New PM Articles for the Week of February 25 – March 3

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 25 – March 3. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton describes the (surprising!) history, structure, and use of the Gantt chart. Just over 5 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Sanya Carley and David Konisky analyze the Green New Deal proposed by freshman Democrats in Congress for what it would mean for businesses. 5 minutes to read.
  • Jeff Desjardins collects a lot of data on the changing balance between automation and jobs in manufacturing, in seven charts and some bullet points. 5 minutes to read.
  • Lila MacLellan reports on a survey conducted by Cisco that indicates the largest skills gap executives see I the IT department isn’t technical. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Mike Clayton gives us a detailed primer on Earned Value Management, with an intro to Earned Schedule. Well worth the ten minutes to read.
  • Ronald Smith continues his series on using net present value (NPV) in project portfolio selection, with a look at the tools available in Excel and MS Project. 7 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture extols the value of “loose coupling” in scheduling. Less than a minute to read.
  • Kiron Bondale applies change management concepts to the challenge of getting buy-in to risk responses. 2 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin has bundled templates for the essential project management documents for download—for free! 2 minutes to read.
  • The folks at Clarizen list seven of the best project management conferences being held around the globe in 2019. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Dark Agile and Scrum to cost vs. value measurements to product launches. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Jeff Keyes points out five trends in software development, from mission-critical agility to analytics, leading to data-driven flexibility and success. 3 minutes to read.
  • Dave Prior interviews TJay Gerber on how to earn Scrum educational units in order to renew your CSM or CSPO credential. Podcast, 15 minutes, safe for work.
  • Ajay Balamurugadas identifies three common testing management practices that can only be called counter-productive. 5 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Scrum coach Jesse Houwing on remote pairing and mobbing. Podcast, 33 minutes, safe for work.
  • Jim Holmes looks into static analysis tools that can facilitate identifying code complexity and other sorts of issues that manifest as technical debt. 4 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Poornima Luthra introduces some new terms—generational intelligence and micro-generations—into the discussion of fostering collaboration. 4 minutes to read.
  • Christopher Cook tutors us on the notion of a business strategy and how it fits into setting goals. 3 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy curated 25 quotes on dealing with challenges, including five from the Stoics, two from the last great Roman Emperor, and one from Christina Aguilera. 4 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Gavin M updates us on proposed US IoT security and privacy legislation making their way through Congress. 3 minutes to read.
  • Benedict Carey notes that researchers have found no evidence to support the idea that management bullying gets better results in the workplace. 5 minutes to read.
  • Irfan Ahmed Khan points to nine artificial intelligence technology trends that we should monitor in the coming years. 6 minutes to read.
  • The editors of MIT Technology Review list ten big global challenges that could be solved with the proper application of technology. 6 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Travis Bradberry lists six things you don’t owe your boss. 4 minutes to read.
  • Kerry Jones lists ten early indicators of a toxic workplace. 6 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas repurposes advice to gifted teens responding to their teachers for adults in the workplace responding to a boss who says, “No.” 3 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of February 18 – 24

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 18 – 24. And this week’s video: Box founder Chieh Huang shares the cure for micromanagement madness and tells how to foster innovation and happiness at work. 12 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Ben Laker and Thomas Roulet use Brexit as a case study in explaining how companies can adapt during times of political uncertainty. 7 minutes to read.
  • Joel Carboni exhorts us to consider the sustainability aspects of our projects. After all, project work accounts for about 30% of global GDP—that’s a big 4 minutes to read.
  • Emma Charlton analyzes an interesting chart of global smartphone shipments and notes that as sales begin to drop off, it may take 5G and foldable devices to save the industry. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Praveen Malik tutors us on compressing the project schedule, using fast-tracking and crashing—two different approaches with different risks. 4 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture returns to an earlier discussion of the adequacy of assuming a Normal distribution (until the data indicates otherwise). 3 minutes to read.
  • Jigs Gaton uses some concepts from physics to help us re-adjust how we think about time, as project managers. 8 minutes to read, some humor may be encountered.
  • Glen Alleman recommends a book that applies root cause analysis to determine how a US military helicopter was accidentally shot down. Just a minute to read.
  • Mike Clayton briefly but clearly explains Failure Mode and Effects Analysis, usually referred to as FMEA. Video, 6 minutes, safe for work.
  • Fiona Macintyre shows us how to use mind mapping techniques (and MindGenius) to decompose a project into a work breakdown structure. 5 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale shares his project management mixtape. Leave a comment with your additions to the playlist. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from scaling to storytelling to leaving the industrial paradigm in the dustbin of history. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Sean Regan gives us the executive summary of Atlassian’s survey of 500 professional software development leaders. 4 minutes to read, plus the entire report is downloadable
  • Dan Ashby uses his son’s push toy to illustrate the difference between code coverage and test coverage. Testing metrics matter! 4 minutes to read.
  • Matt Hamlin explains the business case for data protection as a service (DPaaS). 4 minutes to read.
  • Antonio van der Weel coaches on how to become a better product manager. 6 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Kevin Wozniak on effective meeting leadership. Still relevant after all these years. Podcast, 24 minutes, safe for work.
  • Nadine Rochester notes ten business environment challenges facing project managers today that will require confident leadership. 5 minutes to read.
  • The folks at Clarizen remind us of four cases where small teams turned a vision into success. 5 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Dan Swinhoe reports on recent research into the cost of the resources needed to commit cybercrime. Like the cost to bribe a politician, it is embarrassingly low. 6 minutes to read.
  • Umet Seepter lists 18 applications for facial recognition technology. You can think of at least one more, right? 4 minutes to read.
  • Cameron Coward notes that robotics researchers have now developed a soft robotic finger that knows where it’s pointing—positional sensing, as opposed to positioning. 2 minutes to read.
  • Shelly Fan recaps recent studies that found you can learn while you sleep, but that’s no reason to doze off in the classroom. 5 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Leigh Espy tutors us on the three most useful graphical formats we can use to express data in our presentations. 5 minutes to read.
  • Adriana Girdler briefs us on voice mail etiquette and proper practice. Video, 5 minutes, safe for work.
  • Serkan Karabacak has a few simple suggestions that can help us remove distractions and focus on deep work. 3 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of February 4 – 10

