New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 16 – 22. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton updates a holiday favorite with the twelve project management days of Christmas. No singing and no birds in fruit trees; just short reminders of key themes in project management. Six minutes, safe for work.
Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy
Bas Kohnke points out four trends in the gig economy, people enablement, chatbots, and AI that will further change the workplace in 2020. 4 minutes to read.
Rashmi Sharma describes seven tech trends about to transform business in the coming decade. 6 minutes to read.
Kimberley Botwright reports on the furious growth of cross-border data transactions, and the growing body of regulations restricting it. Compliance will be one of the challenges of the 20’s. 4 minutes to read.
Harold Kerzner identifies coming changes to the practice of project management. This will be the decade that project management becomes a strategic skill set. 6 minutes to read.
John Goodpasture shares an outline and general guidelines for writing an RFP. 4 minutes to read.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.