August 19, 2017

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Project management advice, tips, tools and recommended resources for existing and aspiring project managers.

Project Management Books

Here you will find recommended books on Project Management and related topics that I personally endorse.

Strategic Integration of Social Media into Project Management Practice by Gilbert Silvius
This is an authoritative reference source for the latest research on benefits and challenges presented by the integration of online social networks in the project development process. Highlighting relevant perspectives on team communication, effective collaboration, and stakeholder engagement, this book is an essential resource for project managers, researchers, graduate students, and practitioners interested in the innovative uses of social media in professional settings. The heavyweight book consists of 18 chapters from various contributing authors. To buy only  chapters that are relevant to you, visit the IGI Global Bookstore.
Leadership Toolbox for Project Managers: Achieve better results in a dynamic world by Michel A. Dion
This book provides to project managers a holistic approach to developing their leadership skills and achieve better results in a dynamic world. This is the approach that this book brings to you: a comprehensive view of leadership covering the key dimensions of leadership. It includes self-awareness, self-development, values and ethics, strategic thinking, team management, and finally decision-making and problem solving.
The Conscious Project Leader by Colin D Ellis
The world is full of project managers, so why is it then that projects continue to fail at an alarming rate? In the rush to implement quick-fix solutions, we’ve forgotten that it’s people, relationships and common-sense that are needed to get things delivered successfully. The book provides 52 practical things you can do to improve the way that you, your team and your organisation lead and deliver projects. Regardless of sector or seniority, these practical exercises will make your work more rewarding, help you to be the best version of yourself and deliver projects that your organisation is proud of. The world needs more Conscious Project Leaders, the world needs you!
Leading Successful PMOs: How to Build the Best Project Management Office for Your Business
Many organizations profit hugely by utilizing a Project Management Office (PMO); it means they achieve benefits from standardizing and following project management policies, processes, and methods. However, building an effective PMO is a complex process; it requires clear vision and strong leadership so that, over time, it will become the source for guidance, documentation, and metrics related to the practices involved in managing and implementing projects. Leading Successful PMOs will guide all project based organizations, and project managers who contribute to and benefit from a PMO, towards maximizing their project success. In it, Peter Taylor outlines the basics of setting up a PMO and clearly explains how to ensure it will do exactly what you need it to do – the right things, in the right way, in the right order, with the right team.
A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge: PMBOK Guide By Project Management Institute
This Fifth Edition reflects the collaboration and knowledge of working project managers and provides the fundamentals of project management as they apply to a wide range of projects. This internationally recognized standard gives project managers the essential tools to practice project management and deliver organizational results.
PMP Exam Prep, Eighth Edition: Rita’s Course in a Book for Passing the PMP Exam By Rita Mulcahy
Hundreds of thousands of project managers know and understand why PMP Exam Prep is a worldwide best-seller. Years of PMP exam preparation experience, endless hours of ongoing research, interviews with project managers who failed the exam to identify gaps in their knowledge, and a razor-sharp focus on making sure project managers don’t waste a single minute of their time studying are THE reasons this book is the best-selling PMP exam preparation guide in the world.
Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling By Dr Harold R Kerzner
This Eleventh Edition of the bestselling “bible” of project management maintains the streamlined approach of the prior editions and moves the content even closer to PMI’s Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). Increased use of sidebars throughout the book helps further align it with the PMBOK and the Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Exam.
Project Management Metrics, KPIs, and Dashboards: A Guide to Measuring and Monitoring Project Performance By Dr Harold R Kerzner
Project Management Metrics, KPIs, and Dashboards, Second Edition helps functional managers gain a thorough grasp of what metrics and KPIs are and how to use them, as well as an understanding of different dashboard types, design issues, and applications.
The PMP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try, Fifth Edition By Andy Crowe
PMP PgMPA study guide for the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam, this book provides all the information project managers need to thoroughly prepare for the test. Review materials cover all the processes, inputs, tools, and outputs that will be tested, and extra help is offered with insider secrets, test tricks and tips, hundreds of sample questions, and exercises designed to strengthen mastery of key concepts and help candidates pass the exam on the first attempt.
The Power of Project Leadership: 7 Keys to Help You Transform from Project Manager to Project Leader by Susanne Madsen
This book will hep project managers transform into proactive, accountable project leaders. It explains what good project leadership looks like and explains how to make the transition using concrete tools and strategies. This book teachers project managers how to feel more confident and assertive as project manager and leader, gain control of a project by delegating 50% of their workload, handle conflict and poor performance, build a highly motivated and driven team, continuously look for opportunities to innovate, be comfortable taking risks, and become a project leader.
