New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 25 – December 1. And this week’s video: Oklahoma’s King of the Chuck Wagons, Cowboy Kent Rollins, gives us a detailed tutorial on how to make my favorite drink: cowboy coffee! 15 minutes and worth every second, even if you never sit a horse in your life.
Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy
Greg Satell recounts the truth behind the myths of Netflix’s winding road to success, as described by co-founder Marc Randolph. 5 minutes to read.
Benedict Evans says that Amazon’s “revolutionary” retail strategy is simply using 21st century technology to implement 19th century ideas. 5 minutes to read.
Oguz Acar and colleagues share the results of their research into the positive effects of time and budget constraints on innovation. 5 minutes to read.
Mike Clayton took his usual rigorous approach to round up the best YouTube project management channels. Well done, Mike! 12 minutes to read.
Brad Egeland launches a new weekly Email newsletter: This Week in Project Management. Just a minute or so to view the sample and subscribe.
Cesar Abeid interviews Cornelius Fichtner on the changes to the PMP exam coming in July 2020. This is a huge change! 43 minutes, safe for work.
Glen Alleman describes The Practitioner’s Handbook of Project Performance: Agile, Waterfall and Beyond, edited by Mark Phillips. Glen and colleagues contributed two chapters. 3 minutes to read.
Henny Portman reviews Portfolio Management – A practical guide from the APM Portfolio Management SIG, written by Steve Leary and five others. 2 minutes to read.
Jen Morrisey recommends the second edition of Susanne Madsen’s book, The Power of Project Leadership. 2 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Taylorism to dynamic re-teaming to value propositions in niche markets. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
Gábor Zöld curates his monthly readings for engineering management, from psychological safety to increasing velocity to remote team meetings. 10 outbound links, 2 minutes to read.
Aparna Gopalakrishnan digs into accessibility testing—what is it, why is it necessary, and how we should proceed. 4 minutes to read. And Topal analyzes the growing risk of ADA website accessibility lawsuits. 4 minutes to read.
Ron Jeffries asserts that there is a good reason for test-driven development: productivity. 2 minutes to read.
James Thomas solicited one-line definitions of quality, bug, and testing from attendees at the Cambridge Exploratory Workshop on Testing. 2 minutes to read.
Yaroslav tutors us on user interviews—from why and when to conduct them to how and what to do with the collected insights. 6 minutes to read.
Anna Balyuk curates her quarterly list of leadership articles. 7 outbound links, 7 minutes to read.
Christina Lovelock wants us to stop using the term soft skills to describe what are really the core skills of leadership. 2 minutes to read.
Cassandra Leung proposes an alternative to the venerable RACI chart: responsibilities circles. 6 minutes to read.
Cybersecurity and Data Protection
Amber Lee Dennis explores the dimension of data quality, from rules based internal data to active external data to reference data. 7 minutes to read.
Amrita Khalid reports that consumers are already accepting facial recognition as a positive feature in some products, despite the risks. 3 minutes to read.
Ericka Chickowski shares 20(!) cybersecurity tips for your remote workers, gleaned from a panel of experts. 7 minutes to read.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PMI 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.
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.