It is safe to say that when it comes to choosing reading matter for a summer holiday, project management books rarely make the cut. But that’s not to say there aren’t some incredibly useful books out there, which cover everything from project management methodologies & project planning to the very best project management tools needed to get the job done.

Here are my favorite three, let me know what you make of them.

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge – published by the Project Management Institute in 2008, the 4th edition of this book is seen as the project management ‘bible’ by many. Although it deals with some fairly weighty matters – ‘how knowledge areas integrate in the context of initiating, planning, executing, monitoring & controlling’ and ‘identification of stakeholders and collecting of requirements’ – the language throughout is easy to understand and the data flow diagrams (new to this edition) add a new clarity to inputs and outputs for each process. If you only own one project management book, make it this one.

Making Things Happen: Mastering Project Management – this was written by Microsoft project executive Scott Berkun, but please don’t hold that against him. You will be aware of our well-documented challenge to SharePoint – our adoption rate is three times higher – but Berkun presents a series of essays that are far more hit than miss. His writing style is personal, anecdotal and easy to read and this is as far from a dry business book as is possible. What it lacks in specific advice and methodologies, it more than makes up for with a series of well-thought out strategic essays and this is a project management book worthy of your consideration.

Successful Project Management – this is the most instructional of the three books and co-authors Jack Gido and James P. Clements leave no project management stone unturned. There isn’t always the greatest depth to their writing but they get it right far more than not, correctly emphasizing the importance of communication and how best to document and communicate any project developments. What I particularly enjoyed about Successful Project Management was how the authors provided real-life examples of project management tools and techniques, whilst the internet exercises that allow you to apply the concepts covered in each chapter are a nice touch too. If you’re looking for a more instructional guide to project management, this is definitely the book for you.

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