Can I earn PDUs from reading books?

“Yes!” If you love to read, here are some recommended books along with the number of PDUs you can earn, the category it belongs to (Strategic, Technical or Project Management) as well as the cost range for each one

How many PDUS can I claim from books?

The requirements for earning PDUs is similar to others:

If your certification is… PMP, PgMP, PfMP, PMI-PBA, PMI-ACP, PMI-RMP, PMI-SP
For 1 hour of this activity you can claim the following # of PDUs 1
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Note: I’ve estimated how long it would take read each book and translated that time into PDUs (based on an average reading speed of 250 words per minute).

Now you can quickly see how many PDUs you can earn from each book.

Note: this list has been updated as of January 30, 2021.

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t

Simon Sinek

Leadership: 5 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Medium

The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win

Gene Kim, Kevin Behr and George Spafford

Technical: 8.5 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: High

Succeeding with Agile: Software Development Using Scrum

Mike Cohn

Strategic: 8.5 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: High

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Daniel H. Pink

Leadership: 3.5 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Low

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

Patrick M. Lencioni

Leadership: 2 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Low

The Data-Driven Project Manager: A Statistical Battle Against Project Obstacles

Mario Vanhoucke

Technical: 3 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Low

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t

Jim Collins

Technical: 6 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Medium

To save on costs…

Purchase the Kindle or eBook versions of these books. Usually it’s significantly cheaper than the paperback or hardcover versions and the apps you use to read them are free.

Team Topologies: Organizing Business and Technology Teams for Fast Flow

Matthew Skelton, Manuel Pais

Leadership: 4 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Medium

Doing Agile Right: Transformation Without Chaos

Darrell Rigby, Sarah Elk, Steve Berez

Technical: 4 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Medium

Product Leadership: How Top Product Managers Launch Awesome Products and Build Successful Teams

Richard Banfield, Martin Eriksson, Nate Walkingshaw

Technical: 4 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Medium

Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process

Kenneth Rubin

Strategic: 8.5 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: High

Effective Project Management: Traditional, Agile, Extreme, Hybrid

Robert K. Wysoc

Technical: 11 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: High

Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams

Tom Demarco

Leadership: 4.5 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Medium

Real-World Kanban: Do Less, Accomplish More with Lean Thinking

Mattias Skarin

Technical: 2.5 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Low

Agile Product Management with Scrum: Creating Products that Customers Love

Roman Pichler

Strategic: 2.5 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Low

User Story Mapping: Discover the Whole Story, Build the Right Product

Jeff Patton

Technical: 5.5 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Medium

Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time

Jeff Sutherland

Technical: 4 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Medium

To save on effort…

Use audiobooks to make it easier to multi-task. You can listen on your commute to work, on a lunch break walk or while preparing dinner.

Kanban in Action

Marcus Hammarberg, Joakim Sunden

Technical: 6 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Medium

The DNA of Strategy Execution

Jack Duggal

Strategic: 5.5 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Medium

Lean Analytics: Use Data to Build a Better Startup Faster

Alistair Croll & Benjamin Yoskovitz

Technical: 7.5 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: High

Agile Estimating and Planning

Mike Cohn

Strategic: 6 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Medium

More Fearless Change: Strategies for Making Your Ideas Happen

Mary Lynn Manns, Linda Rising

Leadership: 5.5 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Medium

The Agile Guide to Business Analysis and Planning: From Strategic Plan to Detailed Requirements

Howard Podeswa

Technical: 13.5 PDUs Cost: Medium Effort: Low Time: High

Value Stream Mapping: How to Visualize Work and Align Leadership for Organizational Transformation

Karen Martin, Mike Osterling

Strategic: 2.5 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Low

Leading Change

John P. Kotter

Leadership: 0.5 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Low

Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products

Jim Highsmith

Strategic: 7 PDUs Cost: Medium Effort: Low Time: High

Retrospectives Antipatterns

Aino Vonge Corry

Technical: 5 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Medium

Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great

Esther Derby

Technical: 3 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Low

Principle-Centered Leadership

Stephen R. Covey

Leadership: 5.5 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Medium

User Stories Applied: For Agile Software Development

Mike Cohn

Technical: 5 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Medium

The Manager’s Path: A Guide for Tech Leaders Navigating Growth and Change

Camille Fournier

Leadership: 6 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Medium

97 Things Every Scrum Practitioner Should Know

Gunther Verheyen

Technical: 4.5 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Medium

To save on costs…

Check out the book or eBook from your local library. More and more libraries provide access to eBooks through services like Overdrive or CloudLibrary (in the U.S. or Canada). Check to see if your local library system is included.

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

Simon Sinek

Leadership: 4 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Medium

Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.

Brené Brown

Leadership: 5 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Medium

The Lean Startup: How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful Businesses

Eric Ries

Technical: 8.5 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: High

Agile Project Management with Scrum

Ken Schwaber

Technical: 3 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Low

First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently

Gallup Press

Leadership: 6 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Medium

The Design Thinking Playbook: Mindful Digital Transformation of Teams, Products, Services, Businesses and Ecosystems

Michael Lewrick, Patrick Link, Larry Leifer

Technical: 6 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Medium

Lean Enterprise: How High Performance Organizations Innovate at Scale

Jez Humble, Joanne Molesky, Barry O’Reilly

Technical: 5.5 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Medium

Mapping Experiences: A Complete Guide to Creating Value through Journeys, Blueprints, and Diagrams

James Kalbach

Technical: 6.5 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Medium

The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development

Donald Reinertsen

Strategic: 5 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Medium

Inspired: How to Create Tech Products Customers Love

Marty Cagan

Strategic: 4.5 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Medium

To save on costs…

If you are an avid reader, consider getting an Kindle Unlimited Membership Plan. Not only will you have access to the eBooks needed for your PMI certification renewal, you will also have access to millions of titles to read for leisure as well.

The Art of Agile Development

James Shore, Shane Warden

Technical: 7.5 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: High

Project Management for Non-Project Managers

Jack Ferraro

Technical: 3 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Low

High Output Management

Andy Grove

Strategic: 4.5 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Medium

The Wisdom of Teams: Creating the High-Performance Organization

J Katzenbach and Douglas Smith

Leadership: 6 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Medium

The Scrum Field Guide: Agile Advice for Your First Year and Beyond

Addison-Wesley Professional

Technical: 8 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: High

The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering

Frederick P. Brooks Jr.

Leadership: 5.5 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Medium

Making things Happen

Scott Berkun

Leadership: 7 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: High

Lean from the Trenches: Managing Large-Scale Projects with Kanban

Henrik Kniberg

Technical: 3 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Low

Collaboration Explained: Facilitation Skills for Software Project Leaders

Jean Tabaka

Leadership: 7.5 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Low

The New One Minute Manager

Kenneth Blanchard

Leadership: 1 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Low

Product Roadmaps Relaunched: How to Set Direction while Embracing Uncertainty

Todd Lombardo

Strategic: 4.5 PDUs Cost: Low Effort: Low Time: Medium