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The Top 10 Free Online Project Management Books


How would like to get 10 free project management books? The following web sites offer digital copies of some great project management guides. These cover a wide range of project management topics. You will learn about project methodologies, benefits tracking, project roles, team dynamics, project tools, project management lifecycle, project expectations and project leadership.

So go ahead. Read at your own pace, learn at your own time and practice at your own discretion.

1) ePM Book

Free online project management book by Simon Wallace. Topics covered: Project Definition, Benefit Tracking, Planning, Estimating, Resourcing and Mobilization, Project Structure & Organization, Control & Reporting, Documentation Control, Risk Management, Issue Management, Scope & Change Control, Configuration Management, Team Building, Collaboration & Communication, Quality Management, Quality Audit, Subcontractor and Contract Management, Automated Project Management Tools, Project Office, Procurement, Accounting and Financial Control, Organizational Change, Communication.

2) Project Management Book

Free online project management book by Michael Harding Roberts. Topics covered: Introduction and Principles, Projects and Stages, Roles and Responsibilities, Project Definition, Risk Management, Estimating, Planning, Stage Agreement, Project Support, Tracking, Controlling and Reporting, Change and Issue Management, Quality Management, Stage and Project End, Project Management Routemap.

3) The Principles Of Project Management Book

Every project you manage will be unique. Scope, budgets, team dynamics, and timeframes will differ. As a project manager, the most important factor in achieving project success will be your understanding of 'The Principles Of Project Management'. This book will show you that project management isn't rocket science. (For visitors from USA, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom only.)

4) The Project Management Guide Book

This free project management book provides a practical approach to what many consider a complex process: the management of projects. This Guidebook is designed to simplify the management processes required to manage a project successfully from end to end. It defines Project Management in simple terms and provides you with all of the documentation tools required to make your project a success.

5) The Management's Guide to Project Success Book

This book provides a high-level look at the Project Management Lifecycle, and provides Executive Management with a guide to understanding and supporting project management in their organization. The Management’s Guide also suggests specific activities that management can perform to support their Project Managers and provide consistency in the way projects are managed.

6) The UTS Program Guide To Project Management Book

Project management is a highly demanding and complex task that requires organizational skills, the ability to respond to the unexpected, and the ability to monitor progress and change course as needed. Even when you have been given a project with very explicit responsibilities and expectations, it is essential to make sure that you are preparing to solve the right problem, or to meet the underlying need. The expectations can be clear, but still not go to the heart of the issue.

7) The Zen Approach to Project Management Book

This book brings together sound wisdom, a nuts-and-bolts grasp of practicalities, and original insights. It's the Zen that's been missing in all too many of today's business books, and George Pitagorsky is the master we've needed. Daniel Goleman, author Social Intelligence. The book guides readers in exploring how to: Remove unnecessary stress and complexity from your projects. Apply mindfulness and open mindedness to cut through the barriers to personal self-actualization. Manage expectations to ensure that people get what they need, when they need it and for the cost they expected to pay and that they accept what they get. Manage performance to cut through interpersonal and intrapersonal issues that get in the way of excellence. Break free of self-imposed barriers to creative thinking, conflict resolution and problem solving. Remain calm and energetic while being active and effective in the face of chaos, fear, resistance to change, unrealistic demands, conflict and the other aspects of project life that cause stress.

8) The Project Management Primer Book

A Project Management Primer, is the guide to making projects work. Written by Nick Jenkins, the book covers basic project management topics and discusses subjects like the scope triangle, critical path, scope and requirements, planning, scheduling, managing risk and change and more.

9) The Project Shrink Book

This book, written by the Project Shrink Bas de Baar provides a linear presentation of his blog postings. Good book.

10) Leadership in Project Management Book

Leadership in Project Management - This book addresses the importance and key role of leadership in project management, particularly in the construction field. The book provides a clearer understanding of the concept of leadership in projects, discussing how and why it works, and the ways to make project teams more dynamic and effective. The results from the study are applied to these leadership concepts, in an effort understand the role of effective leadership in reducing costs across the whole project process and increasing the project value.

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  • 5 years ago

    Please do review a PM free ebook that I have co-authored. It can be downloaded from

  • Valerie Bellamy 5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Juan Alonso Rojas 5 years ago

    Hola Simon.
    Muy buen material realmente ePMB El Que Usted , Como una Cosa Que Me ha Tocado Como estudiar. Me nuevamente.Una Aprendizaje y gracias Una buena Mucho Una consulta Usted , la Preparación en Línea párr realizar PMI.

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    george birdsall 4 years ago

    Thanks Simon great resource , look forward to more sharing.
    for anyone interested I have written short e Book which is FREE talking about the importance of pre planning on renovation projects.
    the basic principals apply to any project.
    you can get it at

  • Uladzislau Shauchenka 1 year ago

    Can I suggest an addition to your list? This project management book is all about Why Projects Fail - case studies, analysis of failed projects, suggestions and recommendations on how to improve your project management processes so your project will succeed.

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    Uladzislau Shauchenka 1 year ago

    The website for Why Projects Fail

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