New PM Articles for the Week of July 22 – 28

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 22 – 28. And this week’s video: Suzy Welch rails against four business buzzwords that are no substitute for honest communication. 2 minutes, safe for work. And more on this from Teena Maddox, below.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Dirk Deichmann, Violetta Rodopoulou, and Inga Hoever report on their research into selecting crowd-sourced ideas for corporate investment. 6 minutes to read.
  • Teena Maddox rounds up the 50 most overused business clichés. I’ll keep using actionable, but the rest need to be retired from our presentation vocabulary. 5 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell explores the nature of negative reactions to innovation and why we should learn to embrace that opposition and learn from it. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Elizabeth Harrin tutors us on how to create a project budget, including several types of costs that you will need to account for. 7 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton does a deep dive into constraints, interdependency, external dependency, and task dependency. 11 minutes to read, plus six videos totaling about 29 minutes, all safe for work.
  • Harry Hall reviews the available strategies for handling overall project risk. The considerations are different from selecting strategies for individual risks and opportunities. Video, 4 minutes, safe for work.
  • Seth Godin reminds us of the balance between resilience and reliability. Not all failures are created equally. 1 minute to read.
  • Andy Silber critiques the risk management skills exhibited by Captain James T. Kirk and finds him woefully lacking. 4 minutes to read.
  • Máté Wohlmuth, who runs a software development agency, compares fixed price versus time and labor contracts, along with other outsourcing success factors. 5 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture lists a few good practices for managing our little data in Excel. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from mental models and cognitive biases to a Scrum Fail case study to suitable metrics for an innovation program. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman explains how to manage projects and products portfolio in a shared services Here’s part two; each about 3 minutes to read.
  • Paul Grizzafi and Mas Kono describe a method of assigning “points” to test cases, to answer questions about, “Can we release yet?” 12 minutes to read.
  • Uncle Bob Martin recounts an anecdote from a barbecue joint that shows how software can frustrate a user who just wants to do his job. 3 minutes to read.
  • Bob Marshall offers his thoughtful analysis of the #NoSoftware hashtag, which is more about challenging assumptions than eliminating code. 5 minutes to read.
  • Alan Richardson continues Bob’s line of reasoning: maybe you don’t need a tool to solve your communication problems. 6 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Michael Lopp explains real-time wisdom, which he refers to as Spidey-sense. “Something is up, and I don’t know what.” Some might say to trust your gut. 5 minutes to read.
  • Art Petty lists six skills we should develop for career success. For project managers, gray-zone leadership is make-or-break. 3 minutes to read.
  • Christiaan Verwijs examines the elephants in the room—those invisible conflicts within the team—and identifies ways to make them visible. 6 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • David Balaban makes the case for not paying the pirates when attacked by ransomware. 5 minutes to read.
  • S. Deller and Robert Gaunt look at emerging developments in brain-machine interfaces. This will soon be a common thing, like eyeglasses and hearing aids. 5 minutes to read.
  • Oksana Sokolovsky and Rojit Mahajan examine the impact of GDPR after one year and tell us what to expect as more countries pass privacy legislation. 3 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Stephanie Neal reviews the data and finds that Gen X is becoming a flight risk. Over-worked, under-rewarded, and fewer promotions are having an impact. 5 minutes to read.
  • Trace Cohen explains how he got into an Executive MBA program and why that has turned out to be right for his tech / startup career. 5 minutes to read.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Crystal Richards on how political skills can help a project manager succeed. Podcast, 19 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of July 15 – 21

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 15 – 21. And this week’s video: Elizabeth Harrin recommends her four favorite books on leadership. Less than 3 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Dashun Wang researched the difference in user adoption profiles between an entirely new innovation and a replacement innovation, e.g. the latest smart phone. 4 minutes to read.
  • John Galyon instructs us on building one of the fundamental documents of project management: the business case. 7 minutes to read.
  • Jessica Lis digs into regulation and legal liability as it may apply to artificial intelligence agents that damage the physical world. 12 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • PMI has just released the Third Edition of the Practice Standard for Work Breakdown Structures. This edition “applies the WBS to the predictive, iterative, incremental and agile project life cycles, while also exploring several different types of decomposition in practice today.” 196 pages, free for PMI members.
  • Billy Guinan extols the virtues of Sharepoint for collaborative project management, especially when synched with MS Project. 3 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture reflects on the axiom that, “A process, viewed end-to-end, is not better than its worst component.” 2 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton explains the nature of project constraints in a 4 minutes video, safe for work.
  • Bill Yates explains the changes to the CAPM certification, a more appropriate entry point for aspiring project managers than the PMP. 2 minutes to read.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Echo Woolf on embracing the art aspect of project management, as well as the science. Podcast, 18 minutes, safe for work.
  • Brad Egeland walks us through a five-step process for managing compliance during a project, using data security compliance as an example. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from a new book preview to product management for machine learning to coaching the reluctant. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Gábor Zöld gives us detailed instructions for creating the culture needed for effective code reviews. With best practices and a case study. 13 minutes to read.
  • Mike Cohn clarifies the use of Fibonacci sequence or other non-sequential number in story point estimates. Think of these estimates as ranges. 4 minutes to read.
  • One Man explains defect triage—what it is, why we need it, the process, and so on. 3 minutes to read.
  • Andy Jordan opines on how the shift from temporary project teams to permanent product teams has changed software development. 6 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Suzanne Lucas suggests ten ways to deliver more specific praise than the generic, “Good job!” 3 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell on transformation: “A leader’s role is not to plan and direct action, but to inspire and empower belief.” 5 minutes to read.
  • David Dye answers a question about when to have a meeting and when to send an Email, instead. Podcast, 9 minutes, safe for work.

