Project managers have the opportunity to learn from the best. Reading books is like sitting down with an author, having a cup of coffee, and listening to their distilled insights.
What have you been reading lately? If you are preparing for the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam, you’ve likely spent a lot of time in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). That’s great, but project managers today need more than technical knowledge.
The ideal skill set – the Talent Triangle – is a combination of technical, leadership and strategic and business management expertise. The list of books below provides resources for the different aspects of the Talent Triangle.
- John Maxwell. 2013. “5 Levels of Leadership.” New York, NY, US: Center Street
- Bridges William. 2009. “Managing Transitions: Making the Most of Change.” Philadelphia, PA, US: Perseus Publishing.
- Carkenord Barbara. 2009. “Seven Steps to Mastering Business Analysis.” Fort Lauderdale, FL, US: J. Ross Publishing.
- Covey Stephen. 1990. “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” New York, NY, US: Fireside.
- Durban Pat & Doerscher Terry. 2010. “Taming Change with Portfolio Management.” Austin, Texas, US: Greenleaf Book Group Press.
- Gat Israel. 2010. “The Concise Guide to Agile.” Piscataway, NJ, US: CS Press.
- Gottesdiener Ellen. 2002. “Requirements by Collaboration.” Boston, Massachusetts, US: Addison-Wesley.
- Gottesdiener Ellen. 2005. “The Software Requirements Memory Jogger.” Salem, NH, US: Goal/QPC.
- Horne Gregory. 2013. “Project Management Absolute Beginner’s Guide.” Indianapolis, Indiana, US: Que.
- Kouzes James & Posner Barry. 2008. “Leadership Challenge.” Hoboken, NJ, US: Jossey-Bass.
- McChesney Chris & Covey Sean & Huling Jim. 2012. “The 4 Disciplines of Execution: Achieving Your Wildly Important Goals.” New York, NY, US: Franklin Covey Company.
- Morris, Rick. 2010. “Stop Playing Games: A Project Manager’s Guide to Successfully Navigating Organizational Politics.” US: RMC Publications.
- Mulcahy Rita. 2010. “Risk Management: Tricks of the Trade for Project Managers.” US: RMC Publications.
- Project Management Institute. 2009. “The Practice Standard for Project Risk Management.” Atlanta, GA, USA: Project Management Institute.
- Project Management Institute. 2013. “A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK®).” Fifth Edition. Newtown Square, PA, USA: Project Management Institute.
- Wiegers Karl. 2013. “Software Requirements.” Redmond, Washington, US: Microsoft Press.
Question: What’s one of your favorite project management books?