7 Best Project Management Books of All Time

We rank the leading books about project management on the market using the objective evaluation and the result is the best project management books of all time.

Jeff Varney, Senior Adviser of American Productivity and Quality Center (APQC) thinks that the best books about project management should make project management body of knowledge becomes something simple. Because some project management professionals make project management and project planning harder than it has to be.

Data Collection
While Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide by Project Management Institute) is considered a gold standard, it's just a guide to getting you to know the project management process. Because it doesn't provide key takeaways for the real project planning that are easy to use.

Moreover, good books on project management also need to show how to develop important management skills (so you can become an experienced project manager quickly) such as some management basics, time management, risk management for career development.

In order to provide the list of top books about project management for our readers, we come up with a data collection plan to find the best book as below,

- First, we gather the list of recommended books about project management 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, operations management, IT management, supply chain management books from the list because we think they belong to the different genre.

- Moreover, books dedicated solely to time management, a book like the Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg or Getting Things Done by David Allens are not included.

- The list of top books about project management 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 7 most cited books on project management to recommend.

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

Are you the accidental project managers who read best books about project management on this list and why? What are some key takeaways from the book you find helpful? Do you think just Microsoft Project is enough for careers development?