Top 10 Books on Change Management (2020 edition)

Girl's Guide to PM

In other words, if you want people to use what you create — or to shift their ways of working to the new standards and processes you implement — then you have to help them through the transition. Here’s my list of top change management books for leaders. Kotter is a leading authority in change management, and this is the book to start with. Leading Change (2012) is a comprehensive guide to his 8-step process for managing change.

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Ace the PMP Exam [Book Review]

Girl's Guide to PM

I might at some point in the future, especially if I can hang on to Jack Risos’ book Ace the PMP Exam (3rd ed, updated for PMBOK ® – Sixth Edition). I hadn’t read a book created in iBooks Author before but I would certainly read more.

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Project Management Processes & Phases

ProjectManager.com

If so, it might be time to start implementing proven project management processes and phases at your organization in order to bring your company’s workflow under control. At first, the concept of the project management process and its practical adaption can seem a little daunting, but this article will give you everything you need to set up PM processes and phases at your business. How to Implement a PM Process in Your Organization.

The Project Manager’s Little Book of Cheats [Book Review]

Girl's Guide to PM

This article, The Project Manager’s Little Book of Cheats [Book Review] , first appeared on Girl's Guide to PM. There’s no such thing as cheating in project management,” writes Beth Spriggs , “but if there were it would be this book.”. I love books that are practical and applicable, and this is both. Think of this book as the hard-won advice that an experienced mentor would tell you. Beth was kind enough to send me a copy of her book for review.

2017 194

Stakeholder-led Project Management [Book Review]

Girl's Guide to PM

I’m probably the ideal audience for this book: I don’t need convincing. I wrote a book about stakeholder engagement too. This book sets out a way to manage stakeholders that many project managers will recognize: Identify and document. The bulk of the book is taken up with explaining these steps in more detail and offering practical solutions for making them work on your project. This is personal preference and not particularly a disadvantage to the book.

2016 282

Book review: The Power of Slow

Girl's Guide to PM

Normally when I read books to review I take notes as I go. I think I just got sucked in to the book, and read it fast, which was probably not the point. The book is subtitled 101 Ways to Save Time in our 24/7 World and for Hohlbaum, “slow” has a particular meaning.

2020 296

Strategic Project Portfolio Management [Book Review]

Girl's Guide to PM

It took me a while to get my hands on Simon Moore’s book, Strategic Project Portfolio Management *, but I’m rather glad I did. I read a lot, and I notice fonts, layout, box copy, but in this book, most of all the lovely tables. Praising a book because it is pretty is probably shallow, but it does matter for the reader experience. Moore’s book looks at how project management offices should choose and prioritise projects in order to give businesses the best returns.

2016 212

A Project Team’s Guide to Data Conversion: Book Review & Interview with Dave Gordon

Project Bliss

For full disclosure, this article contains affiliate links. However, I have purchased this book myself and can honestly highly recommend it. . Gordon has you covered with his book The Data Conversion Cycle: A guide to migrating transactions and other records, for system implementation teams. In this book, Dave explains how to handle complex data migrations (or even simple ones). He explains that’s how the book started. I tried to incorporate that into the book.

2017 175

Book Review: Digital Project Practice - Managing Innovation and Change

Brad Egeland

Most tech books are what they are: a boring logical take on a topic we've all covered a few times already. Disappointment at the hours you can't get back for the time you just spent reading a book that didn't really offer you anything new. Types of projects can range from online projects to streamlining complex enterprise processes. Great quote from later in the book when discussing some essential reading on managing diverse teams.

What are the Best Project Management Books?

Online PM Courses

But, for a new project manager, project management books are still a great way to learn. And for those of us with experience under our belts, the right project management books can offer new insights and ideas. So, what project management books would I recommend to a new project manager? That’s the question I have set out to answer in this article. Any selection of the best project management books must be subjective and this is no different.

Government Lessons in People Over Process

Leading Answers

I was given a book called “ How to Manage Change Effectively: Approaches, Methods, and Case Examples ” by Donald Kirkpatrick that changed my career. Something I was not aware of at the time is how the career development process works within the government. The project went much smoother after these changes and it taught me an important lesson in never trying to introduce a process or practice without considering the people elements first.

Do you have a CRACK PO? (and a book review)

Kiron Bondale

(If the title of my article for this week has you confused gentle reader, fret not – I’m just merging two distinct topics into a single post). I was pleasantly surprised to see that the book goes beyond MS Project to providing general scheduling guidance for managing programs.

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Project Management by (Buy) the Book

Brad Egeland

The title of this article is a bit tongue in cheek as I am definitely an old school not by the book project manager. If this is you - or you are intrigued with this real world approach and want to experience more project successes than failures, then you need my latest book. "A

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What is Stakeholder-led Project Management?

Girl's Guide to PM

I’m probably the ideal audience for this book: I don’t need convincing. I wrote a book about stakeholder engagement too. This book sets out a way to manage stakeholders that many project managers will recognize: Identify and document. The bulk of the book is taken up with explaining these steps in more detail and offering practical solutions for making them work on your project. This is personal preference and not particularly a disadvantage to the book.

