Want to learn more about project management? Then you should learn from the top project managers and agile experts out there. Reading the top project management books, blogs, and publications is a good start. So is attending conferences and events.
But don’t stop there.
As a project manager or agile process owner, credible sources of information hold significant value in terms of knowledge acquisition. Aside from all the tools and formats mentioned above, social media platforms are equally beneficial.
One such platform to gain fantastic insights is Twitter. With hundreds and thousands of topics of discussion, Twitter is a hub for experts and influencers from around the world to share their popular and unpopular opinion regarding their area of interest.
To that end, we’ve created a list with some of our favorite experts and top project managers you should start following this year.
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You will definitely learn something new every day from this list of 50 project management experts. Follow them if you want a free agile and project management education.
Bob Sutton (@work_matters)
Bob Sutton is a Professor of Management Sciences and Engineering and Professor of Organizational Behavior at Stanford. He co-founded the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design. Bob it's more than a professor and entrepreneur; he is a life coach, columnist, influencer, and speaker. His notable work includes bestsellers ‘Good Boss Bad Boss’ and ‘Scaling up Excellence’.
David Allen (@gtdguy)
Creator of GTD methodology and author of the international best-seller ‘Getting Things Done’. Published in over 28 languages, TIME magazine heralded it as “the defining self-help business book of its time.” His one million followers speaks for itself.
Elizabeth Harrin (@girlsguidetopm)
A project management expert and director of OTOBOS group, Elizabeth is the writer behind ‘A Girl’s Guide to Project Management’. She began her blogging journey when the realization hit her that there aren’t enough women to write and speak about project management. For this reason and much more, she deserves the #3 on our list.
You need to know how to get people to do the work at the right times. Project resource management is how you do this. I show you what it is, set out a simple process to do it, describe the tools to help and give you tips to overcome common issues. https://t.co/CAsglTjYqq— Elizabeth Harrin (@girlsguidetopm) June 13, 2019
Michael Kaplan (@mkaplanPMP)
Transformation Leader, who helps organizations apply project management and PMO practices to improve business performance. Michael writes articles about leadership and management in LinkedIn, the PMI, Project Management Times, and others. He has served as IT project manager in companies such as Morgan Stanley and AXA. His book “Project Management Guidebook” is a must-have for anyone who is looking to make it big in this industry.
Martin Fowler (@martinfowler)
Martin Fowler is a British software developer, author, columnist, and international public speaker. His main interest is to understand how to design software systems, so as to maximize how much value development teams can deliver. He is one of the authors for the “Agile Manifesto” and has written several books on software development.
post: a brief bliki entry on the difference between outcome and output - and what that's important for software development (amongst other things)https://t.co/ORXLUJW2ba— Martin Fowler (@martinfowler) February 11, 2020
Mike Cohn (@mikewcohn)
Mike Cohn is one of the contributors to the Scrum software development method. For over twenty years he has been building high-performing software development teams and organizations through the use of agile and Scrum. He is one of the founders of the Scrum Alliance and he now offers agile guidance at Mountain Goat Software, through in-person training, coaching, and online video courses.
Jeff Sutherland (@jeffsutherland)
Jeff is one of the inventors and co-creators of the Scrum software development process. He is a West Point graduate, former fighter pilot, and cancer researcher, as well as, CTO of eleven different software companies. Sutherland helped to write the “Agile Manifesto” in 2001. He is a writer of The Scrum Guide. His most recent book is “Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time.”
Ken Schwaber (@kschwaber)
Ken Schwaber is an experienced software developer, product manager, and industry consultant. Co-founder of Scrum and founder of Scrum.org. He worked with Jeff Sutherland to formulate the initial versions of the Scrum development process, and since then has worked with Mike Beedle and others to train, implement, run projects, and build products using Scrum.
Alistair Cockburn (@TotherAlistair)
Alistair Cockburn, is the co-author of the Agile Manifesto, was voted into the “150 All-time IT Heroes” in 2007. He is the author of the award-winning books “Agile Software Development: The Cooperative Game” and “Writing Effective Use Cases,”. Alistair co-founded the International Consortium for Agile. His specialities include organizational psychology, project management, agile methodologies, requirements gathering and object-oriented design.
