New PM Articles for the Week of August 26 – September 1

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 12 – September 1. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton teaches us how to write an effective project proposal, from justifying the decision to go ahead to clearly defining success. 17 minutes, safe for work.

I’ve added some great new links to the Resources list on the lower right column of my home page, including Laura Kahn’s Data Science video posts and Geoff Crane’s emotional intelligence infographics. Have a look and send me any important resource links that you think I should share.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Greg Satell explores the Business Roundtable’s move away from shareholder value as a primary business management metric. 5 minutes to read.
  • Stephen McBride argues that Apple’s best days are in the past. They sold roughly $1 trillion in iPhones, but now that everyone has a smart phone, what’s next? 5 minutes to read.
  • Soren Kaplan examines the next massive business disruption: No-code software. “Talented developers are tough to find and expensive to pay.” 4 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • PMI announced that they have changed the last day for candidates to take the current version of the PMP exam to June 30, 2020. 2 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale points out the management maturity required for PMI to change their launch date. 2 minutes to read.
  • Robin Nicklas shows how to find resource critical paths and eliminate phantom float in MS Project. Only 5 minutes to read but take at least 30 minutes to understand.
  • Gary Garris vents on what he sees as common poor project planning practices. 4 minutes to read.
  • Harry Hall challenges our project assumptions, and says that we should challenge them, too. 3 minutes to read.
  • The nice folks at Clarizen explain the Delphi Method, a process for achieving a consensus recommendation from a panel of experts. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of agile content, from Sprint reviews to the State of DevOps 2019 report to influencing the business side. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Mike Cohn makes the argument for abandoning sprint reviews in favor of other forms of feedback. In the situations he describes, it’s a good argument. 6 minutes to read.
  • Danial Alcanja identifies common software development outsourcing risks and strategies for managing them. 4 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackovny concludes her series on internet protocols with an explanation of routing. 3 minutes to read.
  • Gábor Zöld polled some colleagues at other software development firms to compile a list of the most popular code review tools and linters. 7 minutes to read.
  • Renee Troughton reports on four global trends she noticed at the Agile 2019 conference in Washington, DC. 2 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Cesar Abeid interviews Suanne Madsen on what’s happened between the first and second editions of her book, The Power of Project Leadership. Podcast, 38 minutes, safe for work.
  • Chidiebere Ogbonnaya summarizes his research into the complex relationships between teamwork, stress, and workload. 5 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy teaches us how to write an opportunity statement, to communicate the current state, impact, and desired state of a challenge to be addressed. 4 minutes to read.
  • Dan Rockwell lists the books that have recently landed in his “to read” pile. Best title: Nincompoopery: Why customers hate you and how to fix it. 2 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Ephrat Livni reports on a completely new kind of cybercrime: voice impersonation via artificial intelligence. In the first widely reported case, $243,000 was stolen. 2 minutes to read.
  • Zach Whittaker updates us on the discovery that malicious websites implanted “monitors” on iPhones, possibly going back several years. 2 minutes to read.
  • The staffs at Mashable and PCMag collaborated on a documentary series, Kernal Panic, on the worst cybersecurity breaches of all time. First up: the Morris Worm. Video, 22 minutes, safe for work.

Pot Pourri

  • Geoff Crane has created over 30 infographics from his research into emotional intelligence and related topics. And he’s vowed to add even more! Take five minutes or so to browse.
  • Thomas Oppong notes that learning how to manage our own emotions, anxieties, and stresses changes how we respond to everything. 5 minutes to read.
  • Allison Shapira summarizes research on filler words and phrases, like um, so, and maybe this is irrelevant. Some are useful, some should be avoided. 4 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of August 19 – 25

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 19 – 25. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton summarizes a few of the key points of his new book, Project Governance: A guide for project managers. 10 minutes, safe for work.

