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. He also holds the project management professional (PMP) designation, as well as professional designations in human resources and in benefits administration. 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 December 9 – 15

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 9 – 15. And this week’s video: once again, we celebrate a traditional Texas family Christmas with the San Marcos Santa Claus, Robert Earl Keen. “I can’t remember how I’m kin to them …” Feliz Navidad, y’all! 4 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Greg Satell observes that moving fast is being superseded by moving in parallel. The new keywords are caution, exploration, and collaboration. 5 minutes to read.
  • Dambisa Moyo looks at de-globalization, the Splinternet, and the war for talent, and asks whether businesses are positioned to compete in the coming decade.
  • Brook Appelbaum notes the churn in the companies making up the Fortune 500 and proposes explanations for the rapid rise and fall of large enterprises. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Elizabeth Harrin listed links to 21 project management conferences and events coming up in 2020. Locations are in nearly every continent. Hopefully, someone will send her a link to a conference in South America. 8 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton explains how to run an effective stage gate review. Different organizations have different processes, but Mike covers the common elements. Video, 10 minutes, safe for work.
  • Tim Runcie previews the latest version of Microsoft Project, built from the ground up to work completely in the Cloud. 8 minutes to read.
  • Francesco Marcatto tells us when to use each of several types of timeline charts. 5 minutes to read.
  • Brad Egeland explains project integration management: combining the elements of a project plan into a unified whole. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from technical debt to measuring product / market fit to sociocracy. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Asim Suvedi explains his top three priorities as a software development manager. 3 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely continues his series on product requirements prioritization with a qualitative approach, the Kano model, and a quantitative approach, rank ordering by ROI. 4 minutes to read both.
  • Balazs Tornai explains why a backlog beats specifications. 5 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackvony lists a few potentially meaningful metrics for measuring software quality. 4 minutes to read.
  • Cory Foy shows how to use Wardley mapping to identify unique product attributes in support of April Dunford’s product positioning framework. Video, 5 minutes, safe for work.
  • Samantha Connelly talks about using mind maps and heuristics for planning mobile app testing. 2 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Jan Hagen and colleagues tell us about the training that aircraft crews receive in learning to deal with high-pressure situations. 8 minutes to read.
  • Karin Hurt and David Dye coach us on leading when our team is exhausted. 3 minutes to read.
  • Darren Manabney coaches us on being a persuasive speaker. “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” No, Oscar Wilde didn’t say it. 3 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Joan Goodchild tutors us on man-in-the-middle attacks: what they are how they work, and how to defend against them. 5 minutes to read.
  • Venkat Ramasamy outlines how a phishing attack can exploit an enterprise file synch and sharing system. In 1Q2019, Microsoft OneDrive had a 60% jump in malicious files. 4 minutes to read.
  • Gant Laborde notes five security challenges inherent to DevOps and the highly dependent nature of modern codebases. 5 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • If you liked Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking Fast and Slow, Pablo Alvarez recommends five more books on related topics. 3 minutes to read.
  • Michelle Knight describes several data management trends we should expect to track in 2020. 6 minutes to read.
  • Michelle Cheng recaps the fastest-growing jobs in the US, according to a study by LinkedIn. 4 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of December 2 – 8

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 2 – 8. And this week’s video: Harry Hall coaches us on refining the project estimates we provide to sponsors and key stakeholders, from managing their expectations to educating them on the nature of cost and schedule estimates. 3 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Peter Diamandis describes brick-and-mortar retail in 2030: The Experience Economy! The gentleman to the right is Wes Fath, my grandfather, about 60 years ago. Think about how much the consumer experience has changed in the last six decades before you contemplate the next decade. 7 minutes to read, or listen to the podcast, 13 minutes, safe for work.
  • Seth Godin on Tesla’s pickup truck: “Early adopters are thrilled by the new. They seek innovation. Everyone else is wary of failure. They seek trust.” 3 minutes to read.
  • Lindsay Curtis illustrates five ethical principles with situations commonly encountered by project managers. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Elizabeth Harrin has produced an ambition series of training videos, Project Management 2020. The first three videos average 15 – 20 minutes, the fourth is about 8 minutes.
  • Deena Chadwick takes a different approach to the 2-by-2 stakeholder matrix by asking, “What can the stakeholders do for the project?” 2 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely introduces a series on prioritization, using qualitative, quantitative, and subjective methods. The second installment is here. About 5 minutes to read both.
  • Mike Clayton gives us some advanced tips on project risk management. Video, 11 minutes, safe for work.
  • John Leo Weber gives us an overview of program management, from definition and goals to tools to professional credentials. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Flow thinking to visualizing forecasts to building professional trust. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture passes along a description of a product owner’s council, for the purpose of managing the backlog. 2 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale points to experimentation, conducted early in a project, as a key to reducing overall project risk. 2 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman observes that component teams increase coupling between workgroups and increase work in progress and time to completion. 5 minutes to read.
  • Nick Dyer considers the pros and cons of three alternatives ways to assign work to a team of specialists. 5 minutes to read.
  • Karolina Toth interviews Matt Greenberg, VP of Engineering at Credit Karma on growing new engineering managers. Podcast, 25 minutes, safe for work; transcript, 14 minutes to read.
  • Jean-Paul Delimat differentiates between continuous integration and continuous deployment. 8 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Quint Studer reminds us that leaders must do a lot of things that make us uncomfortable. Discomfort is not a reason to not do the right thing. 4 minutes to read.
  • Stephanie Vozza tells us how to address an issue without apologizing, if the fault lies elsewhere. 3 minutes to read.
  • Michael Lopp gives us a primer on leading distributed meetings. 5 minutes to read.
  • The nice folks at Clarizen tell us how to follow up more effectively with our direct reports. 4 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Joan Goodchild explains why some of our oldest security rules no longer apply, from passwords to virus checkers. “Antivirus’ efficacy is between 50% and 80% on a good day.” 6 minutes to read.
  • Rebecca James reviews the current state of biometric technology and asks: should we be worried? 7 minutes to read. Brian Wallace also weighed in: 2 minutes.
  • Alisson Peres suggests a few non-technical elements of IT security, including password managers. 4 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Lewisch tutors us on 16 common types of charts used in data visualization, from bars and columns to bubbles to heat maps. 6 minutes to read.
  • Paramita Ghosh identifies artificial and machine learning trends we should see continue to develop in the coming year. 6 minutes to read.
  • The Engine gives us a detailed analysis of the key players in the 3D printing market. 25 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of November 25 – December 1

