New PM Articles for the Week of August 12 – 18

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 12 – 18. And this week’s video: Adriana Girdler coaches us on how to introduce yourself professionally. Tailor it to your needs; I’d skip the part about the puppy because I’m a Boomer—we talk about our grandkids. 5 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Josh Taylor reports on a breach of biometric data that exposed fingerprints, facial recognition and other personal information of over a million people. And unlike a password, those attributes can’t be changed. 4 minutes to read.
  • Adrien Book lists ten assessment questions to consider when setting up a corporate AI project. 7 minutes to read.
  • Roger Swannell explains the difference between pipeline thinking and platform thinking for organizations that want to present information to their customers. Just a minute to read.

Managing Projects

  • John Goodpasture vamps on a key idea from Peter Bernstein’s Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk. Luck only exists at the sub-atomic level. 2 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton explains the 12 project management jargon terms that have had the most viewings among his 80+ Project Management in Under 5 Minutes Video, 16 minutes, safe for work.
  • Kiron Bondale looks at the people-management responsibilities of project managers in project-oriented management structures. 2 minutes to read.
  • Dan Smiljanic looks at the key components of a project management plan. And no, that Gantt chart is not a plan. 6 minutes to read.
  • Ronald Smith clears up some common misconceptions about the critical path. 2 minutes to read.
  • Ben Aston and Kelly Suter discuss the maximum number of projects a PM should manage at once. Video, 6 minutes, safe for work.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from organization-wide agility to abolishing innovation silos to the benefits of trunk-based development. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman began a series on where she thinks Agile is headed, from do you need it to where does management fit to what is the correct recipe? Each about 5 minutes to read, with more to come.
  • John Lafleur lists seven rules to track software engineering metrics correctly, and then suggests ten metrics worth tracking. 6 and 10 minutes to read, respectively.
  • Mike Cohn tells us how to manage Sprint interruptions by setting up a budget for them and then tracking them. 5 minutes to read.
  • Stephanie Ockerman considers the question: Can a development team member also fill the Scrum Master role? 4 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackovny begins a series on how HTTP requests work; mostly an explanation of the terminology and a high-level description of the process. 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Shelley Row suggests a good way to understand the people on your team: ask them to present a briefing on their project, and pay attention to their approach. 3 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely says, “A judicious no is more important than saying yes,” then explains how a forced yes becomes a problem. Each 2 minutes to read.
  • Thomas Oppong summarizes key points from Robin Dreeke’s book, It’s Not All About “Me”: The Top Ten Techniques for Building Quick Rapport with Anyone. 4 minutes to read.
  • Dan Rockwell shares some brief insights on accommodating the things that make the people on your team less than perfect. You know: like you. 2 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Neil Rubenking and Max Eddy report from Black Hat 2019, where hacks, attacks, and vulnerabilities were discussed in casinos. 7 minutes to read.
  • Bernard Marr considers the ethical implications of using AI to create realistic images of people who don’t exist. Mix with Deep Fakes, stir well, and torpedo a political career? 4 minutes to read.
  • Karen Roby and Macy Bayern discuss the 54% increase in reported data breaches in the first six months of 2019. Health care data is especially at risk. Video, 4 minutes, safe for work.

Working and the Workplace

  • Daniela McVicker shares some tips for addressing performance issues with a proven basis in psychology. 5 minutes to read.
  • Joel Schwartzberg tells how to respond to, “So tell me about yourself,” in a job interview. First of all, the question isn’t about you. 5 minutes to read.
  • Michael Wood takes a rigorous approach to career planning. How rigorous? Well, he has a spreadsheet. 6 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of August 5 – 11

