New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 28 – February 3. And this week’s video: Adriana Girdler coaches us on facilitating a meeting. Focused on the first-timers but still worth a look even if you’ve been facilitating for years. 6 minutes, safe for work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 19 – 25. And this week’s video: Apple CEO Time Cook explains where his ethical compass comes from and what it means to be an ethical leader. 3 minutes, safe for work.
Joshua Brustein reports that growth at the big tech companies is slowing, stock prices are down, and some think regulation is coming. Call it “Peak Tech.” 5 minutes to read.
Robert Reich, former US Secretary of Labor, argues that it’s time to start taking anti-trust actions against Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon. 4 minutes to read.
Greg Satell notes that automation doesn’t replace jobs; it changes how tasks are performed. A sustainable competitive edge still requires people. 5 minutes to read.
Harry Hall shares twelve tips to improve your delivery when speaking to a group. 3 minutes to read.
Andy Makar points out five things you can do to thank your team, even on a tiny budget. 5 minutes to read.
Tzvi Zucker argues that scheduling should be driven by people who will perform the work, not the tasks to be assigned. 8 minutes to read.
Glen Alleman describes the relationship between cost management and value management. 3 minutes to read.
Mike Clayton presents his updated list of the 52 best project management blogs. 15 minutes to read.
Dharam Singh reports that Dr. Ginger Levin, author, trainer, and long-time thought leader in the project management community, has passed away. 2 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from “agile trust” to healthy product debates to continuous alignment of product management. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
Kiron Bondale addresses a question from a learner: “Won’t the ideas from a retrospective use up some of the team’s capacity in the next sprint?” 2 minutes to read.
Cassandra Leung had to develop a test strategy from scratch, in a hurry. Here are the seven steps she followed. 4 minutes to read.
Kristin Jackvony shares her thoughts on how to prioritize what to test when there’s not enough time to test everything thoroughly. 6 minutes to read.
Pawel Brodzinski notes that self-organizing must be implemented throughout the hierarchy, not just at the lowest (team) level. 5 minutes to read.
Edwin Dando points out the need for increased accountability when increasing autonomy. 4 minutes to read.
Amir Ghahrai lists his choices for the top ten open source performance testing tools, with links. 2 minutes to read.
Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership articles, from leading an inexperienced team of junior developers to why analog still matters to finding strength in ambiguity. 5 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
Rich Mironov provides a list of thoughtful responses to the ultimatum, “I’ll quit unless …” 7 minutes to read.
Lila MacLellan notes that we can have more of an impact in asking than we can in telling. 4 minutes to read.
Research and Insights
Aisha Hassan summarizes key points from the World Talent Ranking 2018 report. The US and UK trail western Europe in attracting, developing, and retaining talent. 2 minutes to read.
Mark McGranaghan presents findings from the Ink & Switch research lab’s study of the sources of slow software response (which isn’t always about the software). 15 minutes to read.
Keith Foote identifies trends for Big Data in 2019. 6 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
Elise Stevens interviews Paul Pelletier on disrespect in the workplace, from gossip to bullying and harassment. Podcast, 39 minutes, safe for work.
Ananya Bhattacharya reports that tightening restrictions on H-1B visas are leading Indian IT firms with a presence in Canada and Mexico to bring in workers from those countries on TN visas. 2 minutes to read.
Adriana Girdler tells us how to be confident at work. Video, 5 minutes, safe for work.