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 May 23 – 29

New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 23 – 29. And this week’s video: a satire of television news from The Onion. Two minutes, completely unsafe for work, and absolutely hysterical. Television journalism is to journalism as television personality is to personality.

Must read (and hear)!

  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Leslie Truex, who has been blogging about working from home for nearly twenty years. Just 39 minutes, safe for work.
  • Dave Prior interviews Larissa Scordato, Patrice Colanecco Embry, Tera Caldwell Simon, and Natalie Warnert on gender bias in project management. Just over an hour, safe for work.
  • Tricia van der Grient interviews Anders Ericsson on his new book, “Peak,” and the science behind developing expertise.

Established Methods

  • Elizabeth Harrin tells us how to manage roles and responsibilities using the RACI chart and it’s sibling, the RASCI chart.
  • Ryan Ogilvie explains how to select metrics that are meaningful to business operations, and use them to optimize IT service delivery.
  • John Goodpasture finds project management lessons in the work and design approach of esteemed architect Frank Gehry.
  • Magnus Doll polled a number of project managers on line, asking them to identify the hurdles they commonly encounter. Here he summarizes each of them.
  • Ken Ashe tutors us on the Work Breakdown Structure.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebetskiy gets into the detail of a software development WBS.
  • Rob England links the Cynefin model of complexity and knowledge to the need to experiment, resulting in what he refers to as Noble Failures.

Agile Methods

  • The Clever PM explains how the product manager should work with the sales folks to get the best results for both Development and Sales.
  • Johanna Rothman examines an organizational case where Agile is just … wrong.
  • Mike Griffiths continues his assessment of Bimodal IT with a concept from Jim Collins, “The Genius of the AND.”
  • Esther Derby shares the key bullet points from her keynote at Big Apple Scrum, as captured by one of the attendees.
  • Derek Huether wants to distinguish between Work in Process and Work in Progress.
  • Srividya Natarajan explains how her distributed Scrum team was organized to maximize delivered value.

Applied Leadership

  • Scott Berkun gives us the short version of how to be a better public speaker. Considering he wrote an entire book on the subject, this is definitely short.
  • Elise Stevens has rounded up six resources to help you improve your delegation skills.
  • Liane Davey begins a three-part series on transitioning a team to new leadership by looking at the good and bad reasons to want to succeed your boss.
  • Bruce Harpham introduces us to job shadowing, as a technique to improve job mobility within the organization. Retention depends on job satisfaction and growth.
  • Susanne Madsen tutors us on becoming proactive project managers.
  • Seth Godin looks at the economics of being proactive.

Balloon May 2016Project Risk Management

  • Harry Hall distinguishes between threats and issues and how each should be tracked.
  • David Hillson follows up on his risk facilitator article by mapping each facilitation style to common risk identification techniques.
  • Cornelius Fichtner presents a free project risk management PDF eBook by Dr. Jim Young, “Managing Murphy.” Just 6 minutes, safe for work.

The folks in this balloon have the right idea – we waved at each other as they floated by our house. Enjoy the holiday weekend!

New PM Articles for the Week of May 16 – 22

New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 16 – 22. And this week’s video: a tutorial on how to create mind maps using iMindMap.

Must read!

  • Mike Griffiths has updated his analysis: “Agile and PMBOK v5 Guide Alignment.” Just 36 pages, invaluable, and free to download in PDF format.
  • Coert Vissar provides brief definitions of 23 common cognitive biases, heuristics, and effects. Understanding these concepts will help you make better decisions.
  • Adriana Girdler walks us through her meeting facilitator toolbox. OK, it’s a rolling suitcase – the contents and how she uses them are what matters. Just 7 minutes, safe for work.

Established Methods

  • Henny Portman reviews Jim Johnson’s new book, “The Dead Presidents’ Guide to Project Management.”
  • Elise Stevens interviews Laura Barnard and Kendall Lott about the Project Management Day of Service and volunteering PM skills to non-profits. Just 29 minutes, safe for work.
  • Gina Abudi points out that supporting employees’ social good work often benefits the employer.
  • Daan Pepijn explains how startups and small and medium enterprises can incorporate freelancers into their teams by leveraging technology.
  • Lisette Sutherland does a retrospective and lists some of the reasons her interview subjects have decided to embrace remote work. Just nine minutes, safe for work.
  • John Goodpasture examines an interesting concept in a presentation by SalKahn: the “project balance sheet.”
  • Nick Pisano advocates using analytics and a bit of self-awareness to remove the blind spots that keep organizations from acting in their own self-interest.
  • Sven Krasser and Dmitri Alperovitch clarify how machine learning can be applied to identifying and fighting off network attacks.
  • Bruce Harpham dusts off a few more techniques to make Email work for you.

