New PM Articles for the Week of July 9 – 15

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 9 – 15. And this week’s video: Cy Swan, still working as a blacksmith and knifemaker at 81, celebrates Independence Day by blasting an anvil into the air, at a pair of hovering drones as they film the whole thing. Yeah … 3 minutes, safe for work, and no anvils were harmed in the making of this video.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Dave Gershgorn reports on the push by Microsoft for Congress to regulate how facial recognition technology is used, based on potential human rights risks. 2 minutes to read.
  • Richard Fall reports on the evidence of bias in the proprietary algorithms in COMPAS, a program used by judges that recommends criminal sentences. 3 minutes to read.
  • Dipayan Ghosh gives us the executive summary of California’s new data privacy law. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • John Goodpasture shares a response from one of his students to the change management question, how would you prepare an organization to take on Agile methods? 2 minutes to read.
  • Robert Wysocki describes a comprehensive model of project management called the Scope Triangle. 4 minutes to read, part 1 of 2.
  • Glen Jones explores the selection of KPIs for executive oversight. Here is part 2. 6 minutes to read both parts.
  • Kiron Bondale notes the perils of expressing resource availability as a percentage. 2 minutes to read.
  • Nat Schatz recommends additional due diligence for efficient consolidation of project resources and processes after a merger or acquisition. 12 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton explains the meaning of education contact hours and PDUs, as used in the PMI credentialing process. 8 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his list of Agile content, from changing corporate culture to product prioritization to whether Scrum is iterative or incremental. 7 outbound links, 2 minutes to read.
  • Chitra Manoj presents a case study that demonstrates the value of a gap analysis in a project to implement an off-the-shelf replacement for an existing financial system. 3 minutes to read.
  • Svetozar Krunic explains lead scoring, a user behavior metric valued by marketers. 4 minutes to read.
  • Justin Rohrman describes a definition of “done” for development completed by a small team with no real hand-offs. 6 minutes to read.
  • Claire Reckless gives her detailed answer to a simple question: What is software testing? You can’t manage what you don’t understand. 10 minutes to read.
  • Steven Sinofsky points out the bear traps in implementing API connections to other systems from your enterprise system. 12 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership articles, from making sure your goals have impact to not believing your own BS to the need for better governance. 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman posts two parts on objectives and key results (OKR) and how that translates to accountability, versus fostering responsibility and autonomy. 7 minutes to read both, here’s part 2.
  • Cesar Abeid interviews Jason Evanish on the importance of using 1 on 1 meetings in growing your team members. Podcast, 36 minutes, safe for work.

Research and Insights

  • Greg Satell reports on recent progress in the war against synthetic identities used to defraud financial institutions. 5 minutes to read.
  • Tom Merritt suggest five alternatives for making your web browsing more secure. Read or video, both 2 minutes.
  • Polina Aronson and Judith Duportail examine the starkly different empathic responses of two different AI conversational agents: one programmed in the US and one in Russia. 12 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Emily Esposito recaps the key points from Daniel Pink’s new book, When: The scientific secrets of perfect timing. 3 minutes to read.
  • Benjamin Spall distills lessons learned from talking to over 300 successful people about their morning routines. 4 minutes to read.
  • Michael Lopp shares his practices for managing his browser, phone, Email, and life. 5 minutes to read.
  • Alyse Kalish explains why everyone should have a professional headshot handy. 2 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of July 2 – 8

