New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 23 – 29. And this week’s video: Peter Dinklage delivers the commencement address at his alma mater, Bennington College, talking about how he empowered himself to quit cubicle life and become an actor at the age of 29. 8 minutes, safe for work.
Business Acumen and Strategy
- Gavin Martin sees the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) as the “potential baseline” for data privacy in the US and shares his checklist for corporate action. 4 minutes to read.
- David Sanger reports that state-sponsored Russian hackers seem more interested in planting malware in the US electrical grid than in influencing the mid-term election. 6 minutes to read.
- Michael Isikoff interviews former White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert, who warns that no one is “minding the store” on cyber threat policies and strategies. 4 minutes to read plus a podcast; the first 36 minutes has the interview.
- Greg Satell offers some guidance on how to make your AI project successful. Despite what the name implies, it’s all about human 4 minutes to read.
- John Goodpasture shares a recent observation by Thomas Friedman, author of The World is Flat, on what the universally accessible platform means to project managers. 2 minutes to read.
- Robert Wysocki concludes his articles on the scope triangle with a description of the scope bank, a repository of all current requirements and change requests. 7 minutes to read.
- Andrew Conrad tutors us on how to build a solid project communication plan. 6 minutes to read.
- Kiron Bondale reminds of us the value of meeting face-to-face, even when we aren’t co-located. 2 minutes to read.
- Kerry Wills reflects on the additional considerations required when planning off-site meetings. A minute to read.
- Elizabeth Harrin does a comparison review of three meeting minutes transcription software alternatives. Probably invaluable for some projects. 13 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from (the right) estimates to a book on product design to product management for infrastructure teams. 7 outbound links, 2 minutes to read.
- Joshua Kerievsky proposes an alternative to the product owner role: Chartering, an iterative-team level way of setting priorities and agreeing on processes. 5 minutes to read.
- Jeff Langr expounds on the way that test-driven development (TDD) quickly becomes a personal imperative; he even uses the term test-infected. 7 minutes to read.
- Nishi Grover Garg makes the case for including exploratory testing to the mix of QA techniques. 4 minutes to read.
- Adam Wignall answers a few rhetorical questions on how to maintain both speed and quality in continuous delivery, naming tools and processes. 5 minutes to read.
- Mike Brody note the four critical features that need to be a part of your next reporting dashboard. 4 minutes to read.
- Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership articles, from human intelligence to team-level OKR’s to the difference between being busy and being productive. 4 minutes to read.
- Jim Taggert extracts a list of ten high-value skills and behaviors from Inevitable Surprises: Thinking Ahead in a Time of Turbulence by Peter Schwartz. 4 minutes to read.
- Sarah Kessler explains how to cope with a team member’s parental leave. As people tell the new parents, “It goes by fast.” 5 minutes to read.
Research and Insights
- Patricio O’Gorman analyzes the Fortnite “hook” that seems to have addicted over 125 million people. 5 minutes to read.
- Yana Yelina reports on the growth of virtual reality solutions to health care challenges, from medical education to patient experience to clinical research. 4 minutes to read.
- Keith Foote briefly recaps the history of assaults on digital data and the rise of data security. 6 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Suzanne Lucas shares her Evil HR Lady perspective on dealing with the cultural barriers challenging global expansion (with excellent examples). 3 minutes to read.
- The folks at The Hive published a summary of everything you need to know about the PMP certification. 10 minutes to read.
- Simone Stolzoff reveals the results of a survey of 6,000 tech workers: over 60% feel they’re not paid enough. 2 minutes to read if you study the bar charts.