I’ve always thought it would be a great idea to come up with something that would allow project managers to experience a nightmare project without the problem of it being a REAL nightmare project. Talk to many project managers and they’ll tell you that a lot of what they have learnt about project management – both good and bad – has come through the experiences in their career. But that means each and every project manager is going to have to experience the bad for the first time. A first time when everything you’ve learnt up to that point isn’t going to work when your first bad project happens. It’s a bit chicken and egg isn’t it?
Back in November 2011, Peter Taylor (The Lazy PM) approached Arras People about sponsoring a new book – a free ebook which was being created about the Project From Hell. Peter was writing it alongside Michael Finer, another pal from Dylanmae.
The book – if you’re familiar with Peter’s flagship book ‘The Lazy Project Manager’ – starts with more from Peter on the art of laziness in project management. The second part of the book is surprisingly simple but effective. Written in the style of a workshop, the reader is taken through the project from hell. With the workshop style of the book it would make a great team activity on a project; something which could easily be run by the PMO for the project organisation or even for students. It’s a great free resource that specifically addresses something which every project manager has to face at some point in their career.
Congratulations to Peter & Michael for introducing it to the PM community. The book was officially launched in London on Thursday 28th July.