New project management articles published on the web during the week of October 29 – November 4. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton explains Edward De Bono’s wonderful analytical toolset, the Six Thinking Hats. 6 minutes, safe for work.
Business Acumen and Strategy
- Michael Spencer analyzes the business case for IBM’s acquisition of Red Hat. The big challenge will be retaining all of that software engineering talent. 4 minutes to read.
- Jonathan Tirone reports on the growing number of private firms working to develop a commercially viable nuclear fusion reactor. 5 minutes to read.
- Michael Coren recaps a Peter Thiel interview where he expresses doubt that Silicon Valley will continue to lead in innovation. They’ve jumped the shark? 2 minutes to read.
- Mike Griffiths tells how to pursue the combination of technical skills, people skills, and industry-specific knowledge that makes up the Talent Triangle. 6 minutes to read.
- The Clever PM leads us to discover our core competency. 4 minutes to read.
- Elizabeth Harrin explains how to use the project manager’s “pocket database,” also known as a RAID log. 5 minutes to read.
- Sylvie Edwards recommends we think beyond Expected Monetary Value when calculating risk reserves. 3 minutes to read.
- Lindsay Curtis tutors us on the critical path method, from basic concept to common practices. 5 minutes to read.
- Deb Schaffer shares some good practices for effective project status meetings. 4 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from the agile industrial complex to identifying the problem to be solved to whether holacracy is a solution or a cult. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- Kristin Jackvony contemplates Smoke Testing—why you need it and what tests to put in the script. 4 minutes to read.
- Bas Dijkstrav recommends a simple criterion for determining whether to add a test to an automation suite. 4 minutes to read.
- Justin Rohrman focuses on the “conversational” aspects of behavior-driven development (BDD). 6 minutes to read.
- Ben Kelly notes that “test” is an overloaded verb, so we may need to be more precise when discussing research and experimentation. 4 minutes to read.
- Lance Ng predicts that most mobile apps will fade away, based on his assessment of the economics. 6 minutes to read.
- Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership content, from measuring what matters to why soft skills matter to the general formula for success. 5 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- Tom Cagley recaps common attributes of a toxic work environment, as described in John Carreyrou’s book on failed Silicon Valley start-up Theranos. 3 minutes to read.
- Rick Lynch lists four ways to pressure test strategic decisions, as inspired by the military. Think of it as mining for risks. 4 minutes to read.
Research and Insights
- Maryam Kouchaki updates us on her research into when we are more likely to behave ethically. It turns out that gender differences are significant. 4 minutes to read.
- Michael Grothaus reports on his experiments using a form of self-hypnosis to fall asleep, using a technique developed by the US Army in the 1980’s. 4 minutes to read.
- Echo Huang recaps the results of surveys conducted, by nation, on whom a self-driving car should save in the event of an impending accident. Once again, culture matters.
Working and the Workplace
- Lisette Sutherland interviews agile coach Molood Nouri Alavijeh, on building trust and effectiveness in remote agile teams. Podcast, 34 minutes, safe for work.
- Nick Morgan notes that we are all now “unwitting participants in a massive unregulated social experiment.” Namely, virtual communication and collaboration. 4 minutes to read.
- Jade Emmons explains her company’s vision of how to create a good company culture with remote workers. 5 minutes to read.
- Suzanne Lucas offers her HR-expert view of the demands expressed by the leaders of the Google sexual harassment walkout. 4 minutes to read.