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Best Project Management Books

Explore the key texts for mastering project management, curated from top publications and ranked by the frequency of recommendations.

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Best Project Management Books
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Making Things Happen
Mastering Project Management (Theory in Practice)
Scott Berkun - 2008-04-29 (first published in 2001)
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Learn how to define, lead, and manage projects with the updated edition of this critically acclaimed and bestselling book. Written by a Microsoft project veteran, each essay distills complex concepts and challenges into practical nuggets of useful advice. With a focus on philosophy and strategy, Making Things Happen offers personal essays in a comfortable style and easy tone that emulate the relationship of a wise project manager who gives good, entertaining and passionate advice to those who ask. Topics include making good decisions, leadership and trust, and what to do when things go wrong. Complete with a discussion guide, this book is inspiring, funny, honest, and compelling - and definitely the one book that you and your team need to have within arm's reach throughout the life of your project.
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A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge
Project Management Institute - 2013-01-01 (first published in 1995)
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A comprehensive guide on project management practices, the PMBOK® Guide has been updated to its sixth edition, incorporating the latest best practices. Along with extensive information on Agile, Iterative, and Adaptive approaches in project settings, it also emphasizes strategic and business knowledge. The guide focuses on the PMI Talent Triangle™ and the indispensable skills needed for success in the current market.
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Project Management Absolute Beginner's Guide
Greg Horine - 2012-01-01
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Discover how to succeed in project management, even if you've never run a project before! This beginner's guide provides clear and practical instructions to master every task in project management, from defining the project to closing it. Learn to avoid common mistakes, lead teams, manage budgets and schedules, handle risks, and more. Updated with the latest agile approaches, security and privacy priorities, and virtual team management, this book is your key to becoming a successful project manager.
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Getting Things Done
David Allen - 2002-12-31 (first published in 2001)
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Discover a revolutionary approach to getting things done with this influential book on personal organization. Originally published decades ago, it has become a classic and spawned a whole culture of tools, websites, and seminars. This updated edition, rewritten by the author himself, adds new material and glossary, making it an evergreen resource for years to come. With cognitive science research validating its principles, it's a must-read for anyone looking to take control of their life and achieve their goals.
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Project Management for Non-Project Managers
Jack Ferraro - 2012-04-18
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"Project Management for Non-Project Managers" is a practical guide that helps functional managers learn project management methodology and processes. Written by a seasoned project management consultant, the book bridges the gap between project managers and functional managers to improve organizational performance. This guide demystifies the jargon and processes of project management, encouraging functional managers to master critical PM skills and ensure their projects' success, making them more strategic and collaborative in nature. By actively owning project strategies, managers can keep their team's projects on track and increase their business value.
Master the essentials of project management with practical and engaging insights from FranklinCovey experts. Whether you have formal training or not, if you're an unofficial project manager, this book is for you. Learn the key leadership skills necessary for project completion and success, including initiating, planning, executing, monitoring/control, and closing. With real-life anecdotes, memorable "Project Management Proverbs," and quick chapter reviews, you'll be able to apply these strategies to any arena of project management. Don't let disorganization hold you back - change the way you think about project management with this must-read guide.
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Strategic Project Management Made Simple
Practical Tools for Leaders and Teams
Terry Schmidt - 2009-02-09
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Learn how to turn project ideas into actionable plans with Strategic Project Management Made Simple. This book introduces a step-by-step process and an interactive thinking tool to help teams design strategic projects and action initiatives. By answering the four critical questions of what, why, how, and what other conditions must exist, readers can create a solid strategic foundation using the Logical Framework - a Systems Thinking approach. Avoid adhoc and haphazard methods and execute your strategies successfully with this unique and memorable book.
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The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management
Eric Verzuh - 2005-01-28 (first published in 1999)
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Discover the ultimate guide to real-world project management methods, tools, and techniques with this comprehensive book. Written by an industry-leading expert, it features cutting-edge ideas and hard-won wisdom delivered in short, lively segments. Learn how to navigate complex management issues, master key concepts and real-world applications, and keep your project on track, on time, and on budget. With new case studies, content integration, and guidance on using Agile techniques, this fifth edition is a treasure trove of insights for aspiring project managers.
