New PM Articles for the Week of June 24 – 30

New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 24 – 30. And this week’s video: Heidi Grant explains why we need to ask for help, and tells us how to do it successfully, while making the process more rewarding for your helper. 12 minutes, safe for work. Thanks to Kiron Bondale for the link!

I’ll also plug Bill Gates’ remarks given at the Forbes Philanthropy Summit, where his life-long friend, the late Paul Allen, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. If Paul had been a fictional character, I believe the author would have been Robert A. Heinlein.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Daniel Burrus advocates dematerialization—making products and features smaller and lighter—as a key strategy for innovation. 3 minutes to read.
  • Peter Robison reports on a growing controversy: Boeing’s use of outsourcing to low-cost offshore engineers for development of the 737 Max software. 8 minutes to read.
  • Dan Loney interviews Dean Foster on the need for leaders and their teams to be culturally adept in the countries where they do business. Podcast, 26 minutes, safe for work.

Managing Projects

  • PMP ExamPMI announced that the PMP examination will undergo an update, based on the recently completed Global Practice Analysis. This is a complete re-design of the exam! The last day to take the current version of the exam will be December 15, 2019. 2 minutes to read the article, another 10 to read the exam content outline.
  • Dale Howard shows us how to schedule a task to start as late as possible, based on the start date of another task, in MS Project. 2 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton explains three important acronyms thrown about by experienced project managers—RAID, CAD, and DCARI. Video, 4 minutes, safe for work.
  • Linky van der Merwe tells us why we need to become agile project managers—the trends, organization expectations, and what we need to do differently. 8 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman compiled 35 technical papers and 9 books on conducting a root cause analysis. 5 minutes to read.
  • The nice folks at Clarizen share five excellent practices for resource management. It would be helpful if they identified their authors, but I’ll credit them with nice. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from silent meetings to outcome-oriented change to shades of MVP, although probably not 50 of them. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Eden Ella shares his analysis of the (recent) history and (near) future of web development. 10 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely and Jon Quigley talk about fit for purpose and other topics in the Software Process and Measurement podcast. 21 minutes, safe for work.
  • Kristin Jackvony gives us a checklist for testing the database behind the application. 4 minutes to read.
  • Seth Godin schools us on what defines a great design—it’s all about constraints and results. 2 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman poses several questions about the team and the context when answering the question, what is the minimum required documentation for requirements? 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Ron Carucci and Jarrod Shappell tell us how to work with someone who thinks they are always right, even when there is no perfect answer. Best term: chronic certainty. 5 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Mark Kilby and Johanna Rothman on their new book, From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams: Collaborate to deliver. Podcast, 42 minutes, safe for work.
  • Emily Luijbregts shares some tips for building effective globally distributed teams. 6 minutes to read.
  • Eric Goldschein provides his insights into building a remote team that will last. 5 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Aaron Gershwin briefs us on Flame, the most sophisticated cyber espionage tool ever discovered by a target and discussed in public. Makes you wonder what else is lurking out there, doesn’t it? 4 minutes to read.
  • Linwood Walker tells us everything we need to know about Wi-Fi 6. This is going to be a key enabler for the Internet of Things. 4 minutes to read.
  • Sarah Soule, Davina Drabkin, and Lori Mackenzie point out some of the stereotypes in MBA case studies. Even great graduate programs have flaws. 7 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Deanna DeBara coaches us on keeping your home office from taking over your life. 8 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Yuko explains the research linking greater empathy to higher productivity. 4 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy briefs us on the plan-do-check-act cycle for continuous process improvement. Repeat as necessary! 5 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of June 17 – 23

New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 17 – 23. And this week’s video: digital project managers Ben Aston and Kelly Suter discuss the Hertz-Accenture lawsuit. $32USD million for a website design that never went live? That requires a lot of process failures! 7 minutes, safe for work (unless you believe cock-up is a bad word).

This week’s images from our day trip to Death Valley.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Karl Henrik Smith analyzes Anthos, Google’s new Kubernetes-based platform designed to manage applications across multiple clouds, such as AWS and Azure. 8 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell examines how major changes in technology, resource utilization, migration, and demographics drove change in the 20th century and projects what these trends will mean in this century. 6 minutes to read.
  • Eshe Nelson interviews Richard Baldwin, author of The Globotics Upheaval: Globalization, robotics, and the future of work. 8 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Mike Griffiths has been named co-lead for the next update cycle of the PMBOK, to be called the 7th Expect “a radical departure from all previous editions.” Just a minute to read.
  • Glen Alleman defines technical margin and contingency and explains how they are used in systems under development. 2 minutes to read.
  • Dale Howard tells us how to view all predecessors and successors for any task in MS Project. Very useful in highly detailed plans! 3 minutes to read.
  • The nice folks at Clarizen tell about RACI charts—what they are, how they are used, and why we need them. 3 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely presents the positive case for a Big Bang implementation of a major change, like moving to a new ERP. 3 minutes to read.
  • Jim Conroy describes five specific actions that the PMO can initiate in order to improve project benefits realization. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from decision making in flat organizations to customer centricity to killing any project. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • James Thomas led a 15-minute discussion on the value of testing is … and captured the group learnings in a mind map. 3 minutes to read, including the map.
  • Dave West makes a good case for putting product customer personas on the team wall. 4 minutes to read.
  • Steven Hansen talks us through conducting an estimate for a project with an embedded Linux component. This is illustrative of good practice in technical analysis, from alternatives to risks. 5 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman reminds us to clean our backlogs, create a parking lot, and otherwise reduce our cognitive load. 3 minutes to read.
  • Marija Cvjetkovic shares 15 of her cartoons, mocking “false Scrum implementations.” 3 minutes to read; no estimate for time required to laugh nervously and change the subject.

