New PM Articles for the Week of February 3 – 9

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 3 – 9. And this week’s video: a short film by Barnaby Roper. When a candidate interviews for a new job at an “unorthodox” firm, the process quickly becomes, as Mal Reynolds would say, morbid and creepifying. 10 minutes, safe for work. But not completely.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Tom Kinnaird and Hal Movius coach us on dealing with a procurement team in a competitive bidding process. 7 minutes to read.
  • Lauren Wiseman examines the business case for a private cloud and criteria for choosing a provider. 4 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell invokes Richard Feynman and Ken Olsen in distinguishing between facts and beliefs in a post-truth world. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • William Davis shows the power of visual representations of probabilistic forecasts. 5 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture invokes Nate Silver in expressing the sources and influences of uncertainty in the Bayesian process of estimation. 2 minutes to read.
  • Dale Howard gives us a tour of the most important Options settings in MS Project. 6 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin reflects on her evolving use of a work OS for managing her projects. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton delivers a comprehensive comparison of the PRINCE2 and PMP credentials, requirements, and potential market considerations. 12 minutes, safe for work.
  • The nice folks at Clarizen enumerate the project management trends to watch in 2020, a month or so in. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from good questions to handling product catastrophes to psychological safety. 7 outbound links, 4 minutes to read.
  • Eric Proegler notes the risks inherent in software development, based on the very public failure of the app used to tabulate the results of the Iowa caucus. 3 minutes to read.
  • Rubens Cantuni suggests that it’s time to abandon the desktop metaphor for operating systems. He makes a good point. 5 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackvony presents the business case for a serverless architecture. 4 minutes to read.
  • Mikkel Sørseth suggests alternatives to software testing automation tools that require testers to acquire programming skills. 2 minutes to read.
  • Jesse Fewell speechifies, “There’s no such thing as a failed Agile transformation!” There’s only the degree of progress in making change. Video, 6 minutes, safe for work.

Applied Leadership

  • Judith Humphrey list five concrete indicators that someone is socially adept. More generally applicable than that video at the top of the page! 3 minutes to read.
  • Dave Prior interviews David Marquet, author of Turn the Ship Around, on his new book, Language is Leadership. 39 minutes, safe for work.
  • Dan Rockwell shares some tips for making your one-on-one meetings more productive. 2 minutes to read, plus a five-minute audio recording, safe for work.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Benjamin Anyacho and Bruce Moore on how to create a robust knowledge-sharing environment. Podcast, 39 minutes, safe for work.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Lilly Smith observes that user consent, as stipulated by the GDPR, is being circumvented to some degree by consent management platforms. 7 minutes to read.
  • Michael Kan reports on a phishing attack by suspected Iranian hackers, by posing as a WSJ journalist seeking an interview. Excellent details. 2 minutes to read.
  • Kamlesh Kumar compiled a list of critical steps to secure a website. 5 minutes to read, only slightly technical.

Pot Pourri

  • Suzanne Lucas reports that there is some positive corporate jargon that we like to hear, as opposed to the negative stuff we despise. 2 minutes to read.
  • Shannon Taylor assesses the claim that workplace rudeness is on the increase. Short answer: maybe not … 3 minutes to read.
  • McKlayne Marshall has curated a list of available technologies that facilitate remote work, and a few technologies on the near horizon. 6 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of January 20 – 26

