Juggling Sand is a blog led by David Sawyer, collecting some of his random project management-related observations and writings that can be applied to an audience of business analysts and project managers alike.
“I wanted to have a place to talk about some of the frustrations that I was seeing and hearing in the PM world,” he says. “I also wanted to share some of my experiences of Projects and the world outside those projects. Basically, it’s a random collection of writing. I write when I get time (infrequently) and when I see something frustrating (frequently).”
David hammers home the frequent frustration factor in project management in describing his affection for Juggling Sand. “I’m all about doing the right thing right, not simply just rushing into implementation,” he says. “I’m motivated to post mostly if I get a bit frustrated about things and need to vent, but I also have to have time to write.”
Unfortunately for the reader, the blog has to work its way into David’s busy working life in projects.
“I have several (17, in fact) years as a PM and manager in the public sector. Latterly, I’m interested in Business Analysis and how getting the project right is the first step in successful delivery.” His PPM career has also wound through part-time stints in the charitable sector, which, he says, “was great for understanding finances.” He’s also the owner of an electrical business, which David cleverly says “keeps my knowledge of the industry current.”
Additionally, some of David’s posts for Juggling Sand (including his most popular post, linked to below) derive from his MSc in Project Management studies at Manchester Metropolitan University. David says that Juggling Sand works well for “anyone who’s in Project Management, Business Analysis or Leadership.”
The most popular post tackles lessons learned:
He also mentioned a few posts that ranked amongst his favourites:
Be sure to follow David’s work and other posts for Juggling Sand by way of Twitter @jugglingsand
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