2020 229

Top 7 Leadership Articles: Winter Edition

Epicflow Blog

If the sales rate decreases, think over all the parties participating in this process. To understand the figures, there’s nothing better than talking to the heroes involved in the process of data production. This process should also involve taking into account all related facts and data related to the disparities and their further investigation. Written by Art Petty, this article proposes 8 tips for managers to become better decision-makers.

Book of the Month

Herding Cats

Here are three books underway that are related for the programs we work. This book contains processes for improving the performance of Scrum teams when they are distributed. The book shows how to develop User Stories using a distributed team, engaging in effective release planning, managing cultural and language differences, resolving dependencies, and using remote software processes. This is a MUST READ book for anyone working with agile or thinking about it.

2016 40

The Must-Read Reading List for Project Communication and Collaboration

Girl's Guide to PM

Here’s my Must-Read Reading List for some great pointers on the skills, process and experience of engaging people and working together, whether your job is to lead or to follow. Emotional Intelligence for Project Managers is the book I wish I had written.

2018 357

Get Your Projects Fit with The Lazy Project Manager

Girl's Guide to PM

Peter Taylor, the Lazy Project Manager, has just written a book about it, Get Fit with The Lazy Project Manager. The new book is a look at the reason, the value, the process and the opportunities to assess the ‘health’ of your projects in order to sleep easier at night, safe in the knowledge of inevitable project success (and I am using the word ‘inevitable’ with the common meaning of ‘more likely than before’ you understand). Project processes.

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Government Lessons in People Over Process

Leading Answers

I was given a book called “ How to Manage Change Effectively: Approaches, Methods, and Case Examples ” by Donald Kirkpatrick that changed my career. Something I was not aware of at the time is how the career development process works within the government. The project went much smoother after these changes and it taught me an important lesson in never trying to introduce a process or practice without considering the people elements first.

Haiku for Project Managers [Book Review]

Girl's Guide to PM

Yes, there really are poetry books written with project managers in mind. Aligned to Processes. On the left-hand page is an explanation of the core business concept described in the Haiku and a note about which process it relates to. If you want to find a poem about a process, Robert has handily indexed them all at the back so whatever you’re reading about in the PMBOK Guide ®, there is sure to be a poem to pithily illustrate the trouble you are having.

2017 177

Book of the Month

Herding Cats

While these ideas focus on the behavior of the project team, they are actually principles by which project work, not only the people but the processes, practices, and tools used to manage the project. Here are the quotes that can be applied before you buy the book. Related articles. Improving Project Performance: Eight Habits of Successful Project Teams contains eight habits that are the basis for project success.

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#NoEstimates Book - Chapter 1 Summation

Herding Cats

I posted some comments on the #NoEstimates book awhile back. This is a classic example used in the book of making seriously bad management decisions. . This notion is part of the recursive Hofstadter's Law which is what the whole book is about. Recursive enumeration is a process in which new things emerge from old things by fixed rules. There seem to be many surprises in such processes. Several other "agile" books do the say they. Related articles.

Buy My Latest Book Please - “A Real World Project Manager’s Guide to the Successful Project

Brad Egeland

Chapters: Introduction From the Beginning Document Processes and Requirements Execute the Project Review with the Client and Gain Final Approval Communication is Everything Are Lessons Learned Important? keep up the great work!" “just like your articles, always something great to take away. ” Book review: [link Was $4.99. now just $2.99 for a limited time. PDF eBook "A Real World Project Manager's Guide to the Successful Project."

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#NoEstimates Book Review - Part 1

Herding Cats

I've started reading Vasco's book #NoEstimates and will write a detailed deconstruction. Let's start with some graphs that have been around and their misinformation that forms the basis of the book. Many times the books uses 12, 16, even 25 year old reports as the basis of the suggestion that Not Estimating fixes the problems in the reports. Here's a few comments on the Standish reporting process. The book needs a professional editor. Related articles.

2016 39

How to futureproof your PPM software selection process

EasyProjects

When you have to upgrade your solution, When you have to slow down operations to upgrade your project management solution, it can cause some disruptions due to retraining, changes in processes, and technical adjustments. In this article, we’re going to take a moment to share three best practices we’ve discovered while working with our clients over the past 15 years. If you’ve ever bought any kind of technical solution for your organization, you know that it’s not that easy.

Book of the Month

Herding Cats

One of the seminal books that started it all is Short-Term Forecasting. The Box-Jenkins modeling process expands to the ARIMA (Auto-Regression Integrated Moving Average) models we use for cost and schedule models. This is called Close Loop Control , and that works on all domains where stochastic process underly the work process, from software development, to process control, to flight control systems, the natural systems. Related articles.