Mary Poppendieck (@mpoppendieck)
One of the most recognized names in the world of project management and author of several books Mary Poppendieck is someone you shouldn’t miss. Author of “Lean Software Development”, “Implementing Lean Software Development”, “Leading Lean Software Development”, and “The Lean Mindset”. A popular writer and speaker, Mary continues to bring fresh perspectives to the world of software development.
I am often asked what I think about scaled agile frameworks. This slide does a good job of summing up my viewpoint, except for the last point. We need more research on how successful large companies coordinate the work of small autonomous teams to achieve larger goals. https://t.co/8Wa2Y8xBdH— Mary Poppendieck (@mpoppendieck) December 11, 2019
Nir Eyal (@nireyal)
No, he’s not a project manager. But Nir is a well-known speaker, entrepreneur, and author. He wrote the best-seller “Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products” and “Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life”. On his website, Nir writes about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. As he calls it "behavioral design." The topic encompasses user experience, behavioral economics, and a dash of neuroscience.
Cornelius Fichtner (@corneliusficht)
Project manager, speaker, PMP trainer, and host of one of the most popular podcasts on project management: The PM Podcast. Cornelius has been working as a Project Manager in his native Switzerland, in Germany and in the USA since 1990.
Janna Bastow (@simplybastow)
Another name that we can’t ignore when talking about inspirational profiles on Twitter is Janna Bastow. Janna is the CEO of ProdPad and one of the Co-founders of Mind The Product community.
Ken Norton (@kennethn)
Ken is the former Product Lead for Google Docs, Calendar, and Maps. Currently he’s the Senior Operating Partner at GV where he leads investing operations and provides product and engineering support to GV’s portfolio companies. Ken has worked closely with hundreds of GV’s portfolio companies including Uber, Nest, Slack, Stripe, Gusto, Foundation Medicine, and Flatiron Health.
Scott W. Ambler (@scottwambler)
Scott W. Ambler is a Canadian software engineer, consultant, and author. He is an author of a number of books focused on the Disciplined Agile Delivery toolkit, the Unified process, Agile software development, the Unified Modeling Language, and Capability Maturity Model development.
Jurgen Appelo (@jurgenappelo)
Jurgen Appelo is an entrepreneur, author, speaker, and trainer with 400 trainees globally who license his workshops on making management fun, to help creative organizations survive and thrive in the 21st century.
Lisa Crispin (@lisacrispin)
Lisa is the co-author, with Janet Gregory, of several books on Agile Testing, including “Agile Testing Condensed: A Basic Introduction”, “More Agile Testing: Learning Journeys for the Whole Team” and “Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams”. She is considered one of the most influential Agile Testing professionals out there.
Jim Highsmith (@jimhighsmith)
With close to three decades of professional experience in the IT industry, Jim has handled the roles of a product manager, project manager, IT manager, software developer, and consultant over these years. The co-author of Agile Manifesto, Jim is also the co-founder of Agile Project Leadership Network and Agile Alliance.
James Shore (@jamesshore)
Lindsay Scott (@projectmgmt)
Lindsay Scott is a very renowned name in the project management community. For over 15 years she has been running her project management recruitment agency with the name ‘Arras People’ and serving the community through arranging different events such as social meetups and PMO Mini-MasterClasses with the group named PMO Flashmob. Lindsay is the conference organizer of the UK’s largest conference for PMO’s, The PMO Conference, and the columnist of PMI’s Network magazine.
Roman Pichler (@romanpichler)
Roman Pichler is an author and leading product management expert specialized in lean and agile practices. He teaches product managers and product owners and he helps organizations improve their product management capabilities. Roman is the author of three books, including “Strategize: Product Strategy and Product Roadmap Practices for the Digital Age” and “Agile Product Management with Scrum”, and he writes a popular blog for product professionals.
Melissa Perri (@lissijean)
Melissa Perri is a product management educator, author, speaker, and consultant. She believes the key to creating great products is growing great product leaders. She created the online school Product Institute, where she has shared her scientific approach to Product Management. Melissa teaches Product Management in the MBA program at Harvard Business School.
Hello I’m stuck in an airport...— Melissa Perri (@lissijean) February 5, 2020
and they just closed the bar on me....so you know what that means...
Time for a #prodmgmt tweet storm.
