Meri Williams

Meri Williams

Geek | Manager - people, project & technology management

London, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom

Areas of Expertise:

  • people management
  • project management
  • technology strategy
  • organisational change
  • leadership
  • management
  • agile
  • scrum
  • kanban
  • training design
  • diversity
  • consulting
  • speaking
  • training
  • writing

Meri is a leader of technology organisations, most recently the Delivery team at the Government Digital Service (which built GOV.UK). Previously she worked in Procter & Gamble's Global Business Services organisation for 10 years, starting out as a developer, then moving on to project & product management and then engineering/ops management.

Since she studied Computer Science with a focus on artificial intelligence, she still thinks of herself as a proper geek and imagines she always has a soldering iron in her back pocket, though sadly the reality isn't so cool.

A previous winner of the BCS Young IT Professional of the Year in the UK IT Industry Awards, she sponsors prizes & scholarships to help more girls start STEM careers in her hometown of Stellenbosch, South Africa. In her spare time she enjoys baking, gaming, surfing and has a newfound obsession with hot smoking Texas-style BBQ.

The Principles of Project Management (SitePoint: Project Management) The Principles of Project Management (SitePoint: Project Management) (SitePoint)
by Meri Williams
March 2008
Print: $39.95
Ebook: $29.00

"The Principles of Project Management is definitely a quick read and serves as an easy reference for addressing project management issues. "
--Rhonda Lunemann, Technical Communication, Volume 56, Number 2, May 2009

"If you are a newbie project manager, I recommend getting The Principles of Project Management."
--James Pyles, Linux Pro Magazine

"[The Principles of Project Management] takes a very common sense and pragmatic approach to the process of project management focusing on using the tools appropriate to the job and a deliverable focused approach rather than the more usual task and gantt chart focussed approach. If you’re from a technical background you may find the book a bit dry and heavy going but it is well worth persevering with and will give you a sound and logical approach to managing your own projects. Overall I would say if you are a developer who is now managing your own projects then do yourself a favour and get this book. If however you are a developer who is subject to a non-technical project manager then do yourself even more of a favour and buy them a copy!"
--Neil Davis,

"As someone who has participated or managed many multifaceted projects, I’m impressed with the comprehensive nature of this book. I remember some of the early project management software, which was at times extraordinarily complex, and not always successful. This may be the first example of a book replacing software."
--Bruce Marcus, The Marcus Letter

"For a topic I was quite unfamilir with when I started, I'd recommend this book as a good overview to the topic. The chapters follow a chronological order through a project - from picking a project - including those to avoid - planning and executing, managing the staff and stakeholders and finally, finishing your project and handing it off...While each field has it's jargon, project managment has a number to learn - and this book does a good job explaining it."
--Zoltan Hunt, News

"You don’t need to sit through months of boring lectures, painstakingly work your way through 1,000 page plus monstrosities, or take an exam to become project manager. Learn only what really matters with The Principles of Project Management...If you are sick and tired of "project managing" by being shackled to specific PM software, get this book. It puts the focus back on what is important."
--Dr. Eric Flescher, Mac Companion

"Overall, I think it's a great introductory text, particularly for people who are moving from doing to managing, or who are working on larger projects by themselves. The tone is friendly, professional, and constantly encouraging, making for a slim volume of helpfulness."
--Elaine Nelson,

"If you are an experienced PM you owe it to yourself to read this quick book and if you are newbie this should be required reading. Great content and ideas + a great design make for an outstanding effort and book!! "
--Daniel McKinnon,