New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 23 – 29. And this week’s video: Genevieve von Petzinger reviews drawings of a common set of symbols found in caves all over Europe. Writing has been with us for tens of thousands of years. 11 minutes, safe for work.
Must read (or Listen)!
- Kif Leswing reports on the US$35M fine imposed on the dying remains of Yahoo because it didn’t tell investors about Russian hacking (in 2014). Disclosure matters! 4 minutes to read.
- Dave West argues that professionalism and a code of ethics is more important than regulation in preventing abuse of human rights via technology. 4 minutes to read.
- “Ms. Smith” recounts the story of a family member nearly conned by a fake tech support scam. Microsoft warns that this crap was up by 24% in 2017. 4 minutes to read.
- Mike Clayton tutors us on the basics of project risk analysis—one of the critical components of risk management. 7 minutes to read.
- Kiron Bondale recommends a little “preventive maintenance” on our projects. 2 minutes to read.
- Elizabeth Harrin interviews Todd Williams on implementing organizational strategy via projects, including managing the politics and risks. Video, 28 minutes, with transcript.
- Laura Barnard tells how to build a strong sponsor relationship. 4 minutes to read.
- Lynette Reed describes project budget planning using the work breakdown structure. 4 minutes to read.
- Max Benz asked the Facebook Project Management Café denizens for the #1 project management skills. This article summarizes the answers. 9 minutes to read.
- Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy goes deep in describing the software development lifecycle and why you need to manage it in phases. 10 minutes to read.
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from self-organization to the metrics fetish to whether the Agile Manifesto needs an overhaul. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- Dave Prior interviews Jeff Sutherland on his new joint venture with the Scrum Alliance to train, coach, and promote Scrum@Scale. Podcast, 18 minutes, safe for work.
- Mike Cohn describes four proven techniques for giving the team a means to gain or assess consensus. 10 minutes to read.
- Jay Bazuzi briefly describes three techniques for refactoring and links to two others. 3 minutes to read.
- Simon Tomes gives us a large collection of simple practices to make your exploratory testing more productive. 8 minutes to read.
- Greg Satell reminds us that leading requires us to shift our mindset, as different jobs require different mindsets. 5 minutes to read.
- Oliver Staley notes research that shows why even inoffensive jokes by the boss can have a corrosive effect on the workplace. 2 minutes to read.
- Dan Cable tells us how humble leadership really works. 6 minutes to read.
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
- Richard Macaskill explains why data mapping—finding personal data in all your records— is key to GDPR compliance. 6 minutes to read.
- Roland Bullivant notes the difficulty of discovering all the personal data in ERP and CRM systems for GDPR compliance. SAP has around 90K tables—not something you want to investigate by inspection. 8 minutes to read.
- Jeff Nyman posts a paper on testability as a “primary quality attribute” of software under development. Highly recommended for those managing development projects. 12 minutes to read.
- Jason Arbon observes that the focus on automation and continuous integration has led to a lot of verification that the software still works, and little testing to see if it’s broken. 7 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Ananya Bhattacharya trots out the statistics: “The Trump administration’s hard stance on immigration is beginning to take a toll on the US economy.” 2 minutes to read.
- Rebecca Knight reviews case studies that demonstrate ways to develop empathy for colleagues who annoy you. 8 minutes to read.
- Mary Jo Asmus explains how taking up a hobby can help you develop the skills you need for your career. 3 minutes to read.