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 August 21 – 27

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 21 – 27. And this week’s video: Excel wizard Steve Equals True (get it?) shows how to create a project status spectrum chart in Excel. Just 8 minutes, safe for work.

Must read (or Listen)!

  • Artur Kiulian explains why your next boss may be a robot. 7 minutes to read.
  • Kara Swisher leads a techie discussion panel on the potential for finding tech workers in coal country. Podcast, just over an hour.
  • Bertrand Duperrin recounts a fascinating conversation: “I did not go to school. I went to YouTube.” Peer-to-peer education has become a powerful force. 3 minutes to read.

Established Methods

  • Elizabeth Harrin describes her new book: “Communicating Change: How to talk about project change.” 3 minutes to read (the article, not the book).
  • Mike Clayton has curated a list of TED Talks for project managers. 24 outbound links, 5 minutes to browse, and hours of video content.
  • Glen Alleman describes the concept of operations and explains why it is so valuable to project success. 4 minutes to read.
  • Nick Pisano continues his examination of integrated project management, this time focusing on the economic aspects. 8 minutes to read.
  • Stuart Easton explains that PMO’s have super-powers. At least, in business terms. 5 minutes to read.
  • Allen Chilmeran describes key metrics that should be incorporated into project status reports. 10 minutes to read.
  • Peter Landau shares the ultimate project status reporting checklist. 5 minutes to read.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from feature factories (bad) to Agile project management (bad?) to creating psychological safety (undeniably good). 12 outbound links, 3 minutes to scan.
  • Eli Woolery interviews Irene Au, one of the people who designed Netscape and continues to influence design at Google and beyond. Podcast, 32 minutes.
  • Toyota alumnus Glen Morris explains the notion of Jidoka and what he and his team expect to gain from implementing self-monitoring machines. 4 minutes to read.
  • The Clever PM interviews Jay Stansell of the Product Coalition on the start of the craft and applying design thinking to daily life. 6 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Harry Hall tutors us on the techniques that can be used for stakeholder analysis. 2 minutes to read.
  • Lynda Bourne describes a new metric for measuring the level of engagement that we need/want/expect/experience from our project stakeholders. 5 minutes to read.
  • Roy Naquin reviews the basic techniques we can use to influence our stakeholders. 4 minutes to read.
  • Art Petty tells us that we need to develop managers who lead—the behaviors of leadership are needed at all levels in the organization. 3 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Rich Maltzman explains voltage optimization, and how organizations are saving money (and power) by changing their power supply to match their actual needs. 3 minutes to read.
  • John McIntyre describes Holly, the holiday-bot that queries their HR system for absences and uses Slack to tell the PMO lead which project managers are out of the office. 3 minutes to read.
  • Josh Wardini shared an extensive infographic on the history and current state of Poker-playing AI applications. 6 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Leigh Espy tells why you need to determine the purpose of your next meeting in order to get the most out of everyone’s time. 3 minutes to read.
  • Michael Hyatt notes the point where delegation becomes an abdication of responsibility.
  • Lisette Sutherland curates comments from past interviews on the fine points of managing remote teams. Podcast, 20 minutes.
  • Michael Huber addresses overcoming isolation as a remote employee. 3 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of August 14 – 20

New project management articles published on the web during the week of August 14 – 20. And this week’s video: Erica Olsen gives us a fast tutorial on how to conduct a SWOT analysis. Just over 5 minutes, safe for work.

Must read (or Watch)!

  • Dave Prior interviews Mike Griffiths and Johanna Rothman on the soon-to-be-released PMI Agile Practice Guide. Johanna defines “Agile project manager” 14 minutes in and nails it. Video, 21 minutes to watch.
  • Jayanth Reddy and Pankaj Tiwari dig into the global changes disrupting India’s IT industry and ecosystem. A 15-minute read, but India is not a small country.

Established Methods

  • Elizabeth Harrin extracts 6 key principles from Louise Worsley’s new book, Stakeholder-led Project Management: Changing the way we manage projects. 2 minutes to read.
  • Harry Hall walks us through the process of creating a stakeholder register. 3 minutes to read; accompanying video is 4 minutes long, safe for work.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Catharine on managing diverse stakeholder groups. Podcast, 14 minutes.
  • Grace Windsor gives us a detailed class on how to work effectively with your project’s sponsor. 6 minutes to read.
  • John McIntyre points out half-dozen cognitive biases that PMO professionals should be aware of and be defending against. 6 minutes to read.
  • Barry Hodge tells us why our project will be canceled, and what we can do to prevent it. 3 minutes to read.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of all things Agile, from “business Agile” (bad) to system resilience (good) and beyond. 12 outbound links, 3 minutes to scan.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Joseph Flahiff, who claims that more projects are using Agile methods than ever before. Podcast, 29 minutes, safe for work.
  • Mike Cohn references the work of Richard Hackman on how authority can be distributed to teams, to support his definition of self-organizing teams. 3 minutes to read.
  • Kaysie Garza explains what to prioritize for a successful, scalable design process. 4 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Esther Derby shows why we need the virtue of patience when driving complex organizational behavior changes. 3 minutes to read.
  • Ron Rosenhead presents an anecdote that illustrates the need for self-awareness. You can’t change what you don’t realize needs changing. 3 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton provides a detailed overview of effective team communication. 10 minutes to read.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Adrian Bowles presents a webinar on organizing data and knowledge using taxonomies and ontologies. 61 minutes, safe for work.
  • Kimberly Crawley interviews cybersecurity consultant Cheryl Biswas on the flawed state of readiness for cyber-attacks in small and medium-sized businesses. 10 minutes to read.
  • Karen Smith reflects on the power of questions. Is your question an invitation, a request, or a weapon? 4 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Oliver Burkeman makes the case for the four-hour working day (like we needed to be convinced). 2 minutes to read, leaving you 238 minutes to work.
  • Patrick Allen suggests that your morning routine is just fine, but your unstructured afternoon needs work. 4 minutes to read.
  • Kat Boogaard reminds us what to do after meeting someone at a networking event. That’s why you went, right? 3 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New Post at AITS: Agile at Scale Enables Your Grilled Cheese Sandwich

My latest article for AITS was published today: Agile at Scale Enables Your Grilled Cheese Sandwich.

Amazon is one of the few very large companies with a completely Agile culture. You might not like what they are doing to their competitors or the stress levels their employees have to deal with, but they live Agile values and methods, from CEO Jeff Bezos all the way down. In this article, I look at how they were able to develop Prime Now in only 111 days.

As always, thanks for taking the time to read my stuff.