Top 5 fantastic & helpful books for project managers
You can learn from many sources, but books are the most convenient and efficient medium to increase your knowledge. Here are the top 5 fantastic & helpful books for project managers. I strongly believe that the following list of books are awesome and can give hard push to your growth.
Let’s start the discussion of recommended lists of books. It will include my reasons to justify that why each particular book is in our list and how you being a project manager of any level can take advantage.
Making Things Happen — Mastering Project Management by Scott Berkun
Scott Berukn is a popular author, blogger and project management expert. He has amazingly defined his vast experience in this book. You will find lot of “how’s” in this book instead of traditional definitions. You can find solutions of your many problem as project manager in this book.
If you would like to know something about project management, you should not miss this book. It will make you learned about how to get people involved and how to deal with difficulties in project management.
Since Scott is related to IT and particular Microsoft, so you can find this book more related to IT or Software based project management. However, if you have a neutral factor in yourself, you should not find difficult to links Scott’s personal experience of Microsoft projects with your industry.
Getting Things Done by David Allen
Since project management is a combination of art and management sciences. We recommend you to read once Getting Things Done by David Allen. It will reveal the breakthrough methods for stress free management and performance.
It will help you to maximize your productivity as project manager and be proactive instead of getting things done on wrong time with no efficient in result. Will also help you to set the objective and actions accordingly.
Project Pain Reliever by Dave Garrett
Another pack of solutions to many problem but source is no single author. This book contains the experience of many practitioners such as Peter Taylor, Elizabeth Harrin, Cornelius Fichtner and Wrike CEO Andrew Filev.
You will find topics like the best way to motivate your team, how to prioritize tasks and many more. This book also covers complex project management situations in funny project management stories.
How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Managing project means managing people that ultimately push you as project manager to have an influence on people related to project. This book by Dale Carnegie is bestseller with more than 15 million copies sold.
This book will allow you to learn the six ways to make people like you, the twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking, and the nine ways to change people without arousing resentment. The main point of this book is that if you want to have friends and be successful, you should be nice not mean. It changes your perception towards people around & also it teaches you a lot how you see & judge other.
The Lazy Project Manager: How to Be Twice As Productive and Still Leave the Office Early by Peter Taylor
Peter is a project management practitioner with 30 years of experience. Peter explains the 80/20 rule in this book and simply define that how you can achieve more by doing less work.
This book has case studies from successful project management practitioners including freehand charts summarizing some key points.
Well these were the Top 5 fantastic & helpful books for project managers from my side. Let us know if you have learned anything from these books or some more books that actually helped you to become the perfect project manager. Please share your feedback in following comments section.