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 5 – 11. And this week’s video: Redditor Hotwir3 shared this outtake from Malcolm in the Middle, where Hal needs to replace a light bulb. Some of us refer to this phenomenon as the Law of Three Other Things: in order to do any one thing, you must do three other things first, recursively. Less than a minute, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Julian Birkenshaw opines that ecosystem businesses—those that position themselves as hubs within a network of suppliers and customers—are changing the nature of competitive advantage and business strategy. 6 minutes to read.
  • Georgia Frances King hosts a conference call with tech publishing legend Tim O’Reilly, who discusses competition in the digital-marketplace age. Video, 31 minutes, safe for work.
  • Peter Rejcek warns us that undeclared wars in cyberspace are becoming more aggressive, more highly automated, and more effective. 5 minutes to read.
  • Anders Melin reports on the growing war for senior cybersecurity talent. Lots of background information here—this is a critical skill for IT PM’s to develop. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Harry Hall explores what is needed for a great project charter. With a video (3 minutes), an online course, and a free template—who could ask for anything more? 3 minutes to read.
  • Peter Bregman and Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez share six tough questions to ask before launching a “moon shot” project. 5 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture articulates the hybrid operating principle: “Agile projects are simultaneously strategically stationary and tactically iterative and emergent.” 2 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin looks at three methods to track percent complete for your project tasks and five ways to measure project performance. With a video (3 minutes) and a template. 5 minutes to read.
  • Robin Nicklas does a highly technical examination of scheduling schemes and leveling heuristics for resource-constrained projects. Nerd content over 90%! 8 minutes to read.
  • Andy Makar considers the career benefits of spending a year or two working in a corporate PMO. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from failing agile transformations to liberating structures to right-sizing user stories. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Matt Hartley begins a new series on his lessons learned, beginning with why software requirements in the real world are hard. 9 minutes to read.
  • Andy Glover and Matt Archer list ten reasons why we should fix bugs as soon as we find them, rather than prioritizing defects for correction or possible deferral. 6 minutes to read.
  • Maaret Pyhäjärvi looks at making some changes after two years of No Product Owner.
  • Tom Cagely tells us what to do when the daily Scrum has devolved into a daily status report and reinforces the practice as envisioned in the Scrum Guide. Total, about 5 minutes.
  • Bob Marshall reviews John Seddon’s upcoming book, “Beyond Command and Control.” 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Mike Clayton explains the GROW model of coaching, which might be better called GROW ME. Video, 5 minutes, safe for work.
  • Rick Woolworth helps us improve our mentoring to address the whole person, not just their career. 6 minutes to read.
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy provide guidance on “speaking truth to power” in ways that your boss can hear. 7 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Patrick Collison and Tyler Cowan argues that we need a new science of progress, meaning “the combination of economic, technological, scientific, cultural, and organizational advancement that has transformed our lives.” 9 minutes to read.
  • Akash Deep lists a few of the ways that AI is transforming the way healthcare will be delivered. The business opportunities are limitless. 5 minutes to read.
  • David Gilbertson has far too much fun finding accounts that can be accessed with one of the 25 most common passwords. There’s a 17% chance that you’re using 123456. 6 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Kiron Bondale points out some of the impacts that distributed work teams can have on stakeholders who aren’t part of the team. 3 minutes to read.
  • Anne Quito passes along the empowering advice that TED gives to nervous speakers. 3 minutes to read.
  • Tracy Middleton shares a quiz to help you determine your Chronotype, to optimize your schedule. I’m an early bird—moderately morning type. 4 minutes to read, a minute for the quiz.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of June 3 – 9

New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 3 – 9. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton shares six actions and behaviors that will significantly improve your project outcomes. Not just for project management; much of this stuff is valuable for all aspects of your life. Under 4 minutes, safe for work.

Pictures this week from our short camping trip to Pacific City, Oregon.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Greg Satell explains the evolution from corporate strategies based on value chains to those based on ecosystems. 5 minutes to read.
  • James Vincent and Chaim Gartenburg report on Amazon’s new Prime Air delivery drone, expected to begin delivering packages “within months.” If you work for a retail or logistics organization, your business model will need an update. 3 minutes to read.
  • John Detrixhe summarizes a draft communique from the G20 finance ministers that will make it harder for global tech firms to avoid corporate income taxes. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Gina Abudi tells us how to pitch our ideas for projects to the executives who “hold the purse.” 2 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale revisits some old proverbs to find wisdom for today. 2 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture shares some rules of thumb that can help us estimate (or analyze an estimate) in the absence of statistical data. Just over a minute to read.
  • Francesco Marcatto reminds us that, while no two projects are alike, some roadblocks come up more frequently than others. 5 minutes to read.
  • Laura Barnard introduces her PMO Strategies podcast, from her background to the Project Management Day of Service to what she hopes listeners will take away from future podcasts. 15 minutes, safe for work.
  • Elizabeth Harrin explores the value proposition of a project dashboard when managing several projects at once. 8 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly collection of Agile content, from Amazon Agility to DevOps as a strategic advantage to dates for product road maps. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Sidharth Malhotra explains the concept of micro-services using a metaphor based on an ice cream shop—call it the Dairy Queen architecture. 7 minutes to read.
  • Henny Portman reviews Jeff Patton’s classic, User Story Mapping. As usual, he summarizes all 18 chapters in two or three sentences, each. 4 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely admits that story points aren’t horrible, under certain circumstances, and then goes on to explain when they make sense. Each a little over 2 minutes.
  • Jan Jaap Cannegieter and Han Niessing describe two cases that illustrate the evolution from testing lead to test assurance officer and test coach. 6 minutes to read.
  • Ashley Bey does a deep dive on unit testing the parts of your system that interact with the outside world. Warning: high geek-level content! 9 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Richard Straub opines on the need for new management approaches and behaviors in an era of ecosystems. 4 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas explains edge collaboration, an organizational approach for making knowledge sharing across departments more efficient. 3 minutes to read.
  • Alex Circei explains why discipline is so important when leading engineers. Note: discipline is not externally imposed, and it certainly isn’t punishment. 4 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Shelly Fan summarizes new research into brain-machine interface technology, funded by DARPA. You know: the people who funded the invention of the internet. 6 minutes to read.
  • Kayla Matthews reports on five research projects targeting defenses against cyber-attacks. 5 minutes to read.
  • Martin Giles assess the recent incidents of cyber security flaws found in semiconductor chips reported by outside researchers and finds that they take too long to fix them. 5 minutes to read.
  • Akash Deep lists a few steps to take to prevent spear phishing, the most successful technique used by cyber criminals to do their dirty work. 5 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Melody Wilding coaches us on how to control our emotions at work (or anyplace else). 3 minutes to read.
  • Leon Straker presents his assessment of different sitting postures for different types of tasks, with the goal of reducing back pain. 4 minutes to read.
  • Alyse Kalish has collected 22 team-building activities that don’t suck. Well, most of them don’t. 11 minutes to read.

Enjoy!