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:

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: , , , ,

April 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: Understand & Deal with Procrastination
  • “Would I Have Them Over for Dinner?” & Other Questions to Ask of Your Movie Choices
  • PM Minimalist Videos Now at Vimeo
  • Under Construction: Franklin University’s IDPT PM Course
  • 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: April 30th, 2012 under Inspiration and Motivation, Project Management - No Comments. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Best Practice: Understand and Deal with Procrastination

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

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Posted: April 12th, 2012 under Inspiration and Motivation, Project Management - No Comments. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Really? My ID Project Management Book is a Collector’s Item??

So… Imagine My Surprise!

Every month or so someone emails me and asks where they can get a copy of my first book, ID [Instructional Development] Project Management: Tools and Techniques for Instructional Designers and Developers. I usually tell them that as far as I know the publisher has taken this book out of print. Then I explain that since that book’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.

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Posted: April 2nd, 2012 under Announcements, ID Project Management, Project Management - No Comments. Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

March 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:

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

View Previous Issues of the PM Minimalist Update Online:

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

Why You Should Trust Your Judgment (… Your “Inner Wisdom Filter”)

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[This book excerpt is from "The People Stuff: 10 Sets of Challenges to Inspire Teams" in The Project Management Minimalist]

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“A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages… Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson in Self-Reliance

“… the best in every business do what they have learned to do without questioning their abilities — they flat out trust their skills, which is why we call this high-performance state of mind the ‘Trusting Mindset.’ Routine access to the Trusting Mindset is what separates great performers from the rest of the pack.” – John Eliot in Overachievement

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Posted: March 14th, 2012 under Inspiration and Motivation - 1 Comment. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

February 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:

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

View Previous Issues of the PM Minimalist Update Online:

Posted: February 29th, 2012 under Announcements, One Simple Thing, Project Management - No Comments. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Free E-Book: One Simple Thing to Improve Projects or PM (An Anthology)

Image: One Simple Thing ebook on e-reader

Last November I invited visitors to this web site and other PM discussion sites to share “one simple thing…” that could improve projects and/or project management (PM). Many smart people with lots of different PM experiences took the time to think about, then respond to, this invitation.  This free e-book anthology is a collection of these responses. It includes:

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Posted: February 22nd, 2012 under One Simple Thing, Project Management - No Comments. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Are You Causing Suffering for Your Project Team?

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Best Practice: Consciously choose your attitude.

“We cannot choose our external circumstances, but we can always choose how we respond to them.”  — Epictetus in The Enchiridion

“From the most simple task to the most complex, if you are not in a state of either acceptance, enjoyment, or enthusiasm, look closely and you will find that you are creating suffering for yourself and others.”   — Eckhart Tolle in A New Earth

Take another look at the Tolle quote above. The selection in bold tells the whole story. The graphic below illustrates how one man’s thrashing against reality – his self-chosen misery – is creating suffering for himself and others!

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Posted: February 15th, 2012 under Inspiration and Motivation, Project Management - 1 Comment. Tags: , , , , , ,

David Emerald’s One Simple Thing: Adopt a Creator Orientation

Photo: David Emerald, Creator of TED (The Empowerment Dynamic)

David Emerald, Creator of TED (The Empowerment Dynamic)

(The following article is part of our One Simple Thing…to Improve Projects series. It was contributed by David Emerald, the creator of TED — The Empowerment Dynamic.  David is the author of The Power of TED* book, an executive coach, and uplifting keynote speaker who lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and business partner, Donna.

In a nutshell, TED provides a framework for building better, more empowered relationships. The Power of TED materials, as well as David’s workshops, are both inspirational and practical!  TED enlightens and encourages those who practice it to reach new levels of collaboration.)  

[A personal note: "I've found that TED provides a unique framework to view and improve both my business and personal relationships. I was so excited to share TED's potential for project teams that I created the blog post/podcast Shift from Drama to Empowerment. Thanks, David, for the wisdom & the inspiration!"  -- Mike Greer]

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My number one “simple thing” is to adopt a Creator Orientation.

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Posted: February 2nd, 2012 under One Simple Thing, Project Management - No Comments. Tags: , , , , , , , , ,