Here is a bunch of things I’ve learned training thousands of people in prodmgmt for the last 6 years. /1
Susanne Madsen (@SusanneMadsen)
Susanne Madsen is an internationally recognized project leadership coach, trainer, and consultant. Susanne is the author of two books, “The Project Management Coaching Workbook” and “The Power of Project Leadership”. In addition to coaching and training, Susanne regularly speaks on the topic of project leadership and stress in project management for organisations and at conferences.
Peter Taylor (@thelazypm)
Half the way on our list we have Peter Taylor. A well-recognized project management expert, a celebrated author, and an authority on the topics of project management and productivity, Peter’s twitter account is filled with posts on project management with a different perspective.
Gibson Biddle (@gibsonbiddle)
Gibson Biddle is the former VP of Product at Netflix and Chief Product Officer of Chegg, a textbook rental company that went public in 2013. Today he teaches entrepreneurship and product management at Stanford and INSEAD. He also gives product leadership talks and workshops around the world.
Pawel Brodzinski (@pawelbrodzinski)
Pawel is a well-recognized public speaker and blogger sharing his thoughts about software project management at https://brodzinski.com/. He has been a leader of the first Kanban implementation in the software industry in Poland and he is one of the leaders of the global Lean Kanban community. If you are looking to get first-hand experience on project management, then there cannot be a better place for you to be than Mr. Brodzinski’s Twitter profile.
Brandon Chu (@BrandonMChu)
If you’re an avid reader, you’ve probably seen the name “Brandon Chu” floating around some PM sites. Brandon is currently the VP of Product and GM Platform at Shopify. He’s the creator of the Black Box of Product Management, a site that covers multiple topics on product management. Brandon is very active on Twitter and Medium.
I just published "Product Management Mental Models for Everyone", a latticework of ideas for building products https://t.co/mjVWo6Ks6I— Brandon Chu (@BrandonMChu) August 19, 2018
Also coming to you in tweet form:
1⃣-4⃣: 💰 Figuring out Where to Invest
5⃣-🔟: 🎨 Designing and Scoping
🔟➕: 🚢 Shipping and Iterating
Neil A Walker (@PPMpractitioner)
Neil is a passionate performance-driven PPM practitioner, consultant, and author. With over 20-years’ experience in the leadership of projects, programmes, and portfolios. Neil Walker has led, troubleshooted and delivered business change, technology-enabled and Agile transformation initiatives. He is also a coach, trainer and a passionate leader and mentor.
Antonio Nieto (@ANietoRodriguez)
Considered one of the world’s leading champions of Project Management and Strategy Implementation, Antonio is a speaker, author, consultant, professor, and much more. He has been recently awarded the title of Thinker of the Month by the prestigious Thinkers50, who identifies the most influential management thinkers in the world.
Iliyana Stareva (@IliyanaStareva)
Iliyana Stareva is the author of Inbound PR - the book that is transforming the PR industry. She's also a keynote speaker and a consultant in inbound and digital for fast-growing companies and agencies. Currently, Iliyana is the Success Programs Manager for the Netherlands at Cisco where she drives programmatic efforts for product adoption.
Luis Seabra Coelho (@lseabra)
Luis is a certified project management professional, scrum master, trainer, and a worldwide speaker. With over 20 years’ experience as a project manager, Luis has been responsible for projects across industries with a particular focus on the business benefits provided by the projects’ outputs.
Bill Mabry (@BillMabry)
Bill is an industry-recognized Program Manager and PMO Leader. Currently he is Head of PMO for the FY20 Global Customer Success Program at Salesforce. His domain expertise includes transformation strategy, execution strategy and governance, change management, and efficient program execution through business benefits driven Program Management leadership.
Kati Lehmuskoski (@KatiLehmuskoski)
Kati Lehmuskoski is an experienced senior advisor working on customer assignments. She has a background in IT as a project manager, as a supervisor, and as a business leader. Kati is a published author on digital transformation and is writing her second book on the topic. Her book project page can be found from https://www.underthehood.fi/ where she publishes interviews of leaders who have led successful digital transformation in their organization.
Sam Barnes (@thesambarnes)
Sam Barnes, is a digital project management consultant and software engineering team manager. He can be found posting articles at thesambarnes.com, a blog dedicated to the subject of Digital Project Management.
