New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 20 – 26. And this week’s video: Elizabeth Harrin recommends three books for project managers at the beginning of their careers. 4 minutes, safe for work.
Business Acumen and Strategy
Ben Buchanan recaps recent moves by several tech firms to disrupt Russian and Iranian influence campaigns directed at the US 2018 elections. They might be outmatched. 4 minutes to read.
Ellice Perez, Head of Operations at Waymo, updates us on their Early Rider program which started providing transportation services in Phoenix using self-driving vehicles in April 2017. 4 minutes to read.
Igor Ilunin shares a quick update on progress in applying the internet of things (IoT) to make our cities smarter. 2 minutes to read.
Joe Brown explains several alternative ways to hand off an innovation project from the research team to the folks who will turn it into a product. 4 minutes to read.
Glen Alleman displays the Venn diagram of project management and system engineering of products. They are plainly inseparable, and both are needed. 2 minutes to read.
Elise Stevens interviews Mark Price Perry on the case for a business-driven PMO. Podcast, 22 minutes, safe for work.
Susanne Madsen links us to the ten best project management podcasts. 4 minutes to read.
Kiron Bondale thinks we should abandon the use of some terms commonly batted about in the project management community. 2 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from servant leadership to the pace of change to mental models for product managers. 7 outbound links, 2 minutes to read.
Duncan Evans get heretical: “Scrum and Kanban are basically the same.” Nuclear fireball in three, two … 2 minutes to read.
Patrick Stafford lists some web page copy practices that should be avoided, like shaming users into action. 5 minutes to read.
Emma Lilliestam explains authentication and authorization using the metaphor of crossing an international border and then applies it to security testing. Elegant! 4 minutes to read.
Rich Mironov expounds on making customer interviews and product validation a routine part of the way product managers spend their week. 5 minutes to read.
Tom Cagley begins a series on using Monte Carlo analysis for estimation of duration based on throughput—even when using Agile methods. Here’s part two. 5 minutes to read both.
Dominic Price decants some insights on what agile practitioners are experiencing from the questions he received in an AMA-style forum on the Atlassian Community. 3 minutes to read.
Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership articles, from keeping business goals simple to becoming irresistible to wisdom from a bartender. 3 minutes to read.
Suzanne Lucas shares a 7-point checklist for conducting tough conversations with your direct reports. 3 minutes to read.
Natalie Warnert explains why consultant billable hour utilization bonuses and other incentives are actually de-motivational. 5 minutes to read.
Research and Insights
Leah Fessler reports on recent research that indicates giving advice might make you feel more motivated than receiving 3 minutes to read.
Alexandra Hansen got answers from five researchers on the question: Is it possible to catch up on lost sleep? 4 minutes to read.
Alec Ryncavage summarizes cybercrimes and penalties, by state. 10 minutes to read the whole thing, but more useful to use as a quick reference.
Working and the Workplace
Alicia Sasser Modestino summarizes research into recent trends in unemployment: when the economy is good, employers loosen their education and experience requirements. 6 minutes to read.
Corinne Purtill reports that many companies, including Google, IBM, and Apple, no longer require a college degree—just the right combination of skills and experience. 2 minutes to read.
Nick Chater explains the power of following daily routines—both positive and negative. 5 minutes to read.
Francisco Saez tells the story of the Coding War Games, a challenge by Tom DeMarco and Tim Lister, that demonstrated the advantages of working in quiet solitude. 3 minutes to read.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 6 – 12. And this week’s video: James Hamilton explains how to bore a proper pilot hole for a wood screw. I just finished prying out nearly 2,000 wood screws and nails from the old 600 square foot deck on the back of my house, and I can say for certain that the guy who built it did not use this technique. 4 minutes, safe for work or home workshop.
Business Acumen and Strategy
Ali Montag recaps a three-question “litmus test” for new employees, created by Jeff Bezos in 1998 and still a part of their recruitment process today. 4 minutes to read.
Ashish Sharma describes the next big target for exploitation: hacking motor vehicles, and through your car, your phone and the data on it. 7 minutes to read.
Peter Diamandis reports on the rapid growth of venture capital investment sourced from China, including the technologies they are funding. 5 minutes to read.
Cornelius Fichtner interviews Niraj Kuma on leading a project in the midst of chaos—in this case, a flood. Podcast, 32 minutes, safe for work.
Elizabeth Harrin shares some guidance on prioritizing and focusing for a project manager who also wears several other hats. 6 minutes to read.
Mohamed Amer analyzes the selection of a project status “data date.” 3 minutes to read.
Kiron Bondale waxes poetic on the need for an effective product owner, and then pivots to review Eric Uyttewaal’s new book, “Forecasting Programs.” 3 minutes to read.
Harry Hall points out the three most common failure mores for IT-led software projects to fail. 3 minutes to read.
Christopher Cook interprets the old military expression, “Two is one and one is none.” 4 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from the Business Agility report to the new Professional Scrum Master II class to cognitive biases. 8 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
Tom Cagley tells us that it isn’t OK to demo work that isn’t “done” yet. With some exceptions when you really should. 5 minutes to read both articles.
Oleksii Fedorov addresses the critical software technical decision maker question: When is the time to pay off technical debt? And where to start? 5 minutes to read.
Emma Lilliestam uses the “user experience” of a watermelon to explain secure design. 3 minutes to read.
Sebastian Boyer gives an overview of eight tools and techniques for conducting a Scrum retrospective. 6 minutes to read.
Rich Rogers and James Bach each remember Jerry Weinberg, called by some “The grandfather of Agile,” who passed away on August 7 at the age of 84. 3 minutes to read, each.