Frequently Asked Questions about the “A Day In The Life” Book

The following information should be helpful to the authors who have volunteered to participate in the “A Day in The Life” project.

Objective of the book: Capture and share the unique work activities and challenges encountered by project managers as they manage their project, their teams, and the project stakeholders.

Word count:The suggested word count of a chapter is 1500 to 3000 words with Font Size –  12 and Font – Arial.

Questions from volunteer authors:

How much do we get paid? Participation in this project is voluntary. Authors will receive a copy of the book and a document specifically recognizing the author for contributing.

Do we get PDU’s – PMI ® does award PDUs for published works but there are conditions that must be satisfied. Additional information about PDUs will be provided as it is obtained. At this time we cannot offer PDUs or suggest that they will be awarded.

I already have an awesome whitepaper produced on XYZ project. Can I use that material in the book? –If you choose to use previously published material it is important to obtain permission for reprinting / publishing. It should also follow the general guidelines for the book.

Can I write an article in a different language? The book is intended to be published in English. You may submit an article in a language other than English if you also submit the English translation. We are sensitive to this issue and will continue to discuss the best approach.

Does the story have to be true/real?  The stories provided by authors should be based on an actual event or situation. The use of fictitious characters and organization names is acceptable provided the story is credible and describes an actual experience.

What if I have a story but don’t want my name attached to it because of retaliation? This is a sensitive situation and your judgment is important here.  If you believe the story is worth telling and would be of interest to others, consider having another person write the story. Use good judgment and consider developing a story that will not implicate other people or create legal issues.

Is the book hard copy, e-book, or both? The book will start as an e-book and may evolve into a hard cover with ISN if there is a sufficient demand.

Will writers get a free copy of the book? All writers will receive the finished e-book. Distributing copies of a hard copy will be reviewed. We will look at the options available.

If my grammar is not great how much editing will be done on my material? Some editing may be performed but we are depending on the authors to provide stories that are reasonably well written. It is suggested that you identify someone who can work with you and help you with grammar, sentence structure and converting your thoughts into descriptive sentences.

When the books is produced am I considered a co-author?  Each author will be consider a co-author. We anticipate about 100 authors.

Can I state to others that “I write a chapter in a project management book” or ” I wrote a project management book”? – It would be appropriate to state that you contributed to the development of a project management book.

Will my name be listed on the outside cover of the book? – Authors will be listed.  The number of authors will require a page within the book to identify the authors.

Who owns the material I submit for entry to the book? The material is owned by the author and is released for use in the book. There will be an agreement or form allowing usage of the story.

What is the purpose of the book? The book is intended to provide another source of information about the field of project management and to offer something in addition to theory and major case studies. The book is intended to provide a closer look at the daily experiences of project managers and the value that project managers bring to their organizations. These are the untold stories of real project managers in action.

What is going to be done with the revenue from the sales of the book? Revenue, if it is generated will be used to support other IPM Day initiatives.

What will the writing style be like? The writing style is suggested to be in the form of a story. Describe a situation that occurred, how it developed, and how it was resolved. Provide a story about a humorous incident, a challenge, something that was enjoyable, an amazing project team, and example of great leadership etc.

Are there specific things you expect the project managers to capture in their writing? An honest, respectful, true story, written with enthusiasm. A story using fictitious characters but based on a real life situation is acceptable.  Describe a day during which something unusual occurred and other project managers can relate to.

Is this supposed to be some freestyle kind of writing or will there be guidelines as to the range of what you expect it to be patterned after? Basically free style but there are some guidelines. See the story primer for suggestions.

How many words are you looking for? 1500 – 3000 words

As an independent PM consultant, my “day” is not typical. One day I’m teaching, another consulting, another marketing. How would I pull that together into a typical day?  Look for something that is not a typical day or think about a difficult training day and why it was difficult. Perhaps you found a break through way to deliver training or you had a very unique experience and provided some amazing coaching and consulting

I work in a small environment so it is very different than enterprise project management. Projects large and small and organizations large and small have interesting project stories. Take some time and reflect on some days that seemed different than others. There is a story waiting to be told.