New PM Articles for the Week of July 16 – 22

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 16 – 22. And this week’s video: a quick review of recent changes to Microsoft Visio, followed by a demonstration of how to integrate Visio with Microsoft Project. 26 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Bill Taylor focuses our attention on three reasons why Netflix is successful. And focus is the key word here. 4 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell revisits the failures of Blockbuster, Kodak, and Xerox. The root cause of each of their failures was not just disruption. 5 minutes to read.
  • Dan Kopf summarizes a report from the OECD on what higher tariffs might mean for economic growth. It’s not all about the retail price of manufactured goods. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Satya Narayan Dash tutors us on contingency reserve and management reserve. 9 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture explains David Hulett’s approach to integrating the risk register and the project plan. 2 minutes to read.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Karlene Agard on value management in mega-projects—reducing cost without reducing value. Podcast, 16 minutes.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy delivers a very detailed mini-course on project stakeholder management, from identification to creating a Register. 16 minutes.
  • Mike Clayton provides detailed instructions on how to get the most from our next “lessons learned” meeting. 12 minutes to read.
  • The folks at Clarizen share their thoughts on milestones—on both good and bad practices. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Beyond Budgeting to why open floor plans suck to results of the scrum master survey. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Raffaela Rein describes inclusive design as removing barriers to access for the disabled, from the deaf to the color blind and beyond. 5 minutes to read.
  • Erik Dietrich describes seven types of testing (beyond functional testing) that you should be doing. 5 minutes to read.
  • James Kobelius considers what it might mean to certify an AI product as “safe.” 6 minutes to read.
  • Janelle Shane gives us a practitioner’s view of why artificial narrow intelligence is more achievable than artificial general 5 minutes to read.
  • Alex Aitken questions the predictive value of velocity. 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership articles, from fairy tales and fables to accurate data to being compassionate. 5 outbound links, 4 minutes to read.
  • John Yorke explains the concepts exemplified by Herbie, a key character in The Goal, by Eliyahu Goldratt. This is a novel that introduces the Theory of Constraints. 7 minutes to read.
  • Mary Jo Asmus points out some of the upsides to delegating. 2 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Mike Griffiths catalogs some of the AI assistant applications we should look forward to as project managers. 7 minutes to read.
  • Max Steinmetz collates some recent statistics on Agile adoption and results. 3 minutes to read.
  • Alison Coleman previews a new report from PMI: Next Practices: Maximizing the Benefits of Disruptive Technologies on Projects. 5 minutes to read.
  • Oliver Staley reports on a new study from a business school in Madrid which compared formal and automated communication with informal communications at work. 2 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Elizabeth Harrin shares an extract from her excellent new book, Project Manager, which describes three ways to get that first job as a PM. 5 minutes to read.
  • Berta Melder explains why serotonin is important to our happiness and productivity and identifies daily activities that can help us produce more of it. 4 minutes to read.
  • Kerry Wills reminds us to observe a few simple workplace courtesies—like keeping your calendar updated. A minute to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of July 9 – 15

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 9 – 15. And this week’s video: Cy Swan, still working as a blacksmith and knifemaker at 81, celebrates Independence Day by blasting an anvil into the air, at a pair of hovering drones as they film the whole thing. Yeah … 3 minutes, safe for work, and no anvils were harmed in the making of this video.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Dave Gershgorn reports on the push by Microsoft for Congress to regulate how facial recognition technology is used, based on potential human rights risks. 2 minutes to read.
  • Richard Fall reports on the evidence of bias in the proprietary algorithms in COMPAS, a program used by judges that recommends criminal sentences. 3 minutes to read.
  • Dipayan Ghosh gives us the executive summary of California’s new data privacy law. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • John Goodpasture shares a response from one of his students to the change management question, how would you prepare an organization to take on Agile methods? 2 minutes to read.
  • Robert Wysocki describes a comprehensive model of project management called the Scope Triangle. 4 minutes to read, part 1 of 2.
  • Glen Jones explores the selection of KPIs for executive oversight. Here is part 2. 6 minutes to read both parts.
  • Kiron Bondale notes the perils of expressing resource availability as a percentage. 2 minutes to read.
  • Nat Schatz recommends additional due diligence for efficient consolidation of project resources and processes after a merger or acquisition. 12 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton explains the meaning of education contact hours and PDUs, as used in the PMI credentialing process. 8 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his list of Agile content, from changing corporate culture to product prioritization to whether Scrum is iterative or incremental. 7 outbound links, 2 minutes to read.
  • Chitra Manoj presents a case study that demonstrates the value of a gap analysis in a project to implement an off-the-shelf replacement for an existing financial system. 3 minutes to read.
  • Svetozar Krunic explains lead scoring, a user behavior metric valued by marketers. 4 minutes to read.
  • Justin Rohrman describes a definition of “done” for development completed by a small team with no real hand-offs. 6 minutes to read.
  • Claire Reckless gives her detailed answer to a simple question: What is software testing? You can’t manage what you don’t understand. 10 minutes to read.
  • Steven Sinofsky points out the bear traps in implementing API connections to other systems from your enterprise system. 12 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership articles, from making sure your goals have impact to not believing your own BS to the need for better governance. 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman posts two parts on objectives and key results (OKR) and how that translates to accountability, versus fostering responsibility and autonomy. 7 minutes to read both, here’s part 2.
  • Cesar Abeid interviews Jason Evanish on the importance of using 1 on 1 meetings in growing your team members. Podcast, 36 minutes, safe for work.

