New PM Articles for the Week of February 10 – 16

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 10 – 16. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton explains the concept of a discounted cash flow, based on a rate of return over time, and the related terms present value, net present value, and internal rate of return. The language of business includes a little math. 6 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Nathan Furr and Jeff Dyer studied Tesla’s approach to innovation, industry transformation, and bringing new ideas to market and explain what they found. 6 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell points out that information and communication technologies only account for 6% of GDP in advanced economies. The other 94% is where the real potential lies. 5 minutes to read.
  • Vizhdan Boranova and colleagues surveyed 11,000 workers in 11 advanced and emerging market economies on their attitude toward automation. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Glen Alleman shares links to a staggering number of briefings, papers, and presentations on all aspects of project management. I won’t even try to estimate the time required to read it all.
  • Praveen Malik explains start / finish dates, actual dates, and baseline dates in MS Project, with recommended practices. 4 minutes to read.
  • Harry Hall shows us how to create a project risk management plan. 4 minutes to read.
  • Linky van der Merwe suggests approaches for managing eight common types of project risks. 4 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture expounds on extreme risks—those events with irreversible consequences but low likelihood of occurrence. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from metrics for experiments to design sprints to whether ‘Agile’ is a reactionary movement. 7 outbound links, 4 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman shares her experience with separating software defect correction from developing “new” code. Very insightful. 4 minutes to read.
  • William Harwood reports on the investigation into software defects that nearly caused a catastrophic failure in the test of the Boeing Starliner crew module. 6 minutes to read.
  • Karlo Smid explains why 100% code coverage does not mean 100% testing coverage. 2 minutes to read.
  • Junaid Ahmed explains how continuous testing and DevOps fit together. 7 minutes to read.
  • Kunal Chauhan identifies the decision criteria for choosing between a virtual machine architecture and a Docker container strategy. 2 minutes to read, 8 on a nerd scale of 10.

Applied Leadership

  • Julia Brooke walks us through some of the symptoms of burnout in tech workers. 3 minutes to read.
  • Dina Smith coaches us on how to stop micromanaging and delegate more. 4 minutes to read.
  • Brad Swaim explains the research behind the recommended team size of “seven, plus or minus two.” 4 minutes to read.
  • Vicky Cosenzo finds some surprising leadership lessons in Chris Hadfield’s new book, An Astronaut’s Guide to Mental Models. 3 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Patrick Howell O’Neill reports the conviction of Eric Eoin Marques, the man behind Dark Web’s Freedom Hosting. The FBI still won’t tell how they cracked Tor. 5 minutes to read.
  • William Akoto examines the vulnerability of the growing cloud of small, cheap satellites in low Earth Orbit to hacking and exploitation. It’s already been done! 5 minutes to read.
  • Lutfey Siddiqi opens with, “Cybercrime could cost banks an estimated $350 billion in the next five years.” The threat is huge, hard to model, and the past is not prologue. 5 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Brigid Ludwig explains the concept of ego depletion and notes several ways to recharge enough to make a better strategic decision. 6 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Yuri Malishenko on how visual thinking can overcome the complexity of communication and problem-solving. Video, 33 minutes, safe for work.
  • Scott Berkun asked Twitter for recommendations on a good book for non-designers to get some design literacy. He shares the top 15. 2 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of February 3 – 9

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 3 – 9. And this week’s video: a short film by Barnaby Roper. When a candidate interviews for a new job at an “unorthodox” firm, the process quickly becomes, as Mal Reynolds would say, morbid and creepifying. 10 minutes, safe for work. But not completely.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Tom Kinnaird and Hal Movius coach us on dealing with a procurement team in a competitive bidding process. 7 minutes to read.
  • Lauren Wiseman examines the business case for a private cloud and criteria for choosing a provider. 4 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell invokes Richard Feynman and Ken Olsen in distinguishing between facts and beliefs in a post-truth world. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • William Davis shows the power of visual representations of probabilistic forecasts. 5 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture invokes Nate Silver in expressing the sources and influences of uncertainty in the Bayesian process of estimation. 2 minutes to read.
  • Dale Howard gives us a tour of the most important Options settings in MS Project. 6 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin reflects on her evolving use of a work OS for managing her projects. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton delivers a comprehensive comparison of the PRINCE2 and PMP credentials, requirements, and potential market considerations. 12 minutes, safe for work.
  • The nice folks at Clarizen enumerate the project management trends to watch in 2020, a month or so in. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from good questions to handling product catastrophes to psychological safety. 7 outbound links, 4 minutes to read.
  • Eric Proegler notes the risks inherent in software development, based on the very public failure of the app used to tabulate the results of the Iowa caucus. 3 minutes to read.
  • Rubens Cantuni suggests that it’s time to abandon the desktop metaphor for operating systems. He makes a good point. 5 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackvony presents the business case for a serverless architecture. 4 minutes to read.
  • Mikkel Sørseth suggests alternatives to software testing automation tools that require testers to acquire programming skills. 2 minutes to read.
  • Jesse Fewell speechifies, “There’s no such thing as a failed Agile transformation!” There’s only the degree of progress in making change. Video, 6 minutes, safe for work.

