New PM Articles for the Week of March 2 – 8

New project management articles published on the web during the week of March 2 – 8. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton introduces a new concept: aintegration, a measure of how well one copes with uncertainty and contradictions. Successful project managers must be able to deal with volatility, uncertainty, and ambiguity as a necessary part of the job, and developing that skill should be part of your professional development plan. 4 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Tom Linton and Bindiya Vakil consider what COVID-19 means for supply chain risk as a matter of business continuity. 6 minutes to read. And Philipp Carlsson-Szlezak opines on the potential for a global recession. 8 minutes to read.
  • Francesco Pecoraro identifies the three components of corporate strategy. 3 minutes to read.
  • Beck Bamberger collects insights from seven CEO’s on what it means to develop a transparent organization. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Mike Griffiths compares the WBS and product backlog, beginning with a brief history lesson. 5 minutes to read.
  • Payson Hall objects to the answer, “We have done all we can to mitigate the risk. We can’t think of anything more to do, so we closed it.” 2 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin looks back, twenty years after deciding to become a project manager, and sees a few things she didn’t realize at the time. 4 minutes to read.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Kim Wasson on social intelligence as a soft skill for project managers. Podcast, 28 minutes, safe for work.
  • Andy Jordan considers two of the statistics from the PMI Pulse of the Profession 2020 survey and sees a lack of corporate investment in project management professionals. 7 minutes to read.
  • The nice folks at Explority have identified the top 30 IT consulting firms in the world, in anticipation of your next solutions project. 10 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Chapel in the SkyStefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from rumors of the demise of Agile to the perils of being too data-driven to driving innovation. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Gábor Zöld curates his monthly engineering management resource roundup, from recruiting engineers to hiring remotely to cultural debt. 10 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman began a series on building team resilience. 3 minutes to read. Here are links to Part 2 (4 minutes) and Part 3 (5 minutes). Part 4 will be a summary.
  • Mike Cohn explains how to estimate story points with multiple teams by developing a common baseline. 5 minutes to read.
  • Doc Norton does the math on why we need to manage WIP. 3 minutes to read.
  • Stephen Younge does a deep dive into technical debt, from sources to productive ways to reduce the debt. 7 minutes to read.
  • Janna Loeffler answers our questions about integrating AI into our software testing routines. 6 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Kerry Goyette tells us how to work on our emotional intelligence. “American workplaces have five generations working side by side.” 4 minutes to read.
  • Raj Vardhman shares some tips for Gen X project leaders on how to better manage Millennials. 4 minutes to read.
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy coaches us on building consensus with eight actionable tips. 6 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas shares her Evil HR Lady insights into employee retention. “Replacing workers cost employers $617 billion in 2018, compared with $331 billion in 2010.” 2 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Curtis Franklin interviews James Stavridis, former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO, on the current cybersecurity threat level. 10 minutes to read.
  • Naineesh Gaur and Chris Morris shock us with statistics and data, and then make the business case for cyber resiliency. 5 minutes to read.
  • Judhajeet Das examines current trends in how distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks are perpetrated and defended against. 5 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Lila MacLellan coaches us on how to politely decline a handshake in the Age of COVID-19. 3 minutes to read.
  • Arianne Cohen reports that caffeine won’t make you more creative, but it may help you solve problems. Time for another cuppa joe … 1 minute to read.

Enjoy!

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!