New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 21 – 27. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton explains IT service management (ITSM) and how the ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) framework helps to structure efficient creation, delivery, and maintenance of services. As Mike says, some understanding of ITSM is valuable for the practicing IT project manager. 8 minutes, safe for work.
Business Acumen and Strategy
- Gita Gopinath, Chief Economist for the IMF, provides an executive summary of their forecast for reduced growth in the global economy. 4 minutes to read.
- Heather Landy reports from Davos, where a survey of CEO’s from every region concurs with the IMF assessment—growth will slow in 2019. 2 minutes to read.
- Hemant Taneja says that the era of move fast and break things is over. We should define MVP to be minimum virtuous product. 8 minutes to read.
- Elise Stevens interviews Julia Steel on getting buy-in from stakeholders. Podcast 22 minutes, safe for work.
- Lindsay Curtis lists seven productive practices for change management. 4 minutes to read.
- Leigh Espy tutors us on business process mapping. 6 minutes to read.
- John Goodpasture reminds us to only measure the measurable. Just a minute to read.
- Hayley Eubanks extracts two sections from a whitepaper by Jerry Manas on product portfolio management. 4 minutes to read.
- Stuart Easton notes that since some estimates indicate that over 50% of projects fail, it can’t all be a failure of execution. 7 minutes to read.
- Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy lists the five most popular articles posted on PM Basics 101 during 2018. In case you missed some of them. 2 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from personality traits suitable for Agile teams to psychological safety to determining product value. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- Kiron Bondale describes the Definition of Ready, a complement to the Definition of Done, in the context of the Scrum ceremonies. 2 minutes to read.
- Nikolay Tsonev points out six mistakes to avoid when using Lean principles to manage a project. 5 minutes to read.
- Henny Portman reviews The Professional Product Owner, by Don McGreal and Ralph Jocham. 4 minutes to read.
- Rosalia Baé argues that the key to enhancing software quality is design thinking. 6 minutes to read.
- Lou Rosenfeld interviews product design process influencer Rich Mironov on managing multiple points of view. Podcast, 21 minutes, safe for work.
- Art Petty reminds us that the big decisions are almost always clouded in ambiguity; consensus is elusive, and the decision maker has to embrace the moment. 4 minutes to read.
- Elizabeth Harrin coaches us on how to be a mentor (which is not the same thing as a coach). 4 minutes to read.
- Curt Nickisch interviews Amy Edmondson, author of the seminal paper, Psychological Safety and Learning Behavior in Work Teams and a new book. Podcast, 27 minutes, safe for work.
Research and Insights
- Mike Murphy predicts that 2019 will be the year of foldable Android phones. Are we willing to pay more for a larger screen that fits in a pocket? 3 minutes to read.
- Elias Groll interviews the legendary Jon Callas, who left his job as one of Apple’s senior security specialists for the ACLU so he could influence the public policy debate. 10 minutes to read.
- Karen Hao reports on a new way to make algorithms behave in a more ethical manner: give them a sense of the uncertainty that humans experience in decision making. 4 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Helen Anderson tells us how she has been dealing with imposter syndrome and job-related stress. “You don’t have to know everything about everything.” 3 minutes to read.
- Kayla Matthews lists nine time management techniques for remote workers. 4 minutes to read.
- Suzanne Lucas advises us that some Glassdoor reviews are fake—the horror! But there are ways to spot them. 3 minutes to read.