MSSTRAM Session 6: Five authors of influential business management books

Updates from DC and Marvel comics are now created to big screen. Many are now waiting for this upcoming movies but let set aside this kind of sci-fi genre for now and let’s go to some project management environment. I will be sharing my top 5 authors of influential business management books.


  1. Alpha Project Managers: What the Top 2% Know That Everyone Else Does Not

Debunking misconceptions surrounding successful project managers, this source builds upon a landmark survey of more than 800 project managers from around the world to highlight the traits that make them stand out in the minds of their teams, senior managers, customers, and stakeholders. Through in-depth interviews and discussions, the common attributes of these élite project managers—from character and beliefs to organizational approaches—are uncovered and help to explain their achievements. Painstakingly researched, this guide offers key insights by providing multiple perspectives on the character makeup of the world’s most successful project managers.

  1. Rapid Development: Taming Wild Software Schedules

A fundamental software engineering project management guide based on the practical requirements of “Taming Wild Software Schedules”. McConnell, emphasizes efficient development concepts with an examination of rapid development strategies and a study of classic mistakes, within the context of software-development fundamentals and risk management. Dissects the core issues of rapid development, life cycle planning, estimation and scheduling. Relevant case studies are analyzed and discussed within the context of specific software development problems. Over 200 pages in this publication are devoted to a summary of best practices, everything from the daily build and smoke test, through prototyping, model selection, measurement, reuse, and the top-10 risks list.

  1. Strategy Bites Back: It Is Far More, and Less, Than You Ever Imagined

Is the antidote to conventional strategy books and conventional strategy formation; It contains contributions from everyone from Gary Hamel to Napoleon Bonaparte, Michael Porter to Hans Christian Andersen: essays, poems, case studies, cartoons, whatever it takes to ‘free your mind’ and unleash the crucial emotional side of strategy formation. Coverage includes: strategy and brinkmanship, culture, seduction; strategy lessons from your mother, from beehives, chess grand masters, even the National Zoo. Strategy Bites Back doesn’t just make strategy fun: it helps define strategies that offer huge upsides and real inspiration.

  1. How to Win Friends and Influence People

Since its release in 1936, How to Win Friends and Influence People has sold more than 15 million copies. As relevant as ever before, Dale Carnegie’s principles endure, and will help you achieve your maximum potential in the complex and competitive modern age. Learn the six (6) ways to make people like you, the twelve (12) ways to win people to your way of thinking, and the nine (9) ways to change people without arousing resentment.

  1. The Speed of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything

For business leaders and public figures in any arena, The Speed of Trust offers an unprecedented and eminently practical look at exactly how trust functions in every transaction and relationship from the most personal to the broadest, most indirect interaction and how to establish trust immediately so that the organization can forego the time killing, bureaucratic check and balance processes so often deployed in lieu of actual trust.

There are still lot of books about project management that can be read, access and download online. It will read about how to create practical project plans for managing time, cost and quality within a project and it contains hundreds of practical examples, used to help managers undertake project activities quickly and efficiently.

You may want to view more of these 5 authors and their summaries, below is the link for the slide/s.

Five Authors – Management Skills


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