New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 20 – 26. And this week’s video: Elizabeth Harrin recommends three books for project managers at the beginning of their careers. 4 minutes, safe for work.
Business Acumen and Strategy
- Ben Buchanan recaps recent moves by several tech firms to disrupt Russian and Iranian influence campaigns directed at the US 2018 elections. They might be outmatched. 4 minutes to read.
- Ellice Perez, Head of Operations at Waymo, updates us on their Early Rider program which started providing transportation services in Phoenix using self-driving vehicles in April 2017. 4 minutes to read.
- Igor Ilunin shares a quick update on progress in applying the internet of things (IoT) to make our cities smarter. 2 minutes to read.
- Joe Brown explains several alternative ways to hand off an innovation project from the research team to the folks who will turn it into a product. 4 minutes to read.
- Glen Alleman displays the Venn diagram of project management and system engineering of products. They are plainly inseparable, and both are needed. 2 minutes to read.
- Elise Stevens interviews Mark Price Perry on the case for a business-driven PMO. Podcast, 22 minutes, safe for work.
- Susanne Madsen links us to the ten best project management podcasts. 4 minutes to read.
- Kiron Bondale thinks we should abandon the use of some terms commonly batted about in the project management community. 2 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from servant leadership to the pace of change to mental models for product managers. 7 outbound links, 2 minutes to read.
- Duncan Evans get heretical: “Scrum and Kanban are basically the same.” Nuclear fireball in three, two … 2 minutes to read.
- Patrick Stafford lists some web page copy practices that should be avoided, like shaming users into action. 5 minutes to read.
- Emma Lilliestam explains authentication and authorization using the metaphor of crossing an international border and then applies it to security testing. Elegant! 4 minutes to read.
- Rich Mironov expounds on making customer interviews and product validation a routine part of the way product managers spend their week. 5 minutes to read.
- Tom Cagley begins a series on using Monte Carlo analysis for estimation of duration based on throughput—even when using Agile methods. Here’s part two. 5 minutes to read both.
- Dominic Price decants some insights on what agile practitioners are experiencing from the questions he received in an AMA-style forum on the Atlassian Community. 3 minutes to read.
- Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership articles, from keeping business goals simple to becoming irresistible to wisdom from a bartender. 3 minutes to read.
- Suzanne Lucas shares a 7-point checklist for conducting tough conversations with your direct reports. 3 minutes to read.
- Natalie Warnert explains why consultant billable hour utilization bonuses and other incentives are actually de-motivational. 5 minutes to read.
Research and Insights
- Leah Fessler reports on recent research that indicates giving advice might make you feel more motivated than receiving 3 minutes to read.
- Alexandra Hansen got answers from five researchers on the question: Is it possible to catch up on lost sleep? 4 minutes to read.
- Alec Ryncavage summarizes cybercrimes and penalties, by state. 10 minutes to read the whole thing, but more useful to use as a quick reference.
Working and the Workplace
- Alicia Sasser Modestino summarizes research into recent trends in unemployment: when the economy is good, employers loosen their education and experience requirements. 6 minutes to read.
- Corinne Purtill reports that many companies, including Google, IBM, and Apple, no longer require a college degree—just the right combination of skills and experience. 2 minutes to read.
- Nick Chater explains the power of following daily routines—both positive and negative. 5 minutes to read.
- Francisco Saez tells the story of the Coding War Games, a challenge by Tom DeMarco and Tim Lister, that demonstrated the advantages of working in quiet solitude. 3 minutes to read.