New PM Articles for the Week of October 7 – 13

New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 7 – 13. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton gives us some tips for better project communication, which is 80% of project management. 11 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Steve Blank explains why most companies and government agencies engage in innovation theater, rather than actual innovation. 5 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell analyzes the rapid stock price collapse of WeWork, a real estate firm incorrectly and unreasonably valued like a software firm. 5 minutes to read.
  • Amber Lee Dennis summarizes Evan Terry’s presentation on current trends in enterprise analytics. 7 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Nehal Padia looks at global system rollouts, from who and why to implementation approaches and methods. And yet only 3 minutes to read!
  • Cornelius Fichtner talks with Susanne Madsen about the second edition of her book, The Power of Project Leadership. Video, 44 minutes, safe for work.
  • Mike Glen walks us through a manufacturing process example to illustrate how network analysis takes us from a list of tasks to an actionable work plan. 7 minutes to read.
  • Henny Portman recounts the origin of an article he wrote with Marisa Silva describing project “creatures” (such as the Pufferfish project). 2 minutes to read, plus 12 minutes for the article.
  • Glen Alleman defines capabilities-based project planning and explains why it’s so valuable. 6 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from liberating structures to Swedish-style agile leadership to pair coaching. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Gábor Zöld curates his monthly engineering management roundup for October 2019. 11 outbound links, 4 minutes to read.
  • Gil Zilberfeld concludes his short series (part 1 here) on why the technical debt metaphor isn’t useful as a metric. 4 minutes to read both parts.
  • Johanna Rothman points out possible sources of extra work in an iteration, and a few strategies for managing it. 4 minutes to read.
  • Jay Geethan makes the case for microservices, as an alternative to monolithic mountains of code. When you say it that way … 2 minutes to read.
  • Victoria Bezsmolna briefly describes seven great continuous integration tools for DevOps. 6 minutes to read.
  • Dave Prior interviews Scott Ambler on PMI’s acquisition of Disciplined Agile. Yes, this is a big deal. Podcast, 34 minutes, safe for work.

Applied Leadership

  • Nancy Settle-Murphy illustrates the need for shared principles between service provider and client and how to arrive at them. 6 minutes to read.
  • Matt Plummer presents a short guide to building our team’s critical thinking skills based on the Critical Thinking Roadmap. 5 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Gene Marks briefs us on the three attack vectors being used to defeat multi-factor authentication. 3 minutes to read.
  • Curtis Franklin explains four attacks on network infrastructure, using techniques known as “poisoning.” 6 minutes to read.
  • Neha Malhotra shares some effective ways to promote cybersecurity in your organization. 3 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Elizabeth Harrin shares ten tips for giving a presentation, from preparation to delivery. 8 minutes to read.
  • Sarah M. Hoban recommends that we write a personal mission statement, based on Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” 3 minutes to read; 5 minutes for the podcast, safe for work.
  • Nigel Warburton suggests that in order to make laziness work, we have to put some effort into it. 5 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of September 30 – October 6

New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 30 – October 6. And this week’s video: Harry Hall explains how to categorize risks for a more comprehensive view of the project risk profile. 8 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Nicolas Crouzet and Janice Eberly found that companies are investing less in “property, plant, and equipment” and more in intangible assets like software and intellectual property. 6 minutes to read.
  • Peter Williamson and Arnoud De Meyer explains how to (and why you should) monetize a business ecosystem. 4 minutes to read.
  • The World Economic Forum has published their Regional Risks for Doing Business 2019 report. 40 pages of data and analysis, well worth the read.

