About Andrew Crabtree:
THREE REASONS YOU SHOULD NOT BE HERE.
Hi, I’m Andrew Crabtree.
I always love the “about me” page on websites like this because they’re written in the third person …even though they’re typically written by the the owner of the site themselves.
So after Andrew Crabtree made several attempts to sound smarter than he really is by writing about himself in the third person, he quickly abandoned that approach and decided to write this page like it was a letter to a friend.
Which …in many ways, it is.
Anyway – what do you want to know?
I’m 36 years old. I live in Wigan with my wife, Caroline.
We have one daughter Daisy, two dogs Betty and Stan, and two gold fish named Nemo and Dory.
I’m guessing that’s not the kind of stuff you’re looking for.
You’re probably wondering,
Is This Guy Worth My Time And Attention?
For many readers, my answer is NO.
Here’s why: Number 1
I can’t give you a short-cut to becoming a Project Manager.
For some reason, people equate “online sites” to “short-cut”.
I get it. That’s something that I was tempted in when I starting down the path of becoming a Project Manager in 2008 (more on that later).
I thought it would be easy money and I’d have thousands coming in no time … without much effort.
Well, it wasn’t easy money.
I do have consistent revenue coming in every month …often from multiple streams …but it took lots of work, frustration, and perseverance to get there.
…And it still takes work to keep it all running.
So if you’re not prepared to commit to roughly ten times more effort than you’re expecting, I’m not your guy.
Here’s why: Number 2
If you don’t want to implement, you’re not going to enjoy my stuff.
No, I don’t sell training courses. But here’s why I’m telling you this.
Start going down the “Project Management” rabbit hole, and you’ll see all kinds of ads and articles about project management courses, how to get promoted by learning the new project management methodology, and all kinds of hype on the “latest PM software” for “gaming the system”.
Does some of it work?
Probably. In the short term. But if you rely on that, you don’t have a career. You have an income stream that’s supported by an unsustainable gimmick.
And that is a waste of time. If you want to waste time go see a movie. It’s more fun.
Here’s why: Number 3
If you’re looking for “The Easy Way”, I don’t want to help you.
It’s important you understand what I’m telling you.
I can help you, I just won’t. I’m capable of it, but I refuse to do it.
Because when I hear someone say, “What’s the easiest way”, what I’m really hearing is, “I’m not fully invested in the long term success of my career in Project Management …and am therefore not fully invested in the long term success of my team.”
And that really translates to “I don’t want to work”.
Look, Project Management is HARD WORK. yes, when it’s all up and running, it can be just like you imagined: a career for life.
But that takes HARD WORK to create and it takes HARD WORK to maintain.
You’re Still Here? Good.
Here’s what you can expect from me.
- Actionable strategies and tactics you can use in your Project Management role right now, for free …which are usually followed by:
- Blatant sales pitches.
Can you believe I just told you flat out that you’re going to receive blatant sales pitches from me?
Well, why wouldn’t I tell you?
I mean c’mon – we all make our money by selling stuff. I will try to sell you something and I won’t be subtle about it.
However – it’s always preceded by really valuable strategies and tactics you can use immediately.
The idea is you’ll say, “this free stuff really helped me. I think I’ll try the paid stuff.”
Pretty simple, right?
I call it the old “Demonstrate You Can Help Them By Actually Helping Them” trick.
Works like a charm.
But you still might be wondering …
How Do I Know If Your Stuff Is Any Good?
Well, the smartest thing to do is to just get some of my free materials.
If you like it, you’ll probably like my Templates and eBooks.
If you don’t like it, you won’t.
But I think I’m supposed to do the whole “self promoting biography” thing now so here goes:
I started my “Project Management” career in 1988 by starting playing Rugby in my hometown.
No seriously, I do attribute a lot of my “Project Management” skills from my days in Rugby. However, I started my PM career in 2008. At that time, I had spent four years working as a Bank Manager and prior to this I was selling door to door and over the phone. When I’d decide that a career in project management was for me I started an Internet search for “how to become a project manager” and come across an ad for an “APMP” course.
The course was £2,000.
I must have read the sales letter for it 100 times before I bought it.
It was a good course, I got the qualification that I needed and somewhere there was one sentence that said something like, “accredited projectement course”.
My 24 year old brain translated that to mean, “You’re the best Project Manager in the world and have every method that you will ever need” …which is exactly what I set out to do.
Anyway – it kind of worked. Kind of.
Did I find a role in project management?
Could what I learned be successfully implemented on all of my project?
Anyway – by sheer luck in 2012, I come across other project management methodologies.
I bought them, read them, and was blown away.
Then I bought old books about project management and read them. Then I bought books and courses on leadership and read them.
And after six years of trial and error, I finally started to achieve real success in my projects.
I was adopting my project management skills and strategies with great success across numerous varying projects. And when I felt that I was confident enough, I decided to start teaching people how I was doing it.
Here’s What I Will Help You With, Specifically
My main focus is to help you become the best project manager the you can be.
I strongly believe the project management can be defined by two things; Scope Management and Stakeholder Management.
Scope Management ; involves the clear definition of the works, the budget and the project outturn and success criteria. And the monitoring of management of this scope to ensure that the agreed outturn is delivered, no more no less.
Stakeholder Management; ensuring that all stakeholders are fully informed and bought into the progress and direction of the progress. This includes people from Customers, Sponsors, Boards, End Users, Delivery Teams, Governance and Regulators to name just a view.
This is, in my opinion, the Holy Grail of project management.
I also focus on your positioning – which is really a fancy way of saying, “Getting People To Like You Before You Try To Ask Them For Something.”
I do this by showing you the best way to genuinely help your stakeholders before they see you ask for something.
Here’s My First Sales Pitch To You:
Go to my home page and read some of the articles on my site.
If you like them, sign up for some of my free templates.
If they help you, consider buying my stuff when I make you an offer.
Pretty simple, right?
Thanks for reading this page and get to work!