I’ve got some really exciting news to share: I’ve started writing my first book.
It’s called ’Project Management for Students’, and it aims to help students understand the basics of planning, managing and delivering projects.
Note: Projects here can be anything. Writing a dissertation, organising a party, or building yourself a website.
It will be a short e-book that you’ll be able to finish in one or two sittings, and will also be a quick reference point for you to look through when you’re working on your projects.
As a former student, I remember feeling pretty overwhelmed when trying to juggle exams, coursework and a 10,000-word dissertation.
Through an admin error, I was signed up to the ‘Project Management’ module – this turned out to be a blessing in disguise. It helped me take large, complex pieces of work and break them down into smaller, manageable tasks. That went a long way towards keeping me sane and it gave me a little boost each time I finished small tasks – and all the while taking me a step closer to my goals.
I wanted to write a guide on how you can also learn these essential, transferable skills and find out how a little organisation can go a long way towards a more enjoyable, rewarding and controlled way of getting things done.
Some of the topics I’ll be covering include:
1. General Tips that you can apply to any situation, for example:
- How to cut down projects into smaller tasks
- How to prioritise the tasks
- How to scope projects you’ve not done before
- How to deliver projects on time
2. Project Management Methodologies such as Agile, Waterfall, Prince 2 and Scrum; that will help you identify how to go about managing different types of projects and how to manage resources like time, money, people.
3. How simple Tools like Trello, Wunderlist, Microsoft Project or even a Whiteboard/Pinboard can help you visualise your project and make sure you stay on top of your project.
As silly as it sounds ”How do you eat an elephant?…One bite at a time” is probably the best piece of advice I’ve been given/you can learn as a Project Manager. Of course, no one really wants to eat an elephant, but it gives us a metaphorical picture of how we can get things done without feeling overwhelmed.
Hopefully, my book will demonstrate how you can take that piece of advice and apply it to real world scenarios.
I’ve given myself a deadline to release the book by December 31st, 2017. This is purely a finger in the air deadline at this time but it sounds reasonable? Twelve months to write around 100 pages seems like a realistic challenge.
Now I have to be honest, I’m still researching the ins and outs of how to go about writing a book but I’ll certainly be sharing my journey along the way on this blog.
I’m confident these skills will not only help you through your studies but will also put you in good stead for any future job as well.
P.S If you think this book will be something you’ll enjoy, you can register your interest below. You’ll receive updates, early previews, and a free Project Management checklist to help you get started.