New PM Articles for the Week of June 4 – 10

New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 4 – 10. And this week’s video: Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen perform “Rock That Boogie” somewhere in Europe. I reference a line from this song in one of my comments below, so I figured some of you under age 60 might want to hear it in context. Less than 3 minutes, more-or-less safe for work.

Must read!

  • Mike Murphy reports the details of Microsoft’s $7.5B deal to buy GitHub. 2 minutes to read.
  • Adrien Book examines the impact AI-driven content might be having on our children. Case in point: Youtube for kids. 5 minutes to read.
  • Elad Sherf reports on research that indicates overworked managers treat their employees less fairly, to the detriment of the organization. 6 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • Robert Wysocki describes Hybrid Project Management—a mix of traditional, Agile, and Extreme methods. 5 minutes to read.
  • Walter Stinnett offers some tips on how to ensure the project status data you get from Microsoft Project is as accurate as possible. 3 minutes to read.
  • Adam Knight explains why testers and management have very different perceptions of risk to software under test. 7 minutes to read.
  • Andy Silber explains how to assess project risks using a Failure Mode and Effects Analysis. 6 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman reviews some of the principle biases that impact our decision making and how that affects our projects and estimates. 4 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton tells us how to hand over the project to the operational team when it comes to an end. Video, 4 minutes, safe for work. When Mike mentions “snagging list,” US project managers should think “punch list.”

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from using graphics to improve your facilitation skills to organizational analysis to Kanban Cadences. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Dave Prior interviews Agile heretic and thought leader Jim Benson on why Agile is going off the rails and what should be done about it. Podcast, a little over an hour.
  • Valerie Senyk shares her notes from a presentation by Esther Derby: six rules for driving complex change, as an Agile coach. 2 minutes to read.
  • Radoslaw Orszewski answers your questions about Kanban Cadences, a more structured approach. 5 minutes to read.
  • Neil Killick lists eight ways to implement the Agile mindset and methods without putting the organization through an “Agile Transformation.” 4 minutes to read.
  • Luis Goncalves defines Agile project portfolio management. 5 minutes to read, plus a 2-minute video.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership content, from innovation programs to pushing back against shame and failure to acting when your employees are losing focus. 5 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Guy Itzchakov and Avraham Kluger explain the powerful that listening plays in helping people to change their behavior. Your listening, not just theirs! 8 minutes to read.
  • Mary Jo Asmus imagines how it would work if we valued good questions as much as knowledge. 2 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture passes along some good advice on staying prepared for the opportunity to speak to a group about your project. 2 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Erik Dietrich identifies the seven sins of unit testing. Be aware of these worst-practices and ask the right questions. 6 minutes to read.
  • Erin Wildermuth expounds on science proving the benefits of talking to yourself. 4 minutes to read. “Sittin’ on a bench down in the park, talkin’ to myself alone in the dark.”—Billy C. Farlow
  • Julie Giulioni shares a strategy for enhancing your ability to learn and succeed over time. 3 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Poornima Vijayashanker interviews Holly Cardew on how to recruit and interview remote workers, and why you should. Video, 13 minutes, safe for work.
  • Aytekin Tank explains the difference between a manager’s schedule and a maker’s schedule. You can mix both into your day if you understand the difference. 7 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin shares some ways to stay motivated and productive at work during summertime, when you’d rather be outside. 6 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of May 28 – June 3

New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 28 – June 3. And this week’s video: Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers partner Mary Meeker presents her annual internet trends report at the 2018 Code Conference. 33 minutes but well worth your time. Her 294-slide deck is here.

Must read!

  • Mark Johnson tells how Ford is transitioning from auto manufacturer to mobility provider. Noted business disruptor Henry Ford would be very impressed. 6 minutes to read.
  • Mike Murphy reports that Alphabet’s Waymo division is about to put around 62,000 autonomous minivans into a commercialized ride-hailing service. Take a moment to imagine the logistics for this rollout and how these vehicles will be serviced. 2 minutes to read.
  • Alex Hern reports that the first GDPR complaint lawsuits have been filed against Facebook and Google. If upheld, fines could run into the billions of Euros. 3 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • Esther Cohen provides a detailed set of tips for preparing and conducting exceptionally effective project kickoff meetings. 10 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton goes into details of the various risk response strategies, as expanded in the PMBOK 6th 8 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin describes the role and duties of project steering groups, sometimes called the Governance Committee. 5 minutes to read.
  • Lindsay Curtis lists the Do’s and Don’ts of project management communications, from plan to delivery. 4 minutes to read.
  • Heikki Hellgren tutors us on proper software requirements. 7 minutes to read.
  • Nick Pisano proposes a software customer Bill of Rights—commercial practices that apply ethics to the process of marketing and selling software. 8 minutes to read.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from the iceberg of ignorance to misunderstanding Kanban to how amazon quantified the benefits of Amazon Prime. 3 minutes to read, 7 outbound links.
  • John Yorke observes that the enemy of Agile is ego—a belief that we have achieved perfect knowledge and there is no need to learn anything else. 4 minutes to read.
  • Pawel Brodzinski examines the related concepts of autonomy and alignment and emergent purpose. 5 minutes to read.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy and Leigh Espy discuss the challenges of IT project management when working with complex technologies and Agile methods. Video, 10 minutes, safe for work.
  • John Goodpasture gives a detailed response to a reader who challenged his statement that firm fixed-price contracts are inappropriate for contracting Agile. 4 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his list of leadership articles, from walking out of bad meetings to minding feedback to making better decisions. 4 minutes to read, 5 outbound links.
  • Alicia Liu shares a comprehensive guide to influencing behavior, from developing self-awareness and modeling desired behavior to giving actionable feedback. 13 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale examines the three common temporal preferences—larks, owls, and third-birds—to suggest ways we can optimize our team’s work schedule. 2 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Darius Foroux explains Price’s Law—sort of a variation on the Pareto Principle. 4 minutes to read.
  • Raul Popa posts an FAQ for TypingDNA, a biometric technology that identifies users by the way they type. Useful for two-factor authentication. 4 minutes to read.
  • Igor Ilunin describes two rapidly evolving means of human-computer interaction: voice, and soon thought recognition. 3 minutes to read.
  • Gina Abudi shows how to create and refine a mind map to organize your ideas. 2 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Andrew Rundle has analyzed health data to quantify how much impact frequent business travel has on our health. Spoiler: a lot. 5 minutes to read.
  • Michael Deane gives us the marketing executive’s view of how to optimize our use of social media to raise our professional visibility. 2 minutes to read.
  • Hugh Beaulac explains how to procrastinate productively. 3 minutes to read.
  • Gerald Weinberg unpacks the “Anti-esteem toolkit,” a set of tactics people use to maintain low self-esteem. 2 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

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.

Enjoy!