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 December 30 – January 5

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 30 – January 5. And this week’s video: Leila Gharani tells us how to use the new and improved Excel XLOOKUP function. In addition to replacing both VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP, the IFNOTFOUND argument turbocharges error handling. Microsoft is still rolling this out, so you might not have it yet, even with Office 365. 14 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Benjamin Gomes-Casseres examines the biggest business deals (and the absence of some deals) of 2019 for trends extending into the twenties. 6 minutes to read.
  • Ryan Raiker lists the top ten technology trends for the new decade, from hyper-automation to human augmentation to AI security. 9 minutes to read.
  • Alison Martin casts an insurance executive’s eye on the World Economic Forum’s list of the top ten business risks and asks, what about climate change? 3 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Kiron Bondale reviews Jonathan Sapir’s new book, Thriving at the Edge of Chaos: Managing projects as complex adaptive systems. 3 minutes to read.

  • Henny Portman summarizes the insights contained in the Standish Group’s CHAOS Report 2018, including decision latency theory. 4 minutes to read.
  • Linky van der Merwe shares a list of project management conferences to consider attending in 2020. Six in Europe and five in the US, 4 minutes to read.
  • Alyssa Scavetta gives us a brief overview of requirements management. 6 minutes to read.
  • Rob Williams interviews Nick Pisano on the history (and future) of digital transformation. Podcast, 47 minus, safe for work.

Managing Software Development

  • Ariff Kassam makes the case for a microservices architecture. 3 minutes to read.
  • Dave Prior and Jesse Fewell reflect on ten years as PMPs and Certified Scrum Trainers. A lot has changed, and more changes are coming. Podcast, 41 minutes, safe for work.
  • Harsh Vardhan promotes the use of analytics for test automation outcomes. 6 minutes to read.
  • Victoria Bezsmolna notes the top problems teams are still having with test automation. 5 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Susanne Madsen shares a leadership self-assessment questionnaire to help determine what project leadership skills to develop in the coming year. 7 minutes to read.
  • Brian Uzzi, Nour Kteily, and Cynthia Wang discuss the psychology of conflict and when it can be harnessed for good. 6 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Mary Stone Ross asserts that the California Consumer Privacy Act, the strictest privacy law in the country, still isn’t enough. And she helped draft it. 7 minutes to read.
  • Sadrach Pierre explains the potential data security risks of quantum computers. If any password can be broken in a matter of seconds … 5 minutes to read.
  • Patrick Howell O’Neill predicts that hackers will be the weapon of choice for governments in 2020. As if cyber-criminals weren’t enough … 5 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Art Petty shares some thoughts on how to succeed in high-stress management meetings. And they’re all high stress, aren’t they? 6 minutes to read.
  • Shelly Fan recaps the neuroscience findings of the last ten years that transformed our understanding of how the brain works. 6 minutes to read or 10 minutes for the podcast.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of December 16 – 22

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 16 – 22. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton updates a holiday favorite with the twelve project management days of Christmas. No singing and no birds in fruit trees; just short reminders of key themes in project management. Six minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Bas Kohnke points out four trends in the gig economy, people enablement, chatbots, and AI that will further change the workplace in 2020. 4 minutes to read.
  • Rashmi Sharma describes seven tech trends about to transform business in the coming decade. 6 minutes to read.
  • Kimberley Botwright reports on the furious growth of cross-border data transactions, and the growing body of regulations restricting it. Compliance will be one of the challenges of the 20’s. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Harold Kerzner identifies coming changes to the practice of project management. This will be the decade that project management becomes a strategic skill set. 6 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture shares an outline and general guidelines for writing an RFP. 4 minutes to read.
  • Brad Egeland describes what a project manager should be able to expect from the customer, the project team, and from senior management. 9 minutes to read all three.
  • Stephen Biddle tells us how to write a report. And just as important: how to not write a report. 3 minutes to read.
  • Jason Westland gives us an overview of IT governance, including definitions, frameworks, and planning. 6 minutes to read.
  • David Binny looks at the intricacies of the making a business case for a move to S/4HANA, before SAP ends support for ECC. Alternatives abound! 6 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from innovation failures to better standups to actively doing nothing. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman expands a recent conversation with a project manager to illustrate the power of role titles. 6 minutes to read.
  • Louis-Philippe Carignan observes the impact of DevOps on Agile practices; specifically, the growing value of Kanban metrics as a substitute for story points. 6 minutes to read.
  • Bob Reselman outlines a strategy for testing in an event-driven application architecture. 7 minutes to read.
  • Chris Fox rants, “Testing is essential, but it’s secondary. Sorry.” 6 minutes to read.
  • Nels Hoenig shares an anecdote that underlines the value of validating data before proceeding to analysis. 5 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Art Petty analyzes the leader’s role in executing on strategy. 5 minutes to read.
  • Amy Jen Su examines the components of trust between manager and team to help us understand if we really trust each other. 10 minutes to read.
  • John Millen uses Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffet, and Elon Musk as examples of great communicators. 5 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Curtis Franklin explains how to approach API security. 5 minutes to read.
  • Edlyn Levine and Algirde Pipikaite assess the potential of cyberattacks that directly target the hardware in our infrastructure. 4 minutes to read.
  • Colin Jones updates us on developments in mobile two-factor authentication and security keys, in the wake of SIM-swapping attacks. 6 minutes to read.
  • Steven Melendez reports that ransomware attackers are now publishing stolen data from victims who don’t pay. Yes, this means they are leveraging GDPR fines. 2 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Leigh Espy primes the pump with 35 conversation-starter questions for social and networking events. Not just for the holidays! 5 minutes to read.
  • Harry McCracken extols the iPad as his personal gadget of the decade. 3 minutes to read.

Enjoy!