New PM Articles for the Week of December 16 – 22

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 16 – 22. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton updates a holiday favorite with the twelve project management days of Christmas. No singing and no birds in fruit trees; just short reminders of key themes in project management. Six minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Bas Kohnke points out four trends in the gig economy, people enablement, chatbots, and AI that will further change the workplace in 2020. 4 minutes to read.
  • Rashmi Sharma describes seven tech trends about to transform business in the coming decade. 6 minutes to read.
  • Kimberley Botwright reports on the furious growth of cross-border data transactions, and the growing body of regulations restricting it. Compliance will be one of the challenges of the 20’s. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Harold Kerzner identifies coming changes to the practice of project management. This will be the decade that project management becomes a strategic skill set. 6 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture shares an outline and general guidelines for writing an RFP. 4 minutes to read.
  • Brad Egeland describes what a project manager should be able to expect from the customer, the project team, and from senior management. 9 minutes to read all three.
  • Stephen Biddle tells us how to write a report. And just as important: how to not write a report. 3 minutes to read.
  • Jason Westland gives us an overview of IT governance, including definitions, frameworks, and planning. 6 minutes to read.
  • David Binny looks at the intricacies of the making a business case for a move to S/4HANA, before SAP ends support for ECC. Alternatives abound! 6 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from innovation failures to better standups to actively doing nothing. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman expands a recent conversation with a project manager to illustrate the power of role titles. 6 minutes to read.
  • Louis-Philippe Carignan observes the impact of DevOps on Agile practices; specifically, the growing value of Kanban metrics as a substitute for story points. 6 minutes to read.
  • Bob Reselman outlines a strategy for testing in an event-driven application architecture. 7 minutes to read.
  • Chris Fox rants, “Testing is essential, but it’s secondary. Sorry.” 6 minutes to read.
  • Nels Hoenig shares an anecdote that underlines the value of validating data before proceeding to analysis. 5 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Art Petty analyzes the leader’s role in executing on strategy. 5 minutes to read.
  • Amy Jen Su examines the components of trust between manager and team to help us understand if we really trust each other. 10 minutes to read.
  • John Millen uses Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffet, and Elon Musk as examples of great communicators. 5 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Curtis Franklin explains how to approach API security. 5 minutes to read.
  • Edlyn Levine and Algirde Pipikaite assess the potential of cyberattacks that directly target the hardware in our infrastructure. 4 minutes to read.
  • Colin Jones updates us on developments in mobile two-factor authentication and security keys, in the wake of SIM-swapping attacks. 6 minutes to read.
  • Steven Melendez reports that ransomware attackers are now publishing stolen data from victims who don’t pay. Yes, this means they are leveraging GDPR fines. 2 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Leigh Espy primes the pump with 35 conversation-starter questions for social and networking events. Not just for the holidays! 5 minutes to read.
  • Harry McCracken extols the iPad as his personal gadget of the decade. 3 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of November 4 – 10

New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 4 – 10. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton tells us why we should aspire to boring projects. Not boring outcomes, but the kind where that which is planned and predicted actually comes to pass, without heroic interventions, all-night problem resolution, or Costco-sized containers of antacids. 4 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Sean Fleming notes a key finding from PwC’s report, Talent Trends 2019: CEO’s are deeply worried about the availability of skilled workers. 2 minutes to read.
  • Mutale Nkonde considers the question: is addressing any bias displayed by AI applications a matter of corporate social responsibility? 4 minutes to read.
  • Robin Pomeroy poses the ethical questions arising from a new movie starring an actor who has been dead since 1955—James Dean. When do Deepfakes become unethical? 3 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Elizabeth Harrin celebrates International Project Management Day 2019 by focusing on what matters most: your well-being, morale, and mental health. 4 minutes to read.
  • Harry Hall explains how to facilitate the nominal group technique, a powerful tool for helping a small group reach consensus. 2 minutes to read.
  • Praveen Malik explains how to use resource leveling and resource smoothing to create a workable project schedule. 4 minutes to read.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Vicki Griffiths, Chair of the APM Women in Project Management SIG. More than 600 people attended their annual conference in September. Podcast, 24 minutes, safe for work.
  • John Goodpasture explains loose coupling and tight coupling, and how to minimize the effect of tight coupling on project timelines. 2 minutes to read.
  • Andy Jordan applies the Hippocratic maxim—“First, do no harm”—to the PMO. 7 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from agile playbooks to team contracts and alignment maps to product review in dual-tack agile. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Marcus Blankenship interviews Esther Derby on her new book, Seven Rules for Positive Productive Change. Podcast, 32 minutes, safe for work. Also includes a transcript.
  • Vadym Muraviov describes the structure and hierarchy of user stories, epics, and themes. 3 minutes to read.
  • Jose Casal expounds of the use of flow efficiency in process improvement. 8 minutes to read.
  • Vadim recommends five books, ostensibly for product managers, but applicable to everyone tasked with influencing others. 3 minutes to read.
  • Mike Griffiths shares another extract from his new book, Agile Illustrated: A visual learner’s guide to agility. This section explains the Declaration of Interdependence. 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman posted a series on how to create a proposal for a conference presentation. Here is part 2 and part 3. About 17 minutes to read all three parts.

