New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 12 – 18. And this week’s video: Adriana Girdler coaches us on how to introduce yourself professionally. Tailor it to your needs; I’d skip the part about the puppy because I’m a Boomer—we talk about our grandkids. 5 minutes, safe for work.
Business Acumen and Strategy
- Josh Taylor reports on a breach of biometric data that exposed fingerprints, facial recognition and other personal information of over a million people. And unlike a password, those attributes can’t be changed. 4 minutes to read.
- Adrien Book lists ten assessment questions to consider when setting up a corporate AI project. 7 minutes to read.
- Roger Swannell explains the difference between pipeline thinking and platform thinking for organizations that want to present information to their customers. Just a minute to read.
- John Goodpasture vamps on a key idea from Peter Bernstein’s Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk. Luck only exists at the sub-atomic level. 2 minutes to read.
- Mike Clayton explains the 12 project management jargon terms that have had the most viewings among his 80+ Project Management in Under 5 Minutes Video, 16 minutes, safe for work.
- Kiron Bondale looks at the people-management responsibilities of project managers in project-oriented management structures. 2 minutes to read.
- Dan Smiljanic looks at the key components of a project management plan. And no, that Gantt chart is not a plan. 6 minutes to read.
- Ronald Smith clears up some common misconceptions about the critical path. 2 minutes to read.
- Ben Aston and Kelly Suter discuss the maximum number of projects a PM should manage at once. Video, 6 minutes, safe for work.
Managing Software Development
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from organization-wide agility to abolishing innovation silos to the benefits of trunk-based development. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- Johanna Rothman began a series on where she thinks Agile is headed, from do you need it to where does management fit to what is the correct recipe? Each about 5 minutes to read, with more to come.
- John Lafleur lists seven rules to track software engineering metrics correctly, and then suggests ten metrics worth tracking. 6 and 10 minutes to read, respectively.
- Mike Cohn tells us how to manage Sprint interruptions by setting up a budget for them and then tracking them. 5 minutes to read.
- Stephanie Ockerman considers the question: Can a development team member also fill the Scrum Master role? 4 minutes to read.
- Kristin Jackovny begins a series on how HTTP requests work; mostly an explanation of the terminology and a high-level description of the process. 3 minutes to read.
- Shelley Row suggests a good way to understand the people on your team: ask them to present a briefing on their project, and pay attention to their approach. 3 minutes to read.
- Tom Cagely says, “A judicious no is more important than saying yes,” then explains how a forced yes becomes a problem. Each 2 minutes to read.
- Thomas Oppong summarizes key points from Robin Dreeke’s book, It’s Not All About “Me”: The Top Ten Techniques for Building Quick Rapport with Anyone. 4 minutes to read.
- Dan Rockwell shares some brief insights on accommodating the things that make the people on your team less than perfect. You know: like you. 2 minutes to read.
Research and Insights
- Neil Rubenking and Max Eddy report from Black Hat 2019, where hacks, attacks, and vulnerabilities were discussed in casinos. 7 minutes to read.
- Bernard Marr considers the ethical implications of using AI to create realistic images of people who don’t exist. Mix with Deep Fakes, stir well, and torpedo a political career? 4 minutes to read.
- Karen Roby and Macy Bayern discuss the 54% increase in reported data breaches in the first six months of 2019. Health care data is especially at risk. Video, 4 minutes, safe for work.
Working and the Workplace
- Daniela McVicker shares some tips for addressing performance issues with a proven basis in psychology. 5 minutes to read.
- Joel Schwartzberg tells how to respond to, “So tell me about yourself,” in a job interview. First of all, the question isn’t about you. 5 minutes to read.
- Michael Wood takes a rigorous approach to career planning. How rigorous? Well, he has a spreadsheet. 6 minutes to read.