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Good Books for Engineering Project Management

Good Books for Engineering Project Management

Good Books for Engineering Project Management

Can anyone give recommendations for some good books on engineering project management?

My interest is more from a process plant engineering and design perspective if there are any books specifically in that area.

RE: Good Books for Engineering Project Management

I cannot help you with the process plant engineering aspect but for the project management and design aspect have a look at these.

For project management these two texts are comprehensive and quite good compared to other books I have used.
The Nicholas and Steyn text is better for an engineering perspective (this was for an engineering course). The Gardiner text is good for project management theory/framework (this was for a project management course). I have retained both my library. For study I also referenced some older PM library texts and usually found that the well known authors all had something to offer even though the books might be dated.

Project Management for Engineering, Business and Technology - John M. Nicholas and Herman Steyn
Project Management: A Strategic Planning Approach - Paul D. Gardiner

I have not read all of this text but I find it is a useful reference for problem solving;
Project Pain Reliever - Dave Garrett

For legal and contract management this is very good (for Australian contract law);
Practical Guide to Engineering and Construction Contracts - Loots and Charrett

Now some interesting stuff smile. A few books about success and failure. I found Moon Lander really good;

For mechanical design and systems engineering;
Moon Lander - Thomas J. Kelly
Skunk Works - Ben R. Rich

For how things (including projects) can go wrong;
Running Critical - Patrick Tyler
Truth, Lies and O-rings - Allan J. McDonald
The Logic of Failure - Dietrich Dorner


RE: Good Books for Engineering Project Management


RE: Good Books for Engineering Project Management

@sreid: Really? It has zero reviews and is in its first edition.

RE: Good Books for Engineering Project Management

True. But it is written by George Ellis, one of the Gods on servo control at Kollmorgen. It's based on his experience and a massive amount of research. Don't diss it just because it hasn't been discovered yet.

RE: Good Books for Engineering Project Management

I find it incredible that there are any books on PM. I have always considered that PM's and PE's cannot construct a sentence, let alone a complete book, to save their lives!!!

RE: Good Books for Engineering Project Management


You're thinking of the MBA Project Managers!!!!

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