New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 12 – 18. And this week’s video: Erin Meyer explains the concept of a culture map, showing similarities and differences among cultural behaviors. As organizations become more global, understanding cultural differences can be a key to success. 11 minutes, safe for work.
Business Acumen and Strategy
- Paul Irving considers the business impact of the aging population and the possibility of five generations in the workforce. 12 minutes to read.
- Andrew Chakhoyan reports on deep fakes—undetectable forged videos of people doing outrageous things—as a threat to democracy. Of course, they could also be used in commercial competition. 4 minutes to read.
- Alison Schrager notes the downside of Amazon’s selection of New York and Crystal City as the sites of their headquarters expansion: smaller cities might have benefitted more. 4 minutes to read.
- Susan Irwin explains agility in project management, from the perspectives of both the project manager and project management processes. 8 minutes to read.
- Mike Clayton provides a comprehensive view of ITSM and ITIL, concluding with a brief interview with Ivor MacFarlane, one of the founders. 12 minutes to read.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Benjamin Anyacho on the increasing need for knowledge management as so many of the Boomers retire. Podcast, 34 minutes, safe for work. Click on “Play Now” in the upper left to begin.
- Elise Stevens extols the virtues of saying yes to new opportunities. 4 minutes to read.
- Glen Alleman explains how we use ordinal and cardinal numbers in decision analysis. 5 minutes to read.
- Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy reviews the basics of project management for those transitioning in from another discipline. 7 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from product backlog to creating an experimentation culture to contrasting LeSS and Nexus. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- Greg Paciga has been reflecting on the practice of measuring velocity, and he has his doubts. 4 minutes to read.
- Chou Yang tells us how to maximize the ROI from your investment in test automation. 6 minutes to read.
- Jory MacKay describes the process of creating technical documentation that actually helps the reader. 12 minutes to read.
- Konrad Pogorzala shares how his team changed the organizational culture at Siemens Digital Factory to extend the use of agile methods. 3 minutes to read.
- Geshan Manandhar explains how to use feature flags to deploy code to production that isn’t quite ready for general release. 3 minutes to read.
- Frank Sonnenberg considers the consequences of blurring the line between right and wrong. 4 minutes to read.
- Jordan Gross list seven habits of highly ineffective leaders. 8 minutes to read.
- Sydney Finkelstein honors the memory of the late Stan Lee as a Super Boss who knew how to spot and develop creative talent. 4 minutes to read.
- Shawn Willett analyzes Amazon sales data to identify the most popular leadership books in each of the fifty states and finds eleven winners. 3 minutes to read.
Research and Insights
- Dan Schawbel recaps research showing that remote workers are less engaged and more likely to quit. 4 minutes to read.
- Betty-Ann Heggie advocates for laughing in the office, and she has the science to back her up. 3 minutes to read.
- Erin Wildermuth tells us how to apply the lessons of Kahneman and Tversky’s work on the Planning Fallacy. 4 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Jennifer Pauli notes nine silly ideas we need to abandon in order to become more productive. 4 minutes to read.
- Jamey Austin points out six workplace traits that attract and retain smart people and have nothing to do with perks like free beer. 7 minutes to read; 9 over a beer.
- Mary Jo Asmus refutes the recent claim that people would rather work for a competent jerk than a likable fool. 2 minutes to read.