New PM Articles for the Week of March 18 – 24

New project management articles published on the web during the week of March 18 – 24. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton explains business acumen: what it is, why it’s valuable, and how a project manager can work to develop business acumen. This is what is needed in order to become a trusted adviser to your sponsor, key stakeholders, and executive decision makers. 5 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • If there were a Winter Olympics of global politics, Brexit would be the Luge. Here is the status, as of Friday; as of Sunday, a petition to scrap Brexit has over 5 million signatures. 4 minutes to read both. The wrong business strategy for where this finally lands might prove catastrophic.
  • Patrick Walsh provides his analysis of the California Consumer Privacy Act. 6 minutes to read. And Spencer Feingold notes that few companies subject to the law are ready to comply; another 5 minutes.
  • Asha Saxena notes that GAAP accounting standards do not permit data to be capitalized on the balance sheet; however, data is nonetheless a corporate asset. 7 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Glen Alleman listed over 250 links to the presentations, briefings, journal papers, and articles on increasing the Probability of Project Success (PoPS) he’s authored over the years. Quite a stack!
  • Elizabeth Harrin tells us how to address current issues from the lessons learned log. You have one of those, right? 4 minutes to read.
  • Jennifer Bridges explores a critical decision: if a project is failing, do we end it or push on through? Video, 6 minutes, safe for work.
  • Andy Jordan looks at what a PMO should do, and what it shouldn’t 7 minutes to read.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Andy Burns on making the PMO leaner and more agile. Podcast, 32 minutes, safe for work.
  • Dale Howard shows how to use ad hoc grouping of tasks in MS Project. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from winning agile management trends to what data-driven means to contrasting Dow Jones Industrial Average members Microsoft and General Electric. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • John Gillespie reminds us that metrics which are easy to collect are not necessarily the metrics that matter. 3 minutes to read.
  • Paul Grizzaffi points out the technical challenges you’ll have to overcome in order to run your automated tests in parallel. 6 minutes to read.
  • Dave Kearney builds a case for prototyping as a means for achieving alignment between the designers, developers, and customers. 4 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackvony justifies extensive testing of the validation applied to user inputs. Boring but necessary! 4 minutes to read.
  • John Demian explains metric-based alerting, for those using Amazon Web Services. Somewhat technical, but the vocabulary lesson is valuable. 7 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • The Forbes Insight Team and PMI explain how the C-suite can best support the transformation of the project management office. 3 minutes to read.
  • Peter Diamandis observes that traditional higher education, including the MBA, is losing its relevance and then calls our attention to what is replacing it. 9 minutes to read.
  • Chris Cook helps us look at delegation as actively assisting in someone else’s professional development. 5 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely continues his series on “guardrails” as a tool to maintain alignment with organization goals and objectives. Here is part 4; about 4 minutes to read both.

Research and Insights

  • Michael Grothaus recommends eight steps to reduce our exposure to digital data collection by Facebook, Google, and whoever else makes us nervous. 6 minutes to read.
  • Ananya Bhattacharya reports on a survey of US HR professionals and hiring managers indicates that souring foreign talent is an important part of their strategy. 3 minutes to read.
  • Paula Boddington shares her thoughts on the need for and possible elements of a baseline code of ethics for artificial intelligence. 14 minutes—long, but a thoughtful read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Peter Yang convinces us that slides are a poor form of communication—written narratives are where the enlightenment’s at. 3 minutes to read.
  • Adriana Girdler coaches us on the do’s and don’ts of meetings. Video, 5 minutes, safe for work.
  • Sarah Feldman reports on the results on a survey of what people find distracting at work. Just a minute to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of February 4 – 10

