Issue Number 10: December 31, 2011 (Feel free to forward this to anyone!)
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As I reported in last month's Update, I recently invited colleagues and visitors to my website to help me find answers to this question: What's one simple thing that can improve projects and/or project management? Specifically...
* What tool...?
* What "best practice..." ?
* What change in the workplace... ? * What senior management support...?
* What "one little thing..."
... can improve projects or project management?
The responses continue to be enlightening!
Reader Comments to date have included links to several good PM references and have elaborated on these themes: "Create more accurate schedules, avoid 'optional chaos,' confidently take charge and actively engage as project manager, be honest, get out of the office and join the team, lose the ego..." and more. To read the full text of these reader insights -- and to leave your own Comments -- go to http://michaelgreer.biz/?p=3330 .
In addition to the reader Comments, several guest bloggers accepted the challenge of answering this question in full-blown blog posts. (THANK YOU, guest bloggers, for spending the time to create and share your thought-provoking insights!!) Here's a list of all the "One Simple Thing..." guest posts published to date:
More PM practitioners/experts have agreed to provide their insights on this topic through guest blog posts, so look for their contributions in coming weeks. (Currently formatting & soon to be published: Lindsay Scott's One Simple Thing..." ) Would you like to contribute your "One Simple Thing..." ? Email me (email@example.com) if you'd like to share a full-blown blog post or simply leave your Comment here: http://michaelgreer.biz/?p=3330 .
... for new e-readers and tablet computers! Are you one of the lucky ones who has already received -- or knows you're going to get -- a new Kindle, NOOK, iPad, or other e-Reader or tablet computer?
To help you celebrate that cool new toy, I've just prepared two new versions of The PM Minimalist Quick Start Guide: a "mobi" version (used by Kindle readers) and an "epub" version (used by NOOK, iPad, & nearly all other e-readers/tablets). And you can get them both for free!
The PM Minimalist Quick Start Guide is designed to help you plan and manage your first project using the PM Minimalist approach. The 38-page Quick Start Guide includes:
Click one of the links below to start your free download (... or get 'em all, if you want to!).
Enjoy! And again, Happy Holidays!
Below are links to several places where you can purchase The Project Management Minimalist. Note that the complete book has over 122 pages of practical PM support, including: Quick Start Guide, The Nuts & Bolts (PM tools & templates), The People Stuff (Team Challenges), Taking Care of Yourself (Best practices for managing priorities, time, energy). You can see a brief video overview & complete table of contents here: http://michaelgreer.biz/?page_id=636
Links to Purchase Sites:
Get the complete Amazon Kindle version of The Project Management Minimalist: http://www.amazon.com/Project-Management-Minimalist-Projects-ebook/dp/B004J17298
Get the complete Barnes & Noble NOOK version of The Project Management Minimalist: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/project-management-minimalist-michael-greer/1102699378?ean=2940012618474
Get the complete PDF version of The Project Management Minimalist: http://michaelgreer.biz/?page_id=636#PDF-Versions
Get the complete, 122-page PAPERBACK version of The Project Management Minimalist: http://michaelgreer.biz/?page_id=636#Hard-Copy-Version
Note: As of this date, seven smart, experienced PM folks have been kind enough to share their guest blog posts in response to this question. Click here to see the entire “One Simple Thing…” collection.
* See the article in July's update, "Project Management FREEBIES: A Whole New Website is Born!" for a complete overview of the Project Management FREEBIES website. Here's a 5-minute VIDEO TOUR of the site: http://vimeo.com/31929234
Check out this blog post on my Inspired Project Teams page: Paulo Coelho’s Inspirations: The Warrior of the Light.
Here's an excerpt from my article:
"In his Warrior of the Light: A Manual, Paulo Coelho presents a collection of proverbs, quotes from the Tao Te Ching, the Bible, the book of Chuang Tzu, the Talmud and many other sources to create an encouraging 'How To' guide for the reader who is trying to retain her strength on her own warrior’s quest..."
The post is my highly personal review of Coelho's wonderful work. It includes links to free downloads of all three volumes for your new Kindle, NOOK, iPad, or other device.
You can see my Google Plus public posts and connect with me via Google Plus at this URL: https://plus.google.com/104624609492311320731
Or you can stay up to date on the latest blog posts by adding Michael Greer's PM Resources Google Plus page to one of your circles .
To learn more about Google Plus, check out my article and links above or go to:
* Google's interactive Overview of Google Plus: http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/
* WebDesignShock's "Google Plus, everything you need to know:" http://www.webdesignshock.com/google-plus-tutorial
I just released a new video that provides a quick (5 minute) tour of my website, Michael Greer's PM Resources.
This video will help you see how the site is organized and help you find that buried PM treasure you may be looking for.
For a limited time , The Project Management Bookstore is distributing The Project Management Minimalist softcover version (122 pages) for a special introductory, preorder price of ONLY $12... less than 1/2 of retail! If you've been waiting for a rock-bottom price, here's your chance! Click one of the links above.
To celebrate the The Project Management Bookstore's webinar and half-price introductory sale on The... Minimalist (above), I've decided to offer a $10 discount on the other two PM Power Tools. For a limited time, you can get The PM Minimalist Mentor: Scripted Coaching Tools to Guide Your Project Teams and The Project Management Minimalist Video Series (DVD/12 videos/82 minutes) for $10 off the retail price of each product. Click here for details.
I've created three brief video overviews of the items in The PM Minimalist Collection. Check them out at http://michaelgreer.biz/?page_id=2632 .
The PM Minimalist Support System & Freebies page includes a chart summarizing links to multi-media collection of resourcesto help individual project managers, project teams and entire organizations go Minimalist. Check it out! (Note: I'll be adding to this grid as I make more support items available.)
So… you don’t have time to stop working for several days and send everybody to PM training? Or maybe you don’t have the money to spend on a full-blown, on-site workshop w/T&L expenses? See how you can take a Minimalist approach to your PM training through brief, one or two-hour customized webinars! [Click here to download the full 7-page PDF: The PM Minimalist Private Webinars: Buy Your Custom PM Training By the Hour!
I've just set up a chat room at my website where we can talk live, one-on-one (or one on two, since it will handle 3-way live video conversations). All you need is a web cam, a microphone, and a browser connected to the 'net. No other software is needed. If you would like to meet me in a live video chat room for a free, private, one-on-one discussion, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll send you a password and arrange a time. After you have the password, simply click the link below & follow the instructions. Click here to go to the PM Minimalist Live Video Chat Room
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