New PM Articles for the Week of March 2 – 8

New project management articles published on the web during the week of March 2 – 8. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton introduces a new concept: aintegration, a measure of how well one copes with uncertainty and contradictions. Successful project managers must be able to deal with volatility, uncertainty, and ambiguity as a necessary part of the job, and developing that skill should be part of your professional development plan. 4 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Tom Linton and Bindiya Vakil consider what COVID-19 means for supply chain risk as a matter of business continuity. 6 minutes to read. And Philipp Carlsson-Szlezak opines on the potential for a global recession. 8 minutes to read.
  • Francesco Pecoraro identifies the three components of corporate strategy. 3 minutes to read.
  • Beck Bamberger collects insights from seven CEO’s on what it means to develop a transparent organization. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Mike Griffiths compares the WBS and product backlog, beginning with a brief history lesson. 5 minutes to read.
  • Payson Hall objects to the answer, “We have done all we can to mitigate the risk. We can’t think of anything more to do, so we closed it.” 2 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin looks back, twenty years after deciding to become a project manager, and sees a few things she didn’t realize at the time. 4 minutes to read.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Kim Wasson on social intelligence as a soft skill for project managers. Podcast, 28 minutes, safe for work.
  • Andy Jordan considers two of the statistics from the PMI Pulse of the Profession 2020 survey and sees a lack of corporate investment in project management professionals. 7 minutes to read.
  • The nice folks at Explority have identified the top 30 IT consulting firms in the world, in anticipation of your next solutions project. 10 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Chapel in the SkyStefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from rumors of the demise of Agile to the perils of being too data-driven to driving innovation. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Gábor Zöld curates his monthly engineering management resource roundup, from recruiting engineers to hiring remotely to cultural debt. 10 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman began a series on building team resilience. 3 minutes to read. Here are links to Part 2 (4 minutes) and Part 3 (5 minutes). Part 4 will be a summary.
  • Mike Cohn explains how to estimate story points with multiple teams by developing a common baseline. 5 minutes to read.
  • Doc Norton does the math on why we need to manage WIP. 3 minutes to read.
  • Stephen Younge does a deep dive into technical debt, from sources to productive ways to reduce the debt. 7 minutes to read.
  • Janna Loeffler answers our questions about integrating AI into our software testing routines. 6 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Kerry Goyette tells us how to work on our emotional intelligence. “American workplaces have five generations working side by side.” 4 minutes to read.
  • Raj Vardhman shares some tips for Gen X project leaders on how to better manage Millennials. 4 minutes to read.
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy coaches us on building consensus with eight actionable tips. 6 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas shares her Evil HR Lady insights into employee retention. “Replacing workers cost employers $617 billion in 2018, compared with $331 billion in 2010.” 2 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Curtis Franklin interviews James Stavridis, former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, on the current cybersecurity threat level. 10 minutes to read.
  • Naineesh Gaur and Chris Morris shock us with statistics and data, and then make the business case for cyber resiliency. 5 minutes to read.
  • Judhajeet Das examines current trends in how distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks are perpetrated and defended against. 5 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Lila MacLellan coaches us on how to politely decline a handshake in the Age of COVID-19. 3 minutes to read.
  • Arianne Cohen reports that caffeine won’t make you more creative, but it may help you solve problems. Time for another cuppa joe … 1 minute to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of February 17 – 23

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 17 – 23. And this week’s video: Harry Hall shares his list of inputs for your project risk management plans. 2 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Greg Satell reflects on the growing need for us to consider the ethical dimensions of the technologies we develop and field. 5 minutes to read.
  • Richard Smith-Bingham and Kavitha Hariharan explain why the coronavirus epidemic is a global business risk and make the case for business investment in pandemic resilience. 6 minutes to read.
  • Azeem Azhar interviews Ian Bremmer on geopolitics, technology, and the top risks for the decade ahead. Podcast, 43 minutes, safe for work.

