New project management articles published on the web during the week of March 26 – April 1. And this week’s video: Seth Godin suggests that we can benefit from thinking backwards—flipping the point of view on which our assumptions are based. 19 minutes, safe for work.
Christian Stewart notes some significant data privacy concerns for this of us who use Google’s services and products. 5 minutes to read. Nervous yet?
Todd Haselton tells how to download a copy of everything Google knows about you. 3 minutes to read, much longer to download. And if this doesn’t creep you out:
A 2016 memo by Facebook VP Andrew Bosworth acknowledges that the company’s relentless pursuit of growth via data collection could get people killed. Ethics matter, even when you’re popular. 8 minutes to read.
Kailash Awati provides a very detailed tutorial on using a Monte Carlo simulation to calculate a distribution of probable completion times, using a simple project with four tasks and three-point estimates. 20 minutes to read, but well worth it.
John Goodpasture extracts some key principles from Nate Silver’s book, The Signal and the Noise: why so many predictions fail – and some don’t. 2 minutes to read.
Elizabeth Harrin reviews SaaS project resource management TeamDeck. 5 minutes to read.
Katrine Kavli gives us a crib sheet on test plans, useful for everyone from project managers to end users recruited for UAT. With templates! 2 minutes to read.
Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy explains how (and why) to create your own project management templates, rather than download one from some PM site. 4 minutes to read.
Brian Anthony O’Malley recommends a few ways to make your status reports more effective in a way that promotes your personal brand. 5 minutes to read.
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from agile ecology to scaling with Lean and DevOps to problematic management principles. 3 minutes to read, 7 outbound links.
Brendan Connolly expands on Test Driven Development to provide an entry point for testers to perform their QA—start with objectives. 4 minutes to read.
Joe Colantonio interviews Michael Bolton on rapid software testing. Podcast, 38 minutes, safe for work.
Gojko Adzic notes that as more SaaS applications run in complex combinations, we will need to do more testing in the production environment. 7 minutes to read.
Pete Houghton explains how he found a bug—not by testing conformance to specifications, but by testing conformance to expectations. 2 minutes to read.
Martin Fowler announces the second edition of “Refactoring.” 7 minutes to read.
Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership articles, from the importance of self-improvement to improving your KPI’s to the difference between marketing, advertising, and branding. 3 minutes to read.
Mike Clayton points out the top priorities for project leaders, using the acronym LEAD. 10 minutes to read.
Marcia Reynolds explains the difference between convincing and influencing. 4 minutes to read.
Kiron Bondale notes that psychological safety must be cultivated one person at a time.
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
Daniel Bourke notes that we may have already invented artificial general intelligence. Maybe we just haven’t noticed. 5 minutes to read.
David Nield shares eleven tell-tale signs your accounts and devices have been hacked. 8 minutes to read.
Dan Kopf charts the history of the scatter plot (OK, that was nerd humor—so sue me). 3 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
John Yorke philosophizes on feedback—one can be the beneficiary of feedback or the victim. 5 minutes to read.
Francisco Saez explains why you need a daily action plan to let you focus on what’s important. 3 minutes to read.
Laura Guillen reports on recent research that casts serious doubt on the existence of a “confidence gap” between men and women. 5 minutes to read.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 11 – 17. And this week’s video: Crazy Russian Hacker explains that we’ve been splitting firewood wrong all these years. “Safety is number one priority.” Spasibo, moy drug …
Donald Charles Wynes suggests an interesting way to identify risks: pretend the project is over, and you’re trying to analyze why it failed.
Mike Clayton recommends eight techniques for identifying risks. I especially like Brainwriting and Pre-Mortem.
Andy Jordan points out another source of risk: a change in leadership.
Harry Hall shares a checklist that should help you understand your project, which is the first step in managing it.
Glen Alleman presents the Project Breathalyzer: should your project even be on the road?
Women Testers has released the April edition of their quarterly online magazine.
John Goodpasture contemplates managing schedule slack, based on a TED talk by Tim Urban on procrastination. Just 14 minutes, safe for work.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of March 7 – 13. And this week’s video: David Letterman’s classic photo-identification quiz, “Trump or Monkey?” Four minutes, safe for work.
Mike Griffiths expounds on whether certification should indicate a ceiling or a floor of professional learning, and illustrates his point with historical examples.
Seth Godin explains the difference between confidence and arrogance, when making the case for change.
Lynda Bourne continues her examination of Practical Ethics. “The ethical standards of an organization are set by the actionsof its leaders.”