New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 24 – 30. And this week’s video: Heidi Grant explains why we need to ask for help, and tells us how to do it successfully, while making the process more rewarding for your helper. 12 minutes, safe for work. Thanks to Kiron Bondale for the link!
I’ll also plug Bill Gates’ remarks given at the Forbes Philanthropy Summit, where his life-long friend, the late Paul Allen, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. If Paul had been a fictional character, I believe the author would have been Robert A. Heinlein.
Business Acumen and Strategy
- Daniel Burrus advocates dematerialization—making products and features smaller and lighter—as a key strategy for innovation. 3 minutes to read.
- Peter Robison reports on a growing controversy: Boeing’s use of outsourcing to low-cost offshore engineers for development of the 737 Max software. 8 minutes to read.
- Dan Loney interviews Dean Foster on the need for leaders and their teams to be culturally adept in the countries where they do business. Podcast, 26 minutes, safe for work.
- PMI announced that the PMP examination will undergo an update, based on the recently completed Global Practice Analysis. This is a complete re-design of the exam! The last day to take the current version of the exam will be December 15, 2019. 2 minutes to read the article, another 10 to read the exam content outline.
- Dale Howard shows us how to schedule a task to start as late as possible, based on the start date of another task, in MS Project. 2 minutes to read.
- Mike Clayton explains three important acronyms thrown about by experienced project managers—RAID, CAD, and DCARI. Video, 4 minutes, safe for work.
- Linky van der Merwe tells us why we need to become agile project managers—the trends, organization expectations, and what we need to do differently. 8 minutes to read.
- Glen Alleman compiled 35 technical papers and 9 books on conducting a root cause analysis. 5 minutes to read.
- The nice folks at Clarizen share five excellent practices for resource management. It would be helpful if they identified their authors, but I’ll credit them with nice. 2 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from silent meetings to outcome-oriented change to shades of MVP, although probably not 50 of them. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- Eden Ella shares his analysis of the (recent) history and (near) future of web development. 10 minutes to read.
- Tom Cagely and Jon Quigley talk about fit for purpose and other topics in the Software Process and Measurement podcast. 21 minutes, safe for work.
- Kristin Jackvony gives us a checklist for testing the database behind the application. 4 minutes to read.
- Seth Godin schools us on what defines a great design—it’s all about constraints and results. 2 minutes to read.
- Johanna Rothman poses several questions about the team and the context when answering the question, what is the minimum required documentation for requirements? 3 minutes to read.
- Ron Carucci and Jarrod Shappell tell us how to work with someone who thinks they are always right, even when there is no perfect answer. Best term: chronic certainty. 5 minutes to read.
- Lisette Sutherland interviews Mark Kilby and Johanna Rothman on their new book, From Chaos to Successful Distributed Agile Teams: Collaborate to deliver. Podcast, 42 minutes, safe for work.
- Emily Luijbregts shares some tips for building effective globally distributed teams. 6 minutes to read.
- Eric Goldschein provides his insights into building a remote team that will last. 5 minutes to read.
Research and Insights
- Aaron Gershwin briefs us on Flame, the most sophisticated cyber espionage tool ever discovered by a target and discussed in public. Makes you wonder what else is lurking out there, doesn’t it? 4 minutes to read.
- Linwood Walker tells us everything we need to know about Wi-Fi 6. This is going to be a key enabler for the Internet of Things. 4 minutes to read.
- Sarah Soule, Davina Drabkin, and Lori Mackenzie point out some of the stereotypes in MBA case studies. Even great graduate programs have flaws. 7 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Deanna DeBara coaches us on keeping your home office from taking over your life. 8 minutes to read.
- Elizabeth Yuko explains the research linking greater empathy to higher productivity. 4 minutes to read.
- Leigh Espy briefs us on the plan-do-check-act cycle for continuous process improvement. Repeat as necessary! 5 minutes to read.