A Good Stopping Point

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Dave GordonIn July of 2010, I published my first round-up of news, articles, blog posts, and other content of interest to project managers. I missed a couple of weeks over the last ten years, due to trans-Pacific travel and a relatively minor cerebrovascular event, but for the most part, I’ve kept up the weekly schedule. On March 29, 2020 I’ll publish the 500th weekly round-up. That seems like a good stopping point.

Without counting, I’ll estimate that I’ve linked to around 10,000 or so articles, podcasts, videos, blog posts, and so on. In a typical week, I read six for every one I link to, although it doesn’t seem like I read 60,000 articles. That’s a lot of content, and I offer a tip of the hat to all of the people who created it.

I finished my last consulting project at the end of January, 2018, and let my PMP expire by not renewing it in January, 2020. Maybe I should re-name the site The Retired IT Project Manager, but it quit being about me a long time ago. I’ll keep the site up, since there are also about 250 other posts on various topics that I wrote over the last ten years, as well as a couple of books and sample files still available for free download. Over the next few weeks, I’ll also upload new versions of  a few articles I wrote for other sites that are no longer available. If there’s sufficient interest, I’ll update and compile some of the stuff I’ve written over the last ten years that’s still relevant into one final book and make it available on Amazon, as I did with the data conversion book. “Selected Articles and Notes From a Curmudgeon” sounds like a good sub-title.

Speaking of books, I also want to finish writing the thriller I started working on a few years ago, about a road trip during a particularly scary flu epidemic. If it were already published, I might be enjoying better-than-expected sales. And another novel about the mystery of a jumbo jet that just … disappeared. The working title is, “The Sullenberger Maneuver.” And of course, I’ll spend more time turning perfectly good wood into sawdust, shavings, and chips in my garage workshop.

Thanks to everyone who ever hired or engaged me, managed me, taught me, worked with me, reported to me, listened to me, argued with me, read my stuff, commented, or thought about things that I brought up. Well, maybe not everyone. But almost everyone.

Peace be with you.

New PM Articles for the Week of March 9 – 15

New project management articles published on the web during the week of March 9 – 15. And this week’s video: Angela Ceberano talks about how she changed her view of the anxieties that used to paralyze her. “Be the warrior, not the worrier.” 11 minutes, mostly safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Romesh Vaitilingham summarizes the results of a World Economic Forum survey of economists around the world, on the potential for a recession. 6 minutes to read.
  • John Detrixhe interviews Nobel prize winning economist Robert Schiller, who says that this economic disruption is different from past economic crises. 4 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell examines the impact of automation since 1900 and suggests that work in the coming years will be based more on collaboration than on tasks. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Praveen Malik shares ten excellent getting-started tips for MS Project beginners. 5 minutes to read.
  • Chris walks through the keys steps in decommissioning the zombie servers in your data center. 5 minutes to read.
  • Stav Ziv shares her detailed Q and A crib sheet for preparing for that project manager job interview. 15 minutes to read.
  • Bruce Gordon describes the approach to develop the PMI Chicagoland project management mentoring program. 8 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin provides some guidance for an experienced project manager managing an international project for the first time. 5 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman references WalMart in a case study of capabilities elicitation and capabilities-based planning. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from decision making under pressure to emerging organizational silos to team right-sizing. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman concludes and summarizes her series on building team resilience. 3 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely talks about using Clean Language concepts to refine requirements and gets a visit from Susan Parente, who talks about virtual agile. Podcast, 20 minutes, safe for work.
  • Kristin Jackvony tutors us on API contract testing. Clear, with a very low nerd content. 4 minutes to read.
  • Bjorn van den Einden tutors us on product backlog refinement. 7 minutes to read.
  • George Guimarães shares the agile and engineering metrics he uses with his teams to achieve continuous improvement. 4 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic tells us how to spot an incompetent leader. Arrogance is the first symptom. 5 minutes to read.
  • The Insightful Leader at Kellogg School of Management interviews Nicola Bianchi on what kinds of management training are the most effective. Podcast, 12 minutes, safe for work.
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy and Jesse Bibbee share a checklist for reacting to the decision that your upcoming face-to-face workshop must be virtual. 7 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton explores the origins, implications, and application of servant leadership. Video, 14 minutes, safe for work.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Michael Kan reports that Google researchers have found a design flaw in the Avast antivirus. 2 minutes to read.
  • Sadie Williamson tells us how to be supportive of the people who fell into cybersecurity traps. 6 minutes to read.
  • Robert Howell explains why we shouldn’t be allowed to waive our right to keep our information private. 4 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Stephanie Vozza summarizes the top three co-worker behaviors that annoy us, based on a survey, and suggests ways to minimize the impact on our psyches. 5 minutes to read.
  • Jason Cohen suggests a few steps we can take to improve the experience on our video conference calls. 4 minutes to read.
  • Ashley Wilson points out a few things happening in the office that negatively impact productivity, and ways to deal with them.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of March 2 – 8

