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Virtual and Project Management Expert: Writer, Speaker, Educator. Author of Managing Without Walls and Fundamentals of Technology Management. President of Garton Consulting Group.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Virtual Relocation Would Be Awesome!

Apologies for having gone quiet for so long!  It has been an interesting and eventful few months.  In February this year I made the decision to relocate from the west coast (California) to the west coast of the east coast (Florida). It was a huge project and, yes, I used Microsoft Project to plan and execute the move. I think I am probably qualified now to write a book about relocating across the country! 

February was spent looking for a new house. March was spent getting ready for the move, April and May were spent working on the new house and getting moved in and unpacked!  The Garton household and the Garton Consulting Group are now located in the Tampa area of Florida in the eastern time zone. 

It is interesting that because much of Garton Consulting Group’s work is performed virtually, the 2400 mile move has had almost zero effect on how we run the business.  If only we could have moved house virtually!

The last few weeks I have been doing a lot of writing. I am working on a new edition for my project management book “Fundamentals of Technology Project Management”. It’s an exciting project. Technology and communication has changed a lot over the last few years.  The world is a very different place than it was when I wrote the first edition of the book.  The art of management doesn’t change much from year to year but the tools we use to manage and communicate change at a very fast pace. The adoption of social media and the availability of virtual “apps” solved some management problems and introduced a few new ones!  I am having fun researching and writing new material and entering the almost hypnotic state that occurs after a few hours of intense writing!

The company that publishes my books is a100% virtual company and has been for a number of years.  When they first went virtual, it was a new and innovative way of working. Their employees live and work in different states and very rarely get to meet each other in person. They have been very successful using the virtual business model.  As a virtual management expert, it seems very appropriate that my books are published by a virtual publishing company!

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