New PM Articles for the Week of November 4 – 10

New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 4 – 10. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton tells us why we should aspire to boring projects. Not boring outcomes, but the kind where that which is planned and predicted actually comes to pass, without heroic interventions, all-night problem resolution, or Costco-sized containers of antacids. 4 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Sean Fleming notes a key finding from PwC’s report, Talent Trends 2019: CEO’s are deeply worried about the availability of skilled workers. 2 minutes to read.
  • Mutale Nkonde considers the question: is addressing any bias displayed by AI applications a matter of corporate social responsibility? 4 minutes to read.
  • Robin Pomeroy poses the ethical questions arising from a new movie starring an actor who has been dead since 1955—James Dean. When do Deepfakes become unethical? 3 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Elizabeth Harrin celebrates International Project Management Day 2019 by focusing on what matters most: your well-being, morale, and mental health. 4 minutes to read.
  • Harry Hall explains how to facilitate the nominal group technique, a powerful tool for helping a small group reach consensus. 2 minutes to read.
  • Praveen Malik explains how to use resource leveling and resource smoothing to create a workable project schedule. 4 minutes to read.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Vicki Griffiths, Chair of the APM Women in Project Management SIG. More than 600 people attended their annual conference in September. Podcast, 24 minutes, safe for work.
  • John Goodpasture explains loose coupling and tight coupling, and how to minimize the effect of tight coupling on project timelines. 2 minutes to read.
  • Andy Jordan applies the Hippocratic maxim—“First, do no harm”—to the PMO. 7 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from agile playbooks to team contracts and alignment maps to product review in dual-tack agile. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Marcus Blankenship interviews Esther Derby on her new book, Seven Rules for Positive Productive Change. Podcast, 32 minutes, safe for work. Also includes a transcript.
  • Vadym Muraviov describes the structure and hierarchy of user stories, epics, and themes. 3 minutes to read.
  • Jose Casal expounds of the use of flow efficiency in process improvement. 8 minutes to read.
  • Vadim recommends five books, ostensibly for product managers, but applicable to everyone tasked with influencing others. 3 minutes to read.
  • Mike Griffiths shares another extract from his new book, Agile Illustrated: A visual learner’s guide to agility. This section explains the Declaration of Interdependence. 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman posted a series on how to create a proposal for a conference presentation. Here is part 2 and part 3. About 17 minutes to read all three parts.

Applied Leadership

  • Karolina Tóth interviews Dan Rummel, Senior Director of Engineering at One Medical, on establishing a foundation of psychological safety. Podcast, 21 minutes, safe for work.
  • Jory MacKay compiled several ways to give and receive negative feedback but begins with the elephant in the room: how we feel about it. 11 minutes to read.
  • Kat Boogaard presents survey results: six ways to make your team more effective. 6 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Marc Barrachin and Algirde Pipikaite make the case for a global standard for reporting cyberattacks. To fight these crimes, they must be reported. 4 minutes to read.
  • Joan Goodchild interviews Marcy Klipfel on the benefits of a collaboration between IT and HR in setting and training security policies. 3 minutes to read.
  • Justin Rohrlich reports that the Department of Homeland Security will soon have biometric data on nearly 260 million people. This is not good news. 4 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Emily Stone collected insights from several Kellogg School of Management professors on preparing for career opportunities. 6 minutes to read.
  • Selin Kesebir and colleagues found that men and women have significantly different attitudes toward competition. 4 minutes to read.
  • Amy Irwin collated insights from mental health professionals on how to cope with rudeness in the workplace. 4 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of October 28 – November 3

New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 28 – November 3. And this week’s video: Leila Gharani shows us how to SUM, AVERAGE, and COUNT values in a dataset using multiple conditions, without using filters. Excel is no substitute for a database, but the ability to perform a complex analysis on project data, such as Risk and Issue logs, transactions, and estimates without database access or SQL knowledge is invaluable. 14 minutes, safe for work.

This year, Halloween was princess-free. I asked one girl, about 4 years old, if she was a princess. “I’m an Evil Queen,” she replied. Strong female characters, indeed!

