New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 22 – 28. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton explains the difference between UK and US definitions of a work package and, by extension, a work breakdown structure. 4 minutes, safe for work.
Business Acumen and Strategy
- Mike Murphy reports that Alphabet subsidiary Wing has received FAA approval to begin rolling out drone deliveries to customers. Meanwhile, Amazon just announced that Prime customers will get free one-day delivery. 4 minutes to read both
- John Naughton asks, “We test and control drugs, so why do we freely allow the spread of potentially harmful products by unregulated entrepreneurs?” 4 minutes to read.
- Peggy Choi predicts the next gig economy opportunity: knowledge on demand. And the EU has passed legislation setting minimum rights for workers in the gig economy. 6 minutes to read both.
- Harry Hall coaches us on using a rigorous method for selecting project risk responses. Highly recommended! 5 minutes to read.
- Pat Weaver shares a new paper, Knowledge Management is more than Information Management. 8 pages, 12 minutes or so to read.
- Dale Howard shows how to analyze a cost variance in MS Project. 6 minutes to read.
- Kiron Bondale tells us how to manage a project that isn’t a high priority for the organization but still needs to succeed. 2 minutes to read.
- Jason Westland explains corporate governance—the rules and processes of interaction and decision-making—and how it impacts your project. 5 minutes to read.
- Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy shares a comprehensive system for continuing to succeed throughout your project management career: relentless self-development. 10 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from dubious maturity models to dubious staffing ideas to legacy tech. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- Johanna Rothman continues her series on product roles. Here are Part 4 and Part 5, with at least one more to come. 7 minutes to read both.
- Tony Ho Tran tutors us on following a six-stage UX design process. 12 minutes to read.
- Jesper Ottosen says we should expand beyond the default notion that a system under test consists of just the software being developed. 3 minutes to read.
- Jane Hurst lists six of the leading SaaS project management tools for software project management. 5 minutes to read.
- Chris Croft talks us through handling aggressive behavior at work (without responding in kind). 4 minutes to read.
- Leigh Espy shows us an advanced version of an old idea-generating technique: starbursting brainstorming. 4 minutes to read.
- Daniel Miessler explains six performance measurement buzzwords and acronyms that effective managers know how to use correctly. 3 minutes to read.
- Greg Satell tells us when it benefits companies to collaborate in order to compete better. 5 minutes to read.
Research and Insights
- Anne Quito reports on Arnav Kapur’s live public demo of AlterEgo, a wearable device that allows users to access devices without typing or using their voice. 4 minutes to read.
- Samuel Bocetta updates us on Triton, a form of malware that targets industrial equipment. Think nuclear plants and oil pipelines. 5 minutes to read.
- David Balaban reviews the efficacy of some of the widely-used tools to defend against cyber-attacks. 6 minutes to read.
- The folks at Continuum Security present three solid reasons to adopt a threat modeling approach to cybersecurity. “To catch a thief…” 8 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Abby Wolfe explains why your next job search should begin with finding companies, not roles. And then tells us how to proceed. 8 minutes to read.
- Adam Levin says that Email is the main communication tool for 95% of businesses. It’s time to re-think that. 4 minutes to read.
- Jack Vale points out the downside of messaging apps: another vehicle for harassment, bullying, and drama. 3 minutes to read.