New PM Articles for the Week of July 22 – 28

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 22 – 28. And this week’s video: Suzy Welch rails against four business buzzwords that are no substitute for honest communication. 2 minutes, safe for work. And more on this from Teena Maddox, below.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Dirk Deichmann, Violetta Rodopoulou, and Inga Hoever report on their research into selecting crowd-sourced ideas for corporate investment. 6 minutes to read.
  • Teena Maddox rounds up the 50 most overused business clichés. I’ll keep using actionable, but the rest need to be retired from our presentation vocabulary. 5 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell explores the nature of negative reactions to innovation and why we should learn to embrace that opposition and learn from it. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Elizabeth Harrin tutors us on how to create a project budget, including several types of costs that you will need to account for. 7 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton does a deep dive into constraints, interdependency, external dependency, and task dependency. 11 minutes to read, plus six videos totaling about 29 minutes, all safe for work.
  • Harry Hall reviews the available strategies for handling overall project risk. The considerations are different from selecting strategies for individual risks and opportunities. Video, 4 minutes, safe for work.
  • Seth Godin reminds us of the balance between resilience and reliability. Not all failures are created equally. 1 minute to read.
  • Andy Silber critiques the risk management skills exhibited by Captain James T. Kirk and finds him woefully lacking. 4 minutes to read.
  • Máté Wohlmuth, who runs a software development agency, compares fixed price versus time and labor contracts, along with other outsourcing success factors. 5 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture lists a few good practices for managing our little data in Excel. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from mental models and cognitive biases to a Scrum Fail case study to suitable metrics for an innovation program. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman explains how to manage projects and products portfolio in a shared services Here’s part two; each about 3 minutes to read.
  • Paul Grizzafi and Mas Kono describe a method of assigning “points” to test cases, to answer questions about, “Can we release yet?” 12 minutes to read.
  • Uncle Bob Martin recounts an anecdote from a barbecue joint that shows how software can frustrate a user who just wants to do his job. 3 minutes to read.
  • Bob Marshall offers his thoughtful analysis of the #NoSoftware hashtag, which is more about challenging assumptions than eliminating code. 5 minutes to read.
  • Alan Richardson continues Bob’s line of reasoning: maybe you don’t need a tool to solve your communication problems. 6 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Michael Lopp explains real-time wisdom, which he refers to as Spidey-sense. “Something is up, and I don’t know what.” Some might say to trust your gut. 5 minutes to read.
  • Art Petty lists six skills we should develop for career success. For project managers, gray-zone leadership is make-or-break. 3 minutes to read.
  • Christiaan Verwijs examines the elephants in the room—those invisible conflicts within the team—and identifies ways to make them visible. 6 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • David Balaban makes the case for not paying the pirates when attacked by ransomware. 5 minutes to read.
  • S. Deller and Robert Gaunt look at emerging developments in brain-machine interfaces. This will soon be a common thing, like eyeglasses and hearing aids. 5 minutes to read.
  • Oksana Sokolovsky and Rojit Mahajan examine the impact of GDPR after one year and tell us what to expect as more countries pass privacy legislation. 3 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Stephanie Neal reviews the data and finds that Gen X is becoming a flight risk. Over-worked, under-rewarded, and fewer promotions are having an impact. 5 minutes to read.
  • Trace Cohen explains how he got into an Executive MBA program and why that has turned out to be right for his tech / startup career. 5 minutes to read.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Crystal Richards on how political skills can help a project manager succeed. Podcast, 19 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of July 8 – 14

