New PM Articles for the Week of December 2 – 8

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 2 – 8. And this week’s video: Harry Hall coaches us on refining the project estimates we provide to sponsors and key stakeholders, from managing their expectations to educating them on the nature of cost and schedule estimates. 3 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Peter Diamandis describes brick-and-mortar retail in 2030: The Experience Economy! The gentleman to the right is Wes Fath, my grandfather, about 60 years ago. Think about how much the consumer experience has changed in the last six decades before you contemplate the next decade. 7 minutes to read, or listen to the podcast, 13 minutes, safe for work.
  • Seth Godin on Tesla’s pickup truck: “Early adopters are thrilled by the new. They seek innovation. Everyone else is wary of failure. They seek trust.” 3 minutes to read.
  • Lindsay Curtis illustrates five ethical principles with situations commonly encountered by project managers. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Elizabeth Harrin has produced an ambition series of training videos, Project Management 2020. The first three videos average 15 – 20 minutes, the fourth is about 8 minutes.
  • Deena Chadwick takes a different approach to the 2-by-2 stakeholder matrix by asking, “What can the stakeholders do for the project?” 2 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely introduces a series on prioritization, using qualitative, quantitative, and subjective methods. The second installment is here. About 5 minutes to read both.
  • Mike Clayton gives us some advanced tips on project risk management. Video, 11 minutes, safe for work.
  • John Leo Weber gives us an overview of program management, from definition and goals to tools to professional credentials. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Flow thinking to visualizing forecasts to building professional trust. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture passes along a description of a product owner’s council, for the purpose of managing the backlog. 2 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale points to experimentation, conducted early in a project, as a key to reducing overall project risk. 2 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman observes that component teams increase coupling between workgroups and increase work in progress and time to completion. 5 minutes to read.
  • Nick Dyer considers the pros and cons of three alternatives ways to assign work to a team of specialists. 5 minutes to read.
  • Karolina Toth interviews Matt Greenberg, VP of Engineering at Credit Karma on growing new engineering managers. Podcast, 25 minutes, safe for work; transcript, 14 minutes to read.
  • Jean-Paul Delimat differentiates between continuous integration and continuous deployment. 8 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Quint Studer reminds us that leaders must do a lot of things that make us uncomfortable. Discomfort is not a reason to not do the right thing. 4 minutes to read.
  • Stephanie Vozza tells us how to address an issue without apologizing, if the fault lies elsewhere. 3 minutes to read.
  • Michael Lopp gives us a primer on leading distributed meetings. 5 minutes to read.
  • The nice folks at Clarizen tell us how to follow up more effectively with our direct reports. 4 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Joan Goodchild explains why some of our oldest security rules no longer apply, from passwords to virus checkers. “Antivirus’ efficacy is between 50% and 80% on a good day.” 6 minutes to read.
  • Rebecca James reviews the current state of biometric technology and asks: should we be worried? 7 minutes to read. Brian Wallace also weighed in: 2 minutes.
  • Alisson Peres suggests a few non-technical elements of IT security, including password managers. 4 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Lewisch tutors us on 16 common types of charts used in data visualization, from bars and columns to bubbles to heat maps. 6 minutes to read.
  • Paramita Ghosh identifies artificial and machine learning trends we should see continue to develop in the coming year. 6 minutes to read.
  • The Engine gives us a detailed analysis of the key players in the 3D printing market. 25 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of October 28 – November 3

New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 28 – November 3. And this week’s video: Leila Gharani shows us how to SUM, AVERAGE, and COUNT values in a dataset using multiple conditions, without using filters. Excel is no substitute for a database, but the ability to perform a complex analysis on project data, such as Risk and Issue logs, transactions, and estimates without database access or SQL knowledge is invaluable. 14 minutes, safe for work.

This year, Halloween was princess-free. I asked one girl, about 4 years old, if she was a princess. “I’m an Evil Queen,” she replied. Strong female characters, indeed!

