New PM Articles for the Week of April 15 – 21

New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 15 – 21. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton explains the PMI, APM, and Prince2 definitions of an issue, and what project managers should do to manage them. 5 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Susan Lund and Jacques Bughin describe the changing nature of globalization, driven by flows of information and data. 8 minutes to read.
  • Stephen Bungay debunks five popular myths about strategy. 6 minutes to read.
  • Brad Plizga argues that human rights must always come before business. It’s time for Big Tech to say no to oppressive governments.

Managing Projects

  • Valaiporn Niramai does a deep dive on what it takes to organize and manage a transformation project. 7 minutes to read.
  • Sarah Hoban explains the fundamentals of project branding. 3 minutes to read, or listen to her podcast: 6 minutes, safe for work.
  • Nenad Trajkovski suggests that we consider what type of task to use, based on constraints and drivers, before we start up MS Project. 2 minutes to read.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Laura Dallas Burford on how to become a project management consultant. Podcast, 33 minutes, safe for work.
  • The Nice Folks at Clarizen explain one of my favorite methodologies: Gap Analysis. Loved by business analysts and implementation project managers everywhere. 3 minutes to read.
  • Tapera Mangezi tells how to maintain positive stakeholder engagement during business analysis processes. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from the merits of less communication to the demerits of A/B testing to multiple team Scrum. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Tamás Török gives us an executive summary of Coding Sans Software Development Trends 2019 annual report. Full report and data available for download. 7 minutes to read.
  • Doug Bradbury suggests a less risky alternative to a major re-write of your current software product in order to exploit a new market. 3 minutes to read.
  • Barry Weston observes some of the challenges in testing AI solutions. 4 minutes to read.
  • Brendan Wovchko coaches us on the choice between using Scum and using Kanban. 4 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackovny, professional tester and former professional organizer, tells us how to organize for testing success. 5 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Michael Lopp considers the leadership responsibilities of meetings. 4 minutes to read.
  • Melody Wilding coaches us on managing the complainers who come to our meetings. You can give people a voice without losing control. 4 minutes to read.
  • Pawel Brodzinski reflects on the co-dependent nature of autonomy and transparency: you can’t have one without the other. 7 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy shares a few simple things you can do to endear yourself to your project team. It’s easier to lead people who like you. 4 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Greg Satell gives us an executive summary of quantum computing. My take: they aren’t faster general-purpose computers. 5 minutes to read.
  • MIT Technology Review recaps what we’ve learned in the 20 years since the first distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. 6 minutes to read.
  • Raconteur shares an infographic that illustrates how much new data is created in a single day. I wouldn’t call the 4,000 terabytes generated on Facebook useful, but it’s data. A minute or two to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Jenny Foss suggests we send a letter of interest to that company we’d really like to work for. Even if they don’t have a position open. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mayo Oshin looks at the science of how music affects your productivity. Sad news: although music reduces anxiety, lyrics reduce mental performance. 5 minutes to read the rest.
  • Lauren Adley on motivation: “It’s easier to get things done when we’re driven, but it’s not a necessary precondition in order to do so.” 4 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of December 3 – 9

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 3 – 9. And this week’s video: Jim Whitehurst, former COO of Delta Airlines and CEO of Red Hat Software, explains what he learned from giving up everything he knew about being a leader. 11 minutes, safe for work.

Also: I received feedback from Reddit member dennythecoder, who said that the hyperlinks on my pages were too hard to read. As of this week, I’ve changed the color scheme. Please let me know in the comments if this makes things better or worse.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Mark Muro and Robert Maxim go a bit deeper into the story of GM’s coming layoffs: digitalization will lead to a very different automaker workforce. 4 minutes to read.
  • Mark Wilson assess the biggest challenge for engineers working on self-driving cars: the user experience. The targets are mundane, familiar, and non-threatening. 14 minutes to read.
  • Will Knight summarizes a report from AI Now Institute which identifies facial recognition as a key challenge for society and policymakers.
  • Tessa Sproule advocates for making ethics much more visible in our decisions about artificial intelligence—even to the point of bringing in ethicists. 8 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • PMI has released three new reports on how disruptive technologies are impacting the project management profession. 3 minutes to read this quick overview.
  • Ben Howard provides a detailed tutorial on how to import a list of tasks from Excel into MS Project. 7 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale considers the cost-benefit justification of having a project manager dedicated to a project. 2 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton proposes an eight-step process for decision making, pulling influences from four widely-used methodologies. 10 minutes to read.
  • The folks at Clarizen explain how vendor management fits into project management. 3 minutes to read.
  • Deb Schaffer rounded up a few appropriate holiday gifts for the project managers on your shopping list (or you can print it out and leave it for your Significant Other). 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from current trends in corporate transformation to lessons learned from Nextflix’ failures to a team charter workshop. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Jonathan Creenaune describes the management approach taken for a truly enormous software engineering project—rearchitecting Confluence and Jira to be stateless, multi-tenant cloud applications. 15 minutes to read and well worth it.
  • Anne-Marie Charrett makes the point that quality is an emergent behavior of complex systems. 3 minutes to read.
  • Edyta Korona and Arjun Saksena interview Rich Mironov on the evolution of tech product management Podcast, 16 minutes, safe for work.
  • Llewellyn Falco lays out a process for identifying root causes and correcting the problems that allowed a bug to be created in the first place. 3 minutes to read.
  • Maaret Pyhäjärvi notes that, in testing. There’s more going on than what gets typed in at the keyboard. 4 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership content, from false dichotomies to meeting dysfunctions to setting and achieving business goals. 5 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell shares the key insights from General Stanley McChrystal’s new book, Leaders: Myth and Reality. 5 minutes to read.
  • Kerry Wills reminds us that we don’t need to ask permission to do the work we are held accountable for. Less than a minute to read.

