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PMP Exam Prep, Fifth Edition: Rita's Course in a Book for Passing the PMP Exam
PMP Exam Prep, Fifth Edition: Rita's Course in a Book for Passing the PMP Exam
by Rita Mulcahy
Edition: Paperback
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THIS is the ONLY book I read. AND I PASSED!, April 20, 2007
The only book you will need to prepare for the PMP exam!

Rita's written this book in a way that's geared towards making you PASS the exam. The writing style is conversation and not dry. She makes sure that you wrap your head around the key PMBOK philosophies of doing things and try to forget, at least for the exam, the realities you are facing in your PM life. My advise is to MEMORIZE what she tells you to memorize, gloss through what she tells you to gloss through. It works.

Highly recommend those who are lazy, who do not have enough time, or have the level of experience as a senior level PM in some defense contractor multi billion dollar budget. I went through the book in 10 days. (I had time at work as my project was on a standstill over the Christmas break.) Did not read PMBOK (although I've attended more than one PM class in my day and do have some small project experience in larger firms). And guess what?! I passed the PMP exam.


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5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Nicole Kidman's "The Others", you'll like this., October 3, 2005
I was initially told, when my friends organized a night at the cinema, that this movie was written by the guy who wrote the Hollywood version of the Japanese horror movie "The Ring". Fully expecting it to be gross and scary, I was pleasantly surprised that "The Skeleton Key" is not. It's one of those sort of horror genre movies that leaves you guessing until the end. Reminded me of Nicole Kidman's "The Others". I'll advice anybody who will be watching "The Others" or "The Skeleton Key" on DVD/video to do it in one sitting, one go, without pauses in between for bathroom breaks or what not. Turn the lights down, turn the volume up and get ready to get jumpy.
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Software Release Methodology
Software Release Methodology
by Michael E. Bays
Edition: Paperback
Price: $59.00
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok as reference book for Pointy Haired Managers, February 10, 2004
I went out and got a copy of this book because (1) relatively good initial reviews, (2) the items in the Table of Contents that made sense. Although the content does not suck as badly as what the other reviews wrote, it wasn't "satisfying". Bays placed in sections of text assuming the readers do not an inkling of a tech background, and no idea whatsover on the psychology of a software shop. It's nice to see in print all the psychological/organization behavior assessments you've made through years of painful lessons, but I needed a book that will tell me practically what to do (or at least a story about what worked for him and what he thinks one should do in different set ups). No, instead he launches into a textbook style discussion of a lot of basics with the assumption that the reader have never gotten been down in the trenches as a /with the developers before.
It's not an entirely bad approach. Like I said in the title of this review, this book is great for "Pointy Haired Managers" (ala Dilbert) -- managers of tech organizations who have never been in the trenches himself. No sarcasm intended. It's also a good book to use when you have to educate/convince "Pointy Haired Managers" on how things "should be" done (because it sounds really illogical from his simplified point of view). No sarcasm intended here too. (Those who have worked with non-technical bosses will agree with me the hardest part is educating a boss with a slight tendency to micromanage -- because he couldn't grasp the situation.)
Actually this book can be a great text book for an IT Technical Management course for non technical managers. It does have everything you need to know about the last stages of software development (THE RELEASE).


Managing the Software Process
Managing the Software Process
by Watts S. Humphrey
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $73.93
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars true meat and bones, July 14, 2003
This book is all meat and bones for anybody wanting an indepth study of the software development process. If you've graduated passed Steve McConnell's Microsoft press series, then it is time for you to move on to Watts Humphrey. I am tasked to design all the software development processes in my company and Rapid Development (and other McConnell) books only helped me in the initially phases of designing the process. When it comes to nitty gritty details, Humphrey nailed it.
The book is full of sample forms and checklists for the processes you need to put in place. Processes are broken down into generic but specific terms so that it is easily applied/tailored to your company. I was having problems with expressing the interleaving nature of the sets of processes in configuration management (version control, code review, QA, build management, ...). Humphrey's book somehow was able to express that (in other terminologies of course).
Definite must buy for anyone who is part of an SEPG or Project Manager for software development.


Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, A Young Man and Life's Greatest Lesson
Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, A Young Man and Life's Greatest Lesson
by Mitch Albom
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $15.64
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refocuses you on what is truly important in life, January 1, 2003
In this busy busy world of money and status, Morrie refocuses us on what is important in life. It's our friends, our family, the people that surrounds us. It is living our life to the fullest - not by monetary or materialistic standards, but by how many people's life we touch and connect with. He turned his battle with terminal illness to a message and a story to tell the world. His spirit lives on forever, captured in the hearts of those who read Mictch Albom's book about his beloved professor. This is a story about a sociology professor's last project, last thesis about human kind -- the passing from the living to death.
It is a must read for those who are in quarter life crisis, or those who feel that this you've been so caught up with this world that you feel something is missing. It takes you back to what is important.
Dance on Morrie, dance on....


The Change Monster: The Human Forces That Fuel or Foil Corporate Transformation and Change
The Change Monster: The Human Forces That Fuel or Foil Corporate Transformation and Change
by Jeanie Daniel Duck
Edition: Hardcover
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You are not alone. THIS IS normal., August 16, 2001
In emotionally draining management situations, you as a manager, or you as an employee feels totally lost and alone. You think that this dark cloud over your head is so unique that you don't think there is hope. Nobody will understand how this is done. I think the use of this book, akin to personal self-help book, is to tell you you are not alone. This situation you are going through is normal and you are not going out of your mind. Yes, there might not be concrete steps on how to do things, but in dealing with human beings, nothing is set in stone. That's why it's so hard to manage. That's why we have shrinks. There is no formularic way of "fixing the problem". You will just have to learn from experience, and reading about other people's experiences will help you identify potential red flags.
That's what's good about this book. It's loaded with Ms. Duck's personal experience working as a Change Management Consultant for BCG. She presents two real cases (one real and the other one an amalgamation of similar companies), tells us what was going through in the heads of management and employees. She painstakingly details the action that was taken and how it affected the company as a whole. It's a very good book to start your way into the realms of change management.


Snow Crash
Snow Crash
by Neal Stephenson
Edition: Paperback
Price: $8.29
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced, Jam-packed, and Well-Researched, August 16, 2001
This review is from: Snow Crash (Paperback)
All I can say is that if you are not "The Matrix" sort of person, then you won't like this book. Bits and pieces from theology, archeology, anthropology, computer science, and linguistics rolled into one. Interesting theory about the connection of the demise of the Sumerian culture and the Bible's Tower of Babel. Cultural nuances depicted in the novel is so accurate. Definitely a different twist into the realm of science fiction... most probably because he started to do research for a computer game and not a novel.


HAL's Legacy: 2001's Computer as Dream and Reality
HAL's Legacy: 2001's Computer as Dream and Reality
by David G. Stork
Edition: Paperback
Price: $21.28
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HAL is based on real research..., July 7, 2001
I have only one word for this book: COOL! For science-fiction aficionados everywhere, HAL's Legacy is a review, in 1997 when HAL was supposed to be created, the state of the technology (artificial intelligence, natural language processing, speech processing, etc.) from premier Sci-Fi writer Arthur C. Clarke and leading computer scientists in the area of AI (and other areas) like Marvin Minsky. Are we there yet? Is HAL really possible? It includes deep analysis of specific scenes in the movie and tying it in with the different premises presented in the articles/chapters in the book.
This is one book absolute die-hard sci-fi fans should have, especially if you are working in the high tech sector.


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