Maybe it’s because here in the Northern Hemisphere the warmer weather has arrived (it was over 90 degrees F in Boston last week) and the feeling that Summer is not too far away. Maybe it’s from being a bit tired after presenting at the PMI’s MassBay Professional Development Day. No, that’s not it – because that presentation actually energized us. We loved it! Alas, for whatever reason, today’s theme is laziness.
Recalling that we sit here, squarely at the intersection of green and Project Management, we found two resources that tie serendipitously into this theme.
The first is a site that focuses on how you can personally become more ‘green’ without spending significant amounts of time, energy, or cash. It’s called simply, “The Lazy Environmentalist”, and you can reach it right here. You can find a video introduction by the host Josh Dorfman, right here. Josh has a TV show on the Sundance Channel. You can obviously learn much more about that by tuning in.
Lazily moving on, we turn to our friend Peter Taylor, aka The Lazy Project Manager, who has a new program in PM training that looks to be all about “Productive Laziness”, in other words, being more efficient and effective as a project manager so that you get to look like the person in our picture above, although perhaps with nicer-looking feet. Here’s an excerpt from the beginning of Peter’s Lazy Project Manager course:
Welcome to the world of productive laziness.
By advocating being a â€˜lazyâ€™ project manager The Lazy Project Manager doesnâ€™t intend that we should all do absolutely nothing. He is not saying we should all sit around drinking coffee, reading a good book (such as The Lazy Project Manager) and engaging in idle gossip whilst watching the project hours go by and the non-delivered project milestones disappear over the horizon. That would obviously be plain stupid and would result in an extremely short career in project management, in fact probably a very short career full stop!
Lazy does not mean Stupid.
No he really means that we should all adopt a more focused approach to project management and to exercise our efforts where it really matters, rather than rushing around like busy, busy bees involving ourselves in unimportant, non- critical activities that others can better address, or indeed that do not need addressing at all in some cases.
Welcome to the home of â€˜Productive Lazinessâ€™; in this first program of The Lazy Project Managerâ€™s eLearning experience you will learn all about The Science of Laziness; The Intelligence of Laziness; and the Focus of Laziness. With the aid of an Italian economist, a Prussian Fieldmarshal, and a dinosaur you will appreciate the benefits of working smarter and not harder.
Later, he was generous enough to review our book and give it a nice ‘thumbs up’.
So what’s common about these two resources? They both help you do less with more, and they both show that whether your project is green or gold or red or blue, you can do it more effectively and efficiently. So what are you waiting for? Put some energy into getting lazy!