New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 25 – December 1. And this week’s video: Oklahoma’s King of the Chuck Wagons, Cowboy Kent Rollins, gives us a detailed tutorial on how to make my favorite drink: cowboy coffee! 15 minutes and worth every second, even if you never sit a horse in your life.
Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy
- Greg Satell recounts the truth behind the myths of Netflix’s winding road to success, as described by co-founder Marc Randolph. 5 minutes to read.
- Benedict Evans says that Amazon’s “revolutionary” retail strategy is simply using 21st century technology to implement 19th century ideas. 5 minutes to read.
- Oguz Acar and colleagues share the results of their research into the positive effects of time and budget constraints on innovation. 5 minutes to read.
- Mike Clayton took his usual rigorous approach to round up the best YouTube project management channels. Well done, Mike! 12 minutes to read.
- Brad Egeland launches a new weekly Email newsletter: This Week in Project Management. Just a minute or so to view the sample and subscribe.
- Cesar Abeid interviews Cornelius Fichtner on the changes to the PMP exam coming in July 2020. This is a huge change! 43 minutes, safe for work.
- The nice folks at Clarizen explain the difference between a milestone and a deliverable. 3 minutes to read.
- Glen Alleman describes The Practitioner’s Handbook of Project Performance: Agile, Waterfall and Beyond, edited by Mark Phillips. Glen and colleagues contributed two chapters. 3 minutes to read.
- Henny Portman reviews Portfolio Management – A practical guide from the APM Portfolio Management SIG, written by Steve Leary and five others. 2 minutes to read.
- Jen Morrisey recommends the second edition of Susanne Madsen’s book, The Power of Project Leadership. 2 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Taylorism to dynamic re-teaming to value propositions in niche markets. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- Gábor Zöld curates his monthly readings for engineering management, from psychological safety to increasing velocity to remote team meetings. 10 outbound links, 2 minutes to read.
- Aparna Gopalakrishnan digs into accessibility testing—what is it, why is it necessary, and how we should proceed. 4 minutes to read. And Topal analyzes the growing risk of ADA website accessibility lawsuits. 4 minutes to read.
- Ron Jeffries asserts that there is a good reason for test-driven development: productivity. 2 minutes to read.
- James Thomas solicited one-line definitions of quality, bug, and testing from attendees at the Cambridge Exploratory Workshop on Testing. 2 minutes to read.
- Yaroslav tutors us on user interviews—from why and when to conduct them to how and what to do with the collected insights. 6 minutes to read.
- Anna Balyuk curates her quarterly list of leadership articles. 7 outbound links, 7 minutes to read.
- Christina Lovelock wants us to stop using the term soft skills to describe what are really the core skills of leadership. 2 minutes to read.
- Cassandra Leung proposes an alternative to the venerable RACI chart: responsibilities circles. 6 minutes to read.
Cybersecurity and Data Protection
- Amber Lee Dennis explores the dimension of data quality, from rules based internal data to active external data to reference data. 7 minutes to read.
- Amrita Khalid reports that consumers are already accepting facial recognition as a positive feature in some products, despite the risks. 3 minutes to read.
- Ericka Chickowski shares 20(!) cybersecurity tips for your remote workers, gleaned from a panel of experts. 7 minutes to read.
- Researchers at the Chicago School of Business found that we actually learn more from our successes than our failures. Take that, conventional wisdom! 3 minutes to read.
- Katica Roy notes the growing effect that alternative work arrangements, such as the gig economy, are having on the economy. 6 minutes to read.
- Sharlyn Lauby reflects on the need for both STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and math) and MESH education (media literacy, ethics, sociology, and history). 3 minutes to read.