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The lazy project manager par [Taylor, Peter]
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Longueur : 154 pages Word Wise: Activé Langue : Anglais

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Revue de presse

[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

Présentation de l'éditeur

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’ and a more focused approach to project management. Here, we are able to exercise our efforts where they really matter instead of rushing round involving ourselves in unimportant, non-critical activities that others can better address, or indeed that may not need addressing at all! It’s all about working smarter and Peter Taylor gives his trade secrets away in a lively and entertaining way. 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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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 556 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 154 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1906821135
  • Editeur : Infinite Ideas (17 avril 2012)
  • Langue : Anglais
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HASH(0x8d3f9348) étoiles sur 5 Lazy is a GOOD thing! 20 novembre 2009
Par N. Wallach - Publié sur
Format: Relié
As a practicing Project Manager (PM), I am always looking for ways to do my job better and for best practices that I can adopt. So, when the opportunity came my way to read this book, I jumped on it and am not sorry I did so. The Lazy in the title refers to doing things better so you do not have to do as much and the subtitle of this book is "How to be twice as productive and still leave the office early" which is a very worthy goal for anyone in any position and a skill that I would dearly love to learn!

The book itself is a very quick read. There are essentially only 100 pages of real text and the book's format is relatively small and there is lots of white space. I was able to read through it in a few hours time. The questions then becomes, is the time investment worth it? And, are you learning enough from reading this book to bother with it?

My answers are unqualified "yes"es!

While the book is short and snappy it does cover the main things that PMs should focus on and spend their time on. The author divides any project into three phases: Startup, execution, and conclusion. Most of the book is spent on the Startup phase as that is the time when you need to really work hard at the project to make it succeed. The author wisely focuses on the two most critical ingredients that will make or break any project: The planning work for how the project should be executed; and the communications process to make sure everyone involved with the project knows what the plans are and what to do about them. Everyone involved with the project includes the project sponsor and any outside influencers that may not be a formal part of the team, but are critical to the project's success. This phase also has the critical planning for how to combat the inevitable attempts at project scope creep.

For the execution part, the author's recommendation is to simply relax and let the team do its work according to the plans prepared. If you spent the time to plan properly, then in this stage all you need to do is monitor that the project is progressing as it should and delegate the real hard work to your team members. In the final stage, a strong recommendation is made to perform a "post-mortem" to learn valuable lessons that can be applied to other projects. Of course, battling project scope creep continues in these phases as well.

The writing style is breezy and light. This is not a negative thing! I liked the introduction of stories, quotes, and anecdotes that illustrated various points by either making fun of the author himself or complete tangents! (what does it say about me, that I got the point of the woman who buries her mother at first glance???) Many professional books tend to give anecdotes from the author's past in which the author is highlighted as always making the right choice and being the consistent hero. One of the strongest points of this book is that most of the anecdotes represent situations where the author was making missteps! Even an anecdote that has the project ultimately succeed is described as one where the author - the PM! - went off to a bar to drown his sorrows and consequently caused his team to do the right things and save the day! All by happenstance. I loved it!

The author talks initially of the Pareto principal where 20% of the work is responsible for 80% of the effects and he applies this at the end of the book by summarizing his teachings in two rounds. In the first round he summarizes his previous 100 pages into 13 bullets spanning six pages; and then he reiterates this to go down to 10 points spread across a page and a half! This works quite well as a reminder of what the book was about and represents well the kind of humorous approach that is evident throughout the book.

As someone who has been managing projects for over 20 years, the quality of his advice was also important to me. On the one hand, I did not learn anything that I did not know. On the other hand, it was nice for me to learn that I am indeed a `lazy' project manager!!! (his definition of lazy is someone who has intelligently planned the work and is diligent in smartly executing the work so you do not need to become a hero that spends many hundreds of extra hours in resolving unnecessary or avoidable crises). In short he advocates planning projects well in the beginning; allowing the team to resolve most of the problems that come up during the project reserving your efforts for those things that cannot be resolved by anyone else; conducting a post-mortem at the end of the project; and communicate, communicate, communicate non-stop. From my own personal experience I know that this is absolutely the right advice.

Should everyone who is in Project Management get a copy of this book? Almost. If you are new to it or are contemplating entering the field, then I would NOT recommend this book as you will probably get more value from reading one of the more extensive discussions of the nuts and bolts of how to run a project. This book will come into its own for you, and provide much value, only after you have a few projects under your belt and are ready to try and figure out how to be better at it. Nonetheless, given the quality of the advice, the great writing style, and the nice way in which these important concepts are stated, I give this book 5 stars.
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HASH(0x8c391774) étoiles sur 5 Relevant, Fun and Easy to read 31 août 2009
Par Marcos Diclei Barros - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Peter Taylor was able to put together many practical and valuable project management lessons learned in a very funny and easy manner. He walked the talk by providing readers with a 2 page summary of the core content of the book, what makes the "lazy community" happy.

