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. 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 27 – February 2

New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 27 – February 2. And this week’s video: In memory of Terry Jones, the surviving Pythons compiled this short collection. Michael Palin called Terry the ‘spirit of Monty Python.’ Remember to think of him today as you’re deleting the Spam from your Inbox. 3 minutes, safe for work. “There’s a man at the door with a mustache.” “Tell him I’ve already got one.”

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Charles Riley examines the prospects for the UK being able to complete post-Brexit trade deals with the EU and the US by the end of the year. 6 minutes to read. The AP reports that a Canada-style free trade deal with the EU is the goal; 3 minutes to read.
  • Laura He summarizes early estimates of the impact of the coronavirus on China’s economy and global business. 6 minutes to read.
  • Huw van Steenis recaps the lessons learned at Davos 2020, from climate risk analysis to the side effects of long-term quantitative easing to the continued rally in tech stocks. 3 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • Cornelius Fichtner interviews Cynthia Dionisio, Mike Griffiths, and Stephen Townsend on what to expect in the PMBOK 7th Podcast 35 minutes, safe for work.
  • Francesco Marcatto demonstrates the value of using visual timelines in project management. 5 minutes to read.
  • John Goodpasture enhances our understanding of statistics as it can be applied to project management. 3 minutes to read.
  • Harry Hall introduces the idea of incorporating project risk management with enterprise risk management. 4 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton presents his thinking on risk response strategies, based on both the PMBOK 6th Edition and PRINCE2. 10 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale shares an anecdote from the doctor’s office that illustrates the customer’s need for transparency—where they are in the process. 2 minutes to read.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of agile content, from core beliefs to the one-day sprint to the cognitive biases of product users. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Parveen Khan recounts an anecdote that clearly illustrates the importance of having a test data strategy for automated testing. 3 minutes to read.
  • Pavan Belagatti presents his list of ten DevOps conferences you should attend in 2020. 4 minutes to read.
  • Missing Path (I’m sure his Mom doesn’t call him that) presents the counter-argument for microservices. 5 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely concludes his series on considerations before measuring internal customer satisfaction with a checklist. 3 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Aimee Groth reports on the evolution of holocracy at Zappos, focusing the attention on the customer and encouraging creation of new services by work teams. 5 minutes to read.
  • Katie Haun interviews Ambassador Susan Rice on delivering tough yet compassionate leadership during a crisis. Video, 50 minutes, safe for work.
  • Neal Whitten coaches us on navigating conflict in the workplace. 3 minutes to read.
  • Lisette Sutherland has compiled the ultimate list of virtual team-building activities. Podcast, 18 minutes, safe for work.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Algirde Pipikaite and Joram Borenstein report on the growing demand by governments and investors for cyber-risk assessments. 5 minutes to read.
  • Abhi Yadav analyzes the question of whether legislation—specifically GDPR and CCPA—requires AI to be able to explain its decisions. This seems to be a compliance risk. 4 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Elizabeth Harrin deconstructs project management job descriptions in case you find yourself working with the HR department to recruit a new colleague. 7 minutes to read.
  • Judith Humphrey compiles a list of empty expressions to not use when answering a question. If you need a moment to think, just pause before answering. 3 minutes to read.
  • Francisco Sáez notes the negative impact of cognitive switching on productivity. 2 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of January 20 – 26

New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 20 – 26. And this week’s video: Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen explains disruptive innovation, as described in his book The Innovator’s Dilemma. Clay passed away this week, leaving a body of work that has influenced business decision makers all over the world for more than three decades. 8 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Briony Harris reports that the International Monetary Fund is becoming cautiously optimistic, predicting slower growth but a “sluggish” recovery in the global economy. 2 minutes to read.
  • Greg Satell compares the rise of China as an economic power in the last forty years with the earlier rise of Japan and the United States, pointing to some substantial differences. 6 minutes to read.
  • The Editors of the Harvard Business Review provide a short analysis of the work and impact of Clayton Christensen, with links to eleven of his seminal articles. 6 minutes to read.
  • Robert Jameson examines the impact of the iPad on the evolution of mobile technology products and strategies. 10 minutes to read.

Managing Projects

  • CommunicationElizabeth Harrin shares 15 actions and habits that will improve your project communication. 7 minutes to read.
  • Pat Weaver explains why the concept of project management processes is being dropped from both the ISO Standard and the forthcoming edition of the PMBOK. 6 minutes to read.
  • Praveen Malik does a deep dive on milestone reporting using Gantt charts in MS Project. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton muses on a couple of paradoxes that illustrate why short-cuts aren’t usually a good way to resolve problems. Video, 7 minutes, safe for work.
  • John Goodpasture contemplates the factors that influence the quality of our predictions, with a little input from Nate Silver. 2 minutes to read.
  • Glen Alleman adds some commentary to an on-going LinkedIn exchange about risk management with links to a group of articles and other resources. 2 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagely interviews Paul Gibbons on his new book, IMPACT: 21st Century Change Management. Podcast, 42 minutes, some PG-13 expressions.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of agile content, from agile coaching to swarming to backlog bankruptcy. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Johanna Rothman started a series on defining a project in terms of its boundaries—features, defects, schedule, cost, people, and work environment. 5 minutes to read part one, 6 minutes for part 2, and 4 minutes for part 3 with a summary still to come.
  • Wolfgang Platz makes the case for risk coverage—weighting test cases based on business risk—as an improvement over percentage of test cases completed. 5 minutes to read.
  • Karolina Tóth interviews Camille Fournier, managing director at financial management firm Two Sigma, on keeping developers engaged. Podcast, 31 minutes, safe for work. Or read the transcript in 11 minutes.
  • Roland Flemm explains how to facilitate multi-team product backlog refinements. 7 minutes to read.

