Gazza's Guide to Practical Project Management: Tips and Advice on Surviving the Project Management Journey

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Life is complicated. If we can simplify the job of getting things done, the better off we usually are. This is particularly important in managing projects. In this book, Gary (Gazza) tackles the complexity of managing projects by breaking the essential components of Project Management down into practical, simple concepts. Whether you simply have an interest in Project Management or are already managing them, this book has something for you.

For most people, we remember things best when they are accompanied by music, or are part of a story. While there is no musical score to this book, there are plenty of project management lessons wrapped in entertaining stories to help the concepts stick. Featuring popular episodes from Gazza's Corner blog and all-new content, this book addresses the four main stages of typical projects: Initiation/Planning, Execution, Closeout and Project Control.

What you will find in this book:

Learn about the importance of the Project Kickoff - and why you need a Monkey to help you through it.
Need to create a new Project Plan? Learn to write it as a story based on lessons learned from a famous author.
Writing requirements? Learn how to develop exceptional ones through lessons learned from Ice Cream - and the Spice Girls.
Implementing Organizational Change? Learn how to do it successfully by growing a Desert.
Learn about the essentials of Risk Management from a pocket umbrella in the heart of the Australian Desert.
You can't get there from here: tips on getting things done, in spite of it all.
A playful theory on the origin of writing - and why it is so important that we write stuff down.
Working with Virtual Teams or Volunteers? Read key lessons on working with both types of teams.
And many other topics.

From managing hundreds of small, concurrent projects to multi-year, multi-million dollar ventures, Gazza shares his 20+ years of experience and lessons learned to help you along the project management journey.

 

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About the author

I am passionate about sharing knowledge and making Project Management concepts more accessible, particularly to new and aspiring Project Managers (of all ages). Said another way, I like to tell stories to help convey complex concepts in a way that helps the concepts "stick". Who says learning shouldn't be fun?

I am thrilled that my blog, podcast and books are being used to support Project Management education, and I hope you gain some useful tips, or at least some food for thought.

Feel free to share your comments and questions in the blog - after all, we learn best by sharing our experiences with others. You can also email me at gary.nelson@gazzasguides.com with comments, suggestions and questions.

But who am I, anyway? I am a Canadian, living "down under" in New Zealand with my family, and loving every bit of it.

I am also an IT Project Manager who has worked in the Telecom, Student Information Systems and Local Government sectors since graduating from Simon Fraser University (BC, Canada) in 1989. My international experience includes projects in New Zealand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the US and Canada.

I enjoy speaking and training, and have presented at several PMI events and conferences.

My books include Gazza's Guide to Practical Project Management, and the Project Kids Adventures children's book series, starting with The Ultimate Tree House Project.

My PM blog is Gazza's Corner, and don't forget the Podcast! (also available on iTunes)

I look forward to sharing and learning with you.

Cheers,

Gary (Gazza)

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Gazza's Guides
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Published on
Sep 10, 2012
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Pages
272
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / Project Management
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