Category: Project Management Books

Project Management for Construction – A Book Review

Project Management for Construction: Fundamental Concepts for Owners, Engineers, Architects, and Builders is a textbook in civil engineering. It does offer a unique perspective – that of the owner (or sponsor). Therefore, throughout the life cycle, the integrated and end-to-end viewpoint and interests of the owner are discussed and given emphasis. This includes consideration of all processes, techniques and costs, with the objective of a timely completion of the project in a cost-effective manner.

Book Details

This facsimile edition measures about 1.2 in. thick, 7.5 in. wide, and 9.8 in. tall. Shipping weight is about 3 pounds. It has 496 pages divided into 14 chapters. It is available in hardcover format. It was published by Prentice-Hall in 1989 in English, and is part of the Prentice-Hall International Series in Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics. ISBN-10: 0137312660; ISBN-13: 978-0137312665

Price

Starts from $129.10 + shipping for the hardcover version

Target Audience

Project Management for Construction is valuable to owners and their direct representatives. Read the Complete Article

Multipliers – A Book Review

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Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter is a leadership book that identifies 2 types of leaders. These 2 operate at the opposite ends of the spectrum, one being a positive force in the organization (Multiplier) and the other a negative force (Diminisher). The book then identifies and discusses 5 disciplines that distinguish Multipliers from Diminishers. It provides examples based on the authors’ research. Finally, it gives recommendations on how to be a leader that amplifies the capabilities of others, providing a positive and profitable effect on one’s organization.

Book Details

The first edition hardcover measures 6 in. wide, 1 inch thick, and 9 in. tall. Shipping weight is about 1 pound. A Kindle format is also available. The book has 288 pages divided into 7 chapters and 4 appendices. Read the Complete Article

Top 10 Best Project Management Books to Keep Within Reach

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Ideally, we would like a book that is written by a well-respected, seasoned subject matter expert that has “walk the walk.” It will be a book that is clear enough for beginning project managers but substantial also for those who are experienced. It can discuss all aspects of the topic, from the principles to the practices, with plenty of real-world examples. Ideally, it will be thick enough but still very affordable. It will be up-to-date, reflecting the latest standards and best practices, and popular to readers. It will be a book that deals with a relevant topic, related to the whole PM process, or focused on a single one, or something in between. It will be more exciting to read than a textbook, and will not only offer practical tools and tips but would also challenge the thinking of the reader to become resourceful and creative. Read the Complete Article

Agile IT Organization Design – A Book Review

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Agile IT Organization Design: For Digital Transformation and Continuous Delivery is a book that helps software companies and other digital businesses improve their performance by extending agility throughout the whole organization. It is a practical book that introduces an approach based on the author’s extensive experience working with leaders in different technology firms and IT-intensive industries. It presents a complete operating model that integrates agility beyond the development team, also including sales, marketing, product development and other areas of the organization. The book covers not only technology but also people and processes in improving all aspects of the organization, such as communication, team structure, and tools, among others.

Book Details

The first paperback edition measures about 6.9 in. wide, 0.7 in. thick, and 99 in. tall. Its shipping weight is about 1.1 pounds, with 304 pages distributed in 16 chapters. Read the Complete Article

Lean Enterprise – A Book Review

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Lean Enterprise: How High Performance Organizations Innovate at Scale is a comprehensive book that presents ideas, principles and use cases. Readers can learn how to apply Agile and Lean principles throughout the entire organization. Its focus is on people and teamwork at every level, rather than with just one department or team. The book, which is a part of the Eric Ries Lean Series, also guides readers with new problem-solving approach, large-scale program management, and new ways of implementing ideas, all resulting to improved performance.

