Resources

Google makes is easliy overwhelming when researching articles or searching for information. This list of one of reasources that I found helpful in my journey as an IT consultant and I hope you will find them helpul too.

This page is broken into three sections:

  1. Leadership
  2. Manufacturing Tech
  3. Agile Methodology

On Leadership

Manager 3.0 A Millennial’s Guide to Rewriting the Rules of Management

When I was in business school in undergrad one of my professors told us that we were being training to be managers. I didn’t believe it at the time but soon enough I found myself on that path at work, given responsibilities to oversee coworkers much older than me.

This book is resource for understanding the differences in Baby Boomer, Gen X, and Millenial generations’ perspectives on work and management. It offers guidance on communicating across generations for Millenial managers.

Adventure of an IT Leader

This book is awesome! Read it. You’ll enjoy it. And you’ll learn a thing or too. It’s a management book but it reads like a hybrid comic book/fiction.

 Lean In

Although I don’t agree with all the points of this book, I still think it’s a valuable read. It’s a good thought provoker as to why we’re facing the challenges of promoting ourselves (women) into leadership roles and women into tech.

Lean In has also turned into an organization where you can join local chapters called Circles.

Project Management Institute

The Project Management Institue is a world renowned organization for the advancement of careers and organizational success through global standards, practices, and certifications. When you join PMI.org you have access to local chapter meetups, networking, webinars, and journals. It is a great organization to hone your managment skills, even if you are not in an official managment position.

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Young Professionals

Google, “your city” Young Professionals, and you will most likely find a Young Professionals chapter in your area. These are great groups that cater to the development of young-in-their-careers leaders. It is a great enviornment to meet like-minded people and network.

 

Manufacturing Tech

In Pursuit of the Perfect Plant

I keep coming back to this book time and time again. I thought I wouldn’t at first since it was required reading but it’s explaniations of how a manufacturing plant operates, the plant personas, and legal invovled is extremely useful.

@IndustryWeek – This is a great Twitter account to follow for manufacturing leaders. It focuses on”exploring the issues, strategies, trends and technologies that build more competitive & profitable companies.”

MESA International

MESA (Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association) is a global community of manufacturers, producers, industry leaders, and solution providers who are focused on driving business results from manufacturing information. This organization has a huge resource library and a wealth of knowledge for those who want to expand their knowledge base on manufacturing tech.

Women in Manufacturing

This organization is a great place to find local community chapters, find inspiration in other women in manufacturing, and hone your leadership skills. WIM has a job board too!

 

Agile Practices

Joy, Inc.

I’ve debated putting this book under Leadership or Agile. It works for both categories. I poured through this book. It’s great explainations of Agile and the transition of companies learning how to use efficient software development practices. The inspiration to take those ideas back to the workplace after reading it, put this book at the top of my list.

Scrum Alliance

I took my Agile Scrum Master certification through the Scrum Alliance. I was already a practicing Scrum Master before I got my certification so I went into their two day course with a bit of an ego. Quickly, that ego diminised. I learned a lot and they supply you with all the study tools you need for the exam.

CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management)

I  recieved my CAPM certification in 2013 from PMI.org. This is a good certification for people who don’t have all the hours yet to apply for the PMP (Project Management Professional). It’s also a good introductory certification if the PMP is too intimidating. I found it pretty difficult to find good study material for the CAPM since most material is catered to the PMP.

PMBOK

The PMBOK comes free with your membership to PMI. It comes in handy after the exam too. It’s a good reference book if you manage projects or if you find yourself having to create a management process to make your projects succeed.

Quiz Banks

Follow @PMPQuestions on Twitter for daily, free PMP questions.

CAPM Exam Prep: Rita Mulcahy’s Course in a Book for Passing the CAPM Exam

I like studying with a concrete book. This book was a good suppliment to the PMBOK and the question bank was extemely helpful.