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Learn Project Management Easily with These Books

Learn how to properly carry a project towards completion.

You said you’d do it. You promised them. You promised yourself. Yet, the deadline came and went and you still are not even halfway through a quarter of the project. Shame, shame on you, my friend. Project management has to be seen as the adult, professional version of you organizing your school homework whilst preparing for the exam seasons.

You have to carefully consider where you’ll spend your time (your only resource here): studying, partying, or fooling around doing nothing? Whatever you choose to do at any given time will affect the final outcome of your goal, for better or worse. Project management is no different!

You have the resources (physical assets), you have the time (your deadline), and you have the manpower (of which, you are the one that calls the shots). It is your duty to allocate wisely all of them to see the project through. It might sound simple in abstraction, but it is anything but, once the ball is rolling. Fortunately, here are the best books on project management available, with pages rife with tips to help make sure you put “done” as your project’s status before the deadline arrives.

#1 Project Management Metrics, KPIs, and Dashboards by Harold Kerzner

Project Management Metrics, KPIs, and Dashboards by Harold Kerzner
This book has been written for practitioners who wish to take their project management skills to the next level. Keeping senior project managers in mind who need to manage complex and large sized projects, this book includes topics like project performance measurement and reporting. This book builds on top of both the PMI approach and initial project management experience of practitioners and teaches the art of management reporting including explicit as well as subtle practices, do’s and dont’s. The book aims to fill the gap between effective project execution and its reporting. It’s a treat to read and is a must have on the shelf of every senior project management professional.

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#2 PMP Exam Prep: Accelerated Learning to Pass the Project Management Professional (PMP) Exam

PMP Exam Prep: Accelerated Learning to Pass the Project Management Professional (PMP) Exam
It is THE resource I used to take and pass the PMP on my first try. It not only gives you a great overview of every section of the PMBoK, but focuses specifically on the things you need to pay the closest attention to based on the format of the actual exam. There’s a level of insider knowledge here that other books don’t have. It also includes many practice tests. Read this book a few times and take the exam. It’s all you’ll need to pass it.

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#3 HBR guide to Project Management by HBR Press

HBR guide to Project Management by HBR Press
If someone has got into Project Management suddenly and has to juggle between acquiring project management knowledge and getting to perform quickly, this book comes as a life saver. Written is a guide format, this book is a compilation of most relevant project management topics written by different experts. This compelling literature offers a quick yet very effective tutorial on project management terminology, practices and concepts. It takes very less time to read and is reasonably priced. It serves the target audience very effectively. It lays special emphasis on topics like scope creep and project risk management which are crucial to avoid project failure.

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#4 Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling by Harold Kerzner

Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling by Harold Kerzner
If someone needs to study the art and science of project management, is ready to put in sufficient efforts yet is too lazy to read through a plethora of literature, this book is highly recommended. This book has been written for Project Management practitioners who wish to align with the PMI recommended approach of project management. Special sections on Transformational Leadership, Agile Project Management, PMI Talent Triangle, IT project management and a lot of other diversified topics have been included which make this a rich reference book for new and experienced Project Managers alike.

At one end of the spectrum this book details out the foundational project management practices, on the other it also sheds light on the modern trends and approaches. In a nutshell, if there is only one book that you are planning to read on project management ever, this should be it.

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#5 Alpha Project Managers by Andy Crowe

Alpha Project Managers by Andy Crowe
The author surveyed many Project Managers to discover those that excel, and to highlight the things that make them stand out. He shows what makes the top 2% stand out among everyone else. Want to be the best Project Manager around?

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