New PM Articles for the Week of May 7 – 13

New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 7 – 13. And this week’s video: Chris Croft explains the difference between program evaluation and review technique (PERT) and critical path method (CPM) diagrams. Less than 3 minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Walter Frick summarizes the corporate strategy alternatives of developing a “moat,” or barriers to imitation, and setting a pace of innovation that others can’t match. 3 minutes to read.
  • Brandon Vigliarolo reports that researchers in the US and China are finding ways to insert messages for digital assistants like Siri into white noise. No hacks in the wild yet, but … 3 minutes to read.
  • Terena Bell defines cyber resilience—think continuity of operations during a data breach or cyber-attack. This is going to be a critical success metric for a lot of projects, going forward. 4 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • Mike Clayton details the steps to create a robust project risk culture. 10 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture contemplates applicability of the firm fixed price contract, as stipulated by the public sector, for work using Agile methods. 4 minutes to read.
  • Kaleigh Moore examines four trends that are transforming project management. 5 minutes to read.
  • The folks at Clarizen give us some guidelines on when we should insert milestones in our project plan. 3 minutes to read.
  • Brad Egeland describes seven big technical advances—from Tupac to Elon—that we should see impacting our projects over the next few years. 5 minutes to read.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from ‘agile’ as social technology to not-invented-here syndrome to epic corporate innovation failures. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Roman Pichler tells us why product owners need to take on a very focused leadership role and leave the rest to the people in the other Scrum roles. 4 minutes to read.
  • Jesse Fewell maps the career progression from Scrum master to Agile Coach. Video, 7 minutes, safe for work or you can read the transcript in about 4 minutes.
  • Johanna Rothman examines the challenge (for some teams) of knowing when to release all the value they’ve created. Yes, it’s about done. 2 minutes to read.
  • Keith Hogan describes “skinny” Agile, as an organizational approach to the adoption of selected practices. 15 minutes to read.
  • Yuval Yeret gets into the details of limiting work in progress in Scrum by using Kanban concepts and techniques. 4 minutes to read.
  • Henny Portman reviews The Agile Enterprise, by Mario Moreira. 4 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership articles, from why entrepreneurs start companies to jobs to be done to managing priorities. 5 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Tony Schwartz tells us how to deepen, widen, and lengthen our perspective to better think about complex problems. 4 minutes to read.
  • Hank van der Merwe shares a few tips to help us stop overcomplicating leadership. 3 minutes to read.
  • Peter Landau has compiled ten classic quotes about management and offers his thoughts on each one. 8 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Greg Satell debunks four pervasive myths about innovation. “Don’t look for a great idea, find a good problem.” 5 minutes to read.
  • Carey Fletcher shares her experience with developing a central testing team in a scaled Agile environment. 3 minutes to read.
  • Erik Dietrich shoots down five myths about test-driven development. 5 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Liana Brinded recaps research by Robert Half that found employers lose their top candidates if the interview process drags on for too long. 2 minutes to read, interesting graphic.
  • Craig Brown looks at teams that go through the Tuckman stages of team development—forming, storming, norming, performing—and then stay together. 3 minutes to read.
  • Faisal Hoque poses three questions that can help you determine your next step in career development. 3 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of April 30 – May 6

New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 30 – May 6. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton explains the acronym ITTO, which refers to inputs, tools, techniques, and outputs, and why it takes up so much of the PMBOK. 4 minutes, safe for work. And two pictures from Bisbee Arizona, courtesy of Steve Miller—Thanks!

Must read!

