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 July 18 – 24

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 18 – 24. And this week’s video: the maiden flight of Aquila, Facebook’s solar-powered unmanned aircraft, designed to bring internet connectivity to the rest of the world. Just three minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Harry Hall describes several responses that project managers might make to respond to stakeholder conflict – not all of them good.
  • Paul Culmsee and his kids prepared a four-minute video they call “A TEDdy Talk,” explaining his new book with Kailash Awati, “The Heretic’s Guide to Management.” Safe for work.
  • PMI announced that the PMBOK Guide-Sixth Edition, with extended coverage of Agile methods, and a practice guide focused on Agile will be released during the third quarter of 2017.

Established Methods

  • Elizabeth Harrin makes the argument that contributions to organizational strategic goals are a more useful project metric than alignment with those strategic goals.
  • Stuart Easton describes the annual project budgeting process as a “beauty parade,” and challenges the PMO to define value.
  • Priyanka Chakraborty reports that IT project failure rates are essentially unchanged from three years ago. If we can’t be good, let’s at least be predictable?
  • John Goodpasture expands on a quote from Tony Hoare to explore the inductive nature of software testing.
  • PMI has made their Pulse of the Profession 2016 report available for download. Title: “Delivering Value: Focus on benefits during project execution.”
  • Mike Griffiths models the business case for when software development outsourcing makes sense.
  • Glen Alleman shares his reading list of systems engineering textbooks.
  • Keith Foote gives us a primer on Big Data and cloud security.

Agile Methods

  • Johanna Rothman posted a two-part series on how to get to a frictionless release. Here’s part 2.
  • Dave Prior interviews Liana Dore, Agile Governance lead for eVestment, on the Agile PMO. Just 26 minutes, safe for work.
  • Mike Cohn addresses the question posed by the #NoProjects folks.
  • Lance Knight recounts a tale of two Scrum teams: one with a ScrumMaster who understood team dynamics, and one … well, you get the idea.
  • Natalie Warnert notes that even software teams grieve at the end of their projects.

Applied Leadership

  • David Robins offers some thoughts on managing remote workers, from processes and tools to characteristics of people who can and cannot work well remotely.
  • Kathleen O’Connor interviews former HR executive Larry Solomon on his new book, “Translate, Motivate, Activate: A Leader’s Guide to Mobilizing Change.”
  • Michael Lopp announces coming release of the third edition of “Managing Humans.”
  • Bas de Baat lists the actions needed to get a team “in the zone.”

Working and the Workplace

  • Microsoft announced the Microsoft Professional Degree program, “A university caliber curriculum for professionals at any stage in their career.”
  • Kristin Hillery collected ideas on maintaining work-life balance from a number of folks who work from offices in their home.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Jane Anderson on using LinkedIn to build your personal brand. Just 24 minutes, safe for work.
  • Suzanne Lucas briefs us on compliance with the new overtime regulations here in the US.
  • Steven Pressfield lists ten classic books on productivity, old and new.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of July 11 – 17

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 11 – 17. And this week’s video: John Kotter explains how an organization that starts out entrepreneurial and agile becomes a bureaucracy, and why it’s hard to reverse the process. Just six minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Ben Tarnoff recounts the story of how the first internet connection was demonstrated forty years ago this summer, at a beer garden in Portola Valley, a suburb of Palo Alto.
  • Bruce Harpham reflects on the phenomenon of ego depletion – the gradual loss of self-control after multiple challenges – and other sources of energy depletion.
  • Paul Reubens reports on how global engineering firm Atkins made the decision to migrate to Office 365, and what they learned along the way.

Established Methods

  • Paul Culmsee and Kailash Awati have published a new book, “The Heretic’s Guide to Management.” They say it’s about ambiguity, teddy bears, and fetishes – OK!
  • Harry Hall shows how to create and use a stakeholder register. Just 4 minutes, safe for work.
  • Laura Barnard shares her thoughts on the business case for the PMO as value creator.
  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Traci Duez, who explains how she got into project management and then into speaking about project management.
  • Seth Godin reminds us that decisions about the future should not be about the past.
  • John Goodpasture ruminates on Matthew Squair’s representation of the risk spectrum, from known to unknown to unknowable.
  • Adam Shostack challenges information security professionals to hold themselves to the same standards as those who build bridges.
  • Paramita Ghosh details the skills required to be a data scientist. You start with business skills …

Agile Methods

  • Johanna Rothman defines swarming, mobbing, and pairing, in great detail.
  • The Clever PM identifies three primary skills of great product managers.
  • Michael Kogan shares some procedural lessons learned from conducting retrospectives.
  • Angela Wick contrasts feature thinking and value thinking.
  • Ryan Ripley chairs a round table of sorts on the GROWS method, with Andy Hunt, Jared Richardson, and Don Gray. Just 55 minutes, safe for work.

