New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 18 – 24. And this week’s video: Box founder Chieh Huang shares the cure for micromanagement madness and tells how to foster innovation and happiness at work. 12 minutes, safe for work.
Business Acumen and Strategy
- Ben Laker and Thomas Roulet use Brexit as a case study in explaining how companies can adapt during times of political uncertainty. 7 minutes to read.
- Joel Carboni exhorts us to consider the sustainability aspects of our projects. After all, project work accounts for about 30% of global GDP—that’s a big 4 minutes to read.
- Emma Charlton analyzes an interesting chart of global smartphone shipments and notes that as sales begin to drop off, it may take 5G and foldable devices to save the industry. 3 minutes to read.
- Praveen Malik tutors us on compressing the project schedule, using fast-tracking and crashing—two different approaches with different risks. 4 minutes to read.
- John Goodpasture returns to an earlier discussion of the adequacy of assuming a Normal distribution (until the data indicates otherwise). 3 minutes to read.
- Jigs Gaton uses some concepts from physics to help us re-adjust how we think about time, as project managers. 8 minutes to read, some humor may be encountered.
- Glen Alleman recommends a book that applies root cause analysis to determine how a US military helicopter was accidentally shot down. Just a minute to read.
- Mike Clayton briefly but clearly explains Failure Mode and Effects Analysis, usually referred to as FMEA. Video, 6 minutes, safe for work.
- Fiona Macintyre shows us how to use mind mapping techniques (and MindGenius) to decompose a project into a work breakdown structure. 5 minutes to read.
- Kiron Bondale shares his project management mixtape. Leave a comment with your additions to the playlist. 2 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from scaling to storytelling to leaving the industrial paradigm in the dustbin of history. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- Sean Regan gives us the executive summary of Atlassian’s survey of 500 professional software development leaders. 4 minutes to read, plus the entire report is downloadable
- Dan Ashby uses his son’s push toy to illustrate the difference between code coverage and test coverage. Testing metrics matter! 4 minutes to read.
- Matt Hamlin explains the business case for data protection as a service (DPaaS). 4 minutes to read.
- Antonio van der Weel coaches on how to become a better product manager. 6 minutes to read.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Kevin Wozniak on effective meeting leadership. Still relevant after all these years. Podcast, 24 minutes, safe for work.
- Nadine Rochester notes ten business environment challenges facing project managers today that will require confident leadership. 5 minutes to read.
- The folks at Clarizen remind us of four cases where small teams turned a vision into success. 5 minutes to read.
Research and Insights
- Dan Swinhoe reports on recent research into the cost of the resources needed to commit cybercrime. Like the cost to bribe a politician, it is embarrassingly low. 6 minutes to read.
- Umet Seepter lists 18 applications for facial recognition technology. You can think of at least one more, right? 4 minutes to read.
- Cameron Coward notes that robotics researchers have now developed a soft robotic finger that knows where it’s pointing—positional sensing, as opposed to positioning. 2 minutes to read.
- Shelly Fan recaps recent studies that found you can learn while you sleep, but that’s no reason to doze off in the classroom. 5 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Leigh Espy tutors us on the three most useful graphical formats we can use to express data in our presentations. 5 minutes to read.
- Adriana Girdler briefs us on voice mail etiquette and proper practice. Video, 5 minutes, safe for work.
- Serkan Karabacak has a few simple suggestions that can help us remove distractions and focus on deep work. 3 minutes to read.