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The Lazy Project Manager

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Peter Taylor is the author of two best-selling books on ‘Productive Laziness’ – ‘The Lazy Winner’ and ‘The Lazy Project Manager’. In the last 4 years he has focused on writing and lecturing with over 200 presentations around the world in over 25 countries and has been described as ‘perhaps the most entertaining and inspiring speaker in the project management world today’. His mission is to teach as many people as possible that it is achievable to ‘work smarter and not harder’ and to still gain success in the battle of the work/life balance. More information can be found at www.thelazyprojectmanager.com – and through his free podcasts in iTunes.

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From ‘Lazy’ to ‘Agile’ Project Management

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/pm-master-class-from-lazy-to-agile-project-management-tickets-88822533589?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

This one day workshop is being delivered in Geneva on 27th February, a few places left only - see link above

Or talk to Peter Taylor about delivering it for your project team www.thelazyprojectmanager.com

Benefits:

At the conclusion of this full-day interactive classroom training, you will be able to:

  • Understand the ‘backbone’ of smart/agile working whilst managing projects
  • Identify ways to apply the concept of working smarter, not harder
  • Apply personal efforts where it matters most on a project
  • Work with team members in a more productive way
  • Be effectively ‘Agile’
  • Communicate more effectively with the entire project team

Event description

The ‘Lazy’ project management way is all about ‘working smarter and not harder’ and this aligns perfectly with the ‘Agile’ way of project management:

  • Customer Satisfaction – this is simply about the true fulfilment of customer needs and demands, achieved through the continuous and on-time delivery
  • Changing Requirements – we all know project requirements change and in order to accommodate these ad hoc changes we need to get iterative
  • Frequent Delivery – there is a greater preference given to timescales that span a shorter period of time but align to deliver the full project
  • A measure of Progress – output should be focused on fastest time to value and minimum viable outcome
  • Development – encourage working in short productive burst rather than a prolonged and seemingly never-ending journey
  • Close Co-operation – management and the executives, specialist need to work cordially to make an impact on the project on a daily basis
  • Motivated Individuals – providing the environment needed to thrive in a collaborative way

This workshop will focus on these key areas and explore the project lifecycle to see where the ‘Lazy’, the ‘Smart’ and the ‘Agile’ can be effectively exploited.

Who should attend:

  • Project Managers
  • Senior PM practitioners
  • Project Administrators
  • PMO staff
  • Team members
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Take me to your Leader

Make an introduction to your Head of Projects, Services Lead, PMO Manager, CIO or anyone overseeing your project community and I'll send a free copy of my new book to you and your manager/director/VP

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I'm heading to Switzerland on 26th and 27th February for a series of presentations/workshops - details to follow - but if you are interested in an in-house session for your company around those dates then just let me know.

See www.thelazyprojectmanager.com for my offerings - let's talk today 

An experienced Change and Transformation Specialist who has operated at a global scale within many industries, for organisations ranging from small to enterprise.

Peter is the author of the number 1 bestselling project management book ‘The Lazy Project Manager’, along with many other books on Project Management, PMO development, Executive Sponsorship, Transformation Leadership, and Speaking Skills.

He has delivered over 350 lectures around the world in over 25 countries and has been described as ‘perhaps the most entertaining and inspiring speaker in the project management world today’.

Key strengths include: Embedding robust governance to ensure successful delivery of £multi-million change programmes and working with stakeholders throughout the project life-cycle to ensure delivery of tangible business benefits; as well as introducing best practice processes aligned with an organisation’s culture and maturity. Working across multiple industries including Manufacturing, Health, Pharmaceuticals, FMCG, Aerospace, HR, Public Sector, Education and Finance. Deep understanding of the project economy world and internal/external stakeholder interaction. PMO design, build and re-engineering expert. Strong communication skills and the ability to engage effectively at all levels within an organisation, shop-floor to board level.

www.thelazyprojectmanager.com

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New Presentations for 2020

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

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The makings of a legend (possibly) ...

