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.
The World Economic Forum has published their Regional Risks for Doing Business 2019 report. 40 pages of data and analysis, well worth the read.
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.
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.
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.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 28 – February 3. And this week’s video: Adriana Girdler coaches us on facilitating a meeting. Focused on the first-timers but still worth a look even if you’ve been facilitating for years. 6 minutes, safe for work.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 19 – 25. And this week’s video: Apple CEO Time Cook explains where his ethical compass comes from and what it means to be an ethical leader. 3 minutes, safe for work.
Joshua Brustein reports that growth at the big tech companies is slowing, stock prices are down, and some think regulation is coming. Call it “Peak Tech.” 5 minutes to read.
Robert Reich, former US Secretary of Labor, argues that it’s time to start taking anti-trust actions against Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon. 4 minutes to read.
Greg Satell notes that automation doesn’t replace jobs; it changes how tasks are performed. A sustainable competitive edge still requires people. 5 minutes to read.
Harry Hall shares twelve tips to improve your delivery when speaking to a group. 3 minutes to read.
Andy Makar points out five things you can do to thank your team, even on a tiny budget. 5 minutes to read.
Tzvi Zucker argues that scheduling should be driven by people who will perform the work, not the tasks to be assigned. 8 minutes to read.
Glen Alleman describes the relationship between cost management and value management. 3 minutes to read.
Mike Clayton presents his updated list of the 52 best project management blogs. 15 minutes to read.
Dharam Singh reports that Dr. Ginger Levin, author, trainer, and long-time thought leader in the project management community, has passed away. 2 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from “agile trust” to healthy product debates to continuous alignment of product management. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
Kiron Bondale addresses a question from a learner: “Won’t the ideas from a retrospective use up some of the team’s capacity in the next sprint?” 2 minutes to read.
Cassandra Leung had to develop a test strategy from scratch, in a hurry. Here are the seven steps she followed. 4 minutes to read.
Kristin Jackvony shares her thoughts on how to prioritize what to test when there’s not enough time to test everything thoroughly. 6 minutes to read.
Pawel Brodzinski notes that self-organizing must be implemented throughout the hierarchy, not just at the lowest (team) level. 5 minutes to read.
Edwin Dando points out the need for increased accountability when increasing autonomy. 4 minutes to read.
Amir Ghahrai lists his choices for the top ten open source performance testing tools, with links. 2 minutes to read.
Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership articles, from leading an inexperienced team of junior developers to why analog still matters to finding strength in ambiguity. 5 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
Rich Mironov provides a list of thoughtful responses to the ultimatum, “I’ll quit unless …” 7 minutes to read.
Lila MacLellan notes that we can have more of an impact in asking than we can in telling. 4 minutes to read.
Research and Insights
Aisha Hassan summarizes key points from the World Talent Ranking 2018 report. The US and UK trail western Europe in attracting, developing, and retaining talent. 2 minutes to read.
Mark McGranaghan presents findings from the Ink & Switch research lab’s study of the sources of slow software response (which isn’t always about the software). 15 minutes to read.
Keith Foote identifies trends for Big Data in 2019. 6 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
Elise Stevens interviews Paul Pelletier on disrespect in the workplace, from gossip to bullying and harassment. Podcast, 39 minutes, safe for work.
Ananya Bhattacharya reports that tightening restrictions on H-1B visas are leading Indian IT firms with a presence in Canada and Mexico to bring in workers from those countries on TN visas. 2 minutes to read.
Adriana Girdler tells us how to be confident at work. Video, 5 minutes, safe for work.