New project management articles published on the web during the week of March 16 – 22. And this week’s video: Harry Hall talks about the need to identify a risk owner along with the project risks you want to manage. 3 minutes, safe for work.
Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy
Zorana Ivcevic and colleagues reports on results of a survey that found an alarming level of pressure to act unethically in US organizations. 5 minutes to read.
Ron Rivers examines the intersection of technology and labor, from early history to the near future. 13 minutes to read.
Adam Rasmi reports that COVID-19 is also impacting negotiations between the UK and EU on a post-Brexit free trade agreement. 2 minutes to read.
Mike Clayton explains how to manage multiple projects at once. Video, 15 minutes, safe for work.
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from what drives performance of a distributed agile team to disagreement in distributed teams to the magic of conflict. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
Kiron Bondale argues that domain and organizational knowledge are the key requirement for prospective product managers. 3 minutes to read.
Tanay Agrawal suggests that product managers need to see their product like a new user, every single day. 5 minutes to read.
Henny Portman shows the difference between incremental and iterative Here’s Part Two, about ten minutes to read both parts.
Ankur Jain explains a diagram of the DevOps life cycle. 2 minutes to read.
Maximilian Bauer says that being smarter about test cases and how they are structured can save money in testing. 7 minutes to read.
George Pitagorsky tells us how to manage fear and anger in projects. 5 minutes to read.
Christine Trodella has some thoughts on managing newly remote workers, when you don’t know how long they’ll be working from home. 7 minutes to read.
Sharlyn Lauby uses the Marvel Cinematic Universe to illustrate keys points on how to manage the external workforce, both project-based and recurring. 4 minutes to read, plus a video interview, 10 minutes, safe for work.
Amelia Salyers curates a list of 22 articles for leaders from the past few years, published by venture capital firm Andreeson Horowitz. 5 minutes to read the synopses.
Cybersecurity and Data Protection
Curtis Franklin gives us a brief overview of how to quantify cybersecurity risks. 4 minutes to read.
Brenda Sharton sees plentiful opportunities for cybercriminals in the new “work from home” mantra of COVID-19. 4 minutes to read.
Elizabeth Harrin gives us some useful pointers for setting up our home office. 4 minutes to read.
Stephanie Vozza notes that generalists tend to be more successful, but only if they get really good at a few useful skills that combine to make them stand out. 3 minutes to read.
Sarath C P shares six tips for creating an effective elevator pitch. 5 minutes to read. You’ll need to find your own elevator …
New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 3 – 9. And this week’s video: the Martin Jetpack—not really a jet and not really something you wear on your back—might soon be a practical solution for personal flight, with a 30 minute flight time. 5 minutes, safe for work.
Business Acumen and Strategy
The Verge staff notes the 20th anniversary of the founding of Google with an extensive timeline of significant events. This is how you grow from a research project into a trillion-dollar business! 15 minutes to read.
Blair Levin analyzes Google Fiber, the initiative which triggered massive investment in high-speed internet technologies by competing ISP’s. 7 minutes to read.
Russell Brandom summarizes the antitrust law case against de facto monopolies Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Uber. 9 minutes to read.
Mike Clayton tutors us on the essentials of project cost management. 10 minutes to read.
John Goodpasture gets into the math of 3-point estimates. “They are the broccoli of projects.” 2 minutes to read.
Elizabeth Harrin lays out an excellent strategy for fitting professional development into your schedule. 7 minutes to read.
Harry Hall encourages us to ask other project managers for advice on dealing with challenges and issues. 3 minutes to read.
Deb Schaffer takes us from the PMBOK description of the project scope statement to a fully fleshed out document, with a template. 3 minutes to read.
Dale Howard shows how to customize the Quick Access Toolbar in Microsoft Project. 4 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from self-management at Semco to preparing for the sprint planning meeting to the dangers of falling in love with a solution. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
Aneel summarizes the 2018 State of DevOps report from Dora. The best firms are doing far better and so are those at the bottom, but the middle … 6 minutes to read.
Pavel N. describes how the IT teams at five major companies are using Kanban. 6 minutes to read.
Dave Prior interviews Bob Tarne on his experience as an Agile coach at Toyota. “Here I was at Toyota, teaching people how to use Kanban.” Video, 12 minutes, safe for work.
