New PM Articles for the Week of December 30 – January 5

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 30 – January 5. And this week’s video: Leila Gharani tells us how to use the new and improved Excel XLOOKUP function. In addition to replacing both VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP, the IFNOTFOUND argument turbocharges error handling. Microsoft is still rolling this out, so you might not have it yet, even with Office 365. 14 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Benjamin Gomes-Casseres examines the biggest business deals (and the absence of some deals) of 2019 for trends extending into the twenties. 6 minutes to read.
  • Ryan Raiker lists the top ten technology trends for the new decade, from hyper-automation to human augmentation to AI security. 9 minutes to read.
  • Alison Martin casts an insurance executive’s eye on the World Economic Forum’s list of the top ten business risks and asks, what about climate change? 3 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Kiron Bondale reviews Jonathan Sapir’s new book, Thriving at the Edge of Chaos: Managing projects as complex adaptive systems. 3 minutes to read.

  • Henny Portman summarizes the insights contained in the Standish Group’s CHAOS Report 2018, including decision latency theory. 4 minutes to read.
  • Linky van der Merwe shares a list of project management conferences to consider attending in 2020. Six in Europe and five in the US, 4 minutes to read.
  • Alyssa Scavetta gives us a brief overview of requirements management. 6 minutes to read.
  • Rob Williams interviews Nick Pisano on the history (and future) of digital transformation. Podcast, 47 minus, safe for work.

Managing Software Development

  • Ariff Kassam makes the case for a microservices architecture. 3 minutes to read.
  • Dave Prior and Jesse Fewell reflect on ten years as PMPs and Certified Scrum Trainers. A lot has changed, and more changes are coming. Podcast, 41 minutes, safe for work.
  • Harsh Vardhan promotes the use of analytics for test automation outcomes. 6 minutes to read.
  • Victoria Bezsmolna notes the top problems teams are still having with test automation. 5 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Susanne Madsen shares a leadership self-assessment questionnaire to help determine what project leadership skills to develop in the coming year. 7 minutes to read.
  • Brian Uzzi, Nour Kteily, and Cynthia Wang discuss the psychology of conflict and when it can be harnessed for good. 6 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Mary Stone Ross asserts that the California Consumer Privacy Act, the strictest privacy law in the country, still isn’t enough. And she helped draft it. 7 minutes to read.
  • Sadrach Pierre explains the potential data security risks of quantum computers. If any password can be broken in a matter of seconds … 5 minutes to read.
  • Patrick Howell O’Neill predicts that hackers will be the weapon of choice for governments in 2020. As if cyber-criminals weren’t enough … 5 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Art Petty shares some thoughts on how to succeed in high-stress management meetings. And they’re all high stress, aren’t they? 6 minutes to read.
  • Shelly Fan recaps the neuroscience findings of the last ten years that transformed our understanding of how the brain works. 6 minutes to read or 10 minutes for the podcast.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of December 9 – 15

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 9 – 15. And this week’s video: once again, we celebrate a traditional Texas family Christmas with the San Marcos Santa Claus, Robert Earl Keen. “I can’t remember how I’m kin to them …” Feliz Navidad, y’all! 4 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Greg Satell observes that moving fast is being superseded by moving in parallel. The new keywords are caution, exploration, and collaboration. 5 minutes to read.
  • Dambisa Moyo looks at de-globalization, the Splinternet, and the war for talent, and asks whether businesses are positioned to compete in the coming decade.
  • Brook Appelbaum notes the churn in the companies making up the Fortune 500 and proposes explanations for the rapid rise and fall of large enterprises. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Elizabeth Harrin listed links to 21 project management conferences and events coming up in 2020. Locations are in nearly every continent. Hopefully, someone will send her a link to a conference in South America. 8 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton explains how to run an effective stage gate review. Different organizations have different processes, but Mike covers the common elements. Video, 10 minutes, safe for work.
  • Tim Runcie previews the latest version of Microsoft Project, built from the ground up to work completely in the Cloud. 8 minutes to read.
  • Francesco Marcatto tells us when to use each of several types of timeline charts. 5 minutes to read.
  • Brad Egeland explains project integration management: combining the elements of a project plan into a unified whole. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from technical debt to measuring product / market fit to sociocracy. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Asim Suvedi explains his top three priorities as a software development manager. 3 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely continues his series on product requirements prioritization with a qualitative approach, the Kano model, and a quantitative approach, rank ordering by ROI. 4 minutes to read both.
  • Balazs Tornai explains why a backlog beats specifications. 5 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackvony lists a few potentially meaningful metrics for measuring software quality. 4 minutes to read.
  • Cory Foy shows how to use Wardley mapping to identify unique product attributes in support of April Dunford’s product positioning framework. Video, 5 minutes, safe for work.
  • Samantha Connelly talks about using mind maps and heuristics for planning mobile app testing. 2 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Jan Hagen and colleagues tell us about the training that aircraft crews receive in learning to deal with high-pressure situations. 8 minutes to read.
  • Karin Hurt and David Dye coach us on leading when our team is exhausted. 3 minutes to read.
  • Darren Manabney coaches us on being a persuasive speaker. “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” No, Oscar Wilde didn’t say it. 3 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Joan Goodchild tutors us on man-in-the-middle attacks: what they are how they work, and how to defend against them. 5 minutes to read.
  • Venkat Ramasamy outlines how a phishing attack can exploit an enterprise file synch and sharing system. In 1Q2019, Microsoft OneDrive had a 60% jump in malicious files. 4 minutes to read.
  • Gant Laborde notes five security challenges inherent to DevOps and the highly dependent nature of modern codebases. 5 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • If you liked Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking Fast and Slow, Pablo Alvarez recommends five more books on related topics. 3 minutes to read.
  • Michelle Knight describes several data management trends we should expect to track in 2020. 6 minutes to read.
  • Michelle Cheng recaps the fastest-growing jobs in the US, according to a study by LinkedIn. 4 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of August 5 – 11

