The Lazy Project Manager

In The Lazy Project Manager, authored by Peter Taylor and to be published in the UK by Infinite Ideas Limited UK in August, “lazy does not mean stupid or unsuccessful; lazy is the way forward. The lazy project manager illustrates how anyone can apply the simple techniques of lazy project management in their own activities in order to work more effectively and consequently improve work–life balance. This ‘productive laziness’ approach builds on the Pareto principle that states that for many phenomena, 80 per cent of consequences stem from 20 per cent of the causes. To put it simply, only 20 per cent of the things people do during their working days really matter.”

Inside this book readers can discover:

• The intelligence of laziness – why smart, lazy people have the edge over others;
• Why the Jungle Book’s ‘Bare Necessities’ should be the productive lazy theme tune;
• How to get the maximum output for a minimised input;
• Quick tips to productive lazy heaven.

In addition, the author provides some interesting (and entertaining) things about eating dinosaurs, wearing ermine cloaks, and how to spot a psychopathic woman at a funeral. Also find out why you should never go ballooning, how to deliver a good Oscar acceptance speech, and why it is important for your team that you read the newspaper each morning. And yes, you may also learn some, quick, simple but important things about project management.

In “The lazy Project Manager” Peter Taylor illustrates how to achieve more without expending more time and energy. Welcome to the home of ‘productive laziness’. Here there is a more focused approach to project management and our efforts are exercised where it really matters – there’s no rushing round involving ourselves in unimportant, non-critical activities that others can better address, or indeed that do not need addressing at all in some cases. It’s all about working smarter and Peter Taylor, head of a PMO at Siemens, gives away his trade secrets. This is not a training manual. You won’t turn into a project manager by reading this book. But Peter, acting as virtual coach, will help you to identify and focus on the key activities in your projects, do them well and enjoy the world of productive laziness.

In contrast to the title of his book, Peter Taylor is in fact a dynamic and commercially astute professional who has achieved notable success in project management, programme management and the professional development of project managers: latterly as head of projects at a global supplier of performance system solutions, and currently as head of a PMO at Siemens PLM Software, a global supplier of product lifecycle management solutions. He is an accomplished communicator and leader; always adopting a proactive and business-focused approach. This is Peter’s first book.

Book: The Lazy Project Manager; Hardcover: 160 pages; Publisher: Infinite Ideas Limited UK (August 31, 2009); Language: English; ISBN-10: 1906821135; ISBN-13: 978-1906821135 info at http://www.thelazyprojectmanager.com/

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