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 3 – 9

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.

Must read!

  • 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.

Established Methods

  • 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.

Agile Methods

  • 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.

Applied Leadership

  • Jesse Lynn Stoner makes the case against team alignment.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Mike Clayton on the importance of building resilience in advance of running into challenges. Just 19 minutes, safe for work.
  • Suzanne Lucas tells how to manage people you don’t like.
  • Richard Lannon explains why coaching skills should be part of your professional development plan.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Elle Mirman summarizes the top five trends found in Crayon’s analysis of the top 1,000 landing pages.
  • David Pierce updates us on why and how we need to protect our phones from exploits.
  • Adam Shostack points out the potential commercial impact of the Presidential Advisory Commission’s commitment to release voter data (including the last four of SSN) to the public.
  • Shannon Kempe reveals the most popular posts published by Dataversity in the first half of 2017.

Working and the Workplace

  • Elizabeth Harrin recaps the “four sins of meetings” described by Gerry Lewis in his book, “Shine.”
  • Lisette Sutherland interviews Lily Snyder, COO at Doghead Simulations, on their new virtual reality collaboration software for remote teams. Just 37 minutes, safe for work.
  • Art Petty explains why (and how) we should remove the negative influences from our life and career.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of June 26 – July 2

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.

Must read!

  • 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.
  • Rich Maltzman and Dave Shirley apply the ancient metaphor of the Fox and the Hedgehog to project management and sustainability.

Established Methods

  • Harry Hall compiles ten commandments of risk management, expressed in ye Olde English of King James (but with an embedded Leo Tolstoy reference).
  • Mike Clayton explains why he prefers the term “stakeholder engagement.” Just over 5 minutes, safe for work.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Payson Hall on the most effective relationship between the project sponsor and project manager roles.
  • Barry Hodge explains the project champion role with a video, just over a minute and safe for work.
  • Kerry Wills notes the key activities in planning an off-site meeting.
  • Pat Weaver reports on an exciting development: PMI will allow candidates to take an on-line proctored CAPM certification exam through Pearson VUE, beginning this summer.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content—making the transition from project thinking to product thinking, quantifying the cost of delay, and Product Manager vs. Product Owner.
  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Stas Podoxin on how he prepared for the PMI-ACP exam by taking a university course. Just 34 minutes, safe for work.
  • Dave Prior and Jesse Fewell discuss whether the PMP Is still worth having if you are doing Agile. Just over 45 minutes, safe for work.
  • Bart Gerardi lists a few things to look for when hiring candidates for a job where Agile methods will be used.
  • The Clever PM explains how to overcome passive resistance from stakeholders.
  • John Goodpasture answers a student question: no, there are no stage gates in Agile. But it might be simpler to adapt DSDM than Scrum. And links to a presentation that demonstrates the idea.

Applied Leadership

  • Susanne Madsen identifies the connection between our values and the experiences from our childhood that influence our leadership style.
  • The partners at McKinsey & Company polled the leaders of some very visible organizations to ask what they’ll be reading this summer. Read like a CEO to think like one?
  • 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.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of June 19 – 25

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!

Must read!

  • 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.

Established Methods

  • 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!
  • Alex Puscasu posted eight more articles fleshing out his Risk Management Guide. This is the one on Risk Assessment; click on the Guide link for the rest.
  • Mike Clayton explains the history and details of the Tuckman model of group development, and how well it applies to project teams. Just six minutes, safe for work.
  • Glen Alleman clarifies some common misinterpretations of the Cone of Uncertainty.

Agile Methods

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from abandoning Scrum in favor of Kanban, to how effective teams work, to crappy product roadmaps.
  • Natalie Warnert explains why carrying unfinished work over to the next sprint is wasteful.
  • Dave Prior posts links to three podcasts that explain Cost of Delay in terms that even he understands. Just 35, 26, and27 minutes, respectively. All safe for work.
  • Johanna Rothman concludes her series on “scaling” Agile, with a look at how change works at the culture level.
  • Leigh Espy lists nine best practices for the Daily Scrum meeting.
  • The Clever PM has some recommendations on how you can expand your product management skill set. Good suggestions for Scrum Masters and project managers, too.
  • John Maher suggests that the Drexler / Sibbert team performance model might be more useful for Agile teams than the Tuckman team development model.

Applied Leadership

  • Bertrand Duperrin quotes Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, “Speed is the new currency of business.” And since humans are still the linchpins of business, that’s a problem.
  • Scott Berkun comments on Netflix’s newly updated description of their culture: good, questionable, and off the mark.
  • Art Petty notes that good leaders ask questions and listen to the answers, while bad ones talk about themselves even though nobody cares.

Technology, Techniques, and Human Behavior

  • Adam Shostack tutors us on threat modeling. “Under attack” is the new normal, folks …
  • Charles Roe explains Data Governance, Data Modeling, and Data Management. The differences are significant.
  • Mike Girdler explains why our process mapping techniques and outputs suck. But, there’s hope.
  • Faisal Hoque links mindfulness to productivity and effective leadership. Sweep the floor and then drink some tea …

Working and the Workplace

  • Maddy Osman has eight suggestions for making Email a less demanding part of your working day.
  • Richard Moy identifies four warning signs that you need to get up and take a five-minute break so you can get back to being productive.
  • The Daily Mail conducted a survey to determine the fifty most annoying office jargon terms, from “blue-sky thinking” to “ASAP.”

Enjoy!