New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 18 – 24. And this week’s video: a short video explaining the notion of thinking fast and slow, as described by Daniel Kahneman in his book of the same name. Highly recommended, if you haven’t read it. 5 minutes, safe for work.
Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy
- Greg Satell warns against relying on surveys and statistics to develop business strategy. “Assume that [your strategy] is wrong in at least some aspects.” 5 minutes to read.
- Alexandra Ossola notes the various biases and intellectual limitations that make humans so bad at predicting the future and then briefly suggests ways around them. 5 minutes to read.
- Eddie Yoon and colleagues explain the difference between a First Mover and a Category Creator. It’s all about flywheels. 5 minutes to read.
- Elizabeth Harrin arms us with a meeting agenda template, ten tips, and two infographics to help prepare for that next project meeting. 6 minutes to read.
- Mike Clayton talks us into pursuing certification of our project management skills and experience and gives us some tips on how to proceed. Video, 10 minutes, safe for work.
- Hannah Cohen gives us an advanced tutorial on creating a project timeline. 8 minutes to read.
- Geert-Hinke Addink describes the pre-mortem and the role it can play in identifying many of the risks in a proposal or new initiative. 2 minutes to read.
- Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy compares the project manager career path with the Scrum master career path. 10 minutes to read, plus two short videos, 9 and 7 minutes, safe for work.
- Jaclyn Westlake shows how to write a great project manager resume, including an example. 8 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from tough conversations and conflict to “stances” of the product owner role to the benefits of transparency. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- Johannes Geske explains whether you should attend the Professional Scrum Foundations course or the Professional Scrum Master course.
- Angie Jones analyzed which programming languages are most commonly used for UI test automation. 3 minutes to read.
- John Yorke shares his slide deck from the Agile Product Ownership meetup for a discussion of the discovery phase of a product. 13 slides, including intro and outro.
- Vadim lists ten things to keep in mind when developing and maintaining a product road map. 6 minutes to read.
- Salomé Mortazavi describes outcome-based product roadmaps, driven by a vision and a strategy for achieving it. 5 minutes to read.
- Quint Studer suggests a number of specific actions to take that will make it OK for your team to speak the truth to power and take risks of honesty. 7 minutes to read.
- Art Petty extols the combination of emotional intelligence and situational awareness and offers some thoughts on strengthening your SA skills. 4 minutes to read.
- Johanna Rothman notes that a major component of culture is what behaviors we choose to reward and punish. 3 minutes to read.
Cybersecurity and Data Protection
- Richard LeCount gives us the whys and wherefores of an internal cyber security audit. 9minutes to read.
- Adrien Ogée and Parker Crockford update us on the growing trend of using authentication alternatives to passwords. 4 minutes to read.
- Alex Humphrey encourages embedding better security practices throughout the DevOps cycle. 4 minutes to read.
- Brian Wallace shows the history of spam and phishing via timeline. This goes back further than you think. 7 minutes to read.
- Leigh Espy describes several activities that will boost your creative thinking skills. 11 minutes to read.
- Deepak Vohra reminds us that raw data must be rationalized before it can be analyzed. 3 minutes to read.
- Rob Marvin points out some of the tech innovations of the closing decade that were so successful, we can’t remember life before them. 13 minutes to read.