New PM Articles for the Week of November 11 – 17

New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 11 – 17. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton tabulates his list of essential project documentation, from absolute minimum individual documents to second-tier documents and document types to third-tier broad document categories, as needed based on the size and complexity of the project. 12 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Roger Swannell gives us a short course on the business models of the 21st century and what makes them competitive. 9 minutes to read, 24 references to investigate.
  • Leigh Espy recaps five short examples of the way that creativity made all the difference in a business opportunity. 7 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell references previous periods of disruption in his prediction of how evolving technologies will disrupt business and daily life over the coming decade. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Project Portfolio ManagementAlexandra Nekrasova lists five project management books, as recommended by five experienced project managers. 4 minutes to read.
  • Sarah Hoban explains the difference between solutioning and project management. Yes, it is apparently a word, more’s the pity. 3 minutes to read, or 4 for the podcast.
  • Rob England warns that industrial manufacturing paradigms such as Lean and Theory of Constraints have their limits. 2 minutes to read.
  • Angeliki Koumani describes three project success metrics that enable mid-course corrections. 3 minutes to read.
  • Bruce Harpham outlines a five-step on-boarding plan for new project management professionals. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from alignment and autonomy to the coaching mindset to next year’s product conferences. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Mike Cohn shares ten tips for more effective daily scrums. 5 minutes to read.
  • Jesse Houwing recommends that we focus on what was done and the remaining backlog during the Sprint review, rather than comparing to what was planned. 4 minutes to read.
  • Alan Crouch explains the ScrumMaster’s role in team communication. 2 minutes to read.
  • Taros Tymoshchuck reports on mobile application development to follow in 2020. 6 minutes to read.
  • Victoria Bezsmolna lists seven benefits of automated testing. 4 minutes to read.
  • Chris Colosimo tells us how to transition from test automation to continuous testing, which is exactly what it sounds like. 8 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • LeadershipMarcus Blankenship and Jennifer Jones-Patulli discuss conflict management within teams and the larger organizations. Conflict can be productive. 41 minutes, safe for work.
  • Catharine Perloff profiles Dave Duffield, founder of software giants PeopleSoft and Workday, among others, and his focus on creating a culture based on shared values. 7 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale notes the disconnect between individual performance evaluation and the need for teamwork. We get more of the behaviors we reward. 2 minutes to read.
  • Charlotte Blank and colleagues report on their research into the use of proactive time, where employees set aside time for work that is important but not urgent. 5 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Adam Shostack introduces us to managed attribution threat modeling and explains the CAKED acrostic. With links to more details at Ntrepid. 3 minutes to read.
  • Sarah Peters suggests eight questions to ask yourself about your organization’s backup and recover capabilities. 5 minutes to read.
  • James Briers gives us some tips on preparing for a data migration. 4 minutes to read. Or if you want to dig deeper, read my book on the data conversion cycle.

Pot Pourri

  • Limes or Lemons?Adam Rogers anticipates that Generation Z could make corporate culture more transparent in ways that may make older generations uncomfortable … at first. 4 minutes to read.
  • Peter Taylor entices us to move past the challenges of a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) business environment. 3 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas reports on her conversations with several HR technology companies at Unleash World in Paris on the business problems they’re trying to solve. 4 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

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 August 5 – 11

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 5 – 11. And this week’s video: Redditor Hotwir3 shared this outtake from Malcolm in the Middle, where Hal needs to replace a light bulb. Some of us refer to this phenomenon as the Law of Three Other Things: in order to do any one thing, you must do three other things first, recursively. Less than a minute, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Julian Birkenshaw opines that ecosystem businesses—those that position themselves as hubs within a network of suppliers and customers—are changing the nature of competitive advantage and business strategy. 6 minutes to read.
  • Georgia Frances King hosts a conference call with tech publishing legend Tim O’Reilly, who discusses competition in the digital-marketplace age. Video, 31 minutes, safe for work.
  • Peter Rejcek warns us that undeclared wars in cyberspace are becoming more aggressive, more highly automated, and more effective. 5 minutes to read.
  • Anders Melin reports on the growing war for senior cybersecurity talent. Lots of background information here—this is a critical skill for IT PM’s to develop. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Harry Hall explores what is needed for a great project charter. With a video (3 minutes), an online course, and a free template—who could ask for anything more? 3 minutes to read.
  • Peter Bregman and Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez share six tough questions to ask before launching a “moon shot” project. 5 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture articulates the hybrid operating principle: “Agile projects are simultaneously strategically stationary and tactically iterative and emergent.” 2 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin looks at three methods to track percent complete for your project tasks and five ways to measure project performance. With a video (3 minutes) and a template. 5 minutes to read.
  • Robin Nicklas does a highly technical examination of scheduling schemes and leveling heuristics for resource-constrained projects. Nerd content over 90%! 8 minutes to read.
  • Andy Makar considers the career benefits of spending a year or two working in a corporate PMO. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from failing agile transformations to liberating structures to right-sizing user stories. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Matt Hartley begins a new series on his lessons learned, beginning with why software requirements in the real world are hard. 9 minutes to read.
  • Andy Glover and Matt Archer list ten reasons why we should fix bugs as soon as we find them, rather than prioritizing defects for correction or possible deferral. 6 minutes to read.
  • Maaret Pyhäjärvi looks at making some changes after two years of No Product Owner.
  • Tom Cagely tells us what to do when the daily Scrum has devolved into a daily status report and reinforces the practice as envisioned in the Scrum Guide. Total, about 5 minutes.
  • Bob Marshall reviews John Seddon’s upcoming book, “Beyond Command and Control.” 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Mike Clayton explains the GROW model of coaching, which might be better called GROW ME. Video, 5 minutes, safe for work.
  • Rick Woolworth helps us improve our mentoring to address the whole person, not just their career. 6 minutes to read.
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy provide guidance on “speaking truth to power” in ways that your boss can hear. 7 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Patrick Collison and Tyler Cowan argues that we need a new science of progress, meaning “the combination of economic, technological, scientific, cultural, and organizational advancement that has transformed our lives.” 9 minutes to read.
  • Akash Deep lists a few of the ways that AI is transforming the way healthcare will be delivered. The business opportunities are limitless. 5 minutes to read.
  • David Gilbertson has far too much fun finding accounts that can be accessed with one of the 25 most common passwords. There’s a 17% chance that you’re using 123456. 6 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Kiron Bondale points out some of the impacts that distributed work teams can have on stakeholders who aren’t part of the team. 3 minutes to read.
  • Anne Quito passes along the empowering advice that TED gives to nervous speakers. 3 minutes to read.
  • Tracy Middleton shares a quiz to help you determine your Chronotype, to optimize your schedule. I’m an early bird—moderately morning type. 4 minutes to read, a minute for the quiz.

Enjoy!