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What is your favorite book or resource to cover the fundamentals of project management?



Friends,

I am often asked for a recommendation for a book that covers the fundamentals of project management in everyday laymen's terms. Not necessarily a PMP oriented resource, just a general resource a company might use to boost skill set of employees and provide a comprehensive overview of the discipline.

Any recommendations?

Thanks!
Teresa
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My resource & reference is the PMBOK or Rita Mulcahy’s PMP Prerp Book. Good References.
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1 reply by Teresa Lawrence, PhD, PMP, CSM
Nov 12, 2017 12:07 PM
Teresa Lawrence, PhD, PMP, CSM
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Yes, these are great references and overwhelming to employers/employees who are seeking to gain a richer understanding of project management but NOT a path toward certification.

Teresa



Nov 12, 2017 12:03 PM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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My resource & reference is the PMBOK or Rita Mulcahy’s PMP Prerp Book. Good References.
Yes, these are great references and overwhelming to employers/employees who are seeking to gain a richer understanding of project management but NOT a path toward certification.

Teresa
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Nov 12, 2017 12:10 PM
Rami Kaibni
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Not sure I got you right Teresa. Maybe you can elaborate.

Especially Rita’s book, it can be used for both boosting the employees skills and preparign for the exam. At lesst this is my opinion. I always refer to that book in many occasions.



Nov 12, 2017 12:07 PM
Replying to Teresa Lawrence, PhD, PMP, CSM
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Yes, these are great references and overwhelming to employers/employees who are seeking to gain a richer understanding of project management but NOT a path toward certification.

Teresa
Not sure I got you right Teresa. Maybe you can elaborate.

Especially Rita’s book, it can be used for both boosting the employees skills and preparign for the exam. At lesst this is my opinion. I always refer to that book in many occasions.



PM Crash Course, by Rita Mulcahy. I had the honor to work on the Spanish translation of this book.



Rits's book is good but I would not say it's in "laymen's terms". Try the "Project Management for Dummies" series Teresa, they are always written in every day language.



Teresa -

1. Francis Webster Jr.'s PM101: According to the Olde Curmudgeon
2. Neal Whitten's No-Nonsense Advice for Successful Projects
3. Fred Brooks' The Mythical Man-Month
4. Robert Greenleaf's Servant Leadership
5. McGregor's The Human Side of Enterprise

Kiron
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1 reply by Teresa Lawrence, PhD, PMP, CSM
Nov 16, 2017 12:55 PM
Teresa Lawrence, PhD, PMP, CSM
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Thanks for the suggestions.



The mythical man month, Frederick Brooks: Addison-Wesley ISBN: 0-201-00650-2
Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams Tom Demarco ISBN-10: 0932633439
Controlling Software Projects Tom Demarco ISBN-10: 0917072324
Visualizing Project Management Kevin Forsberg ISBN-10: 047135760X



1.Rita Mulcahy’s PMP Prerp Book
2.PMI-ACP Prep Mike Griffiths
3.Making Things Happen: Mastering Project Management by Scott Berkun
4.The Deadline: A Novel about Project Management by Tom DeMarco



No-Nonsense Advice Advice for Successful Projects
by Neal Whitten



I will stay away from PMBOK Guide and ANY Exam Prep Book.

I do not know of many books as you describe but I assume some of the books listed here could be good.

If you email me mounir at SUKAD dot com - I will be happy to share a book with you that I wrote using a storytelling format to cover a project from idea to closure - methodology book.
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