Coaching Agile Teams

Authors: Lyssa Adkins
Publisher: Addison Wesley

AMAZON DESCRIPTION: “As an agile coach, you can help project teams become outstanding at agile, creating products that make them proud and helping organizations reap the powerful benefits of teams that deliver both innovation and excellence.”

Anyone Can Eat an Elephant

Authors: Lorraine Mavengere
Publisher: Paragon

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Lorraine tackles twelve foundational principles of success, the issues handled are all essential and vital to leading a successful life in business and otherwise. A fresh input is given to what are universal truths making them effective and achievable for anyone. Lorraine Mavengere not only spurs on the reader to pursue their dream, but to create accountability for their life in the process.

Quantitative Methods in Project Management

Authors: John E Karayan
Publisher: J Ross

Written for the project professional and day-to-day practitioner, this book provides the policies, methods, and tools to make good project management decisions.

Microsoft Office Excel 2007 for Project Managers

Authors: Kim Heldman, William Heldman
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

After attending the PMOSIG conference on Tools, Techniques and Approaches, one of the presenters mentioned this book. Having never seen it before we wanted to share it with others. One of the outcomes of the conference was the importance of MS Excel in project management today.

Don’t Park Your Brain Outside

Authors: Francis Thomas Hartman
Publisher: Project Management Institute

Presents a set of principles for project management and details their theory and application, balancing tricks of the trade with research and case studies. Themes include communication with sponsors and clients, managing expectations of stakeholders, and flexibility. Material is written in an informal style, punctuated by success stories

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Improving Your Project Management Skills

Authors: Larry Richman
Publisher: Amacom

With this book, individuals and companies recognise the value of up-to-date, repeatable project initiatives that they can implement throughout their own organisations to improve processes, streamline productivity, and drastically reduce costs.

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

Authors: Patrick Lencioni
Publisher: Jossey Bass

Succinct yet sympathetic, this guide will be a boon for those struggling with the inherent difficulties of leading a group. Overall, Five Dysfunctions is an entertaining read and from a management perspective there should definitely be a few nuggets that can be taken away and applied to specific work environments.

Teamwork and Project Management

Authors: Karl A. Smith, P.K. Imbrie
Publisher: McGraw-Hill

Teamwork, projects, collaborative problem solving, innovation, and creativity are central to success in engineering, especially in the increasingly global economy. The overall goal of Teamwork and Project Management, Third Edition is to prepare you for these aspects of professional practice in engineering.

Crucial Conversations

Authors: Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Contemporary

“When stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong, you have three choices: avoid a crucial conversation and suffer the consequences; handle the conversation badly and suffer the consequences.”

The Tipping Point

Authors: Malcolm Gladwell
Publisher: Abacus

A different read for the beach! If you enjoy psychology you’ll enjoy this book – there are hundreds of reviews out there but the parts I particularly enjoyed are the types of people – are you a connector, maven or salesman? You’ll be surprised just how it makes you think about yourself and other people you know.

Project Management Tools and Techniques for Success

Authors: Christine B. Tayntor
Publisher: CRC Press

The strength of Christine Tayntor’s book lies in its understanding of the human dynamic in project management. She provides realistic examples of both the problems and the possibilities that arise because projects, at their foundation, are about people.

The Project Management Coaching Workbook

Authors: Susanne Madsen
Publisher: Management Concepts

ARRAS PEOPLE: “If you’re interesting in developing yourself in project management this book is for you. With a full practical self assessment in all areas of project management – this workbook helps you plan and reach your career goals”

The Luck Factor

Authors: Professor Richard Wiseman
Publisher: Arrow Books

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Why do some people lead happy successful lives whilst other face repeated failure and sadness? Why do some find their perfect partner whilst others stagger from one broken relationship to the next? What enables some people to have successful careers whilst others find themselves trapped in jobs they detest? And can unlucky people do anything to improve their luck – and lives?

Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure

Authors: Tim Harford
Publisher: Little, Brown

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Everything we know about solving the world’s problems is wrong. Out: Plans, experts and above all, leaders.
In: Adapting – improvise rather than plan; fail, learn, and try again. In this groundbreaking new book, Tim Harford shows how the world’s most complex and important problems – including terrorism, climate change, poverty, innovation, and the financial crisis – can only be solved from the bottom up by rapid experimenting and adapting.

Getting Things Done: How to Achieve Stress-Free Productivity

Authors: David Allen
Publisher: Jossey Bass

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“This book is for all those who are overwhelmed with too many things to do, too little time to do them, and a general sense of unease that something important is being missed.” – Quote from Amazon

The Leadership Wheel

Authors: C. Clinton Sidle
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

The Leadership Wheel offers an original approach for today’s swiftly changing business world – Sidles dynamic plan begins with a look into the inner work of leaders, the work of personal development and then it turns to external trials of developing healthy relationships, teams, and organisations.

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