New project management articles published on the web during the week of April 8 – 14. And this week’s video: Kristen Pressner, Global Head of HR at a multinational firm, talks about discovering her own bias against women in leadership positions. Our brain shortcuts are so subtle that we might not even realize that they are operating. 9 minutes, safe for work.
Business Acumen and Strategy
- Jen Kirby explains the details behind the new Brexit October 31 deadline. Still, many companies are leaving the UK and even a Remain vote won’t bring them back.
- Jade Emmons give us the executive summary for PwC’s 22nd CEO survey. They are worried about some very interesting things. 4 minutes to read.
- Eshe Nelson recaps the latest World Economic Outlook from the IMF—we’re entering a global slow-down, with national and regional variations. 3 minutes to read.
- Mike Clayton explains a new concept introduced by PMI: Project Management Technology Quotient (PMTQ), “a [project manager’s] ability to adapt, manage and integrate technology based on the needs of the organization or project at hand.” 16 minutes to read.
- Elise Stevens interviews Ruth Pierce, who tells us how to spot the character strengths of our project team members. Podcast, 29 minutes, safe for work.
- Safford Black gets us started on writing formulas for custom fields in MS Project. 3 minutes to read.
- John Goodpasture notes that most risks facing a project are not actively managed. And that’s not a bad thing. 2 minutes to read.
- Kiron Bondale tells us how to proactively manage dependencies in agile approaches. 2 minutes to read.
- The nice folks at Clarizen list the general responsibilities of a project sponsor (your mileage may vary). 3 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from strategies for complexity to whether Agile RIO is a (provable) thing to flow and value in product development. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- Scott Kirkwood describes the redesign of Reddit to make it more welcoming without driving away the millions of long-time users. 8 minutes to read.
- Henny Portman reviews An Executive’s Guide to Disciplined Agile, by Scott Ambler and Mark Lines. 5 minutes to read.
- Johanna Rothman continues her series on product roles, exploring the product value team and cross-functional team organization. 7 minutes to read both.
- Peter Pito expounds on a rigorous approach to estimating the duration required for software development, including confidence. 16 minutes to read.
- Scott Ambler explores four alternative approaches to creating a release plan. 6 minutes to read.
- Eduards Sizovs argues that “great developers are raised, not hired.” 4 minutes to read.
- George Pitagorsky tells us how to overcome cognitive bias so we can make more effective decisions. 5 minutes to read.
- Dan Rockwell shared a “reading list” that included a few YouTube videos in with the books and articles, and the comments filled with other suggested reads. 3 minutes to read it all.
Research and Insights
- Michelle Knight takes the mystery out of data architecture. Good diagram, better explanation. 6 minutes to read.
- Meredith Broussard says that self-driving cars will be considered unthinkable 50 years from now. Not the technology, but the absence of human authority. 3 minutes to read.
- David Baker reviews the market and the technology: there’s nothing better than lithium-ion batteries coming anytime soon. 5 minutes to read.
- Gene Tracy considers the increasing shift of what we know and do to computers, and what that implies about what we’ll need to remember and know how to do. 6 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Ana Ferriera explains how the Doist design team—8 people spread across six countries—makes it work across time zones. 12 minutes to read.
- Jack Vale tells us how to establish and maintain a “multi-hyphen” career. Jack of all trades and working in several at once? 3 minutes to read.
- Stacy Wonder suggests some unusual ways to break through creative blocks, get out of a rut, and shake things up. 4 minutes to read.