New PM Articles for the Week of July 15 – 21

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 15 – 21. And this week’s video: Elizabeth Harrin recommends her four favorite books on leadership. Less than 3 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Dashun Wang researched the difference in user adoption profiles between an entirely new innovation and a replacement innovation, e.g. the latest smart phone. 4 minutes to read.
  • John Galyon instructs us on building one of the fundamental documents of project management: the business case. 7 minutes to read.
  • Jessica Lis digs into regulation and legal liability as it may apply to artificial intelligence agents that damage the physical world. 12 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • PMI has just released the Third Edition of the Practice Standard for Work Breakdown Structures. This edition “applies the WBS to the predictive, iterative, incremental and agile project life cycles, while also exploring several different types of decomposition in practice today.” 196 pages, free for PMI members.
  • Billy Guinan extols the virtues of Sharepoint for collaborative project management, especially when synched with MS Project. 3 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture reflects on the axiom that, “A process, viewed end-to-end, is not better than its worst component.” 2 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton explains the nature of project constraints in a 4 minutes video, safe for work.
  • Bill Yates explains the changes to the CAPM certification, a more appropriate entry point for aspiring project managers than the PMP. 2 minutes to read.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Echo Woolf on embracing the art aspect of project management, as well as the science. Podcast, 18 minutes, safe for work.
  • Brad Egeland walks us through a five-step process for managing compliance during a project, using data security compliance as an example. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from a new book preview to product management for machine learning to coaching the reluctant. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Gábor Zöld gives us detailed instructions for creating the culture needed for effective code reviews. With best practices and a case study. 13 minutes to read.
  • Mike Cohn clarifies the use of Fibonacci sequence or other non-sequential number in story point estimates. Think of these estimates as ranges. 4 minutes to read.
  • One Man explains defect triage—what it is, why we need it, the process, and so on. 3 minutes to read.
  • Andy Jordan opines on how the shift from temporary project teams to permanent product teams has changed software development. 6 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Suzanne Lucas suggests ten ways to deliver more specific praise than the generic, “Good job!” 3 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell on transformation: “A leader’s role is not to plan and direct action, but to inspire and empower belief.” 5 minutes to read.
  • David Dye answers a question about when to have a meeting and when to send an Email, instead. Podcast, 9 minutes, safe for work.

Research and Insights

  • Harry First, Professor of Law at NYU, reviews the Microsoft case from the 1990’s for lessons learned about regulating and litigating Big Tech. 7 minutes to read.
  • Paul Zak describes the neuroscience findings of how our brains decide when to trust. 8 minutes to read.
  • Martin Giles explains digital encryption, why quantum computers are a threat to encryption, and the need for post-quantum cryptography. 5 minutes to read.
  • Nina Xiang curated ten expert predictions for how the artificial intelligence industry in China will evolve over the next decade. Irony alert: human intelligence predicting AI. 5 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Seth Godin suggests that there are really two kinds of change, and we should decide which is needed before preparing our presentation. Just a minute to read.
  • Kelsey Jones says that all this “busyness” is nonsense, exaggeration, and hype. The cure is better time management, of course. 5 minutes to read.
  • Frank Sonnenberg cataloged 16 types of toxic people. Now, where did I put those antacid tablets? 2 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of July 8 – 14

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 8 – 14. And this week’s video: Michael and Amy Port demonstrate techniques used by actors that we can use in everyday life, from job interviews to deal-closing pitches to eulogies. Not your typical TED talk—this is a performance, not a lecture. 19 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Venkatesh Shankar notes the 25th anniversary of the founding of Amazon with a retrospective on how that little online bookstore has changed the world. 4 minutes to read.
  • Allison Schrager shares insights from Bruce Carnegie-Brown, chairman of legendary insurer Lloyd’s of London, on measuring the immeasurable. 4 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell analyzes Intel’s business strategy for surviving the theoretical limits that will shortly repeal Moore’s Law: heterogeneous computing. 6 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Mike Clayton gives a thoroughly detailed analysis of the upcoming changes to the PMP exam. 10 minutes to read.
  • Praveen Malik illustrates why the quality of our estimates is closely related to the quality of our assumptions. 6 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin collated ten on-line resources that offer free project management templates. 7 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy alerts us to the sales and marketing aspects of our project management responsibilities. Call it “pulling stakeholders.” 6 minutes to read.
  • Harry Hall shows us the power of stating risks as “If [event] then [consequences].” 2 minutes to read.
  • Francesco Marcatto sorts though approaches for getting a constant flow of information in order to report on progress and keep our project plan up to date. 6 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from fixed agile to assessing a Scrum Mater’s qualifications to product backlog refinement techniques. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Henny Portman recaps the second edition of Agile NXT, “a new magazine full of information and inspiration for professionals on the emerging Agile journey.” 4 minutes to read.
  • Edzo Botjes look beyond classic Agile to Resilient and beyond, as volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity, and velocity of change continue to increase. 7 minutes to read.
  • Esther Derby shares a few rules of thumb for agile coaches. 3 minutes to read.
  • Renato explains his recommendations for ensuring frontend security in serverless apps. Yes, it’s a 9.3 on the nerd scale, but very actionable. 4 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman describes a minimalist project kickoff for agile teams that have already learned how to work together on prior projects. 3 minutes to read.
  • Chris Kenst reminds us that a manual solution doesn’t have to be automated. Just a minute to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Geoff Crane is offering the Psychology of Project Leadership Masterclass, based on emotional, motivational, and social competencies with pre- and post-testing. 3 minutes to read. You’ll get 50% off for the first module if you sign up by July 31, 2019. Use the coupon code itpm-friend
  • Pavel Naydenov interviews executive coach Marisa Keegan about motivation, leadership, and emotions in the workplace. 9 minutes to read.
  • Sharlyn Lauby reflects a study that found candidates would turn down a job with more pay at a company with a history of unethical behavior. The news about your company is a part of your employment brand. 2 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Hanna Kozlowska describes provisions in a US Senate bill that would force social media companies to disclose what data the collect from consumers and how they benefit from it. How much is your data worth? 7 minutes to read.
  • Catalin Cimpanu reports on a data breach in Japan—a poorly designed password reset function led to the exploitation of 900 7-Eleven customer accounts. 2 minutes to read.
  • Ian Stewart gives us a history lesson on the use of statistics to predict the behavior of large groups of people from his book, Do Dice Play God? The mathematics of uncertainty. 13 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Adam Rasmi shows the statistics: it pays to be an expatriate worker, at least in some countries. 3 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Wellington gets advice on living and working abroad from Anna Bertoldi, who has five countries in her work history. 5 minutes to read.
  • Adriana Girdler explains how to be assertive and respectful at work, rather than aggressive and rude. Video, 6 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of June 24 – 30

