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3 Ways Most People Will Fail at Remote Work in 2021 (And How to Avoid Them!)

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Last March, most non-essential workers traded in their office spaces for the comfort of their own homes. For some, it has been a frustrating, cramped few months, while for others, it has created a more productive and flexible workflow.

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Are you looking for the right Project Management Tool for your Business?

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Check out my friends at Crozdesk: https//lnkd.in/eGXwpa7 eGXwpa7 . Free Matching Service Tailored to Your Needs. Be Productively Lazy & Get Your Top Project Management Software Matches. The easiest way to compare 369 solutions. Check out my friends at Crozdesk: https//lnkd.in/eGXwpa7

2020 307
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Creating a Common Collective for Distributed Teams

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We have all experienced an amazing transformation in the last year, one which has, in many ways, accelerated changes that we already beginning to happen, in the way we work, where we work and how we work as part of a team. The following is a guest article from my friends at CROOW.

2020 249

Consistency: A better way to approach your project business in the ‘new normal’

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Peter Taylor. The Lazy Project Manager. I n the 2020’s can there be any remaining justification for using worksheets to build and store project cost calculations? Sanity check!

2020 225

Are Your Embedded Analytics DevOps-Friendly?

Does your analytics solution work with your current tech stack and DevOps practices? If not, any update to the analytics could increase deployment complexity and become difficult to maintain. Learn the 5 elements of a DevOps-friendly embedded analytics solution.

The Informal Project Manager

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Not a Project Manager? But you are a Project Manager? Then book your place on this Free webinar. link]. The Informal Project Manager. There are three strata inside organisations today. There is ‘Business As Usual’ (BAU) what your business is all about, what do make, what you sell, what you offer, there are ‘Projects As Projects’ (PAP), the big scary changes that demand a full-time project manager, and ‘Projects As Usual’ (PAU).

2020 234

From ‘Lazy’ to ‘Agile’ Project Management

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[link]. This one day workshop is being delivered in Geneva on 27th February, a few places left only – see link above. Or talk to Peter Taylor about delivering it for your project team [link]. Benefits: At the conclusion of this full-day interactive classroom training, you will be able to: Understand the ‘backbone’ of smart/agile working whilst managing projects. Identify ways to apply the concept of working smarter, not harder. Apply personal efforts where it matters most on a project.

2020 192

Technology Challenges

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Now that you know you are in the ‘VUCA’ world can technology help in any way? The VUCA world challenges an organisation by: Presenting boundaries for planning and policy management. Confounding the ability to make decisions in an accurate, relevant and timely manner. Confusing the recognition of issues that impact, as well as the consequences of such issues and any associated actions, along with their variables. Clouding the true interpretation of opportunities to grow.

2019 190

New Presentations for 2020

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It has been 10 years since The Lazy Project Manager was published and I have had the pleasure of presenting on this topic in 25 countries so far, but now, at the start of a new year, 2020 no less, I have decided that this will be the last year that I deliver ‘The Lazy Project Manager’ keynote. So you only have 12 months to book me if you haven’t heard this one before, or you want to hear it again. You can see below the presentation outline.

2020 153

Why Productivity in Project Businesses is Flatlining?

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The following article is the part two in a series of four on ‘Project Business’ and is authored by Daniel Bévort – part one certainly seemed to draw some interest and some comment so please, like, share and comment on this one as well. Project Business is a significant portion of all companies. Approximately 20 to 25 percent of all businesses are Project Businesses, companies that provide products and/or services for their customers through projects.

2020 173

How Embedding AI-Powered Analytics Can Give You a Competitive Advantage

Embedding dashboards and reports aren’t enough. Futureproof your application by offering instant, actionable insights that will give you and your customers a competitive advantage.

Are you living in a VUCA world?

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Do you recognise this? Is your business life ‘Volatile – Uncertain – Complex – Ambiguous’? Well don’t panic, you are certainly not alone, but you should accept that you are part the ‘VUCA’ world today! VUCA is an acronym originally used by the American Military. It was the response of the US Army War College to the collapse of the USSR in the early 1990s when, suddenly, there was no longer the only enemy, resulting in a need for new ways of seeing and reacting.

