7 Best Project Management Books for Beginners

Do you need books that can help control project scope, quality, time and budget effectively? In this article, we will show you 10 project management books you can trust.

In order to provide book recommendations and suggestions for our readers, we conduct an initial survey of books landscape by checking the citation counts via Google Scholar. Citation count tells you how many times the 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.

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

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

- Then, we search for books about project management 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:


- Project Management Lite: Just Enough to Get the Job Done...Nothing More by Juana Clark Craig

- Neal Whitten's No-Nonsense Advice For Successful Projects by Neal Whitten

- Making Things Happen: Mastering Project Management by Scott Berkun

- Project Management for the Unofficial Project Manager: A Franklin Covey Title by Kory Kogon, Suzette Blakemore and James Wood

- The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management by Eric Verzuh

- Agile Product Management with Scrum: Creating Products that Customers Love by Roman Pichler

- Project Management Nation: Tools, Techniques, and Goals for the New and Practicing IT Project Manager by Jason Charvat

- Project Portfolio Management: A View from the Management Trenches by EPMC

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

- Visualizing Project Management: Models and Frameworks for Mastering Complex Systems by Kevin Forsberg , Hal Mooz and Howard Cotterman

Do you have some favorite project management books you like?



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Japanese Cookbook

Chinese Cookbook

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Last review and update: January 12, 2020
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Ben Benjabutr is the editor of Book Worm 4 Life. 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 connect with him via Quora or drop him a line via e-mail.