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The PMP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try Paperback – December 1, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0972967303 ISBN-10: 0972967303

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Velociteach Press (December 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0972967303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0972967303
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,394,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Andy Crowe, PMP and Six Sigma Black Belt, is a world-renowned lecturer and author on the subject of Project Management. He combines over 15 years of hands-on experience with a clear, articulate, and easily accessible style that contributes to the popularity of his books and lectures. As a founder of Velociteach Inc, Andy is committed to leadership and education in best practices within the Project Management community.

Customer Reviews

Unlike PMBOK, information in this book is very easy to understand (as well as relate to).
Vikas Sharma
I DID PASS the PMP Exam on my FIRST attempt, and the success is all attributable to what I learned from studying Andy Crowe's book.
The questions at the end of each chapter and the Final Exam in the book was a good representation of the actual exam.
Daphne A. Ignatius

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184 of 192 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Hilliard on May 28, 2003
Format: Paperback
PASS. First time out. Any questions?
Seriously, I read the PMBOK cover to cover. DENSE. All the information is there, but it lacks several things that are crucial to a successful PMP exam preparation: intuitive organization, practice questions, and real-world applications.
Andy Crowe's book fills the gap. It presents the information in a structured, easy-to-understand format that guides you through the 39 discrete processes, their interaction, and most importantly, what you need to know about each one to pass the exam.
The final exam takes the concepts presented in the book and makes you think about them from yet another angle, and the fact that all the answers are there provides the last step in cementing the information in your head. My score on Andy's final and my score on the PMP exam were within 5 points of each other, so he obviously got it right.
The PMP exam is extremely situational. Some questions have four correct answers! What they want from you is the BEST answer. Many others focus on order of operations and ask what you, as the project manager, should do FIRST. These real-world situations are covered clinically in the PMBOK, but stressed in detail in this book.
Buy it. Read it. And Pass the PMP. I did.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By D. A Rudawitz on July 26, 2004
Format: Paperback
Until you have actually sat for the PMP examination (a grueling 4 hour 200 question computer administered examination), it is really not possible to gauge the value of this book. After taking the test, I can say categorically, that it would not be possible for even the most experienced project manager to pass the test without having read Andy Crowe's book. The Project Management Institute (PMI) has defined a very robust set of processes and knowledge that comprises their view of project management. Often, however, this view is different than the experiences of many long time project managers.

Andy's book logically lays open PMI's view of project management and provides the reader with the understanding of PMI's approach and how it also relates to many of our actual real world experiences. In a carefully planned order, the book covers each process group explaining the key elements and important items that the reader must remember in order to do their very best on the examination. The reader learns the why of PMI's approach so that they (the reader) can apply the "why" to answering the test questions. So, instead of having to memorize answers, the reader understands the underlying philosophy and, therefore, can deduce the correct answer by applying the PMI approach to each question. Although titled as a how to pass book, it really provides a useful guide to applying the PMI processes to any project. Andy gives the reader more than a guide to passing the test - this book is a great reference that will be useful long after the reader takes and passes the PMP examination.

To help the reader with test preparation, the each chapter has review questions as well as a final examination.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Tam, Albert on February 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
I cleared my pmp exam on my first try yesterday. As you know, PMBOK is a reference instead of a textbook. It is very useful, but definitely not a good starting point to learn about the PMI methodology. I knew I have to turn to other sources, which eventually lead to a procurement process. My requirement is very clear, I need some materials which can enable me to clear the exam ASAP (i.e. a short payback period). The specifications of the materials are as follows:

1. Explain everything straight-forward, so that I can capture the key points immediately

2. Light in weight, so that I can carry it around

3. Without lengthy-case to confuse me, so that I can focus on PMI methodology and principles, not the background information of other companies

According to the comments (expert judgements) here, I "procured" two text books, one by Andy Crowe and another by Rita Mulcahy, the two most popular reference books about PMP. Two books were studied instead of one as I'm not sure whether one book is adequate or not, two books can mitigate the risk, the "unknown-unknown".

I finished both within one month and was fully satisfied with their contents. Their only drawback is, the exercises provided are much easier than the actual exam. But I don't blame on the authors because the objective of these questions is let you verify your understanding (inspection). I checked the questions I missed and clarified my misunderstandings steadily (progressive elaboration). PMBOK is helpful in this stage to provide the official definition of key items. We all know that PMP means Project Management Professional, but it also means Practice Make Perfect.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Smith, PMP on May 19, 2003
Format: Paperback
This valuable guide is worth its weight in gold! This was the only reference I used to study for the PMP exam and like the title says, I passed it on my first try in March 2003 - by a wide margin I might add.
The book reads as if the author were right by your side guiding you through the critical information needed to pass the exam. Instead of simply presenting a large volume of information as other reference guides do, Andy Crowe has ranked and rated all of the information he presents. He has organized the book in such a logical format that not only did I pass the PMP exam, but I really understand PMI's processes and why PMI does things the way they do. That's the real purpose of the PMP certification in the first place, right.
I can't recommend this book enough. If you are interested in passing the PMP the first time and shaving months off your study time, (who isn't) you have to read this book.
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