New PM Articles for the Week of August 13 – 19

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 13 – 19. And this week’s video: Jennifer Bridges explains how to structure a project team. 5 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Greg Satell notes the pivotal role of the business ecosystem in business success and failure. Also note the impact of regional cultural differences. 5 minutes to read.
  • Aman Grover gives us a non-technical primer on 5G cellular network standards. This technology will enable a lot of other products, from autonomous cars to smart cities. 12 minutes to read.
  • Akshat Rathi reports on a significant improvement in lithium-ion battery capacity. The company is scaling up for a move from prototypes to production. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Elizabeth Harrin demonstrates three ways to make a Gantt chart, using Excel (with a free template), Powerpoint, and Vizzlo. 9 minutes to read.
  • Peter Milsom expounds on the value of appreciative inquiry and root cause analysis. 3 minutes to read.
  • Jim Lovell gets heretical: How to avoid holding a project status meeting (while still collecting actionable information). 5 minutes to read.
  • Andy Silber tells us how to write status reports that will actually be read. 3 minutes to read—let’s see if he’s right.
  • Laura Barnard continues her Impact PMO series with some thoughts on communicating with purpose. 7 minutes to read.
  • Michele Iurillo summarizes failure modes from a recent Gartner survey on why business intelligence projects don’t take off. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from agile data to silent estimating to why a good product backlog resembles an iceberg. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • John Barton maintains that development managers need to actively manage the code review process. 7 minutes to read.
  • Dave Prior interviews Johanna Rothman and Mark Kilby on communication tips for distributed teams, based on their recent team writing experience. Video, 19 minutes, safe for work.
  • Tom Cagley answers the FAQ: what do I do with incomplete stories when the sprint is over? 3 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale contemplates defect handling within a sprint, as a function of a Definition of Done. 2 minutes to read.
  • Angela Riggs describes the key responsibilities of the QA engineer as three hats. 8 minutes to read.
  • Will Fanguy points out a few common and preventable failures in preparing and resenting prototypes. 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Julia Milner and Trenton Milner found that most managers don’t know how to coach their direct reports. The good news is that they can learn. 5 minutes to read.
  • Dmitrii Susloparov lists tools, techniques, and processes for managing efficient virtual teams. 7 minutes to read.
  • Art Petty recommends reducing the threat level when proposing an organizational change. 5 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Ephrat Livni reports on research indicating that the perception of whether an event is lucky or unlucky can influence other outcomes—luck begets luck. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mantra Malhotra lists the ways in which artificial intelligence is transforming mobile technology in some not-always-obvious ways. 4 minutes to read.
  • The folks at Cossack Labs explain how to detect massive database breaches and leaks using poison records, honeypots, and other fake data elements. 7 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Mike Griffiths recaps some insights into employee motivation and purpose after reports that terminated Tesla workers still love Elon Musk and Tesla. 5 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas points out a gray area in recruiting: you can’t discriminate in hiring based on age, but Facebook allows employers to target age ranges for job seekers. 3 minutes to read.
  • Weihan Wang shares five observations from the point of view of a job applicant. Talent is scarce and even brief interactions with the hiring firm leave lasting impressions. 7 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of July 23 – 29

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 23 – 29. And this week’s video: Peter Dinklage delivers the commencement address at his alma mater, Bennington College, talking about how he empowered himself to quit cubicle life and become an actor at the age of 29. 8 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Gavin Martin sees the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) as the “potential baseline” for data privacy in the US and shares his checklist for corporate action. 4 minutes to read.
  • David Sanger reports that state-sponsored Russian hackers seem more interested in planting malware in the US electrical grid than in influencing the mid-term election. 6 minutes to read.
  • Michael Isikoff interviews former White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert, who warns that no one is “minding the store” on cyber threat policies and strategies. 4 minutes to read plus a podcast; the first 36 minutes has the interview.

