New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 2 – 8. And this week’s video: Harry Hall coaches us on refining the project estimates we provide to sponsors and key stakeholders, from managing their expectations to educating them on the nature of cost and schedule estimates. 3 minutes, safe for work.
Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy
- Peter Diamandis describes brick-and-mortar retail in 2030: The Experience Economy! The gentleman to the right is Wes Fath, my grandfather, about 60 years ago. Think about how much the consumer experience has changed in the last six decades before you contemplate the next decade. 7 minutes to read, or listen to the podcast, 13 minutes, safe for work.
- Seth Godin on Tesla’s pickup truck: “Early adopters are thrilled by the new. They seek innovation. Everyone else is wary of failure. They seek trust.” 3 minutes to read.
- Lindsay Curtis illustrates five ethical principles with situations commonly encountered by project managers. 5 minutes to read.
- Elizabeth Harrin has produced an ambition series of training videos, Project Management 2020. The first three videos average 15 – 20 minutes, the fourth is about 8 minutes.
- Deena Chadwick takes a different approach to the 2-by-2 stakeholder matrix by asking, “What can the stakeholders do for the project?” 2 minutes to read.
- Tom Cagely introduces a series on prioritization, using qualitative, quantitative, and subjective methods. The second installment is here. About 5 minutes to read both.
- Mike Clayton gives us some advanced tips on project risk management. Video, 11 minutes, safe for work.
- John Leo Weber gives us an overview of program management, from definition and goals to tools to professional credentials. 5 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Flow thinking to visualizing forecasts to building professional trust. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- John Goodpasture passes along a description of a product owner’s council, for the purpose of managing the backlog. 2 minutes to read.
- Kiron Bondale points to experimentation, conducted early in a project, as a key to reducing overall project risk. 2 minutes to read.
- Johanna Rothman observes that component teams increase coupling between workgroups and increase work in progress and time to completion. 5 minutes to read.
- Nick Dyer considers the pros and cons of three alternatives ways to assign work to a team of specialists. 5 minutes to read.
- Karolina Toth interviews Matt Greenberg, VP of Engineering at Credit Karma on growing new engineering managers. Podcast, 25 minutes, safe for work; transcript, 14 minutes to read.
- Jean-Paul Delimat differentiates between continuous integration and continuous deployment. 8 minutes to read.
- Quint Studer reminds us that leaders must do a lot of things that make us uncomfortable. Discomfort is not a reason to not do the right thing. 4 minutes to read.
- Stephanie Vozza tells us how to address an issue without apologizing, if the fault lies elsewhere. 3 minutes to read.
- Michael Lopp gives us a primer on leading distributed meetings. 5 minutes to read.
- The nice folks at Clarizen tell us how to follow up more effectively with our direct reports. 4 minutes to read.
Cybersecurity and Data Protection
- Joan Goodchild explains why some of our oldest security rules no longer apply, from passwords to virus checkers. “Antivirus’ efficacy is between 50% and 80% on a good day.” 6 minutes to read.
- Rebecca James reviews the current state of biometric technology and asks: should we be worried? 7 minutes to read. Brian Wallace also weighed in: 2 minutes.
- Alisson Peres suggests a few non-technical elements of IT security, including password managers. 4 minutes to read.
- Lewisch tutors us on 16 common types of charts used in data visualization, from bars and columns to bubbles to heat maps. 6 minutes to read.
- Paramita Ghosh identifies artificial and machine learning trends we should see continue to develop in the coming year. 6 minutes to read.
- The Engine gives us a detailed analysis of the key players in the 3D printing market. 25 minutes to read.