The Lazy Project Manager: How to be twice as productive and still leave the office early

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In "The Lazy Project Manager" Peter Taylor illustrates how we can achieve more without expending more time and energy. Welcome to the home of 'productive laziness'. Where we have a more focused approach to project management and where we exercise our efforts where it really matters - instead of rushing round involving ourselves in unimportant, non-critical activities that others can better address, or indeed that do not need addressing at all in some cases. It's all about working smarter and Peter Taylor gives his trade secrets away. This is not a training manual. You won't turn into a project manager by reading this book. But Peter, acting as 'virtual coach' will help you to identify and focus on the activities in your projects, do them well and enjoy the world of 'productive laziness'.

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[Book of the month!]... Anyone can learn how to work smarter and become twice as productive. --Better Business Focus Magazine, Sep 2009

There is nothing like having someone's writing slap you round the face like a wet herring and you sit there (well, actually laying on the sofa) and you enjoy the experience. Thank you very much Peter Taylor --Ian Swanson - USA - July 2009

For me this book scores 9 out of 10 for entertainment and 8 out of 10 for practical help to fraught project managers. The book is a joy to read, well written, light-hearted, but also informative and helpful. The big question is whether the target audience - the fraught project manager - will be attracted to or turned off by the tongue-in-cheek title. I hope it will be the former, as not only is the book very readable, it contains - as many books of this type - useful check-lists for its various assertions, accompanied by relevant anecdotes. Peter clearly states that his book is not a how-to book on project management, even though he is a chartered PM. It is all about doing less and achieving more. But in the process he does offer many practical guidelines. The fundamental basis of Peter s theory of lazy project management is Pareto s Law, paraphrased to mean doing 20 per cent to achieve 80 per cent of the results rather than the other way round that he feels many project managers do (and I daresay most professionals and managers too). However, Peter does get specific about, for example, putting much more emphasis on the start and end of a project - the thick ends, as he calls them. He also focuses on the power grid , which naturally includes the project sponsor and the project steering group, both of which, he implies, are neglected by many project managers. Teaming gets requisite attention as do crisis handling and communication. As Peter says, reporting is not communicating. Regarding the closing thick end, he cautions that there will be unknown, unknowns made famous by Donald Rumsfeld. Nothing you can do about them, except to try and limit the amount of unknowns by finding out, and by asking. All in all an enjoyable read, with 143 pages including intro, index and several post-script-like closing sections. The main body is around 100 pages. So, not daunting at all. Well done, Peter! --Charles Chang FBCS CITP

L'autore:

Peter is a dynamic and commercially astute professional who has achieved notable success in project management. Over the last 26 years he has worked in Business Intelligence (BI) with Cognos, and product lifecycle management (PLM) with Siemens. His work with MRP/ERP systems with various software houses has culminated in his current role as Senior Director of Consulting Services Infor. He has spent the last seven years leading PMOs and developing project managers and in his current role is focusing on project based services development. He is the author of The Lazy Winner, also published by Infinite Ideas.

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