35 Essential Resources for Project Managers

Oct 06, 2016

35 Essential Resources for Project Managers

Whether you’re a C-level executive, Project Manager, student, or just someone interested in project management, odds are you don’t have a lot of time to spend scouring the internet for the best project management resources.With that in mind, Mavenlink has put together a list of 35 essential project management resources that includes expert advice, project management methods, career and salary research, certification, and training, jobs, software evaluation and useful project management templates. Here’s the list, along with some helpful tips.

Research, Articles, Blogs  

1. Project Management Institute (PMI) (a nonprofit PM organization website) is the most globally recognized nonprofit project management certification organization, founded in 1969. Their website is a primary source for valuable insights into project management methods, best practices, and member support to over 2.9 million professionals worldwide. The site offers  “certifications, resources, tools, academic research, publications, professional development courses and networking opportunities.” The pmi.org site is reliable and well laid out and is the most comprehensive “go to” source for anything project management. 

2. IDC (market research website) is a “global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the IT, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets.” IDC helps “professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy.” What I really like about the site is its simplicity, clean look and ease of navigation. IDC also transparently provides a breakdown of all their world-wide analyst teams, by key areas of specialization, and lists team member profiles/ backgrounds demonstrating analyst experience and knowledge within relevant focus areas.

3. Gartner (market research website) was founded in 1979 and is one of the most widely recognized sources for reliable and current industry research, including trends and best practices that professionals at all levels have come to rely on. Gartner’s thoroughly fact based reports are well received and used around the world. Similar to IDC, from the home page Gartner makes it easy to find specific types of research arranged into broad categories; when searching for content like project management, Gartner sorts free and premium, leadership, management, analyst, and webinar content within tabs.

4. Forrester (market research website) was founded in 1983, is similar to Gartner, and is an independent technology and market research company. Forrester research provides advice on the possible impact of technology and is also a highly regarded firm reporting on industry trends, including project management. Their site is progressive and has a simple, easy to follow and navigate site — no clutter here.

5. CIO (digital media site/PM Articles) is a highly recognized digital media source for project management, leadership, and technology content. As an award-winning part of the IDG Enterprise Network, CIO offers articles on many technology and business topics including project management methods, best practices, software reviews, white papers and video content for CIOs and IT leaders. Anyone can access PM and other content on CIO as well as additional premier “Insider” content that requires simple email registration.

6. ZDNET – Beyond IT Failure (digital media site/blog) is a blog on ZDNET by Michael Krigsman, a recognized expert on the “causes and prevention of IT failures.” Michael is also a founder of cxotalk.com. He is recognized internationally as an industry analyst, strategy advisor, enterprise advocate, and industry commentator. In going through some of Michael’s on-line video discussions with industry experts, I found them easy to listen to and Michael to be very personable. With each video, there’s also a brief summary of the discussion on the page which is very useful.

7. TechRepublic (digital media site) “features articles on project management methods, best practices, software reviews, vendor white papers, downloads, webcasts, and research to help IT decision-makers identify technologies and strategies to empower workers and streamline business processes.” TechRepublic’s site also offers white papers and webcasts, and the site is appealing, clean, and showcases resource downloads on the right of each page (in a blue panel) — very easy to read and navigate.

8. Youtube (video-sharing web channels) offers project management videos with advice, training/software tutorial and demos, and best practices by various project management organizations like PMI and many other project management businesses and professionals. This a really useful source of education and tips covering many areas of project management. Although there are over 53,000 project management related channels, results can be filtered based on various criteria. Search project management channels, filter and listen at your own pace.

9. Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia) is a dynamic repository that shares information on virtually anything including project, portfolio, and programme management. Simply conduct a search and away you go. Wikipedia also includes citations and links to related topics. It’s written without bias, and content is based on a collaborative approach by subject matter experts wanting to contribute, providing they meet Wikipedia’s five pillars. The best part about Wikipedia is the ability for various professionals and experts to add high-value, reliable content, with readers able to see all content history and sourcing through the tabs at the top of the page.

