Do you ever get the feeling that books for construction management professionals are too boring or out of date? We have scoured the Internet to come up with five of the very best. Books that made our list:
- Improve your construction management skills
- Develop your practical construction experience and know-how to be more rounded
- Are easy to read
- Are very affordable.
Furthermore, you will find they are specific to construction management, or filled with knowledge concerning specific skills that are valuable to the trade. here they are in no particular order.
1. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
by David Allen
Is multitasking really the answer or are there other more constructive ways to be productive in the field as construction management professionals? This book explores this question in detail, exploring other options so you can get things done without feeling constantly exhausted. David Allen’s premise is really simple. Our ability to be productive is tied in direct proportion to our ability to relax. We must have a clear mind and organized thought if we want to be truly productive and tap into our full creative potential. A must have for those who always feel like they have too much to do and not enough time.
2. Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In
by Roger Fisher, William L. Ury, and Bruce Patton
Conflict and tension are inevitable on a construction site. However, knowing how to handle these instances correctly will help everyone. Satisfaction, a calm working environment and productivity are just a few benefits. This book will teach you how to position yourself as a diplomat, while remaining firm on your guiding principles. The principles are just as effective today, as they were 30 years ago. A result of the Harvard Negotiation Project, the yield is a book outlining a step by step strategy for conflict resolution, according to Forbes.
3. Running a Successful Construction Company (For Pros, By Pros)
by David Gerstel
Sometimes it helps construction management professionals to learn from someone who has years of experience. David Gerstel is that person, with a decades long history of running his own construction company. His book is full of practical information and gives great instruction for contractors on how to manage their own small business. This book is regarded as one of the leading books in its field. David has been involved with new home construction and remodeling. The insight in his book is valuable for either niche. nothing beats first hand instructions from an industry veteran.
4. Construction Management Jumpstart: The Best First Step Toward a Career in Construction Management
by Barbara J Jackson
This book gives comprehensive information regarding how to obtain work, how to schedule, safety issues, project costs, risks, quality and new topics such as building information modeling. It is written from the perspective of a constructor, concepts explained include construction management fundamentals as well as an explanation of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and its impact on construction management.
- Covers interoperability aspect of technology advances as they relate to the construction industry
- Explains how BIM challenges traditional approaches to project delivery
- Elaborates each stage of the design and construction process and the tasks associated with each of them
- Review questions are provided periodically to facilitate understanding
5. Building Construction: Project Management, Construction Administration, Drawings, Specs, Detailing Tips, schedules, Checklists and Secrets Others Don’t Tell You
by Gang Chen
Construction management professionals looking for an insider view of the industry should put this book at the top of their list. Most books centered around construction management and architectural design are too verbose to be of any help. Gang Chen has distilled crucial information into an easy to digest pieces of information. It is full of tips and tricks, but goes further. It contains principles with practical examples explaining how you should handle different construction problems or issues as they are presented in real world scenarios.
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Add these to your reading list. You won’t regret it. They are full of insightful, actionable information for construction management professionals.