New PM Articles for the Week of April 15 – 21

New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 15 – 21. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton explains the PMI, APM, and Prince2 definitions of an issue, and what project managers should do to manage them. 5 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Susan Lund and Jacques Bughin describe the changing nature of globalization, driven by flows of information and data. 8 minutes to read.
  • Stephen Bungay debunks five popular myths about strategy. 6 minutes to read.
  • Brad Plizga argues that human rights must always come before business. It’s time for Big Tech to say no to oppressive governments.

Managing Projects

  • Valaiporn Niramai does a deep dive on what it takes to organize and manage a transformation project. 7 minutes to read.
  • Sarah Hoban explains the fundamentals of project branding. 3 minutes to read, or listen to her podcast: 6 minutes, safe for work.
  • Nenad Trajkovski suggests that we consider what type of task to use, based on constraints and drivers, before we start up MS Project. 2 minutes to read.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Laura Dallas Burford on how to become a project management consultant. Podcast, 33 minutes, safe for work.
  • The Nice Folks at Clarizen explain one of my favorite methodologies: Gap Analysis. Loved by business analysts and implementation project managers everywhere. 3 minutes to read.
  • Tapera Mangezi tells how to maintain positive stakeholder engagement during business analysis processes. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from the merits of less communication to the demerits of A/B testing to multiple team Scrum. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Tamás Török gives us an executive summary of Coding Sans Software Development Trends 2019 annual report. Full report and data available for download. 7 minutes to read.
  • Doug Bradbury suggests a less risky alternative to a major re-write of your current software product in order to exploit a new market. 3 minutes to read.
  • Barry Weston observes some of the challenges in testing AI solutions. 4 minutes to read.
  • Brendan Wovchko coaches us on the choice between using Scum and using Kanban. 4 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackovny, professional tester and former professional organizer, tells us how to organize for testing success. 5 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Michael Lopp considers the leadership responsibilities of meetings. 4 minutes to read.
  • Melody Wilding coaches us on managing the complainers who come to our meetings. You can give people a voice without losing control. 4 minutes to read.
  • Pawel Brodzinski reflects on the co-dependent nature of autonomy and transparency: you can’t have one without the other. 7 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy shares a few simple things you can do to endear yourself to your project team. It’s easier to lead people who like you. 4 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Greg Satell gives us an executive summary of quantum computing. My take: they aren’t faster general-purpose computers. 5 minutes to read.
  • MIT Technology Review recaps what we’ve learned in the 20 years since the first distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. 6 minutes to read.
  • Raconteur shares an infographic that illustrates how much new data is created in a single day. I wouldn’t call the 4,000 terabytes generated on Facebook useful, but it’s data. A minute or two to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Jenny Foss suggests we send a letter of interest to that company we’d really like to work for. Even if they don’t have a position open. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mayo Oshin looks at the science of how music affects your productivity. Sad news: although music reduces anxiety, lyrics reduce mental performance. 5 minutes to read the rest.
  • Lauren Adley on motivation: “It’s easier to get things done when we’re driven, but it’s not a necessary precondition in order to do so.” 4 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of March 4 – 10

New project management articles published on the web during the week of March 4 – 10. And this week’s video: Harry Hall explains the difference between qualitative risk analysis and quantitative risk analysis. 4 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Eshe Nelson observes the damage the UK has already inflicted on itself, no matter what sort of Brexit scenario actually comes to pass. 2 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell traces the evolution of artificial intelligence from system to transformational ecosystem. 5 minutes to read.
  • Martin Zwilling tells us how to void some of the unintended consequences of using artificial intelligence for business purposes. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Elizabeth Harrin tutors us on project resource management—the ultimate guide. Agilistas, remember: “resources” doesn’t just mean “people.” 9 minutes to read.
  • Mike Griffiths tells about a project that involved a lot of uncertainty, change, and conflicting interests. One methodology does not fit all. 7 minutes to read.
  • Keith Baxter describes a ten-step approach to kicking off the risk management process for your project. 12 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture explains the project balance sheet—a depiction of the balance between what is the responsibility of the project manager and the business sponsor. 3 minutes to read.
  • Mohamed Hesham Youssef shares some advice on getting the most value-add from the procurement process. 4 minutes to read.
  • Joel Carboni reflects on the PRISM methodology (PRojects integrating Sustainable Methods), noting that it’s not just about being green; it’s about managing the impact of what we manage. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from the agile-industrial complex to the state of cynefin to strategy maps. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman just finished her series on managing Agile transformations. This is her summary, with links to each article in the series. Total time for the series is about 9 minutes.
  • Li-Hsuan Lung suggests that product owners take an approach analogous to managing a personal investment portfolio. 4 minutes to read.
  • Thomas Sugar collects insights from designers at seven top companies on how to run a focused, productive design meeting. 12 minutes to read.
  • George Krasadakis counts out eight steps for defining a minimum viable product. 7 minutes to read.
  • Dave Prior interviews Melissa Boggs, the Scrum Alliance’s new Chief Scrum Master. Podcast, 28 minutes, safe for work.

