New PM Articles for the Week of October 8 – 14

New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 8 – 14. And this week’s video: Celeste Headlee’s TEDx talk on how to have a good conversation, even with people you profoundly disagree with. 12 minutes, safe for work, and a tip of the hat to Alison Mai at Steelray for the link.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Vanessa Bates Ramirez reports on a new robot-staffed warehouse in Tel Aviv that fills orders in under 5 minutes and fits in 6,000 square feet of floor space. 2 minutes to read.
  • Rebecca Addison notes the growing use of Cobots—robots design to collaborate on tasks with humans, rather than work independently. Like Amazon’s warehouse robots. 4 minutes to read.
  • Shahab Arif updates us on how automotive manufacturers are speeding up the production line with automation, assisted by humans. 7 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Leigh Espy tutors us on the Critical to Quality tree, a requirements elicitation tool to help you get your customer from general to specific success criteria. 4 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton explains the value of a quantitative business case as a decision-making tool. Video, 5 minutes, safe for work.
  • Tony Adams reminds us to keep the stakeholders engaged during a long, long project. 3 minutes to read.
  • Toby Elwin tells us why we shouldn’t let a skeptic drive business change. 3 minutes to read.
  • Michael Wharton shows how to estimate annual budgets for your department projects using Project Online of Project Server. 4 minutes to read.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews PMO consultant Hussain Bandukwala on setting up a fully functioning PMO in 100 days. Podcast, 44 minutes, safe for work.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from what constitutes a team to coaching to mindsets. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • John Yorke begins sharing his assignment to “create, build, and run a virtual office comprising of cross-functional teams that create software”—sustainably and profitably. 4 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman concludes her series on creating a product-based development organization. Part 5 and 6 are here; each has links to the earlier posts. Total for the series about 25 minutes to read.
  • The Clever PM addresses prioritization of product feature development from three perspectives: value, difficulty, and instinct. 4 minutes to read.
  • Nishi Grover Garg explains how to optimize your hardening sprint to produce the best possible quality before release. 5 minutes to read.
  • Amir Ghahrai insists that the problem with modern QA is the retreat from manually exercising the software. You can’t automate unless you identify the scenarios. 9 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Grand CanyonAlexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership articles, from OKR’s to AQ to making a dent in the universe. 5 outbound links, 3 minutes to read
  • Melissa Boggs reminds us that exhaustion is not a status symbol. Well-managed teams work at a sustainable pace. 3 minutes to read.
  • William Malsam coaches us on delivering constructive criticism—expressing a valid and well-reasoned opinion. 5 minutes to read.
  • Dan Rockwell notes the dangers of being over-helpful—in other words, doing someone’s job for them. 2 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Gabrielle Coppola reports on a new line of R&D for autonomous cars: helping AI predict what human pedestrians are about to do—what human drivers do intuitively. 4 minutes to read.
  • Mary Haskett help us understand face recognition—biometric identification of a live face image, validated against a stored (enrolled) image of that person. 5 minutes to read.
  • Adam Shostack reviews a GAO report on the Equifax breach and shares his own follow-up questions. 2 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Heather Landy curated a list of the top ten Quartz at Work stories about life at the office, from awkward eye contact to dorky motivational posters to cushy office perks as a form of oppression. 5 minutes to read.
  • Rebecca Knight explains how to stay focused in a noisy open office, from setting group expectations to noise-canceling headphones. 8 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland reports on five new tools for remote work and collaboration at a distance. Podcast, 8 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of September 17 – 23

New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 17 – 23. And this week’s video: an animation featuring the late Studs Terkel, as he ruminates on the comforting sound of the human voice, in a story about the machine-generated voice of the tram at the Atlanta airport. 3 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Dave Gershgorn reports that some US Senators are asking whether AI algorithms could violate civil rights laws by perpetuating biases. 2 minutes to read.
  • Stephen Blyth notes that big data and machine learning won’t prevent the next financial crisis. The principal driver is irreducible uncertainty. 4 minutes to read.
  • Kasia Wezowski notes that while body language varies significantly across cultures, microexpressions are remarkably consistent. Just a minute to read but study the photos.

Managing Projects

  • Glen Alleman does a deep dive into Monte Carlo simulation and includes a truly massive list of references. 11 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture contrasts Monte Carlo simulations with PERT. 6 minutes to read.
  • Jory MacKay tutors us on stakeholders and how to identify and engage them. 11 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin speaks out on allocating resources to tasks: “Availability is not a skill set!” 4 minutes to read.
  • Nenad Trajkovski addresses the question: do we need to assign a resource to a milestone task? If so, under what conditions? 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman philosophizes on the differences between project work and product work. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his list of Agile content, from whiteboarding skills to Monte Carlo forecasting to a new survey. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton presents a complete guide to the bewildering list of credentials available to Agile practitioners. 12 minutes to read.
  • Chee-Hong Hsia explains why architecture will emerge and evolve, even though you should take the time to start with a good design. 3 minutes to read.
  • Andy Makar describes three real-world Agile team challenges and recommends ways to deal with them. 5 minutes to read.
  • David Bernstein shares some pointers on pair and mob programming. Great minds don’t always think alike; sometimes they fill in each other’s gaps. 3 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackvony describes the critical elements to consider in localization testing. 4 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his list of leadership articles, from failing at your goals to protecting from human errors to choosing which advice to follow. 5 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Art Petty describes a presentation to senior managers that could have gone badly but benefitted from a calm response to strong objections. 6 minutes to read.
  • Pawel Brodzinski extols the virtues of flat organizations and distributed decision-making in the context of autonomy. 5 minutes to read.
  • Kerry Wills notes that there is a formula for transparency. Just a minute to read.

