Books

6 Reasons why networking is important

July 7, 2014

Ever wondered why you should be going to that seminar on risk management or that evening social event with a guest speaker? It’s because networking is an essential part of your job, whether you know it or not. Will Kintish expands on this in his book Business Networking: The Survival Guide. He explains the 6 […]

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Book Review: The Presentation Book

July 2, 2014

“A great presentation,” Emma Ledden writes in The Presentation Book, “ is about figuring out what questions your audience need an answer to.” In other words, it’s not about what you want to say, it’s about what they want to hear. I read this book before doing a talk to the PMI Southern Ontario (Canada) […]

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Book Review: The Project Management Book

June 2, 2014

The short review The Project Management Book by Richard Newton is my new favourite project management book. The long review The Project Management Book: How to Manage Your Projects to Deliver Outstanding Results by Richard Newton came out at the end of last year, and it’s very, very good. It’s issue-based but intensely practical. There […]

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Networking made easy: An interview with Will Kintish

May 14, 2014

Is your summer stretching ahead with one cocktail networking event after another? No? Mine neither. However, there is always some kind of requirement to met new people as a project manager, even if it’s just your next project team. And as author Will Kintish says, networking is simply about building relationships. I asked him for […]

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Are you really managing information overload?

May 12, 2014

At the social media webinar I gave at the end of last year for the PMI LEAD Community of Practice one of the main themes coming out of the comments and questions from participants was how to deal with the extra information channels that social media tools offer. People generally seem quite worried about how […]

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Book Review: Jumpstart Your Creativity

May 5, 2014

Got a project issue to resolve? Need to come up with a definitive list of project requirements? Let’s hold a brainstorming session! Actually, let’s not. Brainstorming, according to Shawn Doyle and Steven Rowell in their book, Jumpstart Your Creativity: 10 Jolts To Get Creative And Stay Creative (Jumpstart Series), has been done so many times […]

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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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