Over the years I've read quite a few books on project management. As with any complex topic some of those books were excellent and some were terrible. The terrible ones, without exception, were focused on the theoretical aspects of project management not the messy reality. They ignore the human element and focus entirely on process and structure. This is a mistake. You cannot separate people from process. You must have a solid understanding of psychology, economics and politics in order to be successful. Period. Full stop. You can't gantt chart your way around stakeholders.
With this in mind I recommend the following reading list. Each one is written well and provides valuable insight into the science and black art that is project management.
- Making Things Happen by Scott Berkun
- The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
- Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
- Getting to Yes by Fisher, Ury and Patton
- The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
I'd love to hear your thoughts on these books. If you know of any others which should be added to the list please add a comment below.