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PMP: Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide 7th Edition

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Your Ultimate Guide to the PMP Exam

Prepare for the PMP certification exam with this new edition of the PMP Study Guide, which covers all essential concepts from A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), Fifth Edition. Study, practice, and review such topics as budgeting, scheduling, how to measure performance, and much more. Fine-tune your skills with audio instruction from author and project management expert Kim Heldman. This detailed book also helps candidates prepare for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) exam. Inside, find:

Full coverage of all exam topics in a systematic approach, so you can be confident you're getting the instruction you need for the exam

Real-world scenarios that put what you've learned in the context of actual job roles

Challenging review questions in each chapter to prepare you for exam day

Exam Essentials, a key feature in each chapter that identifies critical areas you must become proficient in before taking the exam

A project case study at the end of each chapter that walks you through a complex scenario

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Go to www.sybex.com/go/pmpsg7e and download a full set of test prep tools to help you thoroughly prepare for the exam. These include:

  • Two practice exams
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  • More than two hours of audio instruction and review
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About the Author

Kim Heldman, PMP, is a Business Relationship Manager for the Regional Transportation District in Denver, Colorado. She has over 20 years of experience in project management and consulting. Kim is the author of several books on project management, including Project Management JumpStart and the six previous editions of the bestselling PMP: Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide. You can visit her website at www.kimheldman.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 696 pages
  • Publisher: Sybex; 7 edition (July 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118531825
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118531822
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book contains a lot of great material in a format that does not vary much throughout the book, making it more tedious than some alternative texts. Providing more variability in the form of tables, charts, and visual displays of the information would make this a more efficient study aid. The real downside of this book are the numerous errors especially in the practice exams at the end of the chapters. They solution keys provide conflicting information and sometimes even contradicts the information in the chapter. An experienced PM would not be fooled by these errors, but someone not as well versed in project management might get the wrong information if they just went through the practice exams.
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This book helped me pass PMP exam on my first try. It is well organized and helps one think through PM processes and how they are related.This approach to PM helps tremendously on the exam - interrelationships is a big clue to success for passing the exam - especially for situational questions, of which there are many in the exam in all process areas. Using process flow to mind-map PM also mitigates the need to memorize all the gazillions of ITTOs, which I did not bother to memorize - and still passed. A suggestion for the book: the questions and answers in the Heldman text are much wordier than the actual exam that I took. Stated another way, the actual exam questions and answers were much shorter. An additional suggestion for the text is to include a few cost/schedule diagrams and how to interpret them (S-Curve diagrams with multiple variables plotted, etc.). I recommend this book and the price is right, especially with the online resources. Finally, concentrate on the simple/basic earned value equations, no need to go too deep there. Good luck.
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I purchased this book to prepare for the PMP exam as a companion to the PMBOK. I would highly recommend that as the way to view it. There is info in the PMBOK that is actually covered more succinctly than in this book. So in combination you should have what you need. It's written pretty well, and tries to apply real world examples to the concepts. Probably the most useful (for me) was the sample questions in the chapters and the sample test material that comes with the book (which is hard to find on the wiley/sybex website, but does exist).

One word of caution and a major issue though, there are numerous errors in the sample tests so be careful of that.

Between this book, the PMBOK, and lots of studying, I passed the PMP on the first try.
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I found the book easy to read and follow, but just as good as the previous versions. I think Kim needs to updgrade to add more tables, diagrams, and be more specific on inputs, tools and outputs for every process, instead of leaving everything to the text flow.
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I read this book along with PMBOK guide and passed the exam. I found the practice test questions on this book were not as good and recommend an external source for exam questions. I took Rita's exam questions and practiced after reading this book and when I got close to 80% on the exam, I went ahead and took the exam. I did fail it the first time but after reading this book I passed it. I recommend taking a lot of practice exams. I took practice exams about 40-50 times, it does not have to be 200 questions all the time just take 30-50 questions a time.
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I took an online course that didn't do much to prepare me for the PMP exam. This guide gives real life examples and explains what's in PMBOK so you have a deeper understanding of the material. There is still a lot of memorization, but this should make the rest of the test easier. I will update this review after I take the exam.
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Although the book is well written, the accompanying practice exam software and questions are inexcusably bad. The software does not clearly indicate or allow me to review the questions I missed, meaning that I have to individually review each of the hundreds of questions to determine my study gaps (it sounds unbelievable, but it's true). Additionally, the questions are confusing and I have noticed inconsistencies between information that is restated from the question to the answer.

A little quality assurance and quality control is needed for these practice test questions.
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Kim Heldman's guide was the one guide that clearly mapped out the knowledge areas and the project processes just as projects are performed in practice. I couldn't have passed the certification without this book. It helped me to truly understand and learn the material versus just memorizing. I continue to use this guide as a helpful tool to ensure I'm applying my knowledge to current projects. I highly recommend this guide over any other.
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