The Lazy Project Manager

The Lazy Project Manager – Conference and Corporate Speaker

The Lazy Project Manager

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?

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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 207

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!

2018 245

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.

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?

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.

2018 229

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.

2016 346

The Social Project Manager’s Toolkit

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What: A Social event exploring everything you need to know to collaborate effectively as a project team. When: Thursday December 1 2016 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

2016 340

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.

2016 337

The Project Manager who Smiled

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Probably the best gift you can give the Project Manager in your life … How many project managers does it take to change a light bulb? A better question to ask is perhaps ‘how many project managers does it take to have a good project?’.

2017 251

Managing The Project Budget - Developing Your Project Management Skills

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

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.

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Challenging Change

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2017 256

ABI Evaluation

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2017 229

How project management can improve your business

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. We all know that effective project management is a key contributor to a project’s success. Still, we often forget to think about the bigger consequences that project management can have on the rest of business.

2017 245

Top 5 Project Management Report Templates

These FREE most popular templates will help you perform your role more efficiently.

How to avoid a Project

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2017 219

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

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2016 296

The ESP connection

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2017 219

Mentoring the Next Generation

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It was one of those moments. I was thinking that I really should get writing again and get some blogs out there in the big wide web of wonderment, but couldn’t think what to say or write about, and then ‘wham’, I get a message through my website contact form www.thelazyprojectmanager.com. It said ‘I would like to share my knowledge to the next generation PMs’ and asked for any guidance or advice in doing so. Serendipitous or what? Well I think it was.

2018 194

Living With Technical Debt: Balancing Quality and Perfection

Speaker: Cliff Gilley, The Clever PM

As a Product Manager, you probably have to deal with technical debt. Regularly. Whether you like it or not - because it can’t be avoided. Unexpected details pop up, as small as UX that needs clean-up, and as big as a previously unforeseen flaw in the infrastructure of a project. We have to accept that nobody gets away without some technical debt. And of course, the longer you take to deal with your technical debt, the more difficult it becomes to address fully. Feeling frustrated? Fortunately, we can take a step back, gain clarity, and see how the decisions we make impact our technical debt. Then, we can make decisions about how we want to balance technical debt with other priorities. Are we willing to live with some level of technical debt in order to ship product and meet deadlines? Can we mitigate technical debt to get to an MVP faster?

How many licks does it take to get to the centre of a lollipop?

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I saw the above recently and a) I wondered why does that matter and who cares anyway, and then I thought b) you mean someone has actually investigated this?

2016 271

The true value of change

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Professionalise Project Management

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2017 219

Know the value of your change

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2017 219

The Business Opportunity of Embedded Analytics: New Findings from 500+ Application Teams

Speaker: Josh Martin, Director of Product Marketing, Logi Analytics

Embedded analytics has evolved from an afterthought to a necessity. But most companies don’t realize that the features they embed and how they develop have a lasting impact on revenue, customer churn, and competitive differentiation. The state of embedded analytics in 2018 is in flux. Learn from the experiences of 500+ application teams embedding analytics—including which features actually move the needle, how analytics benefits their companies, and what development approach yields the best results.

The Social Project Manager

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The Social Project Manager. Balancing Collaboration with Centralised Control in a Project Driven World. We human beings are social beings. We come into the world as the result of others’ actions. We survive here in dependence on others.

2016 251

Are your Project Managers working too hard to be effective?

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‘Progress isn’t made by early risers. It’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.’ ’ Robert Heinlein.

2016 267

A View from the Top

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2017 219

Old Man Flying

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OK, so this morning the postman arrived. Well, I hear you say, what is so unusual about that Peter, surely it happens every day doesn’t it? And yes, you are right, it does.

2016 247

A Guide to Designing Delightful Dashboards

Speaker: Daniel O'Sullivan, Product Designer, nCino and Jeff Hudock, Senior Product Manager, nCino

We’ve all seen the increasing industry trend of artificial intelligence and big data analytics. In a world of information overload, it's more important than ever to have a dashboard that provides data that's not only interesting but actually relevant and timely. Dashboards assist decision makers facilitate new ideas and business opportunities, increase customer approval rates, and analyze current business process. All of these activities play a vital role in providing the superior experience your customers demand.

Challenging the C-Level Executives

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How to get Fired at the C-level goes beyond the constraints of a book.

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?’-

2015 278

Tips for Project Success in the Automotive Industry

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A guest post by my friends at Genius Project. Automotive projects present challenges to companies with regards to time management, capacity and budgets. Here are a few ways to help put the right tools in place. Automotive projects are often very complex.

2016 238

That Starbucks Moment

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In life it is important to celebrate everything that should be celebrated and enjoy those special moments as well. So what is the ‘Starbucks Moment’?

2016 227

Turning Metrics into Dollars: How to Turn Your Analytics Data into a Real Financial Model for your Startup

Speaker: Tristan Kromer, Lean Agile Coach, Kromatic

Some teams struggle to constantly optimize conversion rates without understanding the financial impact of those conversion rates. Sometimes that 0.1% increase isn't worth the engineering time we're spending! Early stage startups in particular may not need a four year business plan, but they need to start building out a model which will show how they can someday be profitable. At the very least, they need to be able to see the impact of a change in retention rates to their user growth.

Executives don’t want your project reports

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Right Information, Right Time, Right Person and in the Right Way. You have a project, you need Executive support for that project and the Executives want to know what is happening to the investment in change that they have approved through that project, but they are busy.

I need your Presentation Experience

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So here’s the thing – I have, as it turns out, two slightly unexpected weeks free (before I start a new and exciting job) and I thought ‘why not write a book?’ ’ – and why not indeed. But that isn’t too long so I then decided a) I would write a book where I had a lot of the material already and b) I would go and get some help from all the ‘Lazy PM’ fans out there in the world (see, ‘productive laziness’ in action).

2017 168

Catsuits and Parachutes

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2017 168

Puppy Love

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It is OK, you can relax – I am not launching in to a version of the (in)famous Donnie Osmond song, but the house has a new puppy.

2016 212

How Agile Approaches Change Project, Program, and Product Measures

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Before agile approaches took the world by storm, we used Gantt charts and defects to measure project and program progress. We had trouble measuring product progress until just before release—often too late to change anything. Join Johanna as she discusses how agile approaches change what we measure, and possible measures you might use in projects, programs, and to assess the product as the team(s) build it.