The 120VC Project Management Guidebook is the essential “How to Guide” to Project Management. The Project Managers at 120VC use this guidebook to plan and complete large enterprise-wide projects for companies like Trader Joes, DirecTV, LiveNation, and Beachbody. There is nothing proprietary in it. This guidebook is simply a compendium of best practices compiled into a step-by-step easy to follow approach.
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No one plans to be a Project Manager when they grow up. Many people gravitate to Project Management as an entry into software development, or more vaguely, “Tech” or “IT.”Project Management is what you do if you’re not an Engineer. Or a Designer. Or QA. Or any of the many positions that are viewed as a “value-add.”A needle mover.Conventional Wisdom will tell you that Project Managers aren’t needle movers. They don’t add value. They bring the donuts. They take notes. They herd cats.Conventional Wisdom has never read the 120VC Guidebook, or run a project using the 120VC Project Management Standard.The 120 VC Standard will transform your Project Managers from note-taking cat herders to leaders of teams. A needle-mover. A value-add.This isn’t a certification that will have you memorize five different terms to inform management that the project is late.The 120VC Standard shows you how to define the health of your project. How to communicate project status in a crisp, concise, and meaningful fashion.The core of the Standard is the Daily Status Report.Daily. Every Day? Sounds difficult.Tying your shoes was difficult. Until it wasn’t.Leadership is difficult. Excellent leadership is difficult.Get excellent.As a portfolio manager, The Daily Status Report allows me to see where things are moving, and as importantly, where they are not. When all of my Project Managers are keeping me current daily, I know exactly what needs to be done to keep everything on track. Add value. Move the needle.The 120VC Standard is a Standard, not a Methodology. Waterfall? You’re covered. Agile? The Daily Status report is a written Stand Up meeting. I distribute them among all of my Project Managers. Everyone knows where everyone is at. Our team can turn on a dime in response to any number of environmental changes. Last week we got a project out the door in 9 days. From kick-off to launched and live.Value was added. Needles were moved.If you manage a portfolio, you need all of your PMs on the 120VC Standard. All of them. I have not found a better predictor of a Project Manager’s ability to consistently lead project teams to excellence than the 120VC Standard.They will all complain about the Standard. Especially about the Daily Status Report. They’ll tell you it takes too much time. It doesn’t take as much time as a late, over-budget, or failed project.Excellence takes effort. That’s why it’s called work.Over time, the team adjusts and incorporates the Standard as part of their daily processes. Everybody learns something about the Standard. It saves me time. It saves my Project Managers time. I don’t get surprises. Everything just flows. Excellent leadership becomes routine.The tools are in your hands. Use them.Lead. Get Excellent.https://www.linkedin.com/in/thejohnmaher
I just finished taking the 120VC Project Leadership Program (PLP) and read a good portion of this guide. This book provides the tools and disciplines to stick to standards that make project managers successful. Project Managers lead and it is so much easier when you can follow a proven plan.
The 120VC Guidebook is one of the most useful books on Project Management that I've ever read. It really solidifies the 'theoretical' Project Management taught by PMI with the many different company specific methodologies and gives you a great process to start at a new company and 'hit the ground running'.
The Irreverent Guide to Project Management is an outstanding tool for referencing comprehensive, common sense, real world project management practices. Filled with 350 pages of step-by-step processes and procedures, it’s the ultimate “cheat sheet” and a steal at $19.99. Thanks, Jason!
I’ve had the pleasure of accessing the 120VC Project Management Guidebook through Jason’s mentorship program. Not only does it help you become a better project manager, but a better all around employee. If you follow the standard, you will succeed! I am using it in every aspect of my life for a more accountable way to work smarter and not harder.
Your 120VC Guidebook and Toolset is the most useful thing I have seen in a long, long time.
It's all hands on, get's you right to kick-off and ramp up.
I just took over a portfolio with 5 projects.
This is exactly what I need right now.
I actually enjoyed reading through the Guidebook, it is a great checklist for PM activities at each project phase. It is a very comprehensive step by step guide that can be utilized by PMs at all skill levels.
I really like the completeness of the 'Irreverent Guide to Project Management' that your company developed.
I found the guide to be more real world than PMBOK, even though the principles are similar the 120VC guide is much more realistic and actually puts wheels on everything else I have learned on the subject of Project management.
The guidebook is a must-have!
Sooo many different proprietary methodologies - It's about time!
Maybe it will save the world!