New PM Articles for the Week of November 19 – 25

New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 19 – 25. And this week’s video: Apple CEO Time Cook explains where his ethical compass comes from and what it means to be an ethical leader. 3 minutes, safe for work.

This week only! The Kindle version of my book, The Data Conversion Cycle: A guide to migrating transactions and other records, for system implementation teams, will be discounted to a mere $1.99 starting at 08:00 PST on Monday, November 26. It will return to the regular price at 17:00 PST on November 30. For those who prefer Dead Tree books, the paperback version is available for $6.99. Help the business SME’s on your team get ready for the New Year!

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Joshua Brustein reports that growth at the big tech companies is slowing, stock prices are down, and some think regulation is coming. Call it “Peak Tech.” 5 minutes to read.
  • Robert Reich, former US Secretary of Labor, argues that it’s time to start taking anti-trust actions against Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon. 4 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell notes that automation doesn’t replace jobs; it changes how tasks are performed. A sustainable competitive edge still requires people. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Harry Hall shares twelve tips to improve your delivery when speaking to a group. 3 minutes to read.
  • Andy Makar points out five things you can do to thank your team, even on a tiny budget. 5 minutes to read.
  • Tzvi Zucker argues that scheduling should be driven by people who will perform the work, not the tasks to be assigned. 8 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman describes the relationship between cost management and value management. 3 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton presents his updated list of the 52 best project management blogs. 15 minutes to read.
  • Dharam Singh reports that Dr. Ginger Levin, author, trainer, and long-time thought leader in the project management community, has passed away. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from “agile trust” to healthy product debates to continuous alignment of product management. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale addresses a question from a learner: “Won’t the ideas from a retrospective use up some of the team’s capacity in the next sprint?” 2 minutes to read.
  • Cassandra Leung had to develop a test strategy from scratch, in a hurry. Here are the seven steps she followed. 4 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackvony shares her thoughts on how to prioritize what to test when there’s not enough time to test everything thoroughly. 6 minutes to read.
  • Pawel Brodzinski notes that self-organizing must be implemented throughout the hierarchy, not just at the lowest (team) level. 5 minutes to read.
  • Edwin Dando points out the need for increased accountability when increasing autonomy. 4 minutes to read.
  • Amir Ghahrai lists his choices for the top ten open source performance testing tools, with links. 2 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership articles, from leading an inexperienced team of junior developers to why analog still matters to finding strength in ambiguity. 5 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Rich Mironov provides a list of thoughtful responses to the ultimatum, “I’ll quit unless …” 7 minutes to read.
  • Lila MacLellan notes that we can have more of an impact in asking than we can in telling. 4 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Aisha Hassan summarizes key points from the World Talent Ranking 2018 report. The US and UK trail western Europe in attracting, developing, and retaining talent. 2 minutes to read.
  • Mark McGranaghan presents findings from the Ink & Switch research lab’s study of the sources of slow software response (which isn’t always about the software). 15 minutes to read.
  • Keith Foote identifies trends for Big Data in 2019. 6 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Elise Stevens interviews Paul Pelletier on disrespect in the workplace, from gossip to bullying and harassment. Podcast, 39 minutes, safe for work.
  • Ananya Bhattacharya reports that tightening restrictions on H-1B visas are leading Indian IT firms with a presence in Canada and Mexico to bring in workers from those countries on TN visas. 2 minutes to read.
  • Adriana Girdler tells us how to be confident at work. Video, 5 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of November 12 – 18

