New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 2 – 8. And this week’s video: Simon Sinek details the four barriers to Millennial success—bad parenting, social media addiction, learned impatience, and the corporate environment. 16 minutes, safe for work.
- Dieter Bohn interviews Google CEO Sundar Pichai on their efforts to balance the ethical use of AI, both online and in hardware, with “getting it right.” 8 minutes to read.
- Alison DeNisco identifies the surprisingly common reasons so few women who take “Intro to Computer Science” graduate with a CS degree. 15 minutes to read.
- Reuters reports that HP Enterprise allowed the Russian government to review the source code for ArcSight, the cybersecurity system used by the US military and much of the private sector. 6 minutes to read, but I understand that the Russians were given more time than that.
- Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy tutors us on the vocabulary and concepts of project quality management. 4 minutes to read.
- Elizabeth Harrin explains how to “do” document version control, both automatically and manually. 3 minutes to read, with a 1-minute video, safe (but loud) for work.
- Mike Clayton lists the key changes to the PMBOK in the 6th 8 minutes to read.
- Michael Wood describes a practical approach to portfolio management as a dynamic continuum. 6 minutes to read.
- Nick Pisano notes that project performance data has to be timely to be actionable. 10 minutes to read.
- John Goodpasture quotes Confucius in describing the impact of lousy data on decision-making. Less than 2 minutes to read, and the green grass grew all around, all around …
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list, from pitfalls awaiting those who would scale Agile to “the ultimate list of product and design resources.” 2 minutes to scan, 9 outbound links.
- Shane Hastie interviews Johanna Rothman and Mike Griffiths on the PMI / Agile Alliance joint development of the Agile Practice Guide. 24 minutes to read.
- Lucho Salazar maps Agile concepts and values onto the old Iron Triangle to get an … Agile Triangle. 3 minutes to read.
- John Yorke decries overproduction—the creation of features or other products that aren’t really needed—as the most wasteful of wastes. 4 minutes to read.
- Mike Cohn invokes Goldilocks in telling us to add just the right amount of detail to user stories. 2 minutes to read.
- Travis Birch notes an interesting phenomenon: about half of the people he knows who use Scrum were required to use it. 2 minutes to read.
- Gina Kawalek describes seven key competencies for the next generation of leaders. 5 minutes to read.
- Harry Hall notes five bad communications habits we need to break. Three minutes to read.
- Nancy Settle-Murphy shares some tips for building trusting relationships across virtual teams, based on building and reinforcing behavioral norms. 5 minutes to read.
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
- Mike Griffiths describes the Inverted Classroom model, blending online resources with in-person instruction. Attend lectures at home and do homework in class? 3 minutes to read.
- Febin John James explains how to protect your password from artificial intelligence guessers. For a little while longer, anyway. 2 minutes to read.
- Paramita Ghosh tutors us on the fundamentals of predictive analysis. Build your vocabulary now, because you’re going to see this in a future project. 5 minutes to read.
- Maurik-Jan Veenman notes the growing collection of internet of things (IoT) instances in his life, including some you wouldn’t notice. 2 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Leigh Espy identifies and describes the rungs on the project manager career ladder. 7 minutes to read.
- Steve Lohr reports on current trends in office design—now there is “a palette of places.” 10 minutes to read.
- Keri Wiginton interviews sleep scientist Matthew Walker, who punctures any remaining illusions you might have about how little sleep you need. 4 minutes to read.