In Search of the Best Project Management Book

Are you a new project manager who wants to learn project management? We will evaluate project manager books and show you a list of best project management book.

Finding Best Project Management Book

While Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide by Project Management Institute) is considered a gold standard for the project manager to manage teamwork, it's just a guide to getting you to know the project management processes and tools. Because it doesn't provide key takeaways from the real project planning that really works for project leadership, project manager and team members.

Moreover, the project manager books also need to show how a team member can develop important project management and team-building skills so they can become an experienced project manager and project leadership quickly. The examples of important skills for a project manager are management basics, time management, task sequencing and work 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.

Project Management Book Ranking

In order to provide the list of project manager books that work for project leadership, project manager or even team member, we come up with a data collection plan to find the best book on project management as below,

- First, we gather the list of project manager 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 team building books and leadership books from the list because we think they belong to the different genres. The list of project manager books now has 40 entries.

- The next step is to do citation analysis. Citation analysis is the tool to determine how many times each book on project management is cited by other publications. More citations show that a particular book on project management has a leadership position in that area.

- We check citation counts of each book on project management, record the data and sort the list to find 7 most cited project manager books to recommend to the project manager.

- We use the editorial decision to make the final cut on books on project management.

- The links below are #paid links.

Best Project Management Book is as below:

  1. Making Things Happen: Mastering Project Management

  2. The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management

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

  4. Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done

  5. Critical Chain Project Management

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

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

Do you like project management book on this list?


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

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Last review and update: May 27, 2020
All contents are written by Ben Benjabutr unless marked as [Guest Commentary]

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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.