Ahh project management. It’s a field as complicated and misunderstood as a David Lynch film.
Project management methodologies, technology and demands are constantly changing. You can be an expert one day and feel overwhelmed the next. That’s why it’s important to keep yourself informed and stay on the leading edge of project management knowledge.
These 25 project management blogs are insightful, innovative and often entertaining. You won’t always find slick design and snazzy graphics, but they’re all written by project management experts and thought leaders who have something valuable to say.
I’ve linked to an interesting post for each blog, so you can get a taste of the author’s style. There’s something here for everyone - whether you’re looking for inspiration, information, a few laughs or the chance to network with other project managers. Dig in and enjoy!
1. Guerilla Project Management
Author Samad Aidane describes his blog as “Liberating project management from the tyranny of conventional wisdom.” He has over 18 years of experience as a PM, and he offers a unique perspective by drawing on social science, psychology, neuroscience and organisational change management. His goal is to help other project managers with their personal growth, while also increasing their performance, skills and resilience.
Get a Taste: How to be a Happy Project Manager (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)
2. A Girl’s Guide to Project Management
Author Elizabeth Harrin started this blog because she “realised that there weren’t enough women writing and speaking about project management, although there were plenty working very hard at it.” Elizabeth is an insightful and entertaining writer, and she uses infographics and checklists to illustrate her points. She offers awesome advice about holding better meetings, managing teams and stakeholders, and balancing life and work as a project manager. Her blog’s been up and running for 10 years, so there’s no shortage of content!
Get a Taste: What To Do When Your Team Doesn’t Believe The Project Schedule
3. Project Management Tips
While this blog is slightly more formal (and less entertaining) it offers plenty of valuable, actionable advice - with a focus on providing guidance for real life PM situations. Most of the posts are in list form, making it nice and digestible. The site combines regular posts from Elizabeth Harrin (from A Girl’s Guide to Project Management) with a number of guest authors, who add to the variety.
Get a Taste: 7 Questions to Ask About Your Project Scope, 10 Critical Leadership Qualities
4. Shift Happens! Projects, Change, Risk
As the clever title suggests, this guy has a way with words. Mike Clayton is an experienced project manager and former Senior Manager at Deloitte Consulting. He’s authored 13 books about leadership, PM, risk management and business communication. His website offers online project management courses so you can build your skills and practical knowledge. He writes particularly well about “soft skills” - dealing with project team members and stakeholders, and learning how to exercise your influence.
Get a Taste: Influence and Persuasion for Project Managers
5. The Unconventional Guide to Work
Yep that’s us! I might be a little biased, but this list wouldn’t be complete without the WorkflowMax blog. Our blog covers a huge range of topics; including project management strategies for different industries, finding and retaining clients, working remotely, and maintaining your work/life balance. We try to inject a little humour into our subjects while also offering real, actionable advice. If you love our writing, why not subscribe to our newsletter? We’ll send you a weekly round up of our latest posts, so you don’t miss a thing!
Get a Taste: Suffering From Scope Creep? Here’s How to Beat It Forever and 6 Questions You Should Ask Your Clients Before Signing on the Dotted Line
6. Brad Egeland
Brad Egeland is a successful project management author, having written over 4,000 expert business strategy articles. A genuine thought leader, he was named a Top 10 Project Management Influencer in 2016. Many of his blog posts offer 60 second video snippets with valuable project management tips. He specialises in a broad range of topics, including delegation skills, improving customer experiences, and project management methodologies.
Get a Taste: Bad Project Ideas Aren’t Going to Suddenly Become Good Ideas
7. The Program Manager’s Blog
The Program Manager’s Blog has a huge amount of articles by different authors from around the world. They accept a lot of guest posts so it’s a good site if you want to contribute your own ideas and get published. While there’s a ton of valuable info here, the website loading times are a little slow. This can be frustrating if you’re on an article reading binge!
Get a Taste: Future of Work - How it Could Impact You as a Project Manager?
8. The Lazy Project Manager
Peter Taylor has developed quite a name for himself as a project management blogger. He’s an author of two best selling books on productive laziness - ‘The Lazy Project Manager’ and the ‘Lazy Winner’. His idea of productive laziness basically means learning how to get the best results for the least effort (or how to be twice as productive and still leave the office early). It’s an awesome approach because he teaches you how to work smarter rather than harder.
Get a Taste: Alien Project Management
9. Leadership Freak
Dan Rockwell is obsessed with leadership (in a good way). His blog is enjoyable to read, and has been ranked as the most socially-shared leadership blog every year from 2012-2015. Each post is populated with interesting quotes and tidbits of philosophical wisdom. While the content isn’t directly PM focused, many of his leadership posts will be applicable to project managers.
Get a Taste: 2 Proven Behaviours That Make Dumb Teams Smart
10. Ron Rosenhead
Ron Rosenhead is the CEO of Project Agency in the UK. He has over 15 years experience in project management training, risk management, consulting and coaching. Ron’s blog offers a wealth of PM resources and wisdom, and he often writes about his ideas generated while on the job. Many of his blog posts answer common questions or pain points raised by his clients.
Get a Taste: Collective belief and its possible impact on projects
11. Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt is a best selling author and life coach. His blog covers a wide variety of business and leadership topics, but many posts are applicable to project managers. He updates frequently so you’ll always have something new to sink your teeth into. Topics are divided into four main themes; personal growth, productivity, leadership and influence.
Get a Taste: How to Sync up Your Team for Success
12. The Tao of Project Management
Here’s something a little outside of the box! This blog takes the philosophical wisdom of Taoism and applies it to project management. It’s a novel approach, but it works surprisingly well and makes for some very quotable content. The blog design is nothing fancy but you’ll find plenty of shareable posts on PM, leadership and communication strategies.
