New PM Articles for the Week of September 2 – 8

New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 2 – 8. And this week’s video: Sorrel Gilbert begins a series on the basics of project risk management. This segment is about risk categorization; 4 minutes to watch. She also posted a video on the risk life cycle, 6 minutes to watch. And Harry Hall posted his insights on qualitative risk analysis. 3 minutes, all safe for work.

Those are lenticular clouds over Mt. Rainier in the photo below. Sorry, UFO watchers!

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Jay Chapel looks at the three common “as a service” models—SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS—in terms of providers, market share, and market trends. 4 minutes to read.
  • Curt Nickisch interviews Nobel-winning economist Oliver Hart and colleague Kate Vitasek on the use of relational contracts for complicated relationships, like outsourcing. Podcast, 23 minutes, or read the transcript in about 14 minutes.
  • Ann Saphir reports that trade policy uncertainty has reached levels not seen since the 1970’s, estimating lost output of roughly US$850B. Defensive tactics are in order. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • John Goodpasture reports on his recent experience as a participant and observer of a group of small teams, engaged in a self-organizing 2 minutes to read.
  • Dale Howard shows how to add useful details to tasks in MS Project, using the Task Form. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton shares five tips for keeping stakeholders engaged in your project. Video, 9 minutes, safe for work.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy defines 15 project management terms. 7 minutes to read, or watch the video—13 minutes, safe for work.
  • Brook Appelbaum makes the business case for Lean Project Portfolio Management. 5 minutes to read.
  • Ankit Rathi reflects on the reasons why artificial intelligence projects fail. 4 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Lenticular clouds over Mt RainierStefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of agile content, from the “demise” of Six Sigma to Zombie Scrum to product roadmaps that suck. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman tells us why she prefers to measure cycle time rather than velocity. 4 minutes to read.
  • Chris Arend maps out three developing trends for commercial chatbots. 2 minutes to read.
  • Patrick Lee Scott explains why complex architectures and solutions should be avoided, or at least mitigated. 4 minutes to read.
  • Ron Jeffries argues that the primary defining characteristic of Agile and Scrum is working software. 5 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman adds some clarifying detail to Ron Jeffries’ post on “doing” Agile and Scrum. Just a minute to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Kathryn Heath and Brenda Wensil share the results of their research into creating a diverse culture. As it turns, out we need to begin with our meetings. 5 minutes to read.
  • Scott Steinberg coaches us on telling our teams about a management decision that they won’t like, when you don’t like it, either. 4 minutes to read.
  • Dan Rockwell points out three natural (more or less) human behaviors that can make a leader behave badly. 2 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Ayodeji Onibalusi defines and explains the benefits of Zero Trust Networking. 4 minutes to read.
  • Terry Sweeney walks us through eight ways to spot an insider threat. Good news: negligence is more common that malicious intent. 10 minutes or so to flip through all nine pages.
  • Adam Levin says that companies can have their identities stolen, too. Or at least, damaged: think about the hack of Jack Dorsey’s Twitter account—even the CEO isn’t safe? 4 minutes to read.
  • George Williams tutors us on how to defend our corporate data against ransomware attacks. 4 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Loren Grush reports on the failed communications between SpaceX and the European Space Agency that added risk to what should have been a routine maneuver. 5 minutes to read.
  • MIT Technology Review describes a proof-of-concept AI system that identified a new potential drug to treating fibrosis in 46 days. Just over a minute to read.
  • Martin Armstrong reports on a Glassdoor UK survey of the most hated bits of office jargon. Punch a puppy? WTF? Just a minute to read.


New PM Articles for the Week of September 2 – 8
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