New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 24 – 30. And this week’s video: General Stanley McChrystal makes the case for sharing knowledge. “Information is only of value if you give it to people who can do something with it.” 7 minutes, safe for work.
Business Acumen and Strategy
- An article from the World Economic Forum summarizes research into the effects of long-term and short-term corporate investment—long-term isn’t always optimum. 6 minutes to read and well worth it.
- Wayne Rash notes four trends for IT managers to watch in 2019. 6 minutes to read.
- Emily Warna suggests that, before we try to pass legislation regulating technology, we address the underlying question: who owns our data? 5 minutes to read.
- Harry Hall shows us the “formula” for writing clear, specific, measurable goals. 2 minutes to read.
- John Goodpasture maps the complementary concepts of validation and verification to Agile practices. 2 minutes to read.
- Erin Wildermuth says that we should break our projects and goals into smaller chunks in order to get the reinforcement of dopamine hits. Yes, that’s a thing. 4 minutes to read.
- Kiron Bondale reminds us that past perceptions set expectations. 2 minutes to read.
- Marina Danilova does a quick check on the post-GDPR world, from compliance to yet more legislation from other governments. 3 minutes to read.
- Mike Clayton posts a few aphorisms about project management and “what could possibly go wrong.” 3 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
- Rich Mironov shares the results of his survey of product leaders, asking them for their concerns. 5 minutes to read.
- Craig Smith and Tony Ponton interview Agile Manifesto signatory “Uncle Bob” Martin on software craftsmanship, among other topics. Podcast, 45 minutes safe for work.
- Samanta Cicilia tutors us on specification by example, from history through practice and resources. 9 minutes to read.
- Akanksha Pandey explains how visual search is transforming the retail industry. There must be other applications for this technology—get a team together and brainstorm! 4 minutes to read.
- Bertrand Duperrin examines the chatbot user experience and wonders if maybe they weren’t such a good idea. 3 minutes to read.
- Seth Godin suggests that we include a “stupid” filter in our applications, so they default to what we want, rather than what we ask for. With great examples; just a minute to read.
- Marcia Reynolds wants us to focus less on trying to ask good questions; we should work on ensuring our intent is clear. 4 minutes to read.
- Karin Hurt and David Dye curate a list of the most popular leadership articles on the Let’s Grow Leaders blog in 2018. 8 minutes to read.
- Cesar Abeid talks with Farnoosh Brock on developing a serving mindset, as opposed to a sales mindset. Podcast, 52 minutes, safe for work.
- Stephanie Ockerman tutors us on servant leadership in terms of Vision, Values, Value, and Validation. 6 minutes to read.
Research and Insights
- Dave Gershgorn reports that US intelligence agencies are devising tests to identify image-recognition AI applications that have been compromised with “Trojan” images. 2 minutes to read.
- Max Read complains that it’s getting harder to tell which parts of the internet are legitimate. “If a Russian troll using a Brazilian man’s photograph to masquerade as an American Trump supporter watches a video on Facebook, is that view ‘real’?” 8 minutes to read.
- Cameron Coward shows us a robot “hand” that plays the piano without relying on complex actuators, motors, or solenoids. 2 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Suzanne Lucas reports on a possible ethical lapse: Google interviewed a candidate and then filed a patent for her work. 2 minutes to read.
- Louis Chew uses Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as an example to show how to find fulfillment and meaning in our work. 4 minutes to read.
- Henny Portman recommends Spencer Johnson’s sequel to Who Moved My Cheese, appropriately titled Out of the Maze. 2 minutes to read.