Applied Leadership

  • Lila MacLellan summarizes key points from President Obama’s interview at the Experience Management Summit, talking about making tough decisions. 4 minutes to read.
  • Bob Frisch and Cary Freene suggest that the first decision a group should make is how they will make decisions. 3 minutes to read.
  • Pawel Brodzinski challenges the way we assess whether a candidate would be a good “cultural fit.” 4 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Ed O’Brien shares the findings of his research into how much information we use to make decisions. TLDR: Less than you think. 6 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely notes that the wrong approach to measuring productivity can give rise to counter-productive behavior by both leaders and employees. 3 minutes to read.
  • Timothy Aeppel reports that US companies installed more robots last year than ever, except in the auto industry, which seems to have reached saturation. 2 minutes to read.
  • Nicholas Christakis contemplates the ways that artificial intelligence and human-like robots might change the way we humans relate to each other. 10 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Tae Yoo puts the need for perpetual learning into perspective: The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here, and the pace of job skill disruption is increasing. 3 minutes to read.
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy lists her key a-ha takeaways from The Feedback Fallacy, by Buckingham and Goodall. It’s a behavior-changer! 5 minutes to read.
  • Sharlyn Lauby shares her rules for managing Email. 3 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of February 25 – March 3

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 25 – March 3. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton describes the (surprising!) history, structure, and use of the Gantt chart. Just over 5 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Sanya Carley and David Konisky analyze the Green New Deal proposed by freshman Democrats in Congress for what it would mean for businesses. 5 minutes to read.
  • Jeff Desjardins collects a lot of data on the changing balance between automation and jobs in manufacturing, in seven charts and some bullet points. 5 minutes to read.
  • Lila MacLellan reports on a survey conducted by Cisco that indicates the largest skills gap executives see I the IT department isn’t technical. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Mike Clayton gives us a detailed primer on Earned Value Management, with an intro to Earned Schedule. Well worth the ten minutes to read.
  • Ronald Smith continues his series on using net present value (NPV) in project portfolio selection, with a look at the tools available in Excel and MS Project. 7 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture extols the value of “loose coupling” in scheduling. Less than a minute to read.
  • Kiron Bondale applies change management concepts to the challenge of getting buy-in to risk responses. 2 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin has bundled templates for the essential project management documents for download—for free! 2 minutes to read.
  • The folks at Clarizen list seven of the best project management conferences being held around the globe in 2019. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Dark Agile and Scrum to cost vs. value measurements to product launches. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Jeff Keyes points out five trends in software development, from mission-critical agility to analytics, leading to data-driven flexibility and success. 3 minutes to read.
  • Dave Prior interviews TJay Gerber on how to earn Scrum educational units in order to renew your CSM or CSPO credential. Podcast, 15 minutes, safe for work.
  • Ajay Balamurugadas identifies three common testing management practices that can only be called counter-productive. 5 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Scrum coach Jesse Houwing on remote pairing and mobbing. Podcast, 33 minutes, safe for work.
  • Jim Holmes looks into static analysis tools that can facilitate identifying code complexity and other sorts of issues that manifest as technical debt. 4 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Poornima Luthra introduces some new terms—generational intelligence and micro-generations—into the discussion of fostering collaboration. 4 minutes to read.
  • Christopher Cook tutors us on the notion of a business strategy and how it fits into setting goals. 3 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy curated 25 quotes on dealing with challenges, including five from the Stoics, two from the last great Roman Emperor, and one from Christina Aguilera. 4 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Gavin M updates us on proposed US IoT security and privacy legislation making their way through Congress. 3 minutes to read.
  • Benedict Carey notes that researchers have found no evidence to support the idea that management bullying gets better results in the workplace. 5 minutes to read.
  • Irfan Ahmed Khan points to nine artificial intelligence technology trends that we should monitor in the coming years. 6 minutes to read.
  • The editors of MIT Technology Review list ten big global challenges that could be solved with the proper application of technology. 6 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Travis Bradberry lists six things you don’t owe your boss. 4 minutes to read.
  • Kerry Jones lists ten early indicators of a toxic workplace. 6 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas repurposes advice to gifted teens responding to their teachers for adults in the workplace responding to a boss who says, “No.” 3 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!