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A Christmas break – see you in 2015

Season's Greetings from A Girl's Guide to PM

We’re taking a break for Christmas and the end of year festivities. Normal service returns on 5 January.

Best wishes to you over the holiday season and see you in 2015!


Day of Gratitude 2014

Train carriage

We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in the UK but somehow we’ve managed to adopt the Black Friday sales madness and the shops were full of deals and people. Still, I can’t quite bring myself to post this on Thanksgiving, even though this show of appreciation has become a bit of an annual thing on A Girl’s Guide To PM.

It’s almost the end of the year and that means it’s time to say thank you to the people who have helped keep my blog moving forward, especially as I took another 8 months of time out on maternity leave.

Here are the people who deserve thanks for their contribution to A Girl’s Guide to Project Management during 2014.

Companies who have let me review their software

Project List
Ten Six let me review their video training course for Primavera

People I have interviewed

Brigitte Cobb
Will Kintish
Teri Okoro
Mary Simpkins
Oana Krogh-Nielsen
Peter Taylor
Jeff Furman

People who have invited me to speak at conferences

PMI Chapter of Ireland
PMI Hungary Chapter
APM South East branch

People who have provided guest posts

Bruce Harpham, How to build your project management network
Zach Watson, Will project management benefit from the internet of things?
Bryan Barrow, The death of project management
Beth Sager, How to effectively communicate as a project manager
Piers McLeish, 3 challenges for project success
Jordan Melson, How to know if your goals are realistic
Martin Webster, What project managers really need to know about leadership
Andrew Filev, 5 strategies for building new productivity habits in your project team
Alina Vrabie, 5 ways to boost your team’s productivity
Dave Gordon, Managing auditability (and other non-functional, non-technical requirements)
Anna Erdmanska, 12 ways to create positive energy on projects

Publishers and authors who have sent me books to review

Thomas P. Wise, Trust in Virtual Teams (Gower)
Samir Penkar, From Projects to Programs (CRC Press)
Frank J. Pietrucha, Supercommunicator (AMACOM)
Erik Qualman, What Happens in Vegas Stays on YouTube (Equalman Studios)
Kathy Schwalbe and Dan Furlong, Healthcare Project Management (Kathy Schwalbe LLC)
Jamie Gerdsen, Squirrels, Boats and Thoroughbreds (River Grove Books)
Emma Ledden, The Presentation Book (Pearson)
Shawn Doyle and Steven Rowell, Jumpstart your Creativity (Sound Wisdom)
Georg Vielmetter and Yvonne Sell, Leadership 2030 (AMACOM)
Ann Pilkington, Communicating Projects (Gower)
Daniel Freeman and Jason Freeman, How To Keep Calm And Carry On (Pearson)
Brigitte Cobb, Make it Fly (Pearson)

My new favourite project management book: Richard Newton, The Project Management Book (FT)

And my top read of 2014: Graham Allcott, How to be a Productivity Ninja (Icon Books)

And a few personal thank yous to:

  • Jon
  • Dave
  • Pauline
  • My lovely 2014 Sponsors at Genius.

I really hope I haven’t missed anyone out!


PMI Budapest 2014 Conference

Starting with the big image and going clockwise:

  • The MOM Cultural Centre which hosted the conference
  • Chapter Chair introducing the day
  • The amazing round room
  • View from the balcony over Budapest
  • Traditional Hungarian snacks: apple and cherry strudels
  • Endre, Project Manager of the Year, receiving his prize
  • One of the tomobola winners collecting a copy of my book, Social Media for Project Managers
  • Coffee break in the exhibition hall

You can read more about the event in these articles:


Healthcare Project Management: Giveaway Winner

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway this month for a copy of Healthcare Project Management.

Names went into the hat and the winner was… Pamela from Somerset in the UK. Congratulations! Pamela, your book is in the post so it should be with you shortly.

The giveaway in August will be for newsletter subscribers only, so to be in with a chance of winning sign up if you’re not already on the list.



Easter break


For those of you celebrating, enjoy the long Easter weekend. We’ll be back after the break next week!


Christmas Break

Mini Santa

My mini Santa

A Girl’s Guide To Project Management is taking a Christmas break. I’ll be back in the New Year on 6 January with more articles and news for 2014.

In the meantime, enjoy the holiday period and best wishes for the New Year.


Ace the PMP Exam [Book Review]

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10 Things I love about managing projects

Click the graphic to see it full size. The variety. Today, IT, tomorrow talking to Marketing. Every day is different! Leading a team. Teamwork makes the day more interesting. The tech. Getting to try new apps. Problem solving. It's satisfying to put things right. Introducing new things. Delivering change is fun! Communicating. There's lots of… Continue Reading->

Free project action log template

My To Do list is massive. So I have developed an action log to control my tasks. I copy and paste actions from conference calls, steering group meetings, team meetings and those chance conversations you have in the corridor into this. I can filter it by task owner when I am talking to someone and… Continue Reading->

Giveaway: Get Fit with the Lazy Project Manager

I interviewed Peter Taylor, otherwise known as The Lazy Project Manager, last month. He shared some tips on how to manage project health checks. I have a copy of his book, Get Fit with the Lazy Project Manager, to give away. Contact me with the phrase, "I'm a bit fit" and I'll add you to… Continue Reading->

What George Orwell Can Teach Us About Project Management

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Women in IT Awards: the results

The inaugural Women in IT Awards were held in London on Thursday and I’d been nominated, with my colleague, for work on a large IT transformation project at Spire Healthcare (the project forms the major case study in my book, [amazon text=Customer-Centric Project Management&asin=1409443124]). This photo is of us just before dinner was served. It… Continue Reading->