Research and Insights

  • Harry First, Professor of Law at NYU, reviews the Microsoft case from the 1990’s for lessons learned about regulating and litigating Big Tech. 7 minutes to read.
  • Paul Zak describes the neuroscience findings of how our brains decide when to trust. 8 minutes to read.
  • Martin Giles explains digital encryption, why quantum computers are a threat to encryption, and the need for post-quantum cryptography. 5 minutes to read.
  • Nina Xiang curated ten expert predictions for how the artificial intelligence industry in China will evolve over the next decade. Irony alert: human intelligence predicting AI. 5 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Seth Godin suggests that there are really two kinds of change, and we should decide which is needed before preparing our presentation. Just a minute to read.
  • Kelsey Jones says that all this “busyness” is nonsense, exaggeration, and hype. The cure is better time management, of course. 5 minutes to read.
  • Frank Sonnenberg cataloged 16 types of toxic people. Now, where did I put those antacid tablets? 2 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of July 8 – 14

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 8 – 14. And this week’s video: Michael and Amy Port demonstrate techniques used by actors that we can use in everyday life, from job interviews to deal-closing pitches to eulogies. Not your typical TED talk—this is a performance, not a lecture. 19 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Venkatesh Shankar notes the 25th anniversary of the founding of Amazon with a retrospective on how that little online bookstore has changed the world. 4 minutes to read.
  • Allison Schrager shares insights from Bruce Carnegie-Brown, chairman of legendary insurer Lloyd’s of London, on measuring the immeasurable. 4 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell analyzes Intel’s business strategy for surviving the theoretical limits that will shortly repeal Moore’s Law: heterogeneous computing. 6 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Mike Clayton gives a thoroughly detailed analysis of the upcoming changes to the PMP exam. 10 minutes to read.
  • Praveen Malik illustrates why the quality of our estimates is closely related to the quality of our assumptions. 6 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin collated ten on-line resources that offer free project management templates. 7 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy alerts us to the sales and marketing aspects of our project management responsibilities. Call it “pulling stakeholders.” 6 minutes to read.
  • Harry Hall shows us the power of stating risks as “If [event] then [consequences].” 2 minutes to read.
  • Francesco Marcatto sorts though approaches for getting a constant flow of information in order to report on progress and keep our project plan up to date. 6 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from fixed agile to assessing a Scrum Mater’s qualifications to product backlog refinement techniques. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Henny Portman recaps the second edition of Agile NXT, “a new magazine full of information and inspiration for professionals on the emerging Agile journey.” 4 minutes to read.
  • Edzo Botjes look beyond classic Agile to Resilient and beyond, as volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity, and velocity of change continue to increase. 7 minutes to read.
  • Esther Derby shares a few rules of thumb for agile coaches. 3 minutes to read.
  • Renato explains his recommendations for ensuring frontend security in serverless apps. Yes, it’s a 9.3 on the nerd scale, but very actionable. 4 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman describes a minimalist project kickoff for agile teams that have already learned how to work together on prior projects. 3 minutes to read.
  • Chris Kenst reminds us that a manual solution doesn’t have to be automated. Just a minute to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Geoff Crane is offering the Psychology of Project Leadership Masterclass, based on emotional, motivational, and social competencies with pre- and post-testing. 3 minutes to read. You’ll get 50% off for the first module if you sign up by July 31, 2019. Use the coupon code itpm-friend
  • Pavel Naydenov interviews executive coach Marisa Keegan about motivation, leadership, and emotions in the workplace. 9 minutes to read.
  • Sharlyn Lauby reflects a study that found candidates would turn down a job with more pay at a company with a history of unethical behavior. The news about your company is a part of your employment brand. 2 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Hanna Kozlowska describes provisions in a US Senate bill that would force social media companies to disclose what data the collect from consumers and how they benefit from it. How much is your data worth? 7 minutes to read.
  • Catalin Cimpanu reports on a data breach in Japan—a poorly designed password reset function led to the exploitation of 900 7-Eleven customer accounts. 2 minutes to read.
  • Ian Stewart gives us a history lesson on the use of statistics to predict the behavior of large groups of people from his book, Do Dice Play God? The mathematics of uncertainty. 13 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Adam Rasmi shows the statistics: it pays to be an expatriate worker, at least in some countries. 3 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Wellington gets advice on living and working abroad from Anna Bertoldi, who has five countries in her work history. 5 minutes to read.
  • Adriana Girdler explains how to be assertive and respectful at work, rather than aggressive and rude. Video, 6 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!