Welcome to Michael Greer's PM Resources
"At this website you'll find info about my favorite project management (PM) resources, my products & services, and a "first-do-no-harm," no B.S., Minimalist approach to PM. To learn more, use the Navigation links (left), scroll through my latest blog posts below, or watch a video intro. Enjoy!" -- Mike G.
LATEST BLOG POSTS:
On September 25th at 0100 hours GMT project management (PM) bloggers from all over the planet published blog posts to answer this question: “What does project management mean to me? (a project manager’s sermon).”
Conceived by Australian PM expert Shim Marom, publisher of the quantmleap blog, this #PMFlashBlog was the first-ever world-wide synchronized PM publishing effort.
Allen Ruddock, Director of UK-based ARRA Management Ltd., took on the challenge of collecting, compiling and creating an e-book from all the #PMFlashBlog blog posts published. (Check out Allen’s upcoming webinar “3 Biggest PM mistakes…”)
The result of all this hard work was a powerful collection of heart-felt (and sometimes humorous!) blog posts that will help you discover the true meaning of PM as seen through the eyes of PM experts and practitioners from all over the world.
- DOWNLOAD your 117 page PMFlashBlog ebook, here: http://michaelgreer.biz/pmflashblog-ebook.pdf
- Here’s a complete list of all #PMFlashBlog contributors, including Twitter names & links to their websites.
=== Other Free e-Books & PM Freebies ===
- Free E-Book: One Simple Thing to Improve Projects or PM (An Anthology)
- A Gift for You: A Free Project Management Book for Your Kindle, NOOK, iPad or Other Tablet / E-Reader
- The PM Minimalist Support System & Freebies
=== Other Articles You Might Like ===
- What Project Management Means to Me: “A Technology of Manifestation…” (My #PMFlashBlog post.)
- New PM Reference: Gower Handbook of People in Project Management
- 6 Reasons Why the New Book “Strategies for Project Sponsorship” Will Be an Instant PM Classic
- Vicki James’ Book Review: The Project Management Minimalist
- Top 10 Most Downloaded Project Management Resources
- Announcing My Amazon Author Page!
Posted: December 4th, 2013 under Inspiration and Motivation, Project Management - No Comments. Tags: #PMFlashBlog, Allen Ruddock, Henny Portman, inspiration, PDF, PDU, PM FREEBIES, PM processes, project life cycles, Project Management, quantmleap, scope management, Shim Marom, team building, teams
A few years ago I was contracted to build a two-week long technical course for a major high-tech client. A fairly large effort, our project’s finished deliverables included self-study materials, job aids, studio-produced video case study scenarios and instructor guides — in short, we were building a complete, integrated training system with a lot of moving parts. My team of independent contractors consisted of five training developers (instructional designers), a print production coordinator and a video production subcontractor.*
After several difficult weeks of interviewing the client’s in-house SMEs, gathering information, brainstorming and welding together a cohesive course design, we rolled out our first major deliverable, our Blueprint (an integrated training design plan). My contract stipulated that our Blueprint would be formally approved by the client, in writing, before we moved on to the next phase, which would be developing our fully fleshed-out first drafts of all materials and video scripts.
Love Is In The Air! … Maybe …
Posted: November 20th, 2013 under ID Project Management, Project Management - No Comments. Tags: managing teams, phase gates, PM, project life cycle, project life cycles, Project Management, project management basics, scope creep, scope management, sign-off, team building
My two most recent books, The Project Management Minimalist (paperback edition) and The PM Minimalist Mentor: Scripted Coaching Tools (paperback edition), are now enrolled in Amazon’s MatchBook program. So if you buy either of these books in paperback form, you’ll be able to get the matching Kindle edition for just $2.99!
For more information, check these links:
- Amazon sales page, The Project Management Minimalist (paperback edition)
- Amazon sales page, The PM Minimalist Mentor: Scripted Coaching Tools (paperback edition)
- Learn more about Amazon’s MatchBook program.
- Learn all about The PM Minimalist collection, including books, audios, videos, and more!
- Go to my Amazon Author’s Page and see a list of all books available through Amazon.
Posted: October 30th, 2013 under Announcements, Project Management - No Comments. Tags: Amazon, CreateSpace, e-reader, Kindle, managing teams, MatchBook, Mentor, PDU, PM, PM minimalism, PM Minimalist Mentor, PM processes, project life cycles, Project Management, project management processes, project planning, scope management, team building, The Project Management Minimalist
This article summarizes a process by which you can create a comprehensive, locally-relevant set of “PM Job Tasks and Competencies Based on Job Level” that can serve as the foundation of your organization’s unique PM Job Model. This, in turn, can be used as a powerful reference tool to guide the evolution of each project manager’s individual career, including helping structure performance evaluations, coaching, PM training and education, and HR initiatives related to PM and PM career development.
