New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 29 – August 4. And this week’s video: Nicole Eagan, Darktrace Ltd. chief executive officer, discusses the Capital One data breach and the reality behind cyber hacks with Bloomberg’s Emily Chang. Excellent insights, real-world context. 4 minutes, safe for work.
Business Acumen and Strategy
- Rosamond Hutt recaps the International Monetary Fund’s July update on the world economic outlook. They list five areas of concern. 3 minutes to read.
- Alex Brammer reviews the impact of GDPR compliance on how business is done. Lawmakers have realized that the internet can be regulated. 6 minutes to read.
- Kevin Coleman looks at the strategic implications of emerging technologies, including the projects that implement organizational strategy. 4 minutes to read.
- Harry Hall helps us prepare for those critical risks that metastasize into issues on those ambitious projects that always seemed like a stretch. 4 minutes to read.
- Dale Howard coaches us on using the Task Entry view in MS Project—where the advanced users go first when things don’t look quite right. 4 minutes to read.
- Francesco Marcatto takes us on a high-level walk through the process of creating a project plan. 5 minutes to read.
- Ben Aston and Kelly Suter discuss tools and techniques for managing stakeholders, in the context of Kelly’s new job. Podcast, 36 minutes, safe for work.
- John Goodpasture directs our attention to an old professional journal article on the unintended consequences of metrics, grouped into eight types. 2 minutes to read.
- Elizabeth Harrin answers the question: what do I do when my sponsor is too busy to meet with me or even respond to my Emails? 5 minutes to read.
- The nice folks at Clarizen list what they believe to be the six most common mistakes in project management, and how to avoid them. 3 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from the need for apex predators in agile transformations to Zombie Scrum to communicating product changes to customers. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- Mike Cohn tells us how to overcome four common objections to the daily Scum. 6 minutes to read.
- Tom Cagely begins a series on daily standup meetings, from failure modes to why daily meetings might not always be the right answer. 2 minutes each.
- Andrew Burleson tells how his team gamified their bug-tracking process and got their backlog to zero. 5 minutes to read.
- Johanna Rothman rethinks her support for generalizing specialists, as teams become more effective at collaboration. 3 minutes to read.
- Tamás Török interviews Katie Womersley, VP of Engineering at Buffer, on managing remote developer teams. 11 minutes to read.
- Mike Clayton explains emotional intelligence, from its academic origins to the details of Daniel Goleman’s model of the associated skills. Video, 6 minutes, safe for work.
- Ash Carter, former US Secretary of Defense, shares five lessons on managing high-stakes situations. 6 minutes to read.
- Andy Kaufman explores the first rule of conflict: don’t make things worse. Video, 2 minutes, safe for work.
Research and Insights
- Cassie Kozyrkov introduces us to a new academic discipline with powerful business implications—decision intelligence. 13 minutes to read.
- Igor Piatnytskyi digs into data security from a business perspective. As in most things, we need to prioritize in order to maximize value. 7 minutes to read.
- Aaron Gershwin provides a nerd-level explanation of the Stuxnet virus, possibly the most sophisticated cyber weapon ever discussed in public. 7 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- David Dye tells us how to talk with the boss when we totally disagree on something. 5 minutes to read.
- Leigh Espy coaches us on applying the Osborne-Parnes creative problem-solving process. 7 minutes to read.
- Suzanne Lucas got stuck in the middle of a zip line. She then realized that it was a metaphor for her career. 3 minutes to read.