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!

New PM Articles for the Week of June 11 – 17

New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 11 – 17. Beginning with this week, I’ve made some changes to the topic headings. Without a doubt, Agile methods are now firmly established, so rather than artificially differentiating them, I’ll try another approach—distinguishing between managing projects and managing software development. I’ve also renamed the first and fifth sections. I think these labels will be more meaningful but let me know if it needs further tweaking. And this week’s video: Elizabeth Harrin interviews Simon Harris on how to thrive as an “accidental” project manager. 22 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Craig Walker, an attorney with lots of experience in mergers and acquisitions, points out some of the potential pitfalls. 4 minutes to read.
  • Deena Zaidi reviews three big data breaches that we first heard about in 2017, even though they might have happened years before. Lesson learned: the coverup is more embarrassing than the breach. 5 minutes to read.
  • Dave Gershgorn reports that Amazon has already begun automating its white-collar decision-making jobs. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Johanna Rothman tries to visualize the organizational constraints that affect our projects. 3 minutes to read.
  • Anthony Mersino explains why most project managers don’t make good Scrum Masters. Yes, it’s a generalization, but there might be something to it. 7 minutes to read
  • Jerry Doucette shares his assessment scorecard for entering consulting / coaching assignments. It can help to understand the organization before you try to change it. 5 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale observes that “traditional” funding models don’t work as well for agile delivery. 2 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy gives us a tip for keeping multiple projects all moving forward. 3 minutes to read, plus a 2-minute video, safe for work.
  • Renee Adair concludes her series on six current trends in project management. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from metrics that matter to good and bad pressure to why ‘Yes’ doesn’t scale. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Ian Mitchell addresses something not found in the Scrum Guide: who sends out the meeting invitations?
  • Daniel Elizalde interviews Rich Mironov on his four laws of software economics and his advice to IoT product managers. Podcast, 43 minutes, safe for work.
  • Tamás Török gets six expert opinions on testing distributed systems—both methods and tools—and how their architectures drive their methods. 11 minutes to read.
  • Michael Bolton answers the rhetorical question: which test cases should I automate? 4 minutes to read.
  • Emma Lilliestam describes a way to integrate security requirements with regression testing. 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership articles, from teaching the stars of tomorrow to an ambitious person’s take on work-life balance. 3 minutes to read.
  • Kevin Eikenberry and Wayne Turmel share the key points from their new book, “The Long-Distance Leader.” 4 minutes to read.
  • Alex Novkov begins a series on managing a lean team. 3 minutes to read.
  • Lukas Klose explains the “diamond” model of participatory decision making. 6 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Isaiah Sarju gives us a primer on Malware, from the different types to how we can avoid it. This isn’t just about viruses anymore. 6 minutes to read.
  • Georgia Frances King interviews sleep researcher Daniel Gartenberg on how much sleep we actually need—apparently, more than we’re getting. 13 minutes to read.
  • Corinne Putill reports on recent research that indicates that the sunk cost fallacy keeps us tied to other people’s dumb decisions as much as our own. 2 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Pawel Brodzinski reflects on the nature of respect, and asks: Can one be too respectful? 5 minutes to read.
  • Robyn McLeod shares her “4P” framework for preparing to have an important conversation. 2 minutes to read.
  • Art Markman points out three ways to identify cultural differences on a global team. 3 minutes to read.

Enjoy!