New PM Articles for the Week of March 9 – 15

New project management articles published on the web during the week of March 9 – 15. And this week’s video: Angela Ceberano talks about how she changed her view of the anxieties that used to paralyze her. “Be the warrior, not the worrier.” 11 minutes, mostly safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Romesh Vaitilingham summarizes the results of a World Economic Forum survey of economists around the world, on the potential for a recession. 6 minutes to read.
  • John Detrixhe interviews Nobel prize winning economist Robert Schiller, who says that this economic disruption is different from past economic crises. 4 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell examines the impact of automation since 1900 and suggests that work in the coming years will be based more on collaboration than on tasks. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Praveen Malik shares ten excellent getting-started tips for MS Project beginners. 5 minutes to read.
  • Chris walks through the keys steps in decommissioning the zombie servers in your data center. 5 minutes to read.
  • Stav Ziv shares her detailed Q and A crib sheet for preparing for that project manager job interview. 15 minutes to read.
  • Bruce Gordon describes the approach to develop the PMI Chicagoland project management mentoring program. 8 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin provides some guidance for an experienced project manager managing an international project for the first time. 5 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman references WalMart in a case study of capabilities elicitation and capabilities-based planning. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from decision making under pressure to emerging organizational silos to team right-sizing. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman concludes and summarizes her series on building team resilience. 3 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely talks about using Clean Language concepts to refine requirements and gets a visit from Susan Parente, who talks about virtual agile. Podcast, 20 minutes, safe for work.
  • Kristin Jackvony tutors us on API contract testing. Clear, with a very low nerd content. 4 minutes to read.
  • Bjorn van den Einden tutors us on product backlog refinement. 7 minutes to read.
  • George Guimarães shares the agile and engineering metrics he uses with his teams to achieve continuous improvement. 4 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic tells us how to spot an incompetent leader. Arrogance is the first symptom. 5 minutes to read.
  • The Insightful Leader at Kellogg School of Management interviews Nicola Bianchi on what kinds of management training are the most effective. Podcast, 12 minutes, safe for work.
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy and Jesse Bibbee share a checklist for reacting to the decision that your upcoming face-to-face workshop must be virtual. 7 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton explores the origins, implications, and application of servant leadership. Video, 14 minutes, safe for work.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Michael Kan reports that Google researchers have found a design flaw in the Avast antivirus. 2 minutes to read.
  • Sadie Williamson tells us how to be supportive of the people who fell into cybersecurity traps. 6 minutes to read.
  • Robert Howell explains why we shouldn’t be allowed to waive our right to keep our information private. 4 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Stephanie Vozza summarizes the top three co-worker behaviors that annoy us, based on a survey, and suggests ways to minimize the impact on our psyches. 5 minutes to read.
  • Jason Cohen suggests a few steps we can take to improve the experience on our video conference calls. 4 minutes to read.
  • Ashley Wilson points out a few things happening in the office that negatively impact productivity, and ways to deal with them.

Enjoy!

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 24 – March 1

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 24 – March 1. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton suggests a routine to deal with the feeling of being overwhelmed by pruning and prioritizing your to-do list, and then working it aggressively. 9 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Pierre Haren and David Simchi-Levi expect that the full impact of COVID-19 on the global supply chain will hit us in mid-March and could continue for months. 4 minutes to read.
  • Edd Gent reports that tech manufacturing depends on 23 rare minerals that have significant supply chain risk. The analysis is as interesting as the finding. 3 minutes to read.
  • David Rotman reports that Moore’s Law is dead (sort of) and explains what that will mean for the trajectory of technology. 9 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Elizabeth Harrin shares ten tips for preparing meeting minutes. You can delegate notetaking but take responsibility for preparing the minutes! 6 minutes to read.
  • Carsten Lund Pedersen and Thomas Ritter suggest a framework for predicting the chances of success for your new Big Data project. 7 minutes to read.
  • Erik van Hurck shares three tips for working with Microsoft Planner. 5 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale suggests an interesting technique for increasing alignment on delivery approaches: uncertainty poker. 3 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman posted a list of books and documents that should be of use to teams who are engineering complex systems. 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman examines the merits of collecting labor hours expended for capitalizing projects. Abandon all expectation of accuracy and you’ll be fine. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from liberating structures to measuring a complex reality to making decisions in complex situations. 7 outbound links, 4 minutes to read.
  • Andre Schweighofer tells how the Adidas tech team decided to stop estimating story points and found a more effective approach for the way they worked. 6 minutes to read.
  • Craig Brown talks about backlog bankruptcy—having so much on the backlog that you can never get down to zero. 2 minutes to read.
  • Nishi Grover Garg explains the tester’s notion of bug advocacy, and when to advocate. Think about encouraging your testers to be advocates. 3 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely interviews Todd Miller and Ryan Ripley on their new book, Fixing Your Scrum: Practical solutions to common Scrum problems. Podcast, 40 minutes, safe for work.
  • Robb Pieper discusses the pros and cons of having technical or business domain knowledge as a Scrum Master. Video, 2 minutes, safe for work.

Applied Leadership

  • Greg Satell focuses on the lessons learned about leading change in Lou Gerstner’s tenure as CEO of IBM. 5 minutes to read.
  • Karin Hurt coaches us on how to manage a strong, arrogant, slightly obnoxious high performer. 4 minutes to read.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy tells us how to introduce ourselves as the PM on a new project. Video, 13 minutes, safe for work.
  • Jamie Davidson suggests nine tips for developing great remote management skills. 5 minutes to read.
  • Art Petty sums up the way we assess effective leadership in others as the Four C’s. 4 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Eric Griffith dives into the FBI’s cybercrime statistics for insights into the what might be the biggest threats. 3 minutes to read.
  • Gilad David Maayan shares proven practices for responding to Big Data breaches. 5 minutes to read.
  • Joan Goodchild reports on the growing debate over whether foreign-made tech products can be made safe for use by the US government in critical infrastructure. Yes, they mean Huawei. 3 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Elizabeth Grace Saunders suggests self-care for working parents approaching burn-out. 6 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy lists seven reasons why networking is critical for a successful career. 4 minutes to read.

Enjoy!