Applied Leadership

  • Karolina Tóth interviews Dan Rummel, Senior Director of Engineering at One Medical, on establishing a foundation of psychological safety. Podcast, 21 minutes, safe for work.
  • Jory MacKay compiled several ways to give and receive negative feedback but begins with the elephant in the room: how we feel about it. 11 minutes to read.
  • Kat Boogaard presents survey results: six ways to make your team more effective. 6 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Marc Barrachin and Algirde Pipikaite make the case for a global standard for reporting cyberattacks. To fight these crimes, they must be reported. 4 minutes to read.
  • Joan Goodchild interviews Marcy Klipfel on the benefits of a collaboration between IT and HR in setting and training security policies. 3 minutes to read.
  • Justin Rohrlich reports that the Department of Homeland Security will soon have biometric data on nearly 260 million people. This is not good news. 4 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Emily Stone collected insights from several Kellogg School of Management professors on preparing for career opportunities. 6 minutes to read.
  • Selin Kesebir and colleagues found that men and women have significantly different attitudes toward competition. 4 minutes to read.
  • Amy Irwin collated insights from mental health professionals on how to cope with rudeness in the workplace. 4 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of October 28 – November 3

New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 28 – November 3. And this week’s video: Leila Gharani shows us how to SUM, AVERAGE, and COUNT values in a dataset using multiple conditions, without using filters. Excel is no substitute for a database, but the ability to perform a complex analysis on project data, such as Risk and Issue logs, transactions, and estimates without database access or SQL knowledge is invaluable. 14 minutes, safe for work.

This year, Halloween was princess-free. I asked one girl, about 4 years old, if she was a princess. “I’m an Evil Queen,” she replied. Strong female characters, indeed!

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Joe Nocera examines the growing anti-trust “awakening” being powered by criticisms of the Big Tech companies. 7 minutes to read.
  • Dan Kofp reports on research into which consumers benefit the most from ecommerce. Note that “benefit from” and “participate in” are not congruent. 3 minutes to read.
  • Bivás Biswas tutors us on Cloud computing, from the basics to business benefits to the current market and beyond. 10 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Mike Clayton maps out the many steps in the project planning process. Even if you’re an old hand, this will help you decide what elements to emphasize in your next project. 10 minutes to read.
  • Jared Spataro announces the rollout of the newest version of Microsoft Project, along with a new subscription plan. 4 minutes to read.
  • Francesco Marcatto tells us how to communicate project status to clients and stakeholders. 3 minutes to read.
  • Sarah M. Hoban describes a process for storyboarding a report. 3 minutes to read or 5 minutes for the podcast, safe for work.
  • The nice folks at Clarizen point out the benefits of keeping project stakeholders engaged. 2 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy catalogs the ten essential project management skills needed for project and career success. 6 minutes to read.
  • Ronald Smith recaps the history of project management, from ancient Egypt through the 20th century to modern software development practices. Great background for presentations. 7 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of agile content, from product-market fit to value-based agreements to the vision driving WeChat. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Gábor Zöld curates his monthly slate of engineering management content, from scaling developer teams to engineering podcasts to career development. 10 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • MostlyJason tells us why and how to use staging environments on the journey to production. 7 minutes to read.
  • Victoria Bezsmolna contrasts mobile app testing with web app testing. The differences are huge. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mike Cohn suggests job stories as a viable alternative to user stories. 7 minutes to read.
  • Michaela Greiler warns us: don’t teach during code reviews. 5 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Art Petty recommends a non-traditional way to help your team succeed—get out of their way. 2 minutes to read.
  • Aarron Walter shares insights from Julie Zhuo, who rose from intern to VP of Product Design at Facebook, on how to manage a team. 11 minutes to read.
  • In the spirit of Halloween, Suzanne Lucas describes ten monstrous management styles. 3 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Roland Yegorov scares the Hell out of us with cyber-crime statistics, links to studies and reports, and a video of a woman hijacking an Email account by making a phone call. 5 minutes to read, 3 for the video.
  • Patrick Howell O’Neill reports that WhatsApp is suing Israeli hacking firm NSO Group, accusing them of inserting surveillance malware on targeted user phones. 2 minutes to read.
  • Yash Rathi contrasts the two most influential data privacy laws: the EU’s GDPR and California’s CCPA. 4 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Stephanie Russell presents research that indicates remote work is more stressful than working at the office. 4 minutes to read.
  • Bill Gates shares the lesson he learned from visiting Kitty Hawk, where the Wright Brothers used a rudimentary wind tunnel to test their airplane models. 6 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell notes that artificial intelligence is forcing us to answer some very difficult questions about what behaviors must be considered human. 5 minutes to read.

Enjoy!