New PM Articles for the Week of June 11 – 17

New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 11 – 17. Beginning with this week, I’ve made some changes to the topic headings. Without a doubt, Agile methods are now firmly established, so rather than artificially differentiating them, I’ll try another approach—distinguishing between managing projects and managing software development. I’ve also renamed the first and fifth sections. I think these labels will be more meaningful but let me know if it needs further tweaking. And this week’s video: Elizabeth Harrin interviews Simon Harris on how to thrive as an “accidental” project manager. 22 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Craig Walker, an attorney with lots of experience in mergers and acquisitions, points out some of the potential pitfalls. 4 minutes to read.
  • Deena Zaidi reviews three big data breaches that we first heard about in 2017, even though they might have happened years before. Lesson learned: the coverup is more embarrassing than the breach. 5 minutes to read.
  • Dave Gershgorn reports that Amazon has already begun automating its white-collar decision-making jobs. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Johanna Rothman tries to visualize the organizational constraints that affect our projects. 3 minutes to read.
  • Anthony Mersino explains why most project managers don’t make good Scrum Masters. Yes, it’s a generalization, but there might be something to it. 7 minutes to read
  • Jerry Doucette shares his assessment scorecard for entering consulting / coaching assignments. It can help to understand the organization before you try to change it. 5 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale observes that “traditional” funding models don’t work as well for agile delivery. 2 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy gives us a tip for keeping multiple projects all moving forward. 3 minutes to read, plus a 2-minute video, safe for work.
  • Renee Adair concludes her series on six current trends in project management. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from metrics that matter to good and bad pressure to why ‘Yes’ doesn’t scale. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Ian Mitchell addresses something not found in the Scrum Guide: who sends out the meeting invitations?
  • Daniel Elizalde interviews Rich Mironov on his four laws of software economics and his advice to IoT product managers. Podcast, 43 minutes, safe for work.
  • Tamás Török gets six expert opinions on testing distributed systems—both methods and tools—and how their architectures drive their methods. 11 minutes to read.
  • Michael Bolton answers the rhetorical question: which test cases should I automate? 4 minutes to read.
  • Emma Lilliestam describes a way to integrate security requirements with regression testing. 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership articles, from teaching the stars of tomorrow to an ambitious person’s take on work-life balance. 3 minutes to read.
  • Kevin Eikenberry and Wayne Turmel share the key points from their new book, “The Long-Distance Leader.” 4 minutes to read.
  • Alex Novkov begins a series on managing a lean team. 3 minutes to read.
  • Lukas Klose explains the “diamond” model of participatory decision making. 6 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Isaiah Sarju gives us a primer on Malware, from the different types to how we can avoid it. This isn’t just about viruses anymore. 6 minutes to read.
  • Georgia Frances King interviews sleep researcher Daniel Gartenberg on how much sleep we actually need—apparently, more than we’re getting. 13 minutes to read.
  • Corinne Putill reports on recent research that indicates that the sunk cost fallacy keeps us tied to other people’s dumb decisions as much as our own. 2 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Pawel Brodzinski reflects on the nature of respect, and asks: Can one be too respectful? 5 minutes to read.
  • Robyn McLeod shares her “4P” framework for preparing to have an important conversation. 2 minutes to read.
  • Art Markman points out three ways to identify cultural differences on a global team. 3 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of June 4 – 10

New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 4 – 10. And this week’s video: Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen perform “Rock That Boogie” somewhere in Europe. I reference a line from this song in one of my comments below, so I figured some of you under age 60 might want to hear it in context. Less than 3 minutes, more-or-less safe for work.

Must read!

  • Mike Murphy reports the details of Microsoft’s $7.5B deal to buy GitHub. 2 minutes to read.
  • Adrien Book examines the impact AI-driven content might be having on our children. Case in point: Youtube for kids. 5 minutes to read.
  • Elad Sherf reports on research that indicates overworked managers treat their employees less fairly, to the detriment of the organization. 6 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • Robert Wysocki describes Hybrid Project Management—a mix of traditional, Agile, and Extreme methods. 5 minutes to read.
  • Walter Stinnett offers some tips on how to ensure the project status data you get from Microsoft Project is as accurate as possible. 3 minutes to read.
  • Adam Knight explains why testers and management have very different perceptions of risk to software under test. 7 minutes to read.
  • Andy Silber explains how to assess project risks using a Failure Mode and Effects Analysis. 6 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman reviews some of the principle biases that impact our decision making and how that affects our projects and estimates. 4 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton tells us how to hand over the project to the operational team when it comes to an end. Video, 4 minutes, safe for work. When Mike mentions “snagging list,” US project managers should think “punch list.”

