Essays & Tools to Help Project Managers & Their Teams
This is Mike (a.k.a. Michael) Greer's eclectic compilation of practical PM tools, thought-provoking PM essays and suggestions for helping individual project managers and their teams stay sane while delivering good quality finished products. It consists of 54 Chapters and hundreds of live links to additional PM resources. Most of the chapters were originally published as blog posts through Greer's websites and have never before been released in book form. (See http://worth-sharing.net for info on Greer's websites, blog posts, videos, etc.) A few chapters include some important, classic excerpts from Greer's previous books.--- The book is divided into six major Parts, including:** Part 1: The Meaning of Project Management (3 Chapters)** Part 2: PM Techniques (12 Chapters)** Part 3: Working with Your Team & Maintaining Your Sanity (12 Chapters)** Part 4: Peace of Mind (12 Chapters)** Part 5: PM Leadership and Vision (7 Chapters)** Part 6: Of PM Skills and How They Are Acquired (8 Chapters)
- My PM Vision & Values: 20 Practices & Attitudes That Might Help You Become a Better Project Manager
- Five Actions That Will Help You Sell That Complicated Project
- Step Away from the Computer and Get Out Your Post-It Notes!
- Keeping Things Moving: A “To Do” List to Help You Execute, Control, and Close Out Your Project
- 14 Key Principles for PM Success
- Project Life Cycles versus Key PM Processes
- Beyond Words: The Power of "Making It Real" to Inspire and Focus Effort
- Formal, Written Sign Off: A Simple and Powerful PM Tool
- Rework will happen! So don't be ambushed. Build it in.
- Project "Post Mortem" Review Questions
- Ten Guaranteed Ways to Screw Up Any Project
- Summary: 10 Steps to Project Success
- Ready, Fire, Aim? Or Seek First to Understand?
- Balancing Authority and Responsibility: It's All About Trust!
- Are You Causing Suffering for Your Project Team?
- Nurturing Corn Stalks Among the Soybeans
- Managing People with Self-Induced ADHD (er... Chronic Multitaskers)
- Reflections on Sochi, the “Second Screen” and Half-Baked Decisions
- Forgive Them. It's Just Their Inner Chihuahua.
- Why it’s Pointless to Argue about Politics or Religion
- Three Broad Strategies to Reward and Motivate Volunteers on Your Project Team
- One Simple Thing to Improve Projects or PM (An Anthology)
- How to Survive Family Projects: 5 PM Best Practices
- 10 Podcasts to Inspire Your Family "Team"
- Why You Should Trust Your Judgment (Your "Inner Wisdom Filter")
- 10 Specific Actions That Can Help You Become Happier
- Meditation Fact Sheet: Scientifically Proven Benefits and a Who's Who of Famous Meditators
- How Mindfulness Meditation Helps Me Laugh at Mental Soap Bubbles
- Leveraging Inspiration: 10 Simple Practices to Keep Your Creative Output Flowing
- So what's your story? And how's it working for you?
- A lesson from the humble pelican: find your unique mission, then soar!
- Curate Your Own News: Why You Should and How You Can
- Are you clinging to your mummified past?
- Palm trees and pear blossoms or 10 feet of dog pooh? It's a choice!
- Hurricane Sandy: Shining a Light on Surrender, Acceptance and Focused Action
- Everything you own, owns you back! (So acquire with care!)
- What's project portfolio management (PPM) and why should project managers care about it?
- Go too many projects? Prioritize them!
- Be a role model of PM Minimalism: Manage your projects with a 1-page checklist!
- "Cut the Fat" Audit Part 1: The Sources of PM Bloat
- "Cut the Fat" Audit Part 2: A PM Weight Loss Strategy
- The Project Management Change Agent: How to Lead Your PM Revolution
- The PM Minimalist Integration Guide: Adopting Project Management Minimalism in Your Organization
- The Accidental Project Manager
- Project Management is a broad human practice, not merely a profession.
- How to Get Your First Job in Project Management (PM)
- How to Teach Yourself About Project Management without Spending Any Money on Training or Consultants
- Beyond PM Certification: Achieving PM Performance Improvement
- Seven Benefits of Local PM Certification
- How to Create a Locally-Relevant Set of PM Job Tasks and Competencies Based on Job Level
- Advanced Project Management Training: Focus on Local Complexity, not PM Esoterica.
This is Mike (a.k.a. Michael) Greer’s eclectic compilation of practical PM tools, thought-provoking PM essays and suggestions for helping individual project managers and their teams stay sane while delivering good quality finished products. It consists of 54 Chapters and hundreds of live links to additional PM resources. Most of the chapters were originally published as blog posts through Greer’s websites and have never before been released in book form. (See http://worth-sharing.net for info on Greer’s websites, blog posts, videos, etc.) A few chapters include some important, classic excerpts from Greer’s previous books.
— The book is divided into six major Parts, including:
** Part 1: The Meaning of Project Management
Part 1 contains three chapters focusing on what Project Management (PM) has come to mean to the author after having written several PM books and spent decades practicing PM and teaching PM workshops for PM Newbies.
** Part 2: PM Techniques
This Part contains a dozen chapters focusing on specific perspectives, strategies and tools that project managers or team members can use to better manage their projects and their team relationships.
** Part 3: Working with Your Team & Maintaining Your Sanity
This Part includes a dozen chapters dealing with some of the interpersonal “people stuff” that makes working with project teams so challenging. It includes “war stories” and specific strategies that might help the project manager and the team work together more effectively, get better results and feel good about participating on any project.
** Part 4: Peace of Mind
This Part includes a dozen chapters that examine the author’s favorite perspectives and specific techniques that can lead you to a more peaceful state of mind.
This Part is based on the following assumptions: If you’re all crazy and agitated, you’ll likely transmit this insanity to the rest of your project team. And worse, your work-related agitation is likely to follow you home, generally screwing up your personal life. On the other hand, if you can acquire a centered, peaceful state of mind, there’s a good chance you can help to calm things down on your project when things start to get tense.
** Part 5: PM Leadership and Vision
This Part includes seven chapters which examine the broader organizational context of PM (project management) and suggests ways that would-be PM leaders might clarify their PM vision and create a better organizational climate for PM.
** Part 6: Of PM Skills and How They Are Acquired
This Part includes eight chapters that leverage the author’s several decades of experience in performance analysis, instructional/curriculum design and PM (project management) training. While some of the articles are directed to PM trainers and HR people, others speak directly to the PM newbie who is looking to get started on a career as a project manager or team leader.
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