Is There A Magic Wand?

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When you examine all the work ahead of you on a major project, wouldn’t it be wonderful to wave a magic wand and have everything completed? So often that is our dream in all the areas where we work... a magic wand. How can you find that wand? Could it ever be that easy?

It is completely logical for us to feel that way as we tackle all the parts of writing our book. There are all the elements of design. We've learned there are differences in design for a print and electronic book, so even more decisions than we ever imagined. There are all the elements around a Style Guide, and so many choices. There are the opinions of all our reviewers, and we are working to incorporate everything reasonable they tell us. The stories in the case studies are compelling and L O N G. It is about making them clear and readable. Wouldn’t it be exciting if we had a magic wand? Then this would all be complete.

Lucky for us, it can be easier.... Do you know how? You find an amazing Project Manager. We have one: Selma Kuurstra. She is in Roswell, Georgia and she keeps our Book Team aligned. Selma created a timeline, and we diligently adhere to it. She checks in with us regularly, and marks everything with a green, amber or red light. We pay close attention. Because Selma has experience in working with companies that write books, she knows what to do more than we do. We found her, or I could also say, she found us at the PM Volunteers website - an online space that matches not-for-profit organizations with Professional Project Managers.

Have you ever worked with a Project Manager? If you haven’t, I highly recommend you investigate the possibility. It may be as close as you ever come to finding a magic wand.

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Bob Prenovost (not verified) on

Thanks Colleen for sharing your experience working with a project manager on the book project. At pm-, we have the opportunity to engage with over 70 non profit organizations and to connect them with highly skilled project management professionals. Although the objectives, scope, budget and deliverables of the projects varies significantly, the common feedback that we have received in our Lessons Learned sessions is how having someone with PM skills and experience has positively impacted the outcome of the project and in some cases, fundementally changed how the organization will approach future projects. This is the kind of knowledge transfer and organizational learning that we love to hear about and share with others. 

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