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!

New PM Articles for the Week of June 3 – 9

New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 3 – 9. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton shares six actions and behaviors that will significantly improve your project outcomes. Not just for project management; much of this stuff is valuable for all aspects of your life. Under 4 minutes, safe for work.

Pictures this week from our short camping trip to Pacific City, Oregon.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Greg Satell explains the evolution from corporate strategies based on value chains to those based on ecosystems. 5 minutes to read.
  • James Vincent and Chaim Gartenburg report on Amazon’s new Prime Air delivery drone, expected to begin delivering packages “within months.” If you work for a retail or logistics organization, your business model will need an update. 3 minutes to read.
  • John Detrixhe summarizes a draft communique from the G20 finance ministers that will make it harder for global tech firms to avoid corporate income taxes. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Gina Abudi tells us how to pitch our ideas for projects to the executives who “hold the purse.” 2 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale revisits some old proverbs to find wisdom for today. 2 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture shares some rules of thumb that can help us estimate (or analyze an estimate) in the absence of statistical data. Just over a minute to read.
  • Francesco Marcatto reminds us that, while no two projects are alike, some roadblocks come up more frequently than others. 5 minutes to read.
  • Laura Barnard introduces her PMO Strategies podcast, from her background to the Project Management Day of Service to what she hopes listeners will take away from future podcasts. 15 minutes, safe for work.
  • Elizabeth Harrin explores the value proposition of a project dashboard when managing several projects at once. 8 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly collection of Agile content, from Amazon Agility to DevOps as a strategic advantage to dates for product road maps. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Sidharth Malhotra explains the concept of micro-services using a metaphor based on an ice cream shop—call it the Dairy Queen architecture. 7 minutes to read.
  • Henny Portman reviews Jeff Patton’s classic, User Story Mapping. As usual, he summarizes all 18 chapters in two or three sentences, each. 4 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely admits that story points aren’t horrible, under certain circumstances, and then goes on to explain when they make sense. Each a little over 2 minutes.
  • Jan Jaap Cannegieter and Han Niessing describe two cases that illustrate the evolution from testing lead to test assurance officer and test coach. 6 minutes to read.
  • Ashley Bey does a deep dive on unit testing the parts of your system that interact with the outside world. Warning: high geek-level content! 9 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Richard Straub opines on the need for new management approaches and behaviors in an era of ecosystems. 4 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas explains edge collaboration, an organizational approach for making knowledge sharing across departments more efficient. 3 minutes to read.
  • Alex Circei explains why discipline is so important when leading engineers. Note: discipline is not externally imposed, and it certainly isn’t punishment. 4 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Shelly Fan summarizes new research into brain-machine interface technology, funded by DARPA. You know: the people who funded the invention of the internet. 6 minutes to read.
  • Kayla Matthews reports on five research projects targeting defenses against cyber-attacks. 5 minutes to read.
  • Martin Giles assess the recent incidents of cyber security flaws found in semiconductor chips reported by outside researchers and finds that they take too long to fix them. 5 minutes to read.
  • Akash Deep lists a few steps to take to prevent spear phishing, the most successful technique used by cyber criminals to do their dirty work. 5 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Melody Wilding coaches us on how to control our emotions at work (or anyplace else). 3 minutes to read.
  • Leon Straker presents his assessment of different sitting postures for different types of tasks, with the goal of reducing back pain. 4 minutes to read.
  • Alyse Kalish has collected 22 team-building activities that don’t suck. Well, most of them don’t. 11 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of May 20 – 26

New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 20 – 26. And this week’s video: just in case you’re still suffering from withdrawal, here is a hilarious collection of short clips illustrating one of the most persistent memes in The Game of Thrones—6 minutes of Jon Snow, knowing nothing. Not quite safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • The Bloomberg Editorial Board opines against the recent San Francisco ban on the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement. 3 minutes to read.
  • Eshe Nelson summarizes the global economy’s “fragile” outlook, per the Organization for European Cooperation and Development. The US-China trade war is a risk. 2 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell reminds us to think critically about the conventional wisdom. Not every story we hear is the whole story, and sometimes it’s not even remotely correct. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Mike Clayton gives us a comprehensive guide to project resource management. 10 minutes to read.
  • Lindsay Curtis tells us how to get the most out of a project kickoff meeting. 4 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture shares a Requirements Feasibility and Risk Assessment Guide, an analytical structure for identifying technical challenges before creating your quality management plan. 2 minutes to read.
  • Francesco Marcatto helps us understand how our teams lose focus and what we can do about it. 7 minutes to read.
  • Dianne Inniss suggests a somewhat different model for user readiness: Ready, Able, and Willing. 4 minutes to read.
  • Pat Weaver explains how the content of the PMP exam will change at the end of 2019, based on the updated Role Delineation Study to be released this summer. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from story points and velocity to getting rid of hierarchical structures to mental models and biases. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Dave Prior interviews Troy Lightfoot on probabilistic forecasting, as opposed to velocity or story points. Podcast, 58 minutes, safe for work.
  • Ron Jeffries admits that he probably invented story points, and ruefully explores his current thinking on how they should be used, if at all. 8 minutes to read.
  • Maxson Tee tells us how to get client feedback and incorporate it into your development process. 5 minutes to read.
  • Nacho Bassino examines the impact of product maintenance on continued product development. 10 minutes to read.
  • PV Kannan and Josh Bernoff help us analyze business case for a chatbot or voice interface. 7 minutes to read.
  • Kimberly Crawford suggests that testers should anticipate the users we don’t want—evil-doers she lumps into the category villainous personas. 5 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Paul Axtell provides a comprehensive set of actions to take when you’ve reached an impasse in your meeting. 7 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale tells us how to temper the eternal optimism of a delivery team. 2 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Larson points to Tyrion Lannister, one of the key characters in Game of Thrones, as a prime example of a trusted adviser. 5 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Shelly Fan relays news that a “biologically-inspired deep neural network” spontaneously learned how to assess relative quantities—more and less—after it was trained to recognize objects. 5 minutes to read.
  • Nick Kael reports that Phishing attacks are getting creative and lists a few steps we can take to keep these weasels from succeeding. 5 minutes to read.
  • Curtis Preston recaps the first year of enforcement of the GDPR by the European Commission. 5 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Elizabeth Harrin gives us a detailed process for preparing to hand off your project while you take off on vacation. 7 minutes to read.
  • Mike Vardy introduces the notion of an achievement structure—a behavioral framework for using your to-do list and other organizing tools. 5 minutes to read.
  • Alice Merlino notes three common reasons we fail at communication and offers some comprehensive thoughts on how to improve. 9 minutes to read.

Enjoy!