5 Books Every Project Manager Needs to Read Right Now
Word of warning: This is not your normal list of top five project management books. In reality, there is already an overabundance of articles that cover the topic. Simply type the words “project management books” into Google and you will be greeted with thousands, upon thousands of suggestions.
And so, just like any good project manager, we wanted to bring a little simplicity and organization to your search. What we’ve done is put together a list of a few of the more recently released books on project management, leadership, and personal development. While this is certainly not a comprehensive list, it can serve as a good starting point for anyone who is looking to sharpen their management and leadership skills:
Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All
– by David Kelley and Tom Kelley
This might not technically be classified as a project management book, but it addresses a fallacy that too many project managers believe: Wrongly assuming that the creative aspect of a project can only be handled by the “creative folk.” In this incredibly engaging and encouraging book, David and Tom Kelly use real-world examples to prove that creativity is a skill that everyone can hone and develop. For any project manager looking to encourage more creative energy in themselves or their team, this book is a must read.
Grounded: How Leaders Stay Rooted in an Uncertain World
- by Bob Rosen
If you were to restrict your search to focus only on “project management books,” this new work from Bob Rosen might never hit your radar. But, if you are looking for a fresh new perspective on what it takes to build “healthy leadership” skills, Grounded is certainly worth a closer look. Using examples of leadership from some of the world’s top international companies, Rosen’s book outlines the six “personal dimensions that fuel—and refuel—the world’s top leaders.”
A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge: PMBOK Guide
- by Project Management Institute (PMI) members
Now in its fifth edition, the PBBOK Guide has become, perhaps, one of the most well-known books about project management– and for good reason. The collaborative effort of real-world project managers, this guide offers a wealth of insights on the many different aspects of handling a project. Covering the full gamut of project management topics, including integration, scope management, time management, cost management and risk management; this is one of the most comprehensive works you will find.
Hacking Leadership: The 11 Gaps Every Business Needs to Close and the Secrets to Closing Them Quickly
- by Mike Myatt
This is another example of a book you may miss if you were strictly searching for the terms “project management.” Written for leaders at every level, Hacking Leadership makes the claim that leadership “isn’t broken, but how it’s currently being practiced certainly is.” While the book is company-centric, focusing on the eleven gaps every business needs to cross in order to create a culture of leadership, its central theme can help any project manager recognize their own “blind spots,” making it easier for them to develop and refine their leadership potential.
Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Today
- by Todd Henry
The concepts of this new work by Todd Henry seem simple enough: Stop putting off the important work, and set out to accomplish the most important tasks up front. Yet, as “Die Empty” points out, “We fill our days with frantic activity, bouncing from task to task, scrambling to make deadlines and chase the next promotion. But by the end of each day we’re often left asking ourselves “did the work I do today really matter?’” If you are looking for thoughtful and engaging insights that will bring a sense of clarity and focus to how your team approaches their projects, then this is the book for you.
Please note, the above list is by is no means a comprehensive one. In fact, we are always looking for some good new reads. If you have any suggestions, please leave them in the comments below.