New PM Articles for the Week of August 26 – September 1

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 12 – September 1. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton teaches us how to write an effective project proposal, from justifying the decision to go ahead to clearly defining success. 17 minutes, safe for work.

I’ve added some great new links to the Resources list on the lower right column of my home page, including Laura Kahn’s Data Science video posts and Geoff Crane’s emotional intelligence infographics. Have a look and send me any important resource links that you think I should share.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Greg Satell explores the Business Roundtable’s move away from shareholder value as a primary business management metric. 5 minutes to read.
  • Stephen McBride argues that Apple’s best days are in the past. They sold roughly $1 trillion in iPhones, but now that everyone has a smart phone, what’s next? 5 minutes to read.
  • Soren Kaplan examines the next massive business disruption: No-code software. “Talented developers are tough to find and expensive to pay.” 4 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • PMI announced that they have changed the last day for candidates to take the current version of the PMP exam to June 30, 2020. 2 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale points out the management maturity required for PMI to change their launch date. 2 minutes to read.
  • Robin Nicklas shows how to find resource critical paths and eliminate phantom float in MS Project. Only 5 minutes to read but take at least 30 minutes to understand.
  • Gary Garris vents on what he sees as common poor project planning practices. 4 minutes to read.
  • Harry Hall challenges our project assumptions, and says that we should challenge them, too. 3 minutes to read.
  • The nice folks at Clarizen explain the Delphi Method, a process for achieving a consensus recommendation from a panel of experts. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of agile content, from Sprint reviews to the State of DevOps 2019 report to influencing the business side. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Mike Cohn makes the argument for abandoning sprint reviews in favor of other forms of feedback. In the situations he describes, it’s a good argument. 6 minutes to read.
  • Danial Alcanja identifies common software development outsourcing risks and strategies for managing them. 4 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackovny concludes her series on internet protocols with an explanation of routing. 3 minutes to read.
  • Gábor Zöld polled some colleagues at other software development firms to compile a list of the most popular code review tools and linters. 7 minutes to read.
  • Renee Troughton reports on four global trends she noticed at the Agile 2019 conference in Washington, DC. 2 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Cesar Abeid interviews Suanne Madsen on what’s happened between the first and second editions of her book, The Power of Project Leadership. Podcast, 38 minutes, safe for work.
  • Chidiebere Ogbonnaya summarizes his research into the complex relationships between teamwork, stress, and workload. 5 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy teaches us how to write an opportunity statement, to communicate the current state, impact, and desired state of a challenge to be addressed. 4 minutes to read.
  • Dan Rockwell lists the books that have recently landed in his “to read” pile. Best title: Nincompoopery: Why customers hate you and how to fix it. 2 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Ephrat Livni reports on a completely new kind of cybercrime: voice impersonation via artificial intelligence. In the first widely reported case, $243,000 was stolen. 2 minutes to read.
  • Zach Whittaker updates us on the discovery that malicious websites implanted “monitors” on iPhones, possibly going back several years. 2 minutes to read.
  • The staffs at Mashable and PCMag collaborated on a documentary series, Kernal Panic, on the worst cybersecurity breaches of all time. First up: the Morris Worm. Video, 22 minutes, safe for work.

Pot Pourri

  • Geoff Crane has created over 30 infographics from his research into emotional intelligence and related topics. And he’s vowed to add even more! Take five minutes or so to browse.
  • Thomas Oppong notes that learning how to manage our own emotions, anxieties, and stresses changes how we respond to everything. 5 minutes to read.
  • Allison Shapira summarizes research on filler words and phrases, like um, so, and maybe this is irrelevant. Some are useful, some should be avoided. 4 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of July 22 – 28