Jennifer Bridges (@PDUs2Go)
Jennifer Bridges is the director of ProjectManager.com, the Founder of PDUs2Go.com, and CEO of Optimo Inc, a Project Management consulting and training firm. She is an active member of professional organizations such as the Project Management Institute (PMI), Women In Technology (WIT), and the National Alliance for Autism Research. She is also the author of the book “Optimize Your Thinking”.
Carlos Pampliega (@CJPampliega)
Carlos J. Pampliega is the founder of Castilla Leon Leadership Business and Salinero Pampliega Project Management. He has combined his love for project management and architecture to enhance his communication skills, leadership and team development. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Project Management Institute of Spain.
Ron Rosenhead (@ronrosenhead)
Ron Rosenhead is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Project Agency, UK based International Project Management firm. He is a professional public speaker, consultant, coach, blogger, and author. For the past two and half decades, Ron has consistently trained over 10000 people on practical and effective project management.
Harry Hall (@harrythall)
Harry Hall is the author of the Project Risk Coach consultancy, where, as a principal trainer and consultant, he supports project managers from around the world to lead projects in an effective and successful way.
Lew Sauder (@LewSauder)
Lew Sauder is the author of 3 books: Consulting 101, Project Management 101, and co-author, with Jeff Porter, of The Reluctant Mentor. He is a Senior Leader with experience in IT Software implementations and has been a consultant with top-tier and boutique consulting firms for over twenty years.
Bernardo Tirado (@ProfessorTirado)
Bernardo Tirado is an author, speaker, and professor with extensive experience in process optimization and transforming business. Bernardo is a Six Sigma Blackbelt, Certified Project Management Professional, Certified Scrum/Agile Product Owner, and Industrial Psychologist. He has worked in Fortune 500 Companies and taught in various universities.
Barry Hodge (@BarryHodge)
Barry Hodge is an experienced project manager, coach, and mentor. He is the author of Meetings the Smart Way – How Project Managers Can Run Successful Meetings. Barry runs his own blog at projectnewstoday.com.
Mike Clayton (@MikeClayton01)
Mike is an author and speaker specialized in project and change management, risk, communication and influence, and leadership. He authored 13 Project Management books and offers keynotes and seminars for conferences, events and in-house workshops.
Samad Aidane (@samadaidane)
Samad Aidane is a certified Project Management Professional with over 18 years of international experience consulting in the telecom, finance, and healthcare industries with companies such as HP, Cap Gemini, Time Warner Telecom, and Telefonica.
Tania Melnyczuk (@projectania)
Tania is experienced in guiding organizational leaders, entrepreneurs and career-minded individuals towards the initial fundamental changes required for effective Project Management.
Cesar Abeid (@cesarabeid)
Cesar is a certified project management professional and host of the podcast ‘PM for the Masses’ where he interviews gurus in the productivity and project management arena. With 100+ interviews, listeners can get some good advice on how to keep up with their projects and be stress-free from project managers who’ve been there.
Bob Galen (@bobgalen)
Bob Galen is widely considered as a "Coach of Coaches" in the agile community. He has been actively coaching agile teams, both as an external consultant and internal change agent, for the past 20 years. Bos is very active on Twitter and definitely one to not lose sight of.
Steve Denning (@stevedenning)
Steve Denning is the author of six successful business books on leadership, leadership storytelling, and management, as well as a novel and a volume of poems. He’s the author of “The Agile of Agile” and “The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management”. Steve has more than 21,000 followers on Twitter. He has been named by A.T. Kearney as “one of the top ten digital innovation influencers on Twitter.”
Luis Gonçalves (@lgoncalves1979)
Luis Gonçalves is a Management Consultant and the founder of Evolution4All.com. He started his career as a software developer and then became an Agile Coach. Luis is known because of his contributions to the agile community and his book “Getting Value Out Of Agile Retrospectives.”
Corinna Baldauf (@findingmarbles)
Corinna is an ex developer, ex UX designer, ex Scrum master, ex Product owner and ex Agile coach from Germany. She works at sipgate. She spends most of her time thinking and writing about agile, lean and related stuff. Sometimes she talks about it at conferences.
Falk Schmidt (@FalkSchmidt)
With more than 20 years of experience in strategic innovation consulting and operational project management, Falk Schmidt is an expert in business process optimization and user-centric systems.
We hope this list helped you to find some interesting project management experts on Twitter and you’ll benefit from the knowledge they share.
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