New project management articles published on the web during the week of March 11 – 17. And this week’s video: Harry Hall walks us through two very simple methods for conducting a qualitative risk analysis. 4 minutes, safe for work.
Business Acumen and Strategy
- Nicolas Bloom and colleagues report on their survey of 7,500 business executives on the UK on Brexit as an uncertainty event. The impact is already evident. 6 minutes to read. Side note: Ireland is experiencing a boom in passport requests as more people living in the UK realize how difficult it will be to travel for business.
- Hines Vaughn contrasts the California Consumer Privacy Act with the GDPR and notes a difference in consent—opt-in versus opt-out. 4 minutes to read.
- Mihnea Moldoveanu finds a root cause for why AI underperforms business expectations: we don’t translate business problems into computational business problems. 4 minutes to read.
- Mike Griffiths teaches us how to create the truly great charter your project deserves. 10 minutes to read.
- Becca Bruggman tells us all about what technical program managers do all day. Yup—been there, done that. 8 minutes to read.
- Audrius Zujus prepares us to manage a project that includes virtual reality technology development. 14 minutes to read.
- Mike Clayton explains another term of art: value engineering. Video, 5 minutes, safe for work.
- Elizabeth Harrin describes the PMI-SP scheduling credential and shares her opinion of a prep course for it. 6 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from practices adoption to leadership health checks to being done with customer discovery. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- Johanna Rothman contemplates alternative ways of getting close enough to the customer to create value. 3 minutes to read.
- Karlo Smid presents a concise, value-oriented definition of a software bug. “Remember that design and architectural errors are bugs, too.” 2 minutes to read.
- Roger Swannell suggests thinking of velocity as a product measurement, rather than a team 2 minutes to read.
- Henny Portman reviews Introduction to Disciplined Agile Delivery, by Scott Ambler and Mark Lines. 3 minutes to read.
- Camilo Gomez shares some actions we should take to improve intercultural communications when outsourcing software development. 7 minutes to read.
- Tony Ho Tran covers the pros and cons of the hamburger menu. You know: that little icon on phone apps that resembles the Chinese character for numeral 3. 12 minutes to read.
- Kiron Bondale says that transparency is necessary but not sufficient: we must be responsibly 2 minutes to read.
- Syed Moize explains emotional intelligence in the context of project management. 6 minutes to read.
- Tom Cagley began a series on the value of behavioral constraints, using the metaphor of guardrails. 4 minutes to read; 3 minutes for part two.
Research and Insights
- The U. of Washington promotes a new website by two professors challenging us to identify which of two photos was generated by artificial intelligence. Just what we needed—more fake people. 3 minutes to read.
- Hemel Vasavada Gill and Chakib Labibi summarize their research with Alexa users and their adoption curve for the Alexa voice interface. 8 minutes to read.
- Yana Yelina presents short descriptions of several machine learning trends being followed by MIT professors and researchers. 5 minutes to read.
- Olivia Goldhill reports that neuroscientists were able to predict decisions by monitoring brain activity a full 11 seconds before the subjects announced them. 3 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Siva Prasad rounds up the most in-demand IT skills and certifications, from project management to DevOps to Big Data. 9 minutes to read.
- Jack Vale considers the pros and cons of Email as the primary means of workplace communications. 4 minutes to read.
- Dan Rockwell describes the coolest exercise in giving feedback I’ve ever heard of. 2 minutes to read.