New PM Articles for the Week of December 3 – 9

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 3 – 9. And this week’s video: Jim Whitehurst, former COO of Delta Airlines and CEO of Red Hat Software, explains what he learned from giving up everything he knew about being a leader. 11 minutes, safe for work.

Also: I received feedback from Reddit member dennythecoder, who said that the hyperlinks on my pages were too hard to read. As of this week, I’ve changed the color scheme. Please let me know in the comments if this makes things better or worse.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Mark Muro and Robert Maxim go a bit deeper into the story of GM’s coming layoffs: digitalization will lead to a very different automaker workforce. 4 minutes to read.
  • Mark Wilson assess the biggest challenge for engineers working on self-driving cars: the user experience. The targets are mundane, familiar, and non-threatening. 14 minutes to read.
  • Will Knight summarizes a report from AI Now Institute which identifies facial recognition as a key challenge for society and policymakers.
  • Tessa Sproule advocates for making ethics much more visible in our decisions about artificial intelligence—even to the point of bringing in ethicists. 8 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • PMI has released three new reports on how disruptive technologies are impacting the project management profession. 3 minutes to read this quick overview.
  • Ben Howard provides a detailed tutorial on how to import a list of tasks from Excel into MS Project. 7 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale considers the cost-benefit justification of having a project manager dedicated to a project. 2 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton proposes an eight-step process for decision making, pulling influences from four widely-used methodologies. 10 minutes to read.
  • The folks at Clarizen explain how vendor management fits into project management. 3 minutes to read.
  • Deb Schaffer rounded up a few appropriate holiday gifts for the project managers on your shopping list (or you can print it out and leave it for your Significant Other). 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from current trends in corporate transformation to lessons learned from Nextflix’ failures to a team charter workshop. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Jonathan Creenaune describes the management approach taken for a truly enormous software engineering project—rearchitecting Confluence and Jira to be stateless, multi-tenant cloud applications. 15 minutes to read and well worth it.
  • Anne-Marie Charrett makes the point that quality is an emergent behavior of complex systems. 3 minutes to read.
  • Edyta Korona and Arjun Saksena interview Rich Mironov on the evolution of tech product management Podcast, 16 minutes, safe for work.
  • Llewellyn Falco lays out a process for identifying root causes and correcting the problems that allowed a bug to be created in the first place. 3 minutes to read.
  • Maaret Pyhäjärvi notes that, in testing. There’s more going on than what gets typed in at the keyboard. 4 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership content, from false dichotomies to meeting dysfunctions to setting and achieving business goals. 5 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell shares the key insights from General Stanley McChrystal’s new book, Leaders: Myth and Reality. 5 minutes to read.
  • Kerry Wills reminds us that we don’t need to ask permission to do the work we are held accountable for. Less than a minute to read.

Research and Insights

  • Mercedes Thomas gives us a tight but thorough explanation of quantum computing, from entangled states to superposition to interference. 11 minutes to read.
  • Jeff Desjardins shares an infographic giving brief explanations of 24 common cognitive biases. Maybe 5 minutes to read, if you don’t keep Googling …
  • Paramita Ghosh predicts the top ten data management trends to expect in 2019. 5 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Elizabeth Harrin posted a career planner in PDF format to help you plan for 2019. 3 minutes to read.
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy provides her guidance on keeping remote colleagues feel connected during the holiday season. 6 minutes to read.
  • Simon Knight shares his techniques for working remotely as effectively as possible. 6 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of November 26 – December 2

New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 26 – December 2. And this week’s video: A film created from 4K video shot from the International Space Station as it passes through one orbit. One hour and 33 minutes; safe for work, but way too long. Enjoy it at home!

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Nils Backe considers the ethical ramifications of smart home devices, specifically Amazon’s Echo. 5 minutes to read.
  • Joe Toscano says we need to get serious about regulating technology companies and outlines three possible ways forward. 8 minutes to read.
  • Tang Ziyi reports from China on an interesting facial recognition false alarm by a traffic offense-detection system. I won’t spoil it since it’s less than a minute to read.

Managing Projects

  • Mike Clayton answers twenty of the career and practice questions he’s commonly asked in his project management training classes. 14 minutes to read.
  • Dale Howard shares a brilliant technique for scheduling tasks to always occur on the first working day of each month. 6 minutes to read.
  • Lenka Pincot expounds on business process design, as it fits into system implementation projects. 3 minutes to read.
  • Sylvie Edwards argues that we should start a “lessons learned” log at the beginning of a project. 3 minutes to read.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Andy Burns on transforming the “heritage” PMO with Lean and Agile principles and processes. Podcast, 32 minutes, safe for work.
  • Mike Griffiths likens the proliferation of project management credentials to the proliferation of television channels. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from agile transformation lessons to user research to why cooperation and collaboration are different. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Peter Pito makes the business case for jagged delivery: an approach that doesn’t pretend everything will be complete on the same day. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mike Cohn suggests several alternatives for including the impact of holidays and time off in estimating team velocity. 5 minutes to read.
  • Michael Solomon explains how to include security considerations in user stories. “As a hacker, I can …” 5 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackvony provides detailed instructions for those who must reproduce a bug report lacking in relevant details. 6 minutes to read.
  • Pete Walen explores a few subtle points to be addressed in the pursuit of better software quality. 7 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership articles, from the paradox of scale to lessons learned from hi-performing remote teams to stoicism for mental toughness. 5 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Dan Rockwell shares a few tips about managing up—coaching your boss in a way that works for both of you. 2 minutes to read.
  • Matan Borenkraout advocates a more subtle approach to interviewing candidates for technical positions. 5 minutes to read.
  • Simone Stolzoff repeats an insight from Scott Belsky, Adobe’s Chief Product Officer, on what to look for in candidates instead of cultural fit.” 3 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Jared Lindzon makes five predictions related to remote working tools and how they will further change the nature of teams and collaboration. 6 minutes to read.
  • Pavan Belagatti identifies eight DevOps trends we should watch as they develop in 2019. 4 minutes to read.
  • Renee DiResta analyzes the developing information world war and sees that our institutions are busy creating a digital Maginot Line to defeat abandoned pirate strategies. 15 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Elizabeth Harrin shares her current reading list, chock full of titles that address career and workplace concerns in a problem-solving manner. 7 minutes to read.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy reveals his approach to maintaining his productivity at a high level. 2 minutes to read.
  • Jennifer Moss has some recommendations for helping remote workers avoid burnout and loneliness. 5 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of November 19 – 25

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.

This week only! The Kindle version of my book, The Data Conversion Cycle: A guide to migrating transactions and other records, for system implementation teams, will be discounted to a mere $1.99 starting at 08:00 PST on Monday, November 26. It will return to the regular price at 17:00 PST on November 30. For those who prefer Dead Tree books, the paperback version is available for $6.99. Help the business SME’s on your team get ready for the New Year!

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • 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.

Managing Projects

  • 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.

Applied Leadership

  • 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.

Enjoy!