Final Roundup: PM Articles for the Week of March 23 – 29

This is the 500th and final roundup of new project management articles published on the web during the week of March 23 – 29. Thanks for sticking with me all these years! Over the next few weeks, I’ll publish a few articles that I wrote for other venues but never got around to posting here, and in November I’ll publish my annual list of public holidays for 2021.

And this week’s video: Camaroonian musician and composer Emmanuel N’Djoké  “Manu” Dibango passed away on March 24th due to complications from COVID-19. He was 86. His 1972 hit, “Soul Makossa (I will dance),” was widely sampled and influenced generations of composers and performers around the world.  6 minutes, safe for work. “A true musician never dies; he just stops performing live.”

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • My wife made 39 disposable face masks for a local hospital

    Fred Schmalz interviews Sunil Chopra on how companies can prepare their supply chain for the next disruption by balancing efficiency with resilience. 5 minutes to read.

  • Thomas Choi and colleagues say that the COVID-19 global pandemic proves the value of supply chain mapping as a disruption response tool. 5 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell argues that we need to prepare for future crises—from artificial intelligence to climate change to the ballooning debt—like we would prepare for a war. 5 minutes to read.
  • Randall McAdory analyzes Tesla’s diverse collection of core technical competencies, and asserts that their market advantage is essentially insurmountable. 9 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Cornelius Fichtner talks with Karthik Ramamurthy on seven techniques for effective project scope management. Podcast, 30 minutes, safe for work. Plus an article, 3 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin announces the creation of a new professional community for project managers: #ThePMTribe. 5 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman argues for capabilities-based planning—providing an outcome or effect without an a priori specification. 2 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton tells us what to put in a project risk register, and how to maintain and use it. Video, 11 minutes, safe for work.
  • Praveen Malik explains how to save a baseline in MS Project, and how to use it once you have. 5 minutes to read.
  • The nice folks at ActiTIME suggest six ways to think of (and track) project costs. 6 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from the new future of remote work to the latest Cynefin iteration to enterprise agility. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Cesar Abeid interviews Johanna Rothman and Mark Kilby on their new book, remote project management, and distributed agile teams. Podcast, 48 minutes, safe for work.
  • Nicole Segerer suggests that evolving software business models require new approaches to establishing and maintaining customer relationships. 4 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackvony reviews Enterprise Continuous Testing, by Wolfgang Platz and Cynthia Dunlop. 4 minutes to read.
  • Gojko Adzic did a comprehensive survey to see what’s changed since his classic book, Specification by Example, was published ten years ago. 22 minutes to read, but worth the time.
  • Henny Portman recaps the 3rd edition of Agile NXT, a downloadable magazine from Xebia. 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Karolina Toth interviews Steven McCord, SVP of Technology at WhyHotel, on how to succeed in your first 100 days as a tech leader at a new company. Podcast, 30 minutes, safe for work, or read the notes in 11 minutes.
  • Tom Cagely begins a series on toxic meeting cultures with diagnostics: how to recognize them. 3 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Danny Page on socially responsible outsourcing and the finer points of working as a distributed team. Podcast or video, each about 40 minutes, safe for work.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Das Rush interviews Joel de la Garza on the transformations of information security practices and capacity as more of the workforce goes remote. Podcast, 22 minutes, safe for work.
  • Erich Kron and James McQuiggan advise us what to do if we discover that someone is impersonating our company in a phishing campaign. 2 minutes to read.
  • Ben Dickson shares some additional security precautions to take when connecting remotely to the company network. 4 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Pascal Papathemelis recaps his webinar on active listening. Great content, too bad I missed it, but this is almost as good. 7 minutes to read, plus a video, 52 minutes, safe for work.
  • Francesco Marcatto makes the case for dot voting as a way for a team to converge on a limited set of alternatives. 4 minutes to read.
  • Esther Derby gives us a cheat sheet for helping those who are new to remote work to conduct better meetings. 2 minutes to read.

Peace be with you!

