New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 26 – March 4. And this week’s video: And this week’s video: The Band of Heathens perform “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone” on Austin City Limits, from 2011. Six minutes to watch; turn it up!
- Tim Fernholz reports that a start-up is designing a satellite to deliver internet access from geosynchronous orbit. The technology tradeoffs and decisions here are fascinating. 5 minutes to read.
- Mike Wehner briefs us on a new AI-powered assistant for the astronauts on the International Space Station, in the form of a floating, basketball-sized device with an animated face. 2 minutes to read.
- Bruce Benson uses the occasion of a failed Russian satellite launch to remind us that managers who make technical decisions without input from the technical experts own the results. Just a minute to read.
- Donna Fitzgerald previews the role of the project manager in the corporate Strategy Realization Office. You’ll need business acumen and you’ll need to be the right kind of agile. 6 minutes to read.
- Mike Clayton gives us a ten-minute course on how to be a confident project manager.
- John Goodpasture explores Pareto, Exponential, and Poisson distributions, and explains why we seem to use Normal distributions even when not applicable. 3 minutes to read.
- Roger Swannell addresses the question of compiling documentation over the project life cycle. 2 minutes to read.
- Kiron Bondale shares the questions he asks in project manager interviews. 2 minutes to read.
- Maya Bernstein and Rae Ringel explain how to plan a better meeting using Design Thinking. 5 minutes to read.
- Stefan Wolpers curates his list of Agile content, from Launching an Agile transformation to distributed Agile leadership to product management trends. 7 outbound links, 2 minutes to scan.
- John Yorke examines successful Agile software development and finds three underlying pillars. 6 minutes to read.
- Henny Portman reviews The Kanban Guide for Scrum Teams, by Daniel Vacaniti and Scrum.org. less than 2 minutes to read.
- Jeff Langr notes that Behavior Driven Development (BDD), like TDD, can generate more tests than benefits. Aside: false positives consume scarce resources! 5 minutes to read.
- Ron Jeffries suggests that we can’t wait until the deadline to be done. 6 minutes to read.
- Justin Rohrman shares some observations from working with a group that practices pair programming about 95% of the time. 3 minutes to read.
- David Rock shares the leadership lesson that Microsoft learned: tell employees what you want them to strive for, in as few words as possible. 5 minutes to read.
- Valerie Senyk describes the Netflix culture in terms of qualities and behaviors it values. 2 minutes to read.
- Jim Taggert points out the importance of our mental models and their underlying assumptions. 2 minutes to read.
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
- Avery Phillips gets us up to speed on how to deal with national and medical security breaches. The more sensitive the data, the more valuable the target. 4 minutes to read.
- Ham Vocke concludes his lengthy reference on the practical test pyramid. An excellent resource, nearly an hour to read but worth your time.
- Khe Hy describes his approach to making better use of everything he reads. 6 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Rosie Spinks reports that Estonia will soon be offering a visa for “digital nomads” who want to park there for up to a year while working online. About half of the population speaks English. 4 minutes to read.
- Leigh Espy points out some of the behaviors that sabotage our careers. 4 minutes to read.
- Dorie Clark explains how women can develop and promote their personal brand. Excellent advice for men in here, too. 6 minutes to read.
- LaRae Quy articulates what it means to be positive in terms of what positive people never do. 5 minutes to read.