New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 16 – 22. And this week’s video: a quick review of recent changes to Microsoft Visio, followed by a demonstration of how to integrate Visio with Microsoft Project. 26 minutes, safe for work.
Business Acumen and Strategy
- Bill Taylor focuses our attention on three reasons why Netflix is successful. And focus is the key word here. 4 minutes to read.
- Greg Satell revisits the failures of Blockbuster, Kodak, and Xerox. The root cause of each of their failures was not just disruption. 5 minutes to read.
- Dan Kopf summarizes a report from the OECD on what higher tariffs might mean for economic growth. It’s not all about the retail price of manufactured goods. 2 minutes to read.
- Satya Narayan Dash tutors us on contingency reserve and management reserve. 9 minutes to read.
- John Goodpasture explains David Hulett’s approach to integrating the risk register and the project plan. 2 minutes to read.
- Elise Stevens interviews Karlene Agard on value management in mega-projects—reducing cost without reducing value. Podcast, 16 minutes.
- Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy delivers a very detailed mini-course on project stakeholder management, from identification to creating a Register. 16 minutes.
- Mike Clayton provides detailed instructions on how to get the most from our next “lessons learned” meeting. 12 minutes to read.
- The folks at Clarizen share their thoughts on milestones—on both good and bad practices. 3 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Beyond Budgeting to why open floor plans suck to results of the scrum master survey. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- Raffaela Rein describes inclusive design as removing barriers to access for the disabled, from the deaf to the color blind and beyond. 5 minutes to read.
- Erik Dietrich describes seven types of testing (beyond functional testing) that you should be doing. 5 minutes to read.
- James Kobelius considers what it might mean to certify an AI product as “safe.” 6 minutes to read.
- Janelle Shane gives us a practitioner’s view of why artificial narrow intelligence is more achievable than artificial general 5 minutes to read.
- Alex Aitken questions the predictive value of velocity. 3 minutes to read.
- Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership articles, from fairy tales and fables to accurate data to being compassionate. 5 outbound links, 4 minutes to read.
- John Yorke explains the concepts exemplified by Herbie, a key character in The Goal, by Eliyahu Goldratt. This is a novel that introduces the Theory of Constraints. 7 minutes to read.
- Mary Jo Asmus points out some of the upsides to delegating. 2 minutes to read.
Research and Insights
- Mike Griffiths catalogs some of the AI assistant applications we should look forward to as project managers. 7 minutes to read.
- Max Steinmetz collates some recent statistics on Agile adoption and results. 3 minutes to read.
- Alison Coleman previews a new report from PMI: Next Practices: Maximizing the Benefits of Disruptive Technologies on Projects. 5 minutes to read.
- Oliver Staley reports on a new study from a business school in Madrid which compared formal and automated communication with informal communications at work. 2 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Elizabeth Harrin shares an extract from her excellent new book, Project Manager, which describes three ways to get that first job as a PM. 5 minutes to read.
- Berta Melder explains why serotonin is important to our happiness and productivity and identifies daily activities that can help us produce more of it. 4 minutes to read.
- Kerry Wills reminds us to observe a few simple workplace courtesies—like keeping your calendar updated. A minute to read.