Applied Leadership

  • Renate Wagner reflects on the role and necessary mindset of leader in an age of tremendous upheaval. Like, right now. 4 minutes to read.
  • Marcus Blankenship interviews Michael Lopp on building trust and his new book, The Art of Leadership. Podcast, 44 minutes, safe for work.
  • Dan Rockwell says that fatigue and self-neglect should not be badges of honor. 2 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Shuba Kathikeyan argues that ethical hacking is changing the way we see security and information protection. 5 minutes to read.
  • Alois Zwinggi and colleagues identify the emerging cybersecurity trends for 2020. “Cyber strategy is business strategy” because the risks are increasing. 6 minutes to read.
  • Jennifer Zaino reports on data governance trends that will be more prominent in 2020. 6 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Leigh Espy explores seven ways to improve your active listening skills. 6 minutes to read.
  • Judaheet Das shares ten tips for improving your business writing skills. 7 minutes to read.
  • Dorie Clark advises us on prioritizing our goals and aligning them with the overall strategic vision of our organization. 5 minutes to read.

Enjoy!

New PM Articles for the Week of January 13 – 19

New project management articles published on the web during the week of January 13 – 19. And this week’s video: 3Blue1Brown (I’m sure his parents don’t call him that) explains Bayes Theorem, one of the most important formulas in probability. 16 minutes, safe for work.

Ethics, Business Acumen and Strategy

  • Tom Chatfield argues that there can be no such thing as ethical AI. The challenges are about much more than just the technology. 5 minutes to read.
  • “Sir Richard” catalogs the various types and structures of mergers and acquisitions. 5 minutes to read.
  • Jonathan Woetzel and his colleagues at McKinsey published their report on climate risk and response. 15 minutes to read, with other resource links. The last time the climate changed, humans transitioned from migrating tribes of hunter-gatherers to farmers and herders living in fixed locations. Then history happened.

Managing Projects

  • Harry Hall notes that, for a team to effectively manage project risks, they first must agree on what is project risk. 3 minutes to read.
  • Ann Quito reports on the growing evidence that brainstorming simply isn’t an effective technique. 3 minutes to read.
  • Kiron Bondale notes that teams dealing with complex adaptive systems require psychological safety to be successful. 2 minutes to read.
  • Dale Howard shows how to see what changed after approving pending task updates in the Project web app. 10 minutes to read.
  • Donald Fomby argues for managing global projects using remote project management technology. 5 minutes to read.
  • Mike Clayton tells us how to conduct an excellent lessons-learned meeting. Video, 13 minutes, safe for work.
  • Elise Stevens interviews Jen Dolden on her experience in starting Women in Projects Australia. 25 minutes, safe for work.

Managing Software Development

  • Stefan Wolpers curates his weekly list of agile content, from pair programming to probabilistic forecasting to decaf, pragmatic, and real resistance. 7 outbound links, 3 minutes to read.
  • Fredrik Wendt considers an interesting question: should the product owner be responsible for balancing the level of technical debt? 3 minutes to read.
  • Corey Roth lists considerations for prototyping and scaling IoT solutions. 7 minutes to read.
  • Ravi Hastantram begins a series on edge AI, also known as on-device AI, with the use cases. 6 minutes to read, with seven more articles to come.
  • Glen Alleman shares a table of Good Practices and Enablers of Good Practices, based on a report from Comptroller and Auditor General, UK Ministry of Defence. 6 minutes to read.
  • Tom Cagley continues his series on value stream mapping one a post on keeping the big picture and variability and matrix organizations. 7 minutes to read both.

Applied Leadership

  • Kellogg Insight interviews Kieu-Trang Nguyen on her research into the relationship between trust and innovation. Podcast, 14 minutes, safe for work.
  • Kristen Bell DeTienne and colleagues explain how to manage an employee with depression. 6 minutes to read.
  • Sharlyn Lauby explores the legal concept and practical considerations of what constitutes a conflict of interest at work. 5 minutes to read.

Cybersecurity and Data Protection

  • Steven Melendez updates us on the increased potential for a cyberwar between Iran and the US. 8 minutes to read.
  • Joan Goodchild reports on ways to keep security on life support, now that Windows 7 and Server 2008 have reached end-of-life. 4 minutes to read.
  • Douglas Elliott and Lisa Quest examine five alternative futures for the way data is used, controlled, and shared. 6 minutes to read.

Pot Pourri

  • Jesse Weaver investigated the causes of his physical ailments and found that he’s part of a silent epidemic. “Tech neck?” So that’s what it’s called … 6 minutes to read.
  • Arslan Hassan characterizes the impact of sleep deprivation on productivity. 5 minutes to read.
  • Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association, identifies action items to make the workplace better for our mental health. 3 minutes to read.

Enjoy!