Best Project Management Software Books
if you recently promoted to Project Manager or joined a new company as Tech lead or aspire to become those this year and looking for resources to level up your software project management skill then you have come to the right place.
1. Product Management's Sacred Seven: The Skills Required to Crush Product Manager Interviews and be a World-Class PM (Fast Forward Your Product Career: The Two Books Required to Land Any PM Job)
Author: by Parth Detroja
Authored by 3 Product Managers at Facebook, Google, and Microsoft, Product Management’s Sacred Seven is a comprehensive resource that will teach you the must-know knowledge and applied skills necessary to become a world-class PM that can get hired anywhere. In writing this book, we interviewed 67 product leads and hiring managers from 52 top companies around the world.
They ranged from all the usual FAANG suspects to darling unicorns such as Coinbase, TikTok, and Grab. We asked everyone two simple questions:What knowledge separates interview candidates you hire from those you don’t? What hard skills help PMs advance their careers the fastest?
Given that we talked to product leaders across the world who worked in various different countries and industries, we expected to see no clear pattern in our responses. We were shocked to find a common theme across all of our interviews.
The knowledge and skills which separated exceptional PMs from the rest all boiled down to seven subjects: product design, economics, psychology, user experience, data science, law & policy, and marketing & growth. The average PM excels at 2 or 3 of these disciplines. A truly world-class product manager, however, thrives in all 7.
2. Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers
Author: by Dave Gray
Great things don’t happen in a vacuum. But creating an environment for creative thinking and innovation can be a daunting challenge. How can you make it happen at your company? The answer may surprise you: gamestorming. This book includes more than 80 games to help you break down barriers, communicate better, and generate new ideas, insights, and strategies.
The authors have identified tools and techniques from some of the world’s most innovative professionals, whose teams collaborate and make great things happen. This book is the result: a unique collection of games that encourage engagement and creativity while bringing more structure and clarity to the workplace.
Find out why – and how – with Gamestorming. Overcome conflict and increase engagement with team-oriented games Improve collaboration and communication in cross-disciplinary teams with visual-thinking techniques Improve understanding by role-playing customer and user experiences Generate better ideas and more of them, faster than ever before Shorten meetings and make them more productive Simulate and explore complex systems, interactions, and dynamics Identify a problem’s root cause, and find the paths that point toward a solution
3. Microsoft Project 2019 Step by Step
Author: by Cindy Lewis
The quick way to learn Microsoft Project 2019! This is learning made easy. Get more done quickly with Microsoft Project 2019. Jump in wherever you need answersbrisk lessons and informative screenshots show you exactly what to do, step by step. Other Project users will want to grab this book as well.
Quickly start new plans, build task lists, and assign resources View resource capacity and track progress Capture and fine-tune work and cost details Visualize schedules with Gantt charts and other views and reports Consolidate projects, and share resources across plans Manage modern Agile projects (James Mills, Jr., contributor) Customize Project to maximize your efficiency Leverage improvements to task linking, timelines, and accessibility Master PM best practices while you learn Project Look up just the tasks and lessons you need
4. Microsoft Project 2019 For Dummies
Author: by Cynthia Snyder Dionisio
Keep projects on track Microsoft Project 2019 is a powerhouse project management, portfolio management, and resource management tool. Whether you’re a full-time project manager or manage projects as part of a larger set of duties, Microsoft Project 2019 For Dummies will get you thinking and operating at the level of a project management guru.
Written by a noted project management pro, this book covers the ins and outs of Microsoft Project. Throughout the book, you’ll find project management best practices and tips for keeping any project on schedule and under budget. Reference the full set of Microsoft Project 2019 features Learn to think like a project management professional Get into the nuts and bolts of Project for better productivity Create a task schedule that keeps a project moving Identify the golden rules that keep projects on track With Microsoft Project 2019 For Dummies, you’ll soon get a grip on all the powerful features of this popular project management software.
5. PMP Exam: Quick Reference Guide, Sixth edition (Test Prep series)
Author: by Andy Crowe PMP PgMP
A quick reference guide for the PMP Exam, this sturdy, laminated card accompanies The PMP Exam: How To Pass On Your First Try, 6th Edition. Presenting all 49 processes along with the key inputs, tools, and outputs, this helpful tool also depicts techniques, tables, and graphs to highlight the most important information at a glance.
Common formulas are organized for rapid look-up, bringing relevant information for the PMP Exam together in one resource.
