If you want to stay up-to-date with the latest thinking on Project Management… Or if you want to reflect on some interesting ideas… Or you simply want answers to common challenges… Then you can do a lot worse than reading one or two well-chosen Project Management blogs.
In this comprehensive round-up, I’d like to share all of the best. If I’ve missed your favourite (or your own!) then do add it at the comments section.
This is going to be a mammoth article, and I don’t think I can easily pick favourites. Each of these project management blogs has something valuable to offer and I’ll try to indicate who each one will be most useful for. So, to avoid creating the semblence of preference, I’ll list them in alphabetical order. And of course, I do have my own preferences. Where I do, I’ll let you know.
The UK’s Association for Project Management (APM) has a thriving blog, with posts its own staff and its members. They vary from APM-centred content, to clearly promotional content (largely from services and training providers) to some of the best UK project management thinking. I’ll declare an interest here: because I have a regular article for the APM’s journal, Project, my articles appear here too.
This engaging blog from Todd Williams of eCameron focuses narrowly on recovering failing projects. I’m not sure how often it’s updated now, but the archive is well worth a look.
Short musings from Agilist, Craig Brown. They often hold nuggets of insight and sometimes of humour. These aren’t to my taste, but then Agile is not really my thing.
Brad is an experienced project manager, whose blog posts cover a breadth of PM topics. However, his articles all require an extra read-more click that is frustrating and many lead to articles on another site, with other people’s by-lies, so it’s hard to e sure who is writing them. Brad, I know you understand UX. Please look at your blog with customer’s eyes!
You have to love the title, but heres another user experience that leaves us wanting. However, if you are looking for a PMI PMP qualification, Harwinder Sigh has oodles of great content. And if you’re not, you may still find some helpful introductory to intermediate tips.
Sam Barnes’ blog is at the quirkier, more bizarre end of the spectrum and he focuses on digital projects. But don’t let either of those put you off. Much of his content is generic, and his humour is mostly good natured. And the ideas in the content are often pithy and insightful. You won’t see quite so many familiar stock images here as elsewhere!
Now with a Podcast radio station, DrunkenPM Radio, J David Prior’s blog focuses on Agile and Scrum in particular. But his podcasts range more widely.
A blog provided by Project management consulting firm Project Management Alliance. This is a good project management blog for newer project managers, with thoughtful articles about basic and general project management topics.
Project Management blog with a focus on environmental and sustainability-related projects.
Kiron Bondale’s blog looks at wider organizational projects and organizational change. So you’ll get some good practical advice if you are working at a strategic level.
Kailash Awati does not write for the casual reader. Be prepared to think hard and cope with deeply intellectual analysis. He uses subtle philosophical concepts and includes code from time to time. But if you want a demanding read that will teach you something deep, he’s your man.
Bruce McGraw uses his blog to focus on the management side of project management. This makes it an excellent source of reading for when you are familiar with all the basics and need to move one step further on in your reading.
Elizabeth Harrin’s blog roams far and wide over the Project Management world, but her own focus is on project communications, which is where her blog is at its best. It’s also good for interviews, guest articles, reviews, and downloadable resources. It’s one of the oldest and best of the project management blogs. Elizabeth is a friend.
This is another of a number of project management blogs from blogging friends. Samad Aidane this time. Samad’s blogging a lot less frequently now, as he is pursuing research into culturally diverse project teams, under the banner of Leading with Cultural Intelligence. So keep an eye on his other blog, Neurofrontier – the Neuroscience of Leadership, for valuable information on that topic.
Coincidentally, Glen Alleman’s blog is another of the oldest and best. Its no-frills presentation will focus you on the depth of his content. Glen is a quantitative project manager, who believes in rigor. He writes a lot about estimation and the overlap between traditional and agile methodologies in large, complex, and high-criticality projects. Intellectually, Glen takes no prisoners, so when you are ready for his depth, you will learn from him.
Lindsay Scott writes as a PM recruiter (founder of Arras People) and an expert on PMOs. If you are near the start of your journey and interested in building a career, this is ono f the best Project Management blogs. Lindsay has written a blog for OnlinePMCourses.
Thoughtful short articles form The International Institute of Learning (IIL) – a consulting and training business that des not push its business down your throat. In fact, I couldn’t find a link to their man site from the blog!
Short, sharp articles, and some longer ones. They appear infrequently, but are worth scanning form time to time.
This Project Management blog offers original musings from one of the industry’s more authentic voices. Peter Taylor’s books and blogs are often amusing as well as thought-provoking. He specialises in PMO’s and constructive laziness: the former with considerable rigor and the latter with a wry eye. He’s less active now he’s back running a PMO than when he was a full time professional speaker, but not a lot so. His Lazy Project Manager Podcast is also well worth checking out.
Liquid Planner is a project management software and their blog offers a wide variety of voices from both within the company and the wider world of project management. This includes authors of a number of established project management blogs, like Elizabeth Harrin (see Girl’s Guide, above) and Susanne Madsen (see below).
Chuck Cobb offers Agile Project Management blogs that are frequently detailed and thoughtful. He is also one of the most accomplished online video trainers in the Agile Project Management space.
John Goodpasture offers some of the most thoughtful musings on project management, as well as one of my favourite definitions:
Manage assigned resources to deliver the value expected, taking measured risks to do so.
His project management blogs range widely, bu there is a lot here onrisk management, leadership and Agile.
Well, you’re here aren’t you? Invidious as it may be to mention ourselves, it’s worth noting that Mike Clayton’s earlier project management blog, ‘Shift Happens!’, frequently featured in roundups of the best project management blogs. I’ve moved my writing here, says Mike, to link it directly to the new business, and make it available to a new audience.
