Gary M Nelson

Biography

Gary M. Nelson, BSC, PMP (Gazza) is passionate about sharing knowledge and making Project Management concepts more accessible, particularly to new and aspiring Project Managers (of all ages). Said another way, he likes to tell stories to help convey complex concepts in a way that helps the concepts 'stick'. Who says learning shouldn't be fun?

Born in Calgary, Alberta (Canada), Gary moved west to B.C. at the very early age of 2, where he spent most of his formative years - aside from a 6 year stint where he learned to appreciate living in a very small town of 800 people. He then attended high school in Surrey, B.C. and went on to graduate from Simon Fraser University (BC, Canada) in 1989 with a major in Computing science and a minor in English - an odd but useful mix (a techie who can write clearly)!

Gary was tricked into becoming a Project Manager by his first manager, and has never looked back. His international experience includes projects in New Zealand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the US and Canada, working on projects in the Telecom, Student Information Systems, Local Government and Healthcare sectors.

Having wanted to write books since high school, it took many long years of successful procrastination until he finally felt he had something useful to write about, and wrote his first book of stories in 2012...on Project Management, of all things. Next, presented with the terrifying challenge of writing for children, he enlisted his youngest sons to be the first victims (reviewers and editors) and the Project Kids series of books were born. Several years on, he is amazed to see the books being translated into multiple languages, and reaching into schools and homes around the world.

He enjoys speaking and training, has presented at numerous events and conferences and is also the author and host of Gazza’s Corner Project Management Blog and Podcast.

Gary currently lives in New Zealand with his wife, three sons and two cats, and is loving every bit of it.