Bob Reselman points out some of the current limitations of performance testing edge computing devices. Maybe standards will help! 6 minutes to read.
Trish Koo recommends that you develop a technical debt payment plan. Good extension of an excellent metaphor. 4 minutes to read.
Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership articles, from increasing transparency with OKR’s to productivity to the worker confidence index. 5 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
Leah Fessler describes Sheryl Sandberg’s approach to keeping one-on-one meetings with her direct reports efficient and personal. 3 minutes to read.
Art Petty coaches us on helping people make a positive emotional connection to a new business strategy.
Suzanne Lucas gives us the early read on Generation Z as they start to enter the workforce. 3 minutes to read.
Research and Insights
Elijah Wolfson reports on the first AI application to diagnose disease—in this case, diabetic retinopathy. 6 minutes to read.
Greg Satell recaps high points from the history of computer games and virtual reality to project ways in which the combination of the two will make skill development more effective. 5 minutes to read.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 21 – 27. And this week’s video: an ancient performance of “Chateau Lafitte ’59 Boogie” by Foghat, with the late Lonesome Dave Peverett reminding us how it was done before lip-synching and backup dancers. 8 minutes, safe for work, but put the headphones on and crank it up.
David Harding summarizes current trends in mergers and acquisitions and finds that we are returning to successful models from the early 20th 4 minutes to read.
Quinn Norton reports on the Efail exploit and then goes deep into history to explain why Email is a non-fixable problem with no clear owner. 10 minutes to read.
John Harris notes that most of the new product hype coming from the Big Tech firms is for … well, useless crap. Do you really need a digital assistant to make your phone calls? 5 minutes to read.
Leigh Espy interviews project manager and blogger Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy on how he went from naval officer candidate to software development project manager and what he learned along the way. 8 minutes to read.
Susanne Madsen reviews three well-known projects that ran over budget and schedule and had rough initial roll-outs but are today deemed iconic works. 5 minutes to read.
Mike Clayton explain strategic project definition. Video, 3 minutes, safe for work.
Vivien Gold reminds us of some of the elements to include in a project budget. 4 minutes to read.
Glenn Alleman tutors us on cost, price, and value and how they are used in business decision making. 5 minutes to read.
Nick Pisano begins a series on integrated program management elements. This one is on costs—development, management, and product lifecycle—and why we’re not capturing all of them. 10 minutes to read.
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from working for Scrum-clueless management to mental models to guerilla user testing. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to scan.
Neil Killick explores alternatives to story points in making delivery estimates. 5 minutes to read.
John Cutler invokes Deming in pointing out that high WIP, resulting from crappy management systems, generates more problems than actual people. 4 minutes to read.
Eric Weiss observes that Scrum is not necessarily agile, and there are several ways to “do” Scrum counter-productively. 9 minutes to read.
Tim Runcie explains the newest Agile features of MS Project. 10 minutes to read.
Kiron Bondale makes the case for using Gantt charts and other project management tools even in projects using Agile or adaptive methods. 2 minutes to read.
Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership articles, from what people care about to the value of expertise to welcoming new people. 5 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
David Dye explores what we can do by simply changing the question. Whole new answers appear. 3 minutes to read.
Dan Rockwell explains proactive delegation, because “Desperation is a lousy context for delegation.” 2 minutes to read.
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
Greg Satell notes that you can’t commercialize a scientific discovery—first you have to create a product that incorporates it. And that can be harder than the science. 5 minutes to read.
Youyou Zhou reports on a scary Amazon Alexa “fail” that should make you wonder how fully you can test devices that interpret speech. 3 minutes to read.
Albert Gareev talks about how to find the starting point in business intelligence testing. 5 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
Elizabeth Harrin shares a massive infographic on the Art and Science of Networking. Maybe 6 or 7 minutes to read, but very non-linear. Take your time.
Jack White (not the musician) identifies five “routines” that justify procrastination and hinder achieving goals. 4 minutes to read.
LaRae Quy recounts her experience at the FBI Academy in explaining how to build a strong mind. 5 minutes to read.
Cassandra Leung explains her “rabbit poop” model for learning. 4 minutes, but do not read this over certain breakfast cereals.