Managing Projects

  • Greg Satell offers some guidance on how to make your AI project successful. Despite what the name implies, it’s all about human 4 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture shares a recent observation by Thomas Friedman, author of The World is Flat, on what the universally accessible platform means to project managers. 2 minutes to read.
  • Robert Wysocki concludes his articles on the scope triangle with a description of the scope bank, a repository of all current requirements and change requests. 7 minutes to read.
  • Andrew Conrad tutors us on how to build a solid project communication plan. 6 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale reminds of us the value of meeting face-to-face, even when we aren’t co-located. 2 minutes to read.
  • Kerry Wills reflects on the additional considerations required when planning off-site meetings. A minute to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin does a comparison review of three meeting minutes transcription software alternatives. Probably invaluable for some projects. 13 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from (the right) estimates to a book on product design to product management for infrastructure teams. 7 outbound links, 2 minutes to read.
  • Joshua Kerievsky proposes an alternative to the product owner role: Chartering, an iterative-team level way of setting priorities and agreeing on processes. 5 minutes to read.
  • Jeff Langr expounds on the way that test-driven development (TDD) quickly becomes a personal imperative; he even uses the term test-infected. 7 minutes to read.
  • Nishi Grover Garg makes the case for including exploratory testing to the mix of QA techniques. 4 minutes to read.
  • Adam Wignall answers a few rhetorical questions on how to maintain both speed and quality in continuous delivery, naming tools and processes. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mike Brody note the four critical features that need to be a part of your next reporting dashboard. 4 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership articles, from human intelligence to team-level OKR’s to the difference between being busy and being productive. 4 minutes to read.
  • Jim Taggert extracts a list of ten high-value skills and behaviors from Inevitable Surprises: Thinking Ahead in a Time of Turbulence by Peter Schwartz. 4 minutes to read.
  • Sarah Kessler explains how to cope with a team member’s parental leave. As people tell the new parents, “It goes by fast.” 5 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Patricio O’Gorman analyzes the Fortnite “hook” that seems to have addicted over 125 million people. 5 minutes to read.
  • Yana Yelina reports on the growth of virtual reality solutions to health care challenges, from medical education to patient experience to clinical research. 4 minutes to read.
  • Keith Foote briefly recaps the history of assaults on digital data and the rise of data security. 6 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Suzanne Lucas shares her Evil HR Lady perspective on dealing with the cultural barriers challenging global expansion (with excellent examples). 3 minutes to read.
  • The folks at The Hive published a summary of everything you need to know about the PMP certification. 10 minutes to read.
  • Simone Stolzoff reveals the results of a survey of 6,000 tech workers: over 60% feel they’re not paid enough. 2 minutes to read if you study the bar charts.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of July 16 – 22

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 16 – 22. And this week’s video: a quick review of recent changes to Microsoft Visio, followed by a demonstration of how to integrate Visio with Microsoft Project. 26 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Bill Taylor focuses our attention on three reasons why Netflix is successful. And focus is the key word here. 4 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell revisits the failures of Blockbuster, Kodak, and Xerox. The root cause of each of their failures was not just disruption. 5 minutes to read.
  • Dan Kopf summarizes a report from the OECD on what higher tariffs might mean for economic growth. It’s not all about the retail price of manufactured goods. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Satya Narayan Dash tutors us on contingency reserve and management reserve. 9 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture explains David Hulett’s approach to integrating the risk register and the project plan. 2 minutes to read.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Karlene Agard on value management in mega-projects—reducing cost without reducing value. Podcast, 16 minutes.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy delivers a very detailed mini-course on project stakeholder management, from identification to creating a Register. 16 minutes.
  • Mike Clayton provides detailed instructions on how to get the most from our next “lessons learned” meeting. 12 minutes to read.
  • The folks at Clarizen share their thoughts on milestones—on both good and bad practices. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Beyond Budgeting to why open floor plans suck to results of the scrum master survey. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Raffaela Rein describes inclusive design as removing barriers to access for the disabled, from the deaf to the color blind and beyond. 5 minutes to read.
  • Erik Dietrich describes seven types of testing (beyond functional testing) that you should be doing. 5 minutes to read.
  • James Kobelius considers what it might mean to certify an AI product as “safe.” 6 minutes to read.
  • Janelle Shane gives us a practitioner’s view of why artificial narrow intelligence is more achievable than artificial general 5 minutes to read.
  • Alex Aitken questions the predictive value of velocity. 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership articles, from fairy tales and fables to accurate data to being compassionate. 5 outbound links, 4 minutes to read.
  • John Yorke explains the concepts exemplified by Herbie, a key character in The Goal, by Eliyahu Goldratt. This is a novel that introduces the Theory of Constraints. 7 minutes to read.
  • Mary Jo Asmus points out some of the upsides to delegating. 2 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Mike Griffiths catalogs some of the AI assistant applications we should look forward to as project managers. 7 minutes to read.
  • Max Steinmetz collates some recent statistics on Agile adoption and results. 3 minutes to read.
  • Alison Coleman previews a new report from PMI: Next Practices: Maximizing the Benefits of Disruptive Technologies on Projects. 5 minutes to read.
  • Oliver Staley reports on a new study from a business school in Madrid which compared formal and automated communication with informal communications at work. 2 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Elizabeth Harrin shares an extract from her excellent new book, Project Manager, which describes three ways to get that first job as a PM. 5 minutes to read.
  • Berta Melder explains why serotonin is important to our happiness and productivity and identifies daily activities that can help us produce more of it. 4 minutes to read.
  • Kerry Wills reminds us to observe a few simple workplace courtesies—like keeping your calendar updated. A minute to read.

Enjoy!