Managing Projects

  • Henny Portman examines the International PMO standard under development by the AIPMO. 7 minutes to read.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Anita Phagura of Fierce Project Management, a networking group for women and underrepresented groups in project management. Podcast, 29 minutes, safe for work.
  • Deb Schaffer tutors us on the basics of scope management. 3 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture ruminates on projects as transactions. Or possibly relationships. Or maybe both. 2 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton explains the difference between a milestone and a deadline. Video, 3 minutes, safe for work.
  • Pat Weaver has compiled a map of philosophies and principles that shape planning approaches. Culture dominates our decision-making! 7 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from an interview with Kent Beck to Agile leadership to organizing your backlog. 7 outbound links, 4 minutes to read.
  • Gábor Zöld curates his monthly engineering management resource roundup, from Two Sigma to feedback to celebrating achievement. 10 outbound links, 4 minutes to read.
  • Doc Norton identifies the metrics he recommends for measuring agile efficiency, despite a preference for effectiveness. 3 minutes to read.
  • Ayush Jain explains the product manager role and responsibilities in the modern product lifecycle framework. 5 minutes to read.
  • Marcus Blankenship interviews Ellen Gottesdiener on improving the product management lifecycle with better collaborative decision-making. Podcast, 49 minutes, safe for work.
  • Michel van der Meulen maps out the transition from a business analyst role to a product owner role. 4 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Cory Foy lists ten questions you should ask before introducing change to your team. 4 minutes to read.
  • Jennifer Jordan and colleagues explore seven tensions between traditional and emerging leadership approaches. 7 minutes to read.
  • Adriana Girdler explains the Tuckman model of team development stages. Video, 7 minutes, safe for work.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • William Turton reports on an incredibly sophisticated social engineering and corporate Email fraud ring that investigators have dubbed Exaggerated Lion. 6 minutes to read.
  • Michael Kan reports that the US Defense Information Systems Agency, charged with securing US military communications, may have been breached. 2 minutes to read.
  • Thomas Fillaud makes six cybersecurity predictions for 2020. Keep an eye on machine identity security and global supply chain security. 3 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas provides an HR practitioner’s view of what compliance with the California Consumer Privacy Act means for HR data. 3 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • John Schwarz reports on how on-the-job training is replacing the graduate degree. 6 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin notes that, from robotics and automation to artificial intelligence, the future of work is already here. The challenge is to harness the benefits. 5 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy does a deep dive into Tim Hurson’s new book, Think Better. 10 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of February 10 – 16

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 10 – 16. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton explains the concept of a discounted cash flow, based on a rate of return over time, and the related terms present value, net present value, and internal rate of return. The language of business includes a little math. 6 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Nathan Furr and Jeff Dyer studied Tesla’s approach to innovation, industry transformation, and bringing new ideas to market and explain what they found. 6 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell points out that information and communication technologies only account for 6% of GDP in advanced economies. The other 94% is where the real potential lies. 5 minutes to read.
  • Vizhdan Boranova and colleagues surveyed 11,000 workers in 11 advanced and emerging market economies on their attitude toward automation. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Glen Alleman shares links to a staggering number of briefings, papers, and presentations on all aspects of project management. I won’t even try to estimate the time required to read it all.
  • Praveen Malik explains start / finish dates, actual dates, and baseline dates in MS Project, with recommended practices. 4 minutes to read.
  • Harry Hall shows us how to create a project risk management plan. 4 minutes to read.
  • Linky van der Merwe suggests approaches for managing eight common types of project risks. 4 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture expounds on extreme risks—those events with irreversible consequences but low likelihood of occurrence. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from metrics for experiments to design sprints to whether ‘Agile’ is a reactionary movement. 7 outbound links, 4 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman shares her experience with separating software defect correction from developing “new” code. Very insightful. 4 minutes to read.
  • William Harwood reports on the investigation into software defects that nearly caused a catastrophic failure in the test of the Boeing Starliner crew module. 6 minutes to read.
  • Karlo Smid explains why 100% code coverage does not mean 100% testing coverage. 2 minutes to read.
  • Junaid Ahmed explains how continuous testing and DevOps fit together. 7 minutes to read.
  • Kunal Chauhan identifies the decision criteria for choosing between a virtual machine architecture and a Docker container strategy. 2 minutes to read, 8 on a nerd scale of 10.

Applied Leadership

  • Julia Brooke walks us through some of the symptoms of burnout in tech workers. 3 minutes to read.
  • Dina Smith coaches us on how to stop micromanaging and delegate more. 4 minutes to read.
  • Brad Swaim explains the research behind the recommended team size of “seven, plus or minus two.” 4 minutes to read.
  • Vicky Cosenzo finds some surprising leadership lessons in Chris Hadfield’s new book, An Astronaut’s Guide to Mental Models. 3 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Patrick Howell O’Neill reports the conviction of Eric Eoin Marques, the man behind Dark Web’s Freedom Hosting. The FBI still won’t tell how they cracked Tor. 5 minutes to read.
  • William Akoto examines the vulnerability of the growing cloud of small, cheap satellites in low Earth Orbit to hacking and exploitation. It’s already been done! 5 minutes to read.
  • Lutfey Siddiqi opens with, “Cybercrime could cost banks an estimated $350 billion in the next five years.” The threat is huge, hard to model, and the past is not prologue. 5 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Brigid Ludwig explains the concept of ego depletion and notes several ways to recharge enough to make a better strategic decision. 6 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Yuri Malishenko on how visual thinking can overcome the complexity of communication and problem-solving. Video, 33 minutes, safe for work.
  • Scott Berkun asked Twitter for recommendations on a good book for non-designers to get some design literacy. He shares the top 15. 2 minutes to read.

Enjoy!