Inspiration and Reading List

They say there is no such thing as a brand new idea. I think there are a lot of great new ideas out there that have both been discovered and are yet to be discovered. And those new ideas need help in the form of inspiration from other ideas. When I wrote The Agile Project Manager, I drew upon inspiration from so many people, places and movements - and I continue to do so. When I run workshops, I'm often asked for a reading list, so I thought: Why not make the references section from The Agile Project Manager available here? And dynamically update as I learn more? So there we have it. I'm always reading something new, so come back and check it out!

Albert Bandura: Self Efficacy: The Exercise of Control (1997).

Amy Cuddy's TED Talk (2012): Your body language shapes who you are:

Brene Brown: Daring Greatly (2015).

Daniel Goleman: Emotional Intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ (1995).

Dr Adam Fraser: The Third Space (2012).

Dr Jason Fox: The Game Changer (2014).

Em Campbell-Pretty: Tribal Unity (2016).

Em Campbell-Pretty and Adrienne Wilson: The Art of Avoiding a Train Wreck (2019,

Everett Rogers: Diffusion of Innovations (1967).

Kurt Lewin: The Turning Point: Science, Society, and the Rising Culture (1943).

Lean Coffee:

Malcolm Gladwell: Blink (2007) and Outliers (2011).

Mark Denne & Jane Cleland-Huang: Software by Numbers: Low-Risk, High-Return Development (2004).

Mik Kersten: Project to Product (2018)

NEW: Geoffrey Moore: Crossing the Chasm (2014)

NEW: Malcolm Gladwell: Talking to Strangers (2019)

NEW: Patrick Lencioni: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team (2002), The Advantage (2012), The Ideal Team Player (2016)

NEW: Simon Sinek: The Infinite Game (2020)

Perspective with Vinh Giang:

Peter Taylor: The Lazy Project Manager (2010,

Richard Beckhard & Wendy Pritchard: Changing the Essence: The Art of Creating and Leading Fundamental Change in Organizations (1992).

Rob Thomsett: Third Wave Project Management: A Handbook for managing the Complex Information Systems for the 1990s (1993), Radical Project Management (2002)and The Agile Project Manager’s Toolkit (2009).

Robin Sharma: The Leader who had no Title (2010,

Simon Sinek: Start with Why (2011,

Simon Sinek’s TED Talk: How Great Leaders Inspire Action:

Simon T. Bailey: Shift your Brilliance (2014,

Stephen Covey: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People (2004).

Tali Sharot's TED Talk (2012): The Optimism Bias:

The Manifesto for Agile Software Development:

Tony Robbins: Unlimited Power - the new science of personal achievement (1997).