New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 4 – 10. And this week’s video: Jesse Fewell explains why command and control is a good thing, in the context it was originally expressed—as an organizational competency. 6 minutes, safe for work.
Business Acumen and Strategy
- Chris Dimitriadis notes that data fraud/theft and large-scale cyber attacks were identified as two of the top five global threats by the World Economic Forum. Let that sink in for a moment. 4 minutes to read.
- Curt Nickisch interviews Anne Curzan, who studies the evolution of language. She analyzes the origins and effectiveness of some common metaphors. Podcast, 29 minutes, safe for work.
- The FirstMark team shares insights and first principle that they got from Caty Kobe, head of Scalable Customer Success at Square, a financial services technology firm. 4 minutes to read.
- Satya Narayan Dash delivers a tutorial on Earned Schedule Management, an extension of earned value management. 8 minutes to read.
- John Goodpasture looks at iteration models that “change things up” in order to avoid burning out the team. 3 minutes to read.
- Cate Huston reflects on the lessons in change management she’s learned, as both manager and individual contributor. 6 minutes to read.
- Seth Godin uses swimming and surfing as metaphors for the risks when accepting responsibility for projects with higher stakes. 2 minutes to read.
- Daniel Doiron applies critical chain buffers to determine realistic project deadlines. 4 minutes to read.
- Elizabeth Harrin gives us some pointers on decision making as a process. Complete with a decision log template! 6 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from transition failures to futile efforts to building the wrong thing. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read,
- Kiron Bondale suggests that we need a definition of done for our agile ceremonies as well as our products. 3 minutes to read.
- Johanna Rothman has concluded her epic series on balancing innovation, commitment and feedback loops. Here is part 2, part 3, and part 4. Each about 4 minutes to read.
- Leon Adato shares some guidelines and practices for deciding when to “pull the plug” on legacy technology. 4 minutes to read.
- Tomer Dicturel warns us of the impact unrealistic expectations will have on software development projects. 3 minutes to read.
- Henny Portman reviews Devops: A business perspective, by Oleg Skrynnik. 3 minutes to read.
- Chad Husted extracts actionable self-management information from Stephen R. Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. 7 minutes to read.
- Dan Rockwell encourages us to develop empathy in our efforts to become better leaders. 2 minutes to read.
- Roman Pichler explores ways that we can listen to understand, rather than simply respond. 6 minutes to read.
- Liz Fosslien and Mollie West-Duffy provide some guidance on when to hug at work. And when not to hug. The cartoons are hysterical. 4 minutes to read.
Research and Insights
- Jon Porter reports on Googles new Password Checkup extension to Chrome. It checks a database to see if your password has been exposed in a data breach. 2 minutes to read.
- Adam Shostack reflects on aviation, telephones, and the balance between regulation and innovation. Definitely thought-provoking. 2 minutes to read.
- Daniel Bourke shares a comprehensive list of his takeaways from the How to Learn course on Coursera. How comprehensive? 14 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Kevin Wang examines the rapidly changing way we work, from remote work to automation to the nature of work skills. 7 minutes to read.
- Leo Babauta coaches us on the practice of letting go. It’s a Zen thing … 3 minutes to read.
- Adriana Girdler tells us how to develop healthy work habits, from drinking water to stretching to healthy eating. Video, 6 minutes, safe for work.