PMP Exam Prep, Fifth Edition: Rita's Course in a Book for Passing the PMP Exam 5th Edition

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Rita's book is boon to men and women preparing to take PMI's certification examination. --- J. Davidson Frame, Ph.D., PMP and Past PMI Director of Certification

About the Author

Rita Mulcahy, PMP, has helped tens of thousands of project managers pass the PMP exam. She is an internationally-recognized expert on project management techniques, advanced project management theory, risk management and the PMP exam. Rita has over 14 years and US $2.5 billion worth of hands-on project experience, as well as 5 best-selling project management resources to her credit. She speaks to thousands of executives and project managers each year, and has a reputation for helping people to learn and to have fun while doing it.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 445 pages
  • Publisher: RMC Publications, Inc.; 5th edition (August 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932735003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932735000
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (257 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Rita Mulcahy, PMP, is an international expert in project
management "Tricks of the Trade," and best practices with over 15
years and $2.5 billion of hands-on experience. She has taught over
4,500 project managers from around the world and has helped over 1,500
people get ready to pass the PMP exam. Rita has helped write the PMP
exam and is one of only about 15 trainers PMI uses for worldwide
project management training. She has spent 7 years as a PMI chapter
officer and has spoken at Project World and PMI's International
Project Management Symposium to standing room only crowds in 1998 and
1999. Rita's work is sought after around the world.

Rita is the President of RMC - Project Management, a project
management training, consulting and speaking firm helping companies
use project management tools and techniques to complete projects
faster, cheaper, better, and with fewer resources. RMC - Project
Management is a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) with the
Project Management Institute.

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143 of 155 people found the following review helpful By southpaw on June 30, 2006
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I bought Rita Mulcahy's 5th edition PMP Exam Prep book on the advice of a PMP-certified PM who had used her earlier book to pass the previous version of the exam. She spoke highly of Rita. I have no idea why.

Not only did I buy this book, but I also took and completed her online course in order to obtain the 35 credit hours required to sit for the exam. Don't waste your money on the online course. It's nothing but a rehash of the book, word for word, with little "next" and "previous" arrows instead of pages. But just so we're clear, these comments are about the book itself, not the online material. (Reviewing the online "course" would include an entire litany of different complaints!)

How do I hate this book? Let me count the ways. First, the presentation and organization of the material is disorganized and overly complicated. The book includes a LOT of detail, so much that it's hard to discern what's useful and what's extraneous. Yet, in spite of this I still had exam questions (such as PTA calculations) that the Mulcahy book doesn't mention, let alone explain in depth. This book takes the "quantity over quality" approach to PMI material.

Most study aids conveniently arrange the material in a logical format by process groups, knowledge areas, inputs, tools and techniques and outputs. Rita's book doesn't and it's detrimental to learning the material. Instead of telling you what the PMBOK lists as inputs and helping you understand them so you don't have to just memorize them by rote, she instead includes a large number of worthless exercises to have you "guess" what you might need. The same goes for tools and techniques, and outputs.
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Rajiv Kohinoor on April 19, 2006
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I have recently read a few PMP books cover to cover, and I thought I should share my experience with other readers with an intention to help them to find the right books. A brief review of what I think are the top three PMP books follows:

1. This book: The PMP Exam Prep.

It is a very good book if you are either taking a course from the author or from an instructor who is using this book as a text book. There are lots of exercises. Unfortunately, this is not a self contained book. Topics are not covered with enough depth. Also there is a poor flow and a lots of hopping from topic to topic. Moreover, it's outrageously high priced. Too many cross references and overhyped.

Overall I recommend this book of you are using it in a course.

2. The PMP Exam by Andy Crowe; Velociteach.

This is a great book and relatively self contained. You can study this book and pass the PMP exam. There are a only a few topics, which are not covered in adequate depth. In this and the preceding book, The coverage is organized around the knowledge areas while the exam objectives are organized in order of the process groups. That breaks the exam objective coverage into pieces, and may cause confusion.

I recommend this book if you are looking for a self contained book to pass the PMP exam.

3. PMP In Depth by Paul Sanghera, Thomson Course Technology.

This book has just hit the market and is relatively unknown. But I found this a rock solid book. Almost all the topics are covered with adequate depth. The material is presented in a logical learning sequence and the presentation is very cohesive: no hopping from topic to topic. It's an easy and interesting read. All concepts are clearly defined and expalined.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jalapeno on September 3, 2006
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When I started studying for the PMP, I started w/ Rita Mulcahy's book "PMP Exam Prep." After a few days of trying to learn the material her way, I gave up. It was almost as bad, dry, and confusing as reading the PMBOK guide itself. I did some research, read the reviews from Amazon and decided to try Andy Crowe's book. Whew, what a relief! The material is laid out in a way that it just makes sense and I would recommend the book (and have) to anyone who wants to learn the material. The book is really good at teaching the ITTOs, sequencing, and the processes and knowledge areas that you have to know for the exam. The material is easy to read and the repetition really does help you learn the material! HOWEVER, the tests provided at the end of chapters, at the end of the book, and on the provided website will give you a very big false sense of security! I was easily passing the provided tests with 80-90%s. When I purchased Rita Mulcahy's exam prep questions software ($$$), my percentage correct rate went from 80-90%s on Andy's tests to 50-60s with Rita's exam questions. When I finally was getting to really understand the process and procedures, and passing Rita's questions in the 80-90%s, not only did the questions Andy provided almost seem ridiculously easy, but I knew I was ready for the test.

HOWEVER, even though I knew the material cold, and could easily answer what ever Rita or Andy could throw at me, I only passed the PMP with a 78%.

Bottom Line: learn the material from Andy Crowe, test using other materials/merchandise.

P.S. even though the test was only 200 questions, when the first three questions of the exam is stuff you've never heard of, it makes for a very long day...

Good luck and I hope this info helps you!
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