Books

Book review: How To Be A Productivity Ninja

August 18, 2014

“Time management is dead,” writes Graham Allcott in his book, How To Be A Productivity Ninja. The old time management concepts don’t work anymore, he says, because we don’t have the same working environment. The number of information sources has gone up, and we’re expected to juggle more and manage more complex jobs while our […]

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Book Review: Healthcare Project Management

August 13, 2014

At first glance, Healthcare Project Management by Kathy Schwalbe and Dan Furlong is an ugly book. The cover isn’t up to much. However, open it up and you’ll quickly see how comprehensive this book is. It includes quick quizzes, learning objectives, team projects to carry out (for students), case studies, discussion question, links to videos […]

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Book Review: Squirrels, Boats and Thoroughbreds

August 4, 2014

This is a book about managing change in traditional businesses. Jamie Gerdsen worked in a heating and air conditioning firm owned by his dad (which he then bought as his dad retired from the frontline work). “Success changes,” he writes. “It’s like a video game. You reach one level only to realise you have a […]

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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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