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!

New PM Articles for the Week of November 4 – 10

New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 4 – 10. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton tells us why we should aspire to boring projects. Not boring outcomes, but the kind where that which is planned and predicted actually comes to pass, without heroic interventions, all-night problem resolution, or Costco-sized containers of antacids. 4 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Sean Fleming notes a key finding from PwC’s report, Talent Trends 2019: CEO’s are deeply worried about the availability of skilled workers. 2 minutes to read.
  • Mutale Nkonde considers the question: is addressing any bias displayed by AI applications a matter of corporate social responsibility? 4 minutes to read.
  • Robin Pomeroy poses the ethical questions arising from a new movie starring an actor who has been dead since 1955—James Dean. When do Deepfakes become unethical? 3 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Elizabeth Harrin celebrates International Project Management Day 2019 by focusing on what matters most: your well-being, morale, and mental health. 4 minutes to read.
  • Harry Hall explains how to facilitate the nominal group technique, a powerful tool for helping a small group reach consensus. 2 minutes to read.
  • Praveen Malik explains how to use resource leveling and resource smoothing to create a workable project schedule. 4 minutes to read.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Vicki Griffiths, Chair of the APM Women in Project Management SIG. More than 600 people attended their annual conference in September. Podcast, 24 minutes, safe for work.
  • John Goodpasture explains loose coupling and tight coupling, and how to minimize the effect of tight coupling on project timelines. 2 minutes to read.
  • Andy Jordan applies the Hippocratic maxim—“First, do no harm”—to the PMO. 7 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from agile playbooks to team contracts and alignment maps to product review in dual-tack agile. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Marcus Blankenship interviews Esther Derby on her new book, Seven Rules for Positive Productive Change. Podcast, 32 minutes, safe for work. Also includes a transcript.
  • Vadym Muraviov describes the structure and hierarchy of user stories, epics, and themes. 3 minutes to read.
  • Jose Casal expounds of the use of flow efficiency in process improvement. 8 minutes to read.
  • Vadim recommends five books, ostensibly for product managers, but applicable to everyone tasked with influencing others. 3 minutes to read.
  • Mike Griffiths shares another extract from his new book, Agile Illustrated: A visual learner’s guide to agility. This section explains the Declaration of Interdependence. 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman posted a series on how to create a proposal for a conference presentation. Here is part 2 and part 3. About 17 minutes to read all three parts.

Applied Leadership

  • Karolina Tóth interviews Dan Rummel, Senior Director of Engineering at One Medical, on establishing a foundation of psychological safety. Podcast, 21 minutes, safe for work.
  • Jory MacKay compiled several ways to give and receive negative feedback but begins with the elephant in the room: how we feel about it. 11 minutes to read.
  • Kat Boogaard presents survey results: six ways to make your team more effective. 6 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Marc Barrachin and Algirde Pipikaite make the case for a global standard for reporting cyberattacks. To fight these crimes, they must be reported. 4 minutes to read.
  • Joan Goodchild interviews Marcy Klipfel on the benefits of a collaboration between IT and HR in setting and training security policies. 3 minutes to read.
  • Justin Rohrlich reports that the Department of Homeland Security will soon have biometric data on nearly 260 million people. This is not good news. 4 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Emily Stone collected insights from several Kellogg School of Management professors on preparing for career opportunities. 6 minutes to read.
  • Selin Kesebir and colleagues found that men and women have significantly different attitudes toward competition. 4 minutes to read.
  • Amy Irwin collated insights from mental health professionals on how to cope with rudeness in the workplace. 4 minutes to read.

Enjoy!