New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 9 – 15. And this week’s video: Cy Swan, still working as a blacksmith and knifemaker at 81, celebrates Independence Day by blasting an anvil into the air, at a pair of hovering drones as they film the whole thing. Yeah … 3 minutes, safe for work, and no anvils were harmed in the making of this video.
Business Acumen and Strategy
- Dave Gershgorn reports on the push by Microsoft for Congress to regulate how facial recognition technology is used, based on potential human rights risks. 2 minutes to read.
- Richard Fall reports on the evidence of bias in the proprietary algorithms in COMPAS, a program used by judges that recommends criminal sentences. 3 minutes to read.
- Dipayan Ghosh gives us the executive summary of California’s new data privacy law. 4 minutes to read.
- John Goodpasture shares a response from one of his students to the change management question, how would you prepare an organization to take on Agile methods? 2 minutes to read.
- Robert Wysocki describes a comprehensive model of project management called the Scope Triangle. 4 minutes to read, part 1 of 2.
- Glen Jones explores the selection of KPIs for executive oversight. Here is part 2. 6 minutes to read both parts.
- Kiron Bondale notes the perils of expressing resource availability as a percentage. 2 minutes to read.
- Nat Schatz recommends additional due diligence for efficient consolidation of project resources and processes after a merger or acquisition. 12 minutes to read.
- Mike Clayton explains the meaning of education contact hours and PDUs, as used in the PMI credentialing process. 8 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
- Stefan Wolpers curates his list of Agile content, from changing corporate culture to product prioritization to whether Scrum is iterative or incremental. 7 outbound links, 2 minutes to read.
- Chitra Manoj presents a case study that demonstrates the value of a gap analysis in a project to implement an off-the-shelf replacement for an existing financial system. 3 minutes to read.
- Svetozar Krunic explains lead scoring, a user behavior metric valued by marketers. 4 minutes to read.
- Justin Rohrman describes a definition of “done” for development completed by a small team with no real hand-offs. 6 minutes to read.
- Claire Reckless gives her detailed answer to a simple question: What is software testing? You can’t manage what you don’t understand. 10 minutes to read.
- Steven Sinofsky points out the bear traps in implementing API connections to other systems from your enterprise system. 12 minutes to read.
- Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership articles, from making sure your goals have impact to not believing your own BS to the need for better governance. 3 minutes to read.
- Johanna Rothman posts two parts on objectives and key results (OKR) and how that translates to accountability, versus fostering responsibility and autonomy. 7 minutes to read both, here’s part 2.
- Cesar Abeid interviews Jason Evanish on the importance of using 1 on 1 meetings in growing your team members. Podcast, 36 minutes, safe for work.
Research and Insights
- Greg Satell reports on recent progress in the war against synthetic identities used to defraud financial institutions. 5 minutes to read.
- Tom Merritt suggest five alternatives for making your web browsing more secure. Read or video, both 2 minutes.
- Polina Aronson and Judith Duportail examine the starkly different empathic responses of two different AI conversational agents: one programmed in the US and one in Russia. 12 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Emily Esposito recaps the key points from Daniel Pink’s new book, When: The scientific secrets of perfect timing. 3 minutes to read.
- Benjamin Spall distills lessons learned from talking to over 300 successful people about their morning routines. 4 minutes to read.
- Michael Lopp shares his practices for managing his browser, phone, Email, and life. 5 minutes to read.
- Alyse Kalish explains why everyone should have a professional headshot handy. 2 minutes to read.