December Book Club Closing Webinar - The Social Project Manager: Q&A

PMI United Kingdom Chapter

Peter Taylor is the author of best-selling books on Productive Laziness, The Lazy Winner and The Lazy Project Manager and is a professional speaker. He is also the head of a global PMO for a billion-dollar software business.

We received many questions during our December Book Club Q&A Closing Webinar - The Social Project Manager. We didn’t have time to answer them all, so Peter responds to additional questions here.

1. Should a project team be all senior/experienced PMs, or a mix of junior, intermediate and senior?
The ideal project team should be balanced—and that typically means, depending upon the make-up of your organization, some experienced and some less experienced. Now, or course, if you happen to be in a start-up populated by millennials, then these guidelines can’t apply; but if you have a mixed generational workplace, then they do.

My personal guidelines for team are “old, new, borrowed and blue”—so a mixture of “old” (i.e., experienced), “new” (young and enthusiastic), “borrowed” (resources secured outside of the department, group or even company for knowledge) and “blue” (someone who is not afraid to challenge the status quo).

2. What are the main characteristics of the non-traditional way of organizing projects?
Dr. Harold Kerzner states about the progression to what is known as Project Management 2.0:

“The idea for PM 2.0 came primarily from those project managers …

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