New PM Articles for the Week of November 12 – 18

New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 12 – 18. And this week’s video: Erin Meyer explains the concept of a culture map, showing similarities and differences among cultural behaviors. As organizations become more global, understanding cultural differences can be a key to success. 11 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Paul Irving considers the business impact of the aging population and the possibility of five generations in the workforce. 12 minutes to read.
  • Andrew Chakhoyan reports on deep fakes—undetectable forged videos of people doing outrageous things—as a threat to democracy. Of course, they could also be used in commercial competition. 4 minutes to read.
  • Alison Schrager notes the downside of Amazon’s selection of New York and Crystal City as the sites of their headquarters expansion: smaller cities might have benefitted more. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Susan Irwin explains agility in project management, from the perspectives of both the project manager and project management processes. 8 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton provides a comprehensive view of ITSM and ITIL, concluding with a brief interview with Ivor MacFarlane, one of the founders. 12 minutes to read.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Benjamin Anyacho on the increasing need for knowledge management as so many of the Boomers retire. Podcast, 34 minutes, safe for work. Click on “Play Now” in the upper left to begin.
  • Elise Stevens extols the virtues of saying yes to new opportunities. 4 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman explains how we use ordinal and cardinal numbers in decision analysis. 5 minutes to read.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy reviews the basics of project management for those transitioning in from another discipline. 7 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from product backlog to creating an experimentation culture to contrasting LeSS and Nexus. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Greg Paciga has been reflecting on the practice of measuring velocity, and he has his doubts. 4 minutes to read.
  • Chou Yang tells us how to maximize the ROI from your investment in test automation. 6 minutes to read.
  • Jory MacKay describes the process of creating technical documentation that actually helps the reader. 12 minutes to read.
  • Konrad Pogorzala shares how his team changed the organizational culture at Siemens Digital Factory to extend the use of agile methods. 3 minutes to read.
  • Geshan Manandhar explains how to use feature flags to deploy code to production that isn’t quite ready for general release. 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Frank Sonnenberg considers the consequences of blurring the line between right and wrong. 4 minutes to read.
  • Jordan Gross list seven habits of highly ineffective leaders. 8 minutes to read.
  • Sydney Finkelstein honors the memory of the late Stan Lee as a Super Boss who knew how to spot and develop creative talent. 4 minutes to read.
  • Shawn Willett analyzes Amazon sales data to identify the most popular leadership books in each of the fifty states and finds eleven winners. 3 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Dan Schawbel recaps research showing that remote workers are less engaged and more likely to quit. 4 minutes to read.
  • Betty-Ann Heggie advocates for laughing in the office, and she has the science to back her up. 3 minutes to read.
  • Erin Wildermuth tells us how to apply the lessons of Kahneman and Tversky’s work on the Planning Fallacy. 4 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Jennifer Pauli notes nine silly ideas we need to abandon in order to become more productive. 4 minutes to read.
  • Jamey Austin points out six workplace traits that attract and retain smart people and have nothing to do with perks like free beer. 7 minutes to read; 9 over a beer.
  • Mary Jo Asmus refutes the recent claim that people would rather work for a competent jerk than a likable fool. 2 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of November 5 – 11

New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 5 – 11. And this week’s video: Suzanne Lucas chastises corporate HR for using the term talent to refer to their employees when the reality is that we should be looking for skills, which are a result of study and hard work. 8 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Nate Lanxon visits Amazon’s newest UK fulfillment center and contemplates how human and robot collaboration will evolve. 3 minutes to read.
  • Ben Goertzl reports on the newest citizen of Saudi Arabia—a robot, named Sophia. Probably unrelated: will robots have to someday pay into Social Security? 12 minutes to read.
  • Kayla Matthews looks at the GDPR, now in place for about six months, and asks: have we (meaning society) accomplished anything? 4 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Glen Alleman notes that “Project risk often comes from non-technical aspects of the initiative,” and proceeds to list a few dozen sources. Save this one! 2 minutes to read.
  • Satya Naryan Dash does a deep dive into qualitative risk analysis, including such things as appetite for risk and risk urgency. 10 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy explains “The Five Whys,” a technique for root-cause analysis. 4 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture shares a model for three broad “customer-facing” roles for establishing, maintaining, and leveraging relationships with the customer. 2 minutes to read.
  • Tzvi Zukerman shares an approach to generate lessons-learned from failed projects. 4 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton explains the PMI Talent Triangle: why it’s important and what resources are available to expand your skill set. 8 minutes to read.
  • The folks at Clarizen shared their list of six important project management influencers (and they included me, so I’m blushing). 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Enterprise Agile to servant leadership to working without managers. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Danny Perez makes some suggestions on how to securely share passwords and other secrets within a larger team. 2 minutes to read.
  • Aaron Hodder provides a detailed description of lean testing concepts and practices. 9 minutes to read.
  • Robbin Schuurman describes and explains the background of five product owner maturity levels. 8 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely asserts that users stories are valuable when maintaining legacy applications as well as when developing new ones. 5 minutes to read.
  • Adam Auerbach explains that continuous testing requires more than simply test automation. 2 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership content, from managing through anger to saying no to making time for your passion project. 4 outbound links, 2 minutes to read.
  • Lila MacLellan extracts key points from an interview with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: three characteristics to look for in leaders. 3 minutes to read.
  • Rasmus Hougaard observes that ego is the enemy of good leadership. 4 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Sarah Kessler goes beyond the sexist hiring algorithm that Amazon has now discarded to ask: might this flawed tool still be better than a human performing the same task? 4 minutes to read.
  • Rahul Kapoor recaps his research into the decision for a company to self-disrupt—make significant changes to their business—in anticipation of a disruptive technology on the horizon. 7 minutes to read.
  • Keith Foote provides definitions and a bit of history for data repositories, from lakes to silos to warehouses. 6 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Garland Coulson gives us an introduction to freelancing. Video, under five minutes, safe for work (aside from the subject matter).
  • Rebecca Addison gives us the executive summary of Upwork’s new survey of freelance workers in the United States. Technology is disrupting things here, too. 3 minutes to read.
  • Brendan Toner reviews Notability, which he says is about the best note-taking application on the market. 5 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of October 29 – November 4

