New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 25 – July 1. And this week’s video: Harry Hall suggests four ways to engage project stakeholders. Just over a minute, safe for work.
Business Acumen and Strategy
- Roger Martin sees two core problems that drove GE’s sudden fall from DJIA stalwart to business school case study. And lots of firms have the same problems. 4 minutes to read.
- Peter Rejcek reports on smart road technology. Imagine driving on a surface that resembles a touch-sensitive screen—now imagine the data you can collect and process. 5 minutes to read.
- Simone Stolzoff reports that California passed the toughest data privacy bill in the US last Friday. And even Facebook supports it. 2 minutes to read.
- Elizabeth Harrin interviews Geoff Crane on developing socials skills such as emotional intelligence, body language (including manspreading), and influencing. Video, 11 minutes, safe for work.
- Cornelius Fichtner interviews Kim Wasson on emotional intelligence tools for smoother projects. This interview was recorded last year, but it’s still relevant. Podcast, 30 minutes.
- Harry Hall explains the foundational role of objective, verifiable facts in assessing and managing project risks. 4 minutes to read.
- Mike Clayton tutors us on the basic goal of good customer service—keeping clients and stakeholders happy. 10 minutes to read.
- Johanna Rothman observes that managers believe multi-tasking works because management tasks, like decisions, lend themselves to sporadic attention. 2 minutes to read.
- Katrina Clokie tells how she explored an alternative to a RACI chart in defining a completely new role: Test Coach. 5 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
- Stefan Wolpers curates his list of Agile content, from why Agile makes no sense to two (negative) takes on SAFe to why design thinking is failing. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- Dave Prior interviews Bria Johnson and Blake Halvorson, both Millennial children of Agile coaches, on how they applied Agile methods in their schooling and work life. Podcast, 26 minutes, safe for work.
- John Yorke explains why the effectiveness of the Product Owner role is the single biggest success factor for products in development. 10 minutes to read.
- Daniel Bryant reports on the LinkedIn failure injection testing framework, used to support resilience engineering. 7 minutes to read, 9.2 on the nerd scale.
- Rich Rogers provides his personal definition of quality in a software development context and then explores other possible definitions. 4 minutes to read.
- Pete Houghton compares the resilience of software to that of an older technology—a 37-foot sailboat. 4 minutes to read.
- Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership articles, from asking, “What do you think?” to measuring what matters to improving meetings. 5 outbound links, 4 minutes to read.
- Scott Mautz lists five unspoken rules that lead to a toxic culture. 3 minutes to read.
- Alex Novkov offers some practical tips on how to manage a Lean team. 3 minutes to read.
- Dave Nicolette does a deep dive on the definition of a self-organizing team, from the first mention in the mid-80’s to today, to provide an actionable context. 10 minutes to read.
Research and Insights
- Ashley Lipman points out five game-changing trends in the way we manage projects. 3 minutes to read.
- The folks at Farnam Street explain double-loop learning—a means of improving performance by incorporating what we learn from experience. 9 minutes to read.
- Benjamin Atrz recaps research that found women ask for raises as often as men; they just get turned down more often. 5 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Michael Coren reports on the growth of “mid-tech”—those technical positions not requiring a degree. Includes a list of cities with lots of jobs. 2 minutes to read.
- Lisette Sutherland tells us how to set up your workspace (and dress) for great video conferencing. Starbucks just isn’t acceptable. Podcast, 11 minutes.
- Jennifer Bridges explains a few suggestions on how to manage introverts in the office. Video, 3 minutes, safe for work.