New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 6 – 12. And this week’s video: James Hamilton explains how to bore a proper pilot hole for a wood screw. I just finished prying out nearly 2,000 wood screws and nails from the old 600 square foot deck on the back of my house, and I can say for certain that the guy who built it did not use this technique. 4 minutes, safe for work or home workshop.
Business Acumen and Strategy
- Ali Montag recaps a three-question “litmus test” for new employees, created by Jeff Bezos in 1998 and still a part of their recruitment process today. 4 minutes to read.
- Ashish Sharma describes the next big target for exploitation: hacking motor vehicles, and through your car, your phone and the data on it. 7 minutes to read.
- Peter Diamandis reports on the rapid growth of venture capital investment sourced from China, including the technologies they are funding. 5 minutes to read.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Niraj Kuma on leading a project in the midst of chaos—in this case, a flood. Podcast, 32 minutes, safe for work.
- Elizabeth Harrin shares some guidance on prioritizing and focusing for a project manager who also wears several other hats. 6 minutes to read.
- Mohamed Amer analyzes the selection of a project status “data date.” 3 minutes to read.
- Kiron Bondale waxes poetic on the need for an effective product owner, and then pivots to review Eric Uyttewaal’s new book, “Forecasting Programs.” 3 minutes to read.
- Harry Hall points out the three most common failure mores for IT-led software projects to fail. 3 minutes to read.
- Christopher Cook interprets the old military expression, “Two is one and one is none.” 4 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from the Business Agility report to the new Professional Scrum Master II class to cognitive biases. 8 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- Tom Cagley tells us that it isn’t OK to demo work that isn’t “done” yet. With some exceptions when you really should. 5 minutes to read both articles.
- Oleksii Fedorov addresses the critical software technical decision maker question: When is the time to pay off technical debt? And where to start? 5 minutes to read.
- Emma Lilliestam uses the “user experience” of a watermelon to explain secure design. 3 minutes to read.
- Sebastian Boyer gives an overview of eight tools and techniques for conducting a Scrum retrospective. 6 minutes to read.
- Rich Rogers and James Bach each remember Jerry Weinberg, called by some “The grandfather of Agile,” who passed away on August 7 at the age of 84. 3 minutes to read, each.
- Kim Peters and Alex Haslam review the research: to be a good leader, start by being a good follower. 4 minutes to read.
- Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy argues that small doses of micromanagement can be beneficial. 6 minutes to read.
- Bruce Benson notes that data is only actionable if it helps you tell a compelling story to an audience that finds it interesting. 3 minutes to read.
- Leigh Espy advocates for applying emotional intelligence in the workplace. 4 minutes to read.
Research and Insights
- Steve Ragan explains phishing kits—the exploit code delivered in a successful phishing Email attack. Video, 14 minutes, safe for work.
- Daniel Oberhaus reports on new research that links sleep deprivation to high-speed internet access. Yes, I’m writing this after 10:00 PM. 3 minutes to read.
- Noa Kageyama recaps recent research into the effect that stress has on our ability to recall. The twist: the way you learn something matters. 5 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Nancy Settle-Murphy explains how you can “win friends and influence people” when you work remotely. 5 minutes to read.
- Leah Fessler notes the value that “cultural brokers” bring to their culturally diverse teams. 3 minutes to read.
- Anna Quito shares statistics, history, and fun facts to know and shout about our closest companion: the office chair. Charles Darwin—seriously? 6 minutes to read.