New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 27 – June 2. And this week’s video: Diana Larsen and James Shore explain the Agile fluency model, a framework to help decide how to invest in Agile methods so that your teams can achieve the right zone of fluency. 11 minutes, safe for work. Thanks to Henny Portman for the link!
Two pictures from Vancouver Lake Park, taken this afternoon. That’s Mt. St. Helen and Mt. Hood in the background.
Sonal Mehta looks at how augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) will impact manufacturing and the industrial internet of things. 6 minutes to read.
Kathy Pham on what classes should be required for a computer science degree: “When people learn to code, they should also learn about ethics, humanities, and equity. Then perhaps they’ll be more prepared to predict the unintended consequences of their work.” 6 minutes to read.
Satya Narayan Dash shows how to use Ceptah Bridge as an MS Project add-in to connect to Jira. 7 minutes to read.
Kiron Bondale tells us why project stakeholder management is the most important knowledge area. 2 minutes to read.
Mark Mulally reflects on the nature of quality as an attribute of what a project delivers and finds that most of what we’ve been taught just isn’t useful. 8 minutes to read.
The nice folks at Clarizen explain the business impact analysis, which assesses how an interruption of critical operations would impact the business. 3 minutes to read.
Brad Egeland reminds us that all project data is at risk, and the project team needs to manage that risk. 4 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile links, from #NoFrameworks to couples counseling techniques for Scum team conflicts to servant leadership in product management. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
Dave Prior interviews Howard Sublett on his new role as Chief Product Owner for the Scrum Alliance. Podcast, 29 minutes, safe for work.
Lisa Crispin summarizes key findings from the 2019 DevTestOps Landscape Report. She also provides a link to the full report. 5 minutes to read.
Roger James shares his development process checklist for ensuring that your new mobile app is secure. 5 minutes to read.
Ben Aston compiled a list of the best wireframe tools to make mockups and prototypes—the 10 best and 13 honorable mentions. 7 minutes to read.
Alex Novkov takes us from a Kanban board to a Kanban system. 8 minutes to read.
Glen Alleman provides his detailed rebuttal to Predicting the Unpredictable: Pragmatic approaches to estimating cost or schedule by Johanna Rothman. 14 minutes to read.
Lila MacLellan calls our attention to a manager’s manifesto: “I deeply resent how we’ve infantilized the workplace.” 3 minutes to read.
Mike Clayton provides a comprehensive primer on project human resource management, focusing on the team-leading tasks. 59(!) outbound links, 9 minutes to read.
Randy Conley uses the metaphor of a growing tree to show us how we can develop resilient team members. 4 minutes to read.
Research and Insights
Hans Gunnoo explains Isaac Asimov’s Laws of Robotics, and then tells us why AI may not follow them. 6 minutes to read.
Sonia Elks reports on a new study, sponsored by the United Nations, which found that Siri, Alexa, and Cortana are reinforcing sexist stereotypes. 3 minutes to read.
Karen Hao explains how we historically handled the liability for catastrophic failures of automated systems. In short: we blame the nearest human. 4 minutes to read.
Melanie Mitchell illustrates some challenges for autonomous vehicles that can only be resolved with common sense—an understanding of the world as experienced by living things. 6 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
Sarah Sunday reflects on how her geographically distributed team handles communications and workflow. Not just their tools, but their culture. 3 minutes to read.
Kerry Roberts and Beth Schinoff explain how micromoves—small actions or behaviors that seem inconsequential at the moment—affect our work relationships. 6 minutes to read.
Suzanne Lucas shares her HR expert opinion on how to keep remote workers engaged. 3 minutes to read.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 15 – 21. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton explains the PMI, APM, and Prince2 definitions of an issue, and what project managers should do to manage them. 5 minutes, safe for work.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 21 – 27. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton explains IT service management (ITSM) and how the ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) framework helps to structure efficient creation, delivery, and maintenance of services. As Mike says, some understanding of ITSM is valuable for the practicing IT project manager. 8 minutes, safe for work.
Business Acumen and Strategy
Gita Gopinath, Chief Economist for the IMF, provides an executive summary of their forecast for reduced growth in the global economy. 4 minutes to read.
Heather Landy reports from Davos, where a survey of CEO’s from every region concurs with the IMF assessment—growth will slow in 2019. 2 minutes to read.
Hemant Taneja says that the era of move fast and break things is over. We should define MVP to be minimum virtuous product. 8 minutes to read.
Elise Stevens interviews Julia Steel on getting buy-in from stakeholders. Podcast 22 minutes, safe for work.
Lindsay Curtis lists seven productive practices for change management. 4 minutes to read.
Leigh Espy tutors us on business process mapping. 6 minutes to read.
John Goodpasture reminds us to only measure the measurable. Just a minute to read.
Hayley Eubanks extracts two sections from a whitepaper by Jerry Manas on product portfolio management. 4 minutes to read.
Stuart Easton notes that since some estimates indicate that over 50% of projects fail, it can’t all be a failure of execution. 7 minutes to read.
Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy lists the five most popular articles posted on PM Basics 101 during 2018. In case you missed some of them. 2 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from personality traits suitable for Agile teams to psychological safety to determining product value. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
Kiron Bondale describes the Definition of Ready, a complement to the Definition of Done, in the context of the Scrum ceremonies. 2 minutes to read.
Nikolay Tsonev points out six mistakes to avoid when using Lean principles to manage a project. 5 minutes to read.
Henny Portman reviews The Professional Product Owner, by Don McGreal and Ralph Jocham. 4 minutes to read.
Rosalia Baé argues that the key to enhancing software quality is design thinking. 6 minutes to read.
Lou Rosenfeld interviews product design process influencer Rich Mironov on managing multiple points of view. Podcast, 21 minutes, safe for work.
Art Petty reminds us that the big decisions are almost always clouded in ambiguity; consensus is elusive, and the decision maker has to embrace the moment. 4 minutes to read.
Elizabeth Harrin coaches us on how to be a mentor (which is not the same thing as a coach). 4 minutes to read.
Curt Nickisch interviews Amy Edmondson, author of the seminal paper, Psychological Safety and Learning Behavior in Work Teams and a new book. Podcast, 27 minutes, safe for work.
Research and Insights
Mike Murphy predicts that 2019 will be the year of foldable Android phones. Are we willing to pay more for a larger screen that fits in a pocket? 3 minutes to read.
Elias Groll interviews the legendary Jon Callas, who left his job as one of Apple’s senior security specialists for the ACLU so he could influence the public policy debate. 10 minutes to read.
Karen Hao reports on a new way to make algorithms behave in a more ethical manner: give them a sense of the uncertainty that humans experience in decision making. 4 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
Helen Anderson tells us how she has been dealing with imposter syndrome and job-related stress. “You don’t have to know everything about everything.” 3 minutes to read.
Kayla Matthews lists nine time management techniques for remote workers. 4 minutes to read.
Suzanne Lucas advises us that some Glassdoor reviews are fake—the horror! But there are ways to spot them. 3 minutes to read.