New PM Articles for the Week of February 11 – 17

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 11 – 17. And this week’s video: Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro and his colleague, Dr. Dylan Glas, are interested in what makes a human. Erica is their latest creation – a semi-autonomous android, product of the most funded scientific project in Japan. More philosophic than scientific, but sometimes that’s the kind of questions we need to ask. 14 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • David Goodman and Karen Weise tell how the turbulent politics of New York led Amazon to decide to pull the plug on the deal to build a second headquarters in Queens. 8 minutes to read.
  • Will Martin shares an insight from Neil Shearing, Chief Economist at Capital Economics, on the most useful predictor of trends in the global economy. 3 minutes to read.
  • Patricia de Hemricourt updates us on the growth of privacy regulation and what compliance looks like in the aftermath of the effective date of the GDPR. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • John Goodpasture analyzes the value of Monte Carlo simulations based on data with an unknown distribution. 3 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton give us the details on what to do when our project is deferred, as opposed to canceled. 10 minutes to read.
  • Mark Romanelli notes the analytical tools we should use when selecting projects to achieve strategic goals. 6 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy tutors us on problem-solving using a seven-step process. 8 minutes to read.
  • Mac Sauls takes us through the process of calculating a management reserve using basic statistical techniques. 10 minutes to read.
  • Alex Ponomarev explains how to estimate a project using user stories—an excellent starting point for the customer in understanding Agile methods. 5 minutes to read.
  • Payson Hall reminds why understanding the business problem is so essential. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from questioning agile dogma to prioritizing opportunities to who owns the product backlog. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman suggests that changing how you think about your customers can lead to improvements in your delivery. 4 minutes to read.
  • Stacy Sherman tutors us on customer personas as an input to customer experience design. 3 minutes to read.
  • Poornima Vijayashankar interviews UX consultant Sarah Doody, who explains how to source, vet, hire and work with UX designers. Podcast, 39 minutes, safe for work.
  • Emily Esposito shares her master list of all UX conferences scheduled for 2019, worldwide. 10 minutes to read.
  • Edwin van der Thiel considers what DevOps means to the team. 2 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Amervis Lopez Cobb reports from the Accelerate Women Conference in Las Vegas, with some background on herself. 10 minutes to read.
  • Molly Page reflects on what she’s learned about digesting criticism. 4 minutes to read.
  • Lolly Daskal notes that people experience a change in four stages. 2 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • James Bessen and James Kossuth report on research into how automation affects high-skill and low-skill workers. 4 minutes to read.
  • Knowledge@Wharton interviews John McCoy on his research into the most productive approach to crowdsourcing answers. 5 minutes to read.
  • Janelle Edge notes four of the most common ways that people learn. In this case, it also means ways that we understand an explanation. 5 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Amy Whicker explains emotional assertiveness—one more tool in our emotional intelligence toolbox. 8 minutes to read.
  • Joshua Brustein reports on conditions for contractors working at one of Apple’s “black sites” in Silicon Valley. Not an encouraging picture of corporate America. 12 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland reports on her experiments on what to wear and where to sit for video calls when working remotely. Podcast, 9 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of February 4 – 10

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 4 – 10. And this week’s video: Jesse Fewell explains why command and control is a good thing, in the context it was originally expressed—as an organizational competency. 6 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Chris Dimitriadis notes that data fraud/theft and large-scale cyber attacks were identified as two of the top five global threats by the World Economic Forum. Let that sink in for a moment. 4 minutes to read.
  • Curt Nickisch interviews Anne Curzan, who studies the evolution of language. She analyzes the origins and effectiveness of some common metaphors. Podcast, 29 minutes, safe for work.
  • The FirstMark team shares insights and first principle that they got from Caty Kobe, head of Scalable Customer Success at Square, a financial services technology firm. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Satya Narayan Dash delivers a tutorial on Earned Schedule Management, an extension of earned value management. 8 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture looks at iteration models that “change things up” in order to avoid burning out the team. 3 minutes to read.
  • Cate Huston reflects on the lessons in change management she’s learned, as both manager and individual contributor. 6 minutes to read.
  • Seth Godin uses swimming and surfing as metaphors for the risks when accepting responsibility for projects with higher stakes. 2 minutes to read.
  • Daniel Doiron applies critical chain buffers to determine realistic project deadlines. 4 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin gives us some pointers on decision making as a process. Complete with a decision log template! 6 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from transition failures to futile efforts to building the wrong thing. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read,
  • Kiron Bondale suggests that we need a definition of done for our agile ceremonies as well as our products. 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman has concluded her epic series on balancing innovation, commitment and feedback loops. Here is part 2, part 3, and part 4. Each about 4 minutes to read.
  • Leon Adato shares some guidelines and practices for deciding when to “pull the plug” on legacy technology. 4 minutes to read.
  • Tomer Dicturel warns us of the impact unrealistic expectations will have on software development projects. 3 minutes to read.
  • Henny Portman reviews Devops: A business perspective, by Oleg Skrynnik. 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Chad Husted extracts actionable self-management information from Stephen R. Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. 7 minutes to read.
  • Dan Rockwell encourages us to develop empathy in our efforts to become better leaders. 2 minutes to read.
  • Roman Pichler explores ways that we can listen to understand, rather than simply respond. 6 minutes to read.
  • Liz Fosslien and Mollie West-Duffy provide some guidance on when to hug at work. And when not to hug. The cartoons are hysterical. 4 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Jon Porter reports on Googles new Password Checkup extension to Chrome. It checks a database to see if your password has been exposed in a data breach. 2 minutes to read.
  • Adam Shostack reflects on aviation, telephones, and the balance between regulation and innovation. Definitely thought-provoking. 2 minutes to read.
  • Daniel Bourke shares a comprehensive list of his takeaways from the How to Learn course on Coursera. How comprehensive? 14 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Kevin Wang examines the rapidly changing way we work, from remote work to automation to the nature of work skills. 7 minutes to read.
  • Leo Babauta coaches us on the practice of letting go. It’s a Zen thing … 3 minutes to read.
  • Adriana Girdler tells us how to develop healthy work habits, from drinking water to stretching to healthy eating. Video, 6 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of January 14 – 20