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 22 – 28. And this week’s video: Suzy Welch rails against four business buzzwords that are no substitute for honest communication. 2 minutes, safe for work. And more on this from Teena Maddox, below.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Dirk Deichmann, Violetta Rodopoulou, and Inga Hoever report on their research into selecting crowd-sourced ideas for corporate investment. 6 minutes to read.
  • Teena Maddox rounds up the 50 most overused business clichés. I’ll keep using actionable, but the rest need to be retired from our presentation vocabulary. 5 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell explores the nature of negative reactions to innovation and why we should learn to embrace that opposition and learn from it. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Elizabeth Harrin tutors us on how to create a project budget, including several types of costs that you will need to account for. 7 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton does a deep dive into constraints, interdependency, external dependency, and task dependency. 11 minutes to read, plus six videos totaling about 29 minutes, all safe for work.
  • Harry Hall reviews the available strategies for handling overall project risk. The considerations are different from selecting strategies for individual risks and opportunities. Video, 4 minutes, safe for work.
  • Seth Godin reminds us of the balance between resilience and reliability. Not all failures are created equally. 1 minute to read.
  • Andy Silber critiques the risk management skills exhibited by Captain James T. Kirk and finds him woefully lacking. 4 minutes to read.
  • Máté Wohlmuth, who runs a software development agency, compares fixed price versus time and labor contracts, along with other outsourcing success factors. 5 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture lists a few good practices for managing our little data in Excel. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from mental models and cognitive biases to a Scrum Fail case study to suitable metrics for an innovation program. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman explains how to manage projects and products portfolio in a shared services Here’s part two; each about 3 minutes to read.
  • Paul Grizzafi and Mas Kono describe a method of assigning “points” to test cases, to answer questions about, “Can we release yet?” 12 minutes to read.
  • Uncle Bob Martin recounts an anecdote from a barbecue joint that shows how software can frustrate a user who just wants to do his job. 3 minutes to read.
  • Bob Marshall offers his thoughtful analysis of the #NoSoftware hashtag, which is more about challenging assumptions than eliminating code. 5 minutes to read.
  • Alan Richardson continues Bob’s line of reasoning: maybe you don’t need a tool to solve your communication problems. 6 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Michael Lopp explains real-time wisdom, which he refers to as Spidey-sense. “Something is up, and I don’t know what.” Some might say to trust your gut. 5 minutes to read.
  • Art Petty lists six skills we should develop for career success. For project managers, gray-zone leadership is make-or-break. 3 minutes to read.
  • Christiaan Verwijs examines the elephants in the room—those invisible conflicts within the team—and identifies ways to make them visible. 6 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • David Balaban makes the case for not paying the pirates when attacked by ransomware. 5 minutes to read.
  • S. Deller and Robert Gaunt look at emerging developments in brain-machine interfaces. This will soon be a common thing, like eyeglasses and hearing aids. 5 minutes to read.
  • Oksana Sokolovsky and Rojit Mahajan examine the impact of GDPR after one year and tell us what to expect as more countries pass privacy legislation. 3 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Stephanie Neal reviews the data and finds that Gen X is becoming a flight risk. Over-worked, under-rewarded, and fewer promotions are having an impact. 5 minutes to read.
  • Trace Cohen explains how he got into an Executive MBA program and why that has turned out to be right for his tech / startup career. 5 minutes to read.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Crystal Richards on how political skills can help a project manager succeed. Podcast, 19 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of July 1 – 7

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 1 – 7. And this week’s video: every year, Cy Swan and Scott Wadsworth celebrate Independence Day in the traditional Oregon pioneer way by packing black powder between two anvils and launching one of them into the air near their homes in Medford. Cy is in his 80’s, still working every day as a blacksmith, and if he ever wrote his autobiography, it would have to be published in three volumes. 2 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Sarah Todd examines the departure of Apple design chief Jony Ive to show why it can be dangerous to allow burned out star employees to stay in their role. 5 minutes to read.
  • CISOMag shares statistics showing that phishing and ransomware are the most reported types of cyber-attacks, but GDPR-ready firms have suffered fewer data breaches. 2 minutes to read.
  • Matt Hilbert looks at the growing influence of the GDPR in other countries and suggests an approach for ensuring compliance with developing legislation. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Harry Hall explains SWOT analysis: what it is, how to engage stakeholders, and how to conduct one. Or watch his video; 3 minutes to read or watch.
  • Cornelius Fichtner shares a free ebook, Managing Smaller and Medium-Sized Projects, by Dr. Jim Young. Download link in the PDU Tip box. Podcast, 10 minutes, safe for work.
  • Mike Clayton explains what external dependencies are and how they can impact your project. Video, 4 minutes, safe for work.
  • Robin Nicklas demonstrates resource leveling using MS Project and resource smoothing using MS Excel. Different techniques with different objectives. 7 minutes to read.
  • Linky Van Der Merwe continues her series with how to transition into the agile project management role. 4 minutes to read.
  • Henny Portman reviews Flawless Consulting: A guide to getting your expertise used, by Peter Block. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from fixing Scrum with working agreements to the rhythm of Design Thinking to mob programming patterns. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Ron Jeffries looks at applying Agile methods to contracts with a fixed-scope, fixed-delivery, and fixed-price. 11 minutes to read.
  • Erik Rutkens and Jasper De Vries present a comprehensive analysis of current and developing trends in application security testing. 9 minutes to read.
  • Gábor Zöld gives us a comprehensive guide to technical debt, from what and why to preventing and managing, with case studies. 11 minutes to read.
  • Rahul Jain shares 35 statistics you need to know to plan for cross-browser testing. 2 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackovny follows last week’s article on testing databases with a look at query methods for relational and non-relational 3 minutes each.
  • Amyra Sheldon identified the nine most popular cross-platform tools for mobile application development. 8 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Dan Rockwell: “Stupid teams consist of smart people who engage in stupid behaviors.” But smart teams engage in a few specific, smart practices. 2 minutes to read.
  • Art Petty notes that too much feedback can be destructive. Good leaders are alert to causes of stress. 6 minutes to read.
  • Thomas Oppong explains how learned helplessness makes it difficult to change our circumstances. 5 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Robert Roy Britt recaps recent research into how the brain makes short-term and long-term memories. 7 minutes to read.
  • Johnny Wood briefly describes the top ten emerging technologies expected to significantly impact society and the global economy. 4 minutes to read.
  • Hemant Kakkar reports on his research into dominance and prestige, showing why some leaders are more likely to be punished for their mistakes. 6 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Kat Boogaard shares actionable advice and information on business travel from two Road Warriors. 9 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas answers the question: can you switch a full-time worker into a contractor? 3 minutes to read.
  • Stav Ziv coaches us on talking about our strengths and weaknesses in a job interview. 8 minutes to read.

Enjoy!