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A Late Summer Reading List For Project Managers

The dog days of summer are here. If you’re stuck in that interstitial space between relaxation and a return to the daily grind, we’ve put together a late-summer reading list to help you ease into the flurry of activity that fall will bring.

The dog days of summer are here. If you’re stuck in that interstitial space between relaxation and a return to the daily grind, we’ve put together a late-summer reading list to help you ease into the flurry of activity that fall will bring. As a bonus, all of these tomes can easily fit in the hammock with you while you soak up the last of summer 2017’s rays.

Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland and J.J. Sutherland

If you have anything to do with the project management, Scrum is a must-read. Sutherland, creator of the first scrum team, describes the problems that teams and managers face today, and discusses how he’s overcome these inefficiencies through deep accountability, team interaction, and constant iterative improvement. Sutherland’s system has helped increase productivity in organizations like the FBI and NPR, while also proving useful for smaller personal projects like planning a wedding.

Fast Focus: A Quick-Start Guide To Mastering Your Attention, Ignoring Distractions, And Getting More Done In Less Time! by Damon Zahariades

As project managers, we’re always trying to produce high-quality work in the shortest possible time. This, of course, requires some major focus. Fast Focus: A Quick-Start Guide To Mastering Your Attention, Ignoring Distractions, And Getting More Done In Less Time! is for anyone who wants to increase productivity and minimize distractions. Zahariades teaches readers how increase focus through 11 workspace tweaks, including how to use music as a focusing tool (and the right kind of music to use), how to use caffeine to your advantages, and dozens of other productivity hacks.

Unlimited Memory: How to Use Advanced Learning Strategies to Learn Faster, Remember More and be More Productive by Kevin Horsley

Here’s more recommended reading to help you avoid the disorganization and burnout that can come from juggling multiple projects. While Fast Focus showed you how to master your focus, Horsley places an emphasis on memory as the key to increased productivity. Horsley argues that most of us only use 10% of our capacity to remember, and this book teaches you how to get around bad habits that inhibit memory while tripling productivity with increased memory power.

Purple Cow, New Edition: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable by Seth Godin

Best-selling international author and marketing guru Seth Godin writes about the fine art of standing out from the herd in this modern classic of a business book. It will hold special appeal for those in marketing, but with stories about companies from JetBlue to Krispy Kreme, Godin’s words of wisdom are applicable to anyone in project management who’s tired of the same old ideas and generic approaches to solving key business challenges. If you’re looking for inspiration, this book is a must-read.

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Tim Ferriss

Prolific podcaster, author and all-around lifestyle expert Tim Ferriss is back with a new book to inspire you to soaring heights in productivity. Drawing from his hundreds of interviews (many with business leaders and household-name celebrities), he breaks down the tools, habits and daily routines some of the world’s most successful people rely on. With an emphasis on actionable takeaways, we’re sure that you’ll find at least a few nuggets in Tools of Titans that will help you make your own work more efficient and effective.