New PM Articles for the Week of February 11 – 17

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 11 – 17. And this week’s video: Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro and his colleague, Dr. Dylan Glas, are interested in what makes a human. Erica is their latest creation – a semi-autonomous android, product of the most funded scientific project in Japan. More philosophic than scientific, but sometimes that’s the kind of questions we need to ask. 14 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • David Goodman and Karen Weise tell how the turbulent politics of New York led Amazon to decide to pull the plug on the deal to build a second headquarters in Queens. 8 minutes to read.
  • Will Martin shares an insight from Neil Shearing, Chief Economist at Capital Economics, on the most useful predictor of trends in the global economy. 3 minutes to read.
  • Patricia de Hemricourt updates us on the growth of privacy regulation and what compliance looks like in the aftermath of the effective date of the GDPR. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • John Goodpasture analyzes the value of Monte Carlo simulations based on data with an unknown distribution. 3 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton give us the details on what to do when our project is deferred, as opposed to canceled. 10 minutes to read.
  • Mark Romanelli notes the analytical tools we should use when selecting projects to achieve strategic goals. 6 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy tutors us on problem-solving using a seven-step process. 8 minutes to read.
  • Mac Sauls takes us through the process of calculating a management reserve using basic statistical techniques. 10 minutes to read.
  • Alex Ponomarev explains how to estimate a project using user stories—an excellent starting point for the customer in understanding Agile methods. 5 minutes to read.
  • Payson Hall reminds why understanding the business problem is so essential. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from questioning agile dogma to prioritizing opportunities to who owns the product backlog. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman suggests that changing how you think about your customers can lead to improvements in your delivery. 4 minutes to read.
  • Stacy Sherman tutors us on customer personas as an input to customer experience design. 3 minutes to read.
  • Poornima Vijayashankar interviews UX consultant Sarah Doody, who explains how to source, vet, hire and work with UX designers. Podcast, 39 minutes, safe for work.
  • Emily Esposito shares her master list of all UX conferences scheduled for 2019, worldwide. 10 minutes to read.
  • Edwin van der Thiel considers what DevOps means to the team. 2 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Amervis Lopez Cobb reports from the Accelerate Women Conference in Las Vegas, with some background on herself. 10 minutes to read.
  • Molly Page reflects on what she’s learned about digesting criticism. 4 minutes to read.
  • Lolly Daskal notes that people experience a change in four stages. 2 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • James Bessen and James Kossuth report on research into how automation affects high-skill and low-skill workers. 4 minutes to read.
  • Knowledge@Wharton interviews John McCoy on his research into the most productive approach to crowdsourcing answers. 5 minutes to read.
  • Janelle Edge notes four of the most common ways that people learn. In this case, it also means ways that we understand an explanation. 5 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Amy Whicker explains emotional assertiveness—one more tool in our emotional intelligence toolbox. 8 minutes to read.
  • Joshua Brustein reports on conditions for contractors working at one of Apple’s “black sites” in Silicon Valley. Not an encouraging picture of corporate America. 12 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland reports on her experiments on what to wear and where to sit for video calls when working remotely. Podcast, 9 minutes, safe for work.

Enjoy!

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 31 – January 6

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 31 – January 6. And this week’s video: Alec Watson gives us a product development case history of the videotape wars, VHS versus Betamax. The winner was not the company with the best technology, but the one that better understood the use cases of their customers. Even if you’re not in a product development role, this is a valuable management insight. Here’s part two. Each part about 16 minutes, both safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Nariman Behavesh, Chief Economist for IHS Markit, posted his predictions for the global economy in 2019. 6 minutes to read.
  • Mark Sullivan curates “tech trend” predictions for the coming year, from AI and augmented reality to 5G, drones, and the shift away from cable TV. 10 minutes to read.
  • Marc Bain reports on trends in retail, grouped as experimental, threatening, transitory, and necessary. “Autonomous last-mile delivery” is a thing, it seems. 6 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • The folks at MPUG list ten of their most popular articles from 2018. Here’s one more chance to read them! 6 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture warns us to beware the strategic objective that isn’t really strategic at all. 2 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin coaches a project manager on effectively communicating with stakeholders who must act on an issue. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton reflects on the “blaming” mindset which kicks in when projects go wrong. Just over a minute to read.
  • David Robins gets deep into the details of tracking progress against plan. 6 minutes to read.
  • Harry Hall recaps his ten most popular project risk management articles from 2018, describes his plans for 2019, and asks you to take his reader survey—I did! 2 minutes to read.
  • The folks at Clarizen list a few risk assessment techniques you should consider using if you aren’t already. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Agile as common sense to supporting hypergrowth to why leadership isn’t always about having a plan. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Emily Stevens points out five important UX trends for 2019. 8 minutes to read.
  • Adam Shostack launches a new course, Introduction to Threat modeling for Security Professionals, on LinkedIn Learning. For free. A minute to read.
  • Alan Page notes that when using modern software development approaches, testing is a value-add, rather than a cost. 4 minutes to read.
  • Cynthia Dunlop curated a list of interesting quotes from people talking about software testing. 12 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • John Yorke considers ways in which a manager can determine whether a worker is slacking off. 4 minutes to read.
  • Kerry Wills expounds on the need for clear accountability—a leadership function if there ever was one. 2 minutes to read.
  • Katharine Schwab provides an action plan for making your organization more ethical. 7 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Sam Rigby lists the 99 best things that happened in 2018. Nearly all of these were the result of projects—use them in your presentations! Long read but share it with your kids.
  • Annalisa Merelli lists key stories about disruption (hacking) of our commercial infrastructure from servers to point of sale systems over the last year. This will only get worse. 3 minutes to read.
  • Joe Biron and Jonathan Lang look at improving augmented reality products by analyzing user insights. 6 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Phil Burgess interviews author and Agile testing trainer Linda Crispin on being your own advocate in your IT career. Podcast, 18 minutes, safe for work.
  • Natalie Warnert makes the market-based case for being replaceable. 3 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas points out five over-arching employment trends we’ll see in 2019. 3 minutes to read.
  • Jo Ann Jenkins makes the case for the “Five Generation Workforce” as an unprecedented opportunity. 6 minutes to read.

Enjoy!