Recommended Reading

Robertson Consulting Ltd is pleased to recommend a number of reference books which are specific to our expertise and useful for further study:

Portfolio, Programme Management & PMO  General Reading List

  • Navigating Complexity: A Practice Guide. Project Management Institute, Inc. 2014. ISBN: 978-1-62825-036-7.
  • Managing Successful Programmes. Office of Government Commerce. TSO. 2007. ISBN: 978-0-11-331040-1.
  • Advanced Project Portfolio Management and the PMO. Gerald I. Kendall and Steven C. Rollins. J. Ross Publishing, Inc. 2003. ISBN: 1-932159-02-9.
  • Using the Project Management Maturity Model. 2nd Edition. Harold Kerzner. J. Wiley & Sons. 2005. ISBN: 0-471-69161-5.

Project Management General Reading List

  • PMI PMBok® Guide 5th Edition. PMI 2008, ISBN 978-1-933890-51-7 – available through or Amazon.
  • Project Management Institute Global Standard: Practice Standard for Earned Value Management, 2nd Edition. PMI Publishing – ISBN 978-1-935589-35-8. 2011.
  • Project Management Institute, Practice Standard for Project Risk Management, 2009: PMI Publishing – ISBN 978-1-933890-38-8. 2009.
  • Project Risk Analysis and Management Guide, APM Publishing, 2004 – ISBN 1-903494-12-5
  • Project Management. Gary Heerkins, 2002. McGraw Hill. ISBN 0-07-137952-5
  • Drexler/Sibbet Team Performance Model, Grove Consultants International © 1999
  • Project Management – A Systems Approach to Planning Scheduling and Controlling, Tenth Edition. Harold Kerzner – Pub: Wiley & Sons – ISBN 978-0-470-27870-3. 2009.
  • Dynamic Scheduling With Microsoft Office Project 2007. Rodolfo Ambriz. J. Ross Publishing and IIL Publishing 2008. ISBN 978-1-932159-87-5
  • Practical Software Estimation: Function Point Method for Insourced and Outsourced Projects. M.A. Parthasarathy. Addison-Wesley Publishers. 2007 – ISBN 0-321-43910-4
  • Project Procurement Management by Quentin W Fleming.  Published by FMC Press, Tustin, California.  Published 2003. ISBN:  0-9743912-0-4.
  • Implementing Organisational Project Management: A Practice Guide. Project Management Institute, Inc. 2014. ISBN: 978-1-62825-035-0.
  • Project Management for IT-Related Projects. Textbook for the ISEB Foundation Certificate in IS Project Management. British Computer Society. 2004. ISBNB: 1-902505-58-1.
  • The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management. 3rd Edition. Eric Verzuh. 2008. ISBN: 978-0-470-24789-1.
  • Construction Extension to the PMBOK Guide Third Edition. Project Management Institute, Inc. 2008. ISBN: 978-1-930699-52-6.
  • Project Financing: Asset-Based Financial Engineering. John D. Finnerty. 2007.  ISBN: 978-0-470-08624-7.
  • Disciplined Agile Delivery: Scott Ambler, Mark Lines., 2012.
  • PMI Website:

PMI Project Management Exam Preparation for CAPM/PMP and PMI-ACP

  • Rita Mulcahy’s PMP Exam Prep, Eight Edition. RMC Publications. 2013. ISBN: 978-1-932735-65-9.
  • Achieve PMP Exam Success. 5th Edition. Diane Altweis, Janice Preston. Core Performance Concepts Inc. 2013. ISBN: 978-1-60427-088-4.
  • PMP Exam Prep: Questions, Answers & Explanations. Revised 5th Edition.  Christopher Scordo. SSI Logic. 2013. ISBN: 978-0-98257-680-9.
  • All In One CAPM/PMP Project Management Certification Exam Guide. 3rd Edition. Joseph Phillips. McGraw-Hill Education. 2014. ISBN: 978-0-07-177602-8.
  • PMI-ACP Exam Prep. Premier Edition. Mike Griffiths. RMC Publications, Inc. 2012. ISBN: 978-1-932735-58-1.
  • PMI-ACP Exam Prep: Questions, Answers & Explanations. Tim Bagnall and Christopher Scordo. SSI Logic. 2013. ISBN: 978=0=9894703-0-8.
  • Disciplined Agile Delivery: Scott Ambler, Mark Lines., 2012.

Risk Management & Earned Value Management

  • Practical Risk Assessment for Project Management, Stephen Grey. Wiley Series, 1995 – ISBN 0-471-93979-X
  • The Project Manager’s Guide to Handling Risk, Alan Webb, Gower, 2003 – ISBN 0-566-08571-2
  • Project Risk Management, Chris Chapman, Stephen Ward, Wiley Series, 2003 – ISBN 0-470-85355-7.
  • Managing Risk in Projects. David Hillson. 2009. ISBN: 978-0-566-08867-4.
  • A Short Guide to Facilitating Risk Management. Penny Pullan and Ruth Murray-Webster. 2011. ISBN: 978-1-4094-0730-0.
  • Interfacing Risk and Earned Value Management.  Association for Project Management. 2009. ISBN: 978=1-903494-24-0.
  • Risk and Financial Management in Construction. Simon A. Burtonshaw-Gunn. 2009. ISBN: 978-0-566-08897-1.
  • Earned Value Management Using Microsoft Office Project. Sham Dayal.  2008. ISBN: 978-1-932159-98-1.

