About Dave Gordon

Dave Gordon is a project manager with over twenty five years of experience in implementing human capital management and payroll systems, including SaaS solutions like Workday and premises-based ERP solutions like PeopleSoft and ADP Enterprise. He has an MS in IT with a concentration in project management, and a BS in Business. In addition to his articles and blog posts, he curates a weekly roundup of articles on project management, and he has authored or contributed to several books on project management.

New PM Articles for the Week of February 17 – 23

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 17 – 23. And this week’s video: Harry Hall shares his list of inputs for your project risk management plans. 2 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Greg Satell reflects on the growing need for us to consider the ethical dimensions of the technologies we develop and field. 5 minutes to read.
  • Richard Smith-Bingham and Kavitha Hariharan explain why the coronavirus epidemic is a global business risk and make the case for business investment in pandemic resilience. 6 minutes to read.
  • Azeem Azhar interviews Ian Bremmer on geopolitics, technology, and the top risks for the decade ahead. Podcast, 43 minutes, safe for work.

Managing Projects

  • Henny Portman examines the International PMO standard under development by the AIPMO. 7 minutes to read.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Anita Phagura of Fierce Project Management, a networking group for women and underrepresented groups in project management. Podcast, 29 minutes, safe for work.
  • Deb Schaffer tutors us on the basics of scope management. 3 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture ruminates on projects as transactions. Or possibly relationships. Or maybe both. 2 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton explains the difference between a milestone and a deadline. Video, 3 minutes, safe for work.
  • Pat Weaver has compiled a map of philosophies and principles that shape planning approaches. Culture dominates our decision-making! 7 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from an interview with Kent Beck to Agile leadership to organizing your backlog. 7 outbound links, 4 minutes to read.
  • Gábor Zöld curates his monthly engineering management resource roundup, from Two Sigma to feedback to celebrating achievement. 10 outbound links, 4 minutes to read.
  • Doc Norton identifies the metrics he recommends for measuring agile efficiency, despite a preference for effectiveness. 3 minutes to read.
  • Ayush Jain explains the product manager role and responsibilities in the modern product lifecycle framework. 5 minutes to read.
  • Marcus Blankenship interviews Ellen Gottesdiener on improving the product management lifecycle with better collaborative decision-making. Podcast, 49 minutes, safe for work.
  • Michel van der Meulen maps out the transition from a business analyst role to a product owner role. 4 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Cory Foy lists ten questions you should ask before introducing change to your team. 4 minutes to read.
  • Jennifer Jordan and colleagues explore seven tensions between traditional and emerging leadership approaches. 7 minutes to read.
  • Adriana Girdler explains the Tuckman model of team development stages. Video, 7 minutes, safe for work.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • William Turton reports on an incredibly sophisticated social engineering and corporate Email fraud ring that investigators have dubbed Exaggerated Lion. 6 minutes to read.
  • Michael Kan reports that the US Defense Information Systems Agency, charged with securing US military communications, may have been breached. 2 minutes to read.
  • Thomas Fillaud makes six cybersecurity predictions for 2020. Keep an eye on machine identity security and global supply chain security. 3 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas provides an HR practitioner’s view of what compliance with the California Consumer Privacy Act means for HR data. 3 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • John Schwarz reports on how on-the-job training is replacing the graduate degree. 6 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin notes that, from robotics and automation to artificial intelligence, the future of work is already here. The challenge is to harness the benefits. 5 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy does a deep dive into Tim Hurson’s new book, Think Better. 10 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of February 10 – 16

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 10 – 16. And this week’s video: Mike Clayton explains the concept of a discounted cash flow, based on a rate of return over time, and the related terms present value, net present value, and internal rate of return. The language of business includes a little math. 6 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Nathan Furr and Jeff Dyer studied Tesla’s approach to innovation, industry transformation, and bringing new ideas to market and explain what they found. 6 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell points out that information and communication technologies only account for 6% of GDP in advanced economies. The other 94% is where the real potential lies. 5 minutes to read.
  • Vizhdan Boranova and colleagues surveyed 11,000 workers in 11 advanced and emerging market economies on their attitude toward automation. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Glen Alleman shares links to a staggering number of briefings, papers, and presentations on all aspects of project management. I won’t even try to estimate the time required to read it all.
  • Praveen Malik explains start / finish dates, actual dates, and baseline dates in MS Project, with recommended practices. 4 minutes to read.
  • Harry Hall shows us how to create a project risk management plan. 4 minutes to read.
  • Linky van der Merwe suggests approaches for managing eight common types of project risks. 4 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture expounds on extreme risks—those events with irreversible consequences but low likelihood of occurrence. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from metrics for experiments to design sprints to whether ‘Agile’ is a reactionary movement. 7 outbound links, 4 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman shares her experience with separating software defect correction from developing “new” code. Very insightful. 4 minutes to read.
  • William Harwood reports on the investigation into software defects that nearly caused a catastrophic failure in the test of the Boeing Starliner crew module. 6 minutes to read.
  • Karlo Smid explains why 100% code coverage does not mean 100% testing coverage. 2 minutes to read.
  • Junaid Ahmed explains how continuous testing and DevOps fit together. 7 minutes to read.
  • Kunal Chauhan identifies the decision criteria for choosing between a virtual machine architecture and a Docker container strategy. 2 minutes to read, 8 on a nerd scale of 10.

