New PM Articles for the Week of May 20 – 26

New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 20 – 26. And this week’s video: just in case you’re still suffering from withdrawal, here is a hilarious collection of short clips illustrating one of the most persistent memes in The Game of Thrones—6 minutes of Jon Snow, knowing nothing. Not quite safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • The Bloomberg Editorial Board opines against the recent San Francisco ban on the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement. 3 minutes to read.
  • Eshe Nelson summarizes the global economy’s “fragile” outlook, per the Organization for European Cooperation and Development. The US-China trade war is a risk. 2 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell reminds us to think critically about the conventional wisdom. Not every story we hear is the whole story, and sometimes it’s not even remotely correct. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Mike Clayton gives us a comprehensive guide to project resource management. 10 minutes to read.
  • Lindsay Curtis tells us how to get the most out of a project kickoff meeting. 4 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture shares a Requirements Feasibility and Risk Assessment Guide, an analytical structure for identifying technical challenges before creating your quality management plan. 2 minutes to read.
  • Francesco Marcatto helps us understand how our teams lose focus and what we can do about it. 7 minutes to read.
  • Dianne Inniss suggests a somewhat different model for user readiness: Ready, Able, and Willing. 4 minutes to read.
  • Pat Weaver explains how the content of the PMP exam will change at the end of 2019, based on the updated Role Delineation Study to be released this summer. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from story points and velocity to getting rid of hierarchical structures to mental models and biases. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Dave Prior interviews Troy Lightfoot on probabilistic forecasting, as opposed to velocity or story points. Podcast, 58 minutes, safe for work.
  • Ron Jeffries admits that he probably invented story points, and ruefully explores his current thinking on how they should be used, if at all. 8 minutes to read.
  • Maxson Tee tells us how to get client feedback and incorporate it into your development process. 5 minutes to read.
  • Nacho Bassino examines the impact of product maintenance on continued product development. 10 minutes to read.
  • PV Kannan and Josh Bernoff help us analyze business case for a chatbot or voice interface. 7 minutes to read.
  • Kimberly Crawford suggests that testers should anticipate the users we don’t want—evil-doers she lumps into the category villainous personas. 5 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Paul Axtell provides a comprehensive set of actions to take when you’ve reached an impasse in your meeting. 7 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale tells us how to temper the eternal optimism of a delivery team. 2 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Larson points to Tyrion Lannister, one of the key characters in Game of Thrones, as a prime example of a trusted adviser. 5 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Shelly Fan relays news that a “biologically-inspired deep neural network” spontaneously learned how to assess relative quantities—more and less—after it was trained to recognize objects. 5 minutes to read.
  • Nick Kael reports that Phishing attacks are getting creative and lists a few steps we can take to keep these weasels from succeeding. 5 minutes to read.
  • Curtis Preston recaps the first year of enforcement of the GDPR by the European Commission. 5 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Elizabeth Harrin gives us a detailed process for preparing to hand off your project while you take off on vacation. 7 minutes to read.
  • Mike Vardy introduces the notion of an achievement structure—a behavioral framework for using your to-do list and other organizing tools. 5 minutes to read.
  • Alice Merlino notes three common reasons we fail at communication and offers some comprehensive thoughts on how to improve. 9 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of May 13 – 19

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.
  • Hites Ahir, Nicholas Bloom, and Davide Furceri examine the impact of uncertainty, driven by political forces, on business investment and economic results.

