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 and in benefits administration. 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 January 14 – 20

New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 14 – 20. And this week’s video: Mark Galley demonstrates a 5-why analysis, using the Titanic as an example. He moves from a simple 1-why, progressing to a 3-why, then a 5-why, then several valid 5-whys representing different points of view, and finally shows a poster with 125 whys. 5 minutes to watch—try not to drown!

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Paul Maidment reports on the fear, uncertainty, and doubt following Parliament’s rejection of the Brexit deal, and what businesses are doing to prepare for a hard Brexit. 6 minutes to read.
  • Brad Smith, CEO of Intuit, offers his executive’s-eye view of the top ten tech issues, each with public policy implications, for 2019. 11 minutes to read.
  • Sharlyn Lauby offers some specific recommendations for improving your business acumen. Note that SHRM and PMI have similar notions of what that phrase means. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Kiron Bondale notes that PMI just released their Benefits Realization Management Practice Guide this month and suggests several curable causes for poor practice. 2 minutes to read.
  • The nice folks at Clarizen suggest six complementary strategies for dealing with difficult vendors. 3 minutes to read.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Emily Luijbregts on diversity in project management. Aside: we men need to do a better job of recognizing when things aren’t right. Podcast, 27 minutes.
  • John Goodpasture reviews three quantitative concepts that we need to understand when discussing probability and statistical assessments. 2 minutes to read.
  • Henny Portman provides a quick overview of The Evidence-Based Management Guide, developed by Scrum.org. Lots of good content in only 11 pages—highly recommended. 2 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton condenses the team stress detection and management techniques from his book, Brilliant Stress Management. 10 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from product management problem areas to handling unplanned work in Scrum to Feather’s law of conservation of complexity. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Nishi Grover Garg introduces us to usability testing, from why to how. 4 minutes to read.
  • John Cutler describes his conversation with the CEO of a medium-sized company that had “gone Agile.” Just not far enough to get the results they were looking for. 3 minutes to read.
  • Andy Hunt describes the four essential parts of a modern software development strategy. 6 minutes to read.
  • Chris Matts translates the SAFe definition of an Epic to something meaningful to actual practitioners in an enterprise environment. 5 minutes to read.
  • Charity Majors notes that in the modern era of distributed systems, the final round of testing happens in production. 4 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Lisa Lai coaches us on preparing to manage in times of increasing strategic ambiguity. Disruption happens—see the first two links under Business Acumen and Strategy! 6 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell debunks the four most common myths peddled by business pundits. But pundits gotta pund, I guess. 5 minutes to read.
  • Nicolai Foss and Peter Klein argue that new-fangled “flat” organizations need bosses more than ever—they just need them to do different things. 13 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Anshu Sharma gives us the details behind a Russian intrusion into the US power grid. “[E]very [trusted] business relationship is a potential vulnerability.” 6 minutes to read.
  • Thomas Brewster reports on a white-hat hack, taking control of giant construction cranes. I hate it when life imitates “Die Hard” sequels. 5 minutes to read.
  • Sagar Bhatia talks through the positives and challenges we expect to see as 5G deployment begins in earnest. 7 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Stav Ziv gives us several more sophisticated alternatives to address our cover letter, because “To whom it may concern” is so early-20th 5 minutes to read.
  • Kelsey Jones coaches us on tools and techniques to be more effective at creating and responding to Email. 5 minutes to read.
  • Adriana Girdler covers the basics of cell phone etiquette in the work environment. Video, 9 minutes, safe for work (naturally).
  • Emma Charlton presents an analysis of the hard and soft skills most in demand, as reflected in the employment requisitions on LinkedIn. 2 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of January 7 – 13

New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 7 – 13. And this week’s video: Microsoft program manager Verlebie Chan talks about overcoming bias, expectations, and self-doubt and taking risks on her way to establishing her career as a software developer. 13 minutes to watch.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Mike Murphy reports from the Consumer Electronics Show 2019. “We’ve entered the post-smartphone era.” 8 minutes to read.
  • The folks at ELIX list the core business values of Amazon, as articulated and evolved by Jeff Bezos. 8 minutes to read.
  • Paul Rawlinson makes an elegant case for regulation as necessary to keep global trade from becoming a zero-sum game. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Mike Clayton recaps ten lessons he’s learned about project management over the years. Best line: “Stakeholder Engagement is Project Management for Sophisticated Adults.”8 minutes to read.
  • The folks at PM Times join forces to point out trends in project management, business analysis, and agile methods during 2019. 6 minutes to read.
  • Carolyn Smith shares lessons learned from two decades managing IT PMO organizations. 14 minutes to read but well worth it.
  • Leigh Espy tutors us on affinity diagrams—what they are and how to use them. 6 minutes to read.
  • Sandhya Gupta shares her checklist for sunsetting software products, from the vendor’s point of view. 7 minutes to read.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Susanne Madsen on managing stress while managing projects. Podcast, 34 minutes, safe for work.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his list of Agile content, from the EPIQ model to product design principles to the Prime Directive. 7 outbound links, three minutes to read.
  • John Demian gets deep into the economics of a serverless (in this case AWS Lambda) framework for operations. 12 minutes to read.
  • Vladimir Fedak makes the argument against a switch to microservices. 4 minutes to read.
  • Scott Shipp wants to put the “engineering” back in software engineering. Hear, hear! 5 minutes to read.
  • Henny Portman name checks Agile frameworks, from well-known to obscure and a couple that I don’t think count as Agile frameworks. 12 minutes to read.
  • Kristin Jackvony explains how the Automation Test Wheel, an alternative concept to the testing pyramid that she described here, works in practice. 5 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Randy Conley gets a few leadership lessons from observing nature in action: one hawk and three crows. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mary Jo Asmus helps reflexive problem-solvers keep the problems with their owners with one simple question. 2 minutes to read.
  • Steve Keating explains the difference between a talker and a communicator. I’ll let you describe the transmitter. Here’s part 2. Each about 3 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Marc Prosser asks whether facial recognition technology is still viable, now that 3D printed busts of people’s heads have been used to unlock 4 of 5 smartphones. 4 minutes to read.
  • Bill Gates, the world’s second-richest man, reports from a Harvard University lab on new robots shaped like nothing Isaac Asimov ever imagined. 4 minutes to read.
  • David Stringer and Kevin Buckland report on progress in getting to commercially viable solid-state battery technology, the key to faster charging. 6 minutes to read.
  • Paramita Ghosh explains the decentralized data storage approach commonly known as blockchain and points out a few good use cases. 5 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace.

