Friday, May 24, 2013

Project Management Book Club Shut Down

It saddens me to announce that after two years I have decided to shut down the Project Management Book Club. I think the club was a good idea, but I just wasn't able to figure out a way to get the level of participation that I desired. As a result, I've decided to direct my efforts elsewhere.

I'd like to thank the authors that allowed us to feature their books in the early studies:

Peter Taylor--The Lazy Project Manager
Elizabeth Harrin--Social Media for Project Managers
Todd Williams--Rescue the Problem Project
Gary Nelson--Gazza's Guide to Project Management

We also had about a dozen other authors and booked lined up. To you I am also greatful.

Finally, thank you to those that participated in the studies. I wish I had of come up with a way to make the experience more collaborative for you. I will continue to think about this and maybe someday come up with a 'round two' version of If you have any suggestions, please leave your comments below.

Until then,

Thomas Kennedy, PMP


  1. Oh I'm so sorry to hear this, Thomas.
    I think the PM Book Club is a fabulous idea and I do hope you can continue somehow...have you thought of setting up a LinkedIn group and discussion?

    All the very best to you and thanks for your fabulous efforts. I, for one, think you do a fantastic job and should be very proud of what you have achieved.

    1. Thanks Tony. Yes, the original three studies were on LinkedIn. Same problem there as the new format we tried... was able to get lots of people to sign up, but participation died off quickly. Will keep thinking about it and hopefully bring it back!

  2. Thank you for the opportunity Thomas. The new structure was definitely far better than LinkedIn. There were a lot of positive comments about the structure. However, I am surprised you removed the completed book studies.

    I hope you find round 3 even better when you revisit it.


  3. I am really so sorry to hear that too. It was a great place in commenting and share ideas and experience with my pears in my continue learning process- I’ll really miss that.

    Thomas, I consider you a great leader and if you intend to re-open the club please let me know. Please keep me on the loop also with any help you might need.

    I won’t say “Good bye” to you and PMBookClub, but rather “Keep in touch”.


  4. Hi Thomas,

    Sorry it did not work out the way you wanted. I know how much effort goes into my blog writing articles, adding resources, etc. Time is scarce so sometimes you just need to make a tough decision to focus on other opportunities.

    I have just started reading The Lean Start Up and that has the concept of testing early and then deciding when you need to "pivot". It also makes me think about when an organisation has too much change so it is helpful when projects fail early so resources can be moved onto other projects.

    I hear people talking about Facebook communities. Have not tried them personally but do hear of some thriving communities.

    All the best for the future.



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