sixteen stories - for managers of projects, programmes and enterprises




Once upon a time. Yes, once upon a time, there was a busy ‘manager*’ who sometimes could be tired and tense. What they desired more than anything in the world was lots of suitably comforting and relaxing stories – with illustrations if possible – to be read to them by a loved one at bedtime or to be studied while travelling on buses, trains and sometimes on planes.

When asked, at every approaching Christmas, birthday and anniversary, the manager would politely repeat their request.

Good friends and family were looking everywhere but, despite various purchases as presents, could not find anything really suitable and affordable. In the end they decided there was nothing else for it but to assemble and write a collection themselves – as a special gift – and occasionally feature the manager’s special interests of the abacus and submarines.

However, unfortunately they have not managed to complete and agree on the collection yet. Pity. There you go. Of course there is always this volume on similar lines as a substitute in the meantime.

Sweet dreams and/or safe journeys.


*In this context ‘manager’ can include those involved in the management of projects, programmes, portfolios, enterprises, change, benefits realisation and many other related initiatives – also possibly managers of popular music combos, sports and football teams, and in the emergency and armed services – not forgetting managers in HR, PR and ICT.

Additional information

Weight 0.335 kg
Dimensions 21 × 21 × 1 cm

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6 reviews for sixteen stories – for managers of projects, programmes and enterprises

  1. Martin Barnes

    Amongst gurus of project management, Tom Taylor is unique. What he writes and says is always distinctive and always valuable. Occasionally it is a bit of a puzzle. Perhaps he does this deliberately to make us think. This collection is up with his best stuff.

  2. Ed Naughton

    Tom Taylor is a once-off in the international project management community. He is the only one I know who can deliver education, wisdom and nuanced nuggets in such a humourous and entertaining manner.
    Ed Naughton, Institute of Project Management, Ireland

  3. Glória Matos da Costa

    With Rob’s delightful illustrations and Tom’s wise, open-minded, provocative and characteristic good humour this is engaging reading. These short stories will make you feel like a time traveller project manager with some probable side effects of awakenings, reflections and reactions.
    Glória Matos da Costa – Portugal

  4. Jouko Vaskimo

    Tom Taylor and Rob Dee provide an insightful portrayal of project management past, present and future; introduce fascinating characters such as Meetings Police and Mandy Bookings, and employ the unconventional and witty style of writing and graphics for which they have come to be known.
    Succinctly in Finnish: Meetings Police ja Mandy Bookings: Erinomaista!

  5. Helen Timperley

    Tom is a fantastic advocate of good, sensible, pragmatic project management – which is far from being as boring as it sounds. Our culture remembers best through the medium of storytelling and this collection of stories shares some profound messages in a way that is accessible to all.

  6. Bill Young

    16 Stories is kind of like being given ‘Joseph’s technicolour coat’; colourful, and unquestionably interesting. Woven together by a craftsman taylor (sic), with sections stitched together with threads of satire; and made sufficiently simple so even the intelligent can follow. They depict various project management scenarios in clever story form to create and help stimulate thinking. The stories show how things can be looked at differently; and this after all is what we need to do if we are going to make a difference – think and act differently. Congratulations to the Author and Illustrator (Taylor & Dee).

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