Managing Projects

  • Elizabeth Harrin posted two webinars this week: How to Succeed as a Project Manager, based on her book, and How to Manage Multiple Projects. Each a little over an hour, safe for work.
  • George Freeman gives us his thoughts on Architectural Awareness, the newest addition to the PMI Talent Triangle. At some point, will this become a square? 6 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale observes that project information radiators require behavior changes on the part of the senior stakeholders in order to actually communicate. 2 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy introduces us to the Lean Coffee meeting and tells how to organize one. 6 minutes to read.
  • Gerri Poling shares her thoughts on ITIL 4, the version introduced earlier this year. Just over 2 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman begins a new series on Agile methods for budgeting; here’s part 2. 7 minutes to read both.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Friday deploy freezes to electronic vs. visual boards to unintended consequences of your metrics. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • “Uncle Bob” Martin, who is a pilot and a programmer, shares his thoughts on the Boeing 737 Max 8 software failure that caused two crashes. 6 minutes to read.
  • Jason Skowronski explains staging environments—what they are and how they fit into the deployment cycle. 7 minutes to read.
  • Bas Dijkstra looks at two main reasons test automation doesn’t meet expectations, then outlines six steps to avoid falling into these traps. 7 minutes to read.
  • Alexey Gayduk describes the implementation of a chatbot system using an automated insurance agent as an example. 4 minutes to read.
  • Marija Cvjetkovic is a product owner and a cartoonist. Here are a few “graphical” thoughts about her day job. 6 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Agata Czopek on being an inclusive leader of a diverse project team. Podcast, 18 minutes, safe for work.
  • Mike Cohn tells us what the team wants from their Scrum Master. And any manager, for that matter. 4 minutes to read.
  • Sarah Hoban shares her experience with community goal setting. 3 minutes to read or download the podcast and listen for less than 5 minutes; safe for work.
  • Andy Makar recommends three must-read books to help a leader build better teams. 4 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Gemma Read and Jason Thompson expect that if pedestrians can step into the road without fear of an autonomous vehicle hitting them, traffic will grind to a halt. 4 minutes to read.
  • Andreas Sandre summarizes 14 trends shaping consumer technology, transportation, and more. 4 minutes to read.
  • Colin Jones shares his notes on AWS security essentials, based on a video by Aaron Bedra. 6 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Alice Boyes, author of The Anxiety Toolkit, explains what anxiety does to us at work, and it’s not good. 4 minutes to read.
  • Mike Vardy advocates for working at the speed of right—taking the time for critical thought and working on the right things. 2 minutes to read.
  • Michelle Cheng give us the executive summary of a survey on the most disruptive office distractions. If at least five make you feel guilty, there’s hope for you. 2 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of April 29 – May 5

New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 29 – May 5. And this week’s video: Harry Hall tells how to plan project risk responses. 4 minutes, safe for work. This is the first of a series of four short videos on the general topic of managing project risk; the others are How to respond to project threats, How to respond to project opportunities, and How to respond to overall project risks.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Glenn Fleishman reports on the current state of artificial portrait generation: one more technique for internet fraud. 9 minutes to read.
  • Noah Smith says that while blockchain technology might surprise us and change the world someday, your skepticism is completely justified. 4 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell reminds us that the future is not something that will happen, it is something that we will make. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Glen Alleman conducts a root cause analysis using the publicly available information on the Hertz Rental Car lawsuit against Accenture following their failed website redesign. 9 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton explains the use of a variation order in a contractual relationship. Video, 3 minutes, safe for work.
  • Eric Smith shares his techniques for making daily stand-up meetings as effective as possible. 4 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy gives us an introduction to Edwards Deming, the father of modern quality improvement, and his 14 points (no relation to Woodrow Wilson). 9 minutes to read.
  • Michael Wood revisits the history of Total Quality Management and notes some of the lessons we’ve learned since then. 8 minutes to read.
  • The nice folks at Team Clarizen tell us how to identify project constraints before they become major issues. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of agile content, from “budgeting” an agile project to technical debt to managing the emergence of architecture. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Rich Mironov explains the microeconomics of industrial hardware and enterprise software—two very different categories of products where synergy is achievable but challenging. 10 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman closes out her series on agile product roles. 4 minutes to read.
  • Cesar Abeid interviews Dr. Mik Kersten, author of Project to Product. Podcast, 39 minutes, safe for work.
  • Dan Ashby posted a series on a different approach to testing, based on the types of product risks. Here is part two and part three. 15 minutes to read all three.
  • Jean-Pierre Lambert reports on his experiment with a one-day Sprint. This seems like an interesting approach for getting the team from storming to performing. 7 minutes to read.
  • Keith Foote gives us an overview of in-memory database architectures, for transaction processing in real-time systems. 6 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Sharlyn Lauby reminds us to set a good example for those we manage: unplug. 2 minutes to read.
  • Madhumita Murgia and Siddarth Shrikanth report on the struggles Big Tech is having with their approach to managing the ethical implications of AI. 5 minutes to read.
  • Emmanuel Goossaert reflects on reputations: how they are formed, how to verify them, and how to help bring them closer to reality. 8 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Eleonore Pauwels reports on an AI-driven malware created by researchers that hacks CT scans; call it data poisoning. 5 minutes to read.
  • Jennifer Zaino describes the emerging concept of DataOps—automating data delivery with the appropriate levels of security, quality, and metadata. 5 minutes to read.
  • Edd Gent summarizes new research by BloombergNEF that projects electric car prices will fall below internal combustion engine car prices by 2020. This isn’t just a business opportunity for electric car manufacturers. 3 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Jade Emmons rounds up a variety of projections about the future of networking. Will mixed-reality and AI replace wine and cheese parties? 4 minutes to read?
  • Sabina Nawaz tells us what to do after an uncomfortable conversation with a co-worker. Choose to live with the person, not the guilt. 4 minutes to read.
  • Art Petty coaches us on moving from the idea that we need to do something different with our careers to taking action. 4 minutes to read.

Enjoy!