This book is an easy-to-read compendium of author Peter Taylor's project management experiences and resulting wisdom. It focuses on how the project manager can achieve more with less of his or her most important asset - time. The book's content is presented as sound advice illustrated by numerous anecdotes that are not always to the author's credit. The result is a captivating book set out in a series of sections rather than chapters.
These sections are as follows:
- The science behind the laziness
- The intelligence of laziness
- A final definition
- It's a jungle (book) out there!
- Can I cheat?
- The dinosaur theory
- Thick at one end
- Much, much thinner in the middle
- Then thick again at the far end
- Quick tips to productive lazy heaven
- Even quicker tips for the really lazy
- The ultimate question
- The ultimate answer
- One final word of caution
- Looking forward to hearing from you
- About the author
The two largest sections are #s 8 and 9. By adopting Peter Taylor's productive laziness approach at the front end, making it relatively "thicker" (section 8), you should be able to reap the benefits of your groundwork, making the middle "much, much thinner".
That still leaves the back end of the project, which should be thicker (section 10). That is not only to do all the usual "project closure" things, but:
"Now is the time that you can apply a small amount of effort but gain enormous amounts of knowledge so that future projects are likely to be even more successful and potentially take even less effort."
5. We have numbered the sections for ease of reference
6. The Lazy Project Manager, p101