New PM Articles for the Week of April 15 – 21

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.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Susan Lund and Jacques Bughin describe the changing nature of globalization, driven by flows of information and data. 8 minutes to read.
  • Stephen Bungay debunks five popular myths about strategy. 6 minutes to read.
  • Brad Plizga argues that human rights must always come before business. It’s time for Big Tech to say no to oppressive governments.

Managing Projects

  • Valaiporn Niramai does a deep dive on what it takes to organize and manage a transformation project. 7 minutes to read.
  • Sarah Hoban explains the fundamentals of project branding. 3 minutes to read, or listen to her podcast: 6 minutes, safe for work.
  • Nenad Trajkovski suggests that we consider what type of task to use, based on constraints and drivers, before we start up MS Project. 2 minutes to read.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Laura Dallas Burford on how to become a project management consultant. Podcast, 33 minutes, safe for work.
  • The Nice Folks at Clarizen explain one of my favorite methodologies: Gap Analysis. Loved by business analysts and implementation project managers everywhere. 3 minutes to read.
  • Tapera Mangezi tells how to maintain positive stakeholder engagement during business analysis processes. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from the merits of less communication to the demerits of A/B testing to multiple team Scrum. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Tamás Török gives us an executive summary of Coding Sans Software Development Trends 2019 annual report. Full report and data available for download. 7 minutes to read.
  • Doug Bradbury suggests a less risky alternative to a major re-write of your current software product in order to exploit a new market. 3 minutes to read.
  • Barry Weston observes some of the challenges in testing AI solutions. 4 minutes to read.
  • Brendan Wovchko coaches us on the choice between using Scum and using Kanban. 4 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackovny, professional tester and former professional organizer, tells us how to organize for testing success. 5 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Michael Lopp considers the leadership responsibilities of meetings. 4 minutes to read.
  • Melody Wilding coaches us on managing the complainers who come to our meetings. You can give people a voice without losing control. 4 minutes to read.
  • Pawel Brodzinski reflects on the co-dependent nature of autonomy and transparency: you can’t have one without the other. 7 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy shares a few simple things you can do to endear yourself to your project team. It’s easier to lead people who like you. 4 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Greg Satell gives us an executive summary of quantum computing. My take: they aren’t faster general-purpose computers. 5 minutes to read.
  • MIT Technology Review recaps what we’ve learned in the 20 years since the first distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. 6 minutes to read.
  • Raconteur shares an infographic that illustrates how much new data is created in a single day. I wouldn’t call the 4,000 terabytes generated on Facebook useful, but it’s data. A minute or two to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Jenny Foss suggests we send a letter of interest to that company we’d really like to work for. Even if they don’t have a position open. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mayo Oshin looks at the science of how music affects your productivity. Sad news: although music reduces anxiety, lyrics reduce mental performance. 5 minutes to read the rest.
  • Lauren Adley on motivation: “It’s easier to get things done when we’re driven, but it’s not a necessary precondition in order to do so.” 4 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of January 21 – 27

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.

Managing Projects

  • 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.

Applied Leadership

  • Grand CanyonArt 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.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of October 15 – 21

New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 15 – 21. And this week’s video: Adriana Girdler shares five tips on how to survive office politics. 5 minutes, safe for work (even in highly political environments).

We lost the brilliant Paul Allen this week. Bill Gates eulogized him online, which is probably only possible because these two men grew up together. Peace be with you.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Akshat Rathi observes that the EU is ramping up spending on R&D and manufacturing of batteries to compete with China on electric automobiles. 3 minutes to read.
  • Christian Crisostomo relates the current buzz on 5G communications technology, from business case to limitations to how millimeter wave might affect our bodies. 4 minutes to read.
  • Priya Panwar addresses nine misconceptions related to implementing cyber-security at the organizational level.

Managing Projects

  • Kiron Bondale captures the essential points from Greg McKeown’s book, Essentialism: the disciplined pursuit of less. 2 minutes to read.
  • Brad Egeland makes the business case for remote project management and virtual teams. 4 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton lists the project management thought leaders to follow on Twitter. 9 minutes to read.
  • Susanne Madsen considers some of the ways we can actually learn from the post-implementation project review. 3 minutes to read.
  • Bola Adesope explains when and how to close a project, per both PMI and AXELOS. 6 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman lists some favorite quotes from Norm Augustine, former Chairman and CEO of Martin Marietta and one-time Secretary of the Army. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from mental habits of servant leaders to barriers to organizational change to agile scaling. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Oleksii Dzhulai recaps what has changed in the ten years since DevOps became a thing. 3 minutes to read.
  • The Clever PM appropriates an old Henry Ford comment, asking, “Are you just building faster horses?” Not that that’s always a bad thing … 4 minutes to read.
  • Marc Guévin provides an overview of Scrumban—a combination of Kanban and Scrum—and explains the best cases for using it. 4 minutes to read.
  • Rob Giddings explains why story points are a measure of complexity, rather than effort. 6 minutes to read.
  • Liz Pratusevich presents insights on scaling design teams from leaders at AT&T and Home Depot. 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership articles, from an OKR case study to scaling empowerment to management by walking around. 5 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy tells us how to make friends when working in a project management role. 6 minutes to read.
  • Nick Nuss coaches us on the fine art of managing up—keeping your manager effective, supportive, and focused on what matters to your team. 6 minutes to read.
  • Bill Taylor addresses the rhetorical question: If humility is so important, why are so many famous leaders so arrogant? 4 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Rachel Metz explores the history of the ubiquitous QWERTY keyboard and the eternal (and sometimes Quixotic) search for a viable alternative. 9 minutes to read.
  • Cade Metz recaps Jeff Hawkins’ progress in understanding how the brain works. His thesis is that the best artificial intelligence will “emulate the important parts.” 7 minutes to read.
  • Edd Gent reports on Deep Mind’s approach to ensuring their AI research results in applications that are “safe,” in the context of avoiding unintended consequences. 4 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Maxine Builder surveyed productivity experts to get a list of the ten best books on the subject. 8 minutes to read.
  • Michael Doherty gives us a few insights into sources of stress and how to manage our (usually self-induced) stress load. 2 minutes to read.
  • Kabir Chibber lists the ten countries where expatriates make the most money. Just a minute to read.

Enjoy!