10 Best Project Management Books of All Time

In this article, we find the best project management book by evaluating top-rated books and the result is the list of best project management books of all time.

Why is Project Management Important?
Each year, Project Management Institute (PMI) asks project management people around the world to report their salary information including job title, industry, type of project and years of work experience. According to PMI President and CEO Mark A. Langley, PMP certified project managers earn 20% more than average.

Professor Patrick Penfield from Syracuse University said that many Fortune 500 companies are requesting that project managers have PMP certification. Because employers want assurances that project managers know what they are doing and this designation gives them that comfort level.

In Search of Best Project Management Books
Jeff Varney, Senior Adviser of American Productivity and Quality Center (APQC) thinks that the best book should be something simple. Because project management professionals want to make project management harder than it has to be.

In order to provide book recommendations for our readers, we come up with a data collection plan to find the best book as below,

Data Collection

- First, we gather the list of book recommendations from related project management sites.

- Then, we do data cleansing. We merge the lists from 10 websites and find that there are 130 entries in total.

- After that, we remove duplicate entries, the unique entries now come down to 80 entries. We also remove general management books from the list because we think they belong to the different genre. The list of project management book only is now 40 entries.

- The next step is to do citation analysis as below,

Citation Counts

- Citation analysis is the process to determine how many times each book is cited by other publications. The more citation counts, the more influential the book is.

- As you can see from the above example, one of the most highly recommended books by top management thinker like Peter Drucker got only 49 citation counts. Then, citation analysis is a very powerful way to determine how good each book really is.

- We check citation counts of each book, record the data and sort the list to find 10 most cited books to recommend.

10 Best Project Management Books of All Time are as below:

Do you use any book on the list here?