New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 8 – 14. And this week’s video: Michael and Amy Port demonstrate techniques used by actors that we can use in everyday life, from job interviews to deal-closing pitches to eulogies. Not your typical TED talk—this is a performance, not a lecture. 19 minutes, safe for work.
Business Acumen and Strategy
- Venkatesh Shankar notes the 25th anniversary of the founding of Amazon with a retrospective on how that little online bookstore has changed the world. 4 minutes to read.
- Allison Schrager shares insights from Bruce Carnegie-Brown, chairman of legendary insurer Lloyd’s of London, on measuring the immeasurable. 4 minutes to read.
- Greg Satell analyzes Intel’s business strategy for surviving the theoretical limits that will shortly repeal Moore’s Law: heterogeneous computing. 6 minutes to read.
- Mike Clayton gives a thoroughly detailed analysis of the upcoming changes to the PMP exam. 10 minutes to read.
- Praveen Malik illustrates why the quality of our estimates is closely related to the quality of our assumptions. 6 minutes to read.
- Elizabeth Harrin collated ten on-line resources that offer free project management templates. 7 minutes to read.
- Leigh Espy alerts us to the sales and marketing aspects of our project management responsibilities. Call it “pulling stakeholders.” 6 minutes to read.
- Harry Hall shows us the power of stating risks as “If [event] then [consequences].” 2 minutes to read.
- Francesco Marcatto sorts though approaches for getting a constant flow of information in order to report on progress and keep our project plan up to date. 6 minutes to read.
Managing Software Development
- Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from fixed agile to assessing a Scrum Mater’s qualifications to product backlog refinement techniques. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
- Henny Portman recaps the second edition of Agile NXT, “a new magazine full of information and inspiration for professionals on the emerging Agile journey.” 4 minutes to read.
- Edzo Botjes look beyond classic Agile to Resilient and beyond, as volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity, and velocity of change continue to increase. 7 minutes to read.
- Esther Derby shares a few rules of thumb for agile coaches. 3 minutes to read.
- Renato explains his recommendations for ensuring frontend security in serverless apps. Yes, it’s a 9.3 on the nerd scale, but very actionable. 4 minutes to read.
- Johanna Rothman describes a minimalist project kickoff for agile teams that have already learned how to work together on prior projects. 3 minutes to read.
- Chris Kenst reminds us that a manual solution doesn’t have to be automated. Just a minute to read.
- Geoff Crane is offering the Psychology of Project Leadership Masterclass, based on emotional, motivational, and social competencies with pre- and post-testing. 3 minutes to read. You’ll get 50% off for the first module if you sign up by July 31, 2019. Use the coupon code itpm-friend
- Pavel Naydenov interviews executive coach Marisa Keegan about motivation, leadership, and emotions in the workplace. 9 minutes to read.
- Sharlyn Lauby reflects a study that found candidates would turn down a job with more pay at a company with a history of unethical behavior. The news about your company is a part of your employment brand. 2 minutes to read.
Research and Insights
- Hanna Kozlowska describes provisions in a US Senate bill that would force social media companies to disclose what data the collect from consumers and how they benefit from it. How much is your data worth? 7 minutes to read.
- Catalin Cimpanu reports on a data breach in Japan—a poorly designed password reset function led to the exploitation of 900 7-Eleven customer accounts. 2 minutes to read.
- Ian Stewart gives us a history lesson on the use of statistics to predict the behavior of large groups of people from his book, Do Dice Play God? The mathematics of uncertainty. 13 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
- Adam Rasmi shows the statistics: it pays to be an expatriate worker, at least in some countries. 3 minutes to read.
- Elizabeth Wellington gets advice on living and working abroad from Anna Bertoldi, who has five countries in her work history. 5 minutes to read.
- Adriana Girdler explains how to be assertive and respectful at work, rather than aggressive and rude. Video, 6 minutes, safe for work.