Agile Methods

  • Frode Helgesen provides a quick overview of Pointing Poker, useful for geographically distributed teams who wish they could use planning poker.
  • Ryan Ripley interviews Johanna Rothman on her new book, “Agile and Lean Program Management.” Just 48 minutes, safe for work.
  • Jay Daniel makes the case for estimating our work, even when using Agile methods.
  • Mike Cohn argues against estimating the Sprint backlog using task points, rather than hours.
  • Peter Saddington has determined that a limited understanding of client organizational culture limits the effectiveness of Agile coaches and consultants.
  • Renee, Craig, and Tony interview Dean Leffingwell, the creator of the Scaled Agile Framework. Just 31 minutes, safe for work.
  • Mike Donoghue lays out the logic behind combining Agile and traditional project management methods into a hybrid approach.
  • Lavinia Mihaela Dinca identifies five challenges for the business analyst on a hybrid project.
  • The Clever PM notes that organizations adopt Scrum because they want results, not compliance with a methodology.

Applied Leadership

  • Elizabeth Harrin interviews Christine Unterhitzenberger, who is researching the degree to which perceptions of fairness impact project performance.
  • Peter Doyle links Jonathan Westrup’s Ethics, Values, and Governance Pyramid with the model of authentic project leadership described in “Organizational Dynamics.”
  • Art Petty adds his insights on how to coach employees struggling with self-doubt.
  • Moira Alexander illustrates the use of KPI’s to measure a project team’s effectiveness.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of May 9 – 15

New project management articles published on the web during the week of May 9 – 15. And this week’s video: how to display two different chart types in one chart in Excel. Just five minutes, safe for work.

Must read!

  • Art Petty provides guidance on how to recover from the damage a toxic employee does to both the team and the manager.
  • Cameron Conaway reports on the evidence that, despite advances in the last few years, sexism still limits opportunities for women in a business world dominated by men.
  • Narciss Popescu updates Tuckman’s model of group development – Forming, Storming, Norming, Performing, Adjourning – based on studies that reflect modern business.

Established Methods

  • Michel Dion describes decision management and related administrative tool, the Decision Log.
  • Harry Hall describes the benefits of conducting a risk audit, and provides an example.
  • Pat Weaver notes that the language we use to describe project risks can make it more difficult to communicate and manage them.
  • Henny Portman reviews Jan Postema’s new book, “The Effective Project Board.” Looks like an interesting read.
  • Mike Clayton points out the critical information in a project brief: the document that gets a project approved.
  • Jeff Collins makes the case for project dashboard reporting.
  • Dmitriy Nizhebeskiy concludes his two-part series on creating a work breakdown structure with twenty traits of the high-quality WBS.
  • Magnus Doll has compiled a list of the twenty “most interesting” project management blogs, including this one – thanks for the recognition!
  • Thor Olavsrud reports from Apache: Big Data North America, where keynote speaker Amy Gaskins explained the critical attributes of successful Big Data projects.

Agile Methods

  • John Goodpasture takes exception to Philippe Krutchen’s recent post expanding the definition of technical debt – it’s not just about design decisions.
  • Johanna Rothman provides an example of using a discovery project to improve both the quality of the cost and schedule estimates of a proposed project and get customer buy-in.
  • Tin Kadoic provides an overview of how Five and Shoutem approach product testing. Critical point: expose the product to the users early in the development process!
  • Thomas Carney notes the need to get user feedback in a structured manner, so it’s actionable.
  • Samir Goswami examines the challenge of making quality measurable in for a Scrum team.
  • Craig Smith interviews Marcus Hammarberg on his new book, “Kanban in Action.” Just 42 minutes, safe for work.

Applied Leadership and Collaboration

  • Elise Stevens interviews Alli Polin on leadership and the myths around personal growth and development. Just 19 minutes, safe for work.
  • Penelope Trunk extracts lessons on team building from working with the kids on the farm.
  • Scott Berkun concatenates five principles into a plan for solving problems – big problems.
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews freelance product manager Fernando Garrido Vaz on managing virtual teams with varying cultures and times zones. Just 35 minutes, safe for work.
  • Craig Smith recommends you upload your photo to the tools you use to collaborate with your globally dispersed team, to help them think of you as a person.
  • Carmine Gallo lists the public speaking tips that TED gives to its presenters.
  • Liane Davey vents: people who don’t read the pre-read material waste everyone else’s time when you have to cover it in the meeting.

Enjoy!