The Lazy Project Manager. Taylor, Peter. United Kingdom, 2009. 152 pages.
Peter Taylor’s The Lazy Project Manager is an EXCELLENT read for anybody in the project management field no matter their position in the often-complicated process. However, don’t take the title literally. In a lighthearted approach, the author promotes “productive laziness.” Being “lazy” means accomplishing process more efficiently and effectively, not just sitting on the sidelines. One of my favorite sections in the book Mr. Taylor discusses why smart but lazy people can make good leaders. They often tend to find the most resourceful ways to accomplish tasks!
The author also highlights its not just allocating time to process or tasks randomly which makes a project run smooth. Those involved in projects must start by focusing efforts on the tasks or steps in a project that really matter. Hence, the Pareto Principle or 80/20 rule. 20% or efforts can have an affect on 80% of the project.
In summary, this book is, despite its title and its length, a very useful publication on project management for anyone from project manager to team member.