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Books

イースターのいじめっ子更生プロジェクト
Series: プロジェクト・キッズ・アドベンチャー, Book 5. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 1,970. Language: Japanese. Published: January 31, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
バレンタインのダンスを邪魔した「ニキビ顔のピート」がその報いを受けるのは当たり前だと考える読者がいるかもしれません。ところがなぜかプロジェクトキッズたちはピートを助けようと言い出します。その真意は何でしょうか? 今回彼らは関連する複数のプロジェクトに同時に取り組みます。ピートのいじめの背後にある理由を慎重に探りながら、いつの間にか学校や地域をはるかに超えた大きな目標に取り組んでいることに気づくのです。 彼らは「いじめっ子の更生なんかできるのか?本当にやるべきなのか?」というシンプルな疑問に悩み続けますが、その答えは思わぬところにありました。でもそれはイースターバニーさえ知らなかったのです!
バレンタインプロジェクトの災難
Series: プロジェクト・キッズ・アドベンチャー, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 1,600. Language: Japanese. Published: January 31, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
「成功の最大の問題はみんなからさらに大きな期待をされることだわ!」アマンダはそう考えながら目の前の紙きれを恨めしそうに見つめていました。「モルディバ先生、分かりました。楽しそうだし私やります!」アマンダは、そう言って校長先生に約束してしまったのです。そしてその紙に大きな太い字で書かれていたのは・・ バレンタインのダンスパーティ主催者募集! 4番目のプロジェクトはこれまでで一番大きいだけでなく多様かつ複雑です。何と言っても学校中の人たちに参加してもらうために関係性を構築しなければならないのです。彼らはプロジェクトを通して他者に良い影響を与える方法やいじめに対応するコツを学んでいきます。 さあ、プロジェクトキッズと一緒にウィルキンス中学校でのバレンタインのダンスを企画しましょう。恋のキューピッドがプロジェクトキッズのハートを射抜くか?それとも外れちゃうかも?
怖すぎるお化け屋敷プロジェクト
Series: プロジェクト・キッズ・アドベンチャー, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 1,980. Language: Japanese. Published: January 31, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
去年の夏のツリーハウスプロジェクトを忘れかけたころ、中学生になったアマンダはまだ学校に馴染めずにいました。友達とは違うクラスになり、周りは知らない子ばかり。しかも、他の子たちは一気に身長が伸びて彼女は再び「小さい子」になってしまいました。 一方、ベンは小学校で最高学年になり絶好調です。アマンダが中学に進学したおかげで、もう邪魔者はいません。友達と一緒に学校生活をエンジョイしていました! しかし、小中学校合同でハロウィン・コンテストをおこなうという発表があり、プロジェクトキッズは再び集結することになり、状況は一転しました。 吸血鬼、ゴブリン、ゾンビ、幽霊、そして前のプロジェクトでの教訓を武器に持つ彼らが負けるわけがない!はずです? この本では、究極のツリーハウスプロジェクトで学んだプロジェクトマネジメントの考え方に加え、さらに複雑なプロジェクトを扱う時に役立つ重要な考え方を紹介します。
驚異の科学フェアプロジェクト
Series: プロジェクト・キッズ・アドベンチャー, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 1,870. Language: Japanese. Published: January 31, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
アマンダは悩んでいました。彼女は友だちと一緒に巨大なツリーハウスや素晴らしいお化け屋敷を作りましたが、今度ばかりはかなり厄介です。これまでは遊びでしたが、今度のプロジェクトは学校の成績に関わるのです!授業でおこなう科学フェアのためのプロジェクトですから!でも、どこから手を付ければいいのか?何を研究すればいいのかすらわかりません。 こんな状態で科学フェアに優勝できるのでしょうか? 一方、男の子たちはプロジェクトの結果が生死を分けるかもしれない別の大きな問題に直面していました。まあ「死ぬ」というのは大げさかもしれませんが、電気もないところでビショビショになって凍えてお腹もペコペコで週末を過ごさざるをえなくなるかもしれません。 さあ、プロジェクトキッズと一緒に3つ目の冒険に参加して、ネズミと人、そしてマシュマロの謎を解き明かしましょう!
究極のツリーハウスプロジェクト
Series: プロジェクト・キッズ・アドベンチャー, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 1,430. Language: Japanese. Published: January 17, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
10歳の親友ベン、ジェームズ、ティム、トムの4人は、学校の近くの森で大きな木を見つけて究極のツリーハウスを作り始めます。最初にうちは良かったのですが、ベンの姉アマンダが彼らの秘密のツリーハウスを見つけてから雲行きが怪しくなりました。女の子たちも自分たちのツリーハウスを作り始めたのです。それも男の子たちと同じ木に!しかもずっと上手にです!いったい彼女たちはどんな秘密の武器を持っているのでしょうか?そしてある事件をきっかけにすべてが変わり、男の子と女の子は一緒のチームで働くことになります。 この本では、ワクワクドキドキの物語とプロジェクトマネージャーであるアマンダのパパによる簡単なレッスンを通して、子どもたちに基本的なプロジェクトマネジメントの概念を紹介しています。彼女がパパから学んだことを使って女の子たちは、計画も立てずに作り始めた男の子たちを一気に追い抜いてしまいます。
El Increible Proyecto de la Casa en el Árbol: Aventuras de Proyectos Juveniles #1 (Edición España)
Series: Aventuras de Proyectos Juveniles (Edición España). Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 35,120. Language: Spanish. Published: January 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Ben, James, Tim & Tom son grandes amigos, todos ellos de 10 años y encuentran el árbol perfecto en un bosque cerca de su escuela y comienzan a construir “La Increible Casa en el Árbol”. Las cosas comienzan como una banda desorganizada y empeoran aún más cuando la hermana de Ben, Amanda, descubre que están trabajando en su casa secreta del árbol.
¡El Proyecto De La Mejor Casa en el Árbol!: Aventuras de Proyectos Juveniles #1
Series: Aventuras de Proyectos Juveniles (Edición Español Latinoamérica). Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 33,920. Language: Spanish. Published: April 24, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Science & Technology, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Los amigos Ben, James, Tim y Tom, de diez años de edad, han encontrado en un bosque cercano a su escuela, el árbol perfecto para construir la “Mejor Casa en el Árbol”. Este libro presenta conceptos básicos de dirección de proyectos a los jóvenes a través de una muy entretenida historia y, de pequeñas lecciones que le enseña el padre a uno de los personajes.
O Projeto de Transformação do Bully da Páscoa: Aventuras de Projetos Juvenis #5
Series: Aventuras de Projetos Juvenis. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 39,350. Language: Portuguese. Published: April 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Bullying
Enquanto batalham para descobrir como fazer com que o Pete Borbulha (o estraga-bailes!) deixe de ser um bully, os jovens da Equipa de Projetos dão por si envolvidos numa causa que se estende muito para lá da escola e da sua comunidade.
The Easter Bully Transformation Project: Project Kids Adventure #5
Series: Project Kids Adventures. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 36,510. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Bullying, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
While struggling to figure out how to un-bully Pimple Pete (the dance wrecker!), the Project Kids find themselves engaged in a cause that extends well beyond the school and their community.
O Projeto Desastroso do Dia dos Namorados: Aventura de Projetos Juvenis #4
Series: Aventuras de Projetos Juvenis. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 40,240. Language: Portuguese. Published: July 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Bullying
