ben Aston explains the alternatives available for Mac users who are also MS Project users. 9 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Balloon Over The RoofStefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of agile content, from customer journey teams to understanding user research to product-market fit. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman begins a series that expands on the idea of a minimum viable product with other minimum outcomes. 4 minutes to read.
  • Nicola Owen maps the ways in which psychological safety adds value in three Scrum ceremonies. 5 minutes to read.
  • Ignaco Piantanida tutors us on software architecture, with examples. 8 minutes to read.
  • Manjunath Poola makes the case for applying microservices to the front end of an application. 2 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman links to an ISO standard and five methods for software development estimation using function points. 2 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Leigh Espy explains Bikeshedding, an example of Parkinson’s Law of Triviality, and how to avoid letting the trivial-but-familiar take up all available meeting time. 5 minutes to read.
  • Michelle Cheng recaps the findings of 200 scientific studies on how to have effective meetings. 2 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas shares ten behaviors that establish you as a leader. 3 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Magda Ferretti on sharing leadership in virtual teams. Video, 38 minutes, safe for work.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Terry Sweeney advocates for privacy impact assessments (PIA) in order to help spot risks early in the product development cycle. 3 minutes to read.
  • Jesse Almeda warns that data breach costs will get worse before they get better. 4 minutes to read.
  • CV Madhukar looks at how privacy tech is re-defining the data economy. 4 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Michael Gorman suggests ten training exercises for your brain. I gave up Sudoku for Spider Solitaire a few years ago—try playing with four suits at once. 4 minutes to read.
  • Stav Ziv explains the combination resume—part reverse chronological, part functional—from who should use one to structure to an actual example. 10 minutes to read.
  • Martin Giles reports that Google has demonstrated a quantum computer with a calculation that took 3 minutes, 20 seconds. The most powerful supercomputer, Summit, would have taken 10,000 years to complete the same chore. 3 minutes to read, unless you’re a quantum computer.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of August 19 – 25

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 19 – 25. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton summarizes a few of the key points of his new book, Project Governance: A guide for project managers. 10 minutes, safe for work.

Information protection has become more central to the practice and knowledge base of IT project management. I’ve been linking to at least two or three related articles each week under various headings, so I’ve replaced the section Research and Insights with a new topic heading: Cybersecurity and Data Protection. I’ll include content links related to news, techniques, trends, and legislation. I’ve also resurrected the Pot Pourri section to replace Working and the Workplace; expect to find interesting things that didn’t fit any of the more specific headings.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Bob van Luijt explains how the notion of an API—an interface for delivering digital services—became the basis for entire business models. 7 minutes to read.
  • Jasper Dekker justifies the requirement for autonomous cars to drive like a local. If people in Taipei don’t drive like people in London, why should robots drive like people in California? 3 minutes to read.
  • Vanessa Bates Ramirez summarizes Peter Diamandis’s presentation on meta-trends at the Singularity University Global Summit. 6 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Emily Peterson selected some of the Q&A following Steve Marjot’s webinar to discuss the Royal Bank of Scotland transformation journey from traditional project portfolio management to Lean portfolio management. 7 minutes to read.
  • Ronald Smith follows up his article on misconceptions about Critical Path with a lesson how to avoid a slippery 5 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale answers the rhetorical question: Does closeout vary between projects following an adaptive, rather than a predictive life cycle? 3 minutes to read.
  • Luís Gonçalves presents the business case for outsourcing software development, with options, potential mistakes, and management best practices. 16 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin shares her thoughts (and a template) on benefits management. 3 minutes to read.
  • The nice folks at Clarizen describe the seven integrated characteristics of high-performance agile IT teams. 3 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy shows how to create a Pareto chart, one of the most easily understood visual tools for decision support. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from enabling engineer decision making to estimation to tracking value in an agile transformation. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackovny continues her series, explaining how HTTPS works, from encryption to cookies and tokens. With more to come next week! 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman concludes her series on where agile is headed; 8 minutes to read. Her summary of the series is here; 7 minutes to read.
  • Ashan Fernando describes web application security with a broad view—from external requirements like PCI and GDPR to assessments, code reviews, and audits. 7 minutes to read.
  • Sounderrajan Seshadri suggests an approach to budget management for agile projects. 4 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alison Coleman coaches us on uniting the multi-generational workforce. 5 minutes to read.
  • Emily Luijbregts shares four tips for dealing with difficult team members. 4 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely continues his series on saying no, including five prerequisites for safely saying no and a simple process for saying no. About 5 minutes to read both.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Bobby Allyn reports on a ransomware attack that hit 22 municipalities in Texas. And Nalneesh Gaur recommends a decision framework for deciding whether to pay. Each 5 minutes to read.
  • Joan Goodchild tells us about cyber-risk insurance, another component of a comprehensive risk management program that is growing in acceptance. 4 minutes to read.
  • Mariarosaria Taddeo and Francesca Bosco make the case for treating cybersecurity like a public good, where the public sector shares in the cost and responsibility.
  • Ben Dickson reports on the impact of flawed disclosure and reporting of software security flaws. 4 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Andy Jordan coaches us on dealing with the disappointments that will come along with our career successes. 7 minutes to read.
  • Darius Foroux lists seven professional skills that we should develop in order to maximize both our effectiveness and our income. 5 minutes to read.
  • Esther Cohen tutors us on retention marketing: How to get clients to stay. It’s not just about delivering on time and on budget. 8 minutes to read.

Enjoy!