New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 29 – November 4. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton explains Edward De Bono’s wonderful analytical toolset, the Six Thinking Hats. 6 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Michael Spencer analyzes the business case for IBM’s acquisition of Red Hat. The big challenge will be retaining all of that software engineering talent. 4 minutes to read.
  • Jonathan Tirone reports on the growing number of private firms working to develop a commercially viable nuclear fusion reactor. 5 minutes to read.
  • Michael Coren recaps a Peter Thiel interview where he expresses doubt that Silicon Valley will continue to lead in innovation. They’ve jumped the shark? 2 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • PMI Talent TriangleMike Griffiths tells how to pursue the combination of technical skills, people skills, and industry-specific knowledge that makes up the Talent Triangle. 6 minutes to read.
  • The Clever PM leads us to discover our core competency. 4 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin explains how to use the project manager’s “pocket database,” also known as a RAID log. 5 minutes to read.
  • Sylvie Edwards recommends we think beyond Expected Monetary Value when calculating risk reserves. 3 minutes to read.
  • Lindsay Curtis tutors us on the critical path method, from basic concept to common practices. 5 minutes to read.
  • Deb Schaffer shares some good practices for effective project status meetings. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from the agile industrial complex to identifying the problem to be solved to whether holacracy is a solution or a cult. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackvony contemplates Smoke Testing—why you need it and what tests to put in the script. 4 minutes to read.
  • Bas Dijkstrav recommends a simple criterion for determining whether to add a test to an automation suite. 4 minutes to read.
  • Justin Rohrman focuses on the “conversational” aspects of behavior-driven development (BDD). 6 minutes to read.
  • Ben Kelly notes that “test” is an overloaded verb, so we may need to be more precise when discussing research and experimentation. 4 minutes to read.
  • Lance Ng predicts that most mobile apps will fade away, based on his assessment of the economics. 6 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership content, from measuring what matters to why soft skills matter to the general formula for success. 5 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagley recaps common attributes of a toxic work environment, as described in John Carreyrou’s book on failed Silicon Valley start-up Theranos. 3 minutes to read.
  • Rick Lynch lists four ways to pressure test strategic decisions, as inspired by the military. Think of it as mining for risks. 4 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Maryam Kouchaki updates us on her research into when we are more likely to behave ethically. It turns out that gender differences are significant. 4 minutes to read.
  • Michael Grothaus reports on his experiments using a form of self-hypnosis to fall asleep, using a technique developed by the US Army in the 1980’s. 4 minutes to read.
  • Echo Huang recaps the results of surveys conducted, by nation, on whom a self-driving car should save in the event of an impending accident. Once again, culture matters.

Working and the Workplace

  • Lisette Sutherland interviews agile coach Molood Nouri Alavijeh, on building trust and effectiveness in remote agile teams. Podcast, 34 minutes, safe for work.
  • Nick Morgan notes that we are all now “unwitting participants in a massive unregulated social experiment.” Namely, virtual communication and collaboration. 4 minutes to read.
  • Jade Emmons explains her company’s vision of how to create a good company culture with remote workers. 5 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas offers her HR-expert view of the demands expressed by the leaders of the Google sexual harassment walkout. 4 minutes to read.

Enjoy!