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A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge [Paperback]

Project Management Institute
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2009 1933890517 978-1933890517 4th
The PMBOK9(r) Guide – Fourth Edition continues the tradition of excellence in project management with a standard that is even easier to understand and implement, with improved consistency and greater clarification.
  • Standard language has been incorporated throughout the document to aid reader understanding.
  • New data flow diagrams clarify inputs and outputs for each process.
  • Greater attention has been placed on how Knowledge Areas integrate in the context of Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring & Controlling, and Closing process groups.
  • Two new processes are featured: Identify Stakeholders and Collect Requirements.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 459 pages
  • Publisher: Project Management Institute; 4th edition (2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933890517
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933890517
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.1 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (341 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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402 of 419 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for PMP exam unless you are a PMI member September 15, 2010
By Brad
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
For taking PMP test, you MUST have this book.

However, you probably don't need this book if you are going to take PMP test and here is why:

1. Taking PMP exam costs you $555.
2. Membership of PMI is $105, student membership is $40. Almost anyone can join PMI.
3. If you are PMI member and then taking PMP exam is $405.
4. It is cheaper to join the PMI and then take PMP exam.
5. After you join PMI, you will be allowed to downloaded a digital copy of PMBOK, as many languages as you want, such as English, French, Chinese (2 of them), Spanish, ....
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469 of 497 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An almost necessary evil August 13, 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Starting off, I'm a certified PMP. I went through the process, memorized everything PMI wanted me to memorize, and passed the test. That said, this book isn't worth the paper it's written on.

The good:
- You have to memorize the PMI project management process step by step, as a lot of the test questions involve what comes next, what comes first in this phase, etc. This book does go through all the steps one at a time, with some description.
- It makes a good paperweight or looks impressive on a bookshelf.

The bad:
- It must have been written by aliens, come to earth to mess with aspiring project managers through developing the most unreadable reference book ever.
- Many of the charts and graphs just aren't that high quality - as if they were done by a child in crayon then translated to digital
- It is very expensive, and doesn't help you actually pass the exam.
- Minor changes from the third edition - but you'll be tested on the most recent edition. This is like a college textbook money grab.

Buy another book. I used the Rita Mulcay book and found it very helpful, as it had hints on the types of questions that will be used, as well as helpful exercises to study, and questions at the end of each chapter. It was also written by someone with faculties in any human spoken language.
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132 of 142 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Info, Difficult Read February 10, 2010
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I used this book plus free online test questions and exams to pass the PMP exam so it can be done.

The good: By studying just this book and the free online tests, you can pass the PMP test (I did). For an experienced PM, the definitions and calculations are not difficult to learn (learn = memorize).

The bad: Much of PMBOK deals with process input, tools, techniques, and outputs. The organization of these makes them extremely difficult to learn. There is no overall construct that integrates them and brings them all together to make them easy to learn. My understanding is that some paid courses organize these better than the PMBOK and provide either mnemonic devices and/or better diagrams / charts.

My strategy:

- Read the PMBOK.
- Underline definitions, key words, and input, tools, techniques, and outputs.
- Memorize the underlined info.
- Practice the calculations.
- Take the online tests. Refer to references in the answers as needed.
- Iterate the above steps until I got 80% or more on the online tests.

For an experienced PM, few concepts in the book will be unknown. It is a matter of making sure you know the PMBOK specifics for the test.
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187 of 238 people found the following review helpful
The PMBOK Guide is a standard for the project management profession. Its intention is to serve as a guide to the body of knowledge within the project management community and as practiced by members of the profession. There is no single document that contains the project management body of knowledge. Indeed, some of it is not published at all but, rather, is simply recognized as good practices and norms within the profession. This body of knowledge is growing every day.

The PMBOK Guide is not intended to be used to learn project management or project management concepts. It's especially not intended to teach or suggest PM techniques or methodologies.

It's not a "how to" book nor is it a description of a methodology. It's a standard, not a methodology. PM professionals and the organizations they work for can use the PMBOK Guide as a guide for developing their own methodologies or for creating organization standards.

It's particularly important to understand that it is not a standard or specification for the examination portion of the PMP certification. For one thing, at least 30% of the material on the examination is not covered by the PMBOK Guide. (There IS an exam on the PMBOK Guide. It's the CAPM exam, which only covers knowledge of the PMBOK Guide.)

While the PMBOK Guide only changes once every 4 years, the exam component of the PMP credential is constantly changing. Much of the material that showed up in the 4th (2008) edition of the PMBOK Guide has ALREADY been showing up on the PMP exam for several years - e.g., PTA, TCPI, etc. PMBOK Guide 4th edition came out in December, 2008, but these topics have been showing up on the PMP exam as early as 2006.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1. If you are a new project manager or are studying for the PMP, look at another book or take a class on how to successfully manage a project. This is NOT a "how-to" book.

Now that's out of the way...

The PMBOK is an excellent reference of what is in project management. It is similar to a dictionary. Don't expect that by reading a dictionary, you will be able to put together a novel or write excellent poetry. It is the same with the PMBOK. There are other books out there that explain the "how to" for new project managers. That is not the purpose of the PMBOK.

The PMBOK's latest incarnation is the standard for all professional project managers. The PMBOK is an excellent reference for program management directors as well as experienced project managers who are customizing management approaches yet want to stay true to the heart of project management.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LAW STUDENT NECESSITY
Any student of the law needs this book! It will forever be your bible! It will help you from beginning to end.
Published 24 days ago by Olivia Guthrie
3.0 out of 5 stars okay as a guideline
lots of checklists etc. But it will tell you naught about the real troubles in project management (influencing decision makers, communication etc.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars received it in great condition
Excellent reference book, although it is not the latest release it covers most of the project management concepts. Received the book very quickly. Good experience.
Published 1 month ago by Robyn Ballard
5.0 out of 5 stars The Book!
This book is needed if you are planning on staying in the legal profession and can be hard to comprehend at first, but you will get the hang of it and will realize this little book... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lady
5.0 out of 5 stars prompt shiping with no delays
this was delivered on time with no hassle I really like this band and it met my expectations of what a company should do for its customers right
Published 2 months ago by Charles Bisignano
4.0 out of 5 stars Needed this for going back to school
I am going back to school for my Bacholers Degree and this book has come in real handy for several of my classes. Something that I can hold onto for a long while for my career.
Published 2 months ago by Nichole Dunaway
4.0 out of 5 stars Must Have
For anyone who is studying for their PMP, you will want to use this as a study guide but use it as a reference guide.
Published 2 months ago by JC from NYC
4.0 out of 5 stars Had to get for class
I had to get this book for a Project management course I was taking - (Aced it btw)
It's a great book if you are looking to become a project manager - gives lots of details on... Read more
Published 2 months ago by K. Gould
3.0 out of 5 stars Rules, rules and rules... Nice but not amazing
This book contains the rules and predefined practices for project management (according to the Project Management Institute). Read more
Published 3 months ago by Julio Caro
5.0 out of 5 stars helped me pass my PMP and improve my skills
This is now old version but i had before it chnaged and is great book to understand project management skills and of course pass PMP exam
Published 4 months ago by Parameswara kandregula
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