New PM Articles for the Week of January 28 – February 3

New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 28 – February 3. And this week’s video: Adriana Girdler coaches us on facilitating a meeting. Focused on the first-timers but still worth a look even if you’ve been facilitating for years. 6 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Mark McNamee and Athanasia Kokkinogeni observe, “In the eyes of businesses, the UK has come to resemble an emerging market.” Brexit is driving volatility. 6 minutes to read.
  • Steve Blank explains why McKinsey’s Three Horizons model for managing and budgeting for innovation and research is no longer applicable. 4 minutes to read.
  • Joel Manner explores Eric Schmidt’s prediction that the internet is dividing into three politically-defined regions: US-led, China-led, and EU-led. 9 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Sylvia Moses describes the X-shaped skills of a highly capable project manager. 10 minutes to read.
  • Mike Griffiths covers the what, how, and why of project charters. 11 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton gives us a deep tutorial on project scheduling, from defining and sequencing activities through estimating durations and developing a schedule. 12 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture shares his slide presentation on preparing a request for proposal. 4 minutes to read, plus the slides.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Douglas Knutzen on leveraging scheduling, execution, and team techniques to increase speed on your projects. Podcast, 20 minutes, safe for work.
  • Dave Prior interviews Jesse Fewell on the evolving role of the PMO in an agile organization. Podcast, 36 minutes, safe for work.
  • Jan Schiller recaps twelve habits that she has observed in successful project portfolio managers. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Scrum limits to exemplary agile to the Scrum Master Trends Report 2019. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Mike Cohn makes it clear why software development teams have learned to focus on being done rather than estimating progress. 3 minutes to read.
  • Dave West points out the key nuggets in the 2019 Scrum mater Trends Report. 4 minutes to read.
  • Nandhini Saravanan explains the difference between horizontal and vertical scaling of databases and what each approach is useful for. 5 minutes to read.
  • Fio Dossetto extols the virtues of a heat map in analyzing the effectiveness of a user interface design. 6 minutes to read.
  • Joep Schuurkes tells us why we should have a test strategy and what it should cover. 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Simone Stolzoff tells how engineer Satya Nadella turned Microsoft, “From a culture of know-it-alls to a culture of learn-it-alls.” 9 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Wade Foster, CEO of Zapier—a 100% remote company with over 200 people—on the future of work. Podcast, 38 minutes, safe for work.
  • Leigh Espy sells us on problem-solving skills as a key part of career development. 3 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Greg Satell sees inflection points in energy, synthetic biology, and computation that are about to dramatically transform society. 5 minutes to read.
  • Karen Hao updates us on facial recognition software. Accuracy is improving for women and minorities, but the potential for abuse still exists. 4 minutes to read.
  • Roamy suggests a low-tech alternative to a creepy RFID implant under the skin or an easily-lost card. It’s obvious, once you read it. 4 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Andy Silber advocates for Inbox Zero. 4 minutes to read.
  • Corrine Purtill reports on one of the key messages at the Davos conference: the four-day work week. 2 minutes to read.
  • Alex Reardon argues that when we’re sick, we should take an actual sick day—not just work from home. 3 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of December 24 – 30

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 24 – 30. And this week’s video: General Stanley McChrystal makes the case for sharing knowledge. “Information is only of value if you give it to people who can do something with it.” 7 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • An article from the World Economic Forum summarizes research into the effects of long-term and short-term corporate investment—long-term isn’t always optimum. 6 minutes to read and well worth it.
  • Wayne Rash notes four trends for IT managers to watch in 2019. 6 minutes to read.
  • Emily Warna suggests that, before we try to pass legislation regulating technology, we address the underlying question: who owns our data? 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Harry Hall shows us the “formula” for writing clear, specific, measurable goals. 2 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture maps the complementary concepts of validation and verification to Agile practices. 2 minutes to read.
  • Erin Wildermuth says that we should break our projects and goals into smaller chunks in order to get the reinforcement of dopamine hits. Yes, that’s a thing. 4 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale reminds us that past perceptions set expectations. 2 minutes to read.
  • Marina Danilova does a quick check on the post-GDPR world, from compliance to yet more legislation from other governments. 3 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton posts a few aphorisms about project management and “what could possibly go wrong.” 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Rich Mironov shares the results of his survey of product leaders, asking them for their concerns. 5 minutes to read.
  • Craig Smith and Tony Ponton interview Agile Manifesto signatory “Uncle Bob” Martin on software craftsmanship, among other topics. Podcast, 45 minutes safe for work.
  • Samanta Cicilia tutors us on specification by example, from history through practice and resources. 9 minutes to read.
  • Akanksha Pandey explains how visual search is transforming the retail industry. There must be other applications for this technology—get a team together and brainstorm! 4 minutes to read.
  • Bertrand Duperrin examines the chatbot user experience and wonders if maybe they weren’t such a good idea. 3 minutes to read.
  • Seth Godin suggests that we include a “stupid” filter in our applications, so they default to what we want, rather than what we ask for. With great examples; just a minute to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Marcia Reynolds wants us to focus less on trying to ask good questions; we should work on ensuring our intent is clear. 4 minutes to read.
  • Karin Hurt and David Dye curate a list of the most popular leadership articles on the Let’s Grow Leaders blog in 2018. 8 minutes to read.
  • Cesar Abeid talks with Farnoosh Brock on developing a serving mindset, as opposed to a sales mindset. Podcast, 52 minutes, safe for work.
  • Stephanie Ockerman tutors us on servant leadership in terms of Vision, Values, Value, and Validation. 6 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Dave Gershgorn reports that US intelligence agencies are devising tests to identify image-recognition AI applications that have been compromised with “Trojan” images. 2 minutes to read.
  • Max Read complains that it’s getting harder to tell which parts of the internet are legitimate. “If a Russian troll using a Brazilian man’s photograph to masquerade as an American Trump supporter watches a video on Facebook, is that view ‘real’?” 8 minutes to read.
  • Cameron Coward shows us a robot “hand” that plays the piano without relying on complex actuators, motors, or solenoids. 2 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Suzanne Lucas reports on a possible ethical lapse: Google interviewed a candidate and then filed a patent for her work. 2 minutes to read.
  • Louis Chew uses Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as an example to show how to find fulfillment and meaning in our work. 4 minutes to read.
  • Henny Portman recommends Spencer Johnson’s sequel to Who Moved My Cheese, appropriately titled Out of the Maze. 2 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

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!