Pawel’s somewhat infrequent blog repays careful reading with long articles written primarily for software project managers working with Agile methods. But his breadth of knowledge and consideration of ideas makes his project management blogs a worthwile read for any serious project manager.
Cesar Abeid brings intermittent guest articles and podcasts with guests. There’s some great content – particularly for newer Project managers – if you can get past the heavy advertising and incessant pop-ups.
Mostly short-sharp comments from practitioners within this consulting firm. They give off little love of writing and blogging, but do sometimes offer a valuable nugget of information.
Margaret Meloni does relish writing, and her mostly short posts are filled with sound advice for newer project managers (as the site’s name suggests!)
Dave Gordon offers readers a weekly summary of some of the best posts form a range of project management blogs. This is alongside his own articles. A great resource.
A huge jumble of contributed posts makes this a great resource, but not a comfortable place to read. There’s a lot of good stuff here, but the interface is very poor.
This is the PMI’s blogging platform, where hundreds of project managers contribute their thoughts. ‘Overwhelming’ is the word that comes to mind. There’s something for everyone, but you’ll need to invest time to find the right channels and authors for you.
Former identity of the Wrike Blog (see below). Collaboration software vendor Wrike is working hard to introduce the idea of Social Project Management as Project Management 2.0 and you can read more about that idea on their blog.
A venerable old site full of excellent project management blogs from practitioners who enjoy writing but choose not to build their own platform. Some of the articles are extraordinarily comprehensive. Their individual ‘Huts’ offer coherent sequences of articles that often form a great basis for developing your learning. (No relation to Jabba, I think).
Trust an Irishman to find a melodious title for a rapidly growing archive of excellent podcast interviews wth project managers. The weekly episodes are sponsored by Cora Systems. A fair number of the bloggers in this list are represented, including myself: Episode 14 – “Risk Management Explained” with Mike Clayton.
It isn’t clear who or what is behind this blog, but it looks like a collection of decent (contributed) articles that is supported by advertising. There are a lot of articles by Elizabeth Harrin (Girl’s Guide, above), so read it for that reason if no other.
Another eclectic source of articles from a variety of writers. Here you’ll find a lot of very good content on a wide range of project management topics.
Cloud-based project management software provider that offers long-form commission pieces from experts like Susanne Madsen (Project Leadership – see below) and Yours Truly. Their pieces tend to be long and thoughtful, covering a wide range of topics in depth.
This is a PMI sponsored blog featuring in depth articles by and for serious project, program and portfolio management practitioners. Yu’ll need to register with PMI or subscribe to the blog, to read the articles, but they are worth it.
Another Project Management content site, offering some excellent articles from a range of project managers, including Brad Egeland (see above). It also offers a platform for some of the bigger commercial players, and a number of other resources.
To my mind, this is one of the best sites compiling a wide range of project management blogs and other related resources.
Ron writes for the day-today project managers who are largely managers who have been given projects to deliver. His project management blogs are usually short comments addressing the questions that arise in his training sessions. Ron is a friend of mine and has also written for OnlinePMCourses.
This is the real thing; a blog that does what blogs were supposed to do. A web log of someone’s experiences. Here it’s Soma Bhattacharya stepping first into Project Management and then into Agile, and getting advice from OnlinePMCourses friends Elizabeth Harrin (see Girl’s Guide, above) and Samad Aidane (see Guerrilla Project Management, above).
Susanne focuses on Project Leadership and does it very well. Her style is simpilar to mine – a mix of short insight pieces and longer review style topics. If you know the basics of project management and want to graduate to better leadership, Susanne’s is one f the best project management blogs to follow.
There’s always one. Someone has to write an off the wall, calmly reflective and deeply thought-provoking set of wise articles one very subject of interest. And John Carroll does it for Project Management. This will never be your go-to blog for Project Management knowledge, but if you enjoy John’s brand of EasternPhilosophy-inspired musing, you may want to make this a regular source of pleasure.
Helpful longer articles from another project management software vendor. I’m not sure they are all really about project management. But for newer project managers, there is plenty of value in the articles about productivity and team working. I wish the annoying pop-up at the bottom would get the message, though.
Scott Selhorst writes about project management and product management, primarily for the software development sector. If this is you, his articles will certainly give you new thigs to think about.
This will give you a mixture of product announcements for their project management software, and short helpful articles for new and intermediately experienced PMs.
A mixture of project management articles from another software vendor. Some are short and often superficial adverts for the product. But some do repay careful reading. Wheat and chaff here, but the annoying factor is the slow response of the website and the near endless rotating logo that often freezes my browser.
Part of the wider ProjectManagement.com website (see above). But this is a channel led by an eclectic set of writers with a wide range of interesting ideas to present.
Bob Sutton doesn’t write about Project Management, but his eclectic work/business/management blog is one of the best general workplace blogs, with plenty of thought-provoking content for us.
Wrike is a cloud-based project management software vendor that produces a wide-ranging blog for newer and intermediate project managers. Their project management blogs are short, well-written, and helpful. They also have other channels, about productivity, leadership and other topics project managers will find interesting.
When I set out to collate all the worthwhile project management blogs I am aware of, I didn’t have a target in mind. There are around 50 on this page, and you doubtless know of more. Tell us about your favourites, or your own blog, below.
Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand project management trainers in the UK. He is author of 13 best-selling books, including four about project management. He is also a prolific blogger and contributor to ProjectManager.com and Project, the journal of the Association for Project Management. Between 1990 and 2002, Mike was an successful project manager, leading large project teams and delivering complex projects. In 2016, Mike launched OnlinePMCourses.