10. Project-Management.com (website) contains advice about best practices, tools, webinars, templates, and community events. Content is created by project management and industry professionals. The site offers the option to search for content, tools/templates and other resources by author or content keyword(s).

11. #PMChat (PM social sharing site – part of a full social media ecosystem) is hosted by Robert Kelly, a project management professional and leader. Inc Magazine listed his site as one of the “Top 15 Twitter Chats For All Your Business.” After spending some time on this site and going through some of the weekly recaps, I found the site both educational and entertaining at the same time. A lite and interactive way to learn about project management.

12. PM Podcast (podcasts) is exactly what it says, project management podcasts for beginners and seasoned experts, hosted by Cornelius Fichtner, a PM guru himself. He interviews project managers and experts from around the world to learn what makes them successful. This offers other project managers a way to apply lessons learned to their projects and increase their own success. This is also another fantastic site that combines written and audio content about things that matter to project professionals.

13. Amazon Books (online bookstore/website) is an online store where anyone can search project management books/resources to find a wide range of books by project management professionals on everything from basic project management knowledge to methodologies and software information to highly-advanced and high-level strategic project management content.

Career and Salary Research

14. Payscale (website) provides “real-time, market-enabled compensation,” and “better intelligence for both companies and employees” so they can have  “their finger on the pulse of their talent markets.” The site offers over 54 million salary profiles and includes project management and related profiles. It also provides a useful feature — information on hourly, annual and bonus rates and can be filtered by geographic location, job, and years of experience.

15. The PMI Salary Survey (website with.pdf) can be downloaded and includes data collected from 26,000 project management professionals in 34 countries, with data cross-tabulated by eight positions and 15 demographic variables. Here is the link to the 9th edition survey. What I like is the survey results are relayed in each country’s currency along with the mean, median as well as 25th and 75th percentiles.

16. RH Salary Guides (website) Robert Half was founded in 1948, and specializes in helping “businesses grow by matching the right talent to their staffing and consulting needs.” RH compiles an annual salary survey that includes project management salaries, with reports categorized by job field. Here is a link to the 2017 Technology and IT Salary guide (PM salaries will be included here).

17. Modis Salary Guides(website/downloads) are created by Modis annually to help candidates find the right IT and project management jobs. Since 1986 Modis, a tech-staffing agency, has used their “extensive experience in over 60 countries on six continents to match employees and employers.” Project management candidates and seasoned professionals can access the 2017 Salary Guide here and also see job descriptions.

18. Glassdoor (website) is a job and recruiting site founded in 2007. The site offers a “growing database of millions of company reviews, CEO approval ratings, salary reports, interview reviews and questions, benefits reviews, office photos and more.” What’s neat about the site is anyone can search the site for information on companies, job titles and descriptions, education, resources, and interviews from around the world.

Certification and Training

19. Project Management Institute (PMI) (website) is the most globally recognized non-profit project management certification organization. It’s a globally recognized as the leader in certifications and offers the following:

Conferences and Events

20. PMI Events calendar (calendar) also maintains a dynamic events calendar listing project management conferences and events around the globe that project professionals can attend. The calendar shows which events are PMI sponsored, congress, seminars world, chapter events, local, or not PMI sponsored. You can also use the calendar’s “search” tab by date and keyword(s).

21. CompTIA (website) is another nonprofit trade association. CompTIA says “we advance the global interests of IT professionals and IT channel organizations and enable them to be more successful with industry-leading IT certifications and IT business credentials, IT employers, employees, and the ability to connect with like-minded, leading IT industry experts.”

22. PMI Registered Education Provider Database (website) provides individuals and organizations with a portal they can go to where they can search for registered continuing education providers around the globe. Candidates can go to find out if a particular project management education provider is listed in the continuing certification requirements system (CCRS), and education providers can go to register. Search by location or type of activity and language. This is an important consideration when selecting continuing education options.


