New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 6 – 12. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton shares several witty quotes on nature of projects and the challenges of managing them. Irony, insight, and a couple of laugh-out-loud moments. 6 minutes, safe for work.
Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy
Rich Mironov wants to promote industry discussions about a product code of ethics, to prevent unintended consequences and product misuse. 7 minutes to read.
Sharlyn Lauby suggests a half-dozen ways to improve your business acumen. Strategies that work for an HR manager also work for a project manager. 3 minutes to read.
Greg Satell on Amazon’s new quantum computing service: “In an ecosystem driven world, power doesn’t lie at the top of value chains, but at the center of networks.” 5 minutes to read.
PMI will make the exposure draft of the seventh edition of the PMBOK available for public comment and review on January 15. Just a minute to read.
Cornelius Fichtner talks with Rich Maltzman and Jim Stewart about their new book, How to Facilitate Productive Project Planning Meetings. Podcast, 37 minutes, safe for work.
Praveen Malik demonstrates five ways to customize the Gantt chart view in MS Project, a great tool for communicating the schedule. 4 minutes to read.
John Goodpasture describes the role of the system integrator in really big projects and programs. 2 minutes to read.
Kiron Bondale reflects on how we might handle unresponsive key project stakeholders. 2 minutes to read.
Doc Norton expounds on Goodhart’s Law and why guidelines are better than targets. 2 minutes to read.
Esther Derby distinguishes between training and education, and why they are better together. 2 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of agile content, from the Descaling Manifesto (not about coffee makers) to team rule-breaking to Scrum Masters on a CEO path. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
Gábor Zöld curates his monthly engineering management resource roundup, from scaling a distributed team (also not about coffee makers) to managing managers to deliberate appreciation. 10 outbound links, 4 minutes to read.
Simran Pandey explains how a proof of concept can be used to test an assumption or product idea. 5 minutes to read.
Gilad David Maayan describes five metrics that should be useful for teams using agile methods. 4 minutes to read.
Tom Cagely begins a series on the issues we commonly encounter when developing a value stream map. About 3 minutes to read. Part 2 is also about 3 minutes.
Ruchika Tulshyan gives us permission to ask people how to pronounce their name correctly. Roo-CHEEK-Ah. 7 minutes to read.
Gina Abudi asks, have you considered the impact of the change you are leading on you? 2 minutes to read.
Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist at the Wharton School, shares his recommended reading list for leaders. 5 minutes to read.
Cybersecurity and Data Protection
Michael Grothaus reports that both Mozilla and the US Department of Homeland Security want you to update your Firefox browser. Like, right now. 1 minute to read.
Dorit Dor asserts five trends will be prevalent in cybersecurity in 2020. 4 minutes to read.
Dana Kozubska reports on several trends related to the Internet of Things that should influence business decisions in 2020. 5 minutes to read.
Roland Flemm begins a series on systems thinking with an examination of wicked problems. If you are going to intervene, choose wisely. 7 minutes to read.
Anne Quito and Dan Kopf illustrate the dispute between designers and statisticians on what makes a good information graphic. 8 minutes to read.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 24 – 30. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton defines projects and project management, in case your grandmother asks what you do for a living. 5 minutes, safe for work and for family gatherings.
Business Acumen and Strategy
Lila MacLellan summarizes a paper arguing that societal ills may have been exacerbated by using the Harvard Business School case study in business education. 10 minutes to read.
Kerry Jones explains “North Star” metrics—chosen to focus on some business result. Ultra-alignment requires excellent aim and the willingness to iterate. 8 minutes to read.
Gabor Nagy reports on an intriguing trend: companies are creating their own co-working spaces to expose their employees to other approaches. 7minutes to read.
Cornelius Fichtner asks ten project management thought leaders what business management skills are essential for strategic projects. Podcast, 19 minutes, safe for work.
Leigh Espy shows us how to get the voice of the customer to be sure our project is on the right track. 8 minutes to read.
John Goodpasture provides alternatives to the evil % Complete OK, so it isn’t evil; merely misleading and maintenance-intensive. 2 minutes to read.
Glen Alleman extracts a key lesson on decision-making from Ralph Keeney’s new book, Value-Focused Thinking. 2 minutes to read.
Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy explores five effective communication channels and explains when to use them. 5 minutes to read.
Satya Narayan Dash shares a high-level overview of the differences between the PMBOK 5th Edition and the 6th Edition released last year. 9 minutes to read.
Elizabeth Harrin continues her Women in Project Management, interviewing Koviljka Lukic as she transitions from sales to project management. 5 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Toyota Scrum to preventing product failures to the Sunk Cost Fallacy. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
Kiron Bondale discourages us from asking the Scrum master to perform multiple roles. 2 minutes to read.
