New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 15 – 21. And this week’s video: Allison Osborn explains the “Quarter Life Crisis,” an interesting view of the stress felt by so many millennials as they search for personally meaningful work. 17 minutes, safe for work.
- Eric Newcomer and Brad Stone provide the sobering details behind the year-long ouster of Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. 15 minutes to read.
- Patrick Gillespie collates reports from around the U.S. indicating that American businesses can’t find workers. Note that 18 states will raise their minimum wage this year. 2 minutes to read.
- Peter Fleming notes the science-based backlash against long hours of desk-based work. 4 minutes to read.
- Glen Alleman overviews Improving Project Performance: Eight Habits of Successful Project Teams by Jerry Wellman. 3 minutes to read.
- Nick Pisano reviews the HBR OnPoint Magazine issue, The Data-Driven Manager: Make the Numbers Work for You. 6 minutes to read.
- Mike Clayton shares several stakeholder engagement strategies. 5 minutes to read.
- Human Motamedi identifies the challenges to expect when integrating an off-shore team with a near-shore 5 minutes to read.
- Geraldine O’Reilly describes the role of Project Champion and what to look for when recruiting one. 3 minutes to read.
- John Goodpasture gives a high-level explanation of four very different views of risk. 2 minutes to read.
- Luca Collina walks us through the common points of recovering a project that has slipped into the Red. 5 minutes to read.
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly Food for Agile Thought, from the ‘too many Scrum meetings’ myth to knowing what not to build to the agility assessment framework. 3 minutes to scan, 7 outbound links.
- Ryan Ripley interviews Jessie Shternshus on helping teams un-learn the old so they can learn new Agile behaviors and habits. Podcast, 27 minutes, safe for work.
- Rik Marselis recaps Brian Marick’s idea of Agile Testing Quadrants. It’s a shame that after more than 14 years, this isn’t more widely used. 4 minutes to read.
- David Robins explains the difference between a project manager and a product manager. 2 minutes to read.
- John Cutler shares a thought experiment on the relative merits of fixed length iteration and continuous flow in Sprint goal planning. 7 minutes to read.
- Rob Lambert explains active listening—why it’s valuable and how to do it effectively. 7 minutes to read.
- Tom Cagley begins a new series on coaching and mentoring—similar but different activities. 3 minutes to read.
- Derek Huether tutors us on objectives and key results, a well-established process for setting, communicating and monitoring goals and results in organizations. 3 minutes to read.
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
- David Balaban presents his analysis of the critical security vulnerability introduced by Apple with the introduction of iOS 11. 7 minutes to read.
- Bob Martin uses the aviation concept of going into a stall when behind the power curve as a metaphor for software quality. “Rotten code is induced drag.” 4 minutes to read, even if you’ve only ever been a passenger.
- Martin Fowler asks us to reconsider what we mean by an integration test and whether we have a clear understanding of what we’re trying to confirm. 5 minutes to read.
- Alexa Roman introduces product analytics as a means of measuring the effectiveness of a UX design. 8 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Brendan Toner presents the ultimate tutorial on how to create and maintain your to-do list. 15 minutes to read.
- Anett Grant offers some excellent advice for when your presentation is running longer than the time available. 4 minutes to read.
- Ryan Born has some excellent advice: instead of apologizing, say “Thank you!” A minute to read.