Managing Project Stakeholders: Building a Foundation to Achieve Project Goals by Tres Roeder
Focusing on the major differences between project management and other types of management—not least of them being the temporary nature of projects versus the repetitive nature of most managerial tasks—Roeder describes best practices in all key areas of managing project stakeholders.
The Strategic Project Office, Second Edition (PM Solutions Research) by J. Kent Crawford
The second edition of this award-winning reference provides step-by-step instructions for establishing and maturing a project management office (PMO). Concise and easy to read, The Strategic Project Office, Second Edition covers the four primary areas of knowledge and practice regarding the PMO: governance and portfolio management, resource optimization, organizational change, and performance measurement.
The Project Management Answer Book By Jeff Furman
In a highly accessible question-and-answer format, The Project Management Answer Book is a ready resource for everyone involved in project management. The book covers all aspects of project management, highlighting best practices and real-world tips and techniques, all in sync with PMI’s A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).
Software Requirements By Karl E Wiegers
Now in its third edition, this classic guide to software requirements engineering has been fully updated with new topics, examples, and guidance. Two leaders in the requirements community have teamed up to deliver a contemporary set of practices covering the full range of requirements development and management activities on software projects.
Project Managers As Senior Executives: How the Research Was Conducted: Methodology, Detailed Findings, and Analysis Paperback By Ph.d. Dubourse Jean-pierre (Author), Russel D., Ph.d. Archibald (Author), Gerard Francois (Author), Ph.D. Pailot Philippe (Author), Ph.D. Poroli Corinne (Author)
Can project managers actually become senior executives? If not, what can be done to allow them to climb the ladder? What are the odds? How can a project manager better design his or her career development to take advantage of these opportunities? These questions and more are answered in Project Managers as Senior Executives, the new newest addition to PMI’s ever-growing published library of research-based studies.
The Essentials of Persuasive Public Speaking
by Sims Wyeth
In this portable, brief, and lucid guide to presenting, Wyeth counsels how to calm a thumping heart and reveals techniques on preparation, delivery, and visual aids as he gives you vivid stories and rubber-meets-the-road advice. And he does more than simply ease your dread; he inspires you with historical accounts and incisive observations on the power and purpose of speaking well. From advice on the pitch and pace of your speaking voice to admonishments against squirrel-paw hands and data-crammed PowerPoint slides, Wyeth’s pointers will give you the focus and confidence to stand up straight, lean forward, and tell your story well.
The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management
by Eric Verzuh
For any professional responsible for coordinating projects among different departments, across executive levels, or with technical complexity, The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management offers comprehensive instruction on how to deliver on time and on budget. Get the step-by-step advice you need to find the right sponsor, clarify objectives, and set realistic schedules and budget projections. This Fourth Edition of the 200,000-copy bestseller now covers critical new topics including: software and IT projects, agile techniques, and project selection.
The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, Anniversary Edition (2nd Edition) [Paperback] by Frederick P. Brooks Jr.
Few books on software project management have been as influential and timeless as The Mythical Man-Month. With a blend of software engineering facts and thought-provoking opinions, Fred Brooks offers insight for anyone managing complex projects. These essays draw from his experience as project manager for the IBM System/360 computer family and then for OS/360, its massive software system. Now, 20 years after the initial publication of his book, Brooks has revisited his original ideas and added new thoughts and advice, both for readers already familiar with his work and for readers discovering it for the first time.
Alpha Project Managers: What the Top 2% Know That Everyone Else Does Not
by Andy Crowe
Debunking misconceptions surrounding successful project managers, this source builds upon a landmark survey of more than 800 project managers from around the world to highlight the traits that make them stand out in the minds of their teams, senior managers, customers, and stakeholders. Through in-depth interviews and discussions, the common attributes of these elite project managers—from character and beliefs to organizational approaches—are uncovered and help to explain their achievements. Painstakingly researched, this guide offers key insights by providing multiple perspectives on the character makeup of the world’s most successful project managers.
Fundamentals of Technology Project Management by Colleen Garton
Designed to provide software engineers, students, and IT professionals with an understanding of the fundamentals of project management in the technology/IT field, this book serves as a practical introduction to the subject. Updated with information on how Fundamentals of Project Management integrates with and complements Project Management Institute’s Project Management Body of Knowledge, this collection explains fundamental methodologies and techniques while also discussing new technology, tools, and virtual work environments.