New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 29 – May 5. And this week’s video: Harry Hall tells how to plan project risk responses. 4 minutes, safe for work. This is the first of a series of four short videos on the general topic of managing project risk; the others are How to respond to project threats, How to respond to project opportunities, and How to respond to overall project risks.
Business Acumen and Strategy
- Glenn Fleishman reports on the current state of artificial portrait generation: one more technique for internet fraud. 9 minutes to read.
- Noah Smith says that while blockchain technology might surprise us and change the world someday, your skepticism is completely justified. 4 minutes to read.
- Greg Satell reminds us that the future is not something that will happen, it is something that we will make. 4 minutes to read.
- Glen Alleman conducts a root cause analysis using the publicly available information on the Hertz Rental Car lawsuit against Accenture following their failed website redesign. 9 minutes to read.
- Mike Clayton explains the use of a variation order in a contractual relationship. Video, 3 minutes, safe for work.
- Eric Smith shares his techniques for making daily stand-up meetings as effective as possible. 4 minutes to read.
- Leigh Espy gives us an introduction to Edwards Deming, the father of modern quality improvement, and his 14 points (no relation to Woodrow Wilson). 9 minutes to read.
- Michael Wood revisits the history of Total Quality Management and notes some of the lessons we’ve learned since then. 8 minutes to read.
- The nice folks at Team Clarizen tell us how to identify project constraints before they become major issues. 3 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of agile content, from “budgeting” an agile project to technical debt to managing the emergence of architecture. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- Rich Mironov explains the microeconomics of industrial hardware and enterprise software—two very different categories of products where synergy is achievable but challenging. 10 minutes to read.
- Johanna Rothman closes out her series on agile product roles. 4 minutes to read.
- Cesar Abeid interviews Dr. Mik Kersten, author of Project to Product. Podcast, 39 minutes, safe for work.
- Dan Ashby posted a series on a different approach to testing, based on the types of product risks. Here is part two and part three. 15 minutes to read all three.
- Jean-Pierre Lambert reports on his experiment with a one-day Sprint. This seems like an interesting approach for getting the team from storming to performing. 7 minutes to read.
- Keith Foote gives us an overview of in-memory database architectures, for transaction processing in real-time systems. 6 minutes to read.
- Sharlyn Lauby reminds us to set a good example for those we manage: unplug. 2 minutes to read.
- Madhumita Murgia and Siddarth Shrikanth report on the struggles Big Tech is having with their approach to managing the ethical implications of AI. 5 minutes to read.
- Emmanuel Goossaert reflects on reputations: how they are formed, how to verify them, and how to help bring them closer to reality. 8 minutes to read.
Research and Insights
- Eleonore Pauwels reports on an AI-driven malware created by researchers that hacks CT scans; call it data poisoning. 5 minutes to read.
- Jennifer Zaino describes the emerging concept of DataOps—automating data delivery with the appropriate levels of security, quality, and metadata. 5 minutes to read.
- Edd Gent summarizes new research by BloombergNEF that projects electric car prices will fall below internal combustion engine car prices by 2020. This isn’t just a business opportunity for electric car manufacturers. 3 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Jade Emmons rounds up a variety of projections about the future of networking. Will mixed-reality and AI replace wine and cheese parties? 4 minutes to read?
- Sabina Nawaz tells us what to do after an uncomfortable conversation with a co-worker. Choose to live with the person, not the guilt. 4 minutes to read.
- Art Petty coaches us on moving from the idea that we need to do something different with our careers to taking action. 4 minutes to read.