New PM Articles for the Week of February 25 – March 3

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 25 – March 3. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton describes the (surprising!) history, structure, and use of the Gantt chart. Just over 5 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Sanya Carley and David Konisky analyze the Green New Deal proposed by freshman Democrats in Congress for what it would mean for businesses. 5 minutes to read.
  • Jeff Desjardins collects a lot of data on the changing balance between automation and jobs in manufacturing, in seven charts and some bullet points. 5 minutes to read.
  • Lila MacLellan reports on a survey conducted by Cisco that indicates the largest skills gap executives see I the IT department isn’t technical. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Mike Clayton gives us a detailed primer on Earned Value Management, with an intro to Earned Schedule. Well worth the ten minutes to read.
  • Ronald Smith continues his series on using net present value (NPV) in project portfolio selection, with a look at the tools available in Excel and MS Project. 7 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture extols the value of “loose coupling” in scheduling. Less than a minute to read.
  • Kiron Bondale applies change management concepts to the challenge of getting buy-in to risk responses. 2 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin has bundled templates for the essential project management documents for download—for free! 2 minutes to read.
  • The folks at Clarizen list seven of the best project management conferences being held around the globe in 2019. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Dark Agile and Scrum to cost vs. value measurements to product launches. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Jeff Keyes points out five trends in software development, from mission-critical agility to analytics, leading to data-driven flexibility and success. 3 minutes to read.
  • Dave Prior interviews TJay Gerber on how to earn Scrum educational units in order to renew your CSM or CSPO credential. Podcast, 15 minutes, safe for work.
  • Ajay Balamurugadas identifies three common testing management practices that can only be called counter-productive. 5 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Scrum coach Jesse Houwing on remote pairing and mobbing. Podcast, 33 minutes, safe for work.
  • Jim Holmes looks into static analysis tools that can facilitate identifying code complexity and other sorts of issues that manifest as technical debt. 4 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Poornima Luthra introduces some new terms—generational intelligence and micro-generations—into the discussion of fostering collaboration. 4 minutes to read.
  • Christopher Cook tutors us on the notion of a business strategy and how it fits into setting goals. 3 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy curated 25 quotes on dealing with challenges, including five from the Stoics, two from the last great Roman Emperor, and one from Christina Aguilera. 4 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Gavin M updates us on proposed US IoT security and privacy legislation making their way through Congress. 3 minutes to read.
  • Benedict Carey notes that researchers have found no evidence to support the idea that management bullying gets better results in the workplace. 5 minutes to read.
  • Irfan Ahmed Khan points to nine artificial intelligence technology trends that we should monitor in the coming years. 6 minutes to read.
  • The editors of MIT Technology Review list ten big global challenges that could be solved with the proper application of technology. 6 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Travis Bradberry lists six things you don’t owe your boss. 4 minutes to read.
  • Kerry Jones lists ten early indicators of a toxic workplace. 6 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas repurposes advice to gifted teens responding to their teachers for adults in the workplace responding to a boss who says, “No.” 3 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of February 18 – 24

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 18 – 24. And this week’s video: Box founder Chieh Huang shares the cure for micromanagement madness and tells how to foster innovation and happiness at work. 12 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Ben Laker and Thomas Roulet use Brexit as a case study in explaining how companies can adapt during times of political uncertainty. 7 minutes to read.
  • Joel Carboni exhorts us to consider the sustainability aspects of our projects. After all, project work accounts for about 30% of global GDP—that’s a big 4 minutes to read.
  • Emma Charlton analyzes an interesting chart of global smartphone shipments and notes that as sales begin to drop off, it may take 5G and foldable devices to save the industry. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Praveen Malik tutors us on compressing the project schedule, using fast-tracking and crashing—two different approaches with different risks. 4 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture returns to an earlier discussion of the adequacy of assuming a Normal distribution (until the data indicates otherwise). 3 minutes to read.
  • Jigs Gaton uses some concepts from physics to help us re-adjust how we think about time, as project managers. 8 minutes to read, some humor may be encountered.
  • Glen Alleman recommends a book that applies root cause analysis to determine how a US military helicopter was accidentally shot down. Just a minute to read.
  • Mike Clayton briefly but clearly explains Failure Mode and Effects Analysis, usually referred to as FMEA. Video, 6 minutes, safe for work.
  • Fiona Macintyre shows us how to use mind mapping techniques (and MindGenius) to decompose a project into a work breakdown structure. 5 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale shares his project management mixtape. Leave a comment with your additions to the playlist. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from scaling to storytelling to leaving the industrial paradigm in the dustbin of history. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Sean Regan gives us the executive summary of Atlassian’s survey of 500 professional software development leaders. 4 minutes to read, plus the entire report is downloadable
  • Dan Ashby uses his son’s push toy to illustrate the difference between code coverage and test coverage. Testing metrics matter! 4 minutes to read.
  • Matt Hamlin explains the business case for data protection as a service (DPaaS). 4 minutes to read.
  • Antonio van der Weel coaches on how to become a better product manager. 6 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Kevin Wozniak on effective meeting leadership. Still relevant after all these years. Podcast, 24 minutes, safe for work.
  • Nadine Rochester notes ten business environment challenges facing project managers today that will require confident leadership. 5 minutes to read.
  • The folks at Clarizen remind us of four cases where small teams turned a vision into success. 5 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Dan Swinhoe reports on recent research into the cost of the resources needed to commit cybercrime. Like the cost to bribe a politician, it is embarrassingly low. 6 minutes to read.
  • Umet Seepter lists 18 applications for facial recognition technology. You can think of at least one more, right? 4 minutes to read.
  • Cameron Coward notes that robotics researchers have now developed a soft robotic finger that knows where it’s pointing—positional sensing, as opposed to positioning. 2 minutes to read.
  • Shelly Fan recaps recent studies that found you can learn while you sleep, but that’s no reason to doze off in the classroom. 5 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Leigh Espy tutors us on the three most useful graphical formats we can use to express data in our presentations. 5 minutes to read.
  • Adriana Girdler briefs us on voice mail etiquette and proper practice. Video, 5 minutes, safe for work.
  • Serkan Karabacak has a few simple suggestions that can help us remove distractions and focus on deep work. 3 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of February 11 – 17

