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The stress of being a project leader can be enormous, having to deal with time and budget constraints, unforeseen obstacles, uneasy executive stakeholders, and a thousand other concerns. You need a tested and proven toolkit to ensure that every job in your portfolio is done absolutely right.

The Irreverent Guide to Project Management offers comprehensive, step-by-step instruction and best practice techniques to help you move your project forward aggressively and achieve optimum results. J. Scott covers all the bases with engaging wit and mind-blowing expertise, from kickoff meeting to final review, offering straight-to-the-point direction for creating a viable work plan, control log, and job status documentation; establishing a baseline budget; prioritizing and managing impediments; and so much more.

Both practical and flexible, with guidelines and procedures that are appropriate for any project, large or small, The Irreverent Guide to Project Management will lead you to a consistently successful outcome every time.

"I've been a project manager for 20+ years, and this is the best course I've ever been through for thoughtful, practical, and respectful applications of knowledge and skills that this discipline requires to be successful."

– Maria Page

Online Transformational Leadership Program (TLP)

"Jason Scott is an excellent teacher and has project managed at the highest levels of corporate America. This course is a masterclass in understanding how to succeed in those environments and it's loaded with excellent readings, videos, and other materials that you will refer back to (and can use to impress your colleagues) for the rest of your career."

– James Burk

Online Transformational Leadership Program (TLP)

"By the end of this course, I developed a new confidence in my ability to lead. I finally found the people who care about others as human beings and not just as potential profits and losses. The great twist here is that leading in this way creates incredibly functional, productive teams and the best outcomes for all stakeholders. Being able to sleep at night feeling good about my interactions with others AND being a successful Project Leader? I’ll take it! I am 100% sold on the 120VC way."

– Jenny Thomas

Online Transformational Leadership Program (TLP)

Why I wrote this

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"I wrote the book because 22 years ago when I started 120VC, I couldn't find a how-to playbook. There were a lot of resources out there on theory and methodology, but nothing that told me how to effectively plan and manage a project. So I essentially started writing down all the how-tos that I was basically making up from the theory that I had learned, and the ones that worked made it in the book. And so 22 years later, all of the practices in this book are the exact practices that we use to deliver large, global transformational projects for brands like Riot Games, Sony Pictures, NBC Universal, and DirecTV."

Who this is for

"This book is for anybody that leads a team. You might be thinking, I'm not in the business of project management, but if you're a leader and you have a team, that team is gonna have projects and you're gonna need a project manager to drive those projects. And it's impossible to effectively lead anyone if you are completely unfamiliar with their craft. So if you're a project manager, this book is for you. If you're a manager or an executive of a team that has projects, this book will teach you everything to contribute effectively to a project, more importantly, to lead and ensure the project managers that are driving initiatives that you're ultimately responsible for are doing the things that they need to do to ensure that your initiatives are successful."

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What's Inside

The Irreverent Guide to Project Management Book Outline

The layers behind what project management is, the agile principles, and the 120VC Standard.

How a project management communication plan can be enhanced through transformational leadership.

When taking on a new project, critical actions need to be taken on day one to be a successful project manager, such as establishing a control log and daily status reports.

Build positive momentum as a project manager by setting up the project right throughout the first week with initial project meetings, mastering the health criteria, and learning the steps for impediment prioritization.

What a project manager does on the first Friday of a project sets the tone for the project planning process, including publishing a project budget and status report.

Understanding how to properly create a project plan schedule enables effective project management and pushes successful outcomes forward.

Establish the overall goal and scope with the proper approvals is crucial for getting everyone on the same page to begin the project.

Get access to the project planning tools you need to successfully deliver the expected & necessary results to be an impactful project manager with the three vital steps of the work plan.

Handle project budgets as an expert project manager with insight on budget risk management and weekly evaluations.

Obtain the proven risk mitigation techniques for project managers that set you up for success throughout the project.

Be prepared to swiftly manage changes to the project as they occur by understanding change requirements, assessments, and approvals.

A project doesn’t just end. Learn how a project manager can bring the necessary closure to a project with the proper documentation and acceptance approval.