2019 184

Presentation Skills Training 2020

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Peter Taylor is the author of two best-selling books on ‘Productive Laziness’ – ‘The Lazy Winner’ and ‘The Lazy Project Manager’. In the last 10 years he has focused on writing and lecturing with over 350 presentations around the world in over 25 countries. He has been described as ‘perhaps the most entertaining and inspiring speaker in the project management world today’.

2020 153

Why You Need to Become Business Agile

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[link]. In the first of this 3-part webinar series, we will explore ways to not only significantly reduce change failures but also how to dramatically raise the capability, speed, and success rates of delivering strategic change in any organization through the adoption of a ‘business agile’ change structure. Join our webinar to learn: Evolution and Stasis of Project Management: Challenges and Failures. Best Practices and Pitfalls of Change Management.

2018 202

The Volatile World

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Is your business life ‘Volatile’? Well don’t panic, you are certainly not alone, but you should accept that you are part the ‘VUCA’ world today! V = Volatility: the nature and dynamics of change, and the nature and speed of change forces and change catalysts. Meaning: Liable to change rapidly and unpredictably, especially for the worse. In a Forbes article ‘What Does VUCA Really Mean?’

2019 160

6 Steps to Improving Your Application’s Analytics Experience

No one designs bad dashboards and reports on purpose. So why do so many applications have terrible analytics experiences? Download this ebook for secrets to creating dashboards and reports your users will love.

Impress Clients and Executives

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And the clock is ticking …. Too late, you have missed the moment since your clients and executive’s attention span is reducing rapidly! A Canadian survey of media consumption, commissioned by Microsoft, noted that the average attention span had fallen yet again, it was now just eight seconds. In 2000 it was recorded as twelve seconds but is seems we may now have an even shorter attention span than a goldfish (or is that memory? I forget).

10th Anniversary of The Lazy Project Manager

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To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of The Lazy Project Manager the book is free on Amazon/Kindle around the world for the whole of September. A massive world-wide success (in the world of project management – we are not talking Harry Potter here) the work, by author Peter Taylor, explores the concept of ‘productive laziness’ or working smarter and not harder.

2019 180

The Balanced PMO

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As with most things in life (and business) getting a balance right can prove far more effective, especially in the long run, than having a single focus that ignores other key elements. The same is true of the PMO. A balanced approach will definitely pay dividends and will not only ensure that the PMO is as effective and efficient as possible but will also aid the acceptance of the PMO by the rest of the organisation.

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Big challenge: Getting your project team to work as a team!

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A guest post by my friends at Genius Project. A project team is a group of people who work together on a project with a common goal. They have different skills and specializations but their work all culminates in the delivery of the project. Numerous studies have shown that a project progresses effectively when the team is working on activities that are clearly defined and planned.

2017 261

How to Choose the Best Embedded Analytics Solution to Modernize Your Application

If you are looking to modernize your application to improve competitiveness, then one of the quickest wins you can have is to embed sophisticated analytics that will wow your existing and prospective customers.

The true value of change

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2017 174

The Uncertain World

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Is your business life ‘Uncertain’? Well don’t panic, you are certainly not alone, but you should accept that you are part the ‘VUCA’ world today! U = Uncertainty: the lack of predictability, the prospects for surprise, and the sense of awareness and understanding of issues and events. Meaning: Not able to be relied on; not known or definite. In a Forbes article ‘What Does VUCA Really Mean?’

2019 163

Avoid Communication Breakdown

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Data Visualization Software for Effective Project Plan Communication. I was taught a truth in my early project management days – reporting is not communicating! The fact that the critical facts and important truths are buried somewhere in a report that the right people may be in possession of does not, in any way, mean that they have received the message.

2018 195

The Lazy Project Manager – Conference and Corporate Speaker

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As we all start the journey that is 2019, a few questions: Are you investing in your project management community? Does your team need better presentation skills? Do your sponsors and executives need better understanding of business change impact? Do you have plans for a business event in the coming months? Do you need help in any, or all, of the above? If so then I, and my team, would love to speak to you about how I might be able to help you.

2019 177

4 Approaches to Data Analytics for Your Application

Selecting the right solution for your embedded analytics is crucial to the success of your application. But with so many solutions and vendors, how do you make this critical selection? Learn about the different approaches to analytics and the pros and cons for each.

