New PM Articles for the Week of July 1 – 7

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 1 – 7. And this week’s video: every year, Cy Swan and Scott Wadsworth celebrate Independence Day in the traditional Oregon pioneer way by packing black powder between two anvils and launching one of them into the air near their homes in Medford. Cy is in his 80’s, still working every day as a blacksmith, and if he ever wrote his autobiography, it would have to be published in three volumes. 2 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Sarah Todd examines the departure of Apple design chief Jony Ive to show why it can be dangerous to allow burned out star employees to stay in their role. 5 minutes to read.
  • CISOMag shares statistics showing that phishing and ransomware are the most reported types of cyber-attacks, but GDPR-ready firms have suffered fewer data breaches. 2 minutes to read.
  • Matt Hilbert looks at the growing influence of the GDPR in other countries and suggests an approach for ensuring compliance with developing legislation. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Harry Hall explains SWOT analysis: what it is, how to engage stakeholders, and how to conduct one. Or watch his video; 3 minutes to read or watch.
  • Cornelius Fichtner shares a free ebook, Managing Smaller and Medium-Sized Projects, by Dr. Jim Young. Download link in the PDU Tip box. Podcast, 10 minutes, safe for work.
  • Mike Clayton explains what external dependencies are and how they can impact your project. Video, 4 minutes, safe for work.
  • Robin Nicklas demonstrates resource leveling using MS Project and resource smoothing using MS Excel. Different techniques with different objectives. 7 minutes to read.
  • Linky Van Der Merwe continues her series with how to transition into the agile project management role. 4 minutes to read.
  • Henny Portman reviews Flawless Consulting: A guide to getting your expertise used, by Peter Block. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from fixing Scrum with working agreements to the rhythm of Design Thinking to mob programming patterns. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Ron Jeffries looks at applying Agile methods to contracts with a fixed-scope, fixed-delivery, and fixed-price. 11 minutes to read.
  • Erik Rutkens and Jasper De Vries present a comprehensive analysis of current and developing trends in application security testing. 9 minutes to read.
  • Gábor Zöld gives us a comprehensive guide to technical debt, from what and why to preventing and managing, with case studies. 11 minutes to read.
  • Rahul Jain shares 35 statistics you need to know to plan for cross-browser testing. 2 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackovny follows last week’s article on testing databases with a look at query methods for relational and non-relational 3 minutes each.
  • Amyra Sheldon identified the nine most popular cross-platform tools for mobile application development. 8 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Dan Rockwell: “Stupid teams consist of smart people who engage in stupid behaviors.” But smart teams engage in a few specific, smart practices. 2 minutes to read.
  • Art Petty notes that too much feedback can be destructive. Good leaders are alert to causes of stress. 6 minutes to read.
  • Thomas Oppong explains how learned helplessness makes it difficult to change our circumstances. 5 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Robert Roy Britt recaps recent research into how the brain makes short-term and long-term memories. 7 minutes to read.
  • Johnny Wood briefly describes the top ten emerging technologies expected to significantly impact society and the global economy. 4 minutes to read.
  • Hemant Kakkar reports on his research into dominance and prestige, showing why some leaders are more likely to be punished for their mistakes. 6 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Kat Boogaard shares actionable advice and information on business travel from two Road Warriors. 9 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas answers the question: can you switch a full-time worker into a contractor? 3 minutes to read.
  • Stav Ziv coaches us on talking about our strengths and weaknesses in a job interview. 8 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of June 24 – 30

New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 24 – 30. And this week’s video: Heidi Grant explains why we need to ask for help, and tells us how to do it successfully, while making the process more rewarding for your helper. 12 minutes, safe for work. Thanks to Kiron Bondale for the link!

I’ll also plug Bill Gates’ remarks given at the Forbes Philanthropy Summit, where his life-long friend, the late Paul Allen, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. If Paul had been a fictional character, I believe the author would have been Robert A. Heinlein.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Daniel Burrus advocates dematerialization—making products and features smaller and lighter—as a key strategy for innovation. 3 minutes to read.
  • Peter Robison reports on a growing controversy: Boeing’s use of outsourcing to low-cost offshore engineers for development of the 737 Max software. 8 minutes to read.
  • Dan Loney interviews Dean Foster on the need for leaders and their teams to be culturally adept in the countries where they do business. Podcast, 26 minutes, safe for work.