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 8 – 14. And this week’s video: Michael and Amy Port demonstrate techniques used by actors that we can use in everyday life, from job interviews to deal-closing pitches to eulogies. Not your typical TED talk—this is a performance, not a lecture. 19 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Venkatesh Shankar notes the 25th anniversary of the founding of Amazon with a retrospective on how that little online bookstore has changed the world. 4 minutes to read.
  • Allison Schrager shares insights from Bruce Carnegie-Brown, chairman of legendary insurer Lloyd’s of London, on measuring the immeasurable. 4 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell analyzes Intel’s business strategy for surviving the theoretical limits that will shortly repeal Moore’s Law: heterogeneous computing. 6 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Mike Clayton gives a thoroughly detailed analysis of the upcoming changes to the PMP exam. 10 minutes to read.
  • Praveen Malik illustrates why the quality of our estimates is closely related to the quality of our assumptions. 6 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin collated ten on-line resources that offer free project management templates. 7 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy alerts us to the sales and marketing aspects of our project management responsibilities. Call it “pulling stakeholders.” 6 minutes to read.
  • Harry Hall shows us the power of stating risks as “If [event] then [consequences].” 2 minutes to read.
  • Francesco Marcatto sorts though approaches for getting a constant flow of information in order to report on progress and keep our project plan up to date. 6 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from fixed agile to assessing a Scrum Mater’s qualifications to product backlog refinement techniques. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Henny Portman recaps the second edition of Agile NXT, “a new magazine full of information and inspiration for professionals on the emerging Agile journey.” 4 minutes to read.
  • Edzo Botjes look beyond classic Agile to Resilient and beyond, as volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity, and velocity of change continue to increase. 7 minutes to read.
  • Esther Derby shares a few rules of thumb for agile coaches. 3 minutes to read.
  • Renato explains his recommendations for ensuring frontend security in serverless apps. Yes, it’s a 9.3 on the nerd scale, but very actionable. 4 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman describes a minimalist project kickoff for agile teams that have already learned how to work together on prior projects. 3 minutes to read.
  • Chris Kenst reminds us that a manual solution doesn’t have to be automated. Just a minute to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Geoff Crane is offering the Psychology of Project Leadership Masterclass, based on emotional, motivational, and social competencies with pre- and post-testing. 3 minutes to read. You’ll get 50% off for the first module if you sign up by July 31, 2019. Use the coupon code itpm-friend
  • Pavel Naydenov interviews executive coach Marisa Keegan about motivation, leadership, and emotions in the workplace. 9 minutes to read.
  • Sharlyn Lauby reflects a study that found candidates would turn down a job with more pay at a company with a history of unethical behavior. The news about your company is a part of your employment brand. 2 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Hanna Kozlowska describes provisions in a US Senate bill that would force social media companies to disclose what data the collect from consumers and how they benefit from it. How much is your data worth? 7 minutes to read.
  • Catalin Cimpanu reports on a data breach in Japan—a poorly designed password reset function led to the exploitation of 900 7-Eleven customer accounts. 2 minutes to read.
  • Ian Stewart gives us a history lesson on the use of statistics to predict the behavior of large groups of people from his book, Do Dice Play God? The mathematics of uncertainty. 13 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Adam Rasmi shows the statistics: it pays to be an expatriate worker, at least in some countries. 3 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Wellington gets advice on living and working abroad from Anna Bertoldi, who has five countries in her work history. 5 minutes to read.
  • Adriana Girdler explains how to be assertive and respectful at work, rather than aggressive and rude. Video, 6 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of July 1 – 7

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 1 – 7. And this week’s video: every year, Cy Swan and Scott Wadsworth celebrate Independence Day in the traditional Oregon pioneer way by packing black powder between two anvils and launching one of them into the air near their homes in Medford. Cy is in his 80’s, still working every day as a blacksmith, and if he ever wrote his autobiography, it would have to be published in three volumes. 2 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Sarah Todd examines the departure of Apple design chief Jony Ive to show why it can be dangerous to allow burned out star employees to stay in their role. 5 minutes to read.
  • CISOMag shares statistics showing that phishing and ransomware are the most reported types of cyber-attacks, but GDPR-ready firms have suffered fewer data breaches. 2 minutes to read.
  • Matt Hilbert looks at the growing influence of the GDPR in other countries and suggests an approach for ensuring compliance with developing legislation. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Harry Hall explains SWOT analysis: what it is, how to engage stakeholders, and how to conduct one. Or watch his video; 3 minutes to read or watch.
  • Cornelius Fichtner shares a free ebook, Managing Smaller and Medium-Sized Projects, by Dr. Jim Young. Download link in the PDU Tip box. Podcast, 10 minutes, safe for work.
  • Mike Clayton explains what external dependencies are and how they can impact your project. Video, 4 minutes, safe for work.
  • Robin Nicklas demonstrates resource leveling using MS Project and resource smoothing using MS Excel. Different techniques with different objectives. 7 minutes to read.
  • Linky Van Der Merwe continues her series with how to transition into the agile project management role. 4 minutes to read.
  • Henny Portman reviews Flawless Consulting: A guide to getting your expertise used, by Peter Block. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from fixing Scrum with working agreements to the rhythm of Design Thinking to mob programming patterns. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Ron Jeffries looks at applying Agile methods to contracts with a fixed-scope, fixed-delivery, and fixed-price. 11 minutes to read.
  • Erik Rutkens and Jasper De Vries present a comprehensive analysis of current and developing trends in application security testing. 9 minutes to read.
  • Gábor Zöld gives us a comprehensive guide to technical debt, from what and why to preventing and managing, with case studies. 11 minutes to read.
  • Rahul Jain shares 35 statistics you need to know to plan for cross-browser testing. 2 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackovny follows last week’s article on testing databases with a look at query methods for relational and non-relational 3 minutes each.
  • Amyra Sheldon identified the nine most popular cross-platform tools for mobile application development. 8 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Dan Rockwell: “Stupid teams consist of smart people who engage in stupid behaviors.” But smart teams engage in a few specific, smart practices. 2 minutes to read.
  • Art Petty notes that too much feedback can be destructive. Good leaders are alert to causes of stress. 6 minutes to read.
  • Thomas Oppong explains how learned helplessness makes it difficult to change our circumstances. 5 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Robert Roy Britt recaps recent research into how the brain makes short-term and long-term memories. 7 minutes to read.
  • Johnny Wood briefly describes the top ten emerging technologies expected to significantly impact society and the global economy. 4 minutes to read.
  • Hemant Kakkar reports on his research into dominance and prestige, showing why some leaders are more likely to be punished for their mistakes. 6 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Kat Boogaard shares actionable advice and information on business travel from two Road Warriors. 9 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas answers the question: can you switch a full-time worker into a contractor? 3 minutes to read.
  • Stav Ziv coaches us on talking about our strengths and weaknesses in a job interview. 8 minutes to read.

Enjoy!