New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 20 – 26. And this week’s video: Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen explains disruptive innovation, as described in his book The Innovator’s Dilemma. Clay passed away this week, leaving a body of work that has influenced business decision makers all over the world for more than three decades. 8 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Briony Harris reports that the International Monetary Fund is becoming cautiously optimistic, predicting slower growth but a “sluggish” recovery in the global economy. 2 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell compares the rise of China as an economic power in the last forty years with the earlier rise of Japan and the United States, pointing to some substantial differences. 6 minutes to read.
  • The Editors of the Harvard Business Review provide a short analysis of the work and impact of Clayton Christensen, with links to eleven of his seminal articles. 6 minutes to read.
  • Robert Jameson examines the impact of the iPad on the evolution of mobile technology products and strategies. 10 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • CommunicationElizabeth Harrin shares 15 actions and habits that will improve your project communication. 7 minutes to read.
  • Pat Weaver explains why the concept of project management processes is being dropped from both the ISO Standard and the forthcoming edition of the PMBOK. 6 minutes to read.
  • Praveen Malik does a deep dive on milestone reporting using Gantt charts in MS Project. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton muses on a couple of paradoxes that illustrate why short-cuts aren’t usually a good way to resolve problems. Video, 7 minutes, safe for work.
  • John Goodpasture contemplates the factors that influence the quality of our predictions, with a little input from Nate Silver. 2 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman adds some commentary to an on-going LinkedIn exchange about risk management with links to a group of articles and other resources. 2 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely interviews Paul Gibbons on his new book, IMPACT: 21st Century Change Management. Podcast, 42 minutes, some PG-13 expressions.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of agile content, from agile coaching to swarming to backlog bankruptcy. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman started a series on defining a project in terms of its boundaries—features, defects, schedule, cost, people, and work environment. 5 minutes to read part one, 6 minutes for part 2, and 4 minutes for part 3 with a summary still to come.
  • Wolfgang Platz makes the case for risk coverage—weighting test cases based on business risk—as an improvement over percentage of test cases completed. 5 minutes to read.
  • Karolina Tóth interviews Camille Fournier, managing director at financial management firm Two Sigma, on keeping developers engaged. Podcast, 31 minutes, safe for work. Or read the transcript in 11 minutes.
  • Roland Flemm explains how to facilitate multi-team product backlog refinements. 7 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Renate Wagner reflects on the role and necessary mindset of leader in an age of tremendous upheaval. Like, right now. 4 minutes to read.
  • Marcus Blankenship interviews Michael Lopp on building trust and his new book, The Art of Leadership. Podcast, 44 minutes, safe for work.
  • Dan Rockwell says that fatigue and self-neglect should not be badges of honor. 2 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Shuba Kathikeyan argues that ethical hacking is changing the way we see security and information protection. 5 minutes to read.
  • Alois Zwinggi and colleagues identify the emerging cybersecurity trends for 2020. “Cyber strategy is business strategy” because the risks are increasing. 6 minutes to read.
  • Jennifer Zaino reports on data governance trends that will be more prominent in 2020. 6 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Leigh Espy explores seven ways to improve your active listening skills. 6 minutes to read.
  • Judaheet Das shares ten tips for improving your business writing skills. 7 minutes to read.
  • Dorie Clark advises us on prioritizing our goals and aligning them with the overall strategic vision of our organization. 5 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of January 13 – 19

New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 13 – 19. And this week’s video: 3Blue1Brown (I’m sure his parents don’t call him that) explains Bayes Theorem, one of the most important formulas in probability. 16 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Tom Chatfield argues that there can be no such thing as ethical AI. The challenges are about much more than just the technology. 5 minutes to read.
  • “Sir Richard” catalogs the various types and structures of mergers and acquisitions. 5 minutes to read.
  • Jonathan Woetzel and his colleagues at McKinsey published their report on climate risk and response. 15 minutes to read, with other resource links. The last time the climate changed, humans transitioned from migrating tribes of hunter-gatherers to farmers and herders living in fixed locations. Then history happened.

Managing Projects

  • Harry Hall notes that, for a team to effectively manage project risks, they first must agree on what is project risk. 3 minutes to read.
  • Ann Quito reports on the growing evidence that brainstorming simply isn’t an effective technique. 3 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale notes that teams dealing with complex adaptive systems require psychological safety to be successful. 2 minutes to read.
  • Dale Howard shows how to see what changed after approving pending task updates in the Project web app. 10 minutes to read.
  • Donald Fomby argues for managing global projects using remote project management technology. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton tells us how to conduct an excellent lessons-learned meeting. Video, 13 minutes, safe for work.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Jen Dolden on her experience in starting Women in Projects Australia. 25 minutes, safe for work.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of agile content, from pair programming to probabilistic forecasting to decaf, pragmatic, and real resistance. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Fredrik Wendt considers an interesting question: should the product owner be responsible for balancing the level of technical debt? 3 minutes to read.
  • Corey Roth lists considerations for prototyping and scaling IoT solutions. 7 minutes to read.
  • Ravi Hastantram begins a series on edge AI, also known as on-device AI, with the use cases. 6 minutes to read, with seven more articles to come.
  • Glen Alleman shares a table of Good Practices and Enablers of Good Practices, based on a report from Comptroller and Auditor General, UK Ministry of Defence. 6 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagley continues his series on value stream mapping one a post on keeping the big picture and variability and matrix organizations. 7 minutes to read both.

Applied Leadership

  • Kellogg Insight interviews Kieu-Trang Nguyen on her research into the relationship between trust and innovation. Podcast, 14 minutes, safe for work.
  • Kristen Bell DeTienne and colleagues explain how to manage an employee with depression. 6 minutes to read.
  • Sharlyn Lauby explores the legal concept and practical considerations of what constitutes a conflict of interest at work. 5 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Steven Melendez updates us on the increased potential for a cyberwar between Iran and the US. 8 minutes to read.
  • Joan Goodchild reports on ways to keep security on life support, now that Windows 7 and Server 2008 have reached end-of-life. 4 minutes to read.
  • Douglas Elliott and Lisa Quest examine five alternative futures for the way data is used, controlled, and shared. 6 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Jesse Weaver investigated the causes of his physical ailments and found that he’s part of a silent epidemic. “Tech neck?” So that’s what it’s called … 6 minutes to read.
  • Arslan Hassan characterizes the impact of sleep deprivation on productivity. 5 minutes to read.
  • Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association, identifies action items to make the workplace better for our mental health. 3 minutes to read.

Enjoy!