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 10 – 16

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 10 – 16. And this week’s video: Julia Dhar shares three techniques, honed in her experience as a world debate champion, that will help us disagree productively and find common ground. 15 minutes, safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Michael Grothaus reviews some of the biggest personal data breaches of 2018. 7 minutes to read. Also: The US House of Representatives report says that last year’s Equifax compromise was an entirely preventable consequence of rapid growth. 3 minutes to read.
  • Scott Matteson interviews Alexander Garcia-Tobar on the massive growth of business Email compromise (BEC) phishing attacks over the last year. 4 minutes to read.
  • Dina Bass reports that almost everyone involved in developing facial recognition technology sees problems. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Elizabeth Harrin curates her list of project management conferences coming up in 2019. 7 minutes to read.
  • Patrice Embry shares five project management lessons she learned in 2018. 7 minutes to read.
  • Chris Matts notes that cost of delay is only a valid element of some investment cost models. 2 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton shares the most comprehensive document on project documentation (oh, stop rolling your eyes) that you will ever read. File away for future reference. 12 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture comments on a new graphic by Jurgen Apello, relating behavior and outcome, success, failure, and learning. 2 minutes to read, but take two more to study,
  • Diana Hundley coaches us on how to apologize to your client when your team makes a significant error. 6 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from “Taylorism Agility” to peaceful coexistence of agility and governance to debunking agile planning myths. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Arthur Hicken explains the “shift-left” approach to software testing—moving software testing activities earlier in the development timeline. 6 minutes to read.
  • Nacho Bassino gives us some insight into estimating the value of the technical debt work we are contemplating. 5 minutes to read.
  • Michael Solomon tutors us on testing software security, from planning to deployment and maintenance. 5 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely is an advocate for story maps, except for some situations. Here is when they don’t make sense. 2 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackovny lists six steps to create an effective test report. 6 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership content, from setting short-term objectives to building engagement to why every team needs therapy. 5 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Gregg Johnson notes that the best leaders make fewer decisions, not more. 4 minutes to read.
  • Louis Chew explains the basics of principled negotiation: finding common ground without compromising. 8 minutes to read.
  • Leigh Espy tells us when and how to lead a productive brainstorming session. 9 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Eric Mack curated predictions from 27 experts on how artificial intelligence will impact us in the next few years. Some of these read like pitches for horror films, but most are hopeful. 9 minutes to read.
  • Dave Evans, Chief Futurist at Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group, lists ten technologies that will change the world over the next ten years. 8 minutes to read.
  • Karen Hao reports on the implementation of a new approach to neural networks that better handles non-continuous data inputs. Nerdy but interesting. 6 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Paolo Gallo and Peter Vanham suggest three ways to foster intergenerational harmony in the workplace. Given that there are now 5 generations in the workforce, this subject should resonate. 7 minutes to read.
  • Lysette Sutherland reviews the pros and cons of the various commonly used means that teams use for internal communication. Podcast, 13 minutes.
  • Enrique Dans confirms our worst fear: our password has been stolen. What matters is what we do next. 4 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of December 3 – 9

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 3 – 9. And this week’s video: Jim Whitehurst, former COO of Delta Airlines and CEO of Red Hat Software, explains what he learned from giving up everything he knew about being a leader. 11 minutes, safe for work.

Also: I received feedback from Reddit member dennythecoder, who said that the hyperlinks on my pages were too hard to read. As of this week, I’ve changed the color scheme. Please let me know in the comments if this makes things better or worse.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Mark Muro and Robert Maxim go a bit deeper into the story of GM’s coming layoffs: digitalization will lead to a very different automaker workforce. 4 minutes to read.
  • Mark Wilson assess the biggest challenge for engineers working on self-driving cars: the user experience. The targets are mundane, familiar, and non-threatening. 14 minutes to read.
  • Will Knight summarizes a report from AI Now Institute which identifies facial recognition as a key challenge for society and policymakers.
  • Tessa Sproule advocates for making ethics much more visible in our decisions about artificial intelligence—even to the point of bringing in ethicists. 8 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • PMI has released three new reports on how disruptive technologies are impacting the project management profession. 3 minutes to read this quick overview.
  • Ben Howard provides a detailed tutorial on how to import a list of tasks from Excel into MS Project. 7 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale considers the cost-benefit justification of having a project manager dedicated to a project. 2 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton proposes an eight-step process for decision making, pulling influences from four widely-used methodologies. 10 minutes to read.
  • The folks at Clarizen explain how vendor management fits into project management. 3 minutes to read.
  • Deb Schaffer rounded up a few appropriate holiday gifts for the project managers on your shopping list (or you can print it out and leave it for your Significant Other). 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from current trends in corporate transformation to lessons learned from Nextflix’ failures to a team charter workshop. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Jonathan Creenaune describes the management approach taken for a truly enormous software engineering project—rearchitecting Confluence and Jira to be stateless, multi-tenant cloud applications. 15 minutes to read and well worth it.
  • Anne-Marie Charrett makes the point that quality is an emergent behavior of complex systems. 3 minutes to read.
  • Edyta Korona and Arjun Saksena interview Rich Mironov on the evolution of tech product management Podcast, 16 minutes, safe for work.
  • Llewellyn Falco lays out a process for identifying root causes and correcting the problems that allowed a bug to be created in the first place. 3 minutes to read.
  • Maaret Pyhäjärvi notes that, in testing. There’s more going on than what gets typed in at the keyboard. 4 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership content, from false dichotomies to meeting dysfunctions to setting and achieving business goals. 5 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell shares the key insights from General Stanley McChrystal’s new book, Leaders: Myth and Reality. 5 minutes to read.
  • Kerry Wills reminds us that we don’t need to ask permission to do the work we are held accountable for. Less than a minute to read.

