New PM Articles for the Week of December 24 – 30

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 24 – 30. And this week’s video: General Stanley McChrystal makes the case for sharing knowledge. “Information is only of value if you give it to people who can do something with it.” 7 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • An article from the World Economic Forum summarizes research into the effects of long-term and short-term corporate investment—long-term isn’t always optimum. 6 minutes to read and well worth it.
  • Wayne Rash notes four trends for IT managers to watch in 2019. 6 minutes to read.
  • Emily Warna suggests that, before we try to pass legislation regulating technology, we address the underlying question: who owns our data? 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Harry Hall shows us the “formula” for writing clear, specific, measurable goals. 2 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture maps the complementary concepts of validation and verification to Agile practices. 2 minutes to read.
  • Erin Wildermuth says that we should break our projects and goals into smaller chunks in order to get the reinforcement of dopamine hits. Yes, that’s a thing. 4 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale reminds us that past perceptions set expectations. 2 minutes to read.
  • Marina Danilova does a quick check on the post-GDPR world, from compliance to yet more legislation from other governments. 3 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton posts a few aphorisms about project management and “what could possibly go wrong.” 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Rich Mironov shares the results of his survey of product leaders, asking them for their concerns. 5 minutes to read.
  • Craig Smith and Tony Ponton interview Agile Manifesto signatory “Uncle Bob” Martin on software craftsmanship, among other topics. Podcast, 45 minutes safe for work.
  • Samanta Cicilia tutors us on specification by example, from history through practice and resources. 9 minutes to read.
  • Akanksha Pandey explains how visual search is transforming the retail industry. There must be other applications for this technology—get a team together and brainstorm! 4 minutes to read.
  • Bertrand Duperrin examines the chatbot user experience and wonders if maybe they weren’t such a good idea. 3 minutes to read.
  • Seth Godin suggests that we include a “stupid” filter in our applications, so they default to what we want, rather than what we ask for. With great examples; just a minute to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Marcia Reynolds wants us to focus less on trying to ask good questions; we should work on ensuring our intent is clear. 4 minutes to read.
  • Karin Hurt and David Dye curate a list of the most popular leadership articles on the Let’s Grow Leaders blog in 2018. 8 minutes to read.
  • Cesar Abeid talks with Farnoosh Brock on developing a serving mindset, as opposed to a sales mindset. Podcast, 52 minutes, safe for work.
  • Stephanie Ockerman tutors us on servant leadership in terms of Vision, Values, Value, and Validation. 6 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Dave Gershgorn reports that US intelligence agencies are devising tests to identify image-recognition AI applications that have been compromised with “Trojan” images. 2 minutes to read.
  • Max Read complains that it’s getting harder to tell which parts of the internet are legitimate. “If a Russian troll using a Brazilian man’s photograph to masquerade as an American Trump supporter watches a video on Facebook, is that view ‘real’?” 8 minutes to read.
  • Cameron Coward shows us a robot “hand” that plays the piano without relying on complex actuators, motors, or solenoids. 2 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Suzanne Lucas reports on a possible ethical lapse: Google interviewed a candidate and then filed a patent for her work. 2 minutes to read.
  • Louis Chew uses Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as an example to show how to find fulfillment and meaning in our work. 4 minutes to read.
  • Henny Portman recommends Spencer Johnson’s sequel to Who Moved My Cheese, appropriately titled Out of the Maze. 2 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of December 17 – 23

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 17 – 23. And this week’s video: Robert Earl Keen (who looks more like Santa Claus every year) sings his classic “Merry Christmas From the Family.” Feliz Navidad, y’all!