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Joe Nocera examines the growing anti-trust “awakening” being powered by criticisms of the Big Tech companies. 7 minutes to read.
  • Dan Kofp reports on research into which consumers benefit the most from ecommerce. Note that “benefit from” and “participate in” are not congruent. 3 minutes to read.
  • Bivás Biswas tutors us on Cloud computing, from the basics to business benefits to the current market and beyond. 10 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Mike Clayton maps out the many steps in the project planning process. Even if you’re an old hand, this will help you decide what elements to emphasize in your next project. 10 minutes to read.
  • Jared Spataro announces the rollout of the newest version of Microsoft Project, along with a new subscription plan. 4 minutes to read.
  • Francesco Marcatto tells us how to communicate project status to clients and stakeholders. 3 minutes to read.
  • Sarah M. Hoban describes a process for storyboarding a report. 3 minutes to read or 5 minutes for the podcast, safe for work.
  • The nice folks at Clarizen point out the benefits of keeping project stakeholders engaged. 2 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy catalogs the ten essential project management skills needed for project and career success. 6 minutes to read.
  • Ronald Smith recaps the history of project management, from ancient Egypt through the 20th century to modern software development practices. Great background for presentations. 7 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of agile content, from product-market fit to value-based agreements to the vision driving WeChat. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Gábor Zöld curates his monthly slate of engineering management content, from scaling developer teams to engineering podcasts to career development. 10 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • MostlyJason tells us why and how to use staging environments on the journey to production. 7 minutes to read.
  • Victoria Bezsmolna contrasts mobile app testing with web app testing. The differences are huge. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mike Cohn suggests job stories as a viable alternative to user stories. 7 minutes to read.
  • Michaela Greiler warns us: don’t teach during code reviews. 5 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Art Petty recommends a non-traditional way to help your team succeed—get out of their way. 2 minutes to read.
  • Aarron Walter shares insights from Julie Zhuo, who rose from intern to VP of Product Design at Facebook, on how to manage a team. 11 minutes to read.
  • In the spirit of Halloween, Suzanne Lucas describes ten monstrous management styles. 3 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Roland Yegorov scares the Hell out of us with cyber-crime statistics, links to studies and reports, and a video of a woman hijacking an Email account by making a phone call. 5 minutes to read, 3 for the video.
  • Patrick Howell O’Neill reports that WhatsApp is suing Israeli hacking firm NSO Group, accusing them of inserting surveillance malware on targeted user phones. 2 minutes to read.
  • Yash Rathi contrasts the two most influential data privacy laws: the EU’s GDPR and California’s CCPA. 4 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Stephanie Russell presents research that indicates remote work is more stressful than working at the office. 4 minutes to read.
  • Bill Gates shares the lesson he learned from visiting Kitty Hawk, where the Wright Brothers used a rudimentary wind tunnel to test their airplane models. 6 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell notes that artificial intelligence is forcing us to answer some very difficult questions about what behaviors must be considered human. 5 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of October 14 – 20

New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 14 – 20. And this week’s video: Harry Hall explains all the ways that the project charter provides value. 7 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Victor DeMarines looks at the need to balance privacy and data protection constraints with legitimate business goals. 4 minutes to read.
  • Graham Kenny suggests five keys for defining strategy in a way that makes it executable. 5 minutes to read.
  • Simon Evans reports that in 3Q2019, renewable energy sources generated more electricity than fossil fuels in the UK. One of the largest industries in the world is being disrupted! 8 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Balloon LandingElizabeth Harrin presents a seven-point plan for helping your project team to manage project risk. 7 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture shares a slide deck on Monte Carlo simulations and answers a few questions that are bound to come up. 6 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy posts her notes from a long airplane conversation with Olu Jinadu, Director of Quality at ThyssenKrupp on what is critical to success when managing quality projects. 8 minutes to read.
  • Tim Liu expounds on five common reasons that data integration projects fail. 7 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale finds a few project issue management lessons in classic horror films. 2 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman notes that some project constraints are impossible to meet—fixed cost, scope, and date—even using agile methods. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Chapel in the SkyStefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from time-based estimates to useless standups to Output vs. Outcome vs. Impact. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Mike Cohn explains what software developers want from their product owner. 4 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackvony shares an anecdote that illustrates why we should test in the Production environment immediately after deployment. 2 minutes to read.
  • Angie Jones posts her ten commandments of navigating code reviews; stone tablets not required. 8 minutes to read.
  • Gojko Adzic has released a free card deck as a printable PDF containing 50 ideas to improve user stories. Based on the book he wrote with David Evans.
  • Peter Rombouts briefly examines software maintainability in low-code, cloud-based environments. 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Jory MacKay coaches us on overcoming indecision and helping your team improve the quality of their decisions. 12 minutes to read.
  • Sarah M. Hoban tells us how to deal with a difficult project sponsor. 3 minutes to read, or 5 minutes to listen to the podcast; safe for work.
  • Alister Scott suggests an alternative to the MoSCoW model for prioritizing requirements. Just over a minute to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Adam Shostack curated a list of content on risk management and governance, threat modeling, and security design flaw detection. 5 outbound links, one minute to read.
  • Alyza Sebenius reports on the creation of the new Cyber Directorate at the National Security Agency. 4 minutes to read.
  • Akash Deep tutors us on proxy servers—what they are, how they are used, and the business benefits that they provide. 3 minutes to read.
  • Curtis Franklin alerts us to “glitching”—hardware-fault injection attacks. Still rare in the wild, hardware security, including physical security, needs to be part of the plan. 4 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Nir Eyal argues that the most important skill we can develop is the ability to be indistractable—to selectively control what gets our attention. 10 minutes to read.
  • Lindsay Curtis tells us how to succeed as project management professionals in the gig economy. 5 minutes to read.
  • Sharlyn Lauby interviews labor attorney Alex Dunn on the changes coming to the Fair Labor Standards Act beginning in January 2020 that define who is eligible for overtime. 7 minutes to read.

Enjoy!