Books

Books for the project manager's toolkit.

Reviewing Managing Change Step by Step

One can argue that all projects are about change, even though the degree of change varies a lot between projects. Personally I consider project managers to also be change managers, and knowing different tools and frameworks for managing change critical to any successful project manager. As the title says, “Managing Change Step by Step” is a book about how to successfully approach change projects, especially those that bring more meaningful change to your organisation. In this review i will try to evaluate if this book is useful to have in a project manager’s library of good management books or not. Read on to find out.

Reviewing Resonate, Nancy Duarte’s Second Book on Presentation Development

Resonate, by Nancy Duarte, is the latest in a series of great books about how to deliver great presentations, released in recent years. It was published in the second half of 2010 and with the help of Nancy’s team, I managed to get my hands on a free review copy. It took me a while to find the time to start reading it but, once found, it turned out to be a great & fast read. Once you start it, it is hard to let it go. To find out why, check out this review.

The Art of Agile Development - Learning How To Manage Software Development Projects

"The Art of Agile Development" by James Shore and Shane Warden is a pretty old book, published back in October 2007. I got my hands on it at the recommendation of an old friend, who now works as a software developer. Even though I do not manage software development projects, he highly recommended it to me, as an inspiration for healthy approaches to project management in general. Therefore I bought it and started reading. Little did I know, that I would find lots of project management inspiration in its pages. To learn more, don't hesitate to read the whole review.

Reviewing slide:ology - How to create slides which connect you to your audience

In my quest for learning how to create great presentations, I've stumbled upon "slide:ology - The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations", a book created by Nancy Duarte and published by O'Reilly in the summer of 2008. Unlike other books which generally teach basic ideas or concepts for making presentations, "slide:ology" gets down to the dirty little details of how to actually create great slides which help you communicate and connect to your audience. Read this review to find out if it actually manages to help people become better at making slides.

Presentation Zen - Review Based on a True Story

"Presentation Zen - Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery" by Garr Reynolds is no longer a new book. Launched back in 2008, a hit since day one, this book promised to change the way people create and deliver presentations in today's business world. I read it shortly after its launch, been charmed by it and did my best to follow its principles. Want to know if the book held its promise and actually delivered better presentation skills for its readers? Read this review based on my true story.

PM Crash Course for IT Professionals - A good book for IT projects?

Back in 2009, when I've first heard about 'PM Crash Course for IT Professionals: Real-World Project Management Tools and Techniques for IT Initiatives', by Rita Mulcahy and Martha L. Young, could not help but be excited. The book seemed to be an interesting read for project managers working on IT projects and I really wanted to learn more from Rita Mulcahy's experience on this type of projects. Therefore I ordered the book and read it as soon as I've found some time. Does this book manage to be a good guide for IT project managers? Read this review to find out.

Linchpin - A Book for Both Project Managers and Their Teams

I will continue our series of book reviews with what can seem an unusual choice for the typical project manager: Seth Godin's latest book, called "Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?". As you might expect, this book is not about project management. However, it is a good read for any project manager. To find out why, click on read more.

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