New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 17 – 23. And this week’s video: in this TEDx talk, Allan Pease gets deep into the meaning, power, and history of the handshake. Just 14 minutes, safe for work.
- Lynda Bourne reports that the UK government is seeing significant improvements in the way they are delivering major projects, by improving governance. 4 minutes to read.
- Michael Wood takes a mid-year look at seven technologies at or just beyond the tipping point, ready to disrupt the way we do business. 5 minutes to read.
- Adam Shostack threat-models password managers in general, and cloud-stored 1Password in particular. 4 minutes to read.
- Praful Saklani notes that “small data,” associated with a narrow set of terminology, can be the basis for very powerful AI applications. 4 minutes to read.
- John Goodpasture reminds us that most of our projects only produce “small data,” which is better analyzed using Bayesian techniques. 2 minutes to read.
- Mike Clayton tutors us on Moscow Analysis, as used for analyzing the proposed scope of a project. Video, 5 minutes, safe for work.
- Elise Stevens checklists six questions that new project managers should ask when meeting stakeholders. 3 minutes to read.
- Kamesh Gaeson points out the value of the PRINCE2 project management framework (and certifications), from a project manager’s point of view. 5 minutes to read.
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from getting Agile to work in your organization to making the C-suite more agile. 11 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- Tamás Török polled ten leaders of tech startup companies, asking how they prioritize what their software teams are working on at any moment. One size does not fit all! 12 minutes to read.
- The Clever PM asks the rhetorical question: why does Agility matter? 3 minutes to read.
- Elizabeth Harrin applies Agile methods to meetings, to maximize the benefits of spending time together as a team. 4 minutes to read.
- Mike Cohen explains the case for having the whole team participate when estimating. 7 minutes to read.
- Jonathan Shariat, the co-author of “Tragic Design,” shows how bad design can cause physical and emotional harm. Webex, 40 minutes, safe for work.
- Ben Longstaff tells a parable explaining the source of technical debt. Equal parts funny, painful, and true. 4 minutes to read.
- Charles Hall explains how to create policies and procedures to prevent those with the power to purchase from taking kickbacks. 5 minutes to read.
- Barry Hodge coaches us on getting our project proposal funded. 3 minutes to read.
- Glen Alleman presents a detailed approach for developing leadership skills. 9 minutes to read.
- Sanket Pai describes the role and behaviors of an effective mentor. 3 minutes to read.
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
- Alison DiNisco reports on a survey of US programmers, asking what are the easiest programming languages to learn. 3 minutes to read.
- Pawel Halabuda explains what’s behind the growth in popularity of Chatbots. 5 minutes to read.
- Ish Jindal explains why Chatbot message length matters: a call to act immediately. 5 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Louise Penberthy shares strategies for surviving and thriving on a self-organizing team that isn’t good at it, yet. 7 minutes to read.
- Jordan Gonen lists some job sites where you might be able to find a contract gig working remotely. 10 outbound links, 4 minutes to read.
- Suzanne Lucas reports on a change at Deloitte: moving away from “affinity groups” originally created to increase diversity in favor of including white men as advocates of diversity. 2 minutes to read.