Get a Taste: The Way
13. Association for Project Management
The Association for Project Management (APM) is an award-winning, registered charity with over 22,000 members. Based in the UK, they are committed to developing and promoting project management skills. Not surprisingly, their blog offers a very professional perspective on contemporary PM issues. They have a number of guest posts from industry experts and thought leaders.
Get a Taste: Perfecting business requirements for successful projects
14. The Practicing IT Project Manager
Dave Gordon is a project manager specialising in human capital management, payroll systems, SaaS solutions and ERP solutions. His blog is a great resource for PMs and business analysts, particularly those working in IT. Dave himself writes a number of interesting articles, but one of the best parts of his blog his the weekly roundup. This is where he curates the latest links to articles on project management across a huge range of blogs. It’s a great go-to resource if you’re looking for all the latest posts from industry thought leaders.
Get a Taste: Risk Management is Part of the Operating Rhythm
15. The Clever PM
Here’s another blog which favours tips, hacks and actionable advice for PMs. Written by a B2B product manager with over 10 years of experience, The Clever PM writes lucid and insightful content, with a strong focus on the Agile management methodology. The content is long-form and engaging. The website also contains a valuable PM Reading List on a range of topics - including business strategy, design and user experience, interviewing and product management.
Get a Taste: Leading Through Influence: Driving to a Decision
This blog is written by Cesar Abeid, a certified PM professional who runs a popular podcast by the same name. Cesar believes that the skills essential for a project management career can also be applied to your personal life and self-growth. His blog includes interviews with thought leaders and productivity gurus, tips on how to maintain a work and life balance, and his own experiences as a “bootstrap” project manager. If you love the blog his book is available for purchase as well.
Get a Taste: Life is a project. You are the manager.
17. Voices on Project Management
This blog brings together a number of PM experts from around the world, to share their personal stories, tips and advice. The blog’s goal is to generate a global discussion on PM ideas, and build a diverse pool of knowledge and resources. There’s plenty of value here and it’s great to see writing from so many industry and thought leaders in one accessible place. Highly recommended.
Get a Taste: The 3 Things That Transcend All Project Approaches
18. PM Solutions
The PM Solutions is a project management consulting firm. Their blog brings together experts from the company’s leadership team to deliver free advice on a number of PM topics, from leadership through to risk management and measuring outcomes. They’re especially interested in high-impact solutions and measurable, sustainable results.
Get a Taste: The Value of an Experienced Project Manager
TeamGantt offer scheduling software for project managers, using the gantt chart system. They also happen to run a pretty great blog. It covers topics that are PM specific as well as general tips for team productivity and time management. While some of the blog posts are quite promotional, there are plenty of insightful pieces as well. Worth a look.
Get a Taste: 6 Tips to Resolve Project Issues and Avoid Stress
20. Ready To Manage
Written by Dr. Jon Warner - an executive coach, author and management consultant - Ready to Manage covers a broad range of management and leadership topics. The amount of content in his archives is huge, and includes guest posts from various industry experts. Many of his blog posts offer checklists, modules and downloadable PDFs - making this blog a treasure trove of useful information.
Get a Taste: Secrets to Successful Project Management
21. Pawel Brodzinski
Pawel Brodzinski is the CEO of Lunar Logic, and his blog is all about Software Project Management. His offers advice on leading teams effectively, creating a strong organisational culture, managing complex projects, and using Lean, Kanban and Agile software. While his posting isn’t as frequent as others, his posts are in-depth and highly detailed. If you’re in the field of software project management you’ll find a lot of value here.
Get a Taste: The Cost of Too Many Projects in a Portfolio
22. Time Doctor
If you’re a project manager who deals primarily with remote workers and virtual teams, Time Doctor’s blog is an excellent source of advice. Time Doctor is a time tracking software (and a WorkflowMax add on) and very useful for remote working teams. Their blog posts cover topics like boosting productivity of virtual workers, project management tools, managing workflow and more.
Get a Taste: 5 Workflow Software Tools to Manage Remote Service Based Businesses
23. Digital Project Management Blog
"This stuff will make you a God damned sexual Tyrannosaurus!" Before you get freaked out by the tagline, it’s actually a quote from the 80s film Predator - and it’s a pretty good reflection of author Sam Barnes’ sense of humour. Sam is an experienced digital project management consultant, team leader and public speaker. His writes about digital project management from a ‘real world’ perspective, and he injects many of his posts with fun pop culture references (he’s particularly fond of Star Wars). This quirky blog is a great source of inspiration for any digital agency moguls.
Get a Taste: What Jigsaw Can Teach Us About Project Management
24. IIL Blog
The International Institute for Learning (IIL) are global leaders in business training, coaching and consulting. Their blog focuses on project management, sustainability, leadership, Agile and Scrum, and the Lean Six Sigma. This is a great place to get your fix of serious knowledge from professional project managers and genuine industry experts.
Get a Taste: Want to be a Better Project Leader? Start Asking for Feedback
25. Musings on Project Management
The design is a little old school but don’t let that fool you - this blog offers valuable insights into the world of risk management, leadership, Agile and other contemporary PM topics. The author John Goodpasture has decades of relevant experience; having served as a Program Manager for a US Defense Agency and a Portfolio Director for Harris Corporation. He now runs a business consulting firm. Needless to say, he knows what he’s talking about.
Get a Taste: Reacting to threat: Game theory for the PMO
Hopefully you’re feeling refreshed and inspired from all these different perspectives on project management!
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