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 (GPHR and SPHR) and in benefits administration (CEBS). 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 September 19 – 25

New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 19 – 25. And this week’s video: psychologist Shawn Achor argues that happiness inspires productivity. Just 12 minutes, safe for work, but people will crowd around to see why you’re laughing uncontrollably.

Must read!

  • Mike Clayton describes Kurt Lewin’s Freeze Phases model of organizational change, which is predicated on the notion of driving forces and restraining forces.
  • Esther Derby collates a list of questions that could lead to more effective organizational change, if they were only asked.
  • Ryan Avent scans past the disruptive trends of automation replacing humans to ask the question: what will a world without work be like and how can we make it livable?

Established Methods

  • Elizabeth Harrin celebrates ten years of blogging by following up on the best articles from each of those years (and the most popular so far from 2016).
  • Harry Hall tutors us on the management reserve for project budgets.
  • Shuba Kathikeyan summarizes the steps in project cost management, and recommends several good practices for project managers.
  • John Goodpasture makes the counter-case: measuring everything may be more detrimental than no measurements at all.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Dave Davis on achieving benefits realization management. Just 43 minutes, safe for work.
  • Brian Livingston describes good, bad, and ugly results of project closeout.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of new articles and posts on Agile topics, from people and teams to frameworks and products.
  • Henny Portman reviews The Lean Machine, which describes how Harley-Davidson adopted lean product development.
  • Joel Bancroft-Connors and his gorilla, Hogarth, explain that Agile coaches are like vampires: they have to be invited in.
  • Christian van Stom describes the motivational retrospective, as way to not just refine a process but develop a desirable culture.
  • Dave Prior interviews Agile Manifesto signer Alistair Cockburn in a long (79 minutes), wide-ranging conversation on consulting, Agile, and lifestyle. Safe for work.

Applied Leadership

  • Kent Lefner makes a table of the top ten reasons projects fail from a study by PWC and includes key indicators and considerations for each.
  • The Clever PM makes the practical case for limiting the choices we present to both our teams and the executives.
  • Elizabeth McCormick describes the venerable concept of a Mastermind and explains what you can get from being a party to one.
  • Art Petty lays out five ways we can productive work with people we actively dislike.

Technology and Techniques

  • James Kobelius explains how to apply industrial-style discipline to the development of business analytics.
  • Kupe Kupersmith describes Lean Business Analysis, and a way to reduce waste in getting to decisions.
  • Nicholas Malahosky details twelve ways to improve cross-office collaboration.

Working and the Workplace

  • Bertrand Duperrin looks at a modern torture we inflict on ourselves: the notifications from our devices that interrupt us dozens of times a day.
  • Coert Visser examines deep work, (self-) interruptions and attention residue, and the positive impact of brief breaks.
  • Lisette Sutherland wonders whether it’s time for a digital vacation. Less than eight minutes, safe for work, even if you’ve already set up your out of office message.
  • Brendan Toner revisits his task management review for the new version: Droptask2.0.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of September 12 – 18

New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 12 – 18. And this week’s video: applying insights and techniques derived from recent studies on multi-tasking and ego depletion to improve your productivity. Less than four minutes, safe for work. Tip of the hat to Harry Hall, who shared this.

Must read!

  • Henny Portman advocates for positioning Agile methods as changes to “business as usual,” rather than as changes to the way projects are run.
  • Robin Goldsmith describes the process of determining ROI by discovering the requirements that drive business value and quantifying the intangibles.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy lists six practical risk identification techniques that won’t go over the heads of your project team.

Established Methods

  • Elizabeth Harrin reviews “The Conscious Project Leader,” by Colin Ellis.
  • Lawrence Putnam lays out the case for an enterprise estimation center of excellence.
  • Glen Alleman pulls together his best responses to common #NoEstimates ideas and assertions into a single post.
  • Jiwat Ram analyzes Project Management as a Service, and finds reasons to hesitate.
  • David Cotgreave shares some tips on how to get your IT project approved by the executive suite.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers posts his weekly compilation of new Agile content, from “dark Scrum” to mental models and three jobs for product managers.
  • Ryan Ripley interviews Jeremy Willets on applying the introspective mindset to fine-tune the effectiveness of your coaching. Just 14 minutes, safe for work.
  • Debashish Ghosh examines the theory and practice of quality assurance in Agile methods.
  • Jake Rocheleau gives us a guided tour of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Get out in front on this, if you’re only compliant with the typical W3C standards.

