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 November 18 – 24

New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 18 – 24. And this week’s video: a short video explaining the notion of thinking fast and slow, as described by Daniel Kahneman in his book of the same name. Highly recommended, if you haven’t read it. 5 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Greg Satell warns against relying on surveys and statistics to develop business strategy. “Assume that [your strategy] is wrong in at least some aspects.” 5 minutes to read.
  • Alexandra Ossola notes the various biases and intellectual limitations that make humans so bad at predicting the future and then briefly suggests ways around them. 5 minutes to read.
  • Eddie Yoon and colleagues explain the difference between a First Mover and a Category Creator. It’s all about flywheels. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Elizabeth Harrin arms us with a meeting agenda template, ten tips, and two infographics to help prepare for that next project meeting. 6 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton talks us into pursuing certification of our project management skills and experience and gives us some tips on how to proceed. Video, 10 minutes, safe for work.
  • Hannah Cohen gives us an advanced tutorial on creating a project timeline. 8 minutes to read.
  • Geert-Hinke Addink describes the pre-mortem and the role it can play in identifying many of the risks in a proposal or new initiative. 2 minutes to read.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy compares the project manager career path with the Scrum master career path. 10 minutes to read, plus two short videos, 9 and 7 minutes, safe for work.
  • Jaclyn Westlake shows how to write a great project manager resume, including an example. 8 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from tough conversations and conflict to “stances” of the product owner role to the benefits of transparency. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Johannes Geske explains whether you should attend the Professional Scrum Foundations course or the Professional Scrum Master course.
  • Angie Jones analyzed which programming languages are most commonly used for UI test automation. 3 minutes to read.
  • John Yorke shares his slide deck from the Agile Product Ownership meetup for a discussion of the discovery phase of a product. 13 slides, including intro and outro.
  • Vadim lists ten things to keep in mind when developing and maintaining a product road map. 6 minutes to read.
  • Salomé Mortazavi describes outcome-based product roadmaps, driven by a vision and a strategy for achieving it. 5 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Quint Studer suggests a number of specific actions to take that will make it OK for your team to speak the truth to power and take risks of honesty. 7 minutes to read.
  • Art Petty extols the combination of emotional intelligence and situational awareness and offers some thoughts on strengthening your SA skills. 4 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman notes that a major component of culture is what behaviors we choose to reward and punish. 3 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Richard LeCount gives us the whys and wherefores of an internal cyber security audit. 9minutes to read.
  • Adrien Ogée and Parker Crockford update us on the growing trend of using authentication alternatives to passwords. 4 minutes to read.
  • Alex Humphrey encourages embedding better security practices throughout the DevOps cycle. 4 minutes to read.
  • Brian Wallace shows the history of spam and phishing via timeline. This goes back further than you think. 7 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Leigh Espy describes several activities that will boost your creative thinking skills. 11 minutes to read.
  • Deepak Vohra reminds us that raw data must be rationalized before it can be analyzed. 3 minutes to read.
  • Rob Marvin points out some of the tech innovations of the closing decade that were so successful, we can’t remember life before them. 13 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of November 11 – 17

New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 11 – 17. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton tabulates his list of essential project documentation, from absolute minimum individual documents to second-tier documents and document types to third-tier broad document categories, as needed based on the size and complexity of the project. 12 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Roger Swannell gives us a short course on the business models of the 21st century and what makes them competitive. 9 minutes to read, 24 references to investigate.
  • Leigh Espy recaps five short examples of the way that creativity made all the difference in a business opportunity. 7 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell references previous periods of disruption in his prediction of how evolving technologies will disrupt business and daily life over the coming decade. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Project Portfolio ManagementAlexandra Nekrasova lists five project management books, as recommended by five experienced project managers. 4 minutes to read.
  • Sarah Hoban explains the difference between solutioning and project management. Yes, it is apparently a word, more’s the pity. 3 minutes to read, or 4 for the podcast.
  • Rob England warns that industrial manufacturing paradigms such as Lean and Theory of Constraints have their limits. 2 minutes to read.
  • Angeliki Koumani describes three project success metrics that enable mid-course corrections. 3 minutes to read.
  • Bruce Harpham outlines a five-step on-boarding plan for new project management professionals. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from alignment and autonomy to the coaching mindset to next year’s product conferences. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Mike Cohn shares ten tips for more effective daily scrums. 5 minutes to read.
  • Jesse Houwing recommends that we focus on what was done and the remaining backlog during the Sprint review, rather than comparing to what was planned. 4 minutes to read.
  • Alan Crouch explains the ScrumMaster’s role in team communication. 2 minutes to read.
  • Taros Tymoshchuck reports on mobile application development to follow in 2020. 6 minutes to read.
  • Victoria Bezsmolna lists seven benefits of automated testing. 4 minutes to read.
  • Chris Colosimo tells us how to transition from test automation to continuous testing, which is exactly what it sounds like. 8 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • LeadershipMarcus Blankenship and Jennifer Jones-Patulli discuss conflict management within teams and the larger organizations. Conflict can be productive. 41 minutes, safe for work.
  • Catharine Perloff profiles Dave Duffield, founder of software giants PeopleSoft and Workday, among others, and his focus on creating a culture based on shared values. 7 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale notes the disconnect between individual performance evaluation and the need for teamwork. We get more of the behaviors we reward. 2 minutes to read.
  • Charlotte Blank and colleagues report on their research into the use of proactive time, where employees set aside time for work that is important but not urgent. 5 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Adam Shostack introduces us to managed attribution threat modeling and explains the CAKED acrostic. With links to more details at Ntrepid. 3 minutes to read.
  • Sarah Peters suggests eight questions to ask yourself about your organization’s backup and recover capabilities. 5 minutes to read.
  • James Briers gives us some tips on preparing for a data migration. 4 minutes to read. Or if you want to dig deeper, read my book on the data conversion cycle.

Pot Pourri

  • Limes or Lemons?Adam Rogers anticipates that Generation Z could make corporate culture more transparent in ways that may make older generations uncomfortable … at first. 4 minutes to read.
  • Peter Taylor entices us to move past the challenges of a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) business environment. 3 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas reports on her conversations with several HR technology companies at Unleash World in Paris on the business problems they’re trying to solve. 4 minutes to read.

Enjoy!