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Dave Gershgorn recaps the key events of 2018 related to the growing realization that AI implementations were generating significant problems. 3 minutes to read. John Detrixhe does a similar review for stolen personal data. 6 minutes to read.
  • Mark Sullivan reports on what Apple got right in 2018 and what it got wrong. And maybe what they learned. 9 minutes to read.
  • Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst for the ACLU, asks some hard questions about the use of facial recognition software at public events. What do we do differently in the event of a match? 4 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Scott Edinger examines Customer Relationship Management (CRM) projects—how they fail and how to make them successful. 6 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture identifies three alternative means for assessing risks that do not contemplate the probability of the event occurring. 2 minutes to read.
  • Erik van Hurck explains how to use the delivered reports available with the different versions of Microsoft Project, all the way back to 2010. 5 minutes to read.
  • The nice folks at Clarizen give us a short tutorial on measuring and interpreting schedule variance. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Dennis Zdonov insists that engineers are predisposed by their training and their nature to make a very costly mistake. 4 minutes to read.
  • Franck Jabbari recommends seven well-established practices for improving the performance and resilience of production systems. 7 minutes to read.
  • Illia Pavlichenko explains Mob Programming—carrying Pair Programming to the next level. 5 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Cesar Abeid interviews Colin Ellis on how to achieve excellence in delivering projects through applying emotional intelligence. Podcast 40 minutes, safe for work.
  • Mike Clayton tells us how to prepare for stakeholder resistance and objections. 5 minutes to read.
  • Sam at the Rethinking Service blog tells us how to speak with our customer-facing colleagues and why we should make a point of doing so. 5 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Jade Emmons notes that people analytics—analysis of the data in human resources systems and other repositories—is about to become a significant business capability. 4 minutes to read.
  • Kamila Sip, Jay Dixit, and David Rock explain the biological limits to our ability to think about the future. But we can and should still make plans! 5 minutes to read.
  • Renee McGowan explains three alternative visions for the future of work, as automation becomes a greater influence on what we do and how we do it. 5 minutes to read.
  • The Economist posted a lengthy article on the history of personal identity, from how governments got the monopoly on documenting our identity and status to how they might soon lose it. Long read but fascinating.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of December 10 – 16

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 10 – 16. And this week’s video: Julia Dhar shares three techniques, honed in her experience as a world debate champion, that will help us disagree productively and find common ground. 15 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Michael Grothaus reviews some of the biggest personal data breaches of 2018. 7 minutes to read. Also: The US House of Representatives report says that last year’s Equifax compromise was an entirely preventable consequence of rapid growth. 3 minutes to read.
  • Scott Matteson interviews Alexander Garcia-Tobar on the massive growth of business Email compromise (BEC) phishing attacks over the last year. 4 minutes to read.
  • Dina Bass reports that almost everyone involved in developing facial recognition technology sees problems. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Elizabeth Harrin curates her list of project management conferences coming up in 2019. 7 minutes to read.
  • Patrice Embry shares five project management lessons she learned in 2018. 7 minutes to read.
  • Chris Matts notes that cost of delay is only a valid element of some investment cost models. 2 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton shares the most comprehensive document on project documentation (oh, stop rolling your eyes) that you will ever read. File away for future reference. 12 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture comments on a new graphic by Jurgen Apello, relating behavior and outcome, success, failure, and learning. 2 minutes to read, but take two more to study,
  • Diana Hundley coaches us on how to apologize to your client when your team makes a significant error. 6 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from “Taylorism Agility” to peaceful coexistence of agility and governance to debunking agile planning myths. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Arthur Hicken explains the “shift-left” approach to software testing—moving software testing activities earlier in the development timeline. 6 minutes to read.
  • Nacho Bassino gives us some insight into estimating the value of the technical debt work we are contemplating. 5 minutes to read.
  • Michael Solomon tutors us on testing software security, from planning to deployment and maintenance. 5 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely is an advocate for story maps, except for some situations. Here is when they don’t make sense. 2 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackovny lists six steps to create an effective test report. 6 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership content, from setting short-term objectives to building engagement to why every team needs therapy. 5 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Gregg Johnson notes that the best leaders make fewer decisions, not more. 4 minutes to read.
  • Louis Chew explains the basics of principled negotiation: finding common ground without compromising. 8 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy tells us when and how to lead a productive brainstorming session. 9 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Eric Mack curated predictions from 27 experts on how artificial intelligence will impact us in the next few years. Some of these read like pitches for horror films, but most are hopeful. 9 minutes to read.
  • Dave Evans, Chief Futurist at Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group, lists ten technologies that will change the world over the next ten years. 8 minutes to read.
  • Karen Hao reports on the implementation of a new approach to neural networks that better handles non-continuous data inputs. Nerdy but interesting. 6 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Paolo Gallo and Peter Vanham suggest three ways to foster intergenerational harmony in the workplace. Given that there are now 5 generations in the workforce, this subject should resonate. 7 minutes to read.
  • Lysette Sutherland reviews the pros and cons of the various commonly used means that teams use for internal communication. Podcast, 13 minutes.
  • Enrique Dans confirms our worst fear: our password has been stolen. What matters is what we do next. 4 minutes to read.

Enjoy!