A good book for Project / Program Managers

by Abhishek

There is a great post on "How to be a program manager" written by author, blogger, entrepreneur and programmer Joel Spolsky. One of the few people I have utmost respect for.

The post is excellent and a must read for wanna be Program Manager or Project Manager. But right now I am more interested in the books he has mentioned in it such as "Mythical Man Month" and "How to win friends and influence people"

After reading the evergreen classic "Mythical Man Month" I was on to another evergreen classic written by Dale Carnegie – "How to win friends and influence people"

Now I am not a big fan of the self help books and probably this is the first and only one I will ever read. But I can safely say that I won't need any other now. At least when it comes to dealing with people.

I learned one of the very important lessons of life.

"Its always about the other person stupid!"

If you have to deal with people and not just with machines in your day to day life, this book is a must read.

Some of the principles mentioned in book may sound like flattery but they are not. They will only work if there are sincere and genuine efforts behind it.

Go ahead and read this book. Read it at slow pace and contrast the principles with your actual behavior in reality. Try implementing them in real life. Turn it in some kind of game. Check your score every week and see if you are doing any better.

You will feel better when you see these principles working in your day to day life. At the end it will make you a happier and better person.

All the best!