New PM Articles for the Week of October 8 – 14

New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 8 – 14. And this week’s video: Celeste Headlee’s TEDx talk on how to have a good conversation, even with people you profoundly disagree with. 12 minutes, safe for work, and a tip of the hat to Alison Mai at Steelray for the link.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Vanessa Bates Ramirez reports on a new robot-staffed warehouse in Tel Aviv that fills orders in under 5 minutes and fits in 6,000 square feet of floor space. 2 minutes to read.
  • Rebecca Addison notes the growing use of Cobots—robots design to collaborate on tasks with humans, rather than work independently. Like Amazon’s warehouse robots. 4 minutes to read.
  • Shahab Arif updates us on how automotive manufacturers are speeding up the production line with automation, assisted by humans. 7 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Leigh Espy tutors us on the Critical to Quality tree, a requirements elicitation tool to help you get your customer from general to specific success criteria. 4 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton explains the value of a quantitative business case as a decision-making tool. Video, 5 minutes, safe for work.
  • Tony Adams reminds us to keep the stakeholders engaged during a long, long project. 3 minutes to read.
  • Toby Elwin tells us why we shouldn’t let a skeptic drive business change. 3 minutes to read.
  • Michael Wharton shows how to estimate annual budgets for your department projects using Project Online of Project Server. 4 minutes to read.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews PMO consultant Hussain Bandukwala on setting up a fully functioning PMO in 100 days. Podcast, 44 minutes, safe for work.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from what constitutes a team to coaching to mindsets. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • John Yorke begins sharing his assignment to “create, build, and run a virtual office comprising of cross-functional teams that create software”—sustainably and profitably. 4 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman concludes her series on creating a product-based development organization. Part 5 and 6 are here; each has links to the earlier posts. Total for the series about 25 minutes to read.
  • The Clever PM addresses prioritization of product feature development from three perspectives: value, difficulty, and instinct. 4 minutes to read.
  • Nishi Grover Garg explains how to optimize your hardening sprint to produce the best possible quality before release. 5 minutes to read.
  • Amir Ghahrai insists that the problem with modern QA is the retreat from manually exercising the software. You can’t automate unless you identify the scenarios. 9 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Grand CanyonAlexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership articles, from OKR’s to AQ to making a dent in the universe. 5 outbound links, 3 minutes to read
  • Melissa Boggs reminds us that exhaustion is not a status symbol. Well-managed teams work at a sustainable pace. 3 minutes to read.
  • William Malsam coaches us on delivering constructive criticism—expressing a valid and well-reasoned opinion. 5 minutes to read.
  • Dan Rockwell notes the dangers of being over-helpful—in other words, doing someone’s job for them. 2 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Gabrielle Coppola reports on a new line of R&D for autonomous cars: helping AI predict what human pedestrians are about to do—what human drivers do intuitively. 4 minutes to read.
  • Mary Haskett help us understand face recognition—biometric identification of a live face image, validated against a stored (enrolled) image of that person. 5 minutes to read.
  • Adam Shostack reviews a GAO report on the Equifax breach and shares his own follow-up questions. 2 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Heather Landy curated a list of the top ten Quartz at Work stories about life at the office, from awkward eye contact to dorky motivational posters to cushy office perks as a form of oppression. 5 minutes to read.
  • Rebecca Knight explains how to stay focused in a noisy open office, from setting group expectations to noise-canceling headphones. 8 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland reports on five new tools for remote work and collaboration at a distance. Podcast, 8 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of October 1 – 7

New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 1 – 7. And this week’s video: Chris Forsberg makes the business case for a serverless architecture: namely, reducing the need for an Operations staff to nearly zero. 2 minutes, safe for work.

