New PM Articles for the Week of May 13 – 19

New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 13 – 19. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton explains the Voice of the Customer, a process for understanding stakeholder needs. 3 minutes, safe for work. Mike has produced over 80 of these brief videos on a wide variety of topics; check them out here.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Ronald Smith lists some Worst Practices for outsourcing IT. Yes, these are guaranteed failure drivers—go thou and do otherwise. 11 minutes to read.
  • Michael Li recaps several very public failures of AI business solutions where inherent bias crept into the system because no one was managing the risk. 5 minutes to read.
  • Hites Ahir, Nicholas Bloom, and Davide Furceri examine the impact of uncertainty, driven by political forces, on business investment and economic results.

Managing Projects

  • Elizabeth Harrin posted two webinars this week: How to Succeed as a Project Manager, based on her book, and How to Manage Multiple Projects. Each a little over an hour, safe for work.
  • George Freeman gives us his thoughts on Architectural Awareness, the newest addition to the PMI Talent Triangle. At some point, will this become a square? 6 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale observes that project information radiators require behavior changes on the part of the senior stakeholders in order to actually communicate. 2 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy introduces us to the Lean Coffee meeting and tells how to organize one. 6 minutes to read.
  • Gerri Poling shares her thoughts on ITIL 4, the version introduced earlier this year. Just over 2 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman begins a new series on Agile methods for budgeting; here’s part 2. 7 minutes to read both.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Friday deploy freezes to electronic vs. visual boards to unintended consequences of your metrics. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • “Uncle Bob” Martin, who is a pilot and a programmer, shares his thoughts on the Boeing 737 Max 8 software failure that caused two crashes. 6 minutes to read.
  • Jason Skowronski explains staging environments—what they are and how they fit into the deployment cycle. 7 minutes to read.
  • Bas Dijkstra looks at two main reasons test automation doesn’t meet expectations, then outlines six steps to avoid falling into these traps. 7 minutes to read.
  • Alexey Gayduk describes the implementation of a chatbot system using an automated insurance agent as an example. 4 minutes to read.
  • Marija Cvjetkovic is a product owner and a cartoonist. Here are a few “graphical” thoughts about her day job. 6 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Agata Czopek on being an inclusive leader of a diverse project team. Podcast, 18 minutes, safe for work.
  • Mike Cohn tells us what the team wants from their Scrum Master. And any manager, for that matter. 4 minutes to read.
  • Sarah Hoban shares her experience with community goal setting. 3 minutes to read or download the podcast and listen for less than 5 minutes; safe for work.
  • Andy Makar recommends three must-read books to help a leader build better teams. 4 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Gemma Read and Jason Thompson expect that if pedestrians can step into the road without fear of an autonomous vehicle hitting them, traffic will grind to a halt. 4 minutes to read.
  • Andreas Sandre summarizes 14 trends shaping consumer technology, transportation, and more. 4 minutes to read.
  • Colin Jones shares his notes on AWS security essentials, based on a video by Aaron Bedra. 6 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Alice Boyes, author of The Anxiety Toolkit, explains what anxiety does to us at work, and it’s not good. 4 minutes to read.
  • Mike Vardy advocates for working at the speed of right—taking the time for critical thought and working on the right things. 2 minutes to read.
  • Michelle Cheng give us the executive summary of a survey on the most disruptive office distractions. If at least five make you feel guilty, there’s hope for you. 2 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

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!