New PM Articles for the Week of August 26 – September 1

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 12 – September 1. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton teaches us how to write an effective project proposal, from justifying the decision to go ahead to clearly defining success. 17 minutes, safe for work.

I’ve added some great new links to the Resources list on the lower right column of my home page, including Laura Kahn’s Data Science video posts and Geoff Crane’s emotional intelligence infographics. Have a look and send me any important resource links that you think I should share.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Greg Satell explores the Business Roundtable’s move away from shareholder value as a primary business management metric. 5 minutes to read.
  • Stephen McBride argues that Apple’s best days are in the past. They sold roughly $1 trillion in iPhones, but now that everyone has a smart phone, what’s next? 5 minutes to read.
  • Soren Kaplan examines the next massive business disruption: No-code software. “Talented developers are tough to find and expensive to pay.” 4 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • PMI announced that they have changed the last day for candidates to take the current version of the PMP exam to June 30, 2020. 2 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale points out the management maturity required for PMI to change their launch date. 2 minutes to read.
  • Robin Nicklas shows how to find resource critical paths and eliminate phantom float in MS Project. Only 5 minutes to read but take at least 30 minutes to understand.
  • Gary Garris vents on what he sees as common poor project planning practices. 4 minutes to read.
  • Harry Hall challenges our project assumptions, and says that we should challenge them, too. 3 minutes to read.
  • The nice folks at Clarizen explain the Delphi Method, a process for achieving a consensus recommendation from a panel of experts. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of agile content, from Sprint reviews to the State of DevOps 2019 report to influencing the business side. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Mike Cohn makes the argument for abandoning sprint reviews in favor of other forms of feedback. In the situations he describes, it’s a good argument. 6 minutes to read.
  • Danial Alcanja identifies common software development outsourcing risks and strategies for managing them. 4 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackovny concludes her series on internet protocols with an explanation of routing. 3 minutes to read.
  • Gábor Zöld polled some colleagues at other software development firms to compile a list of the most popular code review tools and linters. 7 minutes to read.
  • Renee Troughton reports on four global trends she noticed at the Agile 2019 conference in Washington, DC. 2 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Cesar Abeid interviews Suanne Madsen on what’s happened between the first and second editions of her book, The Power of Project Leadership. Podcast, 38 minutes, safe for work.
  • Chidiebere Ogbonnaya summarizes his research into the complex relationships between teamwork, stress, and workload. 5 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy teaches us how to write an opportunity statement, to communicate the current state, impact, and desired state of a challenge to be addressed. 4 minutes to read.
  • Dan Rockwell lists the books that have recently landed in his “to read” pile. Best title: Nincompoopery: Why customers hate you and how to fix it. 2 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Ephrat Livni reports on a completely new kind of cybercrime: voice impersonation via artificial intelligence. In the first widely reported case, $243,000 was stolen. 2 minutes to read.
  • Zach Whittaker updates us on the discovery that malicious websites implanted “monitors” on iPhones, possibly going back several years. 2 minutes to read.
  • The staffs at Mashable and PCMag collaborated on a documentary series, Kernal Panic, on the worst cybersecurity breaches of all time. First up: the Morris Worm. Video, 22 minutes, safe for work.

Pot Pourri

  • Geoff Crane has created over 30 infographics from his research into emotional intelligence and related topics. And he’s vowed to add even more! Take five minutes or so to browse.
  • Thomas Oppong notes that learning how to manage our own emotions, anxieties, and stresses changes how we respond to everything. 5 minutes to read.
  • Allison Shapira summarizes research on filler words and phrases, like um, so, and maybe this is irrelevant. Some are useful, some should be avoided. 4 minutes to read.