New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 27 – September 2. And this week’s video: Gitanjali Rao’s TEDx Chennai talk on her innovative low-cost solution to detecting lead in drinking water. The 12-year-old Colorado resident won the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge in 2017. 11 minutes, safe for work.
Business Acumen and Strategy
- Edd Gent reports that powered exoskeletons, like the power loader from Aliens, are finally becoming technically and commercially viable. 3 minutes to read. Related story on a backpack providing a pair of remotely controlled robot arms, 1 minute to read.
- Anil Gupta and Ziyang Fan see downsides to the rush of governments to restrict the movement of data across borders. 5 minutes to read.
- Greg Satell recommends that, before your business moves to the cloud, you need to get clear on four things. 5 minutes to read.
- Elizabeth Harrin interviews Natalie Steck, CEO of Viewpath, as part of her Women in Project Management series. 4 minutes to read.
- Leigh Espy tells us when to turn down a project assignment, and how to do it gracefully. 5 minutes to read.
- John Goodpasture sets some data normalization ground rules for managing “little data” in Excel. 2 minutes to read.
- Elise Stevens interviews consultant and ProjectManagement.com blogger Andy Jordan on the nature of and need for portfolio management. Podcast, 14 minutes, safe for work.
- Henny Portman proposes an extension of the P3M3 portfolio / program / project management model to incorporate agile frameworks. 6 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Martin Fowler’s Agile Australia keynote to the road to mediocrity to the Peter Principle. 7 outbound links, 2 minutes to read.
- Gojko Adzic ruminates on why “sprint” should be “marathon” and segues into how to prioritize technical debt against business features. 12 minutes to read and worth every nanosecond.
- Roland Flemm points out five “supporting elements” that are necessary to support the Scrum framework but are not roles, artifacts, or events. 3 minutes to read.
- Tom Cagley explores the nature of reciprocity and reciprocal agreements and then applies them to the Scrum team. 5 minutes to read both parts.
- Maaret Pyhäjärvi goes into the deepest details in describing the strong style approach to pair programming. Not just for XP nerds! 14 minutes to read.
- Matthew Heusser shows how he teaches acceptance test-driven development (ATTD) at his company. Interesting in several ways. 4 minutes to read.
- Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership content, from productivity over efficiency to focusing on the outcome to firing the genius who doesn’t play well with others. 4 minutes to read.
- Travis Birch lists ten organizational capabilities that should be developed to create a culture of leadership. 4 minutes to read.
- Dominic Price finds insights in a frank admission by Bill Gates: his biggest business weakness is hiring and management issues and building up the team. 3 minutes to read.
- Hamlet Batista reveals several techniques, such as Moneyball and Nerd Sniping, to make recruitment of technical folks more effective. 7 minutes to read.
Research and Insights
- Paramita Ghosh reports on developing trends in advanced analytics, including applications designed for the Internet of Things (IoT). 7 minutes to read.
- Mike Smith highlights the trends in software testing that he’s seen develop over the last year. 6 minutes to read.
- Veronica Hanks lists some of the most common root causes of internal security threats and breaches. 5 minutes to read.
- Jon Oltsik reveals the results of a survey of information security professionals, listing the most important attributes of an integrated cybersecurity platform. 3 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Christiaan Verwijs explains how to use the What, So What, Now What structure to help a group create a shared understanding of their experience. 5 minutes to read.
- Meg Adams recommends learning lists to capture all the terms, acronyms, frameworks, and technologies we encounter that we don’t know anything about. 3 minutes to read.
- Sophie McAuley shares suggestions on building your own community as a remote worker. You didn’t really miss that water cooler, did you? 5 minutes to read.