New PM Articles for the Week of July 16 – 22

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 16 – 22. And this week’s video: a quick review of recent changes to Microsoft Visio, followed by a demonstration of how to integrate Visio with Microsoft Project. 26 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Bill Taylor focuses our attention on three reasons why Netflix is successful. And focus is the key word here. 4 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell revisits the failures of Blockbuster, Kodak, and Xerox. The root cause of each of their failures was not just disruption. 5 minutes to read.
  • Dan Kopf summarizes a report from the OECD on what higher tariffs might mean for economic growth. It’s not all about the retail price of manufactured goods. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Satya Narayan Dash tutors us on contingency reserve and management reserve. 9 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture explains David Hulett’s approach to integrating the risk register and the project plan. 2 minutes to read.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Karlene Agard on value management in mega-projects—reducing cost without reducing value. Podcast, 16 minutes.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy delivers a very detailed mini-course on project stakeholder management, from identification to creating a Register. 16 minutes.
  • Mike Clayton provides detailed instructions on how to get the most from our next “lessons learned” meeting. 12 minutes to read.
  • The folks at Clarizen share their thoughts on milestones—on both good and bad practices. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Beyond Budgeting to why open floor plans suck to results of the scrum master survey. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Raffaela Rein describes inclusive design as removing barriers to access for the disabled, from the deaf to the color blind and beyond. 5 minutes to read.
  • Erik Dietrich describes seven types of testing (beyond functional testing) that you should be doing. 5 minutes to read.
  • James Kobelius considers what it might mean to certify an AI product as “safe.” 6 minutes to read.
  • Janelle Shane gives us a practitioner’s view of why artificial narrow intelligence is more achievable than artificial general 5 minutes to read.
  • Alex Aitken questions the predictive value of velocity. 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership articles, from fairy tales and fables to accurate data to being compassionate. 5 outbound links, 4 minutes to read.
  • John Yorke explains the concepts exemplified by Herbie, a key character in The Goal, by Eliyahu Goldratt. This is a novel that introduces the Theory of Constraints. 7 minutes to read.
  • Mary Jo Asmus points out some of the upsides to delegating. 2 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Mike Griffiths catalogs some of the AI assistant applications we should look forward to as project managers. 7 minutes to read.
  • Max Steinmetz collates some recent statistics on Agile adoption and results. 3 minutes to read.
  • Alison Coleman previews a new report from PMI: Next Practices: Maximizing the Benefits of Disruptive Technologies on Projects. 5 minutes to read.
  • Oliver Staley reports on a new study from a business school in Madrid which compared formal and automated communication with informal communications at work. 2 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Elizabeth Harrin shares an extract from her excellent new book, Project Manager, which describes three ways to get that first job as a PM. 5 minutes to read.
  • Berta Melder explains why serotonin is important to our happiness and productivity and identifies daily activities that can help us produce more of it. 4 minutes to read.
  • Kerry Wills reminds us to observe a few simple workplace courtesies—like keeping your calendar updated. A minute to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of July 9 – 15

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 9 – 15. And this week’s video: Cy Swan, still working as a blacksmith and knifemaker at 81, celebrates Independence Day by blasting an anvil into the air, at a pair of hovering drones as they film the whole thing. Yeah … 3 minutes, safe for work, and no anvils were harmed in the making of this video.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Dave Gershgorn reports on the push by Microsoft for Congress to regulate how facial recognition technology is used, based on potential human rights risks. 2 minutes to read.
  • Richard Fall reports on the evidence of bias in the proprietary algorithms in COMPAS, a program used by judges that recommends criminal sentences. 3 minutes to read.
  • Dipayan Ghosh gives us the executive summary of California’s new data privacy law. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • John Goodpasture shares a response from one of his students to the change management question, how would you prepare an organization to take on Agile methods? 2 minutes to read.
  • Robert Wysocki describes a comprehensive model of project management called the Scope Triangle. 4 minutes to read, part 1 of 2.
  • Glen Jones explores the selection of KPIs for executive oversight. Here is part 2. 6 minutes to read both parts.
  • Kiron Bondale notes the perils of expressing resource availability as a percentage. 2 minutes to read.
  • Nat Schatz recommends additional due diligence for efficient consolidation of project resources and processes after a merger or acquisition. 12 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton explains the meaning of education contact hours and PDUs, as used in the PMI credentialing process. 8 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his list of Agile content, from changing corporate culture to product prioritization to whether Scrum is iterative or incremental. 7 outbound links, 2 minutes to read.
  • Chitra Manoj presents a case study that demonstrates the value of a gap analysis in a project to implement an off-the-shelf replacement for an existing financial system. 3 minutes to read.
  • Svetozar Krunic explains lead scoring, a user behavior metric valued by marketers. 4 minutes to read.
  • Justin Rohrman describes a definition of “done” for development completed by a small team with no real hand-offs. 6 minutes to read.
  • Claire Reckless gives her detailed answer to a simple question: What is software testing? You can’t manage what you don’t understand. 10 minutes to read.
  • Steven Sinofsky points out the bear traps in implementing API connections to other systems from your enterprise system. 12 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership articles, from making sure your goals have impact to not believing your own BS to the need for better governance. 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman posts two parts on objectives and key results (OKR) and how that translates to accountability, versus fostering responsibility and autonomy. 7 minutes to read both, here’s part 2.
  • Cesar Abeid interviews Jason Evanish on the importance of using 1 on 1 meetings in growing your team members. Podcast, 36 minutes, safe for work.

