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Yes, there are poetry books that were written with project managers at heart.
This one, Haiku For Project Managers: Project Knowledge In Seventeen Syllables, is the only one that I know of, by Robert Prol PMP.
It’s the best!
I first found Robert’s Haiku on ProjectManagement.com and asked him if I could feature some of them here for our National Poetry Day. Once upon a while, I wrote poetry and some of it was published.
In one of my first jobs, I organized a National Poetry Day competition at the office. Seamus Heaney performing in front of a packed Central Hall is one of my fondest memories from university.
So, I have a history of poetry and it has a story with me.
Robert conveys his message in three lines, which is amazing to me. It’s amazing how a whole world can be condensed in one stanza.
Aligned to Processes
This is not your typical volume of poetry. The Haiku’s core business concept is explained on the left-hand side. A note about the process it refers to is also included on the right-hand side.
Robert has made it easy for you to find a poem about any process. Robert has also index them all at the back. So no matter what you’re reading in the PMBOK guide(r), you will find a poem that will help you to illustrate your problem.
Humanizing Project Management
This book explains what it’s like to work with real stakeholders and face real challenges every day.
Robert speaks candidly about work/life balance and health, as well as the effects of bad bosses on employees and poor team performance. He draws from his own experiences of love, loss, and health. I was moved by the book’s ‘Life’ section. The ‘Meetings section made me laugh.
This could actually be my favorite Haiku.
I have changed my schedule/So that we could have your meeting/Maybe, you forgot.