New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 11 – 17. And this week’s video: Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro and his colleague, Dr. Dylan Glas, are interested in what makes a human. Erica is their latest creation – a semi-autonomous android, product of the most funded scientific project in Japan. More philosophic than scientific, but sometimes that’s the kind of questions we need to ask. 14 minutes, safe for work.
Business Acumen and Strategy
- David Goodman and Karen Weise tell how the turbulent politics of New York led Amazon to decide to pull the plug on the deal to build a second headquarters in Queens. 8 minutes to read.
- Will Martin shares an insight from Neil Shearing, Chief Economist at Capital Economics, on the most useful predictor of trends in the global economy. 3 minutes to read.
- Patricia de Hemricourt updates us on the growth of privacy regulation and what compliance looks like in the aftermath of the effective date of the GDPR. 4 minutes to read.
- John Goodpasture analyzes the value of Monte Carlo simulations based on data with an unknown distribution. 3 minutes to read.
- Mike Clayton give us the details on what to do when our project is deferred, as opposed to canceled. 10 minutes to read.
- Mark Romanelli notes the analytical tools we should use when selecting projects to achieve strategic goals. 6 minutes to read.
- Leigh Espy tutors us on problem-solving using a seven-step process. 8 minutes to read.
- Mac Sauls takes us through the process of calculating a management reserve using basic statistical techniques. 10 minutes to read.
- Alex Ponomarev explains how to estimate a project using user stories—an excellent starting point for the customer in understanding Agile methods. 5 minutes to read.
- Payson Hall reminds why understanding the business problem is so essential. 2 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from questioning agile dogma to prioritizing opportunities to who owns the product backlog. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- Johanna Rothman suggests that changing how you think about your customers can lead to improvements in your delivery. 4 minutes to read.
- Stacy Sherman tutors us on customer personas as an input to customer experience design. 3 minutes to read.
- Poornima Vijayashankar interviews UX consultant Sarah Doody, who explains how to source, vet, hire and work with UX designers. Podcast, 39 minutes, safe for work.
- Emily Esposito shares her master list of all UX conferences scheduled for 2019, worldwide. 10 minutes to read.
- Edwin van der Thiel considers what DevOps means to the team. 2 minutes to read.
- Amervis Lopez Cobb reports from the Accelerate Women Conference in Las Vegas, with some background on herself. 10 minutes to read.
- Molly Page reflects on what she’s learned about digesting criticism. 4 minutes to read.
- Lolly Daskal notes that people experience a change in four stages. 2 minutes to read.
Research and Insights
- James Bessen and James Kossuth report on research into how automation affects high-skill and low-skill workers. 4 minutes to read.
- Knowledge@Wharton interviews John McCoy on his research into the most productive approach to crowdsourcing answers. 5 minutes to read.
- Janelle Edge notes four of the most common ways that people learn. In this case, it also means ways that we understand an explanation. 5 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Amy Whicker explains emotional assertiveness—one more tool in our emotional intelligence toolbox. 8 minutes to read.
- Joshua Brustein reports on conditions for contractors working at one of Apple’s “black sites” in Silicon Valley. Not an encouraging picture of corporate America. 12 minutes to read.
- Lisette Sutherland reports on her experiments on what to wear and where to sit for video calls when working remotely. Podcast, 9 minutes, safe for work.