10 Best Books for Project Management Ever Written

We rank leading project management and planning books on the market using objective evaluation and the result is best books for project management ever written.

Finding the Best Books for Project Management

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 for working professionals.

Moreover, books also need to show how project management professionals can develop important project management skills so they can become an experienced project manager quickly. The examples of important skills are management basics, time management, task sequencing and scheduling, project procurement and negotiation, project costing, project communication and risk management. These are necessary things a project management professional should learn for career development.

The Ranking of Best Books for Project Management

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

- First, we gather the list of books from related project management blogs and websites.

- 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.

- Some books dedicated to time management such as Getting Things Done by David Allens are included on our list.

- We remove international business, operations management, IT management, supply chain management and team building books from the list because we think they belong to the different genre.

- The list of books only now has 40 entries.

- The next step is to do citation analysis. 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.

- 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.

- We use the editorial decision to make the final cut.

10 Best Books for Project Management are as below:

  1. Making Things Happen: Mastering Project Management by Scott Berkun

  2. The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management by Eric Verzuh

  3. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

  4. Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan

  5. Critical Chain Project Management by Lawrence Leach

  6. Strategic Project Management Made Simple: Practical Tools for Leaders and Teams by Terry Schmidt

  7. Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling by Harold Kerzner

  8. Project Management JumpStart by Kim Heldman

  9. Agile Project Management with Scrum by Ken Schwaber

  10. Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process by Kenneth Rubin

Do you think these are the best books for project management you should read?


Reference
- Project Management Institute. (2017). Project management body of knowledge (PMBOK). Project Management Institute.

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Last review and update: September 16, 2019
All contents are written by Ben Benjabutr unless marked as [Guest Commentary]

About the Author and Editor:
Ben Benjabutr is the author and editor of SupplyChainOpz. He holds an M.Sc. in Logistics Management with 10+ years of experience in supply chain management. You can connect with Ben via Twitter, and Quora or drop him a line via e-mail.