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An icy reception


I visited the Kube Hotel’s ice bar on Saturday and did a vodka tasting, drinking vodka cocktails out of glasses made of blocks of ice.  I started off being reasonably tolerant to the -10 degree temperature, but after half an hour I was starting to notice that my fingers, wrapped around my block of ice glass, were no longer there.  I think that’s why you’re only allowed in for 30 minutes at a time.  It was an interesting experience and I wish I’d been round the table when Grey Goose had come up with the project of installing a room made of ice, complete with sculpture of the Statue of Liberty.  My IT projects don’t seem half as interesting, although I imagine the working environment in my office is much more comfortable than having to supervise a team carving blocks of ice.

As the glasses are not reused and fluctuations in the air conditioning units could cause the whole thing to melt away, it’s a never-ending job.  Writing my project management book feels a lot like that.  Just when I felt it was complete, I realise the scale of the work still to do.

The actual writing part of the book is now done, but, like the development phase of a project, it’s not over yet.  There is still a list of tasks like editing, getting copyright approval, commissioning artwork, developing the index and agreeing the cover.  I have only recently realised that as projects go, this is a long one, and will not actually be finished until I hold a copy of the book in my hands.  Even then it will not be completely over, as the post-production part of the project will be signings and speeches – and eventually the build up to a ‘Phase 2’ – another book.

Nevertheless, despite the hard work, I am enjoying the process and now the writing part is out the way the other tasks, although many, have shorter durations and I can quickly see how things are progressing.  So watch this space for the grand announcement in November…

About Elizabeth Harrin

Elizabeth HarrinElizabeth Harrin FAPM is a professional project manager and award-winning blogger behind A Girl's Guide To Project Management. She's passionate about demystifying project management and making tools and techniques work in the real world. She's also the author of several books including the PMI bestseller, Collaboration Tools for Project Managers.
Elizabeth lives in the UK with her family. She uses her organisation and project management skills at home, and also to help other bloggers at Totally Organised Blogging.


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