Research and Insights

  • Greg Satell reports on recent progress in the war against synthetic identities used to defraud financial institutions. 5 minutes to read.
  • Tom Merritt suggest five alternatives for making your web browsing more secure. Read or video, both 2 minutes.
  • Polina Aronson and Judith Duportail examine the starkly different empathic responses of two different AI conversational agents: one programmed in the US and one in Russia. 12 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Emily Esposito recaps the key points from Daniel Pink’s new book, When: The scientific secrets of perfect timing. 3 minutes to read.
  • Benjamin Spall distills lessons learned from talking to over 300 successful people about their morning routines. 4 minutes to read.
  • Michael Lopp shares his practices for managing his browser, phone, Email, and life. 5 minutes to read.
  • Alyse Kalish explains why everyone should have a professional headshot handy. 2 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of June 25 – July 1

New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 25 – July 1. And this week’s video: Harry Hall suggests four ways to engage project stakeholders. Just over a minute, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Roger Martin sees two core problems that drove GE’s sudden fall from DJIA stalwart to business school case study. And lots of firms have the same problems. 4 minutes to read.
  • Peter Rejcek reports on smart road technology. Imagine driving on a surface that resembles a touch-sensitive screen—now imagine the data you can collect and process. 5 minutes to read.
  • Simone Stolzoff reports that California passed the toughest data privacy bill in the US last Friday. And even Facebook supports it. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Geoff Crane on developing socials skills such as emotional intelligence, body language (including manspreading), and influencing. Video, 11 minutes, safe for work.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Kim Wasson on emotional intelligence tools for smoother projects. This interview was recorded last year, but it’s still relevant. Podcast, 30 minutes.
  • Harry Hall explains the foundational role of objective, verifiable facts in assessing and managing project risks. 4 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton tutors us on the basic goal of good customer service—keeping clients and stakeholders happy. 10 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman observes that managers believe multi-tasking works because management tasks, like decisions, lend themselves to sporadic attention. 2 minutes to read.
  • Katrina Clokie tells how she explored an alternative to a RACI chart in defining a completely new role: Test Coach. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his list of Agile content, from why Agile makes no sense to two (negative) takes on SAFe to why design thinking is failing. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Dave Prior interviews Bria Johnson and Blake Halvorson, both Millennial children of Agile coaches, on how they applied Agile methods in their schooling and work life. Podcast, 26 minutes, safe for work.
  • John Yorke explains why the effectiveness of the Product Owner role is the single biggest success factor for products in development. 10 minutes to read.
  • Daniel Bryant reports on the LinkedIn failure injection testing framework, used to support resilience engineering. 7 minutes to read, 9.2 on the nerd scale.
  • Rich Rogers provides his personal definition of quality in a software development context and then explores other possible definitions. 4 minutes to read.
  • Pete Houghton compares the resilience of software to that of an older technology—a 37-foot sailboat. 4 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership articles, from asking, “What do you think?” to measuring what matters to improving meetings. 5 outbound links, 4 minutes to read.
  • Scott Mautz lists five unspoken rules that lead to a toxic culture. 3 minutes to read.
  • Alex Novkov offers some practical tips on how to manage a Lean team. 3 minutes to read.
  • Dave Nicolette does a deep dive on the definition of a self-organizing team, from the first mention in the mid-80’s to today, to provide an actionable context. 10 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Ashley Lipman points out five game-changing trends in the way we manage projects. 3 minutes to read.
  • The folks at Farnam Street explain double-loop learning—a means of improving performance by incorporating what we learn from experience. 9 minutes to read.
  • Benjamin Atrz recaps research that found women ask for raises as often as men; they just get turned down more often. 5 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Michael Coren reports on the growth of “mid-tech”—those technical positions not requiring a degree. Includes a list of cities with lots of jobs. 2 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland tells us how to set up your workspace (and dress) for great video conferencing. Starbucks just isn’t acceptable. Podcast, 11 minutes.
  • Jennifer Bridges explains a few suggestions on how to manage introverts in the office. Video, 3 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!