  • Steph Smith curated a list of ten 2019 conferences for women in technology and on the way identified a couple of diversity scholarships. 6 minutes to read.
  • Alessandro Lulian makes the business case for hiring Millennials. For one thing, they outnumber us Boomers in the workforce. 4 minutes to read.
  • Brian Wallace shares an infographic explaining how to robot-proof your career, in case you’re asking for a friend. 3 minutes or so to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of December 31 – January 6

New project management articles published on the web during the week of December 31 – January 6. And this week’s video: Alec Watson gives us a product development case history of the videotape wars, VHS versus Betamax. The winner was not the company with the best technology, but the one that better understood the use cases of their customers. Even if you’re not in a product development role, this is a valuable management insight. Here’s part two. Each part about 16 minutes, both safe for work.

Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Nariman Behavesh, Chief Economist for IHS Markit, posted his predictions for the global economy in 2019. 6 minutes to read.
  • Mark Sullivan curates “tech trend” predictions for the coming year, from AI and augmented reality to 5G, drones, and the shift away from cable TV. 10 minutes to read.
  • Marc Bain reports on trends in retail, grouped as experimental, threatening, transitory, and necessary. “Autonomous last-mile delivery” is a thing, it seems. 6 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • The folks at MPUG list ten of their most popular articles from 2018. Here’s one more chance to read them! 6 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture warns us to beware the strategic objective that isn’t really strategic at all. 2 minutes to read.
  • Elizabeth Harrin coaches a project manager on effectively communicating with stakeholders who must act on an issue. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton reflects on the “blaming” mindset which kicks in when projects go wrong. Just over a minute to read.
  • David Robins gets deep into the details of tracking progress against plan. 6 minutes to read.
  • Harry Hall recaps his ten most popular project risk management articles from 2018, describes his plans for 2019, and asks you to take his reader survey—I did! 2 minutes to read.
  • The folks at Clarizen list a few risk assessment techniques you should consider using if you aren’t already. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of Agile content, from Agile as common sense to supporting hypergrowth to why leadership isn’t always about having a plan. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Emily Stevens points out five important UX trends for 2019. 8 minutes to read.
  • Adam Shostack launches a new course, Introduction to Threat modeling for Security Professionals, on LinkedIn Learning. For free. A minute to read.
  • Alan Page notes that when using modern software development approaches, testing is a value-add, rather than a cost. 4 minutes to read.
  • Cynthia Dunlop curated a list of interesting quotes from people talking about software testing. 12 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • John Yorke considers ways in which a manager can determine whether a worker is slacking off. 4 minutes to read.
  • Kerry Wills expounds on the need for clear accountability—a leadership function if there ever was one. 2 minutes to read.
  • Katharine Schwab provides an action plan for making your organization more ethical. 7 minutes to read.

Research and Insights

  • Sam Rigby lists the 99 best things that happened in 2018. Nearly all of these were the result of projects—use them in your presentations! Long read but share it with your kids.
  • Annalisa Merelli lists key stories about disruption (hacking) of our commercial infrastructure from servers to point of sale systems over the last year. This will only get worse. 3 minutes to read.
  • Joe Biron and Jonathan Lang look at improving augmented reality products by analyzing user insights. 6 minutes to read.

Working and the Workplace

  • Phil Burgess interviews author and Agile testing trainer Linda Crispin on being your own advocate in your IT career. Podcast, 18 minutes, safe for work.
  • Natalie Warnert makes the market-based case for being replaceable. 3 minutes to read.
  • Suzanne Lucas points out five over-arching employment trends we’ll see in 2019. 3 minutes to read.
  • Jo Ann Jenkins makes the case for the “Five Generation Workforce” as an unprecedented opportunity. 6 minutes to read.

Enjoy!