Information protection has become more central to the practice and knowledge base of IT project management. I’ve been linking to at least two or three related articles each week under various headings, so I’ve replaced the section Research and Insights with a new topic heading: Cybersecurity and Data Protection. I’ll include content links related to news, techniques, trends, and legislation. I’ve also resurrected the Pot Pourri section to replace Working and the Workplace; expect to find interesting things that didn’t fit any of the more specific headings.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Bob van Luijt explains how the notion of an API—an interface for delivering digital services—became the basis for entire business models. 7 minutes to read.
  • Jasper Dekker justifies the requirement for autonomous cars to drive like a local. If people in Taipei don’t drive like people in London, why should robots drive like people in California? 3 minutes to read.
  • Vanessa Bates Ramirez summarizes Peter Diamandis’s presentation on meta-trends at the Singularity University Global Summit. 6 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Emily Peterson selected some of the Q&A following Steve Marjot’s webinar to discuss the Royal Bank of Scotland transformation journey from traditional project portfolio management to Lean portfolio management. 7 minutes to read.
  • Ronald Smith follows up his article on misconceptions about Critical Path with a lesson how to avoid a slippery 5 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale answers the rhetorical question: Does closeout vary between projects following an adaptive, rather than a predictive life cycle? 3 minutes to read.
  • Luís Gonçalves presents the business case for outsourcing software development, with options, potential mistakes, and management best practices. 16 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin shares her thoughts (and a template) on benefits management. 3 minutes to read.
  • The nice folks at Clarizen describe the seven integrated characteristics of high-performance agile IT teams. 3 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy shows how to create a Pareto chart, one of the most easily understood visual tools for decision support. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from enabling engineer decision making to estimation to tracking value in an agile transformation. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackovny continues her series, explaining how HTTPS works, from encryption to cookies and tokens. With more to come next week! 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman concludes her series on where agile is headed; 8 minutes to read. Her summary of the series is here; 7 minutes to read.
  • Ashan Fernando describes web application security with a broad view—from external requirements like PCI and GDPR to assessments, code reviews, and audits. 7 minutes to read.
  • Sounderrajan Seshadri suggests an approach to budget management for agile projects. 4 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alison Coleman coaches us on uniting the multi-generational workforce. 5 minutes to read.
  • Emily Luijbregts shares four tips for dealing with difficult team members. 4 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely continues his series on saying no, including five prerequisites for safely saying no and a simple process for saying no. About 5 minutes to read both.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Bobby Allyn reports on a ransomware attack that hit 22 municipalities in Texas. And Nalneesh Gaur recommends a decision framework for deciding whether to pay. Each 5 minutes to read.
  • Joan Goodchild tells us about cyber-risk insurance, another component of a comprehensive risk management program that is growing in acceptance. 4 minutes to read.
  • Mariarosaria Taddeo and Francesca Bosco make the case for treating cybersecurity like a public good, where the public sector shares in the cost and responsibility.
  • Ben Dickson reports on the impact of flawed disclosure and reporting of software security flaws. 4 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Andy Jordan coaches us on dealing with the disappointments that will come along with our career successes. 7 minutes to read.
  • Darius Foroux lists seven professional skills that we should develop in order to maximize both our effectiveness and our income. 5 minutes to read.
  • Esther Cohen tutors us on retention marketing: How to get clients to stay. It’s not just about delivering on time and on budget. 8 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of August 12 – 18

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 12 – 18. And this week’s video: Adriana Girdler coaches us on how to introduce yourself professionally. Tailor it to your needs; I’d skip the part about the puppy because I’m a Boomer—we talk about our grandkids. 5 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Josh Taylor reports on a breach of biometric data that exposed fingerprints, facial recognition and other personal information of over a million people. And unlike a password, those attributes can’t be changed. 4 minutes to read.
  • Adrien Book lists ten assessment questions to consider when setting up a corporate AI project. 7 minutes to read.
  • Roger Swannell explains the difference between pipeline thinking and platform thinking for organizations that want to present information to their customers. Just a minute to read.

Managing Projects

  • John Goodpasture vamps on a key idea from Peter Bernstein’s Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk. Luck only exists at the sub-atomic level. 2 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton explains the 12 project management jargon terms that have had the most viewings among his 80+ Project Management in Under 5 Minutes Video, 16 minutes, safe for work.
  • Kiron Bondale looks at the people-management responsibilities of project managers in project-oriented management structures. 2 minutes to read.
  • Dan Smiljanic looks at the key components of a project management plan. And no, that Gantt chart is not a plan. 6 minutes to read.
  • Ronald Smith clears up some common misconceptions about the critical path. 2 minutes to read.
  • Ben Aston and Kelly Suter discuss the maximum number of projects a PM should manage at once. Video, 6 minutes, safe for work.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from organization-wide agility to abolishing innovation silos to the benefits of trunk-based development. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman began a series on where she thinks Agile is headed, from do you need it to where does management fit to what is the correct recipe? Each about 5 minutes to read, with more to come.
  • John Lafleur lists seven rules to track software engineering metrics correctly, and then suggests ten metrics worth tracking. 6 and 10 minutes to read, respectively.
  • Mike Cohn tells us how to manage Sprint interruptions by setting up a budget for them and then tracking them. 5 minutes to read.
  • Stephanie Ockerman considers the question: Can a development team member also fill the Scrum Master role? 4 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackovny begins a series on how HTTP requests work; mostly an explanation of the terminology and a high-level description of the process. 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Shelley Row suggests a good way to understand the people on your team: ask them to present a briefing on their project, and pay attention to their approach. 3 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely says, “A judicious no is more important than saying yes,” then explains how a forced yes becomes a problem. Each 2 minutes to read.
  • Thomas Oppong summarizes key points from Robin Dreeke’s book, It’s Not All About “Me”: The Top Ten Techniques for Building Quick Rapport with Anyone. 4 minutes to read.
  • Dan Rockwell shares some brief insights on accommodating the things that make the people on your team less than perfect. You know: like you. 2 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Neil Rubenking and Max Eddy report from Black Hat 2019, where hacks, attacks, and vulnerabilities were discussed in casinos. 7 minutes to read.
  • Bernard Marr considers the ethical implications of using AI to create realistic images of people who don’t exist. Mix with Deep Fakes, stir well, and torpedo a political career? 4 minutes to read.
  • Karen Roby and Macy Bayern discuss the 54% increase in reported data breaches in the first six months of 2019. Health care data is especially at risk. Video, 4 minutes, safe for work.

Working and the Workplace

  • Daniela McVicker shares some tips for addressing performance issues with a proven basis in psychology. 5 minutes to read.
  • Joel Schwartzberg tells how to respond to, “So tell me about yourself,” in a job interview. First of all, the question isn’t about you. 5 minutes to read.
  • Michael Wood takes a rigorous approach to career planning. How rigorous? Well, he has a spreadsheet. 6 minutes to read.

Enjoy!