New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 3 – 9. And this week’s video: Jim Whitehurst, former COO of Delta Airlines and CEO of Red Hat Software, explains what he learned from giving up everything he knew about being a leader. 11 minutes, safe for work.
Also: I received feedback from Reddit member dennythecoder, who said that the hyperlinks on my pages were too hard to read. As of this week, I’ve changed the color scheme. Please let me know in the comments if this makes things better or worse.
Business Acumen and Strategy
- Mark Muro and Robert Maxim go a bit deeper into the story of GM’s coming layoffs: digitalization will lead to a very different automaker workforce. 4 minutes to read.
- Mark Wilson assess the biggest challenge for engineers working on self-driving cars: the user experience. The targets are mundane, familiar, and non-threatening. 14 minutes to read.
- Will Knight summarizes a report from AI Now Institute which identifies facial recognition as a key challenge for society and policymakers.
- Tessa Sproule advocates for making ethics much more visible in our decisions about artificial intelligence—even to the point of bringing in ethicists. 8 minutes to read.
- PMI has released three new reports on how disruptive technologies are impacting the project management profession. 3 minutes to read this quick overview.
- Ben Howard provides a detailed tutorial on how to import a list of tasks from Excel into MS Project. 7 minutes to read.
- Kiron Bondale considers the cost-benefit justification of having a project manager dedicated to a project. 2 minutes to read.
- Mike Clayton proposes an eight-step process for decision making, pulling influences from four widely-used methodologies. 10 minutes to read.
- The folks at Clarizen explain how vendor management fits into project management. 3 minutes to read.
- Deb Schaffer rounded up a few appropriate holiday gifts for the project managers on your shopping list (or you can print it out and leave it for your Significant Other). 3 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from current trends in corporate transformation to lessons learned from Nextflix’ failures to a team charter workshop. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- Jonathan Creenaune describes the management approach taken for a truly enormous software engineering project—rearchitecting Confluence and Jira to be stateless, multi-tenant cloud applications. 15 minutes to read and well worth it.
- Anne-Marie Charrett makes the point that quality is an emergent behavior of complex systems. 3 minutes to read.
- Edyta Korona and Arjun Saksena interview Rich Mironov on the evolution of tech product management Podcast, 16 minutes, safe for work.
- Llewellyn Falco lays out a process for identifying root causes and correcting the problems that allowed a bug to be created in the first place. 3 minutes to read.
- Maaret Pyhäjärvi notes that, in testing. There’s more going on than what gets typed in at the keyboard. 4 minutes to read.
- Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership content, from false dichotomies to meeting dysfunctions to setting and achieving business goals. 5 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- Greg Satell shares the key insights from General Stanley McChrystal’s new book, Leaders: Myth and Reality. 5 minutes to read.
- Kerry Wills reminds us that we don’t need to ask permission to do the work we are held accountable for. Less than a minute to read.
Research and Insights
- Mercedes Thomas gives us a tight but thorough explanation of quantum computing, from entangled states to superposition to interference. 11 minutes to read.
- Jeff Desjardins shares an infographic giving brief explanations of 24 common cognitive biases. Maybe 5 minutes to read, if you don’t keep Googling …
- Paramita Ghosh predicts the top ten data management trends to expect in 2019. 5 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Elizabeth Harrin posted a career planner in PDF format to help you plan for 2019. 3 minutes to read.
- Nancy Settle-Murphy provides her guidance on keeping remote colleagues feel connected during the holiday season. 6 minutes to read.
- Simon Knight shares his techniques for working remotely as effectively as possible. 6 minutes to read.