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 project management articles published on the web during the week of September 11 – 17. And this week’s video: the folks at MePIN provide a little background on the GDPR, if it’s not already on your radar. Just 2 minutes, safe for work.
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Lily Hay Newman gives us some background on the Social Security number—why we still use it for so many things and what the Equifax breach might mean for our American identity crisis. 5 minutes to read.
Russell Brandom diagnoses the larger problem: our entire credit bureau system, which relies on data that is no longer private, is irretrievably broken. 4 minutes to read.
Bertrand Duperrin notes measures of a lack of business maturity in data privacy and security practices, even with the General Data Protection Regulation becoming effective in May 2018. 3 minutes to read.
Harry Hall explains why those who already have their PMP should read the PMBOK 6th edition. 2 minutes to read, and I second the motion.
Elizabeth Harrin reviews The Project Manager’s Little Book of Cheats, by Beth Spriggs. “I’ve covered it in sticky notes.” 2 minutes to read.
Johnny Beirne interviews Mike Clayton on the importance of project definition. Podcast, 28 minutes.
Ron Rosenhead notes the potential value in a selection process for project sponsors. 2 minutes to read.
Cheryl Texeira walks us through planning a project with an unrealistic deadline. 3 minutes to read.
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list, from Agile metrics to scaling Agile, to the existential question: Is Agile Doomed? 11 outbound links, 3 minutes to scan.
Mike Cohn maps out the most productive way for programmers and testers to collaborate. 7 minutes to read.
Johanna Rothman continues her series on alternatives for Agile and Lean road mapping, describing the Product Value Team. 3 minutes to read.
Mishkin Berteig lists three alternatives to Scrum and identifies how well each fits IT project work. 8 minutes to read.
Bart Gerardi describes the benefits of an Agile Center of Excellence as opposed to a more common Project Management Office. 7 minutes to read.
Scott Sehlhorst describes an approach for progressively elaborating the team’s understanding and behavior model of the users. 6 minutes to read.
Jason Moccia tutors us on design sprints, which use Scrum to refine the requirements and design before beginning development. WaterScrum? Uh, no. 7 minutes to read.
Uri Galimidi tells an anecdote about a manager who failed to hear what he was being told and offers some thoughts on developing your listening ability. 4 minutes to read.
Art Petty describes the corporate Zombie Apocalypse and offers some head-shots to deal with the causes. 3 minutes to read.
Ted Bauer eviscerates the “high achiever” myth, with acerbic wit, foul language, and several anecdotes. 6 minutes to read.
Suzanne Lucas gives us the executive micro-summary of a study conducted by an all-women team at BCG on what is helping women succeed and what is not. 3 minutes to read.
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
Ryan Ogilvie shows how to sell service improvement to decision makers as a value-add. 3 minutes to read.
Steven Levy profiles the team at CTRL-Labs and the work they’re doing on a brain-machine interface that might soon be implemented as a watchband. 15 minutes to read, but absolutely worth it.
John Goodpasture links Oren Etzioni’s rules for AI systems with Isaac Asimov’s laws of robotics for an interesting baseline of constraints. 2 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
Mike Griffiths expands on Dianna Larson’s recent keynote speech, “Knowledge work is learning work.” 4 minutes to read.
Adam Schwartz, founder and CEO of Articulate, tells us why (and how) remote work scales. 5 minutes to read.
Conner Forrest reports on a recent survey by Softchoice: 74% of office workers would change jobs to firms that supported working from home. 2 minutes to read.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of September 4 – 10. And this week’s video: Iyad Rahwan, associate professor at the MIT Media Lab, explores how Artificial Intelligence challenges our morality. If a driverless car must choose between killing five pedestrians crossing the street, or swerving to a wall and killing its own passenger, what should it do? A social dilemma! Just 14 minutes, safe for work.
The PMBOK Guide—Sixth Edition is now available for order or complimentary PDF download, if you’re a current PMI member. 2 minutes to read this announcement page.
Adam Shostack notes the hypocrisy in Equifax offering to protect the same consumer data that they just failed to protect. 2 minutes to read.
Nancy Settle-Murphy interviews coach Paula Webster on how “mindfulness” helps us manage stress and stay in the moment. 7 minutes to read, 9 outbound links.
Elizabeth Harrin lists seven must-read books on stakeholder engagement. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
Gina Abudi describes the Stakeholder Support Committee. 2 minutes to read.
Ron Rosenhead applies the wisdom of Woody Allen to project sponsorship. 2 minutes to read.
Susanne Madsen explains how we can create a strong team identity, beginning at the project kickoff. 4 minutes to read.
Antonio Uncal wants us to approach the lessons learned meeting as an exercise in story-telling. 4 minutes to read.
Bruce Benson casts a skeptical eye on methodologies that don’t acknowledge Second Order Ignorance. 3 minutes to read.
