A lot goes into project management, including the utilization of leadership, delegation and communication skills. Even after years of experience, taking up a new project can be daunting. Sometimes all you need is a refresher course, reminding you of the vital PM basics. In this article we look at the 6 best project management books for the advanced project manager:

1. Brilliant Project Management: What the Best Project Managers Know, Do and Say By Stephen Barker

As aforementioned, ensuring the basics are covered is a sure-fire way to succeed. This book covers the basics in a very practical way. It is a simple read, but as an advanced PM, you want to keep this book near you. It can easily serve as a regular reference book, as it is written by an expert in PM. This is what makes it very special. It gives a completely fresh perspective.

2. Becoming the Boss: New Rules for the Next Generation of Leaders By Lindsey Pollak

You cannot really leave out leadership from PM. What makes this book stand out is that it trains you, the PM on how to train and handle a team of generation Y employees. This particular group may have a different viewpoint when it comes to working, and you need to find a way to train them for success. You get to understand what motivates them, how they communicate, and how to train them for success in the workplace.

3. Getting Things Done by David Allen

This is the book for PMs who literally became PMs by accident, or who find themselves leading a project in a field or industry they are unfamiliar with. The book defines what we may want to refer to as “PM jargon”, frequently used PM terms that you need to be aware of.

4. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

This book focuses on identifying the habits that lead to success at an individual and corporate level and working towards strengthening them. This way, you weaken the habits that hinder success. If there is a habit that you need to develop as an individual or as a company, department or a team, then you also begin to work towards the same.

5. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Change by Stephen Covey

This is undoubtedly one of the best leadership books that every PM needs to read. You move from ingraining some habits into your own personality to working within a team, as an independent and interdependent person. You learn how to communicate effectively, leading through influence and not coercion, as well as planning in order to achieve a work-life balance. You learn decision making and prioritizing as well.

6. The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done by Peter F. Drucker

 This is probably one of the oldest books that you will find on effectiveness. In this book, Drucker defines who an executive is for the first time. He also emphasizes that the effective executive is not born. Anyone can learn to be an effective executive. Through time management, one of the fundamental PM principles, he is able to teach what leads to successful PM. He touches on delegation, prioritizing, and policy making too.

All in all the above 6 best project management books for the advanced PM together form an all rounded PM. They cover the basics and other factors that influence project management, ranging from time management, personal effectiveness, and leadership. Keeping this reading list near you as a PM will help you succeed in your projects and your entire work life. Some principles are actually applicable even in your individual life.