Also: Hussain Bandukwala has organized a PMO Virtual Summit, to be conducted October 16 – 18. The Summit will allow aspiring and first-time PMO leaders to hear from thought leaders like Bill Dow, Laura Barnard, and Andy Jordan. And it’s free—all you have to do is register. There’s also a free eBook with contributions from many of the speakers and Cornelius Fichtner did a quick interview podcast with Hussain. 3 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Michelle Gelfand describes the problems arising from a merger of organizations with incompatible cultures. Case in point: Amazon and Whole Foods markets. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mike Murphy reports on the struggles (and closures) of several US-based robotics firms. Competition is building, although the market isn’t expanding very quickly. 2 minutes to read.
  • Uzma Barlaskar tells us how to develop a data-informed culture, rather than falling into a data-driven culture. The difference is more than semantics. 7 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Elizabeth Harrin tutors us on programs (or programmes, in the UK), from the basics through three common types. 5 minutes to read.
  • Glenn Alleman gives us a clear explanation of the cone of uncertainty for projects and shares an extensive reading list. 3 minutes to read.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy shows us how to apply the Delphi Technique in a real project management example. 4 minutes to read.
  • Harry Hall persuades us to investigate the PMI-RMP risk management professional credential. 2 minutes to read.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Naomi Caietti on her new book, Transform Your Leadership: Getting unstuck and jumpstarting your career. Podcast, 27 minutes, safe for work.
  • Tim Runcie explains master projects in MS Project: what they are and when and how to use them. 6 minutes, safe for work.
  • Kris Hughes has rounded up 25 quotes that illustrate important aspects of project management. And none of those quoted are project managers! 8 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his list of Agile content, from prescriptive practices (bad) to becoming more strategic (good) to why commitment cultures always win. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman begins a series on designing a product-oriented organization. Here are parts two, three, with part four coming soon. About 12 minutes to read these three.
  • Roman Pichler tells us how to establish an effective product strategy process, from vision to the product backlog. 5 minutes to read.
  • Erik Dietrich walks us through seven types of testing so we might spot the holes in our testing strategy. 5 minutes to read.
  • Alex Punnen presents a diagram of software quality in the shape of an iceberg because bug testing is only the most visible element. 13 minutes to read.
  • Tim Bunter summarizes three core principles from James Wickett’s webinar on DevSecOps, but a link is included if you want to hear for yourself. 5 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership articles, from implementing OKR to being too productive to running your business barefoot. 5 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • George Jucan examines the ethical aspects of influencing (as opposed to manipulating) stakeholders. 6 minutes to read.
  • Payson Hall presents five principles for effective mentoring (and coaching). 2 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • MIT Technology Review reports on research that has created the first network of brain-to-brain thought exchange. Three people playing Tetris is just the beginning. 4 minutes to read.
  • Brian Krebs alerts us to a new trend in voice phishing: calls that credibly imitate contacts from your financial institution. 10 minutes to read.
  • Alison DeNisco Rayome on CareerBuilder’s new study: the US will add 8 million jobs over the next five years. Software developers and support specialists will be among the fastest-growing categories. 3 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Rebecca Knight explains how to cope with second-hand stress. 8 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas reports on a new law in Massachusetts that mandates employers who require a non-compete agreement to continue to pay you after you leave. 2 minutes to read.
  • Francisco Sáez recaps advice from Chip and Dan Heath on how we can change our own behavior. 3 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of August 20 – 26

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 20 – 26. And this week’s video: Elizabeth Harrin recommends three books for project managers at the beginning of their careers. 4 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Ben Buchanan recaps recent moves by several tech firms to disrupt Russian and Iranian influence campaigns directed at the US 2018 elections. They might be outmatched. 4 minutes to read.
  • Ellice Perez, Head of Operations at Waymo, updates us on their Early Rider program which started providing transportation services in Phoenix using self-driving vehicles in April 2017. 4 minutes to read.
  • Igor Ilunin shares a quick update on progress in applying the internet of things (IoT) to make our cities smarter. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Joe Brown explains several alternative ways to hand off an innovation project from the research team to the folks who will turn it into a product. 4 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman displays the Venn diagram of project management and system engineering of products. They are plainly inseparable, and both are needed. 2 minutes to read.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Mark Price Perry on the case for a business-driven PMO. Podcast, 22 minutes, safe for work.
  • Susanne Madsen links us to the ten best project management podcasts. 4 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale thinks we should abandon the use of some terms commonly batted about in the project management community. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from servant leadership to the pace of change to mental models for product managers. 7 outbound links, 2 minutes to read.
  • Duncan Evans get heretical: “Scrum and Kanban are basically the same.” Nuclear fireball in three, two … 2 minutes to read.
  • Patrick Stafford lists some web page copy practices that should be avoided, like shaming users into action. 5 minutes to read.
  • Emma Lilliestam explains authentication and authorization using the metaphor of crossing an international border and then applies it to security testing. Elegant! 4 minutes to read.
  • Rich Mironov expounds on making customer interviews and product validation a routine part of the way product managers spend their week. 5 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagley begins a series on using Monte Carlo analysis for estimation of duration based on throughput—even when using Agile methods. Here’s part two. 5 minutes to read both.
  • Dominic Price decants some insights on what agile practitioners are experiencing from the questions he received in an AMA-style forum on the Atlassian Community. 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership articles, from keeping business goals simple to becoming irresistible to wisdom from a bartender. 3 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas shares a 7-point checklist for conducting tough conversations with your direct reports. 3 minutes to read.
  • Natalie Warnert explains why consultant billable hour utilization bonuses and other incentives are actually de-motivational. 5 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Leah Fessler reports on recent research that indicates giving advice might make you feel more motivated than receiving 3 minutes to read.
  • Alexandra Hansen got answers from five researchers on the question: Is it possible to catch up on lost sleep? 4 minutes to read.
  • Alec Ryncavage summarizes cybercrimes and penalties, by state. 10 minutes to read the whole thing, but more useful to use as a quick reference.

Working and the Workplace

  • Alicia Sasser Modestino summarizes research into recent trends in unemployment: when the economy is good, employers loosen their education and experience requirements. 6 minutes to read.
  • Corinne Purtill reports that many companies, including Google, IBM, and Apple, no longer require a college degree—just the right combination of skills and experience. 2 minutes to read.
  • Nick Chater explains the power of following daily routines—both positive and negative. 5 minutes to read.
  • Francisco Saez tells the story of the Coding War Games, a challenge by Tom DeMarco and Tim Lister, that demonstrated the advantages of working in quiet solitude. 3 minutes to read.

Enjoy!