New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 10 – 16. And this week’s video: Julia Dhar shares three techniques, honed in her experience as a world debate champion, that will help us disagree productively and find common ground. 15 minutes, safe for work.
Business Acumen and Strategy
- Michael Grothaus reviews some of the biggest personal data breaches of 2018. 7 minutes to read. Also: The US House of Representatives report says that last year’s Equifax compromise was an entirely preventable consequence of rapid growth. 3 minutes to read.
- Scott Matteson interviews Alexander Garcia-Tobar on the massive growth of business Email compromise (BEC) phishing attacks over the last year. 4 minutes to read.
- Dina Bass reports that almost everyone involved in developing facial recognition technology sees problems. 5 minutes to read.
- Elizabeth Harrin curates her list of project management conferences coming up in 2019. 7 minutes to read.
- Patrice Embry shares five project management lessons she learned in 2018. 7 minutes to read.
- Chris Matts notes that cost of delay is only a valid element of some investment cost models. 2 minutes to read.
- Mike Clayton shares the most comprehensive document on project documentation (oh, stop rolling your eyes) that you will ever read. File away for future reference. 12 minutes to read.
- John Goodpasture comments on a new graphic by Jurgen Apello, relating behavior and outcome, success, failure, and learning. 2 minutes to read, but take two more to study,
- Diana Hundley coaches us on how to apologize to your client when your team makes a significant error. 6 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from “Taylorism Agility” to peaceful coexistence of agility and governance to debunking agile planning myths. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- Arthur Hicken explains the “shift-left” approach to software testing—moving software testing activities earlier in the development timeline. 6 minutes to read.
- Nacho Bassino gives us some insight into estimating the value of the technical debt work we are contemplating. 5 minutes to read.
- Michael Solomon tutors us on testing software security, from planning to deployment and maintenance. 5 minutes to read.
- Tom Cagely is an advocate for story maps, except for some situations. Here is when they don’t make sense. 2 minutes to read.
- Kristin Jackovny lists six steps to create an effective test report. 6 minutes to read.
- Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership content, from setting short-term objectives to building engagement to why every team needs therapy. 5 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- Gregg Johnson notes that the best leaders make fewer decisions, not more. 4 minutes to read.
- Louis Chew explains the basics of principled negotiation: finding common ground without compromising. 8 minutes to read.
- Leigh Espy tells us when and how to lead a productive brainstorming session. 9 minutes to read.
Research and Insights
- Eric Mack curated predictions from 27 experts on how artificial intelligence will impact us in the next few years. Some of these read like pitches for horror films, but most are hopeful. 9 minutes to read.
- Dave Evans, Chief Futurist at Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group, lists ten technologies that will change the world over the next ten years. 8 minutes to read.
- Karen Hao reports on the implementation of a new approach to neural networks that better handles non-continuous data inputs. Nerdy but interesting. 6 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Paolo Gallo and Peter Vanham suggest three ways to foster intergenerational harmony in the workplace. Given that there are now 5 generations in the workforce, this subject should resonate. 7 minutes to read.
- Lysette Sutherland reviews the pros and cons of the various commonly used means that teams use for internal communication. Podcast, 13 minutes.
- Enrique Dans confirms our worst fear: our password has been stolen. What matters is what we do next. 4 minutes to read.