Listen to Cesar Abeid Interview Me!

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Cesar AbeidPodcaster, project manager, and interviewer extraordinaire Cesar Abeid interviewed me recently as part of his series, “Project Management for You.” It’s part of his larger effort to write a book by the same name, funded with a Kickstarter campaign called … well, you can guess. Just 35 minutes, safe for work, and I hope it’s as much fun for you as it was for Cesar and I.

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Project Management For You: Interviews by Cesar Abeid

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Cesar AbeidCesar Abeid is publishing a series of podcast interviews conducted with project management practitioners, authors, and thought leaders in the summer of 2014. He asked each of us a few questions:

  • How would you define project management to the lay person?
  • What is the least people need to know about PM to start on the path of getting things done?
  • What are the stages of bringing an idea to reality?
  • If you could recommend one technique from the PM world to the masses, what would it be and where can we learn it?
  • Managing projects often means working with other people. What’s the best way to know when and what to delegate, and to compel people to collaborate on a project?

The result was an interesting mix of thoughts, opinions, examples, and recommendations. Here are links to each of the podcasts in the series. Aside from Cesar’s brief introduction, the interviews average around 30 minutes each. I’ll add the remainder as they are published.

Project Management For You: Introduction Cesar explains the basic idea behind the interview series, and his upcoming book by the same name.

Interview with Andy Kaufman Andy is a project management consultant and trainer, and the the host of The People and Projects Podcast.

Interview with Susanne Madsen Susanne is a project leadership consultant, trainer, and coach, and author of The Project Management Coaching Workbook.

Interview with Carl Pritchard Carl is a risk management consultant, and the principle author of the risk management chapter of the PMBOK, 4th Edition.

Interview with Tony Adams Tony is a project leadership consultant, speaker, and blogger focusing on the importance of communications.

Interview with Elizabeth Harrin Elizabeth is a practicing program and project manager, prolific author, and blogger at A Girl’s Guide to Project Management.

Interview with Cornelius Fichtner Cornelius is a practicing project manager,trainer, and host of The Project Management Podcast.

Interview with Adriana Girdler Adriana is an entrepreneur, executive coach, professional speaker, facilitator and prolific author.

Interview with Peter Taylor Peter is the author of several books, consultant, lecturer, coach, and host of The Lazy Project Manager Podcast.

Interview with Stephen Carver Stephen lectures at Cranfield University School of Management, with experience ranging from banks to oil and from construction to law firms.

Interview with Mark Phillipy Mark is a project management practitioner, blogger, and host of two project management podcasts.

Interview with Francis Hooke Francis is a blogger and consulting project manager with experience in the financial industry.

Interview with Johanna Rothman Johanna is a prolific author, blogger, and management consultant, specializing in Agile software development.

Interview with Dave Gordon Hey, that’s me! Dave is the project manager and blogger behind The Practicing IT Project Manager.

Interview with Rich Maltzman Rich is a prolific author, blogger, teacher, and speaker on Green project management.

Interview with Geoff Crane Geoff is a former project portfolio manager, currently pursuing his PhD and teaching project management at Durham College in Ontario.

I Just Invested In Someone Else’s Dream

Cesar AbeidIf you regularly browse the links in my weekly round-up, you’ve seen the name Cesar Abeid. Cesar is a project manager and blogger at Project Management for the Masses, who specializes in interview podcasts. Cesar is widely considered the best interviewer in the project management community, and he’s gotten some pretty impressive interviews.From the managers of mega-projects, like the widening of the Panama Canal and the construction of the Oresund Bridge, to presentation goddess Nancy Duarte, to David Allen of “Getting Things Done” fame, Cesar gets people to talk to him, and he asks the right questions.

Most recently, he decided to write a book, to be called “Project Management for You.” His goal was to present the basics of project management for people who don’t want to be career PM’s, but do want to apply a little structure and discipline in getting things done. Important things, at least to them. So, in support of that book, he decided to do what he does best: interview people. He reached out to nearly two dozen project management bloggers, authors, and thought leaders, and asked each of us a few questions:

  • How would you define project management to the lay person?
  • What is the least people need to know about PM to start on the path of getting things done?
  • What are the stage of bringing an idea to reality?
  • If you could recommend one technique from the PM world to the masses, what would it be and where can we learn it?
  • Managing projects often means working with other people. What’s the best way to know when and what to delegate, and to compel people to collaborate on a project?

Now, Cesar is publishing those interviews, one each weekday for the next four weeks. And he’s working on his book, which should be ready in early 2015. But in order to help cover the costs of self-publishing, he’s initiated a Kick-starter campaign. I like what Cesar is doing, and I respect the way he’s doing it. So I invested in his dream. If you think this might be something you want to support, too, check out the page on his blog. And if you want to buy an advance, signed copy of the hardcover edition of his book, check out his Kick-starter page.