Book review: Critical Chain

Girl's Guide to PM

It’s a shame the title of the book is so uninspiring. There are several examples in the book of companies using the wrong metrics to measure their business processes – metrics that show them as ultimately performing well when financially the company is not achieving what it should.

The Grit Factor [Book Review]

Girl's Guide to PM

The book is the story of her career, but it’s also the story of many other women who broke barriers and were the first at things – mainly military women. It’s a thoughtful book that takes an optimistic and yet realistic view of what it means to be an outstanding leader.

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Getting It All Done [Book Review]

Girl's Guide to PM

Getting It All Done is a book in the Working Parents series from HBR Press. It turned out to be the kind of book I would have read in one sitting, if I hadn’t known I’d be up around 5.30 I took a lot away from this book and honestly, I wasn’t expecting to.

2021 257

Top 10 Books on Change Management (2020 edition)

Girl's Guide to PM

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. This is another book that has had multiple editions, so be sure to get the latest version.

2020 346

Insiders' Guide to Self-Service Analytics

Self-service analytics are vital for how your users interact and engage with your application. As you explore analytics solutions for your application, see why self-service analytics can prove critical to the adoption and stickiness of your application.

The Project Management Coaching Workbook (Book review)

Girl's Guide to PM

The Project Management Coaching Workbook by Susanne Madsen is a book about how to operate with a coaching leadership style in a project environment. This could be useful, especially if you don’t have a formal coach or mentor and are using her book to develop yourself.

2020 274

Best Books for New Project Managers

Girl's Guide to PM

There are so many books out there. In this video I share 3 books that are fantastic reads for new project managers. Under the video you’ll see details for each of the books. The Project Management Book by Richard Newton. Even if you have “done” projects before, this book will give you some of the jargon and techniques to help you get started as a more formal project manager, without weighing you down in bureaucracy. Yes, this my book!

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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. The book has interactivity built in through flashcards, questions and answers and interactive presentations. The book is ordered in the same way as you would typically manage a project.

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Announcing My New Book “Beyond Agile”

Leading Answers

I am excited to announce my new book “ Beyond Agile: Achieving success with situational knowledge and skills “ is launching. This post explains the name and motivation for the book. The Beyond Agile Model was developed, and this book documents the components.

2021 78

How to Build Trust in Virtual Teams [Book Review & Tips]

Girl's Guide to PM

Wise’s book, Trust in Virtual Teams. For me, this was the big revelation from the book. ” My view of the book. The book includes stories from his own experience but no external case studies. Books Stakeholders This article contains affiliate links.

2020 264

Personalize Your User Experience Using Behavior Change Science

Speaker: Amy Bucher, Ph.D., Vice President of Behavior Change Design, Mad*Pow

When it comes to our health, fitness, music taste, and shopping habits, one size does not fit all: the products we design must cater to the individual, not to a faceless 'user.' Now more than ever, we need personalization to empower our users. The essential question we are faced with is, what forms of personalization works, and what falls flat? Spoiler alert: A colorful interface isn't going it cut it. Join Amy Bucher, Vice President of Behavior Change Design at Mad*Pow, and get your personalization right.

Virtual Leadership [Book Review]

Girl's Guide to PM

I’m also lucky enough to know Penny and I can tell you that the book reads very much as Penny talks: knowledgeable, accessible, practical, and – if this doesn’t sound too sycophantic – wise. So, in the normal style of my book reviews, let me tell you more about what’s in the book and what else I thought about it. The third concept defined pretty early on is virtual leadership, which you’d expect, what with it being the title of the book and all.

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Book Review – Managing Project Uncertainty

Arras People

The book is simple in the most positive ways imaginable, never once becoming perceivable as even minutely flawed or shallow for the reader. There are also useful tables, including the unmatched Hallmarks of Effective Decision-Making, and the book’s focus on the types of variables involved in managing uncertainty is detailed, thorough and open. Project Management Books Project Uncertainty

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Best Project Management Books: Your Step-stones to Success

Online PM Courses

Project management books are a great way to learn - for new project managers and for those of us with experience under our belts. The post Best Project Management Books: Your Step-stones to Success appeared first on OnlinePMCourses.