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 4 – 10. And this week’s video: Jesse Fewell explains why command and control is a good thing, in the context it was originally expressed—as an organizational competency. 6 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Chris Dimitriadis notes that data fraud/theft and large-scale cyber attacks were identified as two of the top five global threats by the World Economic Forum. Let that sink in for a moment. 4 minutes to read.
  • Curt Nickisch interviews Anne Curzan, who studies the evolution of language. She analyzes the origins and effectiveness of some common metaphors. Podcast, 29 minutes, safe for work.
  • The FirstMark team shares insights and first principle that they got from Caty Kobe, head of Scalable Customer Success at Square, a financial services technology firm. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Satya Narayan Dash delivers a tutorial on Earned Schedule Management, an extension of earned value management. 8 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture looks at iteration models that “change things up” in order to avoid burning out the team. 3 minutes to read.
  • Cate Huston reflects on the lessons in change management she’s learned, as both manager and individual contributor. 6 minutes to read.
  • Seth Godin uses swimming and surfing as metaphors for the risks when accepting responsibility for projects with higher stakes. 2 minutes to read.
  • Daniel Doiron applies critical chain buffers to determine realistic project deadlines. 4 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin gives us some pointers on decision making as a process. Complete with a decision log template! 6 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from transition failures to futile efforts to building the wrong thing. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read,
  • Kiron Bondale suggests that we need a definition of done for our agile ceremonies as well as our products. 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman has concluded her epic series on balancing innovation, commitment and feedback loops. Here is part 2, part 3, and part 4. Each about 4 minutes to read.
  • Leon Adato shares some guidelines and practices for deciding when to “pull the plug” on legacy technology. 4 minutes to read.
  • Tomer Dicturel warns us of the impact unrealistic expectations will have on software development projects. 3 minutes to read.
  • Henny Portman reviews Devops: A business perspective, by Oleg Skrynnik. 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Chad Husted extracts actionable self-management information from Stephen R. Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. 7 minutes to read.
  • Dan Rockwell encourages us to develop empathy in our efforts to become better leaders. 2 minutes to read.
  • Roman Pichler explores ways that we can listen to understand, rather than simply respond. 6 minutes to read.
  • Liz Fosslien and Mollie West-Duffy provide some guidance on when to hug at work. And when not to hug. The cartoons are hysterical. 4 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Jon Porter reports on Googles new Password Checkup extension to Chrome. It checks a database to see if your password has been exposed in a data breach. 2 minutes to read.
  • Adam Shostack reflects on aviation, telephones, and the balance between regulation and innovation. Definitely thought-provoking. 2 minutes to read.
  • Daniel Bourke shares a comprehensive list of his takeaways from the How to Learn course on Coursera. How comprehensive? 14 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Kevin Wang examines the rapidly changing way we work, from remote work to automation to the nature of work skills. 7 minutes to read.
  • Leo Babauta coaches us on the practice of letting go. It’s a Zen thing … 3 minutes to read.
  • Adriana Girdler tells us how to develop healthy work habits, from drinking water to stretching to healthy eating. Video, 6 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of December 31 – January 6

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 31 – January 6. And this week’s video: Alec Watson gives us a product development case history of the videotape wars, VHS versus Betamax. The winner was not the company with the best technology, but the one that better understood the use cases of their customers. Even if you’re not in a product development role, this is a valuable management insight. Here’s part two. Each part about 16 minutes, both safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Nariman Behavesh, Chief Economist for IHS Markit, posted his predictions for the global economy in 2019. 6 minutes to read.
  • Mark Sullivan curates “tech trend” predictions for the coming year, from AI and augmented reality to 5G, drones, and the shift away from cable TV. 10 minutes to read.
  • Marc Bain reports on trends in retail, grouped as experimental, threatening, transitory, and necessary. “Autonomous last-mile delivery” is a thing, it seems. 6 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • The folks at MPUG list ten of their most popular articles from 2018. Here’s one more chance to read them! 6 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture warns us to beware the strategic objective that isn’t really strategic at all. 2 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin coaches a project manager on effectively communicating with stakeholders who must act on an issue. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton reflects on the “blaming” mindset which kicks in when projects go wrong. Just over a minute to read.
  • David Robins gets deep into the details of tracking progress against plan. 6 minutes to read.
  • Harry Hall recaps his ten most popular project risk management articles from 2018, describes his plans for 2019, and asks you to take his reader survey—I did! 2 minutes to read.
  • The folks at Clarizen list a few risk assessment techniques you should consider using if you aren’t already. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Agile as common sense to supporting hypergrowth to why leadership isn’t always about having a plan. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Emily Stevens points out five important UX trends for 2019. 8 minutes to read.
  • Adam Shostack launches a new course, Introduction to Threat modeling for Security Professionals, on LinkedIn Learning. For free. A minute to read.
  • Alan Page notes that when using modern software development approaches, testing is a value-add, rather than a cost. 4 minutes to read.
  • Cynthia Dunlop curated a list of interesting quotes from people talking about software testing. 12 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • John Yorke considers ways in which a manager can determine whether a worker is slacking off. 4 minutes to read.
  • Kerry Wills expounds on the need for clear accountability—a leadership function if there ever was one. 2 minutes to read.
  • Katharine Schwab provides an action plan for making your organization more ethical. 7 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Sam Rigby lists the 99 best things that happened in 2018. Nearly all of these were the result of projects—use them in your presentations! Long read but share it with your kids.
  • Annalisa Merelli lists key stories about disruption (hacking) of our commercial infrastructure from servers to point of sale systems over the last year. This will only get worse. 3 minutes to read.
  • Joe Biron and Jonathan Lang look at improving augmented reality products by analyzing user insights. 6 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Phil Burgess interviews author and Agile testing trainer Linda Crispin on being your own advocate in your IT career. Podcast, 18 minutes, safe for work.
  • Natalie Warnert makes the market-based case for being replaceable. 3 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas points out five over-arching employment trends we’ll see in 2019. 3 minutes to read.
  • Jo Ann Jenkins makes the case for the “Five Generation Workforce” as an unprecedented opportunity. 6 minutes to read.

Enjoy!