New PM Articles for the Week of October 28 – November 3

New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 28 – November 3. And this week’s video: Leila Gharani shows us how to SUM, AVERAGE, and COUNT values in a dataset using multiple conditions, without using filters. Excel is no substitute for a database, but the ability to perform a complex analysis on project data, such as Risk and Issue logs, transactions, and estimates without database access or SQL knowledge is invaluable. 14 minutes, safe for work.

This year, Halloween was princess-free. I asked one girl, about 4 years old, if she was a princess. “I’m an Evil Queen,” she replied. Strong female characters, indeed!

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Joe Nocera examines the growing anti-trust “awakening” being powered by criticisms of the Big Tech companies. 7 minutes to read.
  • Dan Kofp reports on research into which consumers benefit the most from ecommerce. Note that “benefit from” and “participate in” are not congruent. 3 minutes to read.
  • Bivás Biswas tutors us on Cloud computing, from the basics to business benefits to the current market and beyond. 10 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Mike Clayton maps out the many steps in the project planning process. Even if you’re an old hand, this will help you decide what elements to emphasize in your next project. 10 minutes to read.
  • Jared Spataro announces the rollout of the newest version of Microsoft Project, along with a new subscription plan. 4 minutes to read.
  • Francesco Marcatto tells us how to communicate project status to clients and stakeholders. 3 minutes to read.
  • Sarah M. Hoban describes a process for storyboarding a report. 3 minutes to read or 5 minutes for the podcast, safe for work.
  • The nice folks at Clarizen point out the benefits of keeping project stakeholders engaged. 2 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy catalogs the ten essential project management skills needed for project and career success. 6 minutes to read.
  • Ronald Smith recaps the history of project management, from ancient Egypt through the 20th century to modern software development practices. Great background for presentations. 7 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of agile content, from product-market fit to value-based agreements to the vision driving WeChat. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Gábor Zöld curates his monthly slate of engineering management content, from scaling developer teams to engineering podcasts to career development. 10 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • MostlyJason tells us why and how to use staging environments on the journey to production. 7 minutes to read.
  • Victoria Bezsmolna contrasts mobile app testing with web app testing. The differences are huge. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mike Cohn suggests job stories as a viable alternative to user stories. 7 minutes to read.
  • Michaela Greiler warns us: don’t teach during code reviews. 5 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Art Petty recommends a non-traditional way to help your team succeed—get out of their way. 2 minutes to read.
  • Aarron Walter shares insights from Julie Zhuo, who rose from intern to VP of Product Design at Facebook, on how to manage a team. 11 minutes to read.
  • In the spirit of Halloween, Suzanne Lucas describes ten monstrous management styles. 3 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Roland Yegorov scares the Hell out of us with cyber-crime statistics, links to studies and reports, and a video of a woman hijacking an Email account by making a phone call. 5 minutes to read, 3 for the video.
  • Patrick Howell O’Neill reports that WhatsApp is suing Israeli hacking firm NSO Group, accusing them of inserting surveillance malware on targeted user phones. 2 minutes to read.
  • Yash Rathi contrasts the two most influential data privacy laws: the EU’s GDPR and California’s CCPA. 4 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Stephanie Russell presents research that indicates remote work is more stressful than working at the office. 4 minutes to read.
  • Bill Gates shares the lesson he learned from visiting Kitty Hawk, where the Wright Brothers used a rudimentary wind tunnel to test their airplane models. 6 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell notes that artificial intelligence is forcing us to answer some very difficult questions about what behaviors must be considered human. 5 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

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!