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 4 – 10. And this week’s video: Jesse Fewell explains why command and control is a good thing, in the context it was originally expressed—as an organizational competency. 6 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Chris Dimitriadis notes that data fraud/theft and large-scale cyber attacks were identified as two of the top five global threats by the World Economic Forum. Let that sink in for a moment. 4 minutes to read.
  • Curt Nickisch interviews Anne Curzan, who studies the evolution of language. She analyzes the origins and effectiveness of some common metaphors. Podcast, 29 minutes, safe for work.
  • The FirstMark team shares insights and first principle that they got from Caty Kobe, head of Scalable Customer Success at Square, a financial services technology firm. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Satya Narayan Dash delivers a tutorial on Earned Schedule Management, an extension of earned value management. 8 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture looks at iteration models that “change things up” in order to avoid burning out the team. 3 minutes to read.
  • Cate Huston reflects on the lessons in change management she’s learned, as both manager and individual contributor. 6 minutes to read.
  • Seth Godin uses swimming and surfing as metaphors for the risks when accepting responsibility for projects with higher stakes. 2 minutes to read.
  • Daniel Doiron applies critical chain buffers to determine realistic project deadlines. 4 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin gives us some pointers on decision making as a process. Complete with a decision log template! 6 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from transition failures to futile efforts to building the wrong thing. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read,
  • Kiron Bondale suggests that we need a definition of done for our agile ceremonies as well as our products. 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman has concluded her epic series on balancing innovation, commitment and feedback loops. Here is part 2, part 3, and part 4. Each about 4 minutes to read.
  • Leon Adato shares some guidelines and practices for deciding when to “pull the plug” on legacy technology. 4 minutes to read.
  • Tomer Dicturel warns us of the impact unrealistic expectations will have on software development projects. 3 minutes to read.
  • Henny Portman reviews Devops: A business perspective, by Oleg Skrynnik. 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Chad Husted extracts actionable self-management information from Stephen R. Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. 7 minutes to read.
  • Dan Rockwell encourages us to develop empathy in our efforts to become better leaders. 2 minutes to read.
  • Roman Pichler explores ways that we can listen to understand, rather than simply respond. 6 minutes to read.
  • Liz Fosslien and Mollie West-Duffy provide some guidance on when to hug at work. And when not to hug. The cartoons are hysterical. 4 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Jon Porter reports on Googles new Password Checkup extension to Chrome. It checks a database to see if your password has been exposed in a data breach. 2 minutes to read.
  • Adam Shostack reflects on aviation, telephones, and the balance between regulation and innovation. Definitely thought-provoking. 2 minutes to read.
  • Daniel Bourke shares a comprehensive list of his takeaways from the How to Learn course on Coursera. How comprehensive? 14 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Kevin Wang examines the rapidly changing way we work, from remote work to automation to the nature of work skills. 7 minutes to read.
  • Leo Babauta coaches us on the practice of letting go. It’s a Zen thing … 3 minutes to read.
  • Adriana Girdler tells us how to develop healthy work habits, from drinking water to stretching to healthy eating. Video, 6 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!