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Below is a list of one of resources that I found helpful in my journey as an IT consultant and I hope you will find them helpful too.
This page is broken into three sections:
- Manufacturing Tech
- Agile Methodology
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 a 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 two. It’s a management book but it reads like a hybrid comic book/fiction.
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 management skills, even if you are not in an official management position.
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 environment to meet like-minded people and network.
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 explanations of how a manufacturing plant operates, the plant personas, and legal involved is extremely useful.
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!
I’ve debated putting this book under Leadership or Agile. It works for both categories. I poured through this book. It’s great explanations 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.
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 diminished. 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 received 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.
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.
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 supplement to the PMBOK and the question bank was extremely helpful.