Books

3 Things that make a project team virtual

April 9, 2014

“Virtuality…is a critique on how work gets done,” writes Thomas P. Wise in his book, Trust in Virtual Teams. Before I read the book I thought that virtual teams were those that were split over several locations. If the team was physically located together, then they weren’t virtual. However, Wise sees it differently. He has […]

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Book review: Leadership 2030

April 2, 2014

“Change is in the air,” according to Georg Vielmetter and Yvonne Sell in their book Leadership 2030: The Six Megatrends You Need to Understand to Lead Your Company into the Future. “We question the status quo because the business world will soon be very different.” It’s a book that aims to set out what leaders […]

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Can you really manage with just 5 milestones?

March 12, 2014

“A perfect project plan for regular, light-touch steering should contain no more than five milestones,” writes Graham Allcott in his book, How To Be A Productivity Ninja. “Too often, milestones become micro-management or seem to provide complication and confusion rather than clarity. So in each of your projects, you should look for between one and […]

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Book Review: Communicating Projects

March 3, 2014

I didn’t know what to expect from Ann Pilkington’s book, Communicating Projects. It isn’t about just about producing a communication plan and while it is broadly aligned to the APM Body of Knowledge (6th Edition) it isn’t a guide to doing things according to any particular method or standard. It turns out that the book […]

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The connected project manager

February 12, 2014

Collaboration tools have a number of benefits, and enhanced communication with stakeholders is top of the list. You can use your communications strategy to identify and map stakeholders. Your chosen tools enable the project team to engage with stakeholders in a way that suits their preferences, and many people today have shifted the way they […]

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Book Review: How To Keep Calm and Carry On

February 3, 2014

Feeling stressed about whether your project is going well? This new book, How To Keep Calm And Carry On: Inspiring Ways To Worry Less and Live a Happier Life by Prof. Daniel Freeman and Jason Freeman, will help you manage those feelings of anxiety. Anxiety, they say, is a major problem for many people, but […]

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Making it Fly: An Interview with Brigitte Cobb

January 20, 2014

Ever wondered why some people get stuff done and some people don’t? The people who do (and I expect you’d count yourself in that group if you are a project manager) tend to have the right attitude and a simple process for staying organized and completing tasks. Whether you call that project management or not […]

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Book Review: Make It Fly

January 13, 2014

Make it Fly! by Brigitte Cobb is subtitled “The step-by-step guide to make ANY idea, project or goal take off.” It’s a project management book with a difference – it’s not about project management and it’s not aimed at project managers. It’s just a method to get things done. However, by page 40 there’s a […]

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The future of social communications on projects

December 4, 2013

Social communications form a large part of life outside the office, and the connected project manager needs to incorporate those ways of out-of-the-office communications into working practices today. Many stakeholders already use publicly available, consumer-led social communication tools to manage their personal networks. In our drive to be easy to do business with, it is […]

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Book review: This Is How To Get Your Next Job

November 13, 2013

Ever wonder if you are doing all the right things for your job search? This Is How to Get Your Next Job: An Inside Look at What Employers Really Want by Andrea Kay will put your mind at rest – or highlight areas where you could do better. The book starts by explaining what employers […]

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