New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 12 – 18. And this week’s video: Erin Meyer explains the concept of a culture map, showing similarities and differences among cultural behaviors. As organizations become more global, understanding cultural differences can be a key to success. 11 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Paul Irving considers the business impact of the aging population and the possibility of five generations in the workforce. 12 minutes to read.
  • Andrew Chakhoyan reports on deep fakes—undetectable forged videos of people doing outrageous things—as a threat to democracy. Of course, they could also be used in commercial competition. 4 minutes to read.
  • Alison Schrager notes the downside of Amazon’s selection of New York and Crystal City as the sites of their headquarters expansion: smaller cities might have benefitted more. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Susan Irwin explains agility in project management, from the perspectives of both the project manager and project management processes. 8 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton provides a comprehensive view of ITSM and ITIL, concluding with a brief interview with Ivor MacFarlane, one of the founders. 12 minutes to read.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Benjamin Anyacho on the increasing need for knowledge management as so many of the Boomers retire. Podcast, 34 minutes, safe for work. Click on “Play Now” in the upper left to begin.
  • Elise Stevens extols the virtues of saying yes to new opportunities. 4 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman explains how we use ordinal and cardinal numbers in decision analysis. 5 minutes to read.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy reviews the basics of project management for those transitioning in from another discipline. 7 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from product backlog to creating an experimentation culture to contrasting LeSS and Nexus. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Greg Paciga has been reflecting on the practice of measuring velocity, and he has his doubts. 4 minutes to read.
  • Chou Yang tells us how to maximize the ROI from your investment in test automation. 6 minutes to read.
  • Jory MacKay describes the process of creating technical documentation that actually helps the reader. 12 minutes to read.
  • Konrad Pogorzala shares how his team changed the organizational culture at Siemens Digital Factory to extend the use of agile methods. 3 minutes to read.
  • Geshan Manandhar explains how to use feature flags to deploy code to production that isn’t quite ready for general release. 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Frank Sonnenberg considers the consequences of blurring the line between right and wrong. 4 minutes to read.
  • Jordan Gross list seven habits of highly ineffective leaders. 8 minutes to read.
  • Sydney Finkelstein honors the memory of the late Stan Lee as a Super Boss who knew how to spot and develop creative talent. 4 minutes to read.
  • Shawn Willett analyzes Amazon sales data to identify the most popular leadership books in each of the fifty states and finds eleven winners. 3 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Dan Schawbel recaps research showing that remote workers are less engaged and more likely to quit. 4 minutes to read.
  • Betty-Ann Heggie advocates for laughing in the office, and she has the science to back her up. 3 minutes to read.
  • Erin Wildermuth tells us how to apply the lessons of Kahneman and Tversky’s work on the Planning Fallacy. 4 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Jennifer Pauli notes nine silly ideas we need to abandon in order to become more productive. 4 minutes to read.
  • Jamey Austin points out six workplace traits that attract and retain smart people and have nothing to do with perks like free beer. 7 minutes to read; 9 over a beer.
  • Mary Jo Asmus refutes the recent claim that people would rather work for a competent jerk than a likable fool. 2 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of September 24 – 30

New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 24 – 30. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton defines projects and project management, in case your grandmother asks what you do for a living. 5 minutes, safe for work and for family gatherings.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Lila MacLellan summarizes a paper arguing that societal ills may have been exacerbated by using the Harvard Business School case study in business education. 10 minutes to read.
  • Kerry Jones explains “North Star” metrics—chosen to focus on some business result. Ultra-alignment requires excellent aim and the willingness to iterate. 8 minutes to read.
  • Gabor Nagy reports on an intriguing trend: companies are creating their own co-working spaces to expose their employees to other approaches. 7minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Cornelius Fichtner asks ten project management thought leaders what business management skills are essential for strategic projects. Podcast, 19 minutes, safe for work.
  • Leigh Espy shows us how to get the voice of the customer to be sure our project is on the right track. 8 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture provides alternatives to the evil % Complete OK, so it isn’t evil; merely misleading and maintenance-intensive. 2 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman extracts a key lesson on decision-making from Ralph Keeney’s new book, Value-Focused Thinking. 2 minutes to read.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy explores five effective communication channels and explains when to use them. 5 minutes to read.
  • Satya Narayan Dash shares a high-level overview of the differences between the PMBOK 5th Edition and the 6th Edition released last year. 9 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin continues her Women in Project Management, interviewing Koviljka Lukic as she transitions from sales to project management. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Toyota Scrum to preventing product failures to the Sunk Cost Fallacy. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale discourages us from asking the Scrum master to perform multiple roles. 2 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman argues that product orientation requires high quality standards. 3 minutes to read.
  • Mike Cohn does a deep dive into the concept of potentially releasable. 5 minutes to read.
  • Andreas Prins points out four software delivery mistakes that negatively impact continuous delivery. 6 minutes to read.
  • Scott Kirkwood interviews Bonnie Jarvie, VP of User Experience Research at the Wall Street Journal on how the craft has changed in the last 20 years. 6 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership articles, from rallying employees to embrace change to the upside of boredom to communication in the design process. 5 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Linky van der Merwe selects seven skills that women (and men) aspiring to leadership positions need to consciously develop. 3 minutes to read.
  • Stephanie Ray provides a detailed description of holacracy, which carries the notion of self-organizing teams to its logical conclusion. 5 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Yomi Kazeem updates us on work to get zinc-air batteries down below the $100 / kilowatt-hour price point for use with solar cells in developing countries. 2 minutes to read.
  • Nick Heath summarizes three key takeaways from a presentation by Demi Hassabis, co-founder of Deep Mind, on where AI might be taking us. 5 minutes to read.
  • Julien Laloyaux, Frank Laroi, and Marco Hirnstein debunk the myth that women are better multi-taskers than men. We all suck at it. 3 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Kayla Matthews identifies four common problem work environments and offers ideas to optimize each of them for productivity. 4 minutes to read.
  • Guarav Kaushik shares a rant on the dubious use of “hot desks.” If you don’t know what that is, thank your deity of choice. 5 minutes to read and laugh nervously.
  • Hillary Jackson advises us on handling grief when a co-worker dies. 5 minutes to read.

Enjoy!