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 July 3 – 9. And this week’s video: Scott Wadsworth and Cy Swan revive the old American tradition of shooting an anvil into the air on Independence Day. Just three minutes, safe for work.
Joanna Plucinska reports that the G20 will collaborate with the private sector to fight terrorism online.
Anshu Sharma describes Amazon as “the company with 100 CEOs” and explains why that model lets them do anything. Anything.
Deepali Uppal explores coming trends in organizational structure. It’s not just Holocracy.
John Goodpasture explains the concept of “the most valuable milestone” and why we should protect it.
Leigh Espy provides a decision guide for choosing between Agile methods and detailed planning methods, based on characteristics of the project and the team. Sorry, I can’t bring myself to use the epithet “waterfall.”
Stuart Easton contemplates the most common complaint from PMOs: “We have too many projects!”
Kerry Wills describes that annual corporate game of gambling and bluffing: Budget Poker.
Lynda Bourne uses the Sydney Opera House as an example of a project that may or may not have been successful, depending on what success criteria you use.
Harry Hall details three of his favorite techniques for identifying risks.
Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly Agile content list, from hiring Scrum Masters, to applying the Theory of Constraints to Agile, to a list of 113 mental models.
Mike Cohn share a few recommendations for your summer reading list (and leaves the door open for commenters to add their recommendations).
Puja Nigam describes the current state of the quality manager role in an Agile world.
Ryan Ripley shares an audio recording of his Advanced Scrum presentation at the Path to Agility conference in Ohio. About an hour and twenty minutes, safe for work.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 26 – July 2. And this week’s video: Brendon Gouveia presents a short animation breaking down the concepts of emotional intelligence and how it’s an integral part of thinking and decision making.
Katie Benner caps a week in which Uber CEO Travis Kalanick stepped down with a report on the culture of harassment of women in technology.
Tyler Cowen looks at how the iPhone has changed not only the behavior of the people who use it but the way complex products are mass-produced.
Geraldine O’Reilly describes the key skills required to successfully manage projects with a cross-cultural team.
Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior
Ben Longstaff explores the moral challenges of creating error handling for self-driving cars that can’t empathize with the humans they may impact— When an accident is inevitable, whose life should be saved?
Nick Heath prepared a summary of where ransomware comes from and how to protect yourself from it.
Eshe Nelson reports on a PWC estimate that AI could increase global GDP by $15.7 trillion by 2030, with almost half of that amount accruing to China.
Garrett Kinsman evangelizes the coming wave in the Internet of Things (IoT), explaining how it will change the world forever.
Working and the Workplace
E. Goodman-Wilson explains why he left a good gig in San Francisco at Slack to take a position in Paris. Yes, the one in France.
Tim Herrera makes the business case for taking a nap at work. Note that napping during meetings is still not good practice.
Katrina Davies shares some simple techniques for de-stressing without leaving your desk. Note: leave your desk, anyway—this stuff is the last resort.
New project management articles published on the web during the week of June 19 – 25. And this week’s video: Elizabeth Harrin shows how to create a video version of your presentation using Lumen5.com. Less than seven minutes, safe for work, and highly recommended!
Darragh Broderick links us to six TED talks that can help us master critical communication skills. Definitely, take the time to listen to the talks by William Ury and Colin Camerer.
Harry Hall suggests some ways we can apply the principles described by Joshua Becker in “The More of Less: Finding the life you want under everything you own” to project management.
Dan O’Sullivan details the losses in the newly discovered leak of data collected on behalf of the Republican National Committee. Personal data on nearly all of 200 million eligible voters—the mind boggles that this much data could be left completely exposed.
Michel Dion observes that there is an objective to each meeting, beyond the one reflected in the agenda.
John Goodpasture shares a great picture of F-35 program manager Vice Admiral David Venlet standing in front of a low-tech, high-information dashboard. Paper still gets it done!