Project Business Management talks to Peter Taylor – The Lazy Project Manager

September 22, 2020

Project Business Management talks to Peter Taylor – The Lazy Project Manager – this is the #ONE you do not want to miss

Date: 28.09.2020
Time: 5:00 PM (CEST)*
Place: Online (ZOOM)
Registration: https://lnkd.in/etcDyPQ
Details: https://lnkd.in/e3utEZU

Hosts:
Oliver F. Lehmann, MSc, ACE, PMP
Martin Berneburg, PMP, PSM

* my time zone: https://lnkd.in/dMPnkk5

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Consistency: A better way to approach your project business in the ‘new normal’

September 16, 2020

Peter Taylor. The Lazy Project Manager

In the 2020’s can there be any remaining justification for using worksheets to build and store project cost calculations? 

Sanity check!

We are, without any doubt, in the word of social collaboration in project management, harnessing the power of the many and strength of the collective. We are, equally without any doubt, in a world of virtual and remote project team engagement, with all the alignment challenges (read ‘opportunities’) that brings. And we are in a world of that is being driven by the project economy concept, where the very business of the business you work for is operating in a projectified way, with projects becoming ever more complex and wide-ranging in their team composition and outcome expectations.

And let’s not just think ‘internal’ projects here. Many projects happen through the collaboration of a supplier/client partnership that requires a common purpose and shared outcome focus, a joining together of two business cultures and personnel and processes to become (temporarily at least) one.

Exciting stuff isn’t it!

But, yes, there is always a ‘but’ of course.

But, all this complexity, virtuality, global reach, etc. highlights a weakness that has always been with us. The weakness of data, and errors in that data, upon which significant decisions are made, commitments set and promises committed to. And it is a weakness that in this ‘new normal’ will only become even more critical, and prone to some scary errors in the future unless changes in behaviour are made.

One person doing one thing using one tool is more than likely to produce something accurate (or at least accurate according to that one person of course).

Throw two people into the mix, making sure they don’t sit next to each other at work (well that doesn’t happen anymore anyway does it?) and it gets slightly more complicated with the opportunity for error rising  slightly.

Escalate that by a factor of 4, or 10 or a number of your choice perhaps with an extra seasoning of multiple office tools and you can quickly see the chances of an error (or more) occurring and being missed rises hugely.

And those errors can be costly trust me, I have personally experienced something like this in the past where a simple error of transfer impacted a quote for a small component of a bigger solution that, in turn, screwed up a larger part of the expected deliverable. Results was delay that potentially could have led to a very (and I mean very) big penalty. We are talking millions here.

It is not a matter of the classic ‘garbage in, garbage out’ but more of ‘good stuff in but copied wrong and creating garbage that thrives in this complex journey of project costs estimation and pricing that delivers major garbage on the way out along where some pretty embarrassed people who have to a) explain what happened and/or b) have to tell their organisations that profits might be a little hard to achieve this time around.

Uncomfortable!

Let us summarise here. The project world is bigger, more complex, scarier in some ways, and involving more people and bigger teams. Net result is that errors are exponentially more likely to happen and to be way bigger (more impactful and career challenging) when they do happen, which they almost certainly will.

The project services business is growing and will continue to grow as we expand the project based economy and the need for organisations to work in alignment with each other in order to successfully deliver the demands that there markets and their leaders place on them.

The solution, simply put, is

  • Consistency where is matters
  • Visibility where you need it
  • Accuracy at all times

Consider your ‘shopping’ list for this situation:

Give me something that offers a unified method to calculate cost and price across organisation(s) (including risk budget calculation, warranty, uplift/discounts)

Add a great big dash of something that eliminates inconsistencies and errors by allowing team to share calculations and work collaboratively, with a means to manage cost/price approvals as well.

If it also recalculates currencies on the fly for international resources, material, or expenses then all the better thank you very much.

Ideally it centrally stores and manages organisation resources and cost rates, material, and expenses for reuse whilst also storing all customers, projects, and calculations in one place.

Make that stored information easy to search and duplicate for the next project, thereby building company wisdom, then that has to be a bonus.

And finally, make reporting and analysis a walk in the park through the ability to export calculations to PDF, Excel, HTML (user-customisable) and surely you must have a winner there!