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Joe Nocera examines the growing anti-trust “awakening” being powered by criticisms of the Big Tech companies. 7 minutes to read.
  • Dan Kofp reports on research into which consumers benefit the most from ecommerce. Note that “benefit from” and “participate in” are not congruent. 3 minutes to read.
  • Bivás Biswas tutors us on Cloud computing, from the basics to business benefits to the current market and beyond. 10 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Mike Clayton maps out the many steps in the project planning process. Even if you’re an old hand, this will help you decide what elements to emphasize in your next project. 10 minutes to read.
  • Jared Spataro announces the rollout of the newest version of Microsoft Project, along with a new subscription plan. 4 minutes to read.
  • Francesco Marcatto tells us how to communicate project status to clients and stakeholders. 3 minutes to read.
  • Sarah M. Hoban describes a process for storyboarding a report. 3 minutes to read or 5 minutes for the podcast, safe for work.
  • The nice folks at Clarizen point out the benefits of keeping project stakeholders engaged. 2 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy catalogs the ten essential project management skills needed for project and career success. 6 minutes to read.
  • Ronald Smith recaps the history of project management, from ancient Egypt through the 20th century to modern software development practices. Great background for presentations. 7 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of agile content, from product-market fit to value-based agreements to the vision driving WeChat. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Gábor Zöld curates his monthly slate of engineering management content, from scaling developer teams to engineering podcasts to career development. 10 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • MostlyJason tells us why and how to use staging environments on the journey to production. 7 minutes to read.
  • Victoria Bezsmolna contrasts mobile app testing with web app testing. The differences are huge. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mike Cohn suggests job stories as a viable alternative to user stories. 7 minutes to read.
  • Michaela Greiler warns us: don’t teach during code reviews. 5 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Art Petty recommends a non-traditional way to help your team succeed—get out of their way. 2 minutes to read.
  • Aarron Walter shares insights from Julie Zhuo, who rose from intern to VP of Product Design at Facebook, on how to manage a team. 11 minutes to read.
  • In the spirit of Halloween, Suzanne Lucas describes ten monstrous management styles. 3 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Roland Yegorov scares the Hell out of us with cyber-crime statistics, links to studies and reports, and a video of a woman hijacking an Email account by making a phone call. 5 minutes to read, 3 for the video.
  • Patrick Howell O’Neill reports that WhatsApp is suing Israeli hacking firm NSO Group, accusing them of inserting surveillance malware on targeted user phones. 2 minutes to read.
  • Yash Rathi contrasts the two most influential data privacy laws: the EU’s GDPR and California’s CCPA. 4 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Stephanie Russell presents research that indicates remote work is more stressful than working at the office. 4 minutes to read.
  • Bill Gates shares the lesson he learned from visiting Kitty Hawk, where the Wright Brothers used a rudimentary wind tunnel to test their airplane models. 6 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell notes that artificial intelligence is forcing us to answer some very difficult questions about what behaviors must be considered human. 5 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of October 21 – 27

New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 21 – 27. And this week’s video: Leila Gharani demonstrates the Excel IF() function, from the basics through nested IF()s and embedding OR() and AND() functions. I’ve been using these functions in templates for years, and they really help leverage Excel for reports, testing status summaries, risk logs, and other applications where we want to be alerted to critical conditions in rows of constantly changing data. 15 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Sunil Prashara, President and CEO of PMI, on PMI’s transformational journey. 35 minutes, safe for work, and a valuable insight into organizational strategy from a top executive who lives and breathes project management.
  • Laura Huang summarizes her research into outcomes when big decisions were made by leaders using their gut when the available data isn’t actionable. 4 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell reflects on the nature of revolutionary change. “The goal of a revolution should be to become mainstream, to be mundane and ordinary.” Like a computer on every desk. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Mike Clayton maps the continuum between Adaptive and Predictive project management methods—Agile and Waterfall, for those who prefer slogans. Long read, about 20 minutes, but worth bookmarking.
  • Jigs Gaton translates five common checklists and operational rules used by pilots to project management. 8 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale shares twelve lessons project risk management lessons learned at the School of Hard Knocks. 10 minutes to read.
  • Joe Wynn outlines a strategy to use social media to improve stakeholder relations. 3 minutes to read.
  • LeRoy Ward coaches us on creating a Benefits Realization Plan—key to successful delivery of programs and projects. 2 minutes to read.
  • Mike Griffiths reports on the upcoming changes to the PMP Exam, effective in July 2020. 4 minutes to read.
  • George Pitagorsky describes the coming transformation from project management to work management. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from business agility (as a flywheel) to transformation failures to LEGO agility. 8 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture describes the three eras of Agile. The road to maturity always wends through some crappy neighborhoods. Just a minute to read.
  • Karolina Tóth interviews Rich Archbold on the challenges of scaling-up software development teams. Podcast, 31 minutes, safe for work.
  • Jesús Darío coaches us on how to conduct better code reviews. 5 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackvony gets deep into automated test flakiness, from impact to causes to cures. 5 minutes to read.
  • Yuliya Bagriy posted the second half of her article on how to test API usability. Part 1 is here, 9 minutes to read, and Part 2 is here, 7 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Sarah M. Hoban coaches us on how to break bad news. 3 minutes to read, or listen to the podcast; 5 minutes, safe for work.
  • Nishi Grover Garg helps us overcome barriers to communication for teams that aspire to be agile. 4 minutes to read.
  • Dan Rockwell summarizes Amy Jen Su’s Five P’s—principals to inform and guide your actions as a leader. 2 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Susan explains the basics of penetration testing, including the stages of testing and tools in common use. 4 minutes to read.
  • Michael Maltsev explains Clickjacking, where a malicious website can learn the identity of a visitor. 6 minutes to read.
  • John Shin outlines the pros and cons of outsourcing to achieve cybersecurity compliance, especially PCI. 4 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Carmine Gallo coaches us on how to look and sound confidant during a presentation. 6 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin tell us how to ask management for a part-time schedule. 7 minutes to read.
  • Martin Gaston helps us get started with technical writing. Not just blogging; writing for publication. 8 minutes to read.

Enjoy!