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!

New PM Articles for the Week of February 4 – 10

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 4 – 10. And this week’s video: Jesse Fewell explains why command and control is a good thing, in the context it was originally expressed—as an organizational competency. 6 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Chris Dimitriadis notes that data fraud/theft and large-scale cyber attacks were identified as two of the top five global threats by the World Economic Forum. Let that sink in for a moment. 4 minutes to read.
  • Curt Nickisch interviews Anne Curzan, who studies the evolution of language. She analyzes the origins and effectiveness of some common metaphors. Podcast, 29 minutes, safe for work.
  • The FirstMark team shares insights and first principle that they got from Caty Kobe, head of Scalable Customer Success at Square, a financial services technology firm. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Satya Narayan Dash delivers a tutorial on Earned Schedule Management, an extension of earned value management. 8 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture looks at iteration models that “change things up” in order to avoid burning out the team. 3 minutes to read.
  • Cate Huston reflects on the lessons in change management she’s learned, as both manager and individual contributor. 6 minutes to read.
  • Seth Godin uses swimming and surfing as metaphors for the risks when accepting responsibility for projects with higher stakes. 2 minutes to read.
  • Daniel Doiron applies critical chain buffers to determine realistic project deadlines. 4 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin gives us some pointers on decision making as a process. Complete with a decision log template! 6 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from transition failures to futile efforts to building the wrong thing. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read,
  • Kiron Bondale suggests that we need a definition of done for our agile ceremonies as well as our products. 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman has concluded her epic series on balancing innovation, commitment and feedback loops. Here is part 2, part 3, and part 4. Each about 4 minutes to read.
  • Leon Adato shares some guidelines and practices for deciding when to “pull the plug” on legacy technology. 4 minutes to read.
  • Tomer Dicturel warns us of the impact unrealistic expectations will have on software development projects. 3 minutes to read.
  • Henny Portman reviews Devops: A business perspective, by Oleg Skrynnik. 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Chad Husted extracts actionable self-management information from Stephen R. Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. 7 minutes to read.
  • Dan Rockwell encourages us to develop empathy in our efforts to become better leaders. 2 minutes to read.
  • Roman Pichler explores ways that we can listen to understand, rather than simply respond. 6 minutes to read.
  • Liz Fosslien and Mollie West-Duffy provide some guidance on when to hug at work. And when not to hug. The cartoons are hysterical. 4 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Jon Porter reports on Googles new Password Checkup extension to Chrome. It checks a database to see if your password has been exposed in a data breach. 2 minutes to read.
  • Adam Shostack reflects on aviation, telephones, and the balance between regulation and innovation. Definitely thought-provoking. 2 minutes to read.
  • Daniel Bourke shares a comprehensive list of his takeaways from the How to Learn course on Coursera. How comprehensive? 14 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Kevin Wang examines the rapidly changing way we work, from remote work to automation to the nature of work skills. 7 minutes to read.
  • Leo Babauta coaches us on the practice of letting go. It’s a Zen thing … 3 minutes to read.
  • Adriana Girdler tells us how to develop healthy work habits, from drinking water to stretching to healthy eating. Video, 6 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of January 28 – February 3

New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 28 – February 3. And this week’s video: Adriana Girdler coaches us on facilitating a meeting. Focused on the first-timers but still worth a look even if you’ve been facilitating for years. 6 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Mark McNamee and Athanasia Kokkinogeni observe, “In the eyes of businesses, the UK has come to resemble an emerging market.” Brexit is driving volatility. 6 minutes to read.
  • Steve Blank explains why McKinsey’s Three Horizons model for managing and budgeting for innovation and research is no longer applicable. 4 minutes to read.
  • Joel Manner explores Eric Schmidt’s prediction that the internet is dividing into three politically-defined regions: US-led, China-led, and EU-led. 9 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Sylvia Moses describes the X-shaped skills of a highly capable project manager. 10 minutes to read.
  • Mike Griffiths covers the what, how, and why of project charters. 11 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton gives us a deep tutorial on project scheduling, from defining and sequencing activities through estimating durations and developing a schedule. 12 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture shares his slide presentation on preparing a request for proposal. 4 minutes to read, plus the slides.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Douglas Knutzen on leveraging scheduling, execution, and team techniques to increase speed on your projects. Podcast, 20 minutes, safe for work.
  • Dave Prior interviews Jesse Fewell on the evolving role of the PMO in an agile organization. Podcast, 36 minutes, safe for work.
  • Jan Schiller recaps twelve habits that she has observed in successful project portfolio managers. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Scrum limits to exemplary agile to the Scrum Master Trends Report 2019. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Mike Cohn makes it clear why software development teams have learned to focus on being done rather than estimating progress. 3 minutes to read.
  • Dave West points out the key nuggets in the 2019 Scrum mater Trends Report. 4 minutes to read.
  • Nandhini Saravanan explains the difference between horizontal and vertical scaling of databases and what each approach is useful for. 5 minutes to read.
  • Fio Dossetto extols the virtues of a heat map in analyzing the effectiveness of a user interface design. 6 minutes to read.
  • Joep Schuurkes tells us why we should have a test strategy and what it should cover. 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Simone Stolzoff tells how engineer Satya Nadella turned Microsoft, “From a culture of know-it-alls to a culture of learn-it-alls.” 9 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Wade Foster, CEO of Zapier—a 100% remote company with over 200 people—on the future of work. Podcast, 38 minutes, safe for work.
  • Leigh Espy sells us on problem-solving skills as a key part of career development. 3 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Greg Satell sees inflection points in energy, synthetic biology, and computation that are about to dramatically transform society. 5 minutes to read.
  • Karen Hao updates us on facial recognition software. Accuracy is improving for women and minorities, but the potential for abuse still exists. 4 minutes to read.
  • Roamy suggests a low-tech alternative to a creepy RFID implant under the skin or an easily-lost card. It’s obvious, once you read it. 4 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Andy Silber advocates for Inbox Zero. 4 minutes to read.
  • Corrine Purtill reports on one of the key messages at the Davos conference: the four-day work week. 2 minutes to read.
  • Alex Reardon argues that when we’re sick, we should take an actual sick day—not just work from home. 3 minutes to read.

Enjoy!