Best Project Management books
The most important factor in a firm is project management. You should know how to manage a project in a proper manner. That helps you start and complete the project before the deadline. Several projects have not been able to see the light of day because of poor project management skills.
The below books will help you improve your project management skills.
Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams (3rd Edition)
Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams (3rd Edition) is the third edition and this longtime best seller comes with many changes in the content. This is an ideal book for IT sector. The author’s emphasis on the fact, that software development problem can be easily solved when solutions are found quickly.
You do not want to wait till the last minute when they become unmanageable. The book also tells readers how to adapt to the changes in patterns of meetings.
The Mythical Man-Month
The Mythical Man-Month is a second edition that comes with a few changes to the original. The book is one of the best pieces on software project management. It tells readers how they can manage complex projects. The author has written about his experiences when working as a project manager for the IBM System/360.
Few chapters include how project management issues are created by team members and how they must be solved in a calm manner before it is too late.
The Art of Project Management
The Art of Project Management provides you with several examples of how you can get your work right and complete it on time. The author tries to tell his readers that it all lies in your mind set. You need to be able to motivate your team members to be able to give their best.
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity is authored by management consultant David Allen. David feels that what used to work decades earlier will not work today as the working principles of individuals have changed, dramatically. The author rightly says, unless you are able to relax yourself, you will not be able to think clearly.
When you are not able to think clearly, most of your decisions are counter-productive. Some of the things you learn from his book are using the “do it, delegate it, defer it, and drop it” rule, go through the goals and remain focused during changing situations, and others.
The Deadline: A Novel About Project Management
The Deadline is an excellent read about how projects can meet deadlines in the software field. The author provides a novel method to complete a project on time, by having more than one team designing the same product simultaneously using different techniques.
The book is exciting to read as it provides you with real-life situations and how problems were solved.
Tom DeMarco has written thirteen books and is expertise in foreign affairs, litigation consulting, and organizational design.
Making Things Happen
Making Things Happen is a book that provides a collection of solutions written by veteran Scott Berkun. Scott has provided several field-tested strategies and philosophies for managing, leading, and defining projects based on his experience when working.
The book is an easy read as the author has written in simple language. It is a perfect educational piece for project managers. Some of the topics include how to make decisions and how to make dreams come true and more practical guides.
Behind Closed Doors (The McCloud Brothers, Book 1)
Behind Closed Doors is about Seth Mackey, who is spying on Raine Cameron. Seth is trying to find his brother’s killer and he feels that he can do that through Raine. Unfortunately, he becomes attracted to her. He somehow convinces her to love him and they both end up having numerous physical relationships.
Raine has her own secret agenda. She needs to find out about her father’s death and needs to go undercover through Seth. They both do not trust each other till the end.
Shannon McKenna is one of the NYT bestselling author having written more than ten romantic novels.
Project Management For Dummies
Project Management For Dummies is one of the best masterpieces on how you need to utilize time. One of the main reasons for not being able to complete tasks is, not using time wisely. The author has given several practical pointers which can help you finish your tasks on time. Through this book, you can find out how to schedule and organize projects effectively, find out risks, live up to expectations, and manage changes, and much more.
Stanley E. Portny is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) and project management consultant.
A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge
A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge is the perfect tutorial for project managers. The content is not entirely new and only some changes have been made. However what has been changed is good. The fifth edition is for those planning to take the PMP test after August 2013.
Those of you going to take the test before July will want to read the 4th edition of the PMBOK. The book is a high level guide. Readers do not want to expect reading a romantic novel. If you are new to your job, then you will want to read this book.
Agile Project Management with Scrum
Agile Project Management with Scrum is practice and rules for Scrum, which is a simple process for managing complex projects. The author Ken Schwaber has provided readers with lessons on failures and successes from coaching companies. Often project managers see that they keep using project management habits that provide less production.
The book enables you to learn how to complete the most complex projects on time, receive clearer specifications from customers, reduce project planning time, and others.
Ken Schwaber has been working in the software development industry 30 years.