Junta-te aos Projetos Juvenis na sua quarta grande aventura, agora que os Jovens amigos se voltam a unir para organizar o baile do Dia dos Namorados na Escola do 3º Ciclo A. J. Wilkins. Para além dos desafios de enfrentarem o seu maior projeto de sempre, uma velha questão vai testá-los até ao limite. Será que o Cupido vai atacar os Jovens dos Projetos – ou pior ainda – passar-lhes ao lado?
O Projeto da Incrível Feira de Ciências: Aventura de Projetos Juvenis #3
Series: Aventuras de Projetos Juvenis. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 35,360. Language: Portuguese. Published: May 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Science & Technology, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
A Amanda e as suas parceiras de laboratório têm que fazer um projeto para a Feira de Ciências da escola – mas não têm ideia nenhuma sobre como começar ou mesmo do que fazer. Será que finalmente encontraram um desafio à sua altura?
O Projeto da Casa Assombrada Mais Assustadora de Sempre: Aventura de Projetos Juvenis #2
Series: Aventuras de Projetos Juvenis. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 36,020. Language: Portuguese. Published: February 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Fiction » Holiday » Halloween
Este livro parte dos conceitos de Gestão de Projetos aprendidos no livro O Projeto da Super Casa na árvore, acrescentando mais umas quantas lições chave para os ajudar em projetos mais complexos. Forçados a lidar com mudanças constantes, situações desastrosas e uma data final inamovível, vai ser necessário que dar o seu melhor para conseguir completar o projeto no prazo definido.
The Valentine's Day Project Disaster: Project Kids Adventure #4
Series: Project Kids Adventures. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 38,170. Language: American English. Published: February 14, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Bullying, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Amanda has been sweet-talked (tricked!) into organizing the dreaded Middle school Valentine’s Day school dance. Burdened with a promise to deliver the dance, a reluctant school, a meddlesome bully, and a reputation to uphold for delivering projects, the Project Kids are in big trouble. They will definitely have to learn some new skills - and break a few rules along the way in order to pull it off!
O Projeto da Super Casa na Árvore: Aventura de Projetos Juvenis #1
Series: Aventuras de Projetos Juvenis. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 34,430. Language: Portuguese. Published: November 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Fiction » Children’s books » Science & Technology
Este livro apresenta conceitos básicos da Gestão de Projetos aos jovens, através de uma história divertida e curtas lições ensinadas a uma das raparigas pelo seu pai, que é (obviamente) um Gestor de Projeto. Ela aplica o que aprende e de repente as raparigas estão à frente dos rapazes que começaram a construir sem um plano.
The Amazing Science Fair Project: Project Kids Adventure #3
Series: Project Kids Adventures. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 34,320. Language: English. Published: May 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Science & Technology, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Amanda was terrified. Sure, she and her friends had built a huge tree house and an awesome haunted house together - but now she was in way over her head. Those projects had been for fun - but this one was going to be marked! She and her lab partners have to do a class project for the School Science Fair - but they have absolutely no idea where to start or even what to do.
The Scariest Haunted House Project - Ever!: Project Kids Adventures #2
Series: Project Kids Adventures, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 34,700. Language: English. Published: March 10, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Halloween, Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
A surprise announcement brings the Project Kids back together in a two-school competition to build the best Halloween display. Armed with Vampires, Goblins, Zombies, Ghosts and the lessons they learned on their previous adventure, it seems like there is no way they can lose! Join the Project Kids as they embark on their bravest adventure yet – to build the Scariest Haunted House – Ever.
The Ultimate Tree House Project: Project Kids Adventure #1
Series: Project Kids Adventures, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 34,400. Language: English. Published: March 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Fiction » Children’s books » Science & Technology
The Ultimate Tree House Project introduces basic Project Management concepts to children through an entertaining, funny story and simple lessons taught to one of the children by her father who is (of course) a Project Manager. She applies what she has learned and suddenly the girls are leaping ahead of the boys who had “just started building" - without a plan. Illustrated by Mathew Frauenstein
Gazza's Guide to Practical Project Management: Tips and Advice on Surviving the Project Management Journey
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 63,740. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Project management
Life is complicated. If we can simplify the job of getting things done, the better off we usually are. This is particularly important in managing projects. In this book, Gary (Gazza) tackles the complexity of managing projects by breaking the essential components of Project Management down into practical, simple concepts.

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