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What I’m Reading [June 2015]

Best project management books from June 2015
I’ve read another novel! Check me out. It was The Last Runaway* by Tracy Chevalier. I had a couple of long train journeys plus an evening where I decided just to sit on the sofa and read (which hasn’t happened since I was pregnant with my first son). It was fantastic, and it didn’t end as I expected: it’s always nice when a book has an element of surprise.

On to work-based reading.

I’m about halfway through by Phil Simon, which is something I’m hoping will inspire me for the second edition of Social Media for Project Managers (I’ve edited six chapters of fourteen so some way to go yet). It is very good, and not project-management-y particularly, just a decent read about workplace communications with examples and tips.

This one isn’t exactly reading, although there is a lot of content to read on screen. I’m part-way through the first module of the
Brain Sensei PMP® Exam Prep Course. It was gripping from the beginning – I want to be the project manager who saves children from burning buildings and builds a castle to protect the future of my village.

Brain Sensei screenshots

Brain Sensei screenshots

It’s video training but it’s actually good and it makes me want to learn about process groups. Plus, there’s a test. I don’t know about you, but I always like to know how I am doing.

The first module, which is the project management overview, is free at the moment. If you’re about to embark on your PMP exam prep then you should check it out on the Brain Sensei website.

If you can get over the fact that it’s proud of the great music and video you’ll be fine. I don’t really need to be told that I’m about to learn in “an entertaining way”.

New books arrived this month

New books arrived this month

New across my desk this month are

  • Project Driven Creation by Jo Bos, Ernst Harting and Marlet Hesselink


The authors of both those books were kind enough to send them but I haven’t had a chance to look at them properly yet. I’m particularly interested in Woeppel’s book as I don’t understand the title: the book’s description is about identifying root causes of project failure, turnaround for failing projects, simplifying communication and that sort of thing. I don’t get where the ‘visual’ comes into it, but the reviews on Amazon are good and I’m prepared to be enlightened when I do get round to reading it. Plus I’m hoping to review him later this year, so fingers crossed for that.

What about you? Got anything good on the go at the moment?

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About Elizabeth Harrin

Elizabeth HarrinElizabeth Harrin FAPM is a professional project manager and award-winning blogger behind A Girl's Guide To Project Management. She's passionate about demystifying project management and making tools and techniques work in the real world. She's also the author of several books including the PMI bestseller, Collaboration Tools for Project Managers.
Elizabeth lives in the UK with her family. She uses her organisation and project management skills at home, and also to help other bloggers at Totally Organised Blogging.


  1. Louise says

    I’m currently reading, ‘Philosophy for Life and other Dangerous Situations’, which, whilst not strictly work related, is useful for life in general and a very enlightening read.


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