- Series: PMBOK® Guide
- Paperback: 589 pages
- Publisher: Project Management Institute; 5 edition (January 1, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1935589679
- ISBN-13: 978-1935589679
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.2 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (966 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have owned every edition of the PMBOK and I can tell you that it's gotten better with age. Let's face it, the material isn't the most exciting but at least it's much more readable than ever. Processes are more refined (some may remember core vs. facilitating processes in older versions) and are titled more consistently (used to have some start with verbs and others with nouns), descriptions of inputs/tools & techniques/outputs are clearer, and illustrations are less confusing. That said, the book still only covers the "whats". If you actually want to know "how" to execute some of these processes, you will need another resource like Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling.
For those who have seen some of the PMBOK's poor ratings in reviews of previous versions, you have to understand that this is a high-level guide, not an elaborate text or a mystery novel. As a result, do not expect to be a project management guru at the end or be entertained with creative irony.
Anyway, since many of you are looking at this because you want to take the PMP exam, here is some advice:
- Although you may be able to obtain a soft copy of this book by being a PMI member, I recommend having a physical copy.Read more ›
Below is my review on this book. If you are interested in how you might best prepare for the PMP exam - read on - further below.
- this is a good study companion to the PMBOK guide.
- it does have some tips for memorizing things (like math formulas, theories on motivating employees, etc.) -- I found these tips helpful for the most part
- this book also has some tips on items to focus on (because higher chances of them being on the PMP exam) and those not to focus on too much (because lower chances of them being on the PMP exam - based on historical data)
- This book - is a bit wordy - it probably weighs about 50 lbs (ok, I'm exaggerating) and has about 600 pages.
- however, the wordiness is meant to make it less 'dry' it seems (try reading the PMBOK - now, that's dry)
- chapter practice tests - were very helpful for me (it is how I best learn)
Another great study aid that really helped me with the PMP exam is Neutropix – Support Brain Function, Memory, Attention Span, Concentration & Clarity it is an amazing supplement that enhances your memory, focus and cognition, great for studying.
This shouldn't be your only resource if you plan to take the PMP exam. It doesn't give you all the knowledge you need to pass the exam, which is odd. Rita Mulcahy's prep book is a must read. So is the Head First PMP book, which explains everything in plain English.
I found it best to read the books in this order: Rita -> PMBOK -> Head First
In preparation for the exam, know the Project Management Process Groups & Knowledge Areas inside and out. Learn the inputs & outputs. Also know the formulas and network diagrams. Do a lot of practice exams.
Note: This version (fifth edition) is for those planning to take the test after August 2013. If you want to take the test before mid-July, you need the 4th edition of PMBOK.
One more note: I signed up for the PMP Boot Camp by my local PMI chapter. It was terrible - a complete waste of time!!!! If you want to do a boot camp, spend the extra money and sign up with a company that specializes in training.
PMI has put a lot of work into this version. Compared to the 1996 version this one reads better, shows clearer relationships between knowledge areas, and has been greatly expanded in some of the knowledge areas - most notably risk management and earned value project management. The CD ROM version that I am reviewing has additional refinements that make this media easier to work with. The 1996 version in electronic format was a collection of standalone Adobe Acrobat files, this version is a single Acrobat file that makes good use of Acrobat's navigation features.
If your reason for buying the PMBOK 2000 is to prepare for the Project Management Professional certification you have two choices: CD ROM or book, because this is the primary source of test questions. Heed the previous reviewer's comments that the 2001 examinations will also use the 1996 version as a basis for test questions. If you are buying this book to implement project management processes that conform to the PMBOK and work in the computer industry I recommend that you also look at Information Technology Project Management by Kathy Schwalbe. That book presents a project management approach for IT projects that is closely aligned to the PMBOK.