2020 119

The Conscious Project Leader [Book Review]

Girl's Guide to PM

I have been a bit lax with project management reading recently but one book that I have made time for is The Conscious Project Leader: How to Create a Culture of Success for Your Projects, Your Team and Yourself. It didn’t take much browsing on his website to realise that it was going to be my kind of book. The book is light on methods and tools and heavy on stakeholder engagement, authentic leadership and emotional maturity. Books Expert Views

2016 264

Book review: Who Gets Promoted, Who Doesn’t, and Why

Girl's Guide to PM

Donald Asher’s book, Who Gets Promoted, Who Doesn’t And Why is sub-titled ’12 things you’d better do if you want to get ahead’. This isn’t his latest book but it’s the most relevant to those of us part-way through our careers. Books This article contains affiliate links

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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 201

From Technical to Exceptional Book Giveaway

Girl's Guide to PM

Andrew was nice enough to provide two copies of his book of the same name to giveaway. The post From Technical to Exceptional Book Giveaway appeared first on Girl's Guide to Project Management. BooksRecently I reviewed Andrew Zeitoun’s training course, From Technical to Exceptional. It is about transitioning from a technical expert to a team leader or project manager. I found his course very grounded in reality and I recommend you check out my review.

2019 238

Bridging the PM Competency Gap [Book Review]

Girl's Guide to PM

This article, Bridging the PM Competency Gap [Book Review] , first appeared on Girl's Guide to PM. The book won’t tell you what competencies your team needs, but it does lay out a roadmap for helping you work that out for yourself. It’s a practical book that lays out addressing your issues in 5 simple steps: Define what you are trying to achieve with this learning programme. Do You Need This Book? Book Review This article contains affiliate links

2017 289

Shine [Book Review]

Girl's Guide to PM

As the book is ultimately about being remembered in a positive way, that’s important. There’s also an ‘Ask Gerry’ question and answer section at the end of each section which he uses to get in the answers to points that haven’t come up in the book so far. The book is packed with icons and I thought it would be annoying but I soon got over that. The book offers a good overview and quick start options to boost your ability to be memorable at work for the right reasons.

2017 206

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 279

PMI-ACP and My New Book “Beyond Agile: Achieving Success with Situational Knowledge and Skills”

Leading Answers

It has been 10 years since the PMI-ACP exam was created, and I published my PMI-ACP Exam Prep book. My new Beyond Agile book is my exploration of these topics (plus others.) As the book title suggests, it goes beyond agile.

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7 Must Read Books on Stakeholder Management

Girl's Guide to PM

This article, 7 Must Read Books on Stakeholder Management , first appeared on Girl's Guide to PM. There are thousands of project management books, many of which focus on the difficult issues of managing stakeholders. An easy-to-read book packed with useful, practical tips on stakeholder engagement. The book covers a 5-step approach for a pathway to engaging others on projects. The Project Manager’s Little Book of Cheats.

2017 244

Business Leadership for IT Projects [Book Review]

Girl's Guide to PM

For example, in a book about IT projects one of the first assertions that he makes is that you simplify everything if you don’t do IT projects. “[M]inimise The book is aimed at people who are in a project leadership position but who perhaps don’t have the hands on practical experience of a project manager. When people are looking to you as a the sponsor for direction or guidance on the issues that they can’t resolve themselves, this book will be a helpful guide to get you through.

Project Management Communication Tools [Book Review]

Girl's Guide to PM

When Bill Dow asked if I wanted to review his book on project management communication tools, I jumped at the opportunity. Because it’s a giant book that I can’t carry on the train with me. Seriously, this book contains everything you ever wanted to know about all the tools and documents available to you for communicating about your project. That’s the question I asked myself when I picked this book up. Aside from the weight of the book, I had a problem with the font.

2017 195

Best Agile Books for Project Managers

Girl's Guide to PM

In this video I share my top picks for books on Agile, especially for those of you new to Agile or considering moving your organisation to Agile ways of working. These are my current favourite books on agile for project managers. Under the video you’ll see details of each of the books mentioned. This book is available on Kindle and won’t take you long to read. There is no shame in reading a book like this, and it’s where I started when I was learning about Agile.

