New PM Articles for the Week of August 27 – September 2

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 27 – September 2. And this week’s video: Gitanjali Rao’s TEDx Chennai talk on her innovative low-cost solution to detecting lead in drinking water. The 12-year-old Colorado resident won the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge in 2017. 11 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Edd Gent reports that powered exoskeletons, like the power loader from Aliens, are finally becoming technically and commercially viable. 3 minutes to read. Related story on a backpack providing a pair of remotely controlled robot arms, 1 minute to read.
  • Anil Gupta and Ziyang Fan see downsides to the rush of governments to restrict the movement of data across borders. 5 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell recommends that, before your business moves to the cloud, you need to get clear on four things. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Natalie Steck, CEO of Viewpath, as part of her Women in Project Management series. 4 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy tells us when to turn down a project assignment, and how to do it gracefully. 5 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture sets some data normalization ground rules for managing “little data” in Excel. 2 minutes to read.
  • Elise Stevens interviews consultant and ProjectManagement.com blogger Andy Jordan on the nature of and need for portfolio management. Podcast, 14 minutes, safe for work.
  • Henny Portman proposes an extension of the P3M3 portfolio / program / project management model to incorporate agile frameworks. 6 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Martin Fowler’s Agile Australia keynote to the road to mediocrity to the Peter Principle. 7 outbound links, 2 minutes to read.
  • Gojko Adzic ruminates on why “sprint” should be “marathon” and segues into how to prioritize technical debt against business features. 12 minutes to read and worth every nanosecond.
  • Roland Flemm points out five “supporting elements” that are necessary to support the Scrum framework but are not roles, artifacts, or events. 3 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagley explores the nature of reciprocity and reciprocal agreements and then applies them to the Scrum team. 5 minutes to read both parts.
  • Maaret Pyhäjärvi goes into the deepest details in describing the strong style approach to pair programming. Not just for XP nerds! 14 minutes to read.
  • Matthew Heusser shows how he teaches acceptance test-driven development (ATTD) at his company. Interesting in several ways. 4 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership content, from productivity over efficiency to focusing on the outcome to firing the genius who doesn’t play well with others. 4 minutes to read.
  • Travis Birch lists ten organizational capabilities that should be developed to create a culture of leadership. 4 minutes to read.
  • Dominic Price finds insights in a frank admission by Bill Gates: his biggest business weakness is hiring and management issues and building up the team. 3 minutes to read.
  • Hamlet Batista reveals several techniques, such as Moneyball and Nerd Sniping, to make recruitment of technical folks more effective. 7 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Paramita Ghosh reports on developing trends in advanced analytics, including applications designed for the Internet of Things (IoT). 7 minutes to read.
  • Mike Smith highlights the trends in software testing that he’s seen develop over the last year. 6 minutes to read.
  • Veronica Hanks lists some of the most common root causes of internal security threats and breaches. 5 minutes to read.
  • Jon Oltsik reveals the results of a survey of information security professionals, listing the most important attributes of an integrated cybersecurity platform. 3 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Christiaan Verwijs explains how to use the What, So What, Now What structure to help a group create a shared understanding of their experience. 5 minutes to read.
  • Meg Adams recommends learning lists to capture all the terms, acronyms, frameworks, and technologies we encounter that we don’t know anything about. 3 minutes to read.
  • Sophie McAuley shares suggestions on building your own community as a remote worker. You didn’t really miss that water cooler, did you? 5 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!

New PM Articles for the Week of August 13 – 19

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 13 – 19. And this week’s video: Jennifer Bridges explains how to structure a project team. 5 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Greg Satell notes the pivotal role of the business ecosystem in business success and failure. Also note the impact of regional cultural differences. 5 minutes to read.
  • Aman Grover gives us a non-technical primer on 5G cellular network standards. This technology will enable a lot of other products, from autonomous cars to smart cities. 12 minutes to read.
  • Akshat Rathi reports on a significant improvement in lithium-ion battery capacity. The company is scaling up for a move from prototypes to production. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Elizabeth Harrin demonstrates three ways to make a Gantt chart, using Excel (with a free template), Powerpoint, and Vizzlo. 9 minutes to read.
  • Peter Milsom expounds on the value of appreciative inquiry and root cause analysis. 3 minutes to read.
  • Jim Lovell gets heretical: How to avoid holding a project status meeting (while still collecting actionable information). 5 minutes to read.
  • Andy Silber tells us how to write status reports that will actually be read. 3 minutes to read—let’s see if he’s right.
  • Laura Barnard continues her Impact PMO series with some thoughts on communicating with purpose. 7 minutes to read.
  • Michele Iurillo summarizes failure modes from a recent Gartner survey on why business intelligence projects don’t take off. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from agile data to silent estimating to why a good product backlog resembles an iceberg. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • John Barton maintains that development managers need to actively manage the code review process. 7 minutes to read.
  • Dave Prior interviews Johanna Rothman and Mark Kilby on communication tips for distributed teams, based on their recent team writing experience. Video, 19 minutes, safe for work.
  • Tom Cagley answers the FAQ: what do I do with incomplete stories when the sprint is over? 3 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale contemplates defect handling within a sprint, as a function of a Definition of Done. 2 minutes to read.
  • Angela Riggs describes the key responsibilities of the QA engineer as three hats. 8 minutes to read.
  • Will Fanguy points out a few common and preventable failures in preparing and resenting prototypes. 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Julia Milner and Trenton Milner found that most managers don’t know how to coach their direct reports. The good news is that they can learn. 5 minutes to read.
  • Dmitrii Susloparov lists tools, techniques, and processes for managing efficient virtual teams. 7 minutes to read.
  • Art Petty recommends reducing the threat level when proposing an organizational change. 5 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Ephrat Livni reports on research indicating that the perception of whether an event is lucky or unlucky can influence other outcomes—luck begets luck. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mantra Malhotra lists the ways in which artificial intelligence is transforming mobile technology in some not-always-obvious ways. 4 minutes to read.
  • The folks at Cossack Labs explain how to detect massive database breaches and leaks using poison records, honeypots, and other fake data elements. 7 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Mike Griffiths recaps some insights into employee motivation and purpose after reports that terminated Tesla workers still love Elon Musk and Tesla. 5 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas points out a gray area in recruiting: you can’t discriminate in hiring based on age, but Facebook allows employers to target age ranges for job seekers. 3 minutes to read.
  • Weihan Wang shares five observations from the point of view of a job applicant. Talent is scarce and even brief interactions with the hiring firm leave lasting impressions. 7 minutes to read.

Enjoy!