Enter Pricell  – Calculate Your Project or Service Cost with a Cloud based application that drives price accuracy in any professional services business

Check it out  https://pricell.io/#pricing (Single User is free)

Will AI ‘Terminate’ Project Management

September 3, 2020

Join the discussion on this free webinar https://lnkd.in/dYeTQSE – Peter Taylor, hosted by Sharktower!

Are you looking for the right Project Management Tool for your Business?

July 20, 2020

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An Audience with The Lazy Project Manager

July 6, 2020

BOOK YOUR PLACE TODAY BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/110596609436

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Join Peter Taylor, for a 2 hour Webinar Extravaganza (with suitable breaks for remote attendance):

  • Keynote: The Lazy Project Manager
  • Fun: Who wants to be a ‘Lazy PM’ Millionaire
  • Discussion: You and your project challenges – bring your problems and we will openly discuss and try to help you
  • Celebration: How you are PM Superstars

‘Progress isn’t made by early risers. It’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something’

Learn about the art of productive laziness with The Lazy Project Manager; understanding what is meant by the ‘productive lazy’ approach to Projects (and life) and learn how to apply these lessons ‘to be twice as productive and still leave the office early’.

The session will cover the definition of productive laziness, the science behind the theory (yes there really is some) and will share some personal learning experiences that led to the creation of ‘The Lazy Project Manager’. In addition, the audience will consider the three key project stages, one of which the ‘lazy’ project manager works very hard in and the second they should be in the comfortable position of enjoying the ‘comfy chair’ safe in the knowledge that the project is well under control and the final where often some critical work is missed.

The Lazy Way to Deliver Better Presentations

July 6, 2020

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/110599618436 BOOK TODAY – OFFER CLOSES SOON

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Helping you to deliver better presentations:

  • What makes a good Presentation and what doesn’t
  • The make up of your Audience
  • Managing Content and Time
  • Designing the best Format to get your message across
  • Planning for the possible Risks
  • The Hates (and the Loves)
  • Delivery Style
  • Feedback and Lessons Learned

The 1-hour format is aligned to best practice remote delivery

Optional Purchases

Personal coaching sessions

eBook or signed printed book ‘The Presentation on Presentations’ by Peter Taylor

Peter Taylor

Peter is the author of the number 1 bestselling project management book ‘The Lazy Project Manager’, along with many other books on Project Management, PMO development, Executive Sponsorship, Transformation Leadership, and Speaking Skills.

He has delivered over 380 lectures around the world in over 25 countries and has been described as ‘perhaps the most entertaining and inspiring speaker in the project management world today’.

The Informal Project Manager

May 26, 2020

Are you an Informal Project Manager

Not a Project Manager? But you are a Project Manager? Then book your place on this Free webinar

https://informalprojectmanager.eventbrite.co.uk

The Informal Project Manager

There are three strata inside organisations today. There is ‘Business As Usual’ (BAU) what your business is all about, what do make, what you sell, what you offer, there are ‘Projects As Projects’ (PAP), the big scary changes that demand a full-time project manager, and ‘Projects As Usual’ (PAU). These are changes led by the Informal Project Managers of the world, and there are many such change leaders who deliver this as part of their day job but who, perhaps, have never been told how to do this, or who have no supporting community to aid them.

  • What challenges do you, as an Informal Project Manager face on a day to day basis?
  • What are the key things that you should need in order to be successful?
  • And where can you find help top do your job well?

This Webinar is aimed at your world, your challenges, your needs. Led by Peter Taylor, The Lazy Project Manager, and supported by a panel of experts from Microsoft Project targets your needs, today.

Agenda

  • Introductions
  • The world of the Informal Project Manager
  • What would really help you as an Informal Project Manager?
  • What are the risks of projects led by an Informal Project Manager?
  • What are the top 5 tips on being a successful Informal Project Manager?
  • How can you get help?
  • Panel Discussion
  • Close out/Final thought

Join Peter on 24th June and hear some great advice, meet many other Informal Project Managers, as well as having an experienced mentor ready to help you.

https://informalprojectmanager.eventbrite.co.uk

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The Projectless Manager

April 20, 2020

The Projectless Manager: A 21-day Challenge

The Projectless Manager

Starting on Monday 20th April 2020 and ending (successfully I hope) on Monday 11th May 2020 the 21-day challenge is to design, write, produce, and publish a book written by project managers from around the world

The book will be a sharing of ideas and thoughts from this current world crisis, Covid-19, and how project managers have, in many cases, become projectless managers but kept on doing what they are meant to do, bring about change and improvements wherever they are engaged