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from using graphics to improve your facilitation skills to organizational analysis to Kanban Cadences. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Dave Prior interviews Agile heretic and thought leader Jim Benson on why Agile is going off the rails and what should be done about it. Podcast, a little over an hour.
  • Valerie Senyk shares her notes from a presentation by Esther Derby: six rules for driving complex change, as an Agile coach. 2 minutes to read.
  • Radoslaw Orszewski answers your questions about Kanban Cadences, a more structured approach. 5 minutes to read.
  • Neil Killick lists eight ways to implement the Agile mindset and methods without putting the organization through an “Agile Transformation.” 4 minutes to read.
  • Luis Goncalves defines Agile project portfolio management. 5 minutes to read, plus a 2-minute video.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership content, from innovation programs to pushing back against shame and failure to acting when your employees are losing focus. 5 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Guy Itzchakov and Avraham Kluger explain the powerful that listening plays in helping people to change their behavior. Your listening, not just theirs! 8 minutes to read.
  • Mary Jo Asmus imagines how it would work if we valued good questions as much as knowledge. 2 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture passes along some good advice on staying prepared for the opportunity to speak to a group about your project. 2 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Erik Dietrich identifies the seven sins of unit testing. Be aware of these worst-practices and ask the right questions. 6 minutes to read.
  • Erin Wildermuth expounds on science proving the benefits of talking to yourself. 4 minutes to read. “Sittin’ on a bench down in the park, talkin’ to myself alone in the dark.”—Billy C. Farlow
  • Julie Giulioni shares a strategy for enhancing your ability to learn and succeed over time. 3 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Poornima Vijayashanker interviews Holly Cardew on how to recruit and interview remote workers, and why you should. Video, 13 minutes, safe for work.
  • Aytekin Tank explains the difference between a manager’s schedule and a maker’s schedule. You can mix both into your day if you understand the difference. 7 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin shares some ways to stay motivated and productive at work during summertime, when you’d rather be outside. 6 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of April 9 – 15

New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 9 – 15. And this week’s video: Daniel Engber examines the history of the progress bar—a visual narrative that keeps us engaged and sane, even when it’s not a precise measure of progress. 4 minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Angela Chen interviews Edward Tenner, author of The Efficiency Paradox: What big data can’t do, on the trade-offs inherent in machine intelligence. 8 minutes to read.
  • Christopher Durr brings up the CLOUD (Clarifying Overseas Use of Data) Act signed by President Trump in March, which may have a significant impact on our privacy. 5 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell recaps IBM’s list of five technologies in development that it expects to impact the world in the next five years. As you might expect, 5 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy shares a starter list of technical terms for new software development project managers. 7 minutes to read.
  • Michel Dion expounds on the importance and key elements of project governance. 3 minutes to read.
  • Jerry Mulenburg describes the concept and practice of distributed authority—pushing decision making to the level closest to the work being performed. 9 minutes to read.
  • Alexandra Cote curated the opinions of 13 project management practitioners and bloggers (including me) on what makes project management software useful. 10 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture contemplates the combination of technical debt and social debt as the wasteful friction that bogs down our projects.
  • Andy Silber dons his Star Trek uniform to point out that we learn more from failure than we do from success. Or at least, we can learn more. 3 minutes to read.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from the manager role in a Scrum team to Agnostic Agile to time spent in product discovery. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Lev Barbalat tells the story of how his organization adopted a stripped-down version of Scrum to quickly deliver a high-priority project. 4 minutes to read.
  • Ron Jeffries clarifies who is responsible for resolving issues and problems in Scrum. Yeah, it’s who you think it is. 2 minutes to read.
  • Tamás Török summarizes key insights from the Coding Sans State of Software Development 2018 report. 5 minutes to read, but lots of graphs to study.
  • Henny Portman reviews The Age of Agile, by Stephen Denning. 4 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale considers the art and science of backlog prioritization. 2 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership articles, from self-delusion to the power of no to whether it’s really “OK to fail.” 5 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Leah Fessler shares the three interview questions that General Motors CEO Mary Barra asks to test for integrity. 2 minutes to read.
  • Schaun Wheeler describes the Fence Paradox and how it applies to regulating ethical behavior. 8 minutes to read.
  • Susan Mazza distinguishes between collaborating for greatness and colluding for mediocrity. 4 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Maria Korolov summarizes Verizon’s Data Breach Investigations Report, as massive, in-depth analysis of 53,000 security incidents from around the world. 6 minutes to read.
  • Nishi Grover Garg describes a simplified (but comprehensive) Agile test strategy for cross-environment testing. 6 minutes to read.
  • Laura Lopez offs a few tips on writing, for all you folks who mistakenly think you aren’t writers. 6 minutes to read, then as much time as you need to go write something.

Working and the Workplace

  • Safford Blake makes the case for bringing a portfolio of your past projects to your next project manager job interview. 5 minutes to read.
  • Dorie Clark shares what she learned from rigorously (30-minute increments) tracking how she spent her time for a month. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton presents his approach to personal time management, called OATS, which is useful to a manager of other people’s time. 8 minutes to read.

Enjoy!