New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 14 – 20. And this week’s video: Mark Galley demonstrates a 5-why analysis, using the Titanic as an example. He moves from a simple 1-why, progressing to a 3-why, then a 5-why, then several valid 5-whys representing different points of view, and finally shows a poster with 125 whys. 5 minutes to watch—try not to drown!

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Paul Maidment reports on the fear, uncertainty, and doubt following Parliament’s rejection of the Brexit deal, and what businesses are doing to prepare for a hard Brexit. 6 minutes to read.
  • Brad Smith, CEO of Intuit, offers his executive’s-eye view of the top ten tech issues, each with public policy implications, for 2019. 11 minutes to read.
  • Sharlyn Lauby offers some specific recommendations for improving your business acumen. Note that SHRM and PMI have similar notions of what that phrase means. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Kiron Bondale notes that PMI just released their Benefits Realization Management Practice Guide this month and suggests several curable causes for poor practice. 2 minutes to read.
  • The nice folks at Clarizen suggest six complementary strategies for dealing with difficult vendors. 3 minutes to read.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Emily Luijbregts on diversity in project management. Aside: we men need to do a better job of recognizing when things aren’t right. Podcast, 27 minutes.
  • John Goodpasture reviews three quantitative concepts that we need to understand when discussing probability and statistical assessments. 2 minutes to read.
  • Henny Portman provides a quick overview of The Evidence-Based Management Guide, developed by Scrum.org. Lots of good content in only 11 pages—highly recommended. 2 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton condenses the team stress detection and management techniques from his book, Brilliant Stress Management. 10 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from product management problem areas to handling unplanned work in Scrum to Feather’s law of conservation of complexity. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Nishi Grover Garg introduces us to usability testing, from why to how. 4 minutes to read.
  • John Cutler describes his conversation with the CEO of a medium-sized company that had “gone Agile.” Just not far enough to get the results they were looking for. 3 minutes to read.
  • Andy Hunt describes the four essential parts of a modern software development strategy. 6 minutes to read.
  • Chris Matts translates the SAFe definition of an Epic to something meaningful to actual practitioners in an enterprise environment. 5 minutes to read.
  • Charity Majors notes that in the modern era of distributed systems, the final round of testing happens in production. 4 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Lisa Lai coaches us on preparing to manage in times of increasing strategic ambiguity. Disruption happens—see the first two links under Business Acumen and Strategy! 6 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell debunks the four most common myths peddled by business pundits. But pundits gotta pund, I guess. 5 minutes to read.
  • Nicolai Foss and Peter Klein argue that new-fangled “flat” organizations need bosses more than ever—they just need them to do different things. 13 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Anshu Sharma gives us the details behind a Russian intrusion into the US power grid. “[E]very [trusted] business relationship is a potential vulnerability.” 6 minutes to read.
  • Thomas Brewster reports on a white-hat hack, taking control of giant construction cranes. I hate it when life imitates “Die Hard” sequels. 5 minutes to read.
  • Sagar Bhatia talks through the positives and challenges we expect to see as 5G deployment begins in earnest. 7 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Stav Ziv gives us several more sophisticated alternatives to address our cover letter, because “To whom it may concern” is so early-20th 5 minutes to read.
  • Kelsey Jones coaches us on tools and techniques to be more effective at creating and responding to Email. 5 minutes to read.
  • Adriana Girdler covers the basics of cell phone etiquette in the work environment. Video, 9 minutes, safe for work (naturally).
  • Emma Charlton presents an analysis of the hard and soft skills most in demand, as reflected in the employment requisitions on LinkedIn. 2 minutes to read.

Enjoy!