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J. Scott is a regular guy who grew up in gangland Los Angeles, dropped out of high school, and jumped out of helicopters as a rescue swimmer in the U. S. Navy. And… Over two decades ago, he founded 120VC. He’s about helping people, leaders, and their teams get sh*t done. Today, he lives in Tacoma, WA, serving his global customer base, launching new businesses, and exploring the outdoors with his family.

After dropping out of high school, J. learned all that anyone needs to be successful is to be disciplined, trusting, transparent when it matters, and accountable. With that recipe, he and 120VC have been helping Fortune 500 leaders, and their teams benefit from the transformative power of getting shit done #GSD.

His approach to #GSD isn’t magical. Nor does it require anyone to learn a bunch of new buzzwords, deploy technology, act smart, be smart, pray or drink any Kool-aid. It just requires a little grit, courage, the willingness to take the first and second steps, and a commitment to never, ever, ever give up. Just get focused and do the work.

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 16 reviews
 by Thomas Rice, PMP
2nd time reading! Highly recommended!

I have found this book and accompanied downloads one of the most USEFUL and PRACTICAL project management books I have found. I'm reading again for the 2nd time.
There's significant value for all skill levels and as I read through the book, I'm finding some of the most valuable best practices and AH-HA MOMENTS!!! PMP recommended!

 by amir pirastehfar
Awesome Learning

I just finished taking the 120VC Transformational Leadership Program (TLP) 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.

 by Jane T.

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'.

 by Tamara Fagan

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!

 by Josh Skifstrom

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.

 by Rene Fuerst

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.

 by Michael Lee

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.

 by Ron Keich

I really like the completeness of the 'Irreverent Guide to Project Management' that your company developed.

 by Mike Wilson

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.

 by Darci O.

The guidebook is a must-have!

Sooo many different proprietary methodologies - It's about time!

Maybe it will save the world!

 by Spencer B.

As someone who is currently pursuing a career in Project Management, I have found this guidebook to be very beneficial. Not only has it answered many questions that I had regarding the profession, it provides the information in a well organized, systematic and straight to the point way that is easy to comprehend. I highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a jump start on a Project Management career.

 by Kim Haase

The Guidebook is irreverent. The content is brilliant. 120VC provides all the tools you need to get the job done consistently and without having to recreate the wheel on every project. The standard covers every base and leaves you the time and mental capacity to deal with your project's content, rather than battles, backtracking, and irrelevant minutiae. Hats off to 120VC for developing such a detailed, effective, spot-on guide for real world project managers.

 by Laura Lindstrom

Thank you for making this guidebook available. I am a "junior PM", but not for long. I plan on using the techniques immediately to help me achieve Senior PM performance and a promotion!

 by Newton Pollard

I am delighted with my purchase of The Irreverent Guide to Project Management. It has far exceeded my expecations and all I can say is I wish I had this guide 10 years ago. I highly recommend it to any serious project or program manager.

 by Chris Baker

The 120VC Project Management Guidebook is an integral part of my PMO’s delivery toolset. We implemented the best practices as defined in the Guidebook to accelerate the maturity of our Project Delivery capabilities, enabling consistent, confident, and reliable planning, control and execution. In short order, this homogenous best-practice based approach being adhered to by all the PM’s in my PMO, has delivered tangible and palpable improvements in not only project success but also in project manager effectiveness.

The use of the Guidebook complemented by 120VC instructor led training and project reviews has made all the difference because it has reinforced the good behaviors and ensured adoption and adherence. After having experienced first-hand these benefits and improvements in the way my PMO delivers projects, our customers have now demanded the instructor led training and program review support in order to teach their own project managers in the ways of the Guidebook for their own business-led efforts.

Purchasing the 120VC Guidebook versus developing an in house toolkit saved us significant dollars, and time to market was essentially immediate with little to no maintenance required. A great solution for anyone focused on dramatically improving the quality of service and delivery of teams of project managers.

 by Bill Endow

I needed my team of PMs to adopt a consistent project management approach to cut down on the amount of time I spent trying to understand everything that was going on in my project portfolio. The approach had to be practical and flexible enough to handle both small and large projects. It also had to be something that my PMs would willingly adopt because they saw value in it. The 120VC Guidebook “The Irreverent Guide to Project Management” is just what I was looking for, and the results from adopting its approach have been outstanding.