New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 15 – 21. And this week’s video: Adriana Girdler shares five tips on how to survive office politics. 5 minutes, safe for work (even in highly political environments).
We lost the brilliant Paul Allen this week. Bill Gates eulogized him online, which is probably only possible because these two men grew up together. Peace be with you.
Business Acumen and Strategy
- Akshat Rathi observes that the EU is ramping up spending on R&D and manufacturing of batteries to compete with China on electric automobiles. 3 minutes to read.
- Christian Crisostomo relates the current buzz on 5G communications technology, from business case to limitations to how millimeter wave might affect our bodies. 4 minutes to read.
- Priya Panwar addresses nine misconceptions related to implementing cyber-security at the organizational level.
- Kiron Bondale captures the essential points from Greg McKeown’s book, Essentialism: the disciplined pursuit of less. 2 minutes to read.
- Brad Egeland makes the business case for remote project management and virtual teams. 4 minutes to read.
- Mike Clayton lists the project management thought leaders to follow on Twitter. 9 minutes to read.
- Susanne Madsen considers some of the ways we can actually learn from the post-implementation project review. 3 minutes to read.
- Bola Adesope explains when and how to close a project, per both PMI and AXELOS. 6 minutes to read.
- Glen Alleman lists some favorite quotes from Norm Augustine, former Chairman and CEO of Martin Marietta and one-time Secretary of the Army. 2 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from mental habits of servant leaders to barriers to organizational change to agile scaling. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- Oleksii Dzhulai recaps what has changed in the ten years since DevOps became a thing. 3 minutes to read.
- The Clever PM appropriates an old Henry Ford comment, asking, “Are you just building faster horses?” Not that that’s always a bad thing … 4 minutes to read.
- Marc Guévin provides an overview of Scrumban—a combination of Kanban and Scrum—and explains the best cases for using it. 4 minutes to read.
- Rob Giddings explains why story points are a measure of complexity, rather than effort. 6 minutes to read.
- Liz Pratusevich presents insights on scaling design teams from leaders at AT&T and Home Depot. 3 minutes to read.
- Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership articles, from an OKR case study to scaling empowerment to management by walking around. 5 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy tells us how to make friends when working in a project management role. 6 minutes to read.
- Nick Nuss coaches us on the fine art of managing up—keeping your manager effective, supportive, and focused on what matters to your team. 6 minutes to read.
- Bill Taylor addresses the rhetorical question: If humility is so important, why are so many famous leaders so arrogant? 4 minutes to read.
Research and Insights
- Rachel Metz explores the history of the ubiquitous QWERTY keyboard and the eternal (and sometimes Quixotic) search for a viable alternative. 9 minutes to read.
- Cade Metz recaps Jeff Hawkins’ progress in understanding how the brain works. His thesis is that the best artificial intelligence will “emulate the important parts.” 7 minutes to read.
- Edd Gent reports on Deep Mind’s approach to ensuring their AI research results in applications that are “safe,” in the context of avoiding unintended consequences. 4 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Maxine Builder surveyed productivity experts to get a list of the ten best books on the subject. 8 minutes to read.
- Michael Doherty gives us a few insights into sources of stress and how to manage our (usually self-induced) stress load. 2 minutes to read.
- Kabir Chibber lists the ten countries where expatriates make the most money. Just a minute to read.