New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 20 – 26. And this week’s video: just in case you’re still suffering from withdrawal, here is a hilarious collection of short clips illustrating one of the most persistent memes in The Game of Thrones—6 minutes of Jon Snow, knowing nothing. Not quite safe for work.
Business Acumen and Strategy
- The Bloomberg Editorial Board opines against the recent San Francisco ban on the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement. 3 minutes to read.
- Eshe Nelson summarizes the global economy’s “fragile” outlook, per the Organization for European Cooperation and Development. The US-China trade war is a risk. 2 minutes to read.
- Greg Satell reminds us to think critically about the conventional wisdom. Not every story we hear is the whole story, and sometimes it’s not even remotely correct. 5 minutes to read.
- Mike Clayton gives us a comprehensive guide to project resource management. 10 minutes to read.
- Lindsay Curtis tells us how to get the most out of a project kickoff meeting. 4 minutes to read.
- John Goodpasture shares a Requirements Feasibility and Risk Assessment Guide, an analytical structure for identifying technical challenges before creating your quality management plan. 2 minutes to read.
- Francesco Marcatto helps us understand how our teams lose focus and what we can do about it. 7 minutes to read.
- Dianne Inniss suggests a somewhat different model for user readiness: Ready, Able, and Willing. 4 minutes to read.
- Pat Weaver explains how the content of the PMP exam will change at the end of 2019, based on the updated Role Delineation Study to be released this summer. 3 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from story points and velocity to getting rid of hierarchical structures to mental models and biases. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- Dave Prior interviews Troy Lightfoot on probabilistic forecasting, as opposed to velocity or story points. Podcast, 58 minutes, safe for work.
- Ron Jeffries admits that he probably invented story points, and ruefully explores his current thinking on how they should be used, if at all. 8 minutes to read.
- Maxson Tee tells us how to get client feedback and incorporate it into your development process. 5 minutes to read.
- Nacho Bassino examines the impact of product maintenance on continued product development. 10 minutes to read.
- PV Kannan and Josh Bernoff help us analyze business case for a chatbot or voice interface. 7 minutes to read.
- Kimberly Crawford suggests that testers should anticipate the users we don’t want—evil-doers she lumps into the category villainous personas. 5 minutes to read.
- Paul Axtell provides a comprehensive set of actions to take when you’ve reached an impasse in your meeting. 7 minutes to read.
- Kiron Bondale tells us how to temper the eternal optimism of a delivery team. 2 minutes to read.
- Elizabeth Larson points to Tyrion Lannister, one of the key characters in Game of Thrones, as a prime example of a trusted adviser. 5 minutes to read.
Research and Insights
- Shelly Fan relays news that a “biologically-inspired deep neural network” spontaneously learned how to assess relative quantities—more and less—after it was trained to recognize objects. 5 minutes to read.
- Nick Kael reports that Phishing attacks are getting creative and lists a few steps we can take to keep these weasels from succeeding. 5 minutes to read.
- Curtis Preston recaps the first year of enforcement of the GDPR by the European Commission. 5 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Elizabeth Harrin gives us a detailed process for preparing to hand off your project while you take off on vacation. 7 minutes to read.
- Mike Vardy introduces the notion of an achievement structure—a behavioral framework for using your to-do list and other organizing tools. 5 minutes to read.
- Alice Merlino notes three common reasons we fail at communication and offers some comprehensive thoughts on how to improve. 9 minutes to read.