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. The PM Minimalist Collection

LATEST BLOG POSTS:

The Origins of My PM Minimalism:

It’s Not Merely Simple-Minded… It’s About PM Essences

When you hear the word “minimalism,” do you think “simple-minded” or “superficial?” For me, the word “minimalism” is all about the essence… the critical core… that which matters most!  This nine-page PDF summarizes how the PM Minimalist concept evolved out of my own quest to “strip down” PM to its critical essences — to find those key tools and practices that provide “just enough” PM to help your project team succeed. (Also included: An “audit trail” of the two-tracked professional experiences that helped shape my PM Minimalist world view.)

Image: Cover of PDF "The Origins of My PM Minimalism..." & Image of Greer's odd dual career

 

 

Posted: October 30th, 2012 under Project Management - 1 Comment. Tags: , , , , ,

Project Management is a Broad Human Practice, not Merely a Profession

In a recent post at The PM Hut titled Defending the Project Management Profession Bruce McGraw writes: “… having recently seen ads for fast, cheap and simple project management training and tools, I felt the need to state firmly my position on this matter… [that] project management is a profession and project managers are professionals.”  OK. Fair enough. Then Bruce goes on to provide ample evidence that PM is indeed a profession.

But I feel compelled to add: “Yes… AND… project management is much more than a mere profession: It’s a broad practice undertaken by many, many of our fellow humans. And, as a broadly undertaken practice, there is a compelling need for ‘fast, cheap, and simple PM training and tools.'” That’s because the majority of PM practitioners are people who are just jumping in and getting the job done, without giving a second thought to the PM profession, PM professionals or their vocabulary and “shoulds.” And any tools or training that these people find helpful (including fast, cheap, or simple ones) are by definition valuable.

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Posted: September 3rd, 2012 under Project Management - 4 Comments. Tags: , , , , , , ,

worth-sharing.net — Pulling It All Together

This month I launched my new website, “Mike Greer’s WORTH SHARING.”  It’s designed to:

  • provide links to all my publications in one common site
  • provide some new, broader categories for capturing publications that don’t fit into my other four websites.
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Posted: August 30th, 2012 under Announcements, Project Management - No Comments. Tags: , , , , , , , ,

June/July Issue of PM Minimalist Update Is Now Available

I just emailed my latest PM Minimalist Update to subscribers.  It’s loaded with articles, links, and more. Check it out here:

Highlights from this issue include:

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Posted: July 31st, 2012 under ID Project Management, Inspiration and Motivation, One Simple Thing, Project Management - No Comments. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Project Management FREEBIES Website Marks Its First Anniversary!

Last July I launched my Project Management FREEBIES website. Since then the site has listed more than 99 PM FREEBIES! And there are more on the way every month. Click the image below to learn more.

Image: PM Freebies home page w/tabs open

Posted: July 30th, 2012 under Announcements, Project Management - No Comments. Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

20th Anniversary PDF Editions of My ID Project Management Book

 

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the publication of my first book, ID [Instructional Development] Project Management: Tools and Techniques for Instructional Designers and Developers.

Every month or so someone emails me and asks where they can get a copy of this book.  I usually tell them that as far as I know the publisher has taken it out of print. Then I explain that since it’s publication in 1992, I’ve written & published 5 more PM books. And all of these are “agnostic” — designed to be used in any industry or any areas of specialization (including instructional design & development).  Then I simply recommend my latest book & support tools (The Project Management Minimalist) instead.

Still, there are those folks who REALLY push me to help them find the book. For them, and all of you who might be wondering about my ID PM book, I’ve created a couple of “scanned PDF” versions of this book which you can download.  Note that the “scanned PDF” format has some limitations, such as non-scalable fonts, etc. (Please see the notes below the “Read More” line for details.)

Enjoy!

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Buy the Printer-Friendly Version: $4.99*

Choose the “printer-friendly” version if you intend to print copies of this book on standard, 8 1/2″ by 11″ pages.

Before you buy: Please be advised that this is a “scanned PDF” file. Please read the technical note below re: formatting.