6. Microsoft Project 2016 Step by Step
Author: by Carl Chatfield
The quick way to learn Microsoft Project 2016! This is learning made easy. Get more done quickly with Project 2016. Jump in wherever you need answersbrisk lessons and colorful screenshots show you exactly what to do, step by step. Quickly start a new plan, build task lists, and assign resources Share your plan and track your progress Capture and fine-tune work and cost details Use Gantt charts and other views and reports to visualize project schedules Share resources across multiple plans and consolidate projects Master project management best practices while you learn Project Look up just the tasks and lessons you need
7. Making Things Happen: Mastering Project Management (Theory in Practice)
Author: by Scott Berkun
In the updated edition of this critically acclaimed and bestselling book, Microsoft project veteran Scott Berkun offers a collection of essays on field-tested philosophies and strategies for defining, leading, and managing projects. Each essay distills complex concepts and challenges into practical nuggets of useful advice, and the new edition now adds more value for leaders and managers of projects everywhere.
Based on his nine years of experience as a program manager for Internet Explorer and lead program manager for Windows and MSN, Berkun explains to technical and non-technical readers alike what it takes to get through a large software or web development project.
Making Things Happen doesn’t cite specific methods, but focuses on philosophy and strategy. Unlike other project management books, Berkun offers personal essays in a comfortable style and easy tone that emulate the relationship of a wise project manager who gives good, entertaining and passionate advice to those who ask.
8. Scrum For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers))
Author: by Mark C. Layton
Use scrum in all aspects of life Scrum is an agile project management framework that allows for flexibility and collaboration to be a part of your workflow. Primarily used by software developers, scrum can be used across many job functions and industries.
Scrum can also be used in your personal life to help you plan for retirement, a trip, or even a wedding or other big event. Scrum provides a small set of rules that create just enough structure for teams to be able to focus their innovation on solving what might otherwise be an insurmountable challenge.
Scrum For Dummies shows you how to assemble a scrum taskforce and use it to implement this popular Agile methodology to make projects in your professional and personal life run more smoothlyfrom start to finish. Discover what scrum offers project and product teams Integrate scrum into your agile project management strategy Plan your retirement or a family reunion using scrum Prioritize for releases with sprints No matter your career path or job title, the principles of scrum are designed to make your life easier.
9. Microsoft Visio 2016 Step By Step
Author: by Scott Helmers
The quick way to learn Microsoft Visio 2016! This is learning made easy. Get more done quickly with Visio 2016. Jump in wherever you need answers-brisk lessons and colorful screenshots show you exactly what to do, step by step. Get results faster with starter diagrams Diagram processes, organizations, networks, and datacenters Add styles, colors, and themes Enhance diagrams with data-driven visualizations Link to external data sources, websites, and documents Add structure to diagrams with containers, lists, and callouts Validate flowchart, swimlane, and BPMN diagrams Collaborate and publish with Visio Services and Microsoft SharePoint 2016 Look up just the tasks and lessons you need
10. Zoom for beginners: The absolute step-by-step beginner guide to quickly get started with Zoom and run successful classes and virtual meetings. (Zoom Guides)
Author: by Gerald E. Taylor
The ultimate step-by-step beginner guide (With Screenshots)Do you want to learn how to master online meetings with the most popular video conferencing software in the world? Are you feeling overwhelmed by new technology and you feel worried about having to learn new software overnight?
Do you want an easy step-by-step guide with screenshots that will get you started with Zoom? If you answered yes, then you are in the right place! Your step-by-step guidePeople around the world are advancing into the digital world at an exponential rate, so much so that a major part of their day is driven by technology and digital devices.
Our work environment has also witnessed a massive impact by shifting to digital tools that make our lives easier. With recent social distancing practices, a lot of people have turned toward Zoom, which is a video conferencing service that allows multiple users to participate in virtual meetings.
If you are new to this platform, this book will guide you through all aspects of Zoom – what it is, its features, how to use it, and some additional tips. In your short book, you will learn all you need to know to get started with Zoom, starting from the very basics to advanced features.
11. Shit I Can't Remember: An Organizer for All Your Passwords and Shit: Password Log Book And Internet Password Organizer And Username Keeper Address Book For Passwords And Shiti Can't Remember Journal
Author: by Sienna Publishing
Best Seller This Month in : Password Log BookThis discrete password journal lets you store your important internet passwords in one convenient place! Measuring at 6″ x 9″ . This password keeper has spaces to record the website name, username, password, and notes for over 160 different websites.
You know, all the shit you can’t remember. Features:high-quality cover110 white blank lined pagesBlack & White Interior With White PaperAwesome designer coverSized at 6″ x 9″Made in USAthis password keeper lets you create unique and difficult passwords for each website and log in with ease!