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The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time
Jeff Sutherland - 2014-09-30
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"Scrum": The management process that's changing the way we live. With productivity gains of up to 1,200%, this book weaves insights from martial arts, judicial decision-making, advanced aerial combat, robotics and more. Fascinating and relevant for anyone looking for a more efficient way to get things done, whether it's pioneering new technology or establishing a family's prosperity.
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The lazy project manager, 2nd edition
How To Be Twice As Productive And Still Leave The Office Early
Peter Taylor
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Discover the art of lazy productivity with this must-have project management guide. Written by a leading expert in the field, the second edition of this popular book offers simple techniques that anyone can use to work more effectively and achieve a better work-life balance. Say goodbye to stress and hello to success with The Lazy Project Manager.
Brilliant Project Management by Stephen Barker
Project Management by Harold Kerzner
Good To Great by Jim Collins
The Effective Executive by Peter F. Drucker
Peopleware by Tom Demarco
Rescue the Problem Project by Todd C. Williams Pmp
Alpha Project Managers by Andy Crowe Pmp Pgmp
Project Management for Humans by Brett Harned
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni
The Deadline by Tom Demarco
Agile Project Management For Dummies by Mark C. Layton
Project Management For Dummies by Stanley E. Portny
Project Management Lite by Juana Clark Craig
The Plugged-In Manager by Terri L. Griffith
Epiphanized by Bob Sproull
Project Management JumpStart by Kim Heldman
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
The Mythical Man-Month by Frederick P. Brooks Jr.
The Phoenix Project by Gene Kim
SPRINT by Zeratsky Jake Knapp
Essential Scrum by Kenneth S. Rubin
Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
Coaching Agile Teams by Lyssa Adkins
The Software Project Manager's Bridge to Agility by Michele Sliger
Agile Project Management with Scrum by Ken Schwaber
Start with Why by Simon Sinek
Rapid Development by Steve McConnell
Doing Agile Right by Darrell Rigby, Sarah Elk, Steve Berez
The Agile Mind-Set by Gil Broza
Advanced Multi-Project Management by Gerald I. Kendall
Project Pain Reliever by Dave Garrett
Project Management Case Studies by Harold Kerzner
Project Management the Agile Way by John Goodpasture
The Toyota Way, Second Edition by Jeffrey Liker
Risk Up Front by Adam Josephs
Be Fast or Be Gone by Andreas Scherer
Decide by Steve McClatchy
The project manager who smiled by Peter Taylor
When by Daniel H. Pink
Inspired by Marty Cagan
Traction by Gino Wickman
Construction Management JumpStart by Barbara J. Jackson
Drive by Daniel H. Pink
The Lean Product Playbook by Dan Olsen
The Essential Drucker by Peter F. Drucker
Lead Inside the Box by Victor Prince
The Project Management Answer Book by Jeff Furman
Performance-Based Project Management by Glen Alleman
Leadership in Project Management by Mohit Arora, Haig Baronikian
The New Rules of Management by Peter Cook
Measure What Matters by John Doerr
The Project Management Coaching Workbook by Susanne Madsen
The Project Manager's Guide to Mastering Agile by Charles G. Cobb
HBR Guide to Project Management by Harvard Business Review
Agile Project Management by Jim Highsmith
The Innovator's Dilemma by Clayton M. Christensen
Project Management in the Hybrid Workplace by Phil Simon
Agile Estimating and Planning by Mike Cohn
Cracking the PM Interview by Gayle Laakmann McDowell
Head First PMP by Jennifer Greene
What You Need to Know about Project Management by Fergus O'Connell
Be Fast or Be Gone by Andreas Scherer
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie, Robert Petkoff, Donna Dale Carnegie, Simon & Schuster Audio
Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull
Brilliant Project Leader by Mike Clayton
The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt
The ONE Thing by Gary Keller
Good Strategy Bad Strategy by Richard Rumelt
Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek
Influence by Robert B. Cialdini
Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
Work Rules! by Laszlo Bock
Switch by Chip Heath
The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell
Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson
Originals by Adam Grant
Clean Code by Robert C. Martin
Radical Candor by Kim Scott
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
Factfulness by Hans Rosling
Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Hooked by Nir Eyal
Turn the Ship Around! by L. David Marquet
Don't Make Me Think by Steve Krug
The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
The Manager's Path by Camille Fournier
PMP Exam Prep, Eighth Edition - Updated by Rita Mulcahy