Applied Leadership

  • Julia Brooke walks us through some of the symptoms of burnout in tech workers. 3 minutes to read.
  • Dina Smith coaches us on how to stop micromanaging and delegate more. 4 minutes to read.
  • Brad Swaim explains the research behind the recommended team size of “seven, plus or minus two.” 4 minutes to read.
  • Vicky Cosenzo finds some surprising leadership lessons in Chris Hadfield’s new book, An Astronaut’s Guide to Mental Models. 3 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Patrick Howell O’Neill reports the conviction of Eric Eoin Marques, the man behind Dark Web’s Freedom Hosting. The FBI still won’t tell how they cracked Tor. 5 minutes to read.
  • William Akoto examines the vulnerability of the growing cloud of small, cheap satellites in low Earth Orbit to hacking and exploitation. It’s already been done! 5 minutes to read.
  • Lutfey Siddiqi opens with, “Cybercrime could cost banks an estimated $350 billion in the next five years.” The threat is huge, hard to model, and the past is not prologue. 5 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Brigid Ludwig explains the concept of ego depletion and notes several ways to recharge enough to make a better strategic decision. 6 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Yuri Malishenko on how visual thinking can overcome the complexity of communication and problem-solving. Video, 33 minutes, safe for work.
  • Scott Berkun asked Twitter for recommendations on a good book for non-designers to get some design literacy. He shares the top 15. 2 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of February 3 – 9

New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 3 – 9. And this week’s video: a short film by Barnaby Roper. When a candidate interviews for a new job at an “unorthodox” firm, the process quickly becomes, as Mal Reynolds would say, morbid and creepifying. 10 minutes, safe for work. But not completely.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Tom Kinnaird and Hal Movius coach us on dealing with a procurement team in a competitive bidding process. 7 minutes to read.
  • Lauren Wiseman examines the business case for a private cloud and criteria for choosing a provider. 4 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell invokes Richard Feynman and Ken Olsen in distinguishing between facts and beliefs in a post-truth world. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • William Davis shows the power of visual representations of probabilistic forecasts. 5 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture invokes Nate Silver in expressing the sources and influences of uncertainty in the Bayesian process of estimation. 2 minutes to read.
  • Dale Howard gives us a tour of the most important Options settings in MS Project. 6 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin reflects on her evolving use of a work OS for managing her projects. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton delivers a comprehensive comparison of the PRINCE2 and PMP credentials, requirements, and potential market considerations. 12 minutes, safe for work.
  • The nice folks at Clarizen enumerate the project management trends to watch in 2020, a month or so in. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from good questions to handling product catastrophes to psychological safety. 7 outbound links, 4 minutes to read.
  • Eric Proegler notes the risks inherent in software development, based on the very public failure of the app used to tabulate the results of the Iowa caucus. 3 minutes to read.
  • Rubens Cantuni suggests that it’s time to abandon the desktop metaphor for operating systems. He makes a good point. 5 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackvony presents the business case for a serverless architecture. 4 minutes to read.
  • Mikkel Sørseth suggests alternatives to software testing automation tools that require testers to acquire programming skills. 2 minutes to read.
  • Jesse Fewell speechifies, “There’s no such thing as a failed Agile transformation!” There’s only the degree of progress in making change. Video, 6 minutes, safe for work.

Applied Leadership

  • Judith Humphrey list five concrete indicators that someone is socially adept. More generally applicable than that video at the top of the page! 3 minutes to read.
  • Dave Prior interviews David Marquet, author of Turn the Ship Around, on his new book, Language is Leadership. 39 minutes, safe for work.
  • Dan Rockwell shares some tips for making your one-on-one meetings more productive. 2 minutes to read, plus a five-minute audio recording, safe for work.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Benjamin Anyacho and Bruce Moore on how to create a robust knowledge-sharing environment. Podcast, 39 minutes, safe for work.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Lilly Smith observes that user consent, as stipulated by the GDPR, is being circumvented to some degree by consent management platforms. 7 minutes to read.
  • Michael Kan reports on a phishing attack by suspected Iranian hackers, by posing as a WSJ journalist seeking an interview. Excellent details. 2 minutes to read.
  • Kamlesh Kumar compiled a list of critical steps to secure a website. 5 minutes to read, only slightly technical.

Pot Pourri

  • Suzanne Lucas reports that there is some positive corporate jargon that we like to hear, as opposed to the negative stuff we despise. 2 minutes to read.
  • Shannon Taylor assesses the claim that workplace rudeness is on the increase. Short answer: maybe not … 3 minutes to read.
  • McKlayne Marshall has curated a list of available technologies that facilitate remote work, and a few technologies on the near horizon. 6 minutes to read.

Enjoy!