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 5 – 11. And this week’s video: Redditor Hotwir3 shared this outtake from Malcolm in the Middle, where Hal needs to replace a light bulb. Some of us refer to this phenomenon as the Law of Three Other Things: in order to do any one thing, you must do three other things first, recursively. Less than a minute, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Julian Birkenshaw opines that ecosystem businesses—those that position themselves as hubs within a network of suppliers and customers—are changing the nature of competitive advantage and business strategy. 6 minutes to read.
  • Georgia Frances King hosts a conference call with tech publishing legend Tim O’Reilly, who discusses competition in the digital-marketplace age. Video, 31 minutes, safe for work.
  • Peter Rejcek warns us that undeclared wars in cyberspace are becoming more aggressive, more highly automated, and more effective. 5 minutes to read.
  • Anders Melin reports on the growing war for senior cybersecurity talent. Lots of background information here—this is a critical skill for IT PM’s to develop. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Harry Hall explores what is needed for a great project charter. With a video (3 minutes), an online course, and a free template—who could ask for anything more? 3 minutes to read.
  • Peter Bregman and Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez share six tough questions to ask before launching a “moon shot” project. 5 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture articulates the hybrid operating principle: “Agile projects are simultaneously strategically stationary and tactically iterative and emergent.” 2 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin looks at three methods to track percent complete for your project tasks and five ways to measure project performance. With a video (3 minutes) and a template. 5 minutes to read.
  • Robin Nicklas does a highly technical examination of scheduling schemes and leveling heuristics for resource-constrained projects. Nerd content over 90%! 8 minutes to read.
  • Andy Makar considers the career benefits of spending a year or two working in a corporate PMO. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from failing agile transformations to liberating structures to right-sizing user stories. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Matt Hartley begins a new series on his lessons learned, beginning with why software requirements in the real world are hard. 9 minutes to read.
  • Andy Glover and Matt Archer list ten reasons why we should fix bugs as soon as we find them, rather than prioritizing defects for correction or possible deferral. 6 minutes to read.
  • Maaret Pyhäjärvi looks at making some changes after two years of No Product Owner.
  • Tom Cagely tells us what to do when the daily Scrum has devolved into a daily status report and reinforces the practice as envisioned in the Scrum Guide. Total, about 5 minutes.
  • Bob Marshall reviews John Seddon’s upcoming book, “Beyond Command and Control.” 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Mike Clayton explains the GROW model of coaching, which might be better called GROW ME. Video, 5 minutes, safe for work.
  • Rick Woolworth helps us improve our mentoring to address the whole person, not just their career. 6 minutes to read.
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy provide guidance on “speaking truth to power” in ways that your boss can hear. 7 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Patrick Collison and Tyler Cowan argues that we need a new science of progress, meaning “the combination of economic, technological, scientific, cultural, and organizational advancement that has transformed our lives.” 9 minutes to read.
  • Akash Deep lists a few of the ways that AI is transforming the way healthcare will be delivered. The business opportunities are limitless. 5 minutes to read.
  • David Gilbertson has far too much fun finding accounts that can be accessed with one of the 25 most common passwords. There’s a 17% chance that you’re using 123456. 6 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Kiron Bondale points out some of the impacts that distributed work teams can have on stakeholders who aren’t part of the team. 3 minutes to read.
  • Anne Quito passes along the empowering advice that TED gives to nervous speakers. 3 minutes to read.
  • Tracy Middleton shares a quiz to help you determine your Chronotype, to optimize your schedule. I’m an early bird—moderately morning type. 4 minutes to read, a minute for the quiz.

Enjoy!