Book Club

Join us for a cup of coffee and a great discussion!  Book clubs have been around for decades and are now gaining popularity within the corporate environment and now for project management practitioners like you!

Book-club-meeting.jpgThe FWPMI Book Club offers:

  • A venue that encourages discussion and exchange on project management topics
  • An alternative to traditional meetings that still qualifies for PDUs

Would you like to participate in a book club?  Here's what you do:

  1. Go to the Chapter's calendar to find the date of the next book club meeting and register for it.  Typically meetings are about every six weeks to allow time for reading the selected book.
  2. The event description includes the name of the book and author.  Acquire the book through the local library, book store or perhaps an e-book application.  Read it and come to the meeting prepared to discuss it.

Book Club Meeting Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

How is the book club meeting structured?

Each meeting has a facilitator who guides the discussion.  Order your breakfast and after brief announcements, we'll begin the discussion.  We have created a list of questions as a guide for our discussion.  At the end of the meeting, attendees will have the opportunity to nominate new books and will vote on the next book selection.

What is the cost?  There is no cost for the event.  Your only cost is your breakfast and the book.

What is the cost?

There is no cost for the event.  Your only cost is your breakfast and the book.

How are books selected?

Book club members are encouraged to nominate books based on specific criteria:  It must be relevant to project management, the book cannot cost more than $30 or have more than 300 pages.  At each meeting, attendees will vote on nominated books.  Your first choice will receive two points and your second choice will receive one point.  The book with the most points wins.

How many PDUs can I earn?

You can earn PDUs by simply reading the book. Under the new CCRS guidelines, reading is its own category ('Education - Read'). You can earn up to four (4) PDUs for reading the book selection.  You will also earn two (2) 'Informal Learning' PDUs for attending the meeting.  One volunteer will earn an additional 'Giving Back - Volunteering' PDU for writing a book review or (2) PDUs for facilitating the meeting. The alignment to the Talent Triangle will vary based on the book selection.  Please note that 'Giving Back' PDUs has a maximum allowed per certification cycle.  Category limitations may apply. 

Who do I contact for more information?

Send an email to the book club coordinator. 

Book Reviews

The following books have been reviewed by the book club members.  To read the review, click the link.

Book / Reviewer


(5 pts scale)

Death by Meeting by Patrick Lencioni. Reviewed by Kellie Dye 4.5
Strategic Acceleration: Succeed at the Speed of Life  by Tony Jeary. Reviewed by John P. Dyer 4.0
The Power of Acknowledgement by Judith W. Umlas. Reviewed by Julie Farmer 3.66
Scrappy Project Management by Kimberly Wiefling. Reviewed by Bruce Falcon 3.4
Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni. Reviewed by Nancy Johnson 4.6
Alpha Project Managers: What the top 2% know by Andy Crowe. Reviewed by Belinda Potter 4.15
The Southwest Airlines Way by Jody Hoffer Gittell. Reviewed by Greg Hutson 4.8
Silos, Politics & Turf Wars by Patrick Lencioni. Reviewed by Steve Tefertiller 4.5
Agile Leadership & Management Change - Project Lessons from Winston Churchill and the batte of Britain by Mark Kozak-Holland. Reviewed by Cathy Brown 4.28
Sacred Cows Make the Best Burgers by Robert Kriegel and David Brandt. Reviewed by Tanja Bell 4.1
Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When stakes are high by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan and Al Switzler. Reviewed by Nancy Johnson 4.6
Power of Thoughtful Leadership by Lisa Kohn and Robyn McLeod. Reviewed by Jill Brown 4.1
Switch: How to change things when change is hard by Dan and Chip Heath

Reviewed by Ernest Chapman, Jr.
Agile Retrospectives: Making good teams great by Esther Derby and Diana Larsen. Reviewed by Rose Abbl 3.8
Polaris: Lessons in Risk Management by Dr. John J. Byrne, PMP. Reviewed by Bob Putnam 3.3
Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos and Luck by Jim Collins. Reviewed by Laura Keckhut 3.7
Conflict 101 by Susan H. Shearouse. Reviewed by Kim Cooley 4.86
Silos, Politics and Turf Wars by Patrick Lencioni. Reviewed by Jennifer Lipschultz 4.0
Agile PMO by Michael Nir. Reviewed by Jennifer Lipschultz 2.5
DRiVE; The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink. Reviewed by Greg Hutson 4.0
The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni. Reviewed by John Dyer 4.0
The Art and Discipline of Strategic Leagership by Mike Freedman with Benjamin B. Tregoe. Reviewed by John Dyer 4.0
How to Deal with Difficult People by Gill Hasson.  Reviewed by Samantha Fox 3.75
Beyond Performance 2.0 by Scott Keller & Bill Schaninger.  Reviewed by Greg Huitson 4.0

Book Club

Interested in joining us at a future book club discussion?

Check out the links below for useful book club documents.

Book Club Discussion is based on questions found in this guide.

Would you like to nominate a book for selection?

Fill out this form and submit it to the book club coordinator.

Check out the current list of nominated books.

Are you reviewing a book?

 Fill out this template and email it to the book club coordinator.