New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 25 – December 1. And this week’s video: Oklahoma’s King of the Chuck Wagons, Cowboy Kent Rollins, gives us a detailed tutorial on how to make my favorite drink: cowboy coffee! 15 minutes and worth every second, even if you never sit a horse in your life.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Greg Satell recounts the truth behind the myths of Netflix’s winding road to success, as described by co-founder Marc Randolph. 5 minutes to read.
  • Benedict Evans says that Amazon’s “revolutionary” retail strategy is simply using 21st century technology to implement 19th century ideas. 5 minutes to read.
  • Oguz Acar and colleagues share the results of their research into the positive effects of time and budget constraints on innovation. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Mike Clayton took his usual rigorous approach to round up the best YouTube project management channels. Well done, Mike! 12 minutes to read.
  • Brad Egeland launches a new weekly Email newsletter: This Week in Project Management. Just a minute or so to view the sample and subscribe.
  • Cesar Abeid interviews Cornelius Fichtner on the changes to the PMP exam coming in July 2020. This is a huge change! 43 minutes, safe for work.
  • The nice folks at Clarizen explain the difference between a milestone and a deliverable. 3 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman describes The Practitioner’s Handbook of Project Performance: Agile, Waterfall and Beyond, edited by Mark Phillips. Glen and colleagues contributed two chapters. 3 minutes to read.
  • Henny Portman reviews Portfolio Management – A practical guide from the APM Portfolio Management SIG, written by Steve Leary and five others. 2 minutes to read.
  • Jen Morrisey recommends the second edition of Susanne Madsen’s book, The Power of Project Leadership. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Taylorism to dynamic re-teaming to value propositions in niche markets. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Gábor Zöld curates his monthly readings for engineering management, from psychological safety to increasing velocity to remote team meetings. 10 outbound links, 2 minutes to read.
  • Aparna Gopalakrishnan digs into accessibility testing—what is it, why is it necessary, and how we should proceed. 4 minutes to read. And Topal analyzes the growing risk of ADA website accessibility lawsuits. 4 minutes to read.
  • Ron Jeffries asserts that there is a good reason for test-driven development: productivity. 2 minutes to read.
  • James Thomas solicited one-line definitions of quality, bug, and testing from attendees at the Cambridge Exploratory Workshop on Testing. 2 minutes to read.
  • Yaroslav tutors us on user interviews—from why and when to conduct them to how and what to do with the collected insights. 6 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Anna Balyuk curates her quarterly list of leadership articles. 7 outbound links, 7 minutes to read.
  • Christina Lovelock wants us to stop using the term soft skills to describe what are really the core skills of leadership. 2 minutes to read.
  • Cassandra Leung proposes an alternative to the venerable RACI chart: responsibilities circles. 6 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Amber Lee Dennis explores the dimension of data quality, from rules based internal data to active external data to reference data. 7 minutes to read.
  • Amrita Khalid reports that consumers are already accepting facial recognition as a positive feature in some products, despite the risks. 3 minutes to read.
  • Ericka Chickowski shares 20(!) cybersecurity tips for your remote workers, gleaned from a panel of experts. 7 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Researchers at the Chicago School of Business found that we actually learn more from our successes than our failures. Take that, conventional wisdom! 3 minutes to read.
  • Katica Roy notes the growing effect that alternative work arrangements, such as the gig economy, are having on the economy. 6 minutes to read.
  • Sharlyn Lauby reflects on the need for both STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and math) and MESH education (media literacy, ethics, sociology, and history). 3 minutes to read.

Enjoy!