Posted: October 23rd, 2013 under ID Project Management, Project Management - No Comments. Tags: asapm, career, curriculum design, GAPPS, HPT, Instructional Design, needs analysis, performance analysis, PM processes, pm skills, PM training, pmbok, PRINCE2, Project Management, project management career, project management processes, project management skills, project management teams, project management training
[This post is part of the #PMFlashBlog event "What does project management mean to me?" Scroll to the end for event details.**]
Sometimes it takes someone on the outside looking in to provide you with that “whack on the side of the head” that changes the meaning of what you are doing. Such was the case with this simple email from a student.
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Posted: September 24th, 2013 under Inspiration and Motivation, Project Management - 1 Comment. Tags: #PMFlashBlog, inspiration, PM, Project Management, project management basics, project team, team building, teams
Amazon has just rolled out an a great new feature on behalf of its authors: the Author’s Page! Now you can find all of an author’s books that are for sale on Amazon in a single location.The page includes:
- Integrated listings that pull together multiple versions (Kindle, paperback, etc.) of each book under a single item name
- Brief, author-produced videos that provide overviews of books, etc.
- The most recent blog, twitter, etc. posts for the author
Posted: September 23rd, 2013 under Announcements, ID Project Management, Project Management - No Comments. Tags: e-reader, Franklin University, ID Project Management, Instructional Development Project Management, iPad, Kindle, Michael Greer, PDF, PM, PM minimalism, project life cycle, Project Management, project management basics, project management minimalism, Project Management Minimalist, project management tutorial, scope management, team building
Question: What’s 2 1/2 inches thick*, weighs over 5 lbs*, and has 63 chapters all about Project Management? Answer: The Gower Handbook of People in Project Management! I am proud to be one of the book’s 46 PM authors. I contributed Chapter 60, Project Management Certification: Taking Charge Locally. Check out this great work created and edited by Lindsay Scott and Dennis Lock at these links:
- Main web page for book
- Full Contents Listing
- Notes on Contributors
- Chapter 1: People in Project Management
* (Also available in ePub & PDF ebook formats. See book’s main web page.)
FYI: The chapter I contributed was based on these publications:
- Seven Benefits of Local PM Certification: Why Pursuing Locally-Relevant PM Skills Makes More Sense Than Buying Generic, External PM Certifications
- Do-It-Yourself PM Certification: How to Document Your Skills & Get the Credibility You’ve Earned without Jumping Through Someone Else’s Hoops
Posted: September 14th, 2013 under Project Management - No Comments. Tags: agile, Dennis Lock, Gower, Handbook of People in Project Management, Lindsay Scott, PDU, PM, PM certification, PMI, Project Management, project management processes, project management teams, project management training, project team, team building
Vicki James, co-author of the excellent new book, Strategies for Project Sponsorship has just published a review of my book The Project Management Minimalist: Just Enough PM to Rock Your Projects. In a nutshell, Vicki says, “I recommend Project Management Minimalist: Just Enough PM to Rock Your Projects for all seasoned and up and coming project managers.” See her complete review at her website, The Project Pro.
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Posted: September 7th, 2013 under Announcements, Project Management - No Comments. Tags: e-reader, free PM, iPad, PM, PM minimalism, PM processes, Project Management, project management basics, Project Management Minimalist, project management processes, project management tutorial, team building, The Project Management Minimalist, The Project Pro, Vicki James
If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably aware of the power of project management (PM) to bring order to potentially chaotic human endeavors. Organizations everywhere apply tried-and-true PM practices to get higher quality finished products, more quickly, and with less pain and frustration than if no PM were applied. In short, PM works almost anywhere where there are formal relationships among team members: businesses, governments, not-for-profits, etc.
Still, there’s one organization in which we spend much of our time that is not generally regarded as a candidate for PM techniques: the family. Seen through the lens of PM, a family can appear to be a random collection of informal, emotionally-charged relationships whose team members struggle mightily for control, power, recognition, autonomy, or simply to avoid work and avoid spending money. It is within this context that family reunions, weddings, home repair & improvement, landscaping, graduation parties and countless other domestic projects are undertaken by families. Some families are more successful than others in emerging from these efforts with their affections intact. Many complete such projects with permanent scars to relationships that must still, somehow, last a lifetime.
So how might your family avoid such self-inflicted wounds? Below are 5 PM “best practices” that could help your family handle its next project more effectively. (Note: You might also apply these to other unofficial project teams made up of close friends, volunteers, or anyone with whom you’d like to maintain a healthy personal relationship after the project is completed.)
Posted: August 28th, 2013 under Inspiration and Motivation, Project Management - 1 Comment. Tags: family projects, family relationships, family team, parenting, PM, PM processes, Project Management, project team, scope management, team building, wedding planning
Got clients or stakeholders who are driving you nuts and always causing scope creep? Share this simple video with them and maybe raise their consciousness. Enjoy!
Posted: July 26th, 2013 under Inspiration and Motivation, One Simple Thing, Project Management - 1 Comment. Tags: deliverables, PDU, PM, PM Minimalist, PMP, project deliverables, Project Management, project scope, project sponsor, scope creep, team management