The ESP connection

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The following is an extract from my new book ‘How to get Fired at the C-Level: Why mismanaging change is the biggest risk of all’ in association with my friends at Tailwind Project Solutions – previous extracts followed a series of 5 Challenges that I think every organisation should consider, and consider very carefully – and now we will look at the 5 tests of control: Another quick test of control is the ‘Executive board to Sponsor to Project Manager’ relationship or the ‘ESP’ connection test.

2017 174

It’s all in the Presentation

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I was once in a restaurant. The location was good, the décor and ambience very acceptable, the company most enjoyable, and the snow fell softly outside providing a winter wonderland visual delight through the large windows. But sadly all of that positive build-up for a great evening’s dining was almost outweighed by the food and service.

2018 183

When Projects turn to a Tower of Babel

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Different countries, multiple languages, global organizations…The challenge of international projects. In this day and age, international teams and projects affect most companies; and they can often be a source of headaches for project managers. They must be managed from different countries and in multiple languages. Needless to say, international projects prove to be strategic for companies that wish to remain competitive.

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The Open Door Policy

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The importance of being accessible but in a controlled way. I’m all for being there for people, honest I am. It’s just that people take advantage of it if I am. So for the ‘productive lazy’ project manager I would suggest that it is perfectly acceptable for the lights to be on and for no-one to be at home; not all of the time obviously, and at critical times access and visibility are all too important.

2016 237

Task Management For Project Managers

How can project planning that stretches over months or years remain relevant and account for new ad-hoc activities that arrive every day?

Help! I am stuck in the toaster of life!

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Over my daily cup of coffee, a fine cortado from Costa today, I read my horoscope in the copy of the Daily Express available in the coffee shop. Now I am not exactly sure why I do this as I absolutely don’t believe in it, but perhaps it is because the words each day range from the mildly entertaining to the bizarre with the occasional dollop of ‘well that fits’ – I’m sure I am not alone in this, be honest.

2019 160

How to avoid a Project

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2017 174

Catsuits and Parachutes

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2017 174

What did the Project Managers ever do for us?

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There is that famous scene in Monty Python and The Life of Brian where the rebels are demanding action against the oppressive Romans and ask the question ‘What did the Romans ever do for us?’- The answers came back over and over again as the rebels listed the many things that the Romans brought with them … medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh-water system, and public health. So, quite a lot!

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The Rise of Embedded Self-Service Analytics

Speaker: Chris Von Simson & Nat Venkataraman

Can your users get the data and analytics they need without leaving your application? Watch this webinar with Chris von Simson of Dresner Advisory Services as he shares why user enablement has emerged as the theme in today’s embedded analytics landscape.

The Presentation on Presentations

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A new book for you and your team: How to become a more confident public speaker the ‘Lazy’ way – Available now on Amazon. Am I a public speaking expert? An interesting thought and hardly one that I could answer myself. I could say, with complete accuracy, that I have (at the time of writing this book) delivered 337 presentations of varying formats to a public audience of varying human formats, interests, locations and languages (to over 60,000 people in actual fact).

2018 177

Warning Signs Your Sponsor Doesn’t Care About the Project—and How to Change That

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Critical to any projects success is having a good project manager we all know but after that then it is pretty important to have a good project sponsor, in fact it can be argued that the project sponsor is the more critical role; but, like the saying goes, ‘you can pick your friends but you can’t pick your relatives’ and the same is true of project sponsors.

2016 228

Professionalise Project Management

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The following is an extract from my new book ‘How to get Fired at the C-Level: Why mismanaging change is the biggest risk of all’ in association with my friends at Tailwind Project Solutions – the extracts follow a series of 5 Challenges that I think every organisation should consider, and consider very carefully – this is the final of the five challenges: Invest in great project management skills – not just project managers. And how can you Invest in great project management skills?

2017 174

Challenging Change

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The following is a guest article from my friends at Tailwind Project Solutions: In his new book – How to get Fired at the C-Level: Why mismanaging change is the biggest risk of all – Peter Taylor challenges the foundations of organisational change, asking if the c-level executives out there are truly ready for change to be successful in their own businesses?

2017 193

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

This eBook describes the process of managing the project budget and its associated costs.