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 2 – 8. And this week’s video: Bill Gates discusses his pledge of $2 billion for investment in new alternative energy technologies. 3 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • John Detrixhe points out some of the reasons that European “Big Tech” companies are smaller than their US and Asian counterparts. 4 minutes to read or scan the high points.
  • Benjamin Gomes-Casseres examines the apparent death of the “GE model” in the aftermath of that company’s removal from the Dow Jones Industrial index. 4 minutes to read.
  • Peter Diamandis summarizes three ways that technology is making a huge difference in healthcare, from personalized medications to intelligent prevention. 6 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • John Goodpasture notes that schedule slack is your most powerful tool for managing risks and explains why. 2 minutes to read.
  • Rob England follows up on the 20 IT project management dysfunctions he gleefully listed on Twitter. “If only the strong survive your system it’s time you fixed your system.” 3 minutes to read.
  • Michael Wood identifies the challenges inherent in managing projects in a change-resistant culture. 7 minutes to read.
  • Brad Egeland warns us not to let the project become about the technology. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton explains the Belbin Team Profile, a widely used team assessment tools. Think of it as roles defined by behavior, useful for diagnosing team dysfunction. Video, 6 minutes, safe for work.
  • Joel Carboni posts another in his occasional series on the characteristics of a sustainable project manager; this time focusing on the PM as an agent of change. 2 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Bill Dow on the PMO life cycle, including the need to eventually close them down. 3 minutes to read, or watch the video, just over 3 minutes, safe for work.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from scaling Scrum to whether Agile is a cult to Agile organization design. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Chris Kenst makes the case for including testers in code reviews. 5 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale asks: when a team member leaves and knowledge transfer is required, does it matter whether the team is using Agile methods? 2 minutes to read.
  • Roman Pichler advocates a growth mindset to improve your product management skills. 6 minutes to read.
  • Jennifer Bonine interviews Gene Gotimer on a practitioner’s view of the pervasive role of QA in DevOps. Video, 12 minutes, safe for work.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership articles, from team goal-setting to why team-building exercises don’t work as well as team nurturing. 5 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Scott Cochrane says that the way to avoid decision-making disasters is to always know who “holds the key” to the decision. 2 minutes to read.
  • Melody Stone shares some insights into selecting meeting attendees and some behavioral “failure modes.” 4 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Lila McLellan reports on a new study that found open office layouts may make people less productive and change the way they communicate. 3 minutes to read.
  • Andrew Mauboussin and Michael Mauboussin share the results of their research into how people interpret imprecise terms like “likely” and possibly.” 7 minutes to read.
  • Scott Gerber recaps input from the Young Entrepreneur Council on the new technologies that appear ready for widespread use. 4 minutes to read.
  • Teppo Felin reconsiders the “gorilla on the basketball court” experiment: if humans are blind to what is obviously out of place, does that simply mean we are good are focusing our attention? And what does that imply about artificial intelligence? 18 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Suzanne Lucas reflects on the growing gap between biology and social mores in the age of #MeToo. The law isn’t keeping up, so corporate rules need to adapt. Quickly. 7 minutes to read.
  • Alicia Adamczyk notes that requesting help from people with whom we have “weak ties”—not friends or family—can be more effective precisely because they are not like us. 3 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy tells us how to build rapport with remote team members. 5 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of June 25 – July 1

New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 25 – July 1. And this week’s video: Harry Hall suggests four ways to engage project stakeholders. Just over a minute, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Roger Martin sees two core problems that drove GE’s sudden fall from DJIA stalwart to business school case study. And lots of firms have the same problems. 4 minutes to read.
  • Peter Rejcek reports on smart road technology. Imagine driving on a surface that resembles a touch-sensitive screen—now imagine the data you can collect and process. 5 minutes to read.
  • Simone Stolzoff reports that California passed the toughest data privacy bill in the US last Friday. And even Facebook supports it. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Geoff Crane on developing socials skills such as emotional intelligence, body language (including manspreading), and influencing. Video, 11 minutes, safe for work.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Kim Wasson on emotional intelligence tools for smoother projects. This interview was recorded last year, but it’s still relevant. Podcast, 30 minutes.
  • Harry Hall explains the foundational role of objective, verifiable facts in assessing and managing project risks. 4 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton tutors us on the basic goal of good customer service—keeping clients and stakeholders happy. 10 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman observes that managers believe multi-tasking works because management tasks, like decisions, lend themselves to sporadic attention. 2 minutes to read.
  • Katrina Clokie tells how she explored an alternative to a RACI chart in defining a completely new role: Test Coach. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his list of Agile content, from why Agile makes no sense to two (negative) takes on SAFe to why design thinking is failing. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Dave Prior interviews Bria Johnson and Blake Halvorson, both Millennial children of Agile coaches, on how they applied Agile methods in their schooling and work life. Podcast, 26 minutes, safe for work.
  • John Yorke explains why the effectiveness of the Product Owner role is the single biggest success factor for products in development. 10 minutes to read.
  • Daniel Bryant reports on the LinkedIn failure injection testing framework, used to support resilience engineering. 7 minutes to read, 9.2 on the nerd scale.
  • Rich Rogers provides his personal definition of quality in a software development context and then explores other possible definitions. 4 minutes to read.
  • Pete Houghton compares the resilience of software to that of an older technology—a 37-foot sailboat. 4 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership articles, from asking, “What do you think?” to measuring what matters to improving meetings. 5 outbound links, 4 minutes to read.
  • Scott Mautz lists five unspoken rules that lead to a toxic culture. 3 minutes to read.
  • Alex Novkov offers some practical tips on how to manage a Lean team. 3 minutes to read.
  • Dave Nicolette does a deep dive on the definition of a self-organizing team, from the first mention in the mid-80’s to today, to provide an actionable context. 10 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Ashley Lipman points out five game-changing trends in the way we manage projects. 3 minutes to read.
  • The folks at Farnam Street explain double-loop learning—a means of improving performance by incorporating what we learn from experience. 9 minutes to read.
  • Benjamin Atrz recaps research that found women ask for raises as often as men; they just get turned down more often. 5 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Michael Coren reports on the growth of “mid-tech”—those technical positions not requiring a degree. Includes a list of cities with lots of jobs. 2 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland tells us how to set up your workspace (and dress) for great video conferencing. Starbucks just isn’t acceptable. Podcast, 11 minutes.
  • Jennifer Bridges explains a few suggestions on how to manage introverts in the office. Video, 3 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!