Applied Leadership

  • Judith Humphrey list five concrete indicators that someone is socially adept. More generally applicable than that video at the top of the page! 3 minutes to read.
  • Dave Prior interviews David Marquet, author of Turn the Ship Around, on his new book, Language is Leadership. 39 minutes, safe for work.
  • Dan Rockwell shares some tips for making your one-on-one meetings more productive. 2 minutes to read, plus a five-minute audio recording, safe for work.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Benjamin Anyacho and Bruce Moore on how to create a robust knowledge-sharing environment. Podcast, 39 minutes, safe for work.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Lilly Smith observes that user consent, as stipulated by the GDPR, is being circumvented to some degree by consent management platforms. 7 minutes to read.
  • Michael Kan reports on a phishing attack by suspected Iranian hackers, by posing as a WSJ journalist seeking an interview. Excellent details. 2 minutes to read.
  • Kamlesh Kumar compiled a list of critical steps to secure a website. 5 minutes to read, only slightly technical.

Pot Pourri

  • Suzanne Lucas reports that there is some positive corporate jargon that we like to hear, as opposed to the negative stuff we despise. 2 minutes to read.
  • Shannon Taylor assesses the claim that workplace rudeness is on the increase. Short answer: maybe not … 3 minutes to read.
  • McKlayne Marshall has curated a list of available technologies that facilitate remote work, and a few technologies on the near horizon. 6 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of January 27 – February 2

New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 27 – February 2. And this week’s video: In memory of Terry Jones, the surviving Pythons compiled this short collection. Michael Palin called Terry the ‘spirit of Monty Python.’ Remember to think of him today as you’re deleting the Spam from your Inbox. 3 minutes, safe for work. “There’s a man at the door with a mustache.” “Tell him I’ve already got one.”

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Charles Riley examines the prospects for the UK being able to complete post-Brexit trade deals with the EU and the US by the end of the year. 6 minutes to read. The AP reports that a Canada-style free trade deal with the EU is the goal; 3 minutes to read.
  • Laura He summarizes early estimates of the impact of the coronavirus on China’s economy and global business. 6 minutes to read.
  • Huw van Steenis recaps the lessons learned at Davos 2020, from climate risk analysis to the side effects of long-term quantitative easing to the continued rally in tech stocks. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Cynthia Dionisio, Mike Griffiths, and Stephen Townsend on what to expect in the PMBOK 7th Podcast 35 minutes, safe for work.
  • Francesco Marcatto demonstrates the value of using visual timelines in project management. 5 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture enhances our understanding of statistics as it can be applied to project management. 3 minutes to read.
  • Harry Hall introduces the idea of incorporating project risk management with enterprise risk management. 4 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton presents his thinking on risk response strategies, based on both the PMBOK 6th Edition and PRINCE2. 10 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale shares an anecdote from the doctor’s office that illustrates the customer’s need for transparency—where they are in the process. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of agile content, from core beliefs to the one-day sprint to the cognitive biases of product users. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Parveen Khan recounts an anecdote that clearly illustrates the importance of having a test data strategy for automated testing. 3 minutes to read.
  • Pavan Belagatti presents his list of ten DevOps conferences you should attend in 2020. 4 minutes to read.
  • Missing Path (I’m sure his Mom doesn’t call him that) presents the counter-argument for microservices. 5 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely concludes his series on considerations before measuring internal customer satisfaction with a checklist. 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Aimee Groth reports on the evolution of holocracy at Zappos, focusing the attention on the customer and encouraging creation of new services by work teams. 5 minutes to read.
  • Katie Haun interviews Ambassador Susan Rice on delivering tough yet compassionate leadership during a crisis. Video, 50 minutes, safe for work.
  • Neal Whitten coaches us on navigating conflict in the workplace. 3 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland has compiled the ultimate list of virtual team-building activities. Podcast, 18 minutes, safe for work.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Algirde Pipikaite and Joram Borenstein report on the growing demand by governments and investors for cyber-risk assessments. 5 minutes to read.
  • Abhi Yadav analyzes the question of whether legislation—specifically GDPR and CCPA—requires AI to be able to explain its decisions. This seems to be a compliance risk. 4 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Elizabeth Harrin deconstructs project management job descriptions in case you find yourself working with the HR department to recruit a new colleague. 7 minutes to read.
  • Judith Humphrey compiles a list of empty expressions to not use when answering a question. If you need a moment to think, just pause before answering. 3 minutes to read.
  • Francisco Sáez notes the negative impact of cognitive switching on productivity. 2 minutes to read.

Enjoy!