Book Details

This first hardcover edition is about 1.2 in. thick, 6.2 in. wide, and 9.2 in. tall. Shipping weight is about 1.2 pounds. It has 352 pages divided in 15 chapters. A Kindle format is also available. It was published in January 2015 by O’Reilly Media in English. Read the Complete Article

Sprint – A Book Review

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Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days is a practical guide for entrepreneurs and leaders. When people have ideas about their business, most of the time, they do not know where to start or where to focus their effort. This book provides a unique process that has been proven helpful by more than a hundred companies. This process is laid out in detail and will require only 5 days. This guide will help readers answer critical business related to a big idea, problem or opportunity.

Book Details

This first edition measures 5.5 in. wide, 1 in. thick, and 8.4 in. tall. It ships about 1.2 pounds. It contains 288 pages divided in about 18 chapters. The book is also available in paperback and Kindle formats. Read the Complete Article

The Lean Product Playbook – A Book Review

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The Lean Product Playbook: How to Innovate with Minimum Viable Products and Rapid Customer Feedback is a guidebook in applying Lean principles to product development. It is a manual for adopting Lean thinking as companies develop ideas and create products that customers will love. The book provides the reader specific step-by-step guidance in applying concepts even as they face challenges trying to adopt Lean principles. The book recognizes the difficulties of building great products, since new products have a usual failure rate of anywhere from 25 to 45 percent. The book aims to help improve the chances of building successful products. It discusses concepts such as the product-market fit pyramid, and a repeatable methodology to achieve that fit.

Book Details

The first hardcover edition is about 6.5 in. wide, 1.5 in. Read the Complete Article

Essential Kanban Condensed – A Book Review

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Essential Kanban Condensed introduces the Kanban method and all its concepts from the basic to the more advanced. It provides the definition, values, principles, practices and other core concepts. In a condensed or concise discussion, the book describes how Kanban can help people understand their work, how they work, and how they can improve it with certain tools and practices. Aside from providing an alternative work method, it also provides its users and practitioners certain agile qualities that can help them deal with change.

Book Details

The first paperback edition measures 5.5 in. wide, 0.2 in. thick, and 8.5 in. tall. It weighs about 5 ounces, contains 100 pages divided in 11 major sections or chapters. The book was published in May 2016 by Blue Hole Press in the English language. Read the Complete Article

The DevOps Handbook – A Book Review

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The DevOps Handbook: How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, and Security in Technology Organizations is all about DevOps practices. DevOps is a shortcut for the compound words software development and IT operations. The book explains, discusses and shows how two supposedly isolated concepts can collaborate to bring new practices and behaviors. These practices can help teams and organizations manage technology and processes in their business, help them become more competitive and be high performers.

Book Details

The DevOps Handbook first paperback edition contains 480 pages divided in 23 chapters. It measures about 5.8 in. wide, 1 in. thick, and 9 inches tall, weighing about 1.4 pounds. It is also available in Kindle format. It was published in October 2016 by IT Revolution Press in English. ISBN-10: 1942788002; ISBN-13: 978-1942788003

Price

$17.98 for the paperback version and $17.08 for the Kindle version

Target Audience

The DevOps Handbook is for leaders and managers of all technology organizations, whether startups or established enterprises, regardless of software platform used, whether proprietary or open source. Read the Complete Article

Kanban Change Leadership – A Book Review

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Kanban Change Leadership: Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement is a book about the concepts of Kanban, the need for change management, and how Kanban can be applied in organizations. It discusses in length the principles and core practices of Kanban. It also provides a process that the reader can implement to establish a culture of continuous improvement within the team and throughout the whole organization.

Book Details

This first edition hardcover measures 6.5 in. x 1 in. x 9.6 in and is approximately 1.5 pounds. The book’s 320 pages is divided into 18 chapters. A Kindle version is also available. It was published in March 2015 by Wiley Publishing in English. ISBN-10: 1119019702; ISBN-13: 978-1119019701

Price

$66.35 for the hardcover version and $46.49 for the Kindle version

Target Audience

Kanban Change Leadership is an ideal text for software and system engineers, IT project managers, commercial and industrial executives and managers. Read the Complete Article