New PM Articles for the Week of March 16 – 22

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.

Managing Projects

  • Mike Clayton explains how to manage multiple projects at once. Video, 15 minutes, safe for work.
  • Marina Pilipenko tutors us on project cost management. 7 minutes to read.
  • Peter Landau coaches us on making a procurement management plan. Part of it is a commercial, but you also watch television, right? 6 minutes to read.
  • Jory MacKay guides us through writing a communication plan. 9 minutes to read.
  • Brad Egeland walks us through the process of handing a project off to another project manager. 4 minutes to read.
  • The nice folks at Clarizen compiled a list of five books that every project manager should read. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • 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.

Applied Leadership

  • 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.

Pot Pourri

  • 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 PM Articles for the Week of September 3 – 9

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.

Managing Projects

  • 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.

Applied Leadership

  • 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.
  • Manfred Kets de Vries and Katharina Balazs help us understand why we sometimes overreact at work. 4 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Marcel Schwantes notes that Gallup found 51% of US employees are considering leaving their jobs due to a lack of meaning and purpose. But there are solutions! 3 minutes to read.
  • Sarah Goff-Dupont reports on paid time off for volunteer work in the community—known in HR circles as VTO. The payback is in engagement and retention. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mary Abbajay provides a multi-pronged strategy: what to do when you have a bad boss. 6 minutes to read.


New PM Articles for the Week of May 21 – 27

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.

Must read!

  • 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.

Established Methods

  • 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.

Agile Methods

  • 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.

Applied Leadership

  • 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.