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10 Must-Read Blogs for Every Project Manager

Jixee-Blog-PM-BlogsThe project management position is an extremely important (and sometimes overlooked) position on your team. Your project manager is in charge of working with the executive team, your engineering talent, and your customers to create and deliver a viable product.

Project managers constantly need to fine tune and develop the strategies and techniques that help them help others. Everyone faces obstacles and sometimes it helps to hear from the leading experts in the industry on troubleshooting tips, time management hacks, the newest technologies, and more.

While there are so many wonderful project management blogs available to you, – and it’s important to find the content that speaks to you best – below are ten blogs that every project manager should read. Take a look, subscribe, and enjoy.

1. Zilicus

Through their work with previous companies, the co-founders of Zilicus discovered that the factors which contributed most widely to the success or failure of projects involved collaboration, available resources, and the accessible knowledge at the time. Feeling that the project management tools on the market at the time didn’t adequately meet these needs, they set to launch their own project management solution.

The Zilicus blog covers a variety of project management topics that are helpful for both PM experts and novices alike.

2. Voices on Project Management

Brought to you by Project Management Institute, Voices on Project Management offers insights, tips, advice, and personal stories from project managers in different regions and industries. “The goal is to get you thinking, and spark a discussion.”

Not only should you be reading this blog, you should engage with it. Consider it an open forum among your colleagues to discuss the latest theories and technologies surrounding your craft.

3. How to Manage a Camel

How to Manage a Camel aims to facilitate conversations covering the wide breadth of project management theories and opinions. They seek to promote collaboration and better group thinking.

4. Mind Tools

Jixee-Blog-Brain-ToolBecoming an innovative and successful PM is about more than strict project management tips. Mind Tools covers a larger area of focus, from leadership skills and time management to creativity tools and problem solving – and all the project management areas in between. Not only is this a great blog to follow for managers, but it’s also worth distributing to everyone on your team. In their words, they provide “excellent skills for an excellent career.” And who doesn’t want to build a more excellent career?

5. Herding Cats

Voted a top Management Resource in 2012 by multiple publications, Herding Cats explores performance-based project management through the eyes of Glen Alleman.

6. Scott Berkun

Scott Berkun, best-selling author and motivational speaker, has published his thoughts on management in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Guardian, Wired magazine, USA Today, Wired, Fast Company, National Public Radio, The Huffington Post, and other media.

For an idea of his writing, be sure to visit his “best posts of all time” page, where some of the Project Management topics include “Why Project Managers Get No Respect,” “How to Fix a Team,” and “What to Do When Things Go Wrong.”

7. A Girl’s Guide to Project Management

Jixee-Blog-EHarrinElizabeth Harrin is an author, speaker, and Director of the Otobos Group, a project communications consultancy. She has a decade of experience in healthcare and financial services, including two spent working in Paris. Harrin started this award-winning blog when she realized that there weren’t enough project management pieces written by women.

The blog isn’t just for female project managers, however. All managers can find something helpful here, including software and book reviews, news roundups, and plenty of actionable advice.

8. PMStudent

This one is perfect for beginners. PMStudent offers articles and videos for those who are new to the field. It’s full of great reads for students, anyone who is just getting started, or even as a refresher course for more seasoned professionals. It includes articles that cover everything from basic career advice to lessons about trust and intuition.

9. Eight to Late

Looking to dig deep? Eight to Late examines project management from a scholarly perspective. It is written by Kailash Awati, an author who holds doctoral degrees in physics and chemical engineering together with assorted certifications in project management and database administration. Over the last several years, he has worked variously as an IS/business consultant, project manager, database geek, and engineering software developer in organizations ranging from startups to established firms in Singapore, Australia, Europe, India, and the US.

The articles on Eight to Late reflect his professional interests which, if his degrees are any hint, are quite varied. You’ll find his perspective on IT management and strategy, project and program management, business intelligence, organizational dynamics, change management, and much more.

10. Drunken PM

For a take on project management peppered with humor, you have to check out Drunken PM. A fan of Kanban and Evernote, David Prior regularly offers up Scrum and Agile project management tips. In his own words, “I am a dad, husband, comic geek, mac bigot and teacher afflicted with the illness of project management. If I could ingest only one thing, it would be coffee. I work at BigVisible as a trainer and consultant helping people, and especially PMs, find their way to Agile.” The tools, podcasts, and insights he offers are without a doubt worthy of subscription.

BONUS: Project Management Podcast

This one is great to add into your morning routine. Whether it’s while you’re getting ready for work, going for a run, or commuting to the office, Project Management Podcast provides listeners with interviews from other managers in the field. Go ahead and get started today! With nearly 300 episodes, there’s a lot of content to uncover.

[Featured Image Courtesy of Ho Ming Thong]

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[Elizabeth Harrin Image Courtesy of Association of Project Management]

  • http://www.otobosgroup.com Elizabeth

    Thanks for including my blog in the list. That’s a really old photo you’ve dug out! But I do still have that jacket…

    • Jesse Bouman

      Our pleasure! Keep up the great writing and don’t throw away that jacket. :)

  • Earlene Clarke

    Thanks for such a wonderful compilation. Keeping abreast with latest trends and news is something no project manager can ignore and reading blogs is the way to go. My personal favorite in the list is The Girl’s Guide to Project Management as it’s loaded with easy to digest, actionable tips. I also follow other blogs in the niche, mostly written by experts working for the PM domain. One such example is the ProProfs Project Management Blog, a no-fluff, only meat resource for PM enthusiasts. Whether you need to work on PM skills or want to know about methodologies, it’s something worth bookmarking. Would really appreciate if this comes as an inclusion in the next refresh. Keep up the good work. Cheers!