by Phillip Smelt

The Lazy Project Manager and the Project from Hell

Book Review

The lazy project manager and the project from hell book cover
The lazy project manager and the project from hell book cover

By Peter Taylor and Michael Finer

We’ve all worked on one – a project from hell. Here in their book, The Lazy Project Manager and the Project from Hell, the master of productive laziness, Peter Taylor, along with Michael Finer, share their ideas on how to undertake a workshop; that will ultimately lead to the project from hell’s rescue.

The Lazy Project Manager and the Project from Hell is a pocket-sized book and is organised into a handful of chapters, the first of which provides a solid overview of the lazy project manager’s approach to productive laziness and communication.

Delving into the role of the project manager, chapter two explores how project managers see ourselves and how others see us; offering suggestions on how we should promote all that we do.

Chapters three and four provide the meat on the bones (sorry veggies) with lots of details about how to run a project from hell workshop; chapter five and the appendices then complete the book by providing tips, pointers and signposting on how to run a workshop and why we should be lazy.

Each chapter in the book is, of course, written in the same humorous style as the earlier ‘lazy’ books, all of which are bursting with apposite quotes.

 Application to project management areas other than Information Technology would have made the book more complete; that said, the workshop skills promoted are all transferable to other project management activities. 

Those new to project management, those who manage projects as a secondary job role and seasoned project managers alike will find something in this book to bring their workshops to life and, in so doing, help with the arduous task of setting their project from hell back on the right path.

So, whether you’re new to project workshops or you’re looking to brush up on your existing workshop skills, this book provides a handy humorous lazy solution. 

Remember if it says ‘hard worker’ on your appraisal it just means you’re doing things the hard way.

Further details about this book and others in the ‘lazy’ series can be found at the home of productive laziness,


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