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.
This little parable illustrates the internal conflict that can arise when considering alternatives to internally developed solutions. Over the last few years, the decision alternatives have only gotten more complex—Software as a Service (SaaS) has added a third option for many business needs. But in the end, the choice should be driven by life-cycle cost and time to value rather than internal politics.
As always, thanks for taking the time to read my stuff.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of March 5 – 11. Daylight Savings Time began in North America today, March 11 but won’t begin until March 25 in the UK and most of Europe. And this week’s video: Chris Pond shows how to generate reports from Microsoft Project. 3 minutes, safe for work.
Schaun Wheeler: “Most ethical mistakes come from the inability to foresee consequences, not the inability to tell right from wrong.” 8 minutes to read.
Bill Taylor notes the passing of Roger Bannister, who ran the mile in under four minutes by ignoring conventional wisdom. There’s a lesson here for those who would lead change. 4 minutes to read.
Ephrat Livni interviews futurist Richard Watson on how to be better informed—start by avoiding the news. Television journalism is to journalism as television personality is to personality. 3 minutes to read.
Elizabeth Harrin extracts actionable ideas from 15 women in project management that she’s interviewed over the years. 8 minutes to read, with links to each of the interviews and the LinkedIn profiles of each project manager.
Mike Clayton offers a primer in change management for project managers. 6 minutes to read.
Doug Thorpe revisits David Gleicher’s 1960’s era model for resistance to change. 4 minutes to read.
Guilherme Caloba shares an approach to integrating qualitative and quantitative risk analyses. 6 minutes to read.
Sai Prasad shows how to display the MS Project timeline as a countdown, in under a minute.
Brad Egeland walks us through the steps to replace the project manager n a failed project. 5 minutes to read.
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from the Agile Fluency model to why projects are always late to choosing your battles. 2 minutes to scan, 7 outbound links.
John Yorke contemplates the notion of delivering value in two posts, the second one applying Eli Goldratt’s observations on how measurement influences behavior. 10 minutes to read both.
Johanna Rothman notes that traditional measurements focus on resource efficiency rather than flow efficiency. There are better alternatives. 5 minutes to read.
Michael Stahl offers some “test cases” for the practical application of ethics in software testing. 7 minutes to read.
The Clever PM refines our approach to retrospectives as a key component of continuous improvement.
Kiron Bondale asks the rhetorical question: shouldn’t we all be agile project managers? Just over a minute to read.
Henny Portman reviews Tribal Unity: Getting from Teams to Tribes by creating a one team culture. 2 minutes to read.
Bruce Benson reflects on how poor management practices often start at the top. 3 minutes to read.
Deborah Riegel tells us how to solicit negative feedback when your manager doesn’t want to give it. Lessons here for managers, too. 4 minutes to read.
Cory Foy presents a purpose-based strategy alignment model. 3 minutes to read.
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
Hanan Benold explains how to communicate technical debt to non-technical decision makers. 4 minutes to read.
Michael Solomon tells how to manage penetration testing like a project (which it is). 5 minutes to read.
Paramita Ghosh notes the evolving use cases for the Internet of Things. 5 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
Leigh Espy shares a simple technique to help deal with nervousness before and during a presentation. 5 minutes to read.
Gina Abudi catalogs some of the challenges in managing remote workers. 2 minutes to read.
Mike Vardy interviews Dr. Mary Lamia on her new book, What Motivates Getting Things Done. And she never heard of David Allen’s book before writing it! Podcast, 26 minutes, safe for work.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of February 26 – March 4. And this week’s video: And this week’s video: The Band of Heathens perform “You’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone” on Austin City Limits, from 2011. Six minutes to watch; turn it up!
Tim Fernholz reports that a start-up is designing a satellite to deliver internet access from geosynchronous orbit. The technology tradeoffs and decisions here are fascinating. 5 minutes to read.
Mike Wehner briefs us on a new AI-powered assistant for the astronauts on the International Space Station, in the form of a floating, basketball-sized device with an animated face. 2 minutes to read.
Bruce Benson uses the occasion of a failed Russian satellite launch to remind us that managers who make technical decisions without input from the technical experts own the results. Just a minute to read.
Donna Fitzgerald previews the role of the project manager in the corporate Strategy Realization Office. You’ll need business acumen and you’ll need to be the right kind of agile. 6 minutes to read.
Mike Clayton gives us a ten-minute course on how to be a confident project manager.
John Goodpasture explores Pareto, Exponential, and Poisson distributions, and explains why we seem to use Normal distributions even when not applicable. 3 minutes to read.
Roger Swannell addresses the question of compiling documentation over the project life cycle. 2 minutes to read.
Kiron Bondale shares the questions he asks in project manager interviews. 2 minutes to read.
Stefan Wolpers curates his list of Agile content, from Launching an Agile transformation to distributed Agile leadership to product management trends. 7 outbound links, 2 minutes to scan.
John Yorke examines successful Agile software development and finds three underlying pillars. 6 minutes to read.
Henny Portman reviews The Kanban Guide for Scrum Teams, by Daniel Vacaniti and Scrum.org. less than 2 minutes to read.
Jeff Langr notes that Behavior Driven Development (BDD), like TDD, can generate more tests than benefits. Aside: false positives consume scarce resources! 5 minutes to read.
Ron Jeffries suggests that we can’t wait until the deadline to be done. 6 minutes to read.
Justin Rohrman shares some observations from working with a group that practices pair programming about 95% of the time. 3 minutes to read.
David Rock shares the leadership lesson that Microsoft learned: tell employees what you want them to strive for, in as few words as possible. 5 minutes to read.
Valerie Senyk describes the Netflix culture in terms of qualities and behaviors it values. 2 minutes to read.
Jim Taggert points out the importance of our mental models and their underlying assumptions. 2 minutes to read.
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
Avery Phillips gets us up to speed on how to deal with national and medical security breaches. The more sensitive the data, the more valuable the target. 4 minutes to read.
Ham Vocke concludes his lengthy reference on the practical test pyramid. An excellent resource, nearly an hour to read but worth your time.
Khe Hy describes his approach to making better use of everything he reads. 6 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
Rosie Spinks reports that Estonia will soon be offering a visa for “digital nomads” who want to park there for up to a year while working online. About half of the population speaks English. 4 minutes to read.
Leigh Espy points out some of the behaviors that sabotage our careers. 4 minutes to read.
Dorie Clark explains how women can develop and promote their personal brand. Excellent advice for men in here, too. 6 minutes to read.
LaRae Quy articulates what it means to be positive in terms of what positive people never do. 5 minutes to read.