New PM Articles for the Week of January 6 – 12

New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 6 – 12. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton shares several witty quotes on nature of projects and the challenges of managing them. Irony, insight, and a couple of laugh-out-loud moments. 6 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Rich Mironov wants to promote industry discussions about a product code of ethics, to prevent unintended consequences and product misuse. 7 minutes to read.
  • Sharlyn Lauby suggests a half-dozen ways to improve your business acumen. Strategies that work for an HR manager also work for a project manager. 3 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell on Amazon’s new quantum computing service: “In an ecosystem driven world, power doesn’t lie at the top of value chains, but at the center of networks.” 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • PMI will make the exposure draft of the seventh edition of the PMBOK available for public comment and review on January 15. Just a minute to read.
  • Cornelius Fichtner talks with Rich Maltzman and Jim Stewart about their new book, How to Facilitate Productive Project Planning Meetings. Podcast, 37 minutes, safe for work.
  • Praveen Malik demonstrates five ways to customize the Gantt chart view in MS Project, a great tool for communicating the schedule. 4 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture describes the role of the system integrator in really big projects and programs. 2 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale reflects on how we might handle unresponsive key project stakeholders. 2 minutes to read.
  • Doc Norton expounds on Goodhart’s Law and why guidelines are better than targets. 2 minutes to read.
  • Esther Derby distinguishes between training and education, and why they are better together. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of agile content, from the Descaling Manifesto (not about coffee makers) to team rule-breaking to Scrum Masters on a CEO path. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Gábor Zöld curates his monthly engineering management resource roundup, from scaling a distributed team (also not about coffee makers) to managing managers to deliberate appreciation. 10 outbound links, 4 minutes to read.
  • Simran Pandey explains how a proof of concept can be used to test an assumption or product idea. 5 minutes to read.
  • Gilad David Maayan describes five metrics that should be useful for teams using agile methods. 4 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely begins a series on the issues we commonly encounter when developing a value stream map. About 3 minutes to read. Part 2 is also about 3 minutes.

Applied Leadership

  • Happy IPM DayRuchika Tulshyan gives us permission to ask people how to pronounce their name correctly. Roo-CHEEK-Ah. 7 minutes to read.
  • Gina Abudi asks, have you considered the impact of the change you are leading on you? 2 minutes to read.
  • Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist at the Wharton School, shares his recommended reading list for leaders. 5 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Michael Grothaus reports that both Mozilla and the US Department of Homeland Security want you to update your Firefox browser. Like, right now. 1 minute to read.
  • Dorit Dor asserts five trends will be prevalent in cybersecurity in 2020. 4 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Dana Kozubska reports on several trends related to the Internet of Things that should influence business decisions in 2020. 5 minutes to read.
  • Roland Flemm begins a series on systems thinking with an examination of wicked problems. If you are going to intervene, choose wisely. 7 minutes to read.
  • Anne Quito and Dan Kopf illustrate the dispute between designers and statisticians on what makes a good information graphic. 8 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of December 23 – 29

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 23 – 29. And this week’s video: ER doctor Darria Long explains key lessons from hospital emergency rooms on handling stress and chaos. Great examples from a great storyteller. 14 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Karen Hao calls for the ethical development and application of AI and related technologies. 3 minutes to read.
  • Emily Daniel pinpoints the trends in AI development and application that will command real investment in 2020. 4 minutes to read.
  • Peter Diamandis gives his take on how 3D printing will completely change retail. 4 minutes to read or 7 minutes to the podcast, safe for work.
  • Anna Prist predicts the trends for voice technology in the coming year. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Mike Clayton presents a capstone essay on how to be the best project manger you can be. 14 minutes, plus a couple of linked videos.
  • Anna Balyuk and Anna Bashyrova analyzed over 50 job requisitions at Amazon, Apple, and Google to determine what they are looking for in project managers. 7 minutes to read.
  • Roger Swannell shares his thoughts on how Microsoft Teams might be used by actual teams, as well as how it might be improved. 6 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman recommends Brent Flyvbjerg’s new book, The Oxford Handbook of Megaproject Management. 2 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture shares his short course on risk management. About 3 minutes to read through the 23-slide deck.

Managing Software Development

  • Kiron Bondale gets to the essence of a recent Dilbert strip on shipping a product quickly, for the wrong reasons. 2 minutes to read.
  • Christiaan Verwijs helps us determine whether someone is an actual stakeholder or just an audience member. 4 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Charles Richard explains seven keys to leading effective team meetings. 4 minutes to read.
  • Liane Davey recommends that we let our team have that heated conversation. Conflict debt is a thing. 6 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • David Balaban describes several social engineering tricks that are often used in targeted attacks. I’ve recently seen two of these in the wild—be aware! 6 minutes to read.
  • Trevor Daughney makes six cybersecurity predictions for 2020. 5 minutes to read.
  • Terry Sweeney explains SIM-swapping attacks, from what they are to how they are achieved (access to the device isn’t required) to potential consequences. 4 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Sharlyn Lauby states that employee retention will continue to be one of the top priorities for 2020 and provides links to relevant articles on turnover. 2 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas quotes from a new study that found a partial explanation for the pay gap: men who report to other men get promoted faster. Be aware, be fair. 3 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

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!