Agile Scrum

  • A Guide to the SCRUM BODY OF KNOWLEDGE (SBOK TM GUIDE), 2013 Edition. Published by SCRUMStudy TM, a brand of VMEdu, Inc. ISBN: 978-0-9899252-0-4.
  • Agile Project Management with Scrum, Ken Schwaber, 2004. Microsoft Press. ISBN: 0-7356-1993-X
  • Scrum: A Breathtakingly Brief And Agile Introduction. Chris Sims & Hillary Louise Johnson. Published by Dymaxicon. 2012. Kindle Version.
  • The Elements of Scrum, Chris Sims & Hillary Louise Johnson. Version 1.01,2011. Published by Dymaxicon. ISBN: 978-0-9828669-1-7.
  • The Scrum Checklist. Paul VII, published by Pashun Publishing, 2012.
  • The Scrum Guide. Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland. Download free from
  • Project Management the Agile Way. John C. Goodpasture. J. Ross Publishing, Inc. 2010. ISBN: 978-1-60427-027-3.
  • The Pragmatic Programmer – From Journeyman to Master. Andrew Hunt and David Thomas. Addison-Wesley Longman 2000. ISBN: 0-201-61622-X.
  • SCRUMStudy Website:

Microsoft Project & Dynamics SureStep

  • Microsoft Project 2010: The Missing Manual. Bonnie Biafore. 2010.  O’Reilly Publishers. ISBN: 978-1-449-38195-0.
  • Microsoft Project 2010 Project Management. Robert Happy. Wiley Publishing. 2010. ISBN: 978-0-470-56110-2.
  • Project 2010: Step by Step. Carl Chatfield and Timothy Johnson. 2010. Microsoft Press. ISBN: 978-0-7356-2695-9.
  • Microsoft Dynamics SureStep 2010. Chandru Shankar and Vincent Bellefroid. Packt Publishing 2011.  ISBN: 978-1-849681-10-0.

Project Communications & Negotiations

  • Making Sense of Management: A Critical Introduction.  Alvesson and Willmott (1996) Sage, London.
  • Effective Organisational Communication.  Blundel, R., Ippolito, K. & Donnarumma, D (2013) London: Pearson Education Ltd. (4th Edition)
  • A Narrative Approach to Organisation Studies. Czarinawska, B. (1998)  Sage, London.
  • The Handbook of Communication Skills. Hargie, O. (3rd Edition 2006) London: Routledge, Taylor & Francis.
  •  Organisational discourses: text and context.  Keenoy, T., Oswick, C. and Grant, D. (1997). Organization, 4, pp.147–58.
  • The Re-engineering revolution?: Critical Studies of Corporate Change. Knights, D. and Willmott, H. (eds.) (2000)  Sage, London.
  • Academy of Management Review, Pentland, B.T. (1999) Building process theory with narrative: from description to explanation.  24, 4, pp.711–24.
  • Communication: An Introduction. Rosengren, K. (2000) London: Sage Publications
  • Tales of the field: on writing ethnography.  Van Maanen, J. (1988) Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • Effective teambuilding. Adair, J. (1987) .  London: Pan Books.
  • Social Learning Theory. Bandura, A. (1977)  New York: General Learning Press.
  • Belbin Team Roles. Belbin, M. (2007)  Available at
  • Medical Education Vol. 39 Issues 7, pp.672–679. Hendry, G.D., Hyde, S.J. & Davy, P. (2005) Independent student study groups.
  • Equity in effort: An Explanation of the Social Loafing Effect. Jackson, J. M. & Harkins, S. G. (1985).  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 49, pp.1199-1206.
  • Learning in Groups. A Handbook for Improving Group Work.  Jaques, D. (2000) London: Routledge Falmer
  • Personality and Social Psychology, 45, pp.819-828. Kerr, N.L. (1983) Motivation losses in small groups: A social dilemma analysis.
  • European Association for Education and Research in Commercial Distribution Conference,  Smith, K. & Cohen, G. (2006) “The Group Presentation Experience as a Network Support-Building Tool for the Dissertation”, Brunel University (June, 2006).
  • Mind in Society: The Development of Higher Psychological Processes.  Vygotsky, L. S. (1978)  London: Harvard University Press.
  • Getting on Brilliantly. Zera, A. & S. Murray (2004)
  • Recipes for managing successful meetings for adult educators. Leicester: NIACE
  • Negotiating Skills for Managers. Cohen, S. (2002) New York: McGraw
  • Learning in Groups. Jaques,D. (2000)  London: Kogan Page
  • Thomas-Kilmann Conflict MODE Instrument (TKI). Kilman, R. (2007)  Available at )
  • Handbook of Effective Communication Skills. Morley, I. (1997) Negotiating and bargaining in O. Hargie (ed.) London:Routledge
  • The Art and Science of Negotiation. Raiffa, H (1982) Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press
  • The International Transactional Analysis Association
  • Crucial Conversations:  K. Patterson, J. Grenny, R.McMillan, A. Switzler.. McGraw Hill. 2002.
  • Getting to Yes: R. Fisher, W. Ury. 1991. Random House Business Books.
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