10 Best Project Management Books for Beginners

Do you need project manager books to control project scope, time and budget effectively? In this article, we will show you the 10 best project management books.

Find Best Project Management Books

In order to provide book recommendations and suggestions for our readers, we conduct an initial survey of the project manager books landscape by checking the citation counts via Google Scholar. Citation count tells you how many times the project manager books are cited by other related publications. It also measures how good and influential books are. The results are that most highly cited books are "classic" college textbooks. We know for the fact that project management is a practice-oriented discipline so project management theories seem to be a bit irrelevant to many people.

Project Management Books Ranking

As a result of the initial survey, we come up with a data collection plan so we can determine best project manager books as described below,

- We perform a blog search on Google to determine what project management bloggers say about project manager books they like.

- Then, we search for project manager books on Amazon.com to see who provides reviews, opinions, endorsements and what they say about a particular book.

- After that, we collect readers' opinions on Goodreads, Quora and LinkedIn respectively.

- Lastly, we finalize the list by reviewing a book one by one based on the overall quality

Best Project Management Books are as below:

  1. Project Management Lite: Just Enough to Get the Job Done...Nothing More

  2. Neal Whitten's No-Nonsense Advice For Successful Projects

  3. Making Things Happen: Mastering Project Management

  4. Project Management for the Unofficial Project Manager: A Franklin Covey Title

  5. The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management

  6. Agile Product Management with Scrum: Creating Products that Customers Love

  7. Project Management Nation: Tools, Techniques, and Goals for the New and Practicing IT Project Manager

  8. Project Portfolio Management: A View from the Management Trenches

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

  10. Visualizing Project Management: Models and Frameworks for Mastering Complex Systems

Do you have some favorite project management books?

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Last review and update: August 30, 2021
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Ben Benjabutr is the editor of BookWorm4Life. He holds a Master's Degree in business with 10+ years of work experience and 8+ years of experience in blogging and online content production. He enjoys reading books about business, lifestyle and literature and he loves to share what he learns from books. You can drop him a line via e-mail.