New PM Articles for the Week of May 27 – June 2

New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 27 – June 2. And this week’s video: Diana Larsen and James Shore explain the Agile fluency model, a framework to help decide how to invest in Agile methods so that your teams can achieve the right zone of fluency. 11 minutes, safe for work. Thanks to Henny Portman for the link!

Two pictures from Vancouver Lake Park, taken this afternoon. That’s Mt. St. Helen and Mt. Hood in the background.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Ioannis Ioannou and Caroline Flammer explore the shifting balance between corporate investing and saving when preparing for a navigating through recessions. 4 minutes to read.
  • Sonal Mehta looks at how augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) will impact manufacturing and the industrial internet of things. 6 minutes to read.
  • Kathy Pham on what classes should be required for a computer science degree: “When people learn to code, they should also learn about ethics, humanities, and equity. Then perhaps they’ll be more prepared to predict the unintended consequences of their work.” 6 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Satya Narayan Dash shows how to use Ceptah Bridge as an MS Project add-in to connect to Jira. 7 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale tells us why project stakeholder management is the most important knowledge area. 2 minutes to read.
  • Mark Mulally reflects on the nature of quality as an attribute of what a project delivers and finds that most of what we’ve been taught just isn’t useful. 8 minutes to read.
  • The nice folks at Clarizen explain the business impact analysis, which assesses how an interruption of critical operations would impact the business. 3 minutes to read.
  • Brad Egeland reminds us that all project data is at risk, and the project team needs to manage that risk. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile links, from #NoFrameworks to couples counseling techniques for Scum team conflicts to servant leadership in product management. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Dave Prior interviews Howard Sublett on his new role as Chief Product Owner for the Scrum Alliance. Podcast, 29 minutes, safe for work.
  • Lisa Crispin summarizes key findings from the 2019 DevTestOps Landscape Report. She also provides a link to the full report. 5 minutes to read.
  • Roger James shares his development process checklist for ensuring that your new mobile app is secure. 5 minutes to read.
  • Ben Aston compiled a list of the best wireframe tools to make mockups and prototypes—the 10 best and 13 honorable mentions. 7 minutes to read.
  • Alex Novkov takes us from a Kanban board to a Kanban system. 8 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman provides his detailed rebuttal to Predicting the Unpredictable: Pragmatic approaches to estimating cost or schedule by Johanna Rothman. 14 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Lila MacLellan calls our attention to a manager’s manifesto: “I deeply resent how we’ve infantilized the workplace.” 3 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton provides a comprehensive primer on project human resource management, focusing on the team-leading tasks. 59(!) outbound links, 9 minutes to read.
  • Randy Conley uses the metaphor of a growing tree to show us how we can develop resilient team members. 4 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Hans Gunnoo explains Isaac Asimov’s Laws of Robotics, and then tells us why AI may not follow them. 6 minutes to read.
  • Sonia Elks reports on a new study, sponsored by the United Nations, which found that Siri, Alexa, and Cortana are reinforcing sexist stereotypes. 3 minutes to read.
  • Karen Hao explains how we historically handled the liability for catastrophic failures of automated systems. In short: we blame the nearest human. 4 minutes to read.
  • Melanie Mitchell illustrates some challenges for autonomous vehicles that can only be resolved with common sense—an understanding of the world as experienced by living things. 6 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Sarah Sunday reflects on how her geographically distributed team handles communications and workflow. Not just their tools, but their culture. 3 minutes to read.
  • Kerry Roberts and Beth Schinoff explain how micromoves—small actions or behaviors that seem inconsequential at the moment—affect our work relationships. 6 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas shares her HR expert opinion on how to keep remote workers engaged. 3 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

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 May 6 – 12

New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 6 – 12. And this week’s video: Angela Lee Duckworth explains her research into grit—the power of passion and perseverance, and working toward long-term goals. While her research began with students, she also studied adults in the work environment. 6 minutes, safe for work. Tip of the hat to Johanna Rothman for the link!

Business Acumen and Strategy

Managing Projects

  • Mike Clayton goes into detail on a code of conduct for project managers, generally and as espoused by PMI, APM, the Institute of Business Ethics, and the MBA Oath. 14 minutes to read.
  • Cesar Abeid interviews his colleague at Automattic, Karen Arnold, on building a geographically distributed team. Podcast, 37 minutes, safe for work.
  • John Goodpasture comments on “hub and spoke” project networks, as described by Andrew Shipilov. Two interesting points of view. 2 minutes to read.
  • Mike Griffiths examines the way the new PMI Standard for Risk Management in Portfolios, Programs, and Projects applies to Agile methods and finds a lot to like. 8 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman has compiled a list of around 470 risk management resources, from papers to books to these, available from public sites. I suggest searching the page for keywords.
  • Greg Satell opines on why change management initiatives so often fail and how we can improve the odds. 6 minutes to read.
  • Luca Collina is conducting a survey to solicit your thoughts on failing (or failed) change initiatives and how they might be recovered. 3 minutes or less to take the survey.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from liberating structures for Scrum Masters to dot voting to the Collabnet state of Agile report. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale considers the optimal length of a sprint. OK, you guessed it: it depends. 2 minutes to read.
  • Guarav Dhooper gives his opinion on sprint durations and story sizing. 4 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman closes out her series on product roles with Part 7 and Part 8, each about 3 minutes to read. If you missed an earlier part, she includes links to all 8.
  • Valerie Senyk announces the results of her poll of REALagility Newsletter readers, identifying the skills every Scrum Master should strive to develop. 3 minutes to read.
  • Scott Fitzpatrick identifies several practices for reducing the time, infrastructure, and effort spent on testing. 5 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Marcella Bremer points to the mid-point between the heroic leader and the servant leader: the host. 4 minutes to read.
  • Mary Jo Asmus reminds us that all leaders are also followers. 2 minutes to read. Boomers: if you suddenly feel the need to listen to Jerry Garcia sing Ripple, click here.
  • Sarah Hoban tells us how to network effectively as a project manager. 3 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Joan Palmiter Bajorek digs into the consequences of gender and race biases still inherent in voice recognition technology. 4 minutes to read.
  • Amanda Woo analyzes our interactions with smart speakers and wonders whether our behavior will be affected by devices with no human capacity for taking offense. 4 minutes to read.
  • Katharine Ellen Foley reports on neurological research that indicates the ideal time to tackle leadership roles is in your mid-50’s. I’m so over-the-hill … 3 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Stav Ziv lists seven actions to take that will clear out the waste in your calendar (or diary, if you’re in the UK). 8 minutes to read.
  • Andy Oziemblo observes that an increasingly mobile and health-conscious workforce is leading to a revolution in office design. 4 minutes to read.
  • Soomi Lee reports that even a small loss of sleep can impact productivity the following day. 4 minutes to read.

Enjoy!