[Book of the month!]... Anyone can learn how to work smarter and become twice as productive. --Better Business Focus Magazine, Sep 2009
There is nothing like having someone's writing slap you round the face like a wet herring and you sit there (well, actually laying on the sofa) and you enjoy the experience. Thank you very much Peter Taylor --Ian Swanson - USA - July 2009
For me this book scores 9 out of 10 for entertainment and 8 out of 10 for practical help to fraught project managers. The book is a joy to read, well written, light-hearted, but also informative and helpful. The big question is whether the target audience - the fraught project manager - will be attracted to or turned off by the tongue-in-cheek title. I hope it will be the former, as not only is the book very readable, it contains - as many books of this type - useful check-lists for its various assertions, accompanied by relevant anecdotes. Peter clearly states that his book is not a how-to book on project management, even though he is a chartered PM. It is all about doing less and achieving more. But in the process he does offer many practical guidelines. The fundamental basis of Peter s theory of lazy project management is Pareto s Law, paraphrased to mean doing 20 per cent to achieve 80 per cent of the results rather than the other way round that he feels many project managers do (and I daresay most professionals and managers too). However, Peter does get specific about, for example, putting much more emphasis on the start and end of a project - the thick ends, as he calls them. He also focuses on the power grid , which naturally includes the project sponsor and the project steering group, both of which, he implies, are neglected by many project managers. Teaming gets requisite attention as do crisis handling and communication. As Peter says, reporting is not communicating. Regarding the closing thick end, he cautions that there will be unknown, unknowns made famous by Donald Rumsfeld. Nothing you can do about them, except to try and limit the amount of unknowns by finding out, and by asking. All in all an enjoyable read, with 143 pages including intro, index and several post-script-like closing sections. The main body is around 100 pages. So, not daunting at all. Well done, Peter! --Charles Chang FBCS CITP
Taylor does something that I have done on my blog and in my own writing - he gives you a chance to cheat. By cheating, I mean that he levels with you, the reader, the busy reader, the lazy reader, and says something like, "look, if you want to get to the bottom line, skip over to the last chapter now. You will miss some stuff but ... you'll get the idea". In fact, he even uses this principle of cheating itself to help explain the Pareto principle - a tactic I thought was particularly ingenious.
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