New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 25 – March 3. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton describes the (surprising!) history, structure, and use of the Gantt chart. Just over 5 minutes, safe for work.
Business Acumen and Strategy
- Sanya Carley and David Konisky analyze the Green New Deal proposed by freshman Democrats in Congress for what it would mean for businesses. 5 minutes to read.
- Jeff Desjardins collects a lot of data on the changing balance between automation and jobs in manufacturing, in seven charts and some bullet points. 5 minutes to read.
- Lila MacLellan reports on a survey conducted by Cisco that indicates the largest skills gap executives see I the IT department isn’t technical. 3 minutes to read.
- Mike Clayton gives us a detailed primer on Earned Value Management, with an intro to Earned Schedule. Well worth the ten minutes to read.
- Ronald Smith continues his series on using net present value (NPV) in project portfolio selection, with a look at the tools available in Excel and MS Project. 7 minutes to read.
- John Goodpasture extols the value of “loose coupling” in scheduling. Less than a minute to read.
- Kiron Bondale applies change management concepts to the challenge of getting buy-in to risk responses. 2 minutes to read.
- Elizabeth Harrin has bundled templates for the essential project management documents for download—for free! 2 minutes to read.
- The folks at Clarizen list seven of the best project management conferences being held around the globe in 2019. 3 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Dark Agile and Scrum to cost vs. value measurements to product launches. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- Jeff Keyes points out five trends in software development, from mission-critical agility to analytics, leading to data-driven flexibility and success. 3 minutes to read.
- Dave Prior interviews TJay Gerber on how to earn Scrum educational units in order to renew your CSM or CSPO credential. Podcast, 15 minutes, safe for work.
- Ajay Balamurugadas identifies three common testing management practices that can only be called counter-productive. 5 minutes to read.
- Lisette Sutherland interviews Scrum coach Jesse Houwing on remote pairing and mobbing. Podcast, 33 minutes, safe for work.
- Jim Holmes looks into static analysis tools that can facilitate identifying code complexity and other sorts of issues that manifest as technical debt. 4 minutes to read.
- Poornima Luthra introduces some new terms—generational intelligence and micro-generations—into the discussion of fostering collaboration. 4 minutes to read.
- Christopher Cook tutors us on the notion of a business strategy and how it fits into setting goals. 3 minutes to read.
- Leigh Espy curated 25 quotes on dealing with challenges, including five from the Stoics, two from the last great Roman Emperor, and one from Christina Aguilera. 4 minutes to read.
Research and Insights
- Gavin M updates us on proposed US IoT security and privacy legislation making their way through Congress. 3 minutes to read.
- Benedict Carey notes that researchers have found no evidence to support the idea that management bullying gets better results in the workplace. 5 minutes to read.
- Irfan Ahmed Khan points to nine artificial intelligence technology trends that we should monitor in the coming years. 6 minutes to read.
- The editors of MIT Technology Review list ten big global challenges that could be solved with the proper application of technology. 6 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Travis Bradberry lists six things you don’t owe your boss. 4 minutes to read.
- Kerry Jones lists ten early indicators of a toxic workplace. 6 minutes to read.
- Suzanne Lucas repurposes advice to gifted teens responding to their teachers for adults in the workplace responding to a boss who says, “No.” 3 minutes, safe for work.