7 Best Project Management Books Ever Written

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

What Kind of Project Management Books Do You Need?

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, project planning and management books 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 Search of the Best Project Management Books

In order to provide the list of project planning and management 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 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 project planning and management books only now has 40 entries.

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

- 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 project planning and management books to recommend.

7 Best Project Management Books are as below:

- Making Things Happen: Mastering Project Management by Scott Berkun

Project Management JumpStart by Kim Heldman

For those you would like to take the PMP Test (Project Management Professionals Test), the books above can be a good starting point. However, we believe you also need a book specifically to PMP so you know what the test really looks like.

What are some key takeaways from project management books?

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

Last review and update: November 15, 2018
About the Editor
Ben Benjabutr is the editor of SupplyChainOpz. He holds an M.Sc. in Logistics Management with 10+ years of experience in various functions in supply chain magement. In his free time, he enjoys reading business and management books. You can learn more about him here or connect with him via Twitter, and Quora or drop him a line via e-mail.