New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 30 – May 6. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton explains the acronym ITTO, which refers to inputs, tools, techniques, and outputs, and why it takes up so much of the PMBOK. 4 minutes, safe for work. And two pictures from Bisbee Arizona, courtesy of Steve Miller—Thanks!
- Avery Phillips notes that ransomware is here to stay. And paying the ransom may not be as damaging as the loss of trust. 3 minutes to read.
- Bhaskar Chakravorti observes that, while the GDPR might seem like a good template for data privacy, not all countries agree that regulation is the best solution. 7 minutes to read.
- Youyou Zhou analyzes the data, finding that far fewer international students are coming to the United States for an education. 2 minutes to read.
- Niansheng Chu tutors us on Failure Mode and Effects Analysis, a structured approach to finding the risks inherent in a design or process, with examples. 8 minutes to read.
- Suzanna Haworth gives us a deep understanding of the RACI chart and various alternatives. Also, a template! 15 minutes to read.
- Sylvia Gindi does a deep and thorough dive into project deliverables and explains why a milestone isn’t a deliverable. 10 minutes to read.
- Elizabeth Harrin examines five common roadblocks to success encountered by many (most?) projects and how to move them off the road. 4 minutes to read.
- Brad Egeland also identifies five common causes of project failure and how to avoid them. 6 minutes to read.
- John Goodpasture goes back to Nate Silver’s new classic, “The Signal and the Noise,” to frame Bayes Theorem as an iterative process. 2 minutes to read.
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from decisions under uncertainty to minimum-viable-whatever to “other” customer success metrics. 2 minutes to read, 7 outbound links.
- Bisser Ivanov begins a series he’s calling Kanban 101. 3 minutes to read.
- Johanna Rothman explains the difference between minimum viable experiment (MVE) and minimum viable product (MVP). 5 minutes to read.
- Ilia Pavlichenko describes The Speed Boat Game—an interesting product metaphor to get clients to talk about their pains and perceived value of a product. 3 minutes to read.
- Marie-Eve Trempe provides a quick tutorial on velocity for Scrum teams and how to measure it and use it.
- Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership content, from why entrepreneurs fail to tackle big problems to your imagination as a superpower. 3 minutes to read, 5 outbound links.
- Jory McKay presents 5 key goal-setting exercises for high-performing teams, as practiced at places like Google, LinkedIn, DropBox, and more. 15 minutes to read.
- Mary Jo Asmus says that leading means staying out of the weeds—if you love the work, maybe you shouldn’t be a manager. 2 minutes to read.
- Wanda Thibodeaux lists 15 signs that someone is trustworthy. 4 minutes to read.
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
- Emily Esposito preps us for Gutenberg, the new visual editor to be used in WordPress 5.0, due later this year.
- Greg Satell recaps the history of data records, from Hollerith cards to relational databases, in explaining why distributed computing (the internet) needs secure, distributed data. 6 minutes to read.
- Katrina Clokie lays out a decision process for selecting a test automation tool. 4 minutes to read.
- Ephrat Livni recaps recent research that shows how your current opinions can influence how you interpret new facts. 3 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Art Markman tells us how to conduct a meeting without dominating the conversation. 2 minutes to read.
- Lisette Sutherland calls our attention to five interesting tools for remote work and collaboration. Podcast, 7 minutes, safe for work.
- Leigh Espy lists some of the reasons to choose a career in project management. If you are mentoring someone, send this to them! 5 minutes to read.