If you do not consider yourself lazy, you are going to understand the benefits of "productive laziness"; if you are already a "lazy project manager" the book will make you feel better (you are not alone! :o) and on top of that will give you many interesting lessons learned, without too much effort.
I do recommend the reading!
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HASH(0x8c257750) étoiles sur 5 The Book that Ate My Problems 20 janvier 2010
Par Winter - Publié sur
Format: Relié
Peter Taylor is a clever clever man, and lucky us, he likes to pass it on. Luckier still, the man knows how to write: "The Lazy Project Manager" is entertaining, informative, and most of all, succinct. If you manage IT Projects, Peter Taylor knows that you're already in trouble. For the average Project Manager, "IT" means "Information Trouble"--be it communcating, guesstimating, or prevaricating, Taylor knows your pain. In order to provide you with some quick relief, he does two things to prove that he is clever:

1) He tells you that if you really need to you can skip to the end and get a quick recap of the core points

2) He writes everything else so that it is not only simple, it is well worth the effort of reading through.

So if, like me, you clutch this book while treading water, you will quickly find that the words inside can be used as a flotation device. They may also be quickly consumed and deployed for the full "raft" effect. I was surrounded by work, over my head in deadlines, and despite being in the thick of holiday overtime I still managed to read this book in about two days. I've since read it again, just to keep myself focused as I gradually transition my job to his way of thinking.

So what is his way of thinking? What exactly does it mean to be "lazy"?

It means this: you can't do it all. You shouldn't do it all. And the best way to figure that out is to focus your efforts at the right parts of the lifecycle. Whereas most Project Managers find themselves ramping up at the beginning, furiously frenetic during development, and then tapering off the long hours during implementation and rollout, Taylor suggests that it's far easier if you focus your effort at the front. Get all your ducks in a row, let others take charge of their responsibilities, and--surprise--you'll soon find yourself in the role of "Clockwork Manager", only occasionally having to give things a nudge.

Don't think the above oversimplification gets you out of buying this book! You need the rest, the full package: the interesting anecdotes that'll have you nodding your head, the very useful advice on how to deal with people--starting with yourself, and the very good reasons why your calm capability will lead your team to less stress, more success.

Highly recommended. Top on my list and I'm purchasing an extra copy or two in the event of emergency.
[Disclaimer: I discovered this book because I was provided a complimentary copy]
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HASH(0x8bf0e288) étoiles sur 5 Entertaining and Educational 8 septembre 2011
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This is an excellent read on how to make our jobs easier as PM's. It is written with a sense of humor and humility that made it easy for me to engage and learn. Peter pairs advice with real life experiences to make understanding how you can have a positive impact on the projects you manage, all while doing less work. If you have ever had to defend, or wondered yourself about, the value of thoughtful planning, warm and fuzzy team building, or the need to communicate to stakeholders, you will find examples of what goes well when done properly and doesn't go so well when missed in The Lazy Project Manager. Let the experiences of Peter and his past colleagues entertain and educate you.

As an added bonus, you'll get a quick and easy test you can apply to your sponsors, coworkers, and friends to determine who the psychopaths are. I am happy to report that none of my friends that responded on Facebook are psychopaths.
3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
HASH(0x8bf0e240) étoiles sur 5 Insightful and Easy to Read 31 mars 2011
Par David Eubanks - Publié sur
Format: Broché
This book takes a different look at the project manager job. I've read a few books on project management, and this one differs in a fun and enlightening way. Peter Taylor is serious about the challenge, but not deadly serious. Instead of focusing on the nuts and bolts level of project management - work breakdown structures and the like, he suggests we take an overall look of the project and tells us more how a project is orchestrated, so to speak, than how to play the individual notes. He gives us a big picture telling us things are toughest and the beginning and again at the end. And if you do it right, the middle part is fairly clear sailing. But, not to get too comfortable, he says. How it begins is how it ends, so he advises the project manager how to get it off on the right foot. To do that takes a little leg work.

He talks about several key points that lead to a successful project, things like knowing how to communicate with project sponsors and particularly with the team--they've all got personalities and styles to be aware of. It's a lot about communication and it's a lot about dealing with people on a human level, that part of a project that I've always found more critical than many books imply. This all takes some time and attention, so he's not recommending a project manager play a passive role.

At the same time, Taylor says we shouldn't overdo it - that's where his euphemistic term "lazy" comes in. (It's not really about being lazy, of course.) You could try to be a superhero and handle everything that goes wrong yourself, for one thing, an easy thing to lapse into if you're not careful. And then he talks how to be available to everyone and how much and how to keep your life intact at the same time. He talks about the tricks in balancing responsibilities and getting the whole team to share the load. I think he does a good job of providing a working perspective a project manager should take going into a project.

The book is written in a warm and open way. Taylor doesn't take himself too seriously, as I've said, though he clearly seems to have the "street creds" to claim expertise in the field. He keeps it light while delivering a substantial message to project managers - new or experienced. It's not a long book and it's easy to read. There are lots of numbered lists of critical items he's covered, making it easy to review what has been explained in the book. His hand-drawn charts are particularly clear and useful. In total, I'd say the book delivers what he promises. My conclusion: give it a try.
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