Twitter is a fantastic resource for keeping up with the latest trends and connecting with leading figures in project management. But the sheer number of voices can often be overwhelming, especially when you’re new to the world of tweets and hashtags.
We’ve sifted through the crowd and collected 20 inspirational and informative Project Management Gurus you should follow on Twitter to stay in the know, develop your PM skills, and further your career.
Here's the list in alphabetical order:
1. David Allen @gtdguy
You know him as the father of Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology. As an author, speaker, and productivity guru, David helps bring focus, clarity and confidence to workers facing overwhelming to-do lists.Why you should follow: David's feed is full of productivity tips, motivational aphorisms, and easily applicable advice to help you get more meaningful stuff done at work and in life.
2. Craig Brown @brown_note
Craig's blog, "Better Projects," collects his musings on Agile, Lean, and general collaboration. He has over 15 years experience managing projects, as well as training and coaching other PMs.Why you should follow: Craig tweets thought-provoking commentary on the current state of Agile, community, and collaboration.
3. Elisabeth Bucci @elisabethbucci
Elisabeth is the popular author of "The Passionate Project Manager" blog. She publishes communication tips, team building techniques, and management advice inspired by her 20+ years as a PM. She also finds everyday project management inspiration in her hobbies, life as a mother, and pop culture.Why you should follow: Elisabeth's tweets reflect her vibrant personality, and she engages in a lot of conversations with other PMs and thought leaders, so her feed is a great way to keep up with what’s buzzing in the industry.
4. Luis Seabra Coelho @lseabra
Luis is an experienced software developer and project manager. He posts videos, interviews, podcasts, and other PM resources on his Ah-Ha-Moments.net blog.Why you should follow: Follow Luis for a friendly resource on interesting articles, interviews with thought leaders, and a mix of hard and soft PM skills to master.
5. Rachel Feintzeig @rachelfeintzeig
Rachel is a seasoned reporter who covers management and executives for The Wall Street Journal’s "At Work" leadership blog.Why you should follow: For insight into what's newsworthy in management and the general business landscape, Rachel's feed is sure to keep you plugged in to important conversations.
6. Cornelius Fichtner @corneliusficht
You may know Cornelius as the host of "The PM Podcast," where he discusses project management methodologies, PMOs, and training opportunities.Why you should follow: Cornelius tweets the latest industry news, career advice, book reviews, and other helpful resources to further your career.
7. Seth Godin @ThisIsSethsBlog
Seth is a well-respected entrepreneur, marketer, public speaker, and the founder of Squidoo. He's written 15 worldwide bestsellers, including: Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us and Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?Why you should follow: Get instant notifications of Seth's new blog posts, with forward-thinking insights into cutting-edge business trends, strategies, and advice.
8. Heidi Grant Halvorson @hghalvorson
As a prominent social psychologist and Associate Director of Columbia Business School's Motivation Science Center, Heidi has the inside scoop on the science behind motivation. She's also a bestselling author and a contributor to Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and Forbes, among other top news outlets.Why you should follow: Don't miss Heidi's insights into human nature, motivation, productivity and creativity--they're sure to make you a better manager.
9. Elizabeth Harrin @pm4girls
Elizabeth is the force behind the award-winning blog, "A Girl's Guide to Project Management." She's also the author of Shortcuts to Success: Project Management in the Real World; Customer-Centric Project Management; and Social Media for Project Managers.Why you should follow: Elizabeth's feed provides friendly commentary on a range of PM topics, from productivity tips to newsworthy articles.
10. Jim Highsmith @jimhighsmith
With 30+ years as an IT manager, product manager, project manager, consultant, and software developer, Jim Highsmith knows his stuff. He's written several books on Agile, including co-authoring The Agile Manifesto. He also co-founded Agile Alliance and Agile Project Leadership Network.Why you should follow: If you're interested in Agile, Jim's the ultimate resource for advice, strategies, and implementation tips.
11. Ed Laccohee @edlac
As the founder of Controlled Projects, Ltd., Ed works to improve business practices by assisting with projects, improving frameworks, and analyzing methodologies.Why you should follow: His hilarious videos, articles, and commentary on his experience as a PM, along with tips and resources, make for an educational and amusing productivity break.
12. Susanne Madsen @susannemadsen
With over 17 years managing multi-million dollar projects, Susanne serves as a consultant, coach and mentor to helps managers develop valuable leadership skills. She is the author of The Project Management Coaching Workbook: Six Steps to Unleashing Your Potential.Why you should follow: Susanne shares a steady stream of useful resources and wisdom to help develop your leadership style, skills and confidence.
13. Jena McGregor @jenamcgregor
Jena writes a daily column for the “On Leadership” section of The Washington Post, where she covers management lessons and leaders in today's headlines.Why you should follow: Jena's focus on executives and CEOs plugs her followers into what's newsworthy, current hot-button issues in business, and what makes great leaders effective.
14. Shawn Murphy @shawmu
Shawn is the brains behind the website "Switch and Shift: The Human Side of Business" and host of the podcast, “Work that Matters,” where he muses on the human element of business, creating optimism at work, and connecting with others.Why you should follow: Shawn is a self-proclaimed optimist that makes you feel good about your career and future. He shares insights on how to meaningfully engage with others and tips to make your workplace happier and more productive.
15. Project Management Institute @PMInstitute
The Project Management Institute is the leading not-for-profit PM association. They have provided tools, certifications, research, advocacy and career advancement opportunities to millions of project managers since 1969.Why you should follow: If you're not following PMI already, you're missing out on a great resource for articles, research, tools, trends and general professional development opportunities.
16. Ron Rosenhead @ronrosenhead
Ron boasts over 15 years of experience in training, consulting, coaching, and speaking on project management.Why you should follow: Ron's feed is a reliable source for timely articles, resources, news & commentary--all from an industry veteran.
17. Anne Samoilov @annesamoilov
Anne is a respected independent consultant with over 10 years experience helping teams pull together to create big things. She's also the host of "The Fearless Launching Show" podcast, where she advises leaders and entrepreneurs in successfully launching new projects, businesses, products and ideas.Why you should follow: Be sure to follow Anne if you're starting a new project and looking to lay the groundwork for success. She tweets useful articles about planning and launching projects, handling any bumps in the process, and tips on developing essential skills.
18. Peter Taylor @thelazypm
Peter is the "productive laziness guru." He's a speaker, consultant, coach, and author of The Lazy Project Manager and The Lazy Winner.Why you should follow: If you want to “work smarter not harder,” Peter is your guy. He also attends major conferences, events, and learning opportunities-- and shares helpful videos, slides, and webinars.
19. Laura Vanderkam @lvanderkam
Laura is the author of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast; All The Money In The World: What The Happiest People Know About Getting and Spending; and 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think. She's also a blogger for CBS MoneyWatch, and her work has appeared in publications like The Wall Street Journal and on Fortune.com.Why you should follow: Laura's feed is full of insightful tips on getting the most out of your day-- from productivity tricks and helpful habits to words of encouragement.
20. Neil Walker @PPMpractitioner
If you read the popular "PPM Practitioner" blog, you know Neil. He's a consultant and author with over two decades' experience leading projects, programs and portfolios.Why you should follow: Follow Neil for tips on improving leadership and social collaboration, plus news and commentary from a trusted PM authority.
Go ahead and follow these industry experts to start filling your feed with thought leadership, helpful tools, and the latest industry buzz. Or if you want to follow them all in one go, we've made your life easy by pooling these gurus into a Twitter list: subscribe here.
Do you know of other great PM gurus on to follow? Let us know in the comments.Talk to you on Twitter!