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list, from Deming’s Lean Production principle to jobs to be done, to Agile management anti-patterns. 12 outbound links, 3 minutes to browse.
Johanna Rothman continues her series on Agile and Lean road mapping. 3 minutes to read part 2, 2 minutes to read part 3, and 3 minutes to read part 4.
Mike Hill Tweeted an article and collected the bits in Storify—plainly, the 20th Century is over—on his Dan Pink-derived model of motivation, called RAMPS. 2 minutes to read.
Ron Jeffries vamps on Mike Hill’s RAMPS. OK, mea culpa … 6 minutes to read.
Erik Hansen introduces and justifies the Chaos user story—a way to insert something overlooked into an active sprint. Spock eyebrow-raise in three, two, one … 5 minutes to read.
Glen Alleman resurrects Linus Pauling’s principle: we need to have lots of ideas and learn to throw out the bad ones. 3 minutes to read.
Art Petty provides a few anecdotes that illustrate the need to “speak truth to power.” Bad ideas must be challenged—that’s sometimes the value we add. 4 minutes to read.
Harry Hall suggests three positive phrases that motivate a team to higher performance. 2 minutes to read.
Lew Sauder tells how to keep your team members accountable, without resorting to “passive-aggressive control freak douchey behavior.” 4 minutes to read.
John Goodpasture extends an observation by Yuval Harari on organizing an army to organizing a project team. It’s not just a want; we need to believe. Just a minute to read.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 28 – September 3. And this week’s video: Project Chair Cyndi Dionisio and Vice Chair Dr. David Hillson explain what’s new in the PMBOK Guide 6th Edition, to be released on September 6. Less than 4 minutes, safe for work.
Must read (or Listen)!
Teena Maddox reports that technology companies are stepping up to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey dry out their cell phones. 7 minutes to read.
Guise Bule notes the impact of Hurricane Harvey and lists some steps that businesses need to take to protect data and IT assets from natural disaster. 4 minutes to read.
Rich Maltzman explains how to read general business articles like a project leader. 2 minutes to read.
Elizabeth Harrin tutors us on how organizational change management fits into project management. 5 minutes to read.
Roland Combes maps the complex mix of elements of a global IT project capacity into two delivery models. 3 minutes to read.
Glenn Alleman revisits his comments on why you don’t need Agile methods to avoid the Seven Deadly Sins of Project Management. Short intro, with 27 slides. Call it five minutes to read.
Harry Hall tells how to engage stakeholders through an internal project blog. 3 minutes to read.
Mike Clayton contrasts the PMP and CAPM, two different qualifications based on the same body of knowledge. 6 minutes to read.
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly Agile connections, from a skeptic’s embrace of design thinking to Agile / DevOps / continuous delivery to product discovery. 11 outbound links, 3 minutes to scan.
Kaysie Garza on design thinking: why you need it and how to put it into practice. 14 outbound links, 4 minutes to read. Take the time to scan the links before you get too deep into any of them, unless you’re already familiar with the concepts.
Joel Bancroft-Connors and his invisible gorilla, Hogarth, look at the pitfalls of using metrics to manage Agile adoption. 6 minutes to read.
Mike Griffiths gives us the details on the new Agile Appendix to the 6th Edition of the PMBOK, plus the all new Agile Practice Guide. 4 minutes to read.
Johanna Rothman starts a new series, describing alternatives for creating Agile and Lean product roadmaps. 5 minutes to read.
Shashank Sinha shares his approach to managing technical debt in a Scrum team. 2 minutes to read.
John Goodpasture decants the lessons (and value) of myth-making from Yuval Harrari’s book, “Sapiens.” 2 minutes to read.
Art Petty tells how to recognize and seize the opportunities when management identifies a need for organizational changes. 3 minutes to read.
Justin Bariso analyzes an exemplary Email from Elon Musk to Tesla employees outlining his corporate communication philosophy. 4 minutes to read.
Suzanne Lucas observes the leader as teacher: not a micro-manager, but a facilitator of the process of learning. 3 minutes to read.
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
Amber Lee Dennis presents a case study on how Office Depot benefitted from the implementation of a master data management solution. 5 minutes to read.
αλεx π (everybody’s gotta have a name) reviews three books on the ways that math and statistics can be misused. 6 minutes to read.
Kindra Hall analyzes the common failure modes of the question and answer sessions that follow your presentation. 3 minutes to read.
Working and the Workplace
Bertrand Duperrin sees the remote work “wave” beginning to recede. 4 minutes to read.
Travis Bradberry lists the nine skills he recommends we master that will deliver life-long value. 7 minutes to read.
Lisette Sutherland reflects on some of the disadvantages of using video conferencing. Podcast (no video), 11 minutes, safe for work.