New PM Articles for the Week of January 6 – 12

New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 6 – 12. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton shares several witty quotes on nature of projects and the challenges of managing them. Irony, insight, and a couple of laugh-out-loud moments. 6 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Rich Mironov wants to promote industry discussions about a product code of ethics, to prevent unintended consequences and product misuse. 7 minutes to read.
  • Sharlyn Lauby suggests a half-dozen ways to improve your business acumen. Strategies that work for an HR manager also work for a project manager. 3 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell on Amazon’s new quantum computing service: “In an ecosystem driven world, power doesn’t lie at the top of value chains, but at the center of networks.” 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • PMI will make the exposure draft of the seventh edition of the PMBOK available for public comment and review on January 15. Just a minute to read.
  • Cornelius Fichtner talks with Rich Maltzman and Jim Stewart about their new book, How to Facilitate Productive Project Planning Meetings. Podcast, 37 minutes, safe for work.
  • Praveen Malik demonstrates five ways to customize the Gantt chart view in MS Project, a great tool for communicating the schedule. 4 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture describes the role of the system integrator in really big projects and programs. 2 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale reflects on how we might handle unresponsive key project stakeholders. 2 minutes to read.
  • Doc Norton expounds on Goodhart’s Law and why guidelines are better than targets. 2 minutes to read.
  • Esther Derby distinguishes between training and education, and why they are better together. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of agile content, from the Descaling Manifesto (not about coffee makers) to team rule-breaking to Scrum Masters on a CEO path. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Gábor Zöld curates his monthly engineering management resource roundup, from scaling a distributed team (also not about coffee makers) to managing managers to deliberate appreciation. 10 outbound links, 4 minutes to read.
  • Simran Pandey explains how a proof of concept can be used to test an assumption or product idea. 5 minutes to read.
  • Gilad David Maayan describes five metrics that should be useful for teams using agile methods. 4 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely begins a series on the issues we commonly encounter when developing a value stream map. About 3 minutes to read. Part 2 is also about 3 minutes.

Applied Leadership

  • Happy IPM DayRuchika Tulshyan gives us permission to ask people how to pronounce their name correctly. Roo-CHEEK-Ah. 7 minutes to read.
  • Gina Abudi asks, have you considered the impact of the change you are leading on you? 2 minutes to read.
  • Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist at the Wharton School, shares his recommended reading list for leaders. 5 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Michael Grothaus reports that both Mozilla and the US Department of Homeland Security want you to update your Firefox browser. Like, right now. 1 minute to read.
  • Dorit Dor asserts five trends will be prevalent in cybersecurity in 2020. 4 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Dana Kozubska reports on several trends related to the Internet of Things that should influence business decisions in 2020. 5 minutes to read.
  • Roland Flemm begins a series on systems thinking with an examination of wicked problems. If you are going to intervene, choose wisely. 7 minutes to read.
  • Anne Quito and Dan Kopf illustrate the dispute between designers and statisticians on what makes a good information graphic. 8 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of November 25 – December 1

New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 25 – December 1. And this week’s video: Oklahoma’s King of the Chuck Wagons, Cowboy Kent Rollins, gives us a detailed tutorial on how to make my favorite drink: cowboy coffee! 15 minutes and worth every second, even if you never sit a horse in your life.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Greg Satell recounts the truth behind the myths of Netflix’s winding road to success, as described by co-founder Marc Randolph. 5 minutes to read.
  • Benedict Evans says that Amazon’s “revolutionary” retail strategy is simply using 21st century technology to implement 19th century ideas. 5 minutes to read.
  • Oguz Acar and colleagues share the results of their research into the positive effects of time and budget constraints on innovation. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Mike Clayton took his usual rigorous approach to round up the best YouTube project management channels. Well done, Mike! 12 minutes to read.
  • Brad Egeland launches a new weekly Email newsletter: This Week in Project Management. Just a minute or so to view the sample and subscribe.
  • Cesar Abeid interviews Cornelius Fichtner on the changes to the PMP exam coming in July 2020. This is a huge change! 43 minutes, safe for work.
  • The nice folks at Clarizen explain the difference between a milestone and a deliverable. 3 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman describes The Practitioner’s Handbook of Project Performance: Agile, Waterfall and Beyond, edited by Mark Phillips. Glen and colleagues contributed two chapters. 3 minutes to read.
  • Henny Portman reviews Portfolio Management – A practical guide from the APM Portfolio Management SIG, written by Steve Leary and five others. 2 minutes to read.
  • Jen Morrisey recommends the second edition of Susanne Madsen’s book, The Power of Project Leadership. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Taylorism to dynamic re-teaming to value propositions in niche markets. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Gábor Zöld curates his monthly readings for engineering management, from psychological safety to increasing velocity to remote team meetings. 10 outbound links, 2 minutes to read.
  • Aparna Gopalakrishnan digs into accessibility testing—what is it, why is it necessary, and how we should proceed. 4 minutes to read. And Topal analyzes the growing risk of ADA website accessibility lawsuits. 4 minutes to read.
  • Ron Jeffries asserts that there is a good reason for test-driven development: productivity. 2 minutes to read.
  • James Thomas solicited one-line definitions of quality, bug, and testing from attendees at the Cambridge Exploratory Workshop on Testing. 2 minutes to read.
  • Yaroslav tutors us on user interviews—from why and when to conduct them to how and what to do with the collected insights. 6 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Anna Balyuk curates her quarterly list of leadership articles. 7 outbound links, 7 minutes to read.
  • Christina Lovelock wants us to stop using the term soft skills to describe what are really the core skills of leadership. 2 minutes to read.
  • Cassandra Leung proposes an alternative to the venerable RACI chart: responsibilities circles. 6 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Amber Lee Dennis explores the dimension of data quality, from rules based internal data to active external data to reference data. 7 minutes to read.
  • Amrita Khalid reports that consumers are already accepting facial recognition as a positive feature in some products, despite the risks. 3 minutes to read.
  • Ericka Chickowski shares 20(!) cybersecurity tips for your remote workers, gleaned from a panel of experts. 7 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Researchers at the Chicago School of Business found that we actually learn more from our successes than our failures. Take that, conventional wisdom! 3 minutes to read.
  • Katica Roy notes the growing effect that alternative work arrangements, such as the gig economy, are having on the economy. 6 minutes to read.
  • Sharlyn Lauby reflects on the need for both STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and math) and MESH education (media literacy, ethics, sociology, and history). 3 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of November 18 – 24

