8 must-read project management books
So, if you want to learn more about project management, then check out these 8 must-reads!
1. Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time – Jeff Sutherland
- Martial arts
- Judicial decision making
- Advanced aerial combat
- Robotics, AND
- Many other disciplines
2. Turn The Ship Around!: A True Story of Building Leaders by Breaking the Rules – L. David Marquet & Stephen R. Covey
- everyone takes responsibility for his or her actions
- followers grow to become leaders, AND
- happier teams come up with desired results
That means, things like poor morale, poor performance, and bad retention rates have no place in project management – not if teams want to succeed in their work(s).
3. Manifesto for Human(e) Leadership – Marcus Raitner
In this book, it attempts to answer the question of leadership with agility in mind, despite there being a possibility of these things taking place in today’s work environment:
4. The Lazy Project Manager – Peter Taylor
In The Lazy Project Manager, Taylor brings up the art of lazy productivity. By applying the simple techniques of lazy project management to activities, people can work more effectively, and even improve their work-life balance. This type of productivity allows people to concentrate their project management and work smarter. Thus, this book is ideal for project management gurus.
5. Cracking the PM Interview – Gayle Laakmann McDowell & Jackie Bavaro
6. Strategic Project Management Made Simple – Terry Schmidt
What should we accomplish, and why?
- How should we measure success?
- What other conditions should exist in a project or strategy?
- How do we get from Point A to Point B?
7. Making Things Happen: Mastering Project Management – Scott Berkun
Making things happen
- Good decision-making
- Specifications and requirements
- How to handle ideas
- Avoid annoying people
- Leadership and trust
- What REALLY happens when you make dates
- Solutions for when things go wrong
8. Project Pain Reliever – Dave Garrett
- Different educational backgrounds
- How much knowledge that they have
- Skill sets, AND
- Experiences gained over one’s life and career
Unfortunately, these don’t include the professional discipline (i.e. project management), thus creating accidental project managers in the long-run, and failing projects.
Fortunately, this serves as a handbook that not only helps people in leadership roles improve their practices, but also helps up-and-coming managers do things right the first time.
Katherine Rundell is a project manager and writer at OXEssays.com and Stateofwriting.com. She is also a business writer at Paper Fellows. As a project manager, she has overseen many writing projects nationwide.