It will also be a book of inspiration of what is to come in the project world when this moment in history passes and what amazing ideas people have to share, and what they have learnt about themselves in the past few weeks that others might benefit from

In reality I don’t know exactly what the book will end up being, that’s part of the fun in writing,  but I am sure there are stories out there are really worth sharing, ideas that have proven to work in this ‘new emerging world’ and thoughts of guidance for other project people

It will be a ‘lockdown legacy’ …

Subject to this being a successful call to action then I commit to compile, edit, format, and publish the book by 11th May 2020

So, the clock is ticking

We only have 21 days to make this a reality

Message me today to get the submission form and a detailed timeline – I need your input and I need it fast – 21 days is not a long!

 

Peter Taylor

www.thelazyprojectmanager.com

www.thepmtribe.com

2020: The Year we Rediscovered Time

April 3, 2020

tmThese are strange and dark days in many ways – there is no hiding from that fact – but, and I am not sure if you have experienced something similar, there appears to be a change in many people’s attitude to life, community and sociability.

The weekly ‘applause the NHS’ occurrences not only see a grateful people thank those carrying out some of the riskiest jobs but there are smiles and ‘hello’s and waves from neighbours to each other as well.

I have spoken to more of my neighbours, at an appropriate social distance I hasten to add, in the last two weeks than in the last 3 years since I moved in.

I take my daily exercise, a walk around my village, and meet and greet strangers in a way I can never remember happening before.

It is civil, it is polite, it is ‘British’ – we acknowledge each other, say ‘good morning’ or ‘good afternoon’ or just a nod and a smile in some cases, but we interact. There is a decorum of meeting people on small pavements or paths, one stepping aside to let the other pass at a suitable distance, but it comes with a look of ‘sorry, I don’t really fear you but, you know, this is the way it has to be right now, so don’t judge me…’, all accompanied with a greeting of some sort.

My local pub has taken the initiative of opening a farmer’s market twice a week, shout out to The Bird in Hand, Sandhurst – pints of beer (I remember beer…) are replaced with fresh fruit and vegetables, eggs, milk, cheese and butter. Locals all line up, spaced well apart, and patiently wait for their turn – one person in the shop at any time – but smile, and chat, and laugh and greet other people walking their dogs, cycling on bicycles that probably haven’t been used since the first and only time they were ridden after purchase, or just strolling out for some fresh air.

At home the mood is good with the resident teenager apparently with the devil cast out of her and talking to us, sitting and watching some TV each evening with us and joining us for meals.

We even had a ‘dress smart’ dinner last weekend to break the monotony of casual dress for days on end (who’d think you end up missing dressing for work…).

The garden is looking great. The house is clean, and I mean really clean. Cupboards that have annoyed us with their overflowing contents are now washed and items sorted logically for easy use. Furniture that we could never bother to move but kept talking about in a ‘that would look good over there don’t you think?’ kind of way are now in new locations in rooms and, guess what ‘they look good there’.

Family members are helping each other with shopping trips to minimise trips out, leaving goods outside the houses but always with a quick ‘hello, how are you’ from the end of the driveway to each other. We even set up a WhatsApp household quiz night yesterday, with each of our four different households choosing 5 questions each to ask the others. It was fun, argumentative, loud but wonderful at the same time.

Calls to parents have increased in regularity as have conversations through various social media to our friends.

Work related meetings are being supplemented with intentional ‘social’ meetings as well to replace the water-cooler/coffee machine chats and lunchtime gatherings.

And the sharing of the dark humour of our times; videos of small children being told that there are no more takeaways, the horse with no name brilliance, Jedi remote learning and many more. They all bring a much-needed smile.

My parent’s postman left a small parcel on their doorstep, on his day off, with two bananas in to share a ‘yellow smile’. They have also received many offers of help from people and shops in their village and are actually remotely socialising with more people than usual.

These are strange and dark days in many ways – there is no hiding from that fact – but we also seem to have begun to rediscover community and true sociability, and not be so focused and driven about ourselves and our own importance. We have time, a gift that was relegated to perhaps two weeks holiday each year in the past. Time, which is here – for those of us in lock-down – in amounts so large we really should be doing something positive with it.

The world holds its collective breath for this to be over, but we really do have a unique opportunity to exit this crisis a better, more social and caring global community.

 

Peter Taylor

www.thepmtribe.com

www.thelazyprojectmanager.com

Free Book on Project Fun

March 30, 2020

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