New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 5 – 11. And this week’s video: Suzanne Lucas chastises corporate HR for using the term talent to refer to their employees when the reality is that we should be looking for skills, which are a result of study and hard work. 8 minutes, safe for work.
Business Acumen and Strategy
- Nate Lanxon visits Amazon’s newest UK fulfillment center and contemplates how human and robot collaboration will evolve. 3 minutes to read.
- Ben Goertzl reports on the newest citizen of Saudi Arabia—a robot, named Sophia. Probably unrelated: will robots have to someday pay into Social Security? 12 minutes to read.
- Kayla Matthews looks at the GDPR, now in place for about six months, and asks: have we (meaning society) accomplished anything? 4 minutes to read.
- Glen Alleman notes that “Project risk often comes from non-technical aspects of the initiative,” and proceeds to list a few dozen sources. Save this one! 2 minutes to read.
- Satya Naryan Dash does a deep dive into qualitative risk analysis, including such things as appetite for risk and risk urgency. 10 minutes to read.
- Leigh Espy explains “The Five Whys,” a technique for root-cause analysis. 4 minutes to read.
- John Goodpasture shares a model for three broad “customer-facing” roles for establishing, maintaining, and leveraging relationships with the customer. 2 minutes to read.
- Tzvi Zukerman shares an approach to generate lessons-learned from failed projects. 4 minutes to read.
- Mike Clayton explains the PMI Talent Triangle: why it’s important and what resources are available to expand your skill set. 8 minutes to read.
- The folks at Clarizen shared their list of six important project management influencers (and they included me, so I’m blushing). 3 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Enterprise Agile to servant leadership to working without managers. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- Danny Perez makes some suggestions on how to securely share passwords and other secrets within a larger team. 2 minutes to read.
- Aaron Hodder provides a detailed description of lean testing concepts and practices. 9 minutes to read.
- Robbin Schuurman describes and explains the background of five product owner maturity levels. 8 minutes to read.
- Tom Cagely asserts that users stories are valuable when maintaining legacy applications as well as when developing new ones. 5 minutes to read.
- Adam Auerbach explains that continuous testing requires more than simply test automation. 2 minutes to read.
- Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership content, from managing through anger to saying no to making time for your passion project. 4 outbound links, 2 minutes to read.
- Lila MacLellan extracts key points from an interview with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: three characteristics to look for in leaders. 3 minutes to read.
- Rasmus Hougaard observes that ego is the enemy of good leadership. 4 minutes to read.
Research and Insights
- Sarah Kessler goes beyond the sexist hiring algorithm that Amazon has now discarded to ask: might this flawed tool still be better than a human performing the same task? 4 minutes to read.
- Rahul Kapoor recaps his research into the decision for a company to self-disrupt—make significant changes to their business—in anticipation of a disruptive technology on the horizon. 7 minutes to read.
- Keith Foote provides definitions and a bit of history for data repositories, from lakes to silos to warehouses. 6 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Garland Coulson gives us an introduction to freelancing. Video, under five minutes, safe for work (aside from the subject matter).
- Rebecca Addison gives us the executive summary of Upwork’s new survey of freelance workers in the United States. Technology is disrupting things here, too. 3 minutes to read.
- Brendan Toner reviews Notability, which he says is about the best note-taking application on the market. 5 minutes to read.