PPP 422 | Project Manager Productivity Hacks, with Nigel Creaser


Total Duration 57:19

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In this episode, Andy interviews Nigel Creaser, an active project professional and author of the book Project Manager Productivity Hacks. Nigel shares insights from his career and discusses strategies for managing interruptions and improving productivity. They also touch on the use of mobile devices and AI tools in project management.

Overall, the conversation emphasizes the need for project managers to go beyond technical skills and prioritize the human aspect of their work. If you're looking for practical insights on how to lead teams and deliver projects, this is a great episode for you!

Sound Bites

  • "Productivity isn't about winning. It's not like a sport... It's more like yoga and that you can always be a bit more stretched."
  • "Project management, I think, is messy, and we try to control the mess rather than go with the flow with the mess and kind of direct it."
  • (Nigel, about being a podcaster) "I try to be that person who's being cheeky and getting free consultancy."


  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 01:23 Start of Interview
  • 01:58 Nigel's Backstory
  • 06:26 How Nigel Seeks to Minimize Interruptions
  • 11:18 Nigel's Advice About Email
  • 16:45 Mobile Devices and Productivity
  • 21:38 How Nigel and Andy are Using AI
  • 31:02 Project Management Lessons Nigel Has Learned
  • 36:29 Career Advice from Nigel's Journey
  • 45:31 About the Sunday Lunch Project Manager Podcast
  • 49:15 Wrap-Up
  • 49:34 Andy Comments After the Interview
  • 51:55 Outtakes

Learn More

You can learn more about Nigel, his books, and his Sunday Lunch Project Manager Podcast at NigelCreaser.com.

If you’d like more on this subject, check out:

  • Episode 346 with Donna Gregorio. It's another in the trenches episode, and
  • Episode 169 with Emily Luijbregts. She is also a practicing project manager and we discuss challenges and lessons about leading virtual teams.


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Music: Funny by Frank Schroeter
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