“It was an explosive meeting of minds at an international project management conference in Athens, Greece, in 2018, when two intellectual goliaths came together by chance only to realise that their paths were always destined to align in order to bring about a new brighter future for their chosen profession…”

“Bollocks” interrupted Susie.

“What?” responded Peter “I was just getting into my flow then, why did you stop me?”, he questioned.

“That was all bollocks wasn’t it” Susie sighed in an exasperated way, “intellectual giants, and alignment of destiny, explosive meetings and brighter future, all bollocks, totally and utterly”.

“So, what was it then?” asked Peter.

Susie quietly sighed and then explained, in a calm controlled tone, “We happened to be at the same conference, you lied on stage about winning an award, I called you out on it by subtly indicating I had actually won a real award, and you generally sulked for the rest of the morning and most of lunch if I remember correctly”.

“My memory is unclear on the actual details or timings” responded Peter, absolutely not sulking “but I know it was the point in time when ‘The Lazy Project Manager’ met ‘The Lesbian Project Manager’ (in your words) and the outcome of this meeting is this very book, so something happened for sure”.

“Now that isn’t bollocks” agreed Susie.

“Good, we are agreed” Peter smiled.

“Yes, we are” agreed Susie.

“The earth moved” Peter declared.

“No, it didn’t!” Susie rejected.

__________________________________________________________

 

And so was born a very special book, ‘Project Management: It’s all bollocks: The complete exposure of the world of, and the value of project management’ where two people who vaguely know each other and barely like each other will pick over the sadly inadequate and sometimes pathetic naked body of knowledge that is project management, and generally challenge just about everything, whilst openly laughing at some of the odder body parts.

It was all done in the best possible taste of course, with the intention of bringing a realistic understanding to current and future practitioners of change delivery about what it means to be a project manager today, next Tuesday and the future beyond even that.

‘Best possible taste’ is of course completely subjective but we are both sure the only reason you might be actually brave enough to pick up a copy of this book would be because a) it had a naughty word on the cover, b) it was bright pink, and c) you actually want to be both entertained and see your profession picked on mercilessly (just because you are, deep down, a rebel rousing project deviant even if your life exists in a world of ‘business casual’ and corporate compliance).

Even more than that we also live in the hope that you really want to learn what is actually important and what, to quote someone who shall remain absolutely nameless because she really doesn’t need any more encouragement on that front, is ‘bollocks’.

We are glad that we are all on the same page and that there is a beautiful alignment on the purpose of us writing this book and you, dear would-be reader, avidly consuming the contents of the same and making sure you tell each and every one of your work colleagues and friends about it. Hell, just slap it all over social media without a care in the world – we will live with the consequences (and hopefully royalties and speaking opportunities in exotic parts of the world) don’t you worry your little cotton socks about that at all.

On that bombshell of serendipitous happening the fun (and abuse) can begin!

__________________________________________________________

 

“Do we need a collective name?” asked Peter.

“A what?” exclaimed Susie.

“A collective name” Peter replied, “You know, a portmanteau if you like”.

“If you are going to use stupid long words in this book then I’m off, and most of the readers will probably join me” Susie declared in a grumpy tone.

“I just mean like ‘Brangelina’, when Brad and Angelina were together or when Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez got it on and became ‘Bennifer’ to the world at large” explained Peter.

“No” Susie instantly replied, “We don’t”.

Peter continued regardless “Like ‘Suspet’ or maybe ‘Petsu’, I quite like Petsu…”.

“No, let me repeat, we don’t” countered Susie in a much stronger tone “We are just writing a bloody book together and not entering some weird long-term relationship in any way, shape or form – clear?”.

“Clear” agreed Peter, “it is just that we will be in this book for quite a long time. I’m hoping for at least a second edition”.

“No” Susie glared, “we do not need a collective name now or ever, move on please”.

“OK” Peter sighed.

Susie and Peter (2019)

 

AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW: https://www.routledge.com/Project-Management-Its-All-Bollocks-The-Complete-Exposure-of-the-World/Palmer-Trew-Taylor/p/book/9780367140908

 

 

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