Applied Leadership

  • Andrew Neitlich provides some pointers on managing the organizational politics that affect your project.
  • Coert Visser describes a strategy for positive communication, based on the reciprocity principle.
  • Liane Davey recommends an approach for preventing a meeting attendee from excessive participation in the conversation. You know: talking too much.
  • Art Petty decries the value-deficient leadership recently displayed at some organizations: win at all costs, ethics be damned. Don’t work for these people, ever.
  • Belle B. Cooper explains the mentoring relationship, why both parties benefit, and how to find your own mentee.
  • Seth Godin asserts that professionals will push back because they have standards.

Technology and Techniques

  • Alex Handy reports from the GitHub Universe conference that project management features are being added to the most widely-used source code management platform.
  • Jay Donovan reports on Kinetise, a platform that creates native apps for iOS and Android using a drag and drop interface. Enterprise “citizen developers” are creating their own apps!
  • Monica Yoo debunks three common myths about security in cloud applications and environments.
  • Bas de Baat gets us up to date on the potential application of AI pattern recognition techniques to some of the more routine project management tasks.

Working and the Workplace

  • Brendan Toner reviews MarginNote Pro, a fantastic iOS app for annotating PDF and eBook documents.
  • Karina Keith curates a list of tips to stay productive when working from home.
  • Suzanne Lucas lists nine gadgets everyone who works from home needs to invest in.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of September 5 – 11

New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 5 – 11. And this week’s video: Alison Krauss and Union Station performing “Gravity” on Austin City Limits. I’m writing this in the kitchen of the house I left at 17, and this song just seemed to fit the mood.

Must read!

  • Pawel Brodzinski presents the case for empathy and respect as the core competencies for successful teams.
  • Michael Lopp provides a detailed tutorial on how to recruit the best people for your team. You just have to be willing to spend up to 50% of your time on it.
  • Mike Cohn asks (and explores a complex answer to): What is a product?

Established Methods

  • Olivier Cothenet lists ten “lies” common to failing projects reporting a green status.
  • Kerry Wills makes a point about reporting project status in the context of the associated milestones.
  • Mike Griffiths notes that the output of the certification process includes more than simply a certification.
  • Laura Barnard advocates taking an hour each day to reflect, plan, manage, and make progress on improving your productivity.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers shares his weekly Food for Thought Agile content round-up.
  • Dave Prior interviews Lyssa Adkins on the role of Agilists as agents of social revolution. Just 17 minutes, safe for work.
  • Johanna Rothman describes three ways to size defect fixes.
  • Alex DiPasquale explains how the definition of done is the right place document compliance with the corporate software development life cycle.

Applied Leadership

  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Bruce Harpham, who describes ways to make virtual work more productive. Just 34 minutes, safe for work.
  • Lisette Sutherland tells us how to “take the temperature” of our virtual team. Just 8 minutes, safe for work.
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy and Lynette Van Steinburg help us self-diagnose: am I the weakest link in my virtual team?
  • Ravindra Wankar shares some techniques for brainstorming with a remote team.
  • Art Petty points out a “pure” leadership model, practiced by those who lead in dangerous situations: first responders and warriors.
  • Suzanne Lucas explains why Millenials struggle as managers (because they’re young) and how they might become the best managers ever.

Technology and Techniques

  • Jon Pilkington explains the use case for combining self-service with self-service data preparation.
  • Adam Shostack contemplates the use of diagrams in software analysis for threat modeling.
  • Ryan Hewitt describes the “How Might We” technique for group brainstorming.
  • Mike Clayton tutors us on the Perceptual Positions technique for understanding other points of view, as originated by John Grinder and Judith DeLozier.

Working and the Workplace

  • The Clever PM describes a strategy for how to spend your first 90 days as a product manager (or in any other role).
  • Soma Bhattacharya interviews The Lazy Project Manager, Peter Taylor, for her “This Is How I Work” series.
  • Elizabeth Harrin tutors us on meeting management techniques.
  • Brendan Toner follows up his review of Todoist for Windows with a review of the $29 / year Android version.

Enjoy!