Research and Insights

  • Greg Satell reports on recent progress in the war against synthetic identities used to defraud financial institutions. 5 minutes to read.
  • Tom Merritt suggest five alternatives for making your web browsing more secure. Read or video, both 2 minutes.
  • Polina Aronson and Judith Duportail examine the starkly different empathic responses of two different AI conversational agents: one programmed in the US and one in Russia. 12 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Emily Esposito recaps the key points from Daniel Pink’s new book, When: The scientific secrets of perfect timing. 3 minutes to read.
  • Benjamin Spall distills lessons learned from talking to over 300 successful people about their morning routines. 4 minutes to read.
  • Michael Lopp shares his practices for managing his browser, phone, Email, and life. 5 minutes to read.
  • Alyse Kalish explains why everyone should have a professional headshot handy. 2 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of September 25 – October 1

New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 25 – October 1. And this week’s video: Harry Hall suggests a way to identify project risks by starting with success. Two minutes, safe for work.

Must read (or Listen)!

  • Vivek Murthy, former US Surgeon General, describes the “loneliness epidemic” in terms of both the impact on our health and our productivity. 12 minutes to read.
  • Matthew Biggins frets that, given recent advances in virtual reality and augmented reality, at some point, actual reality will feel fake. 5 minutes to read.
  • Katie Heaney gets some expert opinions on the continuum between analytical thinking and “going with your gut.” It’s not a binary choice! 6 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • Elizabeth Harrin provides a detailed plan for communicating with your stakeholders when you don’t have time for meetings. 4 minutes to read.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiyrecommends a list of project management books (14) and software tools (13). 8 minutes to read, 24 outbound links.
  • Mike Clayton goes to his bookshelf for the best personal effectiveness books for project managers. 16 books, 12 minutes to read.
  • Chris Matts continues his series on the three levels of metric maturity. 3 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman shares a webcast by Dr. Barry Boehm on the incremental commitment spiral model of software development. Just over an hour, long intro, safe for work.
  • Johnny Beirne interviews Stephen Carver on resilience can help us thrive in a VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity) world. 21 minutes, safe for work.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from slicing user stories to the Team Culture model to the origins of the design sprint. 9 outbound links, 3 minutes to browse.
  • Johanna Rothman concludes her series on alternatives for Agile and Lean road mapping, with part 6 (4 minutes to read) and part 7 (3 minutes to read).
  • Mike Cohn identifies five common mistakes teams make in splitting user stories and suggests avoidance strategies. 10 minutes to read, but worth your time.
  • Henny Portman reviews The Scrum Culture: Introducing Agile methods in organizations, by Dominik Maximini. 3 minutes to read.
  • Dave Prior interviews Michael de la Maza and Dhaval Panchal talk about their new book Agile Coaching: Wisdom from Practitioners. 33 minutes, safe for work.
  • Christopher Lewis tells us that great Scrum Masters are first good product owners. 4 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Adam Shostack analyzes the “resignation” of CEO Richard Smith from Equifax. It’s not about the breach, but the response to the breach. 4 minutes to read.
  • Art Petty expands on four key components of strategy execution. 5 minutes to read.
  • Bertrand Duperrin reviews Marketplace 3.0: Rewriting the rules of borderless business, by Hiroshi Mikitani. 4 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Natalie Warnert explains the concept of learned helplessness and tells us how to unlearn 4 minutes to read.
  • Kamil Tamiola notes that poorly written “scientific” articles on AI and machine learning drive “… bizarre levels of anxiety among the public, press, science and tech investors.” 5 minutes to read.
  • Seth Godin explores the difference between pleasure (which you can buy) and happiness (which you can’t), in under 2 minutes.

Working and the Workplace

  • April Kilcrease summarizes the backlash against the open office layout movement. 5 minutes to read.
  • Brendan Toner reviews day planner and to-do list app Focuster. 6 minutes to read.
  • Hilary Potkewitz reports on the early morning routines of the well-organized: 4:00 AM is the new 7:00 AM. 5 minutes to read; 1 embedded video, 4 minutes.
  • Darius Foroux shares his take on prioritizing, planning, and time blocking. “Time Blocking is more than just a productivity tool. It’s about self-awareness.” 4 minutes to read.

Enjoy!