New PM Articles for the Week of January 27 – February 2

New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 27 – February 2. And this week’s video: In memory of Terry Jones, the surviving Pythons compiled this short collection. Michael Palin called Terry the ‘spirit of Monty Python.’ Remember to think of him today as you’re deleting the Spam from your Inbox. 3 minutes, safe for work. “There’s a man at the door with a mustache.” “Tell him I’ve already got one.”

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Charles Riley examines the prospects for the UK being able to complete post-Brexit trade deals with the EU and the US by the end of the year. 6 minutes to read. The AP reports that a Canada-style free trade deal with the EU is the goal; 3 minutes to read.
  • Laura He summarizes early estimates of the impact of the coronavirus on China’s economy and global business. 6 minutes to read.
  • Huw van Steenis recaps the lessons learned at Davos 2020, from climate risk analysis to the side effects of long-term quantitative easing to the continued rally in tech stocks. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Cynthia Dionisio, Mike Griffiths, and Stephen Townsend on what to expect in the PMBOK 7th Podcast 35 minutes, safe for work.
  • Francesco Marcatto demonstrates the value of using visual timelines in project management. 5 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture enhances our understanding of statistics as it can be applied to project management. 3 minutes to read.
  • Harry Hall introduces the idea of incorporating project risk management with enterprise risk management. 4 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton presents his thinking on risk response strategies, based on both the PMBOK 6th Edition and PRINCE2. 10 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale shares an anecdote from the doctor’s office that illustrates the customer’s need for transparency—where they are in the process. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of agile content, from core beliefs to the one-day sprint to the cognitive biases of product users. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Parveen Khan recounts an anecdote that clearly illustrates the importance of having a test data strategy for automated testing. 3 minutes to read.
  • Pavan Belagatti presents his list of ten DevOps conferences you should attend in 2020. 4 minutes to read.
  • Missing Path (I’m sure his Mom doesn’t call him that) presents the counter-argument for microservices. 5 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely concludes his series on considerations before measuring internal customer satisfaction with a checklist. 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Aimee Groth reports on the evolution of holocracy at Zappos, focusing the attention on the customer and encouraging creation of new services by work teams. 5 minutes to read.
  • Katie Haun interviews Ambassador Susan Rice on delivering tough yet compassionate leadership during a crisis. Video, 50 minutes, safe for work.
  • Neal Whitten coaches us on navigating conflict in the workplace. 3 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland has compiled the ultimate list of virtual team-building activities. Podcast, 18 minutes, safe for work.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Algirde Pipikaite and Joram Borenstein report on the growing demand by governments and investors for cyber-risk assessments. 5 minutes to read.
  • Abhi Yadav analyzes the question of whether legislation—specifically GDPR and CCPA—requires AI to be able to explain its decisions. This seems to be a compliance risk. 4 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Elizabeth Harrin deconstructs project management job descriptions in case you find yourself working with the HR department to recruit a new colleague. 7 minutes to read.
  • Judith Humphrey compiles a list of empty expressions to not use when answering a question. If you need a moment to think, just pause before answering. 3 minutes to read.
  • Francisco Sáez notes the negative impact of cognitive switching on productivity. 2 minutes to read.


New PM Articles for the Week of January 27 – February 2
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