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 11 – 17. And this week’s video: Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro and his colleague, Dr. Dylan Glas, are interested in what makes a human. Erica is their latest creation – a semi-autonomous android, product of the most funded scientific project in Japan. More philosophic than scientific, but sometimes that’s the kind of questions we need to ask. 14 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • David Goodman and Karen Weise tell how the turbulent politics of New York led Amazon to decide to pull the plug on the deal to build a second headquarters in Queens. 8 minutes to read.
  • Will Martin shares an insight from Neil Shearing, Chief Economist at Capital Economics, on the most useful predictor of trends in the global economy. 3 minutes to read.
  • Patricia de Hemricourt updates us on the growth of privacy regulation and what compliance looks like in the aftermath of the effective date of the GDPR. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • John Goodpasture analyzes the value of Monte Carlo simulations based on data with an unknown distribution. 3 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton give us the details on what to do when our project is deferred, as opposed to canceled. 10 minutes to read.
  • Mark Romanelli notes the analytical tools we should use when selecting projects to achieve strategic goals. 6 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy tutors us on problem-solving using a seven-step process. 8 minutes to read.
  • Mac Sauls takes us through the process of calculating a management reserve using basic statistical techniques. 10 minutes to read.
  • Alex Ponomarev explains how to estimate a project using user stories—an excellent starting point for the customer in understanding Agile methods. 5 minutes to read.
  • Payson Hall reminds why understanding the business problem is so essential. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from questioning agile dogma to prioritizing opportunities to who owns the product backlog. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman suggests that changing how you think about your customers can lead to improvements in your delivery. 4 minutes to read.
  • Stacy Sherman tutors us on customer personas as an input to customer experience design. 3 minutes to read.
  • Poornima Vijayashankar interviews UX consultant Sarah Doody, who explains how to source, vet, hire and work with UX designers. Podcast, 39 minutes, safe for work.
  • Emily Esposito shares her master list of all UX conferences scheduled for 2019, worldwide. 10 minutes to read.
  • Edwin van der Thiel considers what DevOps means to the team. 2 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Amervis Lopez Cobb reports from the Accelerate Women Conference in Las Vegas, with some background on herself. 10 minutes to read.
  • Molly Page reflects on what she’s learned about digesting criticism. 4 minutes to read.
  • Lolly Daskal notes that people experience a change in four stages. 2 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • James Bessen and James Kossuth report on research into how automation affects high-skill and low-skill workers. 4 minutes to read.
  • Knowledge@Wharton interviews John McCoy on his research into the most productive approach to crowdsourcing answers. 5 minutes to read.
  • Janelle Edge notes four of the most common ways that people learn. In this case, it also means ways that we understand an explanation. 5 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Amy Whicker explains emotional assertiveness—one more tool in our emotional intelligence toolbox. 8 minutes to read.
  • Joshua Brustein reports on conditions for contractors working at one of Apple’s “black sites” in Silicon Valley. Not an encouraging picture of corporate America. 12 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland reports on her experiments on what to wear and where to sit for video calls when working remotely. Podcast, 9 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!