New PM Articles for the Week of January 6 – 12

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.

Managing Projects

  • 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.

Applied Leadership

  • Happy IPM DayRuchika 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.

Pot Pourri

  • 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.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of October 21 – 27

New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 21 – 27. And this week’s video: Leila Gharani demonstrates the Excel IF() function, from the basics through nested IF()s and embedding OR() and AND() functions. I’ve been using these functions in templates for years, and they really help leverage Excel for reports, testing status summaries, risk logs, and other applications where we want to be alerted to critical conditions in rows of constantly changing data. 15 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Sunil Prashara, President and CEO of PMI, on PMI’s transformational journey. 35 minutes, safe for work, and a valuable insight into organizational strategy from a top executive who lives and breathes project management.
  • Laura Huang summarizes her research into outcomes when big decisions were made by leaders using their gut when the available data isn’t actionable. 4 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell reflects on the nature of revolutionary change. “The goal of a revolution should be to become mainstream, to be mundane and ordinary.” Like a computer on every desk. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Mike Clayton maps the continuum between Adaptive and Predictive project management methods—Agile and Waterfall, for those who prefer slogans. Long read, about 20 minutes, but worth bookmarking.
  • Jigs Gaton translates five common checklists and operational rules used by pilots to project management. 8 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale shares twelve lessons project risk management lessons learned at the School of Hard Knocks. 10 minutes to read.
  • Joe Wynn outlines a strategy to use social media to improve stakeholder relations. 3 minutes to read.
  • LeRoy Ward coaches us on creating a Benefits Realization Plan—key to successful delivery of programs and projects. 2 minutes to read.
  • Mike Griffiths reports on the upcoming changes to the PMP Exam, effective in July 2020. 4 minutes to read.
  • George Pitagorsky describes the coming transformation from project management to work management. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from business agility (as a flywheel) to transformation failures to LEGO agility. 8 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture describes the three eras of Agile. The road to maturity always wends through some crappy neighborhoods. Just a minute to read.
  • Karolina Tóth interviews Rich Archbold on the challenges of scaling-up software development teams. Podcast, 31 minutes, safe for work.
  • Jesús Darío coaches us on how to conduct better code reviews. 5 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackvony gets deep into automated test flakiness, from impact to causes to cures. 5 minutes to read.
  • Yuliya Bagriy posted the second half of her article on how to test API usability. Part 1 is here, 9 minutes to read, and Part 2 is here, 7 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Sarah M. Hoban coaches us on how to break bad news. 3 minutes to read, or listen to the podcast; 5 minutes, safe for work.
  • Nishi Grover Garg helps us overcome barriers to communication for teams that aspire to be agile. 4 minutes to read.
  • Dan Rockwell summarizes Amy Jen Su’s Five P’s—principals to inform and guide your actions as a leader. 2 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Susan explains the basics of penetration testing, including the stages of testing and tools in common use. 4 minutes to read.
  • Michael Maltsev explains Clickjacking, where a malicious website can learn the identity of a visitor. 6 minutes to read.
  • John Shin outlines the pros and cons of outsourcing to achieve cybersecurity compliance, especially PCI. 4 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Carmine Gallo coaches us on how to look and sound confidant during a presentation. 6 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin tell us how to ask management for a part-time schedule. 7 minutes to read.
  • Martin Gaston helps us get started with technical writing. Not just blogging; writing for publication. 8 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

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!