5 Must-Read Books For Every Project Manager

The power of learning from the right kind of books, combined with apt domain knowledge from hands-on training and experience, delivers the best results to take your career in the right direction. In the same manner, Project Managers also must read quality books and gain knowledge along with their hands-on industry exposure to keep equipped with the best advice from renowned books writers and experts of the Project Management domain to build their career and management skills.

The Project Managers are when combined with the thorough knowledge that comes from reading quality books and years of experience, boost their careers and personalities. We have discussed certain world-famous books that every Project Manager should keep within reach.

The books referred to here besides, being beneficial for the beginner level project managers significantly help experienced professionals working in the management domain as well.

Let us have a look:

  • Strategic Project Management Made Simple: Practical Tools for Leaders and Teams: Terry Schmidt

The Central theme of this book is about the project and strategies that never really become successful due to unplanned, obsolete methods used to turn ideas into actionable plans. This is the first book to couple a step-by-step process with an interactive thinking tool which takes account of the strategic approach to designing project and action initiatives.

  • Making Things Happen: Mastering Project Management (Theory in Practice) — 2005: Scott Berkun

It is the revised version of Berkun’s original book — The Art of Project Management. This edition includes more great insights. It is written as a series of essays covering a wide range of problems that are faced by managers. So, it is extremely beneficial to break down complex subjects into simpler terms and tips that anyone can implement without comprehension problems. Berkun while writing and explaining, gave additional focus to topics like:

  • brainstorming ideas
  • leadership and trust
  • setting deadlines
  • how to act wisely when a project falls apart
  • Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling-1979 (original edition), 2013 (11th edition): Harold Kerzner

This is popularly known as the bible of project management and this book does not match its proposed analog in terms of volume and wisdom contained. An ideal textbook for anyone who wants to learn the theoretical fundamentals of project management and the knowledge afterward using discussion questions and tests included in the book.

  • Project Management for Dummies-2013: Stanley E. Portny

This books focuses particularly on the practical part and omits all the theories and provides actionable tips on managing modern projects. This book comes handy in managing distressed projects and you would always want to keep it around to have regular look at the times of need.

  • Agile Project Management with Scrum-2004: Ken Schwaber

This is one of the best books on Agile/ Scrum methodologies and it manages to explain the complex topics and terms in a light and comical manner, that goes perfectly with the free-flowing manner of Scrum.

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