Applied Leadership

  • Kumar Srikant leads us on a deep examination of professional and business ethics violations and how we choose to cheat. 6 minutes to read.
  • Nick Walker and Bill Yates interview Dr. Ruth Middleton-House on decision-making under threatening conditions. Podcast, 35 minutes, safe for work.
  • Vikash Kumar shares his principles for leading a geographically distributed team. 5 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Andrej Kovačević updates us on Dark Web activities that appear to be trending, with implications for the business world. 4 minutes to read.
  • Edward Hawkins gives us some insight into how internal and external security testing is accomplished. 5 minutes to read.
  • Dan Schawbel reports on research that indicates a generation preference (or aversion) for open offices. Having both kinds of space might provide an edge in the talent war. 3 minutes to read.
  • John Detrixhe reports that new financial technology algorithms discriminate against minorities 40% less often than human lenders. 3 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Tim O’Brien reminds us that we should not let our role become our identity, and let professional reverses hurt us on a personal level. 5 minutes to read.
  • John Leo Weber coaches us on office etiquette—the little rules that help us fit into the workplace. Yes, this is even more important for leaders. 6 minutes to read.
  • Dan Matthews suggests simple in loco parentis solutions for three common office conflicts. 2 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of May 27 – June 2

New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 27 – June 2. And this week’s video: Diana Larsen and James Shore explain the Agile fluency model, a framework to help decide how to invest in Agile methods so that your teams can achieve the right zone of fluency. 11 minutes, safe for work. Thanks to Henny Portman for the link!

Two pictures from Vancouver Lake Park, taken this afternoon. That’s Mt. St. Helen and Mt. Hood in the background.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Ioannis Ioannou and Caroline Flammer explore the shifting balance between corporate investing and saving when preparing for a navigating through recessions. 4 minutes to read.
  • Sonal Mehta looks at how augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) will impact manufacturing and the industrial internet of things. 6 minutes to read.
  • Kathy Pham on what classes should be required for a computer science degree: “When people learn to code, they should also learn about ethics, humanities, and equity. Then perhaps they’ll be more prepared to predict the unintended consequences of their work.” 6 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Satya Narayan Dash shows how to use Ceptah Bridge as an MS Project add-in to connect to Jira. 7 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale tells us why project stakeholder management is the most important knowledge area. 2 minutes to read.
  • Mark Mulally reflects on the nature of quality as an attribute of what a project delivers and finds that most of what we’ve been taught just isn’t useful. 8 minutes to read.
  • The nice folks at Clarizen explain the business impact analysis, which assesses how an interruption of critical operations would impact the business. 3 minutes to read.
  • Brad Egeland reminds us that all project data is at risk, and the project team needs to manage that risk. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile links, from #NoFrameworks to couples counseling techniques for Scum team conflicts to servant leadership in product management. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Dave Prior interviews Howard Sublett on his new role as Chief Product Owner for the Scrum Alliance. Podcast, 29 minutes, safe for work.
  • Lisa Crispin summarizes key findings from the 2019 DevTestOps Landscape Report. She also provides a link to the full report. 5 minutes to read.
  • Roger James shares his development process checklist for ensuring that your new mobile app is secure. 5 minutes to read.
  • Ben Aston compiled a list of the best wireframe tools to make mockups and prototypes—the 10 best and 13 honorable mentions. 7 minutes to read.
  • Alex Novkov takes us from a Kanban board to a Kanban system. 8 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman provides his detailed rebuttal to Predicting the Unpredictable: Pragmatic approaches to estimating cost or schedule by Johanna Rothman. 14 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Lila MacLellan calls our attention to a manager’s manifesto: “I deeply resent how we’ve infantilized the workplace.” 3 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton provides a comprehensive primer on project human resource management, focusing on the team-leading tasks. 59(!) outbound links, 9 minutes to read.
  • Randy Conley uses the metaphor of a growing tree to show us how we can develop resilient team members. 4 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Hans Gunnoo explains Isaac Asimov’s Laws of Robotics, and then tells us why AI may not follow them. 6 minutes to read.
  • Sonia Elks reports on a new study, sponsored by the United Nations, which found that Siri, Alexa, and Cortana are reinforcing sexist stereotypes. 3 minutes to read.
  • Karen Hao explains how we historically handled the liability for catastrophic failures of automated systems. In short: we blame the nearest human. 4 minutes to read.
  • Melanie Mitchell illustrates some challenges for autonomous vehicles that can only be resolved with common sense—an understanding of the world as experienced by living things. 6 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Sarah Sunday reflects on how her geographically distributed team handles communications and workflow. Not just their tools, but their culture. 3 minutes to read.
  • Kerry Roberts and Beth Schinoff explain how micromoves—small actions or behaviors that seem inconsequential at the moment—affect our work relationships. 6 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas shares her HR expert opinion on how to keep remote workers engaged. 3 minutes to read.

Enjoy!