Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Greg McKeown says, “Essentialism is not about how to get more things done; it’s about how to get the right things done.” McKeown compares our life to our closet.

“Think about what happens to your closet when you never organize it. Does it stay neat and tidy with just those few outfits you love to wear hanging on the rack? Of course not. When you make no conscious effort to keep it organized, the closet becomes cluttered and stuffed with clothes you rarely wear. Every so often it gets so out of control you try and purge the closet. But unless you have a disciplined system you’ll either end up with as many clothes as you started with because you can’t decide which to give away; end up with regrets because you accidentally gave away clothes you do wear and did not want to keep; or end up with a pile of clothes you don’t want to keep but never actually get rid of because you’re not quite sure where to take them or what to do with them.”

The author suggests an approach to help us with life:

  1. Explore: Discerning the Trivial Many from the Vital Few
  2. Eliminate: Cutting Out the Trivial Many
  3. Execute: Removing Obstacles and Making Execution Effortless

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Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Project Management (Indianapolis: Que, 2013)

I have taught project management classes for years. One of the books that I have most enjoyed using for my classes is Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Project Management by Gregory M. Horine.

Mr. Horine presents project management principles and concepts in a simple, straightforward manner. The author includes chapters on initiating projects, planning projects, executing projects, controlling projects, and closing projects.

As a risk manager, I particularly like the chapters on Managing Project Risks and Managing Project Communications.

This book is a good refresher for experienced project managers. In the last part of the book, Mr. Horine covers more advanced topics such as Agile approaches, Project Management Offices, Portfolio Project Management, and Governance Processes.

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Risk Management – Tricks of the Trade for Project Managers

When I studied for the PMI-Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP) exam, I utilized several resources including books, online resources, and simulation tests. My favorite resource was Rita Mulcahy’s book entitled “Risk Management – Tricks of the Trade for Project Managers.” Since passing the exam, I have returned to this resource repeatedly.

The author made risk management easier to understand and apply. Each chapter includes explanations, analogies, lists, summaries, and test questions. I heartily recommend this book.

Rita enlightens readers on risk management topics. For example, Ms. Mulcahy provides a lucid explanation of the differences between qualitative and quantitative risk analysis. I really appreciated the clarity she brings to the topic of estimating and managing contingency and management reserves. She also provides great tips to prepare for the exam.

Buy this book – you will find yourself referring to it often.