New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 22 – 28. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton explains the difference between UK and US definitions of a work package and, by extension, a work breakdown structure. 4 minutes, safe for work.
Business Acumen and Strategy
Mike Murphy reports that Alphabet subsidiary Wing has received FAA approval to begin rolling out drone deliveries to customers. Meanwhile, Amazon just announced that Prime customers will get free one-day delivery. 4 minutes to read both
John Naughton asks, “We test and control drugs, so why do we freely allow the spread of potentially harmful products by unregulated entrepreneurs?” 4 minutes to read.
Peggy Choi predicts the next gig economy opportunity: knowledge on demand. And the EU has passed legislation setting minimum rights for workers in the gig economy. 6 minutes to read both.
Harry Hall coaches us on using a rigorous method for selecting project risk responses. Highly recommended! 5 minutes to read.
Pat Weaver shares a new paper, Knowledge Management is more than Information Management. 8 pages, 12 minutes or so to read.
Dale Howard shows how to analyze a cost variance in MS Project. 6 minutes to read.
Kiron Bondale tells us how to manage a project that isn’t a high priority for the organization but still needs to succeed. 2 minutes to read.
Jason Westland explains corporate governance—the rules and processes of interaction and decision-making—and how it impacts your project. 5 minutes to read.
Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy shares a comprehensive system for continuing to succeed throughout your project management career: relentless self-development. 10 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from dubious maturity models to dubious staffing ideas to legacy tech. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
Johanna Rothman continues her series on product roles. Here are Part 4 and Part 5, with at least one more to come. 7 minutes to read both.
Tony Ho Tran tutors us on following a six-stage UX design process. 12 minutes to read.
Jesper Ottosen says we should expand beyond the default notion that a system under test consists of just the software being developed. 3 minutes to read.
Jane Hurst lists six of the leading SaaS project management tools for software project management. 5 minutes to read.
Chris Croft talks us through handling aggressive behavior at work (without responding in kind). 4 minutes to read.
Leigh Espy shows us an advanced version of an old idea-generating technique: starbursting brainstorming. 4 minutes to read.
Daniel Miessler explains six performance measurement buzzwords and acronyms that effective managers know how to use correctly. 3 minutes to read.
Greg Satell tells us when it benefits companies to collaborate in order to compete better. 5 minutes to read.
Research and Insights
Anne Quito reports on Arnav Kapur’s live public demo of AlterEgo, a wearable device that allows users to access devices without typing or using their voice. 4 minutes to read.
Samuel Bocetta updates us on Triton, a form of malware that targets industrial equipment. Think nuclear plants and oil pipelines. 5 minutes to read.
David Balaban reviews the efficacy of some of the widely-used tools to defend against cyber-attacks. 6 minutes to read.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 15 – 21. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton explains the PMI, APM, and Prince2 definitions of an issue, and what project managers should do to manage them. 5 minutes, safe for work.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 8 – 14. And this week’s video: Kristen Pressner, Global Head of HR at a multinational firm, talks about discovering her own bias against women in leadership positions. Our brain shortcuts are so subtle that we might not even realize that they are operating. 9 minutes, safe for work.
Business Acumen and Strategy
Jen Kirby explains the details behind the new Brexit October 31 deadline. Still, many companies are leaving the UK and even a Remain vote won’t bring them back.
Jade Emmons give us the executive summary for PwC’s 22nd CEO survey. They are worried about some very interesting things. 4 minutes to read.
Eshe Nelson recaps the latest World Economic Outlook from the IMF—we’re entering a global slow-down, with national and regional variations. 3 minutes to read.
Mike Clayton explains a new concept introduced by PMI: Project Management Technology Quotient (PMTQ), “a [project manager’s] ability to adapt, manage and integrate technology based on the needs of the organization or project at hand.” 16 minutes to read.
Elise Stevens interviews Ruth Pierce, who tells us how to spot the character strengths of our project team members. Podcast, 29 minutes, safe for work.
Safford Black gets us started on writing formulas for custom fields in MS Project. 3 minutes to read.
John Goodpasture notes that most risks facing a project are not actively managed. And that’s not a bad thing. 2 minutes to read.
Kiron Bondale tells us how to proactively manage dependencies in agile approaches. 2 minutes to read.
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from strategies for complexity to whether Agile RIO is a (provable) thing to flow and value in product development. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
Scott Kirkwood describes the redesign of Reddit to make it more welcoming without driving away the millions of long-time users. 8 minutes to read.
Henny Portman reviews An Executive’s Guide to Disciplined Agile, by Scott Ambler and Mark Lines. 5 minutes to read.