Managing Projects

  • PMP ExamPMI announced that the PMP examination will undergo an update, based on the recently completed Global Practice Analysis. This is a complete re-design of the exam! The last day to take the current version of the exam will be December 15, 2019. 2 minutes to read the article, another 10 to read the exam content outline.
  • Dale Howard shows us how to schedule a task to start as late as possible, based on the start date of another task, in MS Project. 2 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton explains three important acronyms thrown about by experienced project managers—RAID, CAD, and DCARI. Video, 4 minutes, safe for work.
  • Linky van der Merwe tells us why we need to become agile project managers—the trends, organization expectations, and what we need to do differently. 8 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman compiled 35 technical papers and 9 books on conducting a root cause analysis. 5 minutes to read.
  • The nice folks at Clarizen share five excellent practices for resource management. It would be helpful if they identified their authors, but I’ll credit them with nice. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from silent meetings to outcome-oriented change to shades of MVP, although probably not 50 of them. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Eden Ella shares his analysis of the (recent) history and (near) future of web development. 10 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely and Jon Quigley talk about fit for purpose and other topics in the Software Process and Measurement podcast. 21 minutes, safe for work.
  • Kristin Jackvony gives us a checklist for testing the database behind the application. 4 minutes to read.
  • Seth Godin schools us on what defines a great design—it’s all about constraints and results. 2 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman poses several questions about the team and the context when answering the question, what is the minimum required documentation for requirements? 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Ron Carucci and Jarrod Shappell tell us how to work with someone who thinks they are always right, even when there is no perfect answer. Best term: chronic certainty. 5 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Mark Kilby and Johanna Rothman on their new book, From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams: Collaborate to deliver. Podcast, 42 minutes, safe for work.
  • Emily Luijbregts shares some tips for building effective globally distributed teams. 6 minutes to read.
  • Eric Goldschein provides his insights into building a remote team that will last. 5 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Aaron Gershwin briefs us on Flame, the most sophisticated cyber espionage tool ever discovered by a target and discussed in public. Makes you wonder what else is lurking out there, doesn’t it? 4 minutes to read.
  • Linwood Walker tells us everything we need to know about Wi-Fi 6. This is going to be a key enabler for the Internet of Things. 4 minutes to read.
  • Sarah Soule, Davina Drabkin, and Lori Mackenzie point out some of the stereotypes in MBA case studies. Even great graduate programs have flaws. 7 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Deanna DeBara coaches us on keeping your home office from taking over your life. 8 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Yuko explains the research linking greater empathy to higher productivity. 4 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy briefs us on the plan-do-check-act cycle for continuous process improvement. Repeat as necessary! 5 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of June 17 – 23

New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 17 – 23. And this week’s video: digital project managers Ben Aston and Kelly Suter discuss the Hertz-Accenture lawsuit. $32USD million for a website design that never went live? That requires a lot of process failures! 7 minutes, safe for work (unless you believe cock-up is a bad word).

This week’s images from our day trip to Death Valley.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Karl Henrik Smith analyzes Anthos, Google’s new Kubernetes-based platform designed to manage applications across multiple clouds, such as AWS and Azure. 8 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell examines how major changes in technology, resource utilization, migration, and demographics drove change in the 20th century and projects what these trends will mean in this century. 6 minutes to read.
  • Eshe Nelson interviews Richard Baldwin, author of The Globotics Upheaval: Globalization, robotics, and the future of work. 8 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Mike Griffiths has been named co-lead for the next update cycle of the PMBOK, to be called the 7th Expect “a radical departure from all previous editions.” Just a minute to read.
  • Glen Alleman defines technical margin and contingency and explains how they are used in systems under development. 2 minutes to read.
  • Dale Howard tells us how to view all predecessors and successors for any task in MS Project. Very useful in highly detailed plans! 3 minutes to read.
  • The nice folks at Clarizen tell about RACI charts—what they are, how they are used, and why we need them. 3 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely presents the positive case for a Big Bang implementation of a major change, like moving to a new ERP. 3 minutes to read.
  • Jim Conroy describes five specific actions that the PMO can initiate in order to improve project benefits realization. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from decision making in flat organizations to customer centricity to killing any project. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • James Thomas led a 15-minute discussion on the value of testing is … and captured the group learnings in a mind map. 3 minutes to read, including the map.
  • Dave West makes a good case for putting product customer personas on the team wall. 4 minutes to read.
  • Steven Hansen talks us through conducting an estimate for a project with an embedded Linux component. This is illustrative of good practice in technical analysis, from alternatives to risks. 5 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman reminds us to clean our backlogs, create a parking lot, and otherwise reduce our cognitive load. 3 minutes to read.
  • Marija Cvjetkovic shares 15 of her cartoons, mocking “false Scrum implementations.” 3 minutes to read; no estimate for time required to laugh nervously and change the subject.

Applied Leadership

  • Kumar Srikant leads us on a deep examination of professional and business ethics violations and how we choose to cheat. 6 minutes to read.
  • Nick Walker and Bill Yates interview Dr. Ruth Middleton-House on decision-making under threatening conditions. Podcast, 35 minutes, safe for work.
  • Vikash Kumar shares his principles for leading a geographically distributed team. 5 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Andrej Kovačević updates us on Dark Web activities that appear to be trending, with implications for the business world. 4 minutes to read.
  • Edward Hawkins gives us some insight into how internal and external security testing is accomplished. 5 minutes to read.
  • Dan Schawbel reports on research that indicates a generation preference (or aversion) for open offices. Having both kinds of space might provide an edge in the talent war. 3 minutes to read.
  • John Detrixhe reports that new financial technology algorithms discriminate against minorities 40% less often than human lenders. 3 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Tim O’Brien reminds us that we should not let our role become our identity, and let professional reverses hurt us on a personal level. 5 minutes to read.
  • John Leo Weber coaches us on office etiquette—the little rules that help us fit into the workplace. Yes, this is even more important for leaders. 6 minutes to read.
  • Dan Matthews suggests simple in loco parentis solutions for three common office conflicts. 2 minutes to read.

Enjoy!