Book Review: A Real World Project Manager's Guide to the Successful Project

Brad Egeland

The book is written in his normal casual style of experience, opinion and best practices. Always trying to give advice to those experienced, new and aspiring project managers looking for hitting the pavement advice, this book continues to follow that same theme. I'm not going to give away much about the contents of the book, but I will list the chapters which should give you some insight into what information is being shared in this publication.

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Book of the Month

Herding Cats

This small, short, easy to read book, will show you the proper response to these unsubstantiated conjecture, without having to resort to the BS term. When you hear what is clearly nonsense, based on no principles, no practices, no processes used to test the claim, no evidence other than personal anecdotes, and the willful ignorance of those principles, processes, and practices, and even more willful ignorance of the - it's just. Related articles.

Book of the Month

Herding Cats

The book The Death of Expertise is a continuation of a paper by the author in the Federalist. This book explains how the death of expertise has now crept into most corners of must domains. I read it on the Internet is not just the source of alt-news, it's the source of alt-knowledge of how the business of software development works, how decision support systems work, how the basic financial processes of writing software for money work. Related articles.

NLP for Project Managers

Girl's Guide to PM

Peter’s book. He runs NLP training courses to address the shortage in competence-based training for project managers, which aim to balance the popularity of training in method and process. Stakeholders teams This article contains affiliate links

2020 295

Wilo's Law and Mature Communications Processes

Herding Cats

To make some conjecture that some process will fix the problem - Estimates are the smell of dysfunction and NOT Estimating will fix that dysfunction - is naive at best and willfully ignorant of Root Cause Analysis at worse. Read a book on good writing. Avoid Verbal Orders is a critical process in any critical situation. The first book is Beyond Bullet Points , Clif Atkinson. Here's a summary of that book. Related articles.

Project Management Collaboration Tools FAQ

Girl's Guide to PM

Read my 5 Step Expert Guide to Choosing Collaboration Tools before you meet any vendors, and work through that process. That’s it in a nutshell, but that Expert Guide has more detail and my book, Collaboration Tools for Project Managers, covers this in depth. I’d recommend Penny Pullan’s book, Virtual Leadership. Where can I buy your book? Software This article contains affiliate links

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Principles, Processes, and Practices of Project Success

Herding Cats

Practices and Process are Fads. A Process is a series of steps and decisions involved in the way work is completed. Here's my version in the form of questions that when answered form the foundation for the Practices and Processes. With these 5 Principles, there are 5 Processes needed to implement them. Each of these processes has Practices that have been shown to be widely applicable in many domains, including Agile development. Related articles.

Control partners should have skin in the game!

Kiron Bondale

I finally completed reading Nassim Taleb ‘s book Skin in the Game which I had written about in a recent article. But after finishing the book, I realized that there is a much more compelling example of the challenges experienced with risk asymmetry in many large organizations, namely with those staff who are responsible for developing the policies, standards and methods used by teams for delivering projects or products.

How to Get Into Project Management: 5 PMs Share Their Stories

Girl's Guide to PM

There are lots of routes into project management, as I explored recently in an article on how to become a project manager. Below, I share 5 stories from my book, Project Manager. These stories come from Elizabeth’s book, Project Manager (BCS Books, 2018).

2018 402

Project Management Trends [2020]

Girl's Guide to PM

But knowing a methodology isn’t the pinnacle of achievement, as Kevin Longergan points out in this article. You don’t get that from reading a book. When the book was updated and reissued as Collaboration Tools for Project Managers, we saw that a lot of the consumer uses of social media were firmly embedded in collaboration tools: think chat, file sharing, liking and gamification etc. Project Management Skills This article contains affiliate links

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23 Project Management Books for All Experience Levels

Wrike

So while you want to learn more about project management — either to pick up new skills or sharpen the ones you’ve already developed — you don’t have unlimited hours to read every book on the subject. Which project management books are best for your experience level? While we posted some of our team’s must-read project management books in this article , we’ve since expanded our library with a few new favorites. 23 Project Management Books for All Levels.

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Book of the Month

Herding Cats

Program management is the process of managing several related projects, often with the intention of improving an organization's performance. The book contains content created by contributors from program management, systems engineering, and academia sharing their collective knowledge for the best approaches to improving program performance. . Related articles. Books

10 Career-Limiting Mistakes To Avoid

Girl's Guide to PM

I could write my book without his case study. You will not revise and standardize your processes. I’ve taken training courses, read books and generally looked out for my own progression. They aren’t always up-to-date with the latest processes and practices. Bonus: Get my book, Collaboration Tools for Project Managers, to explore how to communicate faster, work virtually with people across the globe, and get better business results.

2020 236

What is a Workflow? How to Create a Winning Workflow for Your Process

Planio

We do the same steps, go through the same process, and start from scratch expecting something different to happen when we could save hours a week implementing workflows. How processes help you work smarter, not harder. Bonus: Use the Agile board to move your articles through the workflow. How processes help you work smarter, not harder. Simply put, a workflow is a clearly defined, sequential process of the optimal way to get things done.

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