If 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.