New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 26 – December 2. And this week’s video: A film created from 4K video shot from the International Space Station as it passes through one orbit. One hour and 33 minutes; safe for work, but way too long. Enjoy it at home!
Business Acumen and Strategy
- Nils Backe considers the ethical ramifications of smart home devices, specifically Amazon’s Echo. 5 minutes to read.
- Joe Toscano says we need to get serious about regulating technology companies and outlines three possible ways forward. 8 minutes to read.
- Tang Ziyi reports from China on an interesting facial recognition false alarm by a traffic offense-detection system. I won’t spoil it since it’s less than a minute to read.
- Mike Clayton answers twenty of the career and practice questions he’s commonly asked in his project management training classes. 14 minutes to read.
- Dale Howard shares a brilliant technique for scheduling tasks to always occur on the first working day of each month. 6 minutes to read.
- Lenka Pincot expounds on business process design, as it fits into system implementation projects. 3 minutes to read.
- Sylvie Edwards argues that we should start a “lessons learned” log at the beginning of a project. 3 minutes to read.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Andy Burns on transforming the “heritage” PMO with Lean and Agile principles and processes. Podcast, 32 minutes, safe for work.
- Mike Griffiths likens the proliferation of project management credentials to the proliferation of television channels. 5 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from agile transformation lessons to user research to why cooperation and collaboration are different. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- Peter Pito makes the business case for jagged delivery: an approach that doesn’t pretend everything will be complete on the same day. 5 minutes to read.
- Mike Cohn suggests several alternatives for including the impact of holidays and time off in estimating team velocity. 5 minutes to read.
- Michael Solomon explains how to include security considerations in user stories. “As a hacker, I can …” 5 minutes to read.
- Kristin Jackvony provides detailed instructions for those who must reproduce a bug report lacking in relevant details. 6 minutes to read.
- Pete Walen explores a few subtle points to be addressed in the pursuit of better software quality. 7 minutes to read.
- Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership articles, from the paradox of scale to lessons learned from hi-performing remote teams to stoicism for mental toughness. 5 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- Dan Rockwell shares a few tips about managing up—coaching your boss in a way that works for both of you. 2 minutes to read.
- Matan Borenkraout advocates a more subtle approach to interviewing candidates for technical positions. 5 minutes to read.
- Simone Stolzoff repeats an insight from Scott Belsky, Adobe’s Chief Product Officer, on what to look for in candidates instead of cultural fit.” 3 minutes to read.
Research and Insights
- Jared Lindzon makes five predictions related to remote working tools and how they will further change the nature of teams and collaboration. 6 minutes to read.
- Pavan Belagatti identifies eight DevOps trends we should watch as they develop in 2019. 4 minutes to read.
- Renee DiResta analyzes the developing information world war and sees that our institutions are busy creating a digital Maginot Line to defeat abandoned pirate strategies. 15 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Elizabeth Harrin shares her current reading list, chock full of titles that address career and workplace concerns in a problem-solving manner. 7 minutes to read.
- Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy reveals his approach to maintaining his productivity at a high level. 2 minutes to read.
- Jennifer Moss has some recommendations for helping remote workers avoid burnout and loneliness. 5 minutes to read.