New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 24 – 30. And this week’s video: Heidi Grant explains why we need to ask for help, and tells us how to do it successfully, while making the process more rewarding for your helper. 12 minutes, safe for work. Thanks to Kiron Bondale for the link!

I’ll also plug Bill Gates’ remarks given at the Forbes Philanthropy Summit, where his life-long friend, the late Paul Allen, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. If Paul had been a fictional character, I believe the author would have been Robert A. Heinlein.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Daniel Burrus advocates dematerialization—making products and features smaller and lighter—as a key strategy for innovation. 3 minutes to read.
  • Peter Robison reports on a growing controversy: Boeing’s use of outsourcing to low-cost offshore engineers for development of the 737 Max software. 8 minutes to read.
  • Dan Loney interviews Dean Foster on the need for leaders and their teams to be culturally adept in the countries where they do business. Podcast, 26 minutes, safe for work.

Managing Projects

  • PMP ExamPMI announced that the PMP examination will undergo an update, based on the recently completed Global Practice Analysis. This is a complete re-design of the exam! The last day to take the current version of the exam will be December 15, 2019. 2 minutes to read the article, another 10 to read the exam content outline.
  • Dale Howard shows us how to schedule a task to start as late as possible, based on the start date of another task, in MS Project. 2 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton explains three important acronyms thrown about by experienced project managers—RAID, CAD, and DCARI. Video, 4 minutes, safe for work.
  • Linky van der Merwe tells us why we need to become agile project managers—the trends, organization expectations, and what we need to do differently. 8 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman compiled 35 technical papers and 9 books on conducting a root cause analysis. 5 minutes to read.
  • The nice folks at Clarizen share five excellent practices for resource management. It would be helpful if they identified their authors, but I’ll credit them with nice. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from silent meetings to outcome-oriented change to shades of MVP, although probably not 50 of them. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Eden Ella shares his analysis of the (recent) history and (near) future of web development. 10 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely and Jon Quigley talk about fit for purpose and other topics in the Software Process and Measurement podcast. 21 minutes, safe for work.
  • Kristin Jackvony gives us a checklist for testing the database behind the application. 4 minutes to read.
  • Seth Godin schools us on what defines a great design—it’s all about constraints and results. 2 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman poses several questions about the team and the context when answering the question, what is the minimum required documentation for requirements? 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Ron Carucci and Jarrod Shappell tell us how to work with someone who thinks they are always right, even when there is no perfect answer. Best term: chronic certainty. 5 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Mark Kilby and Johanna Rothman on their new book, From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams: Collaborate to deliver. Podcast, 42 minutes, safe for work.
  • Emily Luijbregts shares some tips for building effective globally distributed teams. 6 minutes to read.
  • Eric Goldschein provides his insights into building a remote team that will last. 5 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Aaron Gershwin briefs us on Flame, the most sophisticated cyber espionage tool ever discovered by a target and discussed in public. Makes you wonder what else is lurking out there, doesn’t it? 4 minutes to read.
  • Linwood Walker tells us everything we need to know about Wi-Fi 6. This is going to be a key enabler for the Internet of Things. 4 minutes to read.
  • Sarah Soule, Davina Drabkin, and Lori Mackenzie point out some of the stereotypes in MBA case studies. Even great graduate programs have flaws. 7 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Deanna DeBara coaches us on keeping your home office from taking over your life. 8 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Yuko explains the research linking greater empathy to higher productivity. 4 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy briefs us on the plan-do-check-act cycle for continuous process improvement. Repeat as necessary! 5 minutes to read.

Enjoy!