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


How to Create a Locally-Relevant Set of PM Job Tasks & Competencies Based on Job Level


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.

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Posted: October 23rd, 2013 under ID Project Management, Project Management - No Comments. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

What Project Management Means to Me: “A Technology of Manifestation…”

pmflashblog[This post is part of the #PMFlashBlog event “What does project management mean to me?” Learn more here:  Free e-Book “What Project Management Means to Me” from #PMFlashBlog Authors]

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: , , , , , , ,

Announcing My Amazon Author Page!

Go to Michael Greer's Amazon Author Page

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

Check out my page here:  https://www.amazon.com/author/michael_greer

Posted: September 23rd, 2013 under Announcements, ID Project Management, Project Management - No Comments. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

New PM Reference: Gower Handbook of People in Project Management

Go to website: Gower Handbook of People in Project Management

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:

(Also available in ePub & PDF ebook formats. See book’s main web page.)

FYI: The chapter I contributed was based on these publications:

Posted: September 14th, 2013 under Project Management - No Comments. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Vicki James’ Book Review: The Project Management Minimalist

Go to Vicki James website & review

“I recommend Project Management Minimalist… for all seasoned and up and coming project managers.” — Vicki James, PMP, CBAP, The Project Pro

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: , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

How to Survive Family Projects: 5 PM Best Practices

Image: PM Plan for Wedding

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.)

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Posted: August 28th, 2013 under Inspiration and Motivation, Project Management - 1 Comment. Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Is Your Project Root Bound? (A 2-minute video on scope creep.)

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: , , , , , , , , , ,

Top 10 Most Downloaded Project Management Resources

Since I launched my first iteration of this PM (project management) Resources website in 1999 (over 14 years ago!),  I’ve been happily sharing free tools, articles, and more to help new project managers become more effective.  Recently I examined the statistics and compiled this list of those most frequently downloaded or read. Thanks to all of you who’ve used these and shared them with your colleagues!  And if you’re new to this site or new to PM you might want to check these out for yourself.  Enjoy!

Download PDF: 10 Steps to Project Success________________________________

1.   Ten Steps to Project Success.  This is Project Management Minimalism in a one-page PDF nutshell!


2. Project “Post Mortem” Review Questions.  This tool includes 35 starter questions (customizable) and instructions for conducting your own Post Mortem.  It’s useful for evaluating a single project or as the starting point for an organization-wide discussion of this question: “How can we manage our projects more effectively?”


 3. Worksheet: Sample Project Sign-Off Form.  Projects are, by definition, finite. And sign-offs provide tangible proof that some portion of your finite project is (finally!) completed, thus helping to mitigate rework. This sample can be used as a model for developing your own sign-off form for your project phases, deliverables, 0r project completion.


Get info: PM Minimalist Quick Start Guide

4. The PM Minimalist Quick Start Guide is designed to help you plan and manage your first project using the PM Minimalist approach.  

This 38 page e-book is available in Kindle, NOOK, and PDF formats.


5. Free E-Book: One Simple Thing to Improve Projects or PM (An Anthology) — In this e-book anthology, many working project managers & PM experts share their “one simple thing…” that could improve projects and/or project management (PM).  Available in Kindle, NOOK, and PDF formats.


6. Do-It-Yourself PM Certification: How to Document Your Skills & Get the Credibility You’ve Earned without Jumping Through Someone Else’s Hoops – This extended article (PDF) explores the distinction between competence and certification. It then provides a professionally valid, step-by-step process for documenting your own PM skills and self-certifying.  –


7.  Video Series: Become a Project Management Minimalist – This series of 8 free online videos is designed to help you apply “just enough” project management (PM) to manage your projects effectively.


8. What’s Project Portfolio Management (PPM) & Why Should Project Managers Care About It? – The title says it all!


9. Too Many Projects? Prioritize Them! — A practical guide and sample worksheet to help you prioritize that overloaded list of projects.  (See also the related item 8, above.)


10. (Video) The Project Management Change Agent: How to Lead Your PM Revolution (55 minute video includes links to 25-page PDF.) – Are you ready to be the change agent who brings about a PM revolution in your organization. This video can show you how to conduct some “below the radar” guerrilla PM warfare.


Posted: July 3rd, 2013 under Project Management - No Comments. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

December 2012 – June 2013 PM Minimalist Update Now Available

Click to open PM Minimalist Update: Dec. 2012 - June 2013

I just emailed my latest PM Minimalist Update to subscribers.  Highlights from this issue include links to 31 new articles, tools and media, including:

  • 9 New Articles at my PM Resources website
  • 15 New Project Management FREEBIES!
  • 7 New Inspired Project Teams Articles (including Forgive them. It’s Just Their Inner Chihuahua.)  
  • … and lots more PM goodies!Go to article: " Forgive Them. It's Just Their Inner Chihuahua."

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!

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Posted: June 13th, 2013 under Announcements, ID Project Management, Inspiration and Motivation, Project Management - No Comments. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Ready, Fire, Aim? Or Seek First to Understand?


One of the things I most enjoy about teaching project management (PM) is the deeper knowledge of the field I get when students share their insights. Last week I asked my Franklin University PM students to write a brief essay answering this question: “Assume you are one of the guest authors for the e-book “One Simple Thing to Improve Projects or Project Management“…..what would be your ‘One Simple Thing?'”

Now this is one of my favorite questions to ask of everyone who’s been involved in project work or PM. It triggers their “wisdom filters” as they sift through all the projects they’ve worked on (good and bad) to find that one simple thing. And best of all, it helps them clarify their own deeply held PM values.  So it’s always enlightening to hear what people come up with. Read more »

Posted: May 30th, 2013 under Inspiration and Motivation, One Simple Thing, Project Management - No Comments. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,