Project management for all
In an idle moment I put the words project management into the search box on Amazon Books. Back came 15,858 results. This strikes me as quite a lot. The list makes fascinating reading and demonstrates the enormous variety of topic areas where project management seems to have an impact. OK so some of them might be a little loosely classified, but theres everything in there, from the stuff you would expect like Project Management for Dummies or The Instant MBA or Brilliant Project Management: what the best project managers know, do and say. Then there are 3,599 books listed about Prince2 in some shape or form. But theres also a whole raft of books on change management, leadership, business modelling or even: In Stitches: The Highs and Lows of Life as an A and E Doctor maybe a chapter on risk management gets it into the list?
In the last 30 days 58 new books have appeared in the list and top of the pops in the category at the moment is The Lazy Project Manager, whose author is often seen at APM branches. I am also glad to find in there plenty of other authors who appear in APM media or on the APM conference platform from time to time. Perhaps I should try Project Management Demystified by Geoff Reiss?
So, on the assumption that somewhere amongst those 15,858 books there is something for everyone, what would be your choice from the list for a new read?
Then, tell us what was the last book you read that you found helpful in your work and where you actually put something you had read into practice?
Share your thoughts with the APM community and perhaps we can come up with the APMs own top 10 of books for project management professionals.