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

¡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 » Fiction
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: 39,790. Language: Portuguese. Published: April 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Health & Daily Living / Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries, 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: 36,520. 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 » Themes & motifs » Technological
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 » Paranormal
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 » Science & Technology, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Elementary
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 » Science & Technology, Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Elementary
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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