  • Avery Phillips notes that ransomware is here to stay. And paying the ransom may not be as damaging as the loss of trust. 3 minutes to read.
  • Bhaskar Chakravorti observes that, while the GDPR might seem like a good template for data privacy, not all countries agree that regulation is the best solution. 7 minutes to read.
  • Youyou Zhou analyzes the data, finding that far fewer international students are coming to the United States for an education. 2 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • Niansheng Chu tutors us on Failure Mode and Effects Analysis, a structured approach to finding the risks inherent in a design or process, with examples. 8 minutes to read.
  • Suzanna Haworth gives us a deep understanding of the RACI chart and various alternatives. Also, a template! 15 minutes to read.
  • Sylvia Gindi does a deep and thorough dive into project deliverables and explains why a milestone isn’t a deliverable. 10 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin examines five common roadblocks to success encountered by many (most?) projects and how to move them off the road. 4 minutes to read.
  • Brad Egeland also identifies five common causes of project failure and how to avoid them. 6 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture goes back to Nate Silver’s new classic, “The Signal and the Noise,” to frame Bayes Theorem as an iterative process. 2 minutes to read.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from decisions under uncertainty to minimum-viable-whatever to “other” customer success metrics. 2 minutes to read, 7 outbound links.
  • Bisser Ivanov begins a series he’s calling Kanban 101. 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman explains the difference between minimum viable experiment (MVE) and minimum viable product (MVP). 5 minutes to read.
  • Ilia Pavlichenko describes The Speed Boat Game—an interesting product metaphor to get clients to talk about their pains and perceived value of a product. 3 minutes to read.
  • Marie-Eve Trempe provides a quick tutorial on velocity for Scrum teams and how to measure it and use it.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership content, from why entrepreneurs fail to tackle big problems to your imagination as a superpower. 3 minutes to read, 5 outbound links.
  • Jory McKay presents 5 key goal-setting exercises for high-performing teams, as practiced at places like Google, LinkedIn, DropBox, and more. 15 minutes to read.
  • Mary Jo Asmus says that leading means staying out of the weeds—if you love the work, maybe you shouldn’t be a manager. 2 minutes to read.
  • Wanda Thibodeaux lists 15 signs that someone is trustworthy. 4 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Emily Esposito preps us for Gutenberg, the new visual editor to be used in WordPress 5.0, due later this year.
  • Greg Satell recaps the history of data records, from Hollerith cards to relational databases, in explaining why distributed computing (the internet) needs secure, distributed data. 6 minutes to read.
  • Katrina Clokie lays out a decision process for selecting a test automation tool. 4 minutes to read.
  • Ephrat Livni recaps recent research that shows how your current opinions can influence how you interpret new facts. 3 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Art Markman tells us how to conduct a meeting without dominating the conversation. 2 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland calls our attention to five interesting tools for remote work and collaboration. Podcast, 7 minutes, safe for work.
  • Leigh Espy lists some of the reasons to choose a career in project management. If you are mentoring someone, send this to them! 5 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of April 23 – 29

New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 23 – 29. And this week’s video: Genevieve von Petzinger reviews drawings of a common set of symbols found in caves all over Europe. Writing has been with us for tens of thousands of years. 11 minutes, safe for work.

Must read (or Listen)!

  • Kif Leswing reports on the US$35M fine imposed on the dying remains of Yahoo because it didn’t tell investors about Russian hacking (in 2014). Disclosure matters! 4 minutes to read.
  • Dave West argues that professionalism and a code of ethics is more important than regulation in preventing abuse of human rights via technology. 4 minutes to read.
  • “Ms. Smith” recounts the story of a family member nearly conned by a fake tech support scam. Microsoft warns that this crap was up by 24% in 2017. 4 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • Grand CanyonMike Clayton tutors us on the basics of project risk analysis—one of the critical components of risk management. 7 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale recommends a little “preventive maintenance” on our projects. 2 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Todd Williams on implementing organizational strategy via projects, including managing the politics and risks. Video, 28 minutes, with transcript.
  • Laura Barnard tells how to build a strong sponsor relationship. 4 minutes to read.
  • Lynette Reed describes project budget planning using the work breakdown structure. 4 minutes to read.
  • Max Benz asked the Facebook Project Management Café denizens for the #1 project management skills. This article summarizes the answers. 9 minutes to read.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy goes deep in describing the software development lifecycle and why you need to manage it in phases. 10 minutes to read.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from self-organization to the metrics fetish to whether the Agile Manifesto needs an overhaul. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Dave Prior interviews Jeff Sutherland on his new joint venture with the Scrum Alliance to train, coach, and promote Scrum@Scale. Podcast, 18 minutes, safe for work.
  • Mike Cohn describes four proven techniques for giving the team a means to gain or assess consensus. 10 minutes to read.
  • Jay Bazuzi briefly describes three techniques for refactoring and links to two others. 3 minutes to read.
  • Simon Tomes gives us a large collection of simple practices to make your exploratory testing more productive. 8 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Greg Satell reminds us that leading requires us to shift our mindset, as different jobs require different mindsets. 5 minutes to read.
  • Oliver Staley notes research that shows why even inoffensive jokes by the boss can have a corrosive effect on the workplace. 2 minutes to read.
  • Dan Cable tells us how humble leadership really works. 6 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Richard Macaskill explains why data mapping—finding personal data in all your records— is key to GDPR compliance. 6 minutes to read.
  • Roland Bullivant notes the difficulty of discovering all the personal data in ERP and CRM systems for GDPR compliance. SAP has around 90K tables—not something you want to investigate by inspection. 8 minutes to read.
  • Jeff Nyman posts a paper on testability as a “primary quality attribute” of software under development. Highly recommended for those managing development projects. 12 minutes to read.
  • Jason Arbon observes that the focus on automation and continuous integration has led to a lot of verification that the software still works, and little testing to see if it’s broken. 7 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Ananya Bhattacharya trots out the statistics: “The Trump administration’s hard stance on immigration is beginning to take a toll on the US economy.” 2 minutes to read.
  • Rebecca Knight reviews case studies that demonstrate ways to develop empathy for colleagues who annoy you. 8 minutes to read.
  • Mary Jo Asmus explains how taking up a hobby can help you develop the skills you need for your career. 3 minutes to read.

Enjoy!