Johanna Rothman argues that product orientation requires high quality standards. 3 minutes to read.
Mike Cohn does a deep dive into the concept of potentially releasable. 5 minutes to read.
Andreas Prins points out four software delivery mistakes that negatively impact continuous delivery. 6 minutes to read.
Scott Kirkwood interviews Bonnie Jarvie, VP of User Experience Research at the Wall Street Journal on how the craft has changed in the last 20 years. 6 minutes to read.
Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership articles, from rallying employees to embrace change to the upside of boredom to communication in the design process. 5 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
Linky van der Merwe selects seven skills that women (and men) aspiring to leadership positions need to consciously develop. 3 minutes to read.
Stephanie Ray provides a detailed description of holacracy, which carries the notion of self-organizing teams to its logical conclusion. 5 minutes to read.
Research and Insights
Yomi Kazeem updates us on work to get zinc-air batteries down below the $100 / kilowatt-hour price point for use with solar cells in developing countries. 2 minutes to read.
Nick Heath summarizes three key takeaways from a presentation by Demi Hassabis, co-founder of Deep Mind, on where AI might be taking us. 5 minutes to read.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 13 – 19. And this week’s video: David Dunning (of the Dunning-Kruger Effect) explains why incompetent people think they’re amazing. 5 minutes, safe for work.
Must read (or Listen)!
Bethany Marz Crystal says that the way to battle sexism and harassment is by improving the social feedback loop—call out the behaviors when they happen. 4 minutes to read.
Todd Williams interprets recent statistics that paint a dismal picture of corporate failure to execute on strategy and goals. 4 minutes to read.
Ryan Ogilvie notes that simply asking for feedback at service completion doesn’t help if you haven’t got a strategy to manage and act on that feedback. 3 minutes to read.
Elizabeth Harrin explains how to use graphics, pictures, graphs, and charts to communicate project information. 5 minutes to read, with a link to her white paper on the subject.
Erik van Hurk explains why we should set the Status Date and automatically update the project schedule when US MS Project. 5 minutes to read.
Harry Hall tutors us on planning for project risk management. 2 minutes to read.
Kiron Bondale suggests that we listen for the Cassandras, those subject matter experts who warn of impending risks and issues, even if they seem unlikely. 3 minutes to read.
Nilanjan Kar makes the case for integrating information security management into the PMBOK Guide. 12 minutes to read.
Glen Alleman clarifies why independent cost estimating is valid, even when performed by someone who won’t be party to execution. 3 minutes to read.
Nick Pisano points out the difference between earned value management and cash flow analysis in project management. 5 minutes to read.
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly Agile roundup, from a Jeff Patton lecture to the problem with Scrum to brilliant jerks and the immorality of addicting users. 8 outbound links, 2 minutes to browse.
Dave Prior interviews Jurgen Appelo on his new crowd-funded app/platform project: Agility Scales. Video, 18 minutes, safe for work.
Jerry Doucett shares a litmus test for getting your organization on track to being Agile (as opposed to doing Agile). 7 minutes to read.
John Yorke describes the zone of acceptance—the collection of tasks that each team member believes is a part of their job—and how to extend it in a self-organizing team. 6 minutes to read.
Tamás Török notes the importance of knowledge transfer in a software development team and describes four complementary techniques for sharing the learnings. 6 minutes to read.
Tom Cagley interviews Johanna Rothman on creating a successful Agile project. 30 minutes, safe for work.
Mike Cohn explains why it’s important to have a consistent sprint duration. 3 minutes to read.
Poornima Vijayashanker and Leslie Yang discuss product debt and why you should pay it down with every release. Video, 6 minutes, safe for work.
Cesar Abeid and Traci Duez talk about getting to self-leadership. Podcast, 28 minutes, safe for work.
Mike Clayton gets into the details of how to manage the transition when a team member leaves your project. 9 minutes to read.
Alyse Kalish gets advice from Katia Beauchamp, CEO of Birchbox, on how to make the best use of advice—as opposed to getting someone to make the decision for you. 3 minutes to read.
Chris Rainey interviews Suzanne Lucas, the Evil HR Lady, who says,” We don’t have a talent shortage, we have a training shortage.” Video, 32 minutes, safe for work.
Working and the Workplace
Brad Feld asks the question: Do you reduce stress for others or increase it? 2 minutes to read.
Scott Berkun explains the pay to stress ratio: “You can always earn more money, but you cannot earn more time.” 3 minutes to read.
Shayna Hodkin posts her occasional advice column, answering “how do I ask for a raise” and “how do I handle hating my job?” 6 minutes to read.