New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 9 – 15. And this week’s video: once again, we celebrate a traditional Texas family Christmas with the San Marcos Santa Claus, Robert Earl Keen. “I can’t remember how I’m kin to them …” Feliz Navidad, y’all! 4 minutes, safe for work.
Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy
- Greg Satell observes that moving fast is being superseded by moving in parallel. The new keywords are caution, exploration, and collaboration. 5 minutes to read.
- Dambisa Moyo looks at de-globalization, the Splinternet, and the war for talent, and asks whether businesses are positioned to compete in the coming decade.
- Brook Appelbaum notes the churn in the companies making up the Fortune 500 and proposes explanations for the rapid rise and fall of large enterprises. 5 minutes to read.
- Elizabeth Harrin listed links to 21 project management conferences and events coming up in 2020. Locations are in nearly every continent. Hopefully, someone will send her a link to a conference in South America. 8 minutes to read.
- Mike Clayton explains how to run an effective stage gate review. Different organizations have different processes, but Mike covers the common elements. Video, 10 minutes, safe for work.
- Tim Runcie previews the latest version of Microsoft Project, built from the ground up to work completely in the Cloud. 8 minutes to read.
- Francesco Marcatto tells us when to use each of several types of timeline charts. 5 minutes to read.
- Brad Egeland explains project integration management: combining the elements of a project plan into a unified whole. 3 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from technical debt to measuring product / market fit to sociocracy. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- Asim Suvedi explains his top three priorities as a software development manager. 3 minutes to read.
- Tom Cagely continues his series on product requirements prioritization with a qualitative approach, the Kano model, and a quantitative approach, rank ordering by ROI. 4 minutes to read both.
- Balazs Tornai explains why a backlog beats specifications. 5 minutes to read.
- Kristin Jackvony lists a few potentially meaningful metrics for measuring software quality. 4 minutes to read.
- Cory Foy shows how to use Wardley mapping to identify unique product attributes in support of April Dunford’s product positioning framework. Video, 5 minutes, safe for work.
- Samantha Connelly talks about using mind maps and heuristics for planning mobile app testing. 2 minutes to read.
- Jan Hagen and colleagues tell us about the training that aircraft crews receive in learning to deal with high-pressure situations. 8 minutes to read.
- Karin Hurt and David Dye coach us on leading when our team is exhausted. 3 minutes to read.
- Darren Manabney coaches us on being a persuasive speaker. “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” No, Oscar Wilde didn’t say it. 3 minutes to read.
Cybersecurity and Data Protection
- Joan Goodchild tutors us on man-in-the-middle attacks: what they are how they work, and how to defend against them. 5 minutes to read.
- Venkat Ramasamy outlines how a phishing attack can exploit an enterprise file synch and sharing system. In 1Q2019, Microsoft OneDrive had a 60% jump in malicious files. 4 minutes to read.
- Gant Laborde notes five security challenges inherent to DevOps and the highly dependent nature of modern codebases. 5 minutes to read.
- If you liked Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking Fast and Slow, Pablo Alvarez recommends five more books on related topics. 3 minutes to read.
- Michelle Knight describes several data management trends we should expect to track in 2020. 6 minutes to read.
- Michelle Cheng recaps the fastest-growing jobs in the US, according to a study by LinkedIn. 4 minutes to read.