Research and Insights

  • Mercedes Thomas gives us a tight but thorough explanation of quantum computing, from entangled states to superposition to interference. 11 minutes to read.
  • Jeff Desjardins shares an infographic giving brief explanations of 24 common cognitive biases. Maybe 5 minutes to read, if you don’t keep Googling …
  • Paramita Ghosh predicts the top ten data management trends to expect in 2019. 5 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Elizabeth Harrin posted a career planner in PDF format to help you plan for 2019. 3 minutes to read.
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy provides her guidance on keeping remote colleagues feel connected during the holiday season. 6 minutes to read.
  • Simon Knight shares his techniques for working remotely as effectively as possible. 6 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of February 26 – March 4

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 26 – March 4. And this week’s video: And this week’s video: The Band of Heathens perform “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone” on Austin City Limits, from 2011. Six minutes to watch; turn it up!

Must read!

  • Tim Fernholz reports that a start-up is designing a satellite to deliver internet access from geosynchronous orbit. The technology tradeoffs and decisions here are fascinating. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mike Wehner briefs us on a new AI-powered assistant for the astronauts on the International Space Station, in the form of a floating, basketball-sized device with an animated face. 2 minutes to read.
  • Bruce Benson uses the occasion of a failed Russian satellite launch to remind us that managers who make technical decisions without input from the technical experts own the results. Just a minute to read.

Established Methods

  • Donna Fitzgerald previews the role of the project manager in the corporate Strategy Realization Office. You’ll need business acumen and you’ll need to be the right kind of agile. 6 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton gives us a ten-minute course on how to be a confident project manager.
  • John Goodpasture explores Pareto, Exponential, and Poisson distributions, and explains why we seem to use Normal distributions even when not applicable. 3 minutes to read.
  • Roger Swannell addresses the question of compiling documentation over the project life cycle. 2 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale shares the questions he asks in project manager interviews. 2 minutes to read.
  • Maya Bernstein and Rae Ringel explain how to plan a better meeting using Design Thinking. 5 minutes to read.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his list of Agile content, from Launching an Agile transformation to distributed Agile leadership to product management trends. 7 outbound links, 2 minutes to scan.
  • John Yorke examines successful Agile software development and finds three underlying pillars. 6 minutes to read.
  • Henny Portman reviews The Kanban Guide for Scrum Teams, by Daniel Vacaniti and Scrum.org. less than 2 minutes to read.
  • Jeff Langr notes that Behavior Driven Development (BDD), like TDD, can generate more tests than benefits. Aside: false positives consume scarce resources! 5 minutes to read.
  • Ron Jeffries suggests that we can’t wait until the deadline to be done. 6 minutes to read.
  • Justin Rohrman shares some observations from working with a group that practices pair programming about 95% of the time. 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • David Rock shares the leadership lesson that Microsoft learned: tell employees what you want them to strive for, in as few words as possible. 5 minutes to read.
  • Valerie Senyk describes the Netflix culture in terms of qualities and behaviors it values. 2 minutes to read.
  • Jim Taggert points out the importance of our mental models and their underlying assumptions. 2 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Avery Phillips gets us up to speed on how to deal with national and medical security breaches. The more sensitive the data, the more valuable the target. 4 minutes to read.
  • Ham Vocke concludes his lengthy reference on the practical test pyramid. An excellent resource, nearly an hour to read but worth your time.
  • Khe Hy describes his approach to making better use of everything he reads. 6 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Rosie Spinks reports that Estonia will soon be offering a visa for “digital nomads” who want to park there for up to a year while working online. About half of the population speaks English. 4 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy points out some of the behaviors that sabotage our careers. 4 minutes to read.
  • Dorie Clark explains how women can develop and promote their personal brand. Excellent advice for men in here, too. 6 minutes to read.
  • LaRae Quy articulates what it means to be positive in terms of what positive people never do. 5 minutes to read.

Enjoy!