New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 31 – January 6. And this week’s video: Alec Watson gives us a product development case history of the videotape wars, VHS versus Betamax. The winner was not the company with the best technology, but the one that better understood the use cases of their customers. Even if you’re not in a product development role, this is a valuable management insight. Here’s part two. Each part about 16 minutes, both safe for work.
Business Acumen and Strategy
- Nariman Behavesh, Chief Economist for IHS Markit, posted his predictions for the global economy in 2019. 6 minutes to read.
- Mark Sullivan curates “tech trend” predictions for the coming year, from AI and augmented reality to 5G, drones, and the shift away from cable TV. 10 minutes to read.
- Marc Bain reports on trends in retail, grouped as experimental, threatening, transitory, and necessary. “Autonomous last-mile delivery” is a thing, it seems. 6 minutes to read.
- The folks at MPUG list ten of their most popular articles from 2018. Here’s one more chance to read them! 6 minutes to read.
- John Goodpasture warns us to beware the strategic objective that isn’t really strategic at all. 2 minutes to read.
- Elizabeth Harrin coaches a project manager on effectively communicating with stakeholders who must act on an issue. 5 minutes to read.
- Mike Clayton reflects on the “blaming” mindset which kicks in when projects go wrong. Just over a minute to read.
- David Robins gets deep into the details of tracking progress against plan. 6 minutes to read.
- Harry Hall recaps his ten most popular project risk management articles from 2018, describes his plans for 2019, and asks you to take his reader survey—I did! 2 minutes to read.
- The folks at Clarizen list a few risk assessment techniques you should consider using if you aren’t already. 3 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Agile as common sense to supporting hypergrowth to why leadership isn’t always about having a plan. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- Emily Stevens points out five important UX trends for 2019. 8 minutes to read.
- Adam Shostack launches a new course, Introduction to Threat modeling for Security Professionals, on LinkedIn Learning. For free. A minute to read.
- Alan Page notes that when using modern software development approaches, testing is a value-add, rather than a cost. 4 minutes to read.
- Cynthia Dunlop curated a list of interesting quotes from people talking about software testing. 12 minutes to read.
- John Yorke considers ways in which a manager can determine whether a worker is slacking off. 4 minutes to read.
- Kerry Wills expounds on the need for clear accountability—a leadership function if there ever was one. 2 minutes to read.
- Katharine Schwab provides an action plan for making your organization more ethical. 7 minutes to read.
Research and Insights
- Sam Rigby lists the 99 best things that happened in 2018. Nearly all of these were the result of projects—use them in your presentations! Long read but share it with your kids.
- Annalisa Merelli lists key stories about disruption (hacking) of our commercial infrastructure from servers to point of sale systems over the last year. This will only get worse. 3 minutes to read.
- Joe Biron and Jonathan Lang look at improving augmented reality products by analyzing user insights. 6 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Phil Burgess interviews author and Agile testing trainer Linda Crispin on being your own advocate in your IT career. Podcast, 18 minutes, safe for work.
- Natalie Warnert makes the market-based case for being replaceable. 3 minutes to read.
- Suzanne Lucas points out five over-arching employment trends we’ll see in 2019. 3 minutes to read.
- Jo Ann Jenkins makes the case for the “Five Generation Workforce” as an unprecedented opportunity. 6 minutes to read.