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!

New PM Articles for the Week of October 28 – November 3

New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 28 – November 3. And this week’s video: Leila Gharani shows us how to SUM, AVERAGE, and COUNT values in a dataset using multiple conditions, without using filters. Excel is no substitute for a database, but the ability to perform a complex analysis on project data, such as Risk and Issue logs, transactions, and estimates without database access or SQL knowledge is invaluable. 14 minutes, safe for work.

This year, Halloween was princess-free. I asked one girl, about 4 years old, if she was a princess. “I’m an Evil Queen,” she replied. Strong female characters, indeed!

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Joe Nocera examines the growing anti-trust “awakening” being powered by criticisms of the Big Tech companies. 7 minutes to read.
  • Dan Kofp reports on research into which consumers benefit the most from ecommerce. Note that “benefit from” and “participate in” are not congruent. 3 minutes to read.
  • Bivás Biswas tutors us on Cloud computing, from the basics to business benefits to the current market and beyond. 10 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Mike Clayton maps out the many steps in the project planning process. Even if you’re an old hand, this will help you decide what elements to emphasize in your next project. 10 minutes to read.
  • Jared Spataro announces the rollout of the newest version of Microsoft Project, along with a new subscription plan. 4 minutes to read.
  • Francesco Marcatto tells us how to communicate project status to clients and stakeholders. 3 minutes to read.
  • Sarah M. Hoban describes a process for storyboarding a report. 3 minutes to read or 5 minutes for the podcast, safe for work.
  • The nice folks at Clarizen point out the benefits of keeping project stakeholders engaged. 2 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy catalogs the ten essential project management skills needed for project and career success. 6 minutes to read.
  • Ronald Smith recaps the history of project management, from ancient Egypt through the 20th century to modern software development practices. Great background for presentations. 7 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of agile content, from product-market fit to value-based agreements to the vision driving WeChat. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Gábor Zöld curates his monthly slate of engineering management content, from scaling developer teams to engineering podcasts to career development. 10 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • MostlyJason tells us why and how to use staging environments on the journey to production. 7 minutes to read.
  • Victoria Bezsmolna contrasts mobile app testing with web app testing. The differences are huge. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mike Cohn suggests job stories as a viable alternative to user stories. 7 minutes to read.
  • Michaela Greiler warns us: don’t teach during code reviews. 5 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Art Petty recommends a non-traditional way to help your team succeed—get out of their way. 2 minutes to read.
  • Aarron Walter shares insights from Julie Zhuo, who rose from intern to VP of Product Design at Facebook, on how to manage a team. 11 minutes to read.
  • In the spirit of Halloween, Suzanne Lucas describes ten monstrous management styles. 3 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Roland Yegorov scares the Hell out of us with cyber-crime statistics, links to studies and reports, and a video of a woman hijacking an Email account by making a phone call. 5 minutes to read, 3 for the video.
  • Patrick Howell O’Neill reports that WhatsApp is suing Israeli hacking firm NSO Group, accusing them of inserting surveillance malware on targeted user phones. 2 minutes to read.
  • Yash Rathi contrasts the two most influential data privacy laws: the EU’s GDPR and California’s CCPA. 4 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Stephanie Russell presents research that indicates remote work is more stressful than working at the office. 4 minutes to read.
  • Bill Gates shares the lesson he learned from visiting Kitty Hawk, where the Wright Brothers used a rudimentary wind tunnel to test their airplane models. 6 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell notes that artificial intelligence is forcing us to answer some very difficult questions about what behaviors must be considered human. 5 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of October 21 – 27

New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 21 – 27. And this week’s video: Leila Gharani demonstrates the Excel IF() function, from the basics through nested IF()s and embedding OR() and AND() functions. I’ve been using these functions in templates for years, and they really help leverage Excel for reports, testing status summaries, risk logs, and other applications where we want to be alerted to critical conditions in rows of constantly changing data. 15 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Sunil Prashara, President and CEO of PMI, on PMI’s transformational journey. 35 minutes, safe for work, and a valuable insight into organizational strategy from a top executive who lives and breathes project management.
  • Laura Huang summarizes her research into outcomes when big decisions were made by leaders using their gut when the available data isn’t actionable. 4 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell reflects on the nature of revolutionary change. “The goal of a revolution should be to become mainstream, to be mundane and ordinary.” Like a computer on every desk. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Mike Clayton maps the continuum between Adaptive and Predictive project management methods—Agile and Waterfall, for those who prefer slogans. Long read, about 20 minutes, but worth bookmarking.
  • Jigs Gaton translates five common checklists and operational rules used by pilots to project management. 8 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale shares twelve lessons project risk management lessons learned at the School of Hard Knocks. 10 minutes to read.
  • Joe Wynn outlines a strategy to use social media to improve stakeholder relations. 3 minutes to read.
  • LeRoy Ward coaches us on creating a Benefits Realization Plan—key to successful delivery of programs and projects. 2 minutes to read.
  • Mike Griffiths reports on the upcoming changes to the PMP Exam, effective in July 2020. 4 minutes to read.
  • George Pitagorsky describes the coming transformation from project management to work management. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from business agility (as a flywheel) to transformation failures to LEGO agility. 8 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture describes the three eras of Agile. The road to maturity always wends through some crappy neighborhoods. Just a minute to read.
  • Karolina Tóth interviews Rich Archbold on the challenges of scaling-up software development teams. Podcast, 31 minutes, safe for work.
  • Jesús Darío coaches us on how to conduct better code reviews. 5 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackvony gets deep into automated test flakiness, from impact to causes to cures. 5 minutes to read.
  • Yuliya Bagriy posted the second half of her article on how to test API usability. Part 1 is here, 9 minutes to read, and Part 2 is here, 7 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Sarah M. Hoban coaches us on how to break bad news. 3 minutes to read, or listen to the podcast; 5 minutes, safe for work.
  • Nishi Grover Garg helps us overcome barriers to communication for teams that aspire to be agile. 4 minutes to read.
  • Dan Rockwell summarizes Amy Jen Su’s Five P’s—principals to inform and guide your actions as a leader. 2 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Susan explains the basics of penetration testing, including the stages of testing and tools in common use. 4 minutes to read.
  • Michael Maltsev explains Clickjacking, where a malicious website can learn the identity of a visitor. 6 minutes to read.
  • John Shin outlines the pros and cons of outsourcing to achieve cybersecurity compliance, especially PCI. 4 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Carmine Gallo coaches us on how to look and sound confidant during a presentation. 6 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin tell us how to ask management for a part-time schedule. 7 minutes to read.
  • Martin Gaston helps us get started with technical writing. Not just blogging; writing for publication. 8 minutes to read.

Enjoy!