Research and Insights

  • Thomas Hornigold reports on MIT research: robotic arms that taught themselves to pick up objects the way people do. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mark Wilson cites research into career peaks—it seems that you can do your best work at any time in your professional career, and “hot streaks” are a real thing. 3 minutes to read.
  • Tom Van De Ven and Steven Van Dalen explain the impact of dedicated chips like the Bionic A12 in the new iPhone which are only engaged for specific tasks. Video, 6 minutes, safe for work.

Working and the Workplace

  • Dominic Price shares some vital signs that can help you determine whether your office culture is healthy. 3 minutes to read.
  • Maura Thomas examines the impact of Email on company culture. Some ground rules are needed! 5 minutes to read.
  • Geoffrey Morrison shares some advice on simple things to pack along on any business trip. 4 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of August 27 – September 2

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 27 – September 2. And this week’s video: Gitanjali Rao’s TEDx Chennai talk on her innovative low-cost solution to detecting lead in drinking water. The 12-year-old Colorado resident won the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge in 2017. 11 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Edd Gent reports that powered exoskeletons, like the power loader from Aliens, are finally becoming technically and commercially viable. 3 minutes to read. Related story on a backpack providing a pair of remotely controlled robot arms, 1 minute to read.
  • Anil Gupta and Ziyang Fan see downsides to the rush of governments to restrict the movement of data across borders. 5 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell recommends that, before your business moves to the cloud, you need to get clear on four things. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Natalie Steck, CEO of Viewpath, as part of her Women in Project Management series. 4 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy tells us when to turn down a project assignment, and how to do it gracefully. 5 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture sets some data normalization ground rules for managing “little data” in Excel. 2 minutes to read.
  • Elise Stevens interviews consultant and ProjectManagement.com blogger Andy Jordan on the nature of and need for portfolio management. Podcast, 14 minutes, safe for work.
  • Henny Portman proposes an extension of the P3M3 portfolio / program / project management model to incorporate agile frameworks. 6 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Martin Fowler’s Agile Australia keynote to the road to mediocrity to the Peter Principle. 7 outbound links, 2 minutes to read.
  • Gojko Adzic ruminates on why “sprint” should be “marathon” and segues into how to prioritize technical debt against business features. 12 minutes to read and worth every nanosecond.
  • Roland Flemm points out five “supporting elements” that are necessary to support the Scrum framework but are not roles, artifacts, or events. 3 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagley explores the nature of reciprocity and reciprocal agreements and then applies them to the Scrum team. 5 minutes to read both parts.
  • Maaret Pyhäjärvi goes into the deepest details in describing the strong style approach to pair programming. Not just for XP nerds! 14 minutes to read.
  • Matthew Heusser shows how he teaches acceptance test-driven development (ATTD) at his company. Interesting in several ways. 4 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership content, from productivity over efficiency to focusing on the outcome to firing the genius who doesn’t play well with others. 4 minutes to read.
  • Travis Birch lists ten organizational capabilities that should be developed to create a culture of leadership. 4 minutes to read.
  • Dominic Price finds insights in a frank admission by Bill Gates: his biggest business weakness is hiring and management issues and building up the team. 3 minutes to read.
  • Hamlet Batista reveals several techniques, such as Moneyball and Nerd Sniping, to make recruitment of technical folks more effective. 7 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Paramita Ghosh reports on developing trends in advanced analytics, including applications designed for the Internet of Things (IoT). 7 minutes to read.
  • Mike Smith highlights the trends in software testing that he’s seen develop over the last year. 6 minutes to read.
  • Veronica Hanks lists some of the most common root causes of internal security threats and breaches. 5 minutes to read.
  • Jon Oltsik reveals the results of a survey of information security professionals, listing the most important attributes of an integrated cybersecurity platform. 3 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Christiaan Verwijs explains how to use the What, So What, Now What structure to help a group create a shared understanding of their experience. 5 minutes to read.
  • Meg Adams recommends learning lists to capture all the terms, acronyms, frameworks, and technologies we encounter that we don’t know anything about. 3 minutes to read.
  • Sophie McAuley shares suggestions on building your own community as a remote worker. You didn’t really miss that water cooler, did you? 5 minutes to read.

Enjoy!