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12. GAMEDEV: 10 Steps to Making Your First Game Successful
Author: by Wlad Marhulets
Who is this book for? If you know nothing about game development, you’re basically me before I started working on my first game DARQ. This book is for beginners and assumes no knowledge of game development on the reader’s part.
As a first-time developer with no prior experience in coding, modeling, texturing, animation, game design, etc., I managed to launch DARQ to both commercial success and critical acclaim. With $0 spent on marketing, it was featured in major media outlets, such as IGN, Kotaku, PC Gamer, GameSpot, Forbes, and hundreds of others.
DARQ won numerous awards, such as The Best Game of the MIX / PAX, and received a user rating of 9 out of 10. DARQ was in the TOP 50 of the most wishlisted games on Steam before launch. It made it to the “Top Selling,” “New and Popular,” and “Featured and Recommended” tabs on Steam.
Ultimately, DARQ became #42 Most Shared PC Video Game of 2019 (Metacritic). In this book, I describe how I did it. If you’re an aspiring developer wanting to make a living from making games, this book is for you. What is the book about?
13. Mastering Product Management: A Step-by-Step Guide
Author: by Kevin Brennan
Mastering Product Management: A Step-By-Step Guide offers practical, real-world advice on how to create and capture value as a Product Manager. It covers the full product life cycle, from idea discovery through end-of-life. Each section is scannable and concise, around two to three pages.
Rather than diving deep into the theoretical background of a given area, it serves as a checklist of the key steps a Product Manager should take to complete a given task. Source new ideas that succeedSet a compelling product vision and strategySearch for profitable new business modelsBecome a market expertEffectively manage roadmapsEnsure a successful product launchUnderstand value and price profitablyBuild and manage high-performance teamsAnd much more!
This book is a convenient reference guide that you can use throughout your workday. It’s meant for Product Managers of all levels and for anyone wishing to understand what it takes to define, develop, launch, and market new products successfully.
14. Agile Project Management with Scrum (Developer Best Practices)
Author: by Ken Schwaber
The rules and practices for Scruma simple process for managing complex projectsare few, straightforward, and easy to learn. But Scrum’s simplicity itselfits lack of prescriptioncan be disarming, and new practitioners often find themselves reverting to old project management habits and tools and yielding lesser results.
In this illuminating series of case studies, Scrum co-creator and evangelist Ken Schwaber identifies the real-world lessonsthe successes and failuresculled from his years of experience coaching companies in agile project management. Through them, you’ll understand how to use Scrum to solve complex problems and drive better resultsdelivering more valuable software faster.
Gain the foundation in Scrum theoryand practiceyou need to: Rein in even the most complex, unwieldy projects Effectively manage unknown or changing product requirements Simplify the chain of command with self-managing development teams Receive clearer specificationsand feedbackfrom customers Greatly reduce project planning time and required tools Buildand releaseproducts in 30-day cycles so clients get deliverables earlier Avoid missteps by regularly inspecting, reporting on, and fine-tuning projects Support multiple teams working on a large-scale project from many geographic locations Maximize return on investment!
15. Quantum Information Theory
Author: by Mark M. Wilde
Cambridge University Press
Developing many of the major, exciting, pre- and post-millennium developments from the ground up, this book is an ideal entry point for graduate students into quantum information theory. Significant attention is given to quantum mechanics for quantum information theory, and careful studies of the important protocols of teleportation, superdense coding, and entanglement distribution are presented.
In this new edition, readers can expect to find over 100 pages of new material, including detailed discussions of Bell’s theorem, the CHSH game, Tsirelson’s theorem, the axiomatic approach to quantum channels, the definition of the diamond norm and its interpretation, and a proof of the ChoiKraus theorem.
Discussion of the importance of the quantum dynamic capacity formula has been completely revised, and many new exercises and references have been added. This new edition will be welcomed by the upcoming generation of quantum information theorists and the already established community of classical information theorists.
16. Innovation Games: Creating Breakthrough Products Through Collaborative Play
Author: by Luke Hohmann
Customers are people. They have trouble understanding their own problems. And even if they think they understand their problems, they often can’t describe the solutions they seek. Of course, many times they often don’t know they had a problem or that they desired a solution, until they see or possess it.
This book takes the challenge of developing customer understanding head on by providing a fresh perspective on how to use a variety of games with customers to develop the understanding that forms the foundation of innovation. Innovation Games is organized in two parts.
The first describes each of the twelve games. The second provides sample processes and templates to help the reader organize their team, plan and run a game, and incorporate the results into their product development plans. The exercises described in this book provide a unique and fun approach to a problem that has plagued product developers and managers for many years: how to identify a customer’s thoughts and behaviors in order to ensure your product is solving the right problems.