It has been 10 years since The Lazy Project Manager was published and I have had the pleasure of presenting on this topic in 25 countries so far, but now, at the start of a new year, 2020 no less, I have decided that this will be the last year that I deliver 'The Lazy Project Manager' keynote.
So you only have 12 months to book me if you haven't heard this one before, or you want to hear it again.
You can see below the presentation outline.
But, of course, this means that there is room for some new material as well and I am delighted to share three new presentations/keynotes that I will be presenting in 2020 (and beyond).
Firstly, Project Management: It's all Bollocks! (Based on a new book for 2020)
Welcome to Project Management: It’s All Bollocks! where we will all pick over the sadly inadequate body of knowledge that is project management today, and generally challenge just about everything, eliminating that which you don't need to bother to learn about, or should already know, leaving you only with the parts that will give you the results you want.
The project management profession continues to grow and mature, but is at risk of excluding those who don’t fit the mould. There is a mystique out there that only certificated project managers can be project managers. This is nonsense. The project management skill set is accessible to anyone, and how you choose to access it and put it to use should remain the decision of the individual. There shouldn’t be a right or wrong choice. This book is targeted at those ‘projects as usual project managers’ who will drive most of the change inside organisations tomorrow and beyond, and who really need help to do that.
Here we offer up a selection of seven cracking ideas, that when applied to a project environment will ultimately result in you being a good manager of projects in this modern world of business complexity.
And then, Business Agile: A Roadmap for Transforming your Management and adapting to the VUCA Environment
Business agile is an approach that gives the right business flexibility and fast decision-making in a volatile environment, providing a great capacity for innovation, adaptation and change. Businesses everywhere are trying to “get business agile”—but it’s not easy to adapt to becoming this adaptive. How can conventional organisations succeed in this transformation?
In this presentation, we will walk through the change process step by step, and look at a tried and tested transformation roadmap: benefits are outlined, solutions to common challenges offered, and tried and tested methods and tools provided. It will be a guide towards a decentralised and management style that offers more successful decision making through collaboration.
By reducing processes, adjusting the governance and believing in “the power of the people” to deliver simple success in a time of complex demand, all will help any business leader guide their management team and change agents get productively business agile.
And finally, Lessons Learned from my Travels: Change Management learned in the air, in the car and by rail over a ten year period
With ten years, 25 countries and over 350 presentations to my credit, I have experienced the good, the bad, and the damn right ugly of travel but, once the pain is a distant memory, there are some amazing lessons that can be learned.
From 40 minutes to board in Germany, to snow in London, from biscuits in Ireland, to coffee on the ceiling in the USA, and many more, this is a fun, amusing, 'thank god it never happened to me' roller coaster of a presentation with some real lessons on change delivery at the heart of each true story.
Buckle up and join me!
And let's not forget that golden oldie
'Progress isn't made by early risers. It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something’
Learn about the art of productive laziness with The Lazy Project Manager; understanding what is meant by the ‘productive lazy’ approach to Projects (and life) and learn how to apply these lessons ‘to be twice as productive and still leave the office early’.
The session will cover the definition of productive laziness, the science behind the theory (yes there really is some), and will share some personal learning experiences that led to the creation of ‘The Lazy Project Manager’. In addition, the audience will consider the three key project stages, one of which the ‘lazy’ project manager works very hard in and the second they should be in the comfortable position of enjoying the ‘comfy chair’ safe in the knowledge that the project is well under control and the final where often some critical work is missed.
Project Management: It’s all Bollocks! The complete exposure of the world of, and the value of, project management is a new book by Susie Palmer-Trew and Peter Taylor and is available now https://www.routledge.com/Project-Management-Its-All-Bollocks-The-Complete-Exposure-of-the-World/Palmer-Trew-Taylor/p/book/9780367140908