Final Roundup: PM Articles for the Week of March 23 – 29

This is the 500th and final roundup of new project management articles published on the web during the week of March 23 – 29. Thanks for sticking with me all these years! Over the next few weeks, I’ll publish a few articles that I wrote for other venues but never got around to posting here, and in November I’ll publish my annual list of public holidays for 2021.

And this week’s video: Camaroonian musician and composer Emmanuel N’Djoké  “Manu” Dibango passed away on March 24th due to complications from COVID-19. He was 86. His 1972 hit, “Soul Makossa (I will dance),” was widely sampled and influenced generations of composers and performers around the world.  6 minutes, safe for work. “A true musician never dies; he just stops performing live.”

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • My wife made 39 disposable face masks for a local hospital

    Fred Schmalz interviews Sunil Chopra on how companies can prepare their supply chain for the next disruption by balancing efficiency with resilience. 5 minutes to read.

  • Thomas Choi and colleagues say that the COVID-19 global pandemic proves the value of supply chain mapping as a disruption response tool. 5 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell argues that we need to prepare for future crises—from artificial intelligence to climate change to the ballooning debt—like we would prepare for a war. 5 minutes to read.
  • Randall McAdory analyzes Tesla’s diverse collection of core technical competencies, and asserts that their market advantage is essentially insurmountable. 9 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Cornelius Fichtner talks with Karthik Ramamurthy on seven techniques for effective project scope management. Podcast, 30 minutes, safe for work. Plus an article, 3 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin announces the creation of a new professional community for project managers: #ThePMTribe. 5 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman argues for capabilities-based planning—providing an outcome or effect without an a priori specification. 2 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton tells us what to put in a project risk register, and how to maintain and use it. Video, 11 minutes, safe for work.
  • Praveen Malik explains how to save a baseline in MS Project, and how to use it once you have. 5 minutes to read.
  • The nice folks at ActiTIME suggest six ways to think of (and track) project costs. 6 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from the new future of remote work to the latest Cynefin iteration to enterprise agility. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Cesar Abeid interviews Johanna Rothman and Mark Kilby on their new book, remote project management, and distributed agile teams. Podcast, 48 minutes, safe for work.
  • Nicole Segerer suggests that evolving software business models require new approaches to establishing and maintaining customer relationships. 4 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackvony reviews Enterprise Continuous Testing, by Wolfgang Platz and Cynthia Dunlop. 4 minutes to read.
  • Gojko Adzic did a comprehensive survey to see what’s changed since his classic book, Specification by Example, was published ten years ago. 22 minutes to read, but worth the time.
  • Henny Portman recaps the 3rd edition of Agile NXT, a downloadable magazine from Xebia. 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Karolina Toth interviews Steven McCord, SVP of Technology at WhyHotel, on how to succeed in your first 100 days as a tech leader at a new company. Podcast, 30 minutes, safe for work, or read the notes in 11 minutes.
  • Tom Cagely begins a series on toxic meeting cultures with diagnostics: how to recognize them. 3 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Danny Page on socially responsible outsourcing and the finer points of working as a distributed team. Podcast or video, each about 40 minutes, safe for work.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Das Rush interviews Joel de la Garza on the transformations of information security practices and capacity as more of the workforce goes remote. Podcast, 22 minutes, safe for work.
  • Erich Kron and James McQuiggan advise us what to do if we discover that someone is impersonating our company in a phishing campaign. 2 minutes to read.
  • Ben Dickson shares some additional security precautions to take when connecting remotely to the company network. 4 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Pascal Papathemelis recaps his webinar on active listening. Great content, too bad I missed it, but this is almost as good. 7 minutes to read, plus a video, 52 minutes, safe for work.
  • Francesco Marcatto makes the case for dot voting as a way for a team to converge on a limited set of alternatives. 4 minutes to read.
  • Esther Derby gives us a cheat sheet for helping those who are new to remote work to conduct better meetings. 2 minutes to read.

Peace be with you!

New PM Articles for the Week of March 9 – 15

New project management articles published on the web during the week of March 9 – 15. And this week’s video: Angela Ceberano talks about how she changed her view of the anxieties that used to paralyze her. “Be the warrior, not the worrier.” 11 minutes, mostly safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Romesh Vaitilingham summarizes the results of a World Economic Forum survey of economists around the world, on the potential for a recession. 6 minutes to read.
  • John Detrixhe interviews Nobel prize winning economist Robert Schiller, who says that this economic disruption is different from past economic crises. 4 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell examines the impact of automation since 1900 and suggests that work in the coming years will be based more on collaboration than on tasks. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Praveen Malik shares ten excellent getting-started tips for MS Project beginners. 5 minutes to read.
  • Chris walks through the keys steps in decommissioning the zombie servers in your data center. 5 minutes to read.
  • Stav Ziv shares her detailed Q and A crib sheet for preparing for that project manager job interview. 15 minutes to read.
  • Bruce Gordon describes the approach to develop the PMI Chicagoland project management mentoring program. 8 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin provides some guidance for an experienced project manager managing an international project for the first time. 5 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman references WalMart in a case study of capabilities elicitation and capabilities-based planning. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from decision making under pressure to emerging organizational silos to team right-sizing. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman concludes and summarizes her series on building team resilience. 3 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely talks about using Clean Language concepts to refine requirements and gets a visit from Susan Parente, who talks about virtual agile. Podcast, 20 minutes, safe for work.
  • Kristin Jackvony tutors us on API contract testing. Clear, with a very low nerd content. 4 minutes to read.
  • Bjorn van den Einden tutors us on product backlog refinement. 7 minutes to read.
  • George Guimarães shares the agile and engineering metrics he uses with his teams to achieve continuous improvement. 4 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic tells us how to spot an incompetent leader. Arrogance is the first symptom. 5 minutes to read.
  • The Insightful Leader at Kellogg School of Management interviews Nicola Bianchi on what kinds of management training are the most effective. Podcast, 12 minutes, safe for work.
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy and Jesse Bibbee share a checklist for reacting to the decision that your upcoming face-to-face workshop must be virtual. 7 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton explores the origins, implications, and application of servant leadership. Video, 14 minutes, safe for work.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Michael Kan reports that Google researchers have found a design flaw in the Avast antivirus. 2 minutes to read.
  • Sadie Williamson tells us how to be supportive of the people who fell into cybersecurity traps. 6 minutes to read.
  • Robert Howell explains why we shouldn’t be allowed to waive our right to keep our information private. 4 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Stephanie Vozza summarizes the top three co-worker behaviors that annoy us, based on a survey, and suggests ways to minimize the impact on our psyches. 5 minutes to read.
  • Jason Cohen suggests a few steps we can take to improve the experience on our video conference calls. 4 minutes to read.
  • Ashley Wilson points out a few things happening in the office that negatively impact productivity, and ways to deal with them.

Enjoy!

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!