2018 196

Review of Product Development Books

Leading Answers

This is where product development books can help. As I was working with clients experiencing the transition from projects to products I was lucky to engage with several authors of product-first, #NoProjects books and chat about the challenge areas and potential solutions.   Then when I recently read a third book about product development shift I thought it could be useful to review some of the books in the market.

2019 78

Book Review: The Power of Project Leadership


I closed her exceptional book completely inspired and itching to get a copy in the hands of both LiquidPlanner employees and our customers. In Susanne’s book, 2018 PMI research shows that only 52% of projects finish on time, only 69% meet their business objectives, and, for every $1 billion spent, organizations are losing $97 million. The Power of Project Leadership is an excellent book on leadership in general.

Book Review: Project Management for Humans

Girl's Guide to PM

This article, Book Review: Project Management for Humans , first appeared on Girl's Guide to PM. Sometimes I pick up a project management book and it’s like: “I have to read this, book reviews are part of my job, but at least with this one I’m going to get a nice nap at the end.”. In Project Management for Humans he has taken his experience, ideas and good practice and distilled them into a fun, practical book.

2017 236

Top 20 Time Management Books


Fortunately, there are many books with advice on this very issue. But even finding the right time management books takes time, which you want to save. Below, we’ve curated a list of the 20 best time management books. The best books on time management. Time is money.

2020 82

Announcing "Agile Illustrated" Book

Leading Answers

This book is ready now and readers of this blog can get special pre-release pricing of $4.99 Agile Project Management Books Certification Leadership PMI-ACPI am excited to announce a new eBook “ Agile Illustrated: A Visual Learners Guide to Agility ”. It is a short, graphical overview of agile and agile team leadership published as an Amazon Kindle eBook.

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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 218

What I’m Reading: Banned Books

Girl's Guide to PM

Normally my occasional column about the project management books I’m reading and the novels I’m carrying around reflects what I’ve spent time on in the last six weeks or so. But today, in honour of Banned Books Week I’m taking a more long-term view of what I’ve read. Here are 11 books that I’ve read that somewhere has banned at some point. Jung Chang’s book * is a memoir of three generations of her family: her grandmother, her mother, and herself. Books

2016 243

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion [Book Review]

Project Bliss

For this reason, when a friend recommended Dr. Robert Cialdini’s book Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, I was eager to see if there was valuable advice I could use. In his book Influence Robert Cialdini covers the following 6 principles of influence: 1. The entire book was great. In Influence Robert Cialdini presents a book that’s entertaining and easy to read. General Book Review

The 25 Best Productivity Books to Unleash Your Absolute Best


Here is a list of best productivity books that can help you to begin and keep you on track. The Best Productivity Books to Read in 2019. Luckily, you don’t have to procrastinate to finish it in one go, as it’s a fairly short book featuring 21 techniques to deal with procrastination. The title of the book is derived from a famous Mark Twain quote, ‘Eat a live frog the first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day’. rated book.

2019 96

Why I Wrote The Book Metagility: Managing Agile Development For Competitive Advantage

The Digital Project Manager

The post Why I Wrote The Book Metagility: Managing Agile Development For Competitive Advantage appeared first on The Digital Project Manager. Topics

2020 194

Project Management Tools, Books, and Resources

PM Basics

People often ask what project management books and tools I can recommend. Top Project Management Book All PMs Must Have. It was a challenge to pick only one book on project management. Different books and courses will cover only a fraction of project management.

2020 72

Announcing the book “97 Things every Scrum practitioner should know”

Gunther Verheyen

During the fall of 2019, I got totally consumed (and sometimes drained and overwhelmed) by an exciting new Scrum book project. O’Reilly Media envisioned adding a book about Scrum to their “97 Things” series and got in touch with me (through Dave West of


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? Any selection of the best project management books must be subjective and this is no different. Next step project management books for PMs with a little experience under your belt.

2017 76

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

Project Bliss

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). Dave’s book will put you ahead of these data conversion risks with guidance on each step of the process. He explains that’s how the book started.

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