New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 18 – 24. And this week’s video: a short video explaining the notion of thinking fast and slow, as described by Daniel Kahneman in his book of the same name. Highly recommended, if you haven’t read it. 5 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Greg Satell warns against relying on surveys and statistics to develop business strategy. “Assume that [your strategy] is wrong in at least some aspects.” 5 minutes to read.
  • Alexandra Ossola notes the various biases and intellectual limitations that make humans so bad at predicting the future and then briefly suggests ways around them. 5 minutes to read.
  • Eddie Yoon and colleagues explain the difference between a First Mover and a Category Creator. It’s all about flywheels. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Elizabeth Harrin arms us with a meeting agenda template, ten tips, and two infographics to help prepare for that next project meeting. 6 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton talks us into pursuing certification of our project management skills and experience and gives us some tips on how to proceed. Video, 10 minutes, safe for work.
  • Hannah Cohen gives us an advanced tutorial on creating a project timeline. 8 minutes to read.
  • Geert-Hinke Addink describes the pre-mortem and the role it can play in identifying many of the risks in a proposal or new initiative. 2 minutes to read.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy compares the project manager career path with the Scrum master career path. 10 minutes to read, plus two short videos, 9 and 7 minutes, safe for work.
  • Jaclyn Westlake shows how to write a great project manager resume, including an example. 8 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from tough conversations and conflict to “stances” of the product owner role to the benefits of transparency. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Johannes Geske explains whether you should attend the Professional Scrum Foundations course or the Professional Scrum Master course.
  • Angie Jones analyzed which programming languages are most commonly used for UI test automation. 3 minutes to read.
  • John Yorke shares his slide deck from the Agile Product Ownership meetup for a discussion of the discovery phase of a product. 13 slides, including intro and outro.
  • Vadim lists ten things to keep in mind when developing and maintaining a product road map. 6 minutes to read.
  • Salomé Mortazavi describes outcome-based product roadmaps, driven by a vision and a strategy for achieving it. 5 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Quint Studer suggests a number of specific actions to take that will make it OK for your team to speak the truth to power and take risks of honesty. 7 minutes to read.
  • Art Petty extols the combination of emotional intelligence and situational awareness and offers some thoughts on strengthening your SA skills. 4 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman notes that a major component of culture is what behaviors we choose to reward and punish. 3 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Richard LeCount gives us the whys and wherefores of an internal cyber security audit. 9minutes to read.
  • Adrien Ogée and Parker Crockford update us on the growing trend of using authentication alternatives to passwords. 4 minutes to read.
  • Alex Humphrey encourages embedding better security practices throughout the DevOps cycle. 4 minutes to read.
  • Brian Wallace shows the history of spam and phishing via timeline. This goes back further than you think. 7 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Leigh Espy describes several activities that will boost your creative thinking skills. 11 minutes to read.
  • Deepak Vohra reminds us that raw data must be rationalized before it can be analyzed. 3 minutes to read.
  • Rob Marvin points out some of the tech innovations of the closing decade that were so successful, we can’t remember life before them. 13 minutes to read.

Enjoy!