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!

New PM Articles for the Week of September 18 – 24

New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 18 – 24. And this week’s video: two Scottish men try to communicate with a voice-activated elevator. My Taiwan-born wife laughed so hard I thought she’d require CPR. Just under 4 minutes, more-or-less safe for work.

Must read!

  • Derek Beres explains how reading changes your brain, increasing intelligence and empathy. Which is why you read these weekly round-ups, right? 5 minutes to read, four short videos embedded.
  • Rich Maltzman and Dave Shirley report on the growth of Sustainable and Responsible Investment, using the Seychelles as an example. Deals like this always create new projects. 4 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture opines on the relationship between precision and accuracy and two schools of practice—one of objectivity and one of subjectivity. 2 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • Harry Hall tells how to conduct a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis and apply the findings to your risk management activities. 2 minutes to read.
  • PMI released two new in-depth reports—one on achieving agility (32 pages) and one on the drivers of agility (16 pages). Note that “Agile” and agility are not the same thing.
  • Michelle Symonds explains why the “triple constraint” ignores all other constraints and points out some of the others we will encounter. 4 minutes to read, one embedded video.
  • Laura Paton debunks five myths about PMI’s business analysis certification. Laura had key roles in developing both the PMI standard for business analysis and the BABOK Guide. 7 minutes to read.
  • Cheryl Texiera gets down to the gritty details of creating consistent documentation for your project. 3 minutes to read.
  • Chris Matts begins a series describing the three levels of metric maturity. 2 minutes to read.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from the roles of change (agitate, innovate, orchestrate) to systems thinking, to the case for teams to self-select. 11 outbound links, 3 minutes to scan.
  • Mike Cohn explores the two ways in which a team can add detail to a user story: splitting and adding acceptance criteria. 6 minutes to read.
  • John Cutler presents some background on the story points debate and then suggests some alternative metrics. 4 minutes to read.
  • Tamás Török presents a scientific approach to prioritizing software development requirements. 4 minutes to read.
  • David Vicentin explains how Six Sigma projects can apply Agile techniques and values. 2 minutes to read.
  • Arthur Moore presents the Large-Scale Scrum (LeSS) notion of the perfect definition of done. 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Harry McCracken reports on the success of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella in changing the culture at Microsoft, resulting in a dazzling improvement in their prospects. 20 minutes to read.
  • Robert Kaiser, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, and Derek Lusk guide us in learning to play office politics ethically and effectively. 5 minutes to read.
  • Art Petty reminds us that while results certainly matter, leaders need to get them sustainably to be effective. 4 minutes to read.
  • Christopher Chabris provides brief reviews of four recent books on different aspects of decision-making, behavior, and influence, authored by researchers in the fields. 4 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Tom Warren reports that the forces of evil managed to hide botnet malware in the CCleaner app that has been downloaded more than 2 billion times. 2 minutes to read.
  • Dan Patterson and Emily Wilson discuss the details of the Equifax breach, including the revelation that the company directed victims to a phishing website for support. Incredible … 7 minutes, safe for work.
  • Febin John James reveals that artificial intelligence can be used to guess passwords because humans are predictable. But, you knew that. 3 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Geoff Crane identifies four distinct skills, based on the trait model of emotional intelligence, that will allow us to thrive in the “gig economy.” 4 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy coaches us on preparing for project management behavioral interview questions and even shares a list of 40 samples. 10 minutes to read.
  • Kailash Awati notes that “no one actually experiences time as it is depicted in a timeline.” The level of engagement makes time seem to go faster or slower. 6 minutes to read, although it might seem like 2 or 3.

Enjoy!