New PM Articles for the Week of December 9 – 15

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 9 – 15. And this week’s video: once again, we celebrate a traditional Texas family Christmas with the San Marcos Santa Claus, Robert Earl Keen. “I can’t remember how I’m kin to them …” Feliz Navidad, y’all! 4 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Greg Satell observes that moving fast is being superseded by moving in parallel. The new keywords are caution, exploration, and collaboration. 5 minutes to read.
  • Dambisa Moyo looks at de-globalization, the Splinternet, and the war for talent, and asks whether businesses are positioned to compete in the coming decade.
  • Brook Appelbaum notes the churn in the companies making up the Fortune 500 and proposes explanations for the rapid rise and fall of large enterprises. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Elizabeth Harrin listed links to 21 project management conferences and events coming up in 2020. Locations are in nearly every continent. Hopefully, someone will send her a link to a conference in South America. 8 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton explains how to run an effective stage gate review. Different organizations have different processes, but Mike covers the common elements. Video, 10 minutes, safe for work.
  • Tim Runcie previews the latest version of Microsoft Project, built from the ground up to work completely in the Cloud. 8 minutes to read.
  • Francesco Marcatto tells us when to use each of several types of timeline charts. 5 minutes to read.
  • Brad Egeland explains project integration management: combining the elements of a project plan into a unified whole. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from technical debt to measuring product / market fit to sociocracy. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Asim Suvedi explains his top three priorities as a software development manager. 3 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely continues his series on product requirements prioritization with a qualitative approach, the Kano model, and a quantitative approach, rank ordering by ROI. 4 minutes to read both.
  • Balazs Tornai explains why a backlog beats specifications. 5 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackvony lists a few potentially meaningful metrics for measuring software quality. 4 minutes to read.
  • Cory Foy shows how to use Wardley mapping to identify unique product attributes in support of April Dunford’s product positioning framework. Video, 5 minutes, safe for work.
  • Samantha Connelly talks about using mind maps and heuristics for planning mobile app testing. 2 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Jan Hagen and colleagues tell us about the training that aircraft crews receive in learning to deal with high-pressure situations. 8 minutes to read.
  • Karin Hurt and David Dye coach us on leading when our team is exhausted. 3 minutes to read.
  • Darren Manabney coaches us on being a persuasive speaker. “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” No, Oscar Wilde didn’t say it. 3 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Joan Goodchild tutors us on man-in-the-middle attacks: what they are how they work, and how to defend against them. 5 minutes to read.
  • Venkat Ramasamy outlines how a phishing attack can exploit an enterprise file synch and sharing system. In 1Q2019, Microsoft OneDrive had a 60% jump in malicious files. 4 minutes to read.
  • Gant Laborde notes five security challenges inherent to DevOps and the highly dependent nature of modern codebases. 5 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • If you liked Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking Fast and Slow, Pablo Alvarez recommends five more books on related topics. 3 minutes to read.
  • Michelle Knight describes several data management trends we should expect to track in 2020. 6 minutes to read.
  • Michelle Cheng recaps the fastest-growing jobs in the US, according to a study by LinkedIn. 4 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of November 25 – December 1

New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 25 – December 1. And this week’s video: Oklahoma’s King of the Chuck Wagons, Cowboy Kent Rollins, gives us a detailed tutorial on how to make my favorite drink: cowboy coffee! 15 minutes and worth every second, even if you never sit a horse in your life.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Greg Satell recounts the truth behind the myths of Netflix’s winding road to success, as described by co-founder Marc Randolph. 5 minutes to read.
  • Benedict Evans says that Amazon’s “revolutionary” retail strategy is simply using 21st century technology to implement 19th century ideas. 5 minutes to read.
  • Oguz Acar and colleagues share the results of their research into the positive effects of time and budget constraints on innovation. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Mike Clayton took his usual rigorous approach to round up the best YouTube project management channels. Well done, Mike! 12 minutes to read.
  • Brad Egeland launches a new weekly Email newsletter: This Week in Project Management. Just a minute or so to view the sample and subscribe.
  • Cesar Abeid interviews Cornelius Fichtner on the changes to the PMP exam coming in July 2020. This is a huge change! 43 minutes, safe for work.
  • The nice folks at Clarizen explain the difference between a milestone and a deliverable. 3 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman describes The Practitioner’s Handbook of Project Performance: Agile, Waterfall and Beyond, edited by Mark Phillips. Glen and colleagues contributed two chapters. 3 minutes to read.
  • Henny Portman reviews Portfolio Management – A practical guide from the APM Portfolio Management SIG, written by Steve Leary and five others. 2 minutes to read.
  • Jen Morrisey recommends the second edition of Susanne Madsen’s book, The Power of Project Leadership. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Taylorism to dynamic re-teaming to value propositions in niche markets. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Gábor Zöld curates his monthly readings for engineering management, from psychological safety to increasing velocity to remote team meetings. 10 outbound links, 2 minutes to read.
  • Aparna Gopalakrishnan digs into accessibility testing—what is it, why is it necessary, and how we should proceed. 4 minutes to read. And Topal analyzes the growing risk of ADA website accessibility lawsuits. 4 minutes to read.
  • Ron Jeffries asserts that there is a good reason for test-driven development: productivity. 2 minutes to read.
  • James Thomas solicited one-line definitions of quality, bug, and testing from attendees at the Cambridge Exploratory Workshop on Testing. 2 minutes to read.
  • Yaroslav tutors us on user interviews—from why and when to conduct them to how and what to do with the collected insights. 6 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Anna Balyuk curates her quarterly list of leadership articles. 7 outbound links, 7 minutes to read.
  • Christina Lovelock wants us to stop using the term soft skills to describe what are really the core skills of leadership. 2 minutes to read.
  • Cassandra Leung proposes an alternative to the venerable RACI chart: responsibilities circles. 6 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Amber Lee Dennis explores the dimension of data quality, from rules based internal data to active external data to reference data. 7 minutes to read.
  • Amrita Khalid reports that consumers are already accepting facial recognition as a positive feature in some products, despite the risks. 3 minutes to read.
  • Ericka Chickowski shares 20(!) cybersecurity tips for your remote workers, gleaned from a panel of experts. 7 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Researchers at the Chicago School of Business found that we actually learn more from our successes than our failures. Take that, conventional wisdom! 3 minutes to read.
  • Katica Roy notes the growing effect that alternative work arrangements, such as the gig economy, are having on the economy. 6 minutes to read.
  • Sharlyn Lauby reflects on the need for both STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and math) and MESH education (media literacy, ethics, sociology, and history). 3 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

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!