sixteen stories – for managers of projects, programmes and enterprises

Posted on

68pp Illustrated


Once upon a time. Yes, once upon a time, there was a busy ‘manager*’ who sometimes could be tired and tense. What they desired more than anything in the world was lots of suitably comforting and relaxing stories – with illustrations if possible – to be read to them by a loved one at bedtime or to be studied while travelling on buses, trains and sometimes on planes.

When asked, at every approaching Christmas, birthday and anniversary, the manager would politely repeat their request.

Good friends and family were looking everywhere but, despite various purchases as presents, could not find anything really suitable and affordable.

In the end they decided there was nothing else for it but to assemble and write a collection themselves – as a special gift – and occasionally feature the manager’s special interests of the abacus and submarines.

However, unfortunately they have not managed to complete and agree on the collection yet. Pity. There you go.

Of course there is always this volume on similar lines as a substitute in the meantime.

Sweet dreams and/or safe journeys.


*In this context ‘manager’ can include those involved in the management of projects, programmes, portfolios, enterprises, change, benefits realisation and many other related initiatives – also possibly managers of popular music combos, sports and football teams, and in the emergency and armed services – not forgetting managers in HR, PR and ICT.

Characteristics of Effective Project Managers

Posted on

52pp Illustrated

ISBN-13: 978-0-9554132-0-9

Project Management is a new concept for many and project managers are a new breed of people. Where do they come from? How do you recognise them? What do they do? These are all good questions.

This booklet is a lighthearted review of eighteen of the many characteristics which contribute to the effectiveness (or lack of) for project managers in the front line. On a more serious note it also provides the opportunity to assess in real terms these and other characteristics against the often unique needs and circumstances of a particular project or post or position.

Having established the needs or “the Demand” it is then possible with the aid of this book to make a fair comparison with what is on offer or “the Supply”. This exercise may be done by:

  • clients/customers looking to appoint project managers
  • employers looking to employ active or potential project managers,
  • employees with employers, as a form of opportunity assessment and capability review,
  • individuals who wish to analyse their relative strengths and weaknesses – to decide what to do with them and about them.

GMPM, and other modern afflictions affecting project managers

Posted on

36pp Illustrated

ISBN-13<br />978-0-9554132-2-3

This is a book with topical humour covering the latest medicine, combined with modern management and some veterinary considerations.

Originally devised as a well-received entertainment which is still being provided, the concept has transferred well to the written page. Hundreds of copies have been sold – including linked to the presentations.

This booklet takes up the challenge of GMPM – Genetically Modified Project Management, and introduces and explores some of the issues:

  • the PM gene in the DNA chain (provisional) is identified
  • initial groups of animal PM characteristics which have been observed are explained
  • a self help health check and questionnaire is offered
  • there are also some Emergency Remedies
  • and a Universal Excuse Note is provided
  • in addition some other modern afflictions which are affecting project managers are briefly explained.

Practitioners, their colleagues, their employers and their client customers may recognise some of these features and be suitably reassured by the research and analysis which are taking place.