 

( PRINTER-FRIENDLY PDF VERSION: WIDER MARGINS, SMALLER TEXT)

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Buy the E-Reader Version: $2.99*

Choose the “e-reader” version if you intend to use this scanned PDF with your Kindle, NOOK, iPad, or computer’s PDF reading software.

Before you buy: Please be advised that this is a “scanned PDF” file. Please read the technical note below re: formatting.




 

( E-READER PDF VERSION: NARROWER MARGINS, LARGER TEXT)

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* [Click “Read More” or see below for technical details re: formatting.]

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Posted: July 10th, 2012 under ID Project Management - No Comments. Tags: , , , , , , , ,

A New Mindfulness Meditation Video

Confession:  This month my wife and I have been going through the process of preparing our summer home for sale. In the 20+ years that we’ve owned it, we have accumulated a huge collection of stuff that must be sorted, donated, sold, or simply thrown away. So for the past several weeks I’ve been doing “real work,” as my wife would say. (And I’ve got the sore muscles and callouses to prove it.) The result: There will be no newsletter or no new blog posts here this month.

In the meantime, however, I am pleased to share with you a new blog post/video from my Inspired Project Teams website.

Take a Break: A Mindfulness Meditation in the PA Countryside

As part of preparing to say “good-bye” to this summer house, I’ve been recording some video of the nearby places that I’ve especially enjoyed over the years. I decided to collect some of these together into a 6-minute video titled “Take a Break: A Mindfulness Meditation in the PA Countryside.”  You can check it out here:

Take a Break: A Mindfulness Meditation in the PA Countryside from PM Minimalist.

I hope you enjoy this video. And, more importantly, I hope you take the time to practice mindfulness meditation to manage stress and generally help you endure your “life in the projects.” Your project team will thank you!

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Posted: June 29th, 2012 under Announcements, Inspiration and Motivation - No Comments. Tags: , , , , , , , ,

May Issue of PM Minimalist Update Is Now Available

I just emailed my latest PM Minimalist Update to subscribers.  It’s loaded with articles, links, and more. Check it out here:

Highlights from this issue include:

  • Best Practice: Identify Your Signature Strengths and Use Them Whenever You Can
  • New Franklin University PM Course for Instructional Designers/Developers & Performance Analysts
  • Is There Someone You Should You Be Nudging Toward the Spotlight?
  • Free E-Book: One Simple Thing to Improve Projects or PM (An Anthology)
  • PM Minimalist Quick Start Guide for Your Kindle, NOOK, iPad or Other Tablet / E-Reader
  • Three New Project Management FREEBIES
  • Plus links to lots more free eBooks, media downloads, and more

Subscribe today & get a Bonus zip file containing 15 PM articles or tools in PDF format (88-pages total!) plus a 37-minute PM podcast!

<<-- Read previous issues online!

Posted: May 31st, 2012 under ID Project Management, Inspiration and Motivation, One Simple Thing, Project Management - No Comments. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Best Practice: Identify Your Signature Strengths & Use Them Whenever You Can.

[Link image: This is a sample from PM Minimalist]

[This book excerpt is from “Taking Care of Yourself:  Managing Your Priorities, Time, & Energy” in The Project Management Minimalist]

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Posted: May 30th, 2012 under Inspiration and Motivation, Project Management - No Comments. Tags: , , , , , , ,

New Franklin University PM Course for Instructional Designers/Developers & Performance Analysts

Whoo Hoo!  I’ve just completed my contribution to the design of IDPT 715: Managing Learning Projects & Relationships, a course that is customized to the PM needs of instructional designers/developers, as well as performance analysts. It’s part of Franklin University’s  M.S. in Instructional Design & Performance Technology (IDPT). The course will use a customized, logo-branded version of The Project Management Minimalist, 2nd ed.

Franklin’s unique master’s program allows students to attend online or one-night-a-week classes and earn the degree in 24 months.Franklin University  Graduates will be able to:

  • Conduct analyses to identify needs or opportunities for performance and learning improvement

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Posted: May 29th, 2012 under ID Project Management, Project Management - No Comments. Tags: , , , ,