Productive Laziness


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 ‘lazy’ project manager The Lazy Project Manager doesn’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 ‘Productive Laziness’; in this first program of The Lazy Project Manager’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.

You can find a video of Peter discussing his program on this site…  We know Peter because we read and really enjoyed his book.

lazy-project-managerLater, 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!

PMI MassBay selects EarthPM co-founders as speakers for PD Day


So…what’s PD Day?  And where is Mass Bay?

PD Day is Professional Development Day.  And by Mass Bay, we’re referring to the Massachusetts Bay chapter of the Project Management Institute (USA).   With the Mass Bay normally referring to the Greater Boston area and beyond, this is a major chapter.   In fact, the PMI Mass Bay Chapter is one of the largest in the United States, and in the top 6% of all chapters worldwide by size.  With over 2,200 members, including over 1,000 certified Project Management Professionals (PMP®), its  membership spans numerous industries and many of the area’s leading corporations, nonprofits and universities are represented.

Here is a ‘blurb’ from the PMI Mass Bay website:

“Back by popular demand, PMI Mass Bay will be holding our Second Annual Professional Development Day at The Conference Center at Bentley in Waltham, MA, on Saturday, May 1, 2010. This event will be open to both chapter members and the public with advance registration only.”

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about a wide variety of topics while being able to obtain up to 6 PDUs towards PMI Continuing Education requirements.  In addition,  all attendees will have the opportunity to network with colleagues and speakers, and interact with event sponsors about their products and services.

Here’s a link to the list of speakers (we’re under Career Development).

Hope you can make it!