The Lifelong Project

Authors: Joseph Phillips
Publisher: Instructingcom, LLC

What could happen if you treated the next year of your life like a Project? That question is where The Lifelong Project starts. However, this is not a book about setting goals – but about achieving them. Written by Joesph Phillips, who, in his own words, had reached rock bottom and pulled himself back from the brink of the cliff by setting himself a challenge.

Project Management Drill Book: A Self-Study Guide

Authors: Carl L. Pritchard
Publisher: ESI International

AMAZON ONLINE REVIEW BY C. NEBLETT: “I attended a two-day PMP prep seminar with Carl Pritchard and I purchased this book during that course. Carl Pritchard is an excellent instructor and this book was invaluable to me with respect to practicing all of the Earned Value and other formulas for the PMP examination.”

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge: PMBOK Guide

Authors: PMI
Publisher: Project Management Institute

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Fifth Edition, reflects the collaboration and knowledge of working project managers and provides the fundamentals of project management as they apply to a wide range of projects. This internationally recognized standard gives project managers the essential tools to practise project management and deliver organizational results.

APM Competence Framework

Authors: APM Knowledge
Publisher: APM

The Competence Framework has been recommended by Arras People over the years for a number of reasons, not least that it is one of the only books where a project professional can assess their own current skills and competence levels in project management. The book was devised following the publication of APM’s Body of Knowledge – the publication that provides a brief overview on the main areas of project management.

Arras Book of the Month: December 2010

Your Brain at Work

Authors: David Rock
Publisher: Harper-Collins

Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long tries very hard to take current neuroscience research on the human brain, explain it at a very basic level, and make it actionable by the general population.

Social Media for Project Managers

Authors: Elizabeth Harrin
Publisher: PMI

A book aimed at Project Managers who want to explore social media as a project management communication and collaboration tool for their own projects.

NLP For Project Managers

Authors: Dr Peter Parkes
Publisher: BCS

NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) for Project Managers in its purest sense is a book for any project practitioner who wants to improve on their behavioural competencies in project management. In other words, it is that area of development that often gets neglected or overlooked in favour of more technical aspects of project management like process and methods.

How to Win Friends and Influence People

Authors: Dale Carnegie
Publisher: Vermilion

If confidence is short, or if you find yourself middling, Dale Carnegie’s revolutionary self-help book holds up so many years later as the pre-eminent motivational tome of its kind. The lessons remain applicable in both career and in everyday life practices.

Relationships Made Easy

Authors: Dr. David Fraser
Publisher: HotHive Books

Through the use of practical psychology, Neutro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and your life experiences, Relationships Made Easy offers its readers a practical and smart approach to attaining success by way of their relationships with other people.

ReWork: Change the Way You Work Forever

Authors: Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
Publisher: Vermilion

Just another Self-Help Book? A big resounding No! A brilliant book that aims to “Change the Way You Work Forever” by imparting cute sound bites, words of wisdom and short advice pieces from the Basecamp creators (the project management software company).

Arras Book of the Month: June 2010

How to Get a Job You’ll Love

Authors: John Lees
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional

REVIEW: “John Lees teaches you how to develop your own self-awareness and how to use that awareness effectively to achieve career success.” – Carol Lewis, Editor, Career, The Times

Thinking Harder

Authors: Duncan Bury, Jane Buick
Publisher: Management Books 2000 Ltd.

Project Managers who have been involved in organizational change initiatives may realize some of the deficiencies of the traditional approach to change in the fast pacing and evolving business environment of the 21st century. Changes are difficult, slow, uncertain, and often regress to the initial state or remain only on paper.

Re-imagining the Office: The New Workplace Challenge

Authors: Adryan Bell
Publisher: Gower

Re-imagining the Office is written in an easy to read format with the hope of driving home the benefits and reasoning behind a move in how we do things.

Arras Book of the Month – September 2010

Lateral Thinking

Authors: Edward de Bono
Publisher: Penguin

Edward De Bono’s ideas on lateral thinking are world-wide now, so it’s only fitting we include one of his most famous and still very popular books. A great book to read when encouraging your project team to contribute great ideas during brainstorming sessions.

Teach Yourself to Think

Authors: Edward de Bono
Publisher: Penguin

De Bono’s work provides a clear five-stage structure as a framework for thinking, it aims to broaden the ability to respond to and cope with a vast range of situations.

Outliers: The Story of Success

Authors: Malcolm Gladwell
Publisher: Allen Lane

EXTERNAL REVIEWS: “You will never again think as you did before about [success] … This book deserves the gold star that adorns its front cover.” – A. C. Grayling, The Times
“A global phenomenon, one of the most brilliant and influential writers of his generation … there is, it sometimes seems, no subject over which Gladwell cannot scatter some magic dust.” – The Observer

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