Research and Insights

  • Mercedes Thomas gives us a tight but thorough explanation of quantum computing, from entangled states to superposition to interference. 11 minutes to read.
  • Jeff Desjardins shares an infographic giving brief explanations of 24 common cognitive biases. Maybe 5 minutes to read, if you don’t keep Googling …
  • Paramita Ghosh predicts the top ten data management trends to expect in 2019. 5 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Elizabeth Harrin posted a career planner in PDF format to help you plan for 2019. 3 minutes to read.
  • Nancy Settle-Murphy provides her guidance on keeping remote colleagues feel connected during the holiday season. 6 minutes to read.
  • Simon Knight shares his techniques for working remotely as effectively as possible. 6 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of November 26 – December 2

New project management articles published on the web during the week of November 26 – December 2. And this week’s video: A film created from 4K video shot from the International Space Station as it passes through one orbit. One hour and 33 minutes; safe for work, but way too long. Enjoy it at home!

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Nils Backe considers the ethical ramifications of smart home devices, specifically Amazon’s Echo. 5 minutes to read.
  • Joe Toscano says we need to get serious about regulating technology companies and outlines three possible ways forward. 8 minutes to read.
  • Tang Ziyi reports from China on an interesting facial recognition false alarm by a traffic offense-detection system. I won’t spoil it since it’s less than a minute to read.

Managing Projects

  • Mike Clayton answers twenty of the career and practice questions he’s commonly asked in his project management training classes. 14 minutes to read.
  • Dale Howard shares a brilliant technique for scheduling tasks to always occur on the first working day of each month. 6 minutes to read.
  • Lenka Pincot expounds on business process design, as it fits into system implementation projects. 3 minutes to read.
  • Sylvie Edwards argues that we should start a “lessons learned” log at the beginning of a project. 3 minutes to read.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Andy Burns on transforming the “heritage” PMO with Lean and Agile principles and processes. Podcast, 32 minutes, safe for work.
  • Mike Griffiths likens the proliferation of project management credentials to the proliferation of television channels. 5 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from agile transformation lessons to user research to why cooperation and collaboration are different. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Peter Pito makes the business case for jagged delivery: an approach that doesn’t pretend everything will be complete on the same day. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mike Cohn suggests several alternatives for including the impact of holidays and time off in estimating team velocity. 5 minutes to read.
  • Michael Solomon explains how to include security considerations in user stories. “As a hacker, I can …” 5 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackvony provides detailed instructions for those who must reproduce a bug report lacking in relevant details. 6 minutes to read.
  • Pete Walen explores a few subtle points to be addressed in the pursuit of better software quality. 7 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Alexander Maasik curates his weekly list of leadership articles, from the paradox of scale to lessons learned from hi-performing remote teams to stoicism for mental toughness. 5 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Dan Rockwell shares a few tips about managing up—coaching your boss in a way that works for both of you. 2 minutes to read.
  • Matan Borenkraout advocates a more subtle approach to interviewing candidates for technical positions. 5 minutes to read.
  • Simone Stolzoff repeats an insight from Scott Belsky, Adobe’s Chief Product Officer, on what to look for in candidates instead of cultural fit.” 3 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Jared Lindzon makes five predictions related to remote working tools and how they will further change the nature of teams and collaboration. 6 minutes to read.
  • Pavan Belagatti identifies eight DevOps trends we should watch as they develop in 2019. 4 minutes to read.
  • Renee DiResta analyzes the developing information world war and sees that our institutions are busy creating a digital Maginot Line to defeat abandoned pirate strategies. 15 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Elizabeth Harrin shares her current reading list, chock full of titles that address career and workplace concerns in a problem-solving manner. 7 minutes to read.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy reveals his approach to maintaining his productivity at a high level. 2 minutes to read.
  • Jennifer Moss has some recommendations for helping remote workers avoid burnout and loneliness. 5 minutes to read.

Enjoy!