23. LinkedIn Jobs (professional networking website) is the largest business and professional networking site. Launched in 2003, LinkedIn has over 450 million members in over 200 countries and territories. LinkedIn is an impressive and robust portal where project management professionals can access and share articles, videos, and job hunt as well as join project management and leadership groups to learn, mentor, be mentored, collaborate.

24. PMI jobs board (website) is a valuable resource for project management professionals seeking job opportunities and for employers seeking qualified professionals. Project management candidates and professionals can search for, browse and explore jobs in locations around the world as well as set up job alerts and save jobs. Here are the links for each.

25. Project Times Job Board (website) is a project management site where professionals can find articles, white papers, and other content as well as search for job postings. Project Times also offers other resources for project professionals including webinars, templates, e-learning options and conferences etc. Another useful resource for project professionals.

PM Software Reviews & Integrations

26. G Suite Marketplace, formerly Google Apps, (productivity & collaboration application website) provides a way to search all G Suite partner apps by category, including ratings and features for project management apps, as well as other apps. G Suite is widely used by many businesses, making it a good idea to ensure selected project management solutions will integrate. When selecting project management tools, check for them in G Suite.

27. IT Business Edge (slideshow) provides ratings on project management apps that integrate well with G Suite. The slideshow includes a write up on each app and ratings. Again, considering how pervasive G Suite is, this slideshow can help take the guess work out of things.

28. Intuit/Quickbooks Online (QBO) App Marketplace (accounting & collaboration website) lists all project management apps that integrate with the QBO’s platform and offers a link for download. Considering many companies use Quickbooks for accounting and payroll, having a project management app that is compatible may be very important. Like other widely used apps, users of Quickbooks online (QBO) should give great consideration to project management apps that integrate with the QBO solution to create a more  seamless solution and reduce manual workarounds.

30. Salesforce App Integrations (CRM & collaboration website) is another good place to go for any business or project manager looking for project management solutions that integrate with Salesforce, the leading source for customer relationship management software. Similar to Quickbooks and G suite, Salesforce is also a widely used customer relationship management (CRM). If needed, project management solutions should integrate with Salesforce as well.  

31. Capterra (software comparison/review website) offers one of the most extensive collections of software reviews on the web, making it easy find the best software for specific business. Capterra has been around for over fourteen years and also provides additional research capabilities and filters to help businesses select optimal solutions.

32. GetApp (software comparison/review website) is another site that helps businesses and individuals find the best app to meet specific needs. The site includes information on over 4,500 apps in various categories including project management.

33. G2Crowd (software comparison/review website) gives businesses and individuals the ability to compare the multiple types of business software with “G2 Crowd’s industry-leading review platform” of over 102,500 reviews and also get recommendations based on your business needs.

Forms and Templates

34. Project Times Project Management Glossary (website) is a site “committed to the advancement and recognition of the project management community” that offers news from around the world, articles, white papers and webinars. If you are just learning about project management, need a refresher from time-to-time or want to have a quick project management terminology guide at the tip of your fingers, this can come in quite handy.  

35. Method123 (website/downloads) has more than 45,000 customers in 200 countries and their website covers “when a project management should use templates, how to use them and how to improve the success of projects.” This is another helpful site for ready-made templates that can be used as-is or modified to meet specific project needs. This site offers free templates as well as many for sale. Templates can be searched by project phase and downloaded.

Social Media Groups

LinkedIn Groups (professional networking website) has many project management and leadership groups in many languages around the world. This is a place where project managers, consultants, project management students, executives, and professionals can take part in discussions, get advice and share ideas, project management methods and experiences. LinkedIn Groups is a “must use” collaboration tool for project management professionals. 

Make sure to bookmark these frequented sites for easy access to the best project management resources around. Many of these are likely to become regular resources for up-to-date research, advice on project management trends, best practices, collaboration tools, idea generation, networking opportunities and career transition sources. Don’t forget to bookmark Mavenlink’s blog for ongoing thought-provoking project management content to enhance your value as a thought leader.

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