New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 13 – 19. And this week’s video: Jennifer Bridges explains how to structure a project team. 5 minutes, safe for work.
Business Acumen and Strategy
- Greg Satell notes the pivotal role of the business ecosystem in business success and failure. Also note the impact of regional cultural differences. 5 minutes to read.
- Aman Grover gives us a non-technical primer on 5G cellular network standards. This technology will enable a lot of other products, from autonomous cars to smart cities. 12 minutes to read.
- Akshat Rathi reports on a significant improvement in lithium-ion battery capacity. The company is scaling up for a move from prototypes to production. 3 minutes to read.
- Elizabeth Harrin demonstrates three ways to make a Gantt chart, using Excel (with a free template), Powerpoint, and Vizzlo. 9 minutes to read.
- Peter Milsom expounds on the value of appreciative inquiry and root cause analysis. 3 minutes to read.
- Jim Lovell gets heretical: How to avoid holding a project status meeting (while still collecting actionable information). 5 minutes to read.
- Andy Silber tells us how to write status reports that will actually be read. 3 minutes to read—let’s see if he’s right.
- Laura Barnard continues her Impact PMO series with some thoughts on communicating with purpose. 7 minutes to read.
- Michele Iurillo summarizes failure modes from a recent Gartner survey on why business intelligence projects don’t take off. 5 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from agile data to silent estimating to why a good product backlog resembles an iceberg. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- John Barton maintains that development managers need to actively manage the code review process. 7 minutes to read.
- Dave Prior interviews Johanna Rothman and Mark Kilby on communication tips for distributed teams, based on their recent team writing experience. Video, 19 minutes, safe for work.
- Tom Cagley answers the FAQ: what do I do with incomplete stories when the sprint is over? 3 minutes to read.
- Kiron Bondale contemplates defect handling within a sprint, as a function of a Definition of Done. 2 minutes to read.
- Angela Riggs describes the key responsibilities of the QA engineer as three hats. 8 minutes to read.
- Will Fanguy points out a few common and preventable failures in preparing and resenting prototypes. 3 minutes to read.
- Julia Milner and Trenton Milner found that most managers don’t know how to coach their direct reports. The good news is that they can learn. 5 minutes to read.
- Dmitrii Susloparov lists tools, techniques, and processes for managing efficient virtual teams. 7 minutes to read.
- Art Petty recommends reducing the threat level when proposing an organizational change. 5 minutes to read.
Research and Insights
- Ephrat Livni reports on research indicating that the perception of whether an event is lucky or unlucky can influence other outcomes—luck begets luck. 5 minutes to read.
- Mantra Malhotra lists the ways in which artificial intelligence is transforming mobile technology in some not-always-obvious ways. 4 minutes to read.
- The folks at Cossack Labs explain how to detect massive database breaches and leaks using poison records, honeypots, and other fake data elements. 7 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Mike Griffiths recaps some insights into employee motivation and purpose after reports that terminated Tesla workers still love Elon Musk and Tesla. 5 minutes to read.
- Suzanne Lucas points out a gray area in recruiting: you can’t discriminate in hiring based on age, but Facebook allows employers to target age ranges for job seekers. 3 minutes to read.
- Weihan Wang shares five observations from the point of view of a job applicant. Talent is scarce and even brief interactions with the hiring firm leave lasting impressions. 7 minutes to read.