New PM Articles for the Week of March 2 – 8

New project management articles published on the web during the week of March 2 – 8. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton introduces a new concept: aintegration, a measure of how well one copes with uncertainty and contradictions. Successful project managers must be able to deal with volatility, uncertainty, and ambiguity as a necessary part of the job, and developing that skill should be part of your professional development plan. 4 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Tom Linton and Bindiya Vakil consider what COVID-19 means for supply chain risk as a matter of business continuity. 6 minutes to read. And Philipp Carlsson-Szlezak opines on the potential for a global recession. 8 minutes to read.
  • Francesco Pecoraro identifies the three components of corporate strategy. 3 minutes to read.
  • Beck Bamberger collects insights from seven CEO’s on what it means to develop a transparent organization. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Mike Griffiths compares the WBS and product backlog, beginning with a brief history lesson. 5 minutes to read.
  • Payson Hall objects to the answer, “We have done all we can to mitigate the risk. We can’t think of anything more to do, so we closed it.” 2 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin looks back, twenty years after deciding to become a project manager, and sees a few things she didn’t realize at the time. 4 minutes to read.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Kim Wasson on social intelligence as a soft skill for project managers. Podcast, 28 minutes, safe for work.
  • Andy Jordan considers two of the statistics from the PMI Pulse of the Profession 2020 survey and sees a lack of corporate investment in project management professionals. 7 minutes to read.
  • The nice folks at Explority have identified the top 30 IT consulting firms in the world, in anticipation of your next solutions project. 10 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Chapel in the SkyStefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from rumors of the demise of Agile to the perils of being too data-driven to driving innovation. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Gábor Zöld curates his monthly engineering management resource roundup, from recruiting engineers to hiring remotely to cultural debt. 10 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman began a series on building team resilience. 3 minutes to read. Here are links to Part 2 (4 minutes) and Part 3 (5 minutes). Part 4 will be a summary.
  • Mike Cohn explains how to estimate story points with multiple teams by developing a common baseline. 5 minutes to read.
  • Doc Norton does the math on why we need to manage WIP. 3 minutes to read.
  • Stephen Younge does a deep dive into technical debt, from sources to productive ways to reduce the debt. 7 minutes to read.
  • Janna Loeffler answers our questions about integrating AI into our software testing routines. 6 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Kerry Goyette tells us how to work on our emotional intelligence. “American workplaces have five generations working side by side.” 4 minutes to read.
  • Raj Vardhman shares some tips for Gen X project leaders on how to better manage Millennials. 4 minutes to read.
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy coaches us on building consensus with eight actionable tips. 6 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas shares her Evil HR Lady insights into employee retention. “Replacing workers cost employers $617 billion in 2018, compared with $331 billion in 2010.” 2 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Curtis Franklin interviews James Stavridis, former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, on the current cybersecurity threat level. 10 minutes to read.
  • Naineesh Gaur and Chris Morris shock us with statistics and data, and then make the business case for cyber resiliency. 5 minutes to read.
  • Judhajeet Das examines current trends in how distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks are perpetrated and defended against. 5 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Lila MacLellan coaches us on how to politely decline a handshake in the Age of COVID-19. 3 minutes to read.
  • Arianne Cohen reports that caffeine won’t make you more creative, but it may help you solve problems. Time for another cuppa joe … 1 minute to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of February 10 – 16

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 10 – 16. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton explains the concept of a discounted cash flow, based on a rate of return over time, and the related terms present value, net present value, and internal rate of return. The language of business includes a little math. 6 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Nathan Furr and Jeff Dyer studied Tesla’s approach to innovation, industry transformation, and bringing new ideas to market and explain what they found. 6 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell points out that information and communication technologies only account for 6% of GDP in advanced economies. The other 94% is where the real potential lies. 5 minutes to read.
  • Vizhdan Boranova and colleagues surveyed 11,000 workers in 11 advanced and emerging market economies on their attitude toward automation. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Glen Alleman shares links to a staggering number of briefings, papers, and presentations on all aspects of project management. I won’t even try to estimate the time required to read it all.
  • Praveen Malik explains start / finish dates, actual dates, and baseline dates in MS Project, with recommended practices. 4 minutes to read.
  • Harry Hall shows us how to create a project risk management plan. 4 minutes to read.
  • Linky van der Merwe suggests approaches for managing eight common types of project risks. 4 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture expounds on extreme risks—those events with irreversible consequences but low likelihood of occurrence. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from metrics for experiments to design sprints to whether ‘Agile’ is a reactionary movement. 7 outbound links, 4 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman shares her experience with separating software defect correction from developing “new” code. Very insightful. 4 minutes to read.
  • William Harwood reports on the investigation into software defects that nearly caused a catastrophic failure in the test of the Boeing Starliner crew module. 6 minutes to read.
  • Karlo Smid explains why 100% code coverage does not mean 100% testing coverage. 2 minutes to read.
  • Junaid Ahmed explains how continuous testing and DevOps fit together. 7 minutes to read.
  • Kunal Chauhan identifies the decision criteria for choosing between a virtual machine architecture and a Docker container strategy. 2 minutes to read, 8 on a nerd scale of 10.

Applied Leadership

  • Julia Brooke walks us through some of the symptoms of burnout in tech workers. 3 minutes to read.
  • Dina Smith coaches us on how to stop micromanaging and delegate more. 4 minutes to read.
  • Brad Swaim explains the research behind the recommended team size of “seven, plus or minus two.” 4 minutes to read.
  • Vicky Cosenzo finds some surprising leadership lessons in Chris Hadfield’s new book, An Astronaut’s Guide to Mental Models. 3 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Patrick Howell O’Neill reports the conviction of Eric Eoin Marques, the man behind Dark Web’s Freedom Hosting. The FBI still won’t tell how they cracked Tor. 5 minutes to read.
  • William Akoto examines the vulnerability of the growing cloud of small, cheap satellites in low Earth Orbit to hacking and exploitation. It’s already been done! 5 minutes to read.
  • Lutfey Siddiqi opens with, “Cybercrime could cost banks an estimated $350 billion in the next five years.” The threat is huge, hard to model, and the past is not prologue. 5 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Brigid Ludwig explains the concept of ego depletion and notes several ways to recharge enough to make a better strategic decision. 6 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Yuri Malishenko on how visual thinking can overcome the complexity of communication and problem-solving. Video, 33 minutes, safe for work.
  • Scott Berkun asked Twitter for recommendations on a good book for non-designers to get some design literacy. He shares the top 15. 2 minutes to read.

Enjoy!