New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 10 – 16. And this week’s video: Mary Meeker—the Queen of the Internet—shares her annual internet trends report at Vox’s 2019 Code Conference. This is the sort of material that strategic planners obsess over. 31 minutes, safe for work.
Business Acumen and Strategy
- TechCrunch shares Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends 2019 report, which she briefed in this week’s video. It’s 334 slides—you’re going to need more coffee.
- Tim Bradshaw considers eye tracking to be the next gold rush for technology companies that integrate it into VR and AR headsets. But the privacy implications are enormous. 3 minutes to read.
- Cory Doctorow says that regulating Big Tech isn’t effective; legislation entrenches those with the resources to comply. Better to encourage competition. 6 minutes to read.
- Mike Clayton assesses the newly released Association for Project Management Body of Knowledge, 7th Edition and compares it to the PMI PMBOK. 15 minutes to read.
- Cornelius Fichtner gives us an overview of the CCR Handbook, the PMI guidelines for renewing your professional certifications. Podcast, 13 minutes, safe for work.
- Leigh Espy tells us why we need a project steering committee, how to create one, and how to prepare for and lead successful committee meetings. 6 minutes to read.
- John Goodpasture notes the relationship between risk management and schedule management, otherwise known as slack. Just a minute to read.
- Praveen Malik gives his opinion on why so many project managers in the corporate world don’t differentiate between risks and issues. 6 minutes to read.
- Greg Satell explains why most corporate innovation programs fail and why some succeed. 5 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from agile coach types to an alternative to stable teams to the confluence of agile, lean, and Design Thinking. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- Mike Griffiths recommends three product development books that he sees as complementary, rather than alternatives. 6 minutes to read.
- Mike Cohn diagnoses low attendance at sprint reviews with four excellent questions framed to point to corrective actions. 4 minutes to read.
- Tom Cagely begins a series on quality with thoughts on fit for purpose and then considers how cost and timing influence quality. Each about 3 minutes to read.
- Johanna Rothman quotes Janelle Klein, “Technical debt is not a loan,” and then expands on the costs and potentially diminishing value associated with that debt. 3 minutes to read.
- Christiaan Verwijs recaps the results of a group conversation between 30 Scrum Masters. The topic: what is making you successful? 4 minutes to read.
Nancy Settle-Murphy shares some key points about the types of meetings we should conduct from Kim Scott’s book, Radical Candor. 7 minutes to read.
- Art Petty details three discussions that every boss should work into the dialogs they have with their teams. 4 minutes to read.
- Elizabeth Harrin collates material from Carole Osterweil that briefly explains how we can use the SCARF model to manage change on our projects. 5 minutes to read.
- Francesco Marcatto illustrates adhocracy in project management with reference to a classic Las Vegas caper film, Ocean’s Eleven. 7 minutes to read.
Research and Insights
- Nicola Sedgwick shares her rituals for successful public speaking while introverted and self-conscious. Apparently, impostor syndrome helps. 4 minutes to read.
- Amanda Shendruk tells us where the US’s artificial intelligence research funding is going. 2 minutes to read.
- Karen Hao reports that Deepfakes, videos manipulated to change the appearance or behavior of the subject for some nefarious purpose, might soon be the target of legislation. 5 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Pawel Brodzinski thinks out loud about the ways a new employee figures out her new organization’s culture. 6 minutes to read.
- Jelena Slatinac coaches us on conducting a trivia quiz as a team building activity. Pub optional, of course. 5 minutes to read.
- Michael Musker gives us four questions to help us self-diagnose work burnout. 4 minutes to read.