New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 3 – 9. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton shares six actions and behaviors that will significantly improve your project outcomes. Not just for project management; much of this stuff is valuable for all aspects of your life. Under 4 minutes, safe for work.
Pictures this week from our short camping trip to Pacific City, Oregon.
Business Acumen and Strategy
Greg Satell explains the evolution from corporate strategies based on value chains to those based on ecosystems. 5 minutes to read.
James Vincent and Chaim Gartenburg report on Amazon’s new Prime Air delivery drone, expected to begin delivering packages “within months.” If you work for a retail or logistics organization, your business model will need an update. 3 minutes to read.
John Detrixhe summarizes a draft communique from the G20 finance ministers that will make it harder for global tech firms to avoid corporate income taxes. 2 minutes to read.
Gina Abudi tells us how to pitch our ideas for projects to the executives who “hold the purse.” 2 minutes to read.
Kiron Bondale revisits some old proverbs to find wisdom for today. 2 minutes to read.
John Goodpasture shares some rules of thumb that can help us estimate (or analyze an estimate) in the absence of statistical data. Just over a minute to read.
Francesco Marcatto reminds us that, while no two projects are alike, some roadblocks come up more frequently than others. 5 minutes to read.
Laura Barnard introduces her PMO Strategies podcast, from her background to the Project Management Day of Service to what she hopes listeners will take away from future podcasts. 15 minutes, safe for work.
Elizabeth Harrin explores the value proposition of a project dashboard when managing several projects at once. 8 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly collection of Agile content, from Amazon Agility to DevOps as a strategic advantage to dates for product road maps. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
Sidharth Malhotra explains the concept of micro-services using a metaphor based on an ice cream shop—call it the Dairy Queen architecture. 7 minutes to read.
Henny Portman reviews Jeff Patton’s classic, User Story Mapping. As usual, he summarizes all 18 chapters in two or three sentences, each. 4 minutes to read.
Tom Cagely admits that story points aren’t horrible, under certain circumstances, and then goes on to explain when they make sense. Each a little over 2 minutes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.