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The lazy project manager [Kindle Edition]

Peter Taylor
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Book Description

In The lazy project manager, Peter Taylor illustrates how we can achieve more without expending more time and energy. Welcome to the home of ‘productive laziness’ and a more focused approach to project management. Here, we are able to exercise our efforts where they really matter instead of rushing round involving ourselves in unimportant, non-critical activities that others can better address, or indeed that may not need addressing at all! It’s all about working smarter and Peter Taylor gives his trade secrets away in a lively and entertaining way. 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 activities in your projects, do them well and enjoy the world of ‘productive laziness’.

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From the Back Cover

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.

About the Author

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 and the professional development of project managers. His most recent achievements have been as head of projects at a global supplier of performance system solutions, and currently as head of a project management office at Siemens PLM Software, a global supplier of product lifecycle management solutions. He is an accomplished communicator and leader who always adopts a proactive and business-focused approach. Visit for more information, free articles and blogs, and subscribe to Peter’s podcasts on iTunes.

Product Details

  • File Size: 556 KB
  • Print Length: 154 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1906821135
  • Publisher: Infinite Ideas (April 17, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FEF6LA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,814 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lazy is a GOOD thing! November 19, 2009
As a practicing Project Manager (PM), I am always looking for ways to do my job better and for best practices that I can adopt. So, when the opportunity came my way to read this book, I jumped on it and am not sorry I did so. The Lazy in the title refers to doing things better so you do not have to do as much and the subtitle of this book is "How to be twice as productive and still leave the office early" which is a very worthy goal for anyone in any position and a skill that I would dearly love to learn!

The book itself is a very quick read. There are essentially only 100 pages of real text and the book's format is relatively small and there is lots of white space. I was able to read through it in a few hours time. The questions then becomes, is the time investment worth it? And, are you learning enough from reading this book to bother with it?

My answers are unqualified "yes"es!

While the book is short and snappy it does cover the main things that PMs should focus on and spend their time on. The author divides any project into three phases: Startup, execution, and conclusion. Most of the book is spent on the Startup phase as that is the time when you need to really work hard at the project to make it succeed. The author wisely focuses on the two most critical ingredients that will make or break any project: The planning work for how the project should be executed; and the communications process to make sure everyone involved with the project knows what the plans are and what to do about them. Everyone involved with the project includes the project sponsor and any outside influencers that may not be a formal part of the team, but are critical to the project's success.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Relevant, Fun and Easy to read August 31, 2009
Peter Taylor was able to put together many practical and valuable project management lessons learned in a very funny and easy manner. He walked the talk by providing readers with a 2 page summary of the core content of the book, what makes the "lazy community" happy.

If you do not consider yourself lazy, you are going to understand the benefits of "productive laziness"; if you are already a "lazy project manager" the book will make you feel better (you are not alone! :o) and on top of that will give you many interesting lessons learned, without too much effort.
I do recommend the reading!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Book that Ate My Problems January 19, 2010
Peter Taylor is a clever clever man, and lucky us, he likes to pass it on. Luckier still, the man knows how to write: "The Lazy Project Manager" is entertaining, informative, and most of all, succinct. If you manage IT Projects, Peter Taylor knows that you're already in trouble. For the average Project Manager, "IT" means "Information Trouble"--be it communcating, guesstimating, or prevaricating, Taylor knows your pain. In order to provide you with some quick relief, he does two things to prove that he is clever:

1) He tells you that if you really need to you can skip to the end and get a quick recap of the core points

2) He writes everything else so that it is not only simple, it is well worth the effort of reading through.

So if, like me, you clutch this book while treading water, you will quickly find that the words inside can be used as a flotation device. They may also be quickly consumed and deployed for the full "raft" effect. I was surrounded by work, over my head in deadlines, and despite being in the thick of holiday overtime I still managed to read this book in about two days. I've since read it again, just to keep myself focused as I gradually transition my job to his way of thinking.

So what is his way of thinking? What exactly does it mean to be "lazy"?

It means this: you can't do it all. You shouldn't do it all. And the best way to figure that out is to focus your efforts at the right parts of the lifecycle. Whereas most Project Managers find themselves ramping up at the beginning, furiously frenetic during development, and then tapering off the long hours during implementation and rollout, Taylor suggests that it's far easier if you focus your effort at the front.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly common sense October 13, 2011
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At least for me it seems like common sense. Prioritize, delegate and focus. Communication is key. I felt I had heard all of this before but I have been on project teams in some capacity or another for over 25 years. Should be read by anyone just starting out on projects. The book is a quick read and is well written. The Kindle version is well formatted.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and Easy to Read March 31, 2011
This book takes a different look at the project manager job. I've read a few books on project management, and this one differs in a fun and enlightening way. Peter Taylor is serious about the challenge, but not deadly serious. Instead of focusing on the nuts and bolts level of project management - work breakdown structures and the like, he suggests we take an overall look of the project and tells us more how a project is orchestrated, so to speak, than how to play the individual notes. He gives us a big picture telling us things are toughest and the beginning and again at the end. And if you do it right, the middle part is fairly clear sailing. But, not to get too comfortable, he says. How it begins is how it ends, so he advises the project manager how to get it off on the right foot. To do that takes a little leg work.

He talks about several key points that lead to a successful project, things like knowing how to communicate with project sponsors and particularly with the team--they've all got personalities and styles to be aware of. It's a lot about communication and it's a lot about dealing with people on a human level, that part of a project that I've always found more critical than many books imply. This all takes some time and attention, so he's not recommending a project manager play a passive role.

At the same time, Taylor says we shouldn't overdo it - that's where his euphemistic term "lazy" comes in. (It's not really about being lazy, of course.) You could try to be a superhero and handle everything that goes wrong yourself, for one thing, an easy thing to lapse into if you're not careful. And then he talks how to be available to everyone and how much and how to keep your life intact at the same time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Very basic.
Published 2 months ago by Alan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Easy to read, practical, but a little sarcastic for my taste.
Published 4 months ago by Lalita Franco
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 5 months ago by lharty
5.0 out of 5 stars humanizing the PMBOK
It's is a pleasure to have read Peter Taylor's deeply experienced perspective on Project Management. Read more
Published 6 months ago by John P. Dyer
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Quick Read.
The was a good quick read for Project Managers, those that may have the role of project manager, and those who participate in corporate IT projects. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Tim McManus
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Interesting and insightful perspective to the profession of Project Management
Published 7 months ago by Luis Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
This is a really great book that speaks to some of the realities of managing projects and how to deal with them.
Published 8 months ago by Fred Fanning
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I wanted
I am a professional with experience of many 'projects' without them actually being called that. I won a contract with "Project Manager" in the title and specific... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Rob McKilliam
4.0 out of 5 stars well written, easy read, practical advice
Peter Taylor certainly has a knack for writing in an informative, yet light hearted way. He certainly has the heart of a teacher. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ryan Radford
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading
A different project management book. Easy and fun to read. Some very good tips for project managers and everybody involved in projects.
Published 13 months ago by Marga
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