New project management articles published on the web during the week of March 2 – 8. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton introduces a new concept: aintegration, a measure of how well one copes with uncertainty and contradictions. Successful project managers must be able to deal with volatility, uncertainty, and ambiguity as a necessary part of the job, and developing that skill should be part of your professional development plan. 4 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Tom Linton and Bindiya Vakil consider what COVID-19 means for supply chain risk as a matter of business continuity. 6 minutes to read. And Philipp Carlsson-Szlezak opines on the potential for a global recession. 8 minutes to read.
  • Francesco Pecoraro identifies the three components of corporate strategy. 3 minutes to read.
  • Beck Bamberger collects insights from seven CEO’s on what it means to develop a transparent organization. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Mike Griffiths compares the WBS and product backlog, beginning with a brief history lesson. 5 minutes to read.
  • Payson Hall objects to the answer, “We have done all we can to mitigate the risk. We can’t think of anything more to do, so we closed it.” 2 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin looks back, twenty years after deciding to become a project manager, and sees a few things she didn’t realize at the time. 4 minutes to read.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Kim Wasson on social intelligence as a soft skill for project managers. Podcast, 28 minutes, safe for work.
  • Andy Jordan considers two of the statistics from the PMI Pulse of the Profession 2020 survey and sees a lack of corporate investment in project management professionals. 7 minutes to read.
  • The nice folks at Explority have identified the top 30 IT consulting firms in the world, in anticipation of your next solutions project. 10 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Chapel in the SkyStefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from rumors of the demise of Agile to the perils of being too data-driven to driving innovation. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Gábor Zöld curates his monthly engineering management resource roundup, from recruiting engineers to hiring remotely to cultural debt. 10 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman began a series on building team resilience. 3 minutes to read. Here are links to Part 2 (4 minutes) and Part 3 (5 minutes). Part 4 will be a summary.
  • Mike Cohn explains how to estimate story points with multiple teams by developing a common baseline. 5 minutes to read.
  • Doc Norton does the math on why we need to manage WIP. 3 minutes to read.
  • Stephen Younge does a deep dive into technical debt, from sources to productive ways to reduce the debt. 7 minutes to read.
  • Janna Loeffler answers our questions about integrating AI into our software testing routines. 6 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Kerry Goyette tells us how to work on our emotional intelligence. “American workplaces have five generations working side by side.” 4 minutes to read.
  • Raj Vardhman shares some tips for Gen X project leaders on how to better manage Millennials. 4 minutes to read.
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy coaches us on building consensus with eight actionable tips. 6 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas shares her Evil HR Lady insights into employee retention. “Replacing workers cost employers $617 billion in 2018, compared with $331 billion in 2010.” 2 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Curtis Franklin interviews James Stavridis, former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, on the current cybersecurity threat level. 10 minutes to read.
  • Naineesh Gaur and Chris Morris shock us with statistics and data, and then make the business case for cyber resiliency. 5 minutes to read.
  • Judhajeet Das examines current trends in how distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks are perpetrated and defended against. 5 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Lila MacLellan coaches us on how to politely decline a handshake in the Age of COVID-19. 3 minutes to read.
  • Arianne Cohen reports that caffeine won’t make you more creative, but it may help you solve problems. Time for another cuppa joe … 1 minute to read.

Enjoy!