New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 28 – February 3. And this week’s video: Adriana Girdler coaches us on facilitating a meeting. Focused on the first-timers but still worth a look even if you’ve been facilitating for years. 6 minutes, safe for work.
Business Acumen and Strategy
- Mark McNamee and Athanasia Kokkinogeni observe, “In the eyes of businesses, the UK has come to resemble an emerging market.” Brexit is driving volatility. 6 minutes to read.
- Steve Blank explains why McKinsey’s Three Horizons model for managing and budgeting for innovation and research is no longer applicable. 4 minutes to read.
- Joel Manner explores Eric Schmidt’s prediction that the internet is dividing into three politically-defined regions: US-led, China-led, and EU-led. 9 minutes to read.
- Sylvia Moses describes the X-shaped skills of a highly capable project manager. 10 minutes to read.
- Mike Griffiths covers the what, how, and why of project charters. 11 minutes to read.
- Mike Clayton gives us a deep tutorial on project scheduling, from defining and sequencing activities through estimating durations and developing a schedule. 12 minutes to read.
- John Goodpasture shares his slide presentation on preparing a request for proposal. 4 minutes to read, plus the slides.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Douglas Knutzen on leveraging scheduling, execution, and team techniques to increase speed on your projects. Podcast, 20 minutes, safe for work.
- Dave Prior interviews Jesse Fewell on the evolving role of the PMO in an agile organization. Podcast, 36 minutes, safe for work.
- Jan Schiller recaps twelve habits that she has observed in successful project portfolio managers. 3 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Scrum limits to exemplary agile to the Scrum Master Trends Report 2019. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- Mike Cohn makes it clear why software development teams have learned to focus on being done rather than estimating progress. 3 minutes to read.
- Dave West points out the key nuggets in the 2019 Scrum mater Trends Report. 4 minutes to read.
- Nandhini Saravanan explains the difference between horizontal and vertical scaling of databases and what each approach is useful for. 5 minutes to read.
- Fio Dossetto extols the virtues of a heat map in analyzing the effectiveness of a user interface design. 6 minutes to read.
- Joep Schuurkes tells us why we should have a test strategy and what it should cover. 3 minutes to read.
- Simone Stolzoff tells how engineer Satya Nadella turned Microsoft, “From a culture of know-it-alls to a culture of learn-it-alls.” 9 minutes to read.
- Lisette Sutherland interviews Wade Foster, CEO of Zapier—a 100% remote company with over 200 people—on the future of work. Podcast, 38 minutes, safe for work.
- Leigh Espy sells us on problem-solving skills as a key part of career development. 3 minutes to read.
Research and Insights
- Greg Satell sees inflection points in energy, synthetic biology, and computation that are about to dramatically transform society. 5 minutes to read.
- Karen Hao updates us on facial recognition software. Accuracy is improving for women and minorities, but the potential for abuse still exists. 4 minutes to read.
- Roamy suggests a low-tech alternative to a creepy RFID implant under the skin or an easily-lost card. It’s obvious, once you read it. 4 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Andy Silber advocates for Inbox Zero. 4 minutes to read.
- Corrine Purtill reports on one of the key messages at the Davos conference: the four-day work week. 2 minutes to read.
- Alex Reardon argues that when we’re sick, we should take an actual sick day—not just work from home. 3 minutes to read.