Project Management Books

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If you’re like me, you enjoy reading and learning about project management and different approaches and techniques for successfully leading projects.

One of the best ways to do this is to read good project management books.

But if you go to and do a search for "project management" more than 85,000 books show up. It can be a challenge to find a PM book that is interesting and useful at the same time.

Listed below are five books that have influenced my approach to project management and have helped me become a successful Project Manager. Hopefully, they will have a similar effect on you.

Have you read a book that influenced your approach to project management? Let me know in the comments...


Project Planning, Scheduling and Control

PM Book #1

Project Planning, Scheduling, and Control: The Ultimate Hands-On Guide to Bringing Projects in On Time and On Budget
by James Lewis

This is a great book that will guide you through all of the basic project management principles and show you how to apply them in the real world.

I particularly like the emphasis placed on project definition and project strategy. If you don’t get those right, your project is doomed from the start.

PM Book #1

Flawless Execution

PM Book #2

Flawless Execution: Use the Techniques and Systems of America's Fighter Pilots to Perform at Your Peak and Win the Battles of the Business World
by James D. Murphey

It’s always a learning experience reading about the systems used by people that have to succeed or face the risk of people dying. Flawless Execution translates military discipline into the day-to-day world of business and projects.

This book provides a proven system for achieving business goals and projects. One of the most useful concepts in this book that is not used enough in the private sector is the post activity debrief.

PM Book #2

The Project 50

PM Book #3

The Project 50 (Reinventing Work): Fifty Ways to Transform Every "Task" into a Project That Matters!
by Tom Peters

This book will help you get into the right mindset for being a successful Project Manager.

It will help you see how even the smallest of projects, even a single task, can be reframed into a WOW! project. This skillset is especially important as you start leading people in projects and have to get their buy-in. Reading this book will give you many tools for turning a ho-hum project into one that people are begging you to be involved in.

PM Book #3

Getting to Yes

PM Book #4

Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In
by Roger Fisher, William L. Ury, and Bruce Patton

As a Project Manager, you will have to negotiate. There is no way around that.

This highly-readable book thoroughly explains the method of Principled Negotiation. It shows you how you can achieve win-win negotiations in any situation. As Project Managers, maintaining relationships is crucial for leading projects. As such, this method of negotiation is a key tool not just for project success, but for career success as well.

PM Book #4

Alpha Project Managers

PM Book #5

Alpha Project Managers: What the Top 2% Know That Everyone Else Does Not
by Andy Crowe

Do you want to excel as a Project Manager? If so, then you need to get this book.

The author surveyed over 5000 Project Managers and stakeholders to uncover the key areas that separates the top 2% of Project Managers from their peers. See how you stack up against the top, then take action to develop the skillsets you need to succeed as a world-class Project Manager.

PM Book #5

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