The Lazy Project Manager – The Art of Productive Laziness

Date:    Wednesday 17 Feb 2010
Time:     18:30 – Tea 6:00pm for 6:30 start
Speaker:     Peter Taylor –
Peter is a dynamic and commercially astute professional who has achieved notable success in Project Management; currently as head of a PMO at Siemens PLM Software supplier of global product lifecycle management solutions. He is also very interested in maintaining a good work/life balance.
Location:     AS312d block, Coventry University,please note new room.


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

Peter encouraged the attendees to learn about the art of productive laziness with The Lazy Project Manager; understand what is meant by the ‘productive lazy’ approach to Projects (and life) and learn how to apply these lessons ‘to be twice as productive and still leave the office early’.

The session covered the definition of productive laziness, the science behind the theory (yes there really is some), and shared some personal learning experiences that led to the creation of ‘The Lazy Project Manager’. The audience was led through the three key project stages, one of which the ‘lazy’ project manager works very hard in and the second they should be in the comfortable position of enjoying the ‘comfy chair’ safe in the knowledge that the project is well under control.

A specific focus was made on the third area, project closure, which can be done so much better with very little effort but with a significant value add for all ‘would be’ lazy project managers.

Peter’s background is in project management across three major business areas over the last 25 years, MRP/ERP systems with various software houses and culminating in a role with KPMG, Business Intelligence with Cognos, and now within product lifecycle management (PLM) with Siemens. He has spent the last 6 years leading PMOs and developing project managers.

He is also an accomplished communicator and leader and is a professional speaker with City Speakers International, as well as the author of ‘The Lazy Project Manager’

Attendees had the option of purchasing a signed copy of Peter’s book at a reduced rate. We also got some free badges designed to spark conversation.
The link below is to a copy of Peter’s slides, which made great sense at the time. Branch Secretary recommends that if you are having trouble understanding the slides you may wish to visit Peter’s web site. Some of the slides were extracted from his book, however much was freshly prepared for us.

Speakers Slides: Lazy_Project_Manager_Copyright_Peter_Taylor

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