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Project Management Introductory Texts

Program/Project Management Resource List #1

Revised Nov. 2011

"One of the valuable byproducts of the US space program is the body of knowledge concerning management of large complex development project activities." - Unmanned Space Project Management: Surveyor and Lunar Orbiter, Erasmus H. Kloman

Unlike other agencies, whose functions and activities are fairly stable, NASA's success as a research and development agency depends on its ability to effectively divvy up its resources among different projects, which will feed into one another as segments of a program, which in turn, will be part of a strategic plan in the larger scheme of the agency's vision. The works in this webpage are introductions to the vast world of project management. While over three dozen of the HQ library's bibliographies touch on project management in some way or another, these are perhaps the ones with the most valuable additional materials:

All items are available at the Headquarters Library, except as noted. NASA Headquarters employees and contractors: Call x0168 or email Library@hq.nasa.gov for information on borrowing or in-library use of any of these items. Members of the public: Contact your local library for the availability of these items. NASA Headquarters employees can request additional materials or research on this topic. The Library welcomes your comments or suggestions about this webpage.

Contents: Policies Books E-books Journals Internet Resources

NASA Policies

The following policies and procedural requirements can be accessed by anyone through the NASA Online Directives Information System:
NASA Policy Directive 7120.4D: NASA Engineering and Program/Project Management Policy
NASA Procedural Requirements 7120.5D: NASA Space Flight Program and Project Management Requirements
NASA Procedural Requirements 7120.7: NASA Information Technology and Institutional Infrastructure Program and Project Management Requirements
NASA Procedural Requirements 7120.8: NASA Research and Technology Program and Project Management Requirements
NASA Procedural Requirements 7120.9: NASA Product Data and Life-Cycle Management (PDLM) for Flight Programs and Projects


Dobson, Michael Singer. Project Management for the Technical Professional. Newtown Square, PA: Project Management Institute, 2001.
T56.8 .D63 2001 PPM-STACKS
Eisner, Howard. Essentials of Project and Systems Engineering Management. New York, NY: Wiley, 2002.
TA168 .E38 2002 PPM-STACKS
Knutson, Joan. Succeeding in Project-driven Organizations: People, Processes, and Politics. New York, NY: J. Wiley, 2001.
HD69 .P75 K57 2001 PPM-STACKS
Laufer, Alexander, Todd Post, and Edward J. Hoffman. Shared Voyage: Learning and Unlearning From Remarkable Projects. Washington, DC: NASA History Division, Office of External Relations, 2005.
TL567 .R47 L27 2005 PPM-STACKS
Also available through NTRS as document no. 20050041734.
Lewis, James P. The Project Manager's Desk Reference: Project Planning, Scheduling, Evaluation, Control, Systems. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2007.
HD69 .P75 L49 2007 REF-STACKS
Note: Also available as an e-book in SATERN.
__________. Project Planning, Scheduling, and Control: A Hands-on Guide to Bringing Projects in on Time and on Budget. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2001.
HD69 .P75 L493 2001 PPM-STACKS
Lientz, Bennet P. Project Management for the 21st Century. San Diego, CA: Academic Press, 2002.
HD69 .P75 L54 2002 PPM-STACKS
Martin, Paula K., and Karen Tate. Getting Started in Project Management. New York, NY: Wiley, 2001.
HD69 .P75 M38 2001 PPM-STACKS
Milosevic, Dragan. Project Management Toolbox: Tools and Techniques for the Practicing Project Manager. Hoboken, NJ: J. Wiley & Sons, 2003.
HD69 .P75 M54 2003 PPM-STACKS
Mooz, Hal, Kevin Forsberg, and Howard Cotterman. Communicating Project Management: The Integrated Vocabulary of Project Management and Systems Engineering. Hoboken, N.J.: [Chichester]: Wiley, 2003.
HD69 .P75 M66 2003 PPM-STACKS


All e-books listed here are available to NASA civil servants and contractors through the Books 24x7 service of SATERN.
Dinsmore, Paul C., and Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin. The AMA Handbook of Project Management, 3rd Edition. AMACOM, 2011.
Matuson, Roberta Chinsky. Suddenly in Charge: Managing Up, Managing Down, Succeeding All Around. Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2011.
Miranda, Eduardo. Running the Successful Hi-Tech Project Office. Artech House, 2003.
Nicholas, John M.. Project Management for Business and Engineering: Principles and Practice, 2nd Edition. Taylor and Francis, 2004.
Project Management Institute. A Guide to the Project Management Body Of Knowledge (PMBOK ® Guide), 4th Edition. Project Management Institute, 2008.
Sanghera, Paul. CAPM In Depth: Certified Associate in Project Management Study Guide for the CAPM Exam. Cengage Learning, 2011.
Snyder, Cynthia, and Frank Parth. Introduction to IT Project Management. Management Concepts, 2007.


PM Network
PM Today
Project Management Journal
Research-Technology Management

Internet Resources

American Academy of Project Management. 2010 [Nov. 29, 2011].
American Society for the Advancement of Project Management. 2011 [Nov. 29, 2011].
International Project Management Association. 2011 [Nov. 29, 2011].
PM Forum. Nov. 29, 2011 [Nov. 29, 2011].
Project Management Institute. 2009 [Oct. 5, 2009].
Scott, Matt. ASK Magazine. July 21, 2011 [Nov. 29, 2011].
ASK Magazine is the official journal of NASA's Academy of Program/Project and Engineering Leadership. Its articles are available to the general public.

Last Updated: Nov. 2011