Applied Leadership

  • Art Petty recommends that we think and act “in the moment.” The past matters and so does the future, but what we do right now matters far more.
  • Walt Grassl shares a parable about establishing a culture of trust, which he turns into a sort of checklist.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Niraj Kumar on developing project leadership skills. Just 34 minutes, safe for work.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Gillian Klette on how to incorporate feedback into your leadership plan, including positive comments. Just 18 minutes, safe for work.
  • Liane Davey describes the constructive mindset, as a prerequisite for giving feedback.

Working and the Workplace

  • Lisette Sutherland shares some of the best productivity she tips she collected over many years and interviews. Just 14 minutes, safe for work.
  • Hambrick and Ullén summarize recent research into whether genes or deliberate practice drive excellence and expertise. The twins research is very interesting.
  • Keith Rollag answers questions posed in the webinar, “What to do when you’re new: how to be comfortable, confident, and successful in new situations.”

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of July 4 – 10

New project management articles published on the web during the week of July 4 – 10. And this week’s video: Nick Bostrom’s TED talk on why machine learning will eventually require machines to have human values.

Must read!

  • Art Petty points to Volkswagen as example of what happens when an ethical lapse allows an organization to take a shortcut to success.
  • Daniel Newman looks into the business potential of chatbots and deep learning. If you manage projects with customer-facing capabilities, this stuff is in your near future.
  • Henny Portman describes the changes to the latest refresh of the Scrum Guide.

Established Methods

  • Nick Pisano makes an elegant case for trial and error, and always being in a yellow status.
  • Glen Alleman builds on the baseball metaphor in “Moneyball” to illustrate the need to manage software development, based on continuous analysis.
  • Harry Hall recounts a recent health scare to illustrate how to identify and deal with “sneaky” risks.
  • Mike Cohn recommends two simple actions that will help meeting participants be more mindful.
  • Isidora Roskic covers the basics of stakeholder management, from a team perspective.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews test preparation coach Julie DeSot on how to identify the correct answer in the PMP exam. Just 39 minutes, safe for work.

Agile Methods

  • Ryan Ripley interviews Ellen Gottesdiener on the importance of discovery as an enabler of delivery. Just 17 minutes, safe for work.
  • David Taber has some very specific recommendations for making Agile methods and traditional waterfall concepts work together.
  • Jeff Himmelright shares an interactive team training exercise in responding to unexpected contingencies, inspired by a scene in Apollo 13.
  • Aaron Smith summarizes the key findings in the recent Changepoint study, “Business Agility: Is It Easy to Pivot?”

Applied Leadership

  • Braden Kelly expounds on the value of thought leadership.
  • Apple Pineda explains why it takes a different approach to earn a Millenial’s loyalty.
  • Andy Jordan looks at some of the issues related to managing multiple generations in the workplace.
  • David Cotgreave notes that project risk management and handling requires a team where everyone’s opinion is considered – not just the leader’s.
  • Brad Egeland lists a few reasons why the human touch is still needed in project management – robots need not apply.

Working and the Workplace

  • Bertrand Duperrin describes the need to “consumerize” the workplace: “If they had to pay to rent the workplace, would they pay or look for another place?”
  • James Clear makes an interesting point: our environment imposes limits that we can’t easily change, no matter how motivated we are.
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Michael Sliwinski on maximizing productivity by actively curating notifications and interruptions. Just 40 minutes, safe for work.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Nicole Nader, who makes the case for women attending a project management networking event. Just 21 minutes, safe for work.
  • Bruce Harpham interviews technical recruiter Ronald Yoon for insights on how recruiting works and what recruiters are looking for.
  • Susanne Madsen tells us how to demonstrate leadership, on the way to earning your next promotion.

Enjoy!