New project management articles published on the web during the week of March 25 – 31. And this week’s video: Harry Hall follows up on his video explaining qualitative risk assessment with one on using quantitative methods to determine risk exposure as a financial amount, so you can set your project reserve. 4 minutes, safe for work.
Brexit update: an online petition to revoke Article 50, the provision for the UK to exit the EU, now has over 6 million signatures; Goldman Sachs thinks there is a 40% chance of that happening. Meanwhile, Prime Minister May is considering yet another vote on a softer version of her negotiated agreement, after three rejections, as an alternative to holding a general election before the April 12 deadline. If you want to be a senior decision maker, learn to follow current events like a senior decision maker.
Business Acumen and Strategy
- Eshe Nelson interviews MIT economist Erik Brynjolfsson on the development of a new economic metric, GDP-B, which tries to capture the value of things we don’t pay for, like Google Maps, Wikipedia, and YouTube videos. 8 minutes to read.
- Paul Hockenos reports on the growing number of German homeowners installing storage batteries as a component of their solar energy systems. 8 minutes to read.
- Chris Gilliard tells how an academic assignment to surveil unsuspecting strangers in public places raised questions on privacy, consent, and privilege. 6 minutes to read.
- Elizabeth Harrin details 15 actions to take charge of your own professional development. 9 minutes to read.
- Satya Narayan Dash describes a highly detailed project risk management framework. 9 minutes to read, plus a 5-minute video.
- John Goodpasture makes the case for developing and following checklists, from the general to the specific. 2 minutes to read.
- Gerri Poling reflects on what “continuous improvement” actually means: not just achieving quality goals, but moving beyond them. 3 minutes to read.
- Any Jordan reminds us of the need to document and validate (or at least monitor for continued reasonability) the assumptions we use in planning. 5 minutes to read.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Sripriya Narayanasamy and Karthik Ramamurthy, authors of Say Yes to Project Success, a collection of short stories with comments by 108 project experts. Podcast, 33 minutes, safe for work.
- Johanna Rothman describes milestone criteria, as used in agile methods for managing projects and programs. 5 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from agile values to splitting stories to why ‘done’ tends to clash with ‘validated.’ 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- Angela Riggs tutors us on converting to automated software testing. 8 minutes to read.
- Mike Clayton does a deep dive into PMI’s Agile Practice Guide, released with PMBOK version 6 a year and a half ago, from contents to controversy. 12 minutes to read.
- Valerie Senyk suggests that the predecessor to those other certifications should be an Agile Manifesto certification. 3 minutes to read.
- David Karlin indulges in a rant against unreliable and non-resilient software and support line hold messages that suggest maybe you should clear browser cookies. 4 minutes to read.
- Kristin Jackovny follows up on her post on testing input validation with some thoughts on validating outputs. The examples include a sly reference to an old song. 4 minutes to read.
- Anne Sugar describes three ways to handle planned meetings that will have too many attendees. 3 minutes to read.
- Natalie Warnert leads us through a team vulnerability activity: name your trigger. An interesting way to help a small group become a functioning team. 4 minutes to read.
- Suzanne Lucas provides short recaps for each of the five employment laws every manager of employees in the USA must know. 4 minutes to read.
Research and Insights
- Susanne Madsen coaches us on Deep Work—the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. 5 minutes to read.
- Curtis Preston argues that the Cloud is perfect for disaster recovery. 6 minutes to read.
- Asaf Fybish explores three examples of implementing a Zero Trust network architecture—micro-segmenting and access verification—in large organizations. 8 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- The nice folks at Clarizen make the case against Email. It’s like oil: a little lubricates; too much collects dirt and clogs everything up. 2 minutes to read.
- Libby Sander says that office clutter has been proven to trigger negative behaviors like snacking on junk food, sleep loss, anxiety, and depression. Clean your desk! 4 minutes to read.
- Sharlyn Lauby shares survey results: “If you were to start looking for a new job today, what would be the number one reason?” 3 minutes to read.