Managing Projects

  • Mike Clayton goes through the elements of the project planning process in a simplified sequence. Video, 12 minutes, safe for work.
  • Brenda Taylor explains the concept and value of component-based work breakdown structures. 8 minutes to read.
  • Thomas Redman and Roger Hoerl tell us how to identify and conduct analytics projects that don’t require a lot of data but deliver a lot of value. 5 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture pooh-poohs percent complete as a worthless metric; remaining effort, however, is actionable. Just 1 minute to read.
  • Tammy Graves makes the case for defining and aligning key roles from the start of large, complex projects. 4 minutes to read.
  • Dave Prior interviews Mike Anderson on the case for the role of the agile project manager. Podcast, 35 minutes, safe for work.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from discussion gridlock to coach assessments better product decisions. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagley delineates five types of meetings and then maps them to Scrum ceremonies. Each post about 2 minutes to read.
  • RJ Gazarek reports on what’s new and what’s changed in the newest iteration of the Scaled Agile Framework, SAFe 5.0. 7 minutes to read.
  • Mike Cohn and Brendan Wovchko collaborate to present three free (for a short time) Kanban training videos. 3 minutes to read, 15 minutes for the first video, 10 for the second.
  • Songtham Tung provides a few examples of refactoring to reduce technical debt. 3 minutes to read.
  • Piet Hadermann assesses the cost of waiting for feedback in software development. 5 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Leigh Espy gives us detailed coaching on keeping the inevitable team conflict productive and non-destructive. 7 minutes to read.
  • David Dye coaches us on what to do when our team resists changes. 3 minutes to read.
  • Anne Shaw shares an infographic on making a globally distributed team feel a “local” bond. 2 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Ericka Chickowski identifies five disruptive trends transforming cyber security, from Cloud sprawl to micro-services and API’s. 5 minutes to read.
  • Isaac Kohen catalogs twenty security risks. Most organizations face nearly all of them. 7 minutes to read.
  • Robert Muggah analyzes the threat to city governments and urban infrastructure posed by cyber attacks. More than 70% of all reported ransomware attacks in the US target state and local governments. 7 minutes to read.
  • Seth Godin points out the superstition and security theater behind most corporate password rules. 2 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Sharlyn Lauby shares an infographic showing the key components of both types of non-disclosure agreements. Vital for every contract negotiation! 4 minutes to read.
  • Radhika Chugh tutors us on Heat maps and how to use them in analyzing traffic to a website. Include a link to an ebook. 8 minutes to read.
  • Stav Ziv tutors us on the three most common resume formats and explains how to choose the right one. 8 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of September 23 – 29

New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 23 – 29. And this week’s video: Elizabeth Harrin identifies the best books about developing and applying team skills for project managers. 3 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Scott Anthony and his colleagues identified and studied the top 20 business transformations of the last decade. 7 minutes to read the article, but the study deserves more attention.
  • John Kotter and Gaurav Gupta examine the Big Fail at Kraft Heinz. Traditional methods of restructuring put the ability to innovate at risk. 5 minutes to read.
  • Ryan Dawson tells us why big IT unification projects so often fail. “Rationalizing” systems isn’t always rational. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Brook Appelbaum recommends six practices for lean portfolio management. 9 minutes to read.
  • Cornelius Fichtner explains the way that the PMI Talent Triangle adds structure to the requirements for Professional Development Units (PDU’s). Podcast, 19 minutes, safe for work.
  • Geoff Crane examines the ways that emotions influence project outcomes. 4 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy lists ten benefits of respectful, productive conflict. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton shares five tips for managing project financials. Video, 10 minutes, safe for work.
  • Lindsay Curtis tells us how to lead during a project crisis. 5 minutes to read.
  • Sarah M. Hoban identifies eight steps to take when taking over a project already in flight from another PM. Read the transcript in 4 minutes or listen to the recording in 6 minutes.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from identifying a feature factory to the importance of a Sprint goal to do whether the product owner role is still needed. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Max Saperstone recommends adoption of several activities and behaviors when moving toward continuous testing. 3 minutes to read.
  • Jeremy Morgan lists ten books on DevOps that should be on your bookshelf or Kindle. 4 minutes to read.
  • Yuval Yeret and colleagues have updated the Kanban Guide for Scrum Teams. Highly recommended. 2 minutes to read the article; the Guide is nine pages.
  • Dave Prior interviews JJ Sutherland on his new book, The Scrum Fieldbook. Podcast, 34 minutes, safe for work.
  • Mike Griffiths announces his new book, Agile Illustrated—already #1 on several Amazon lists and temporarily available at a low, low price!

Applied Leadership

  • Steve Keating reminds us that disagreements are perfectly normal. What matter is how we handle them. 3 minutes to read.
  • Richard Larson recalls what he learned about leading from sitting in Mr. Fernholz’s class when he was in the sixth grade. 4 minutes to read.
  • Lolly Daskal tells us what makes the introverted leader successful. 2 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • David Greene analyzes the EU Court’s decision that Google’s obligation to “forget” someone at their request does not extend beyond EU borders. 4 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely interviews Christopher Gerg on information security, ransomware, and the role of the CISO. 29 minutes, safe for work.
  • Asaf Fybish describes the primary security architectures in use today. Note that these are not mutually exclusive alternatives—they are often used in combinations. 10 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Brian Wallace gets us up to date on how to harness our professional network, using LinkedIn. 9 minutes to read.
  • Justin Brady explains job security, as seen by Gen Z. They’re not buying the same career crap that failed the last few generations. 4 minutes to read.
  • Deb Geyer tells us how to achieve the deliberate un-learning and re-learning need to succeed in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 4 minutes to read.

Enjoy!