- Series: Head First
- Paperback: 896 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 3 edition (December 29, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1449364918
- ISBN-13: 978-1449364915
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 305 customer reviews
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About 'Head First' Books
We think of a Head First Reader as a Learner
Learning isn't something that just happens to you. It's something you do. You can't learn without pumping some neurons. Learning means building more mental pathways, bridging connections between new and pre-existing knowledge, recognizing patterns, and turning facts and information into knowledge (and ultimately, wisdom). Based on the latest research in cognitive science, neurobiology, and educational psychology, Head First books get your brain into learning mode.
Here's how we help you do that:
We tell stories using casual language, instead of lecturing. We don't take ourselves too seriously. Which would you pay more attention to: a stimulating dinner party companion, or a lecture?
We make it visual. Images are far more memorable than words alone, and make learning much more effective. They also make things more fun.
We use attention-grabbing tactics. Learning a new, tough, technical topic doesn't have to be boring. The graphics are often surprising, oversized, humorous, sarcastic, or edgy. The page layout is dynamic: no two pages are the same, and each one has a mix of text and images.
Metacognition: thinking about thinking
If you really want to learn, and you want to learn more quickly and more deeply, pay attention to how you pay attention. Think about how you think. The trick is to get your brain to see the new material you're learning as Really Important. Crucial to your well-being. Otherwise, you're in for a constant battle, with your brain doing its best to keep the new content from sticking.
Here's what we do:
We use pictures, because your brain is tuned for visuals, not text. As far as your brain's concerned, a picture really is worth a thousand words. And when text and pictures work together, we embedded the text in the pictures because your brain works more effectively when the text is within the thing the text refers to, as opposed to in a caption or buried in the text somewhere.
We use redundancy, saying the same thing in different ways and with different media types, and multiple senses, to increase the chance that the content gets coded into more than one area of your brain.
We use concepts and pictures in unexpected ways because your brain is tuned for novelty, and we use pictures and ideas with at least some emotional content, because your brain is more likely to remember when you feel something.
We use a personalized, conversational style, because your brain is tuned to pay more attention when it believes you're in a conversation than if it thinks you're passively listening to a presentation.
We include many activities, because your brain is tuned to learn and remember more when you do things than when you read about things. And we make the exercises challenging-yet-do-able, because that's what most people prefer.
We use multiple learning styles, because you might prefer step-by-step procedures, while someone else wants to understand the big picture first, and someone else just wants to see an example. But regardless of your own learning preference, everyone benefits from seeing the same content represented in multiple ways.
We include content for both sides of your brain, because the more of your brain you engage, the more likely you are to learn and remember, and the longer you can stay focused. Since working one side of the brain often means giving the other side a chance to rest, you can be more productive at learning for a longer period of time.
We include challenges by asking questions that don't always have a straight answer, because your brain is tuned to learn and remember when it has to work at something.
Finally, we use people in our stories, examples, and pictures, because, well, you're a person. Your brain pays more attention to people than to things.
About the Author
Jennifer Greene is an agile coach, development manager, business analyst, project manager, tester, speaker, and authority on software engineering practices and principles. She’s been building software for over twenty years in many different domains including media, finance, and IT consulting. She’s worked with teams of excellent developers and testers to tackle tough technical problems and focused her career on finding and fixing the habitual process issues that crop up along the way.
Andrew Stellman is a developer, architect, speaker, agile coach, project manager, and expert in building better software. He has over two decades of professional experience building software, and has architected large-scale real-time back end systems, managed large international software teams, been a Vice President at a major investment bank, and consulted for companies, schools, and corporations, including Microsoft, the National Bureau of Economic Research, Bank of America, Notre Dame, and MIT. He's had the privilege of working with some pretty amazing programmers during that time, and likes to think that he's learned a few things from them.
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Top customer reviews
I passed my PMP two days ago! I took a. 4 day bootcamp which was a waste of money, but the instructor from the bootcamp told me to buy Rita's book to get a better understanding. I also bought Head First PMP, McGraw-Hill's PMP Certification Mathematics with CD-ROM , I also signed up for a 20 day pass on PMStudy to rake practice test. When I took the exam I felt very confident and was able to breeze through the questions. I was able to pass all the sections!!!! I truly believe all the above resources really helped me. If you cannot get all the above resources or only have a short window to study I recommend the following:
1) DO NOT WASTE MONEY ON A BOOTCAMP!!!!!!
2) Buy Rita's book and read as much as you can
3) Get McGraw-Hill's PMP Certification Mathematics with CD-ROM to help with the math section (take the practice test on the CD-ROM) 1-2 days before the test. Make sure you understand calculating critical path, and all the necessary formulas (KNOW YOUR FORMULA'S IN YOUR SLEEP!!!!, EAT, DRINK, SLEEP, PLAY WHATEVER YOU DO KNOW YOUR FORMULA'S!!!!!) especially AC, PV, EV, CV, CPI, SV, SPI, EAC, BAC, ETC, TCPI, SD, VARIANCE, PV (PRESENT VALUE), Communication Channel
4) Sign up for PMStudy 20 days worth of testing!!!! Take the first test to see where you are, study study study the knowledge areas where you are weak take exam 2 if you get less than 80 go back to Rita's book! Take exam 3 get an 80 or better than take exam 4 the morning BEFORE your test so that your in a testing mind frame.
5) I LOVED Head First PMP but if you don't have time to study everything I would say to buy this book as a companion to Rita's book. This book is a fun read and makes the concepts easier to understand
6) Make sure your referencing the PMBOK 5 (Most Important)
During the exam (make sure your doing good on time before you follow these directions)
1) If you believe in prayer (PRAY) - ummmm you also do not need to tell anyone your taking the test, just in case........
2) Breathe and relax
3) Do the first 50 - 75 questions (Take a break, go to the bathroom, get some water, sit in the waiting room, just get away from the test)
4) Go back in do the next 25 - 50 questions (take another break)
5) Keep doing this until you finish
6) Before you review your questions, take your final break come back review your questions, (I took another break!!!!!), did the survey, packed up my things so I wasn't steering at the screen, and BOOM THERE IT WAS!!!!! Birds started singing, confetti fell from the ceiling, and people began to dance!! (well maybe in my head, but you get the point!)
Good luck and God Bless!!!!
It really simplifies the information and uses an attractive approach to get the needed information into your head.
I strongly recommend this book for those who get bored from reading traditional text books.
Despite of some minor mistakes and typos, this book is still awesome.
I just passed my PMP test on 1/20/2014 using this book as my primary study guide and i found that it had 90% of the information i needed to pass the exam..
I also used some other practice questions books to help practice.
When you buy this paper book, visit the Author's website mentioned on the last page register, and buy yourself a soft copy of the book for an extra 5$.
it will be useful to print exercise pages and practice them with your own hands, while keeping your original paper copy clean.
If you started with the PMBOK, you probably fell asleep reading it. this book is actually readable and makes studying for the PMP much easier.
I will give an update after my test. I have this and Rita's book and I like this one much better so far.
I have done project management in the past, but not with any PMP knowledge so I am basically starting from scratch and the Head First PMP book is the best "text book" to learn the material. When I complete the course I will begin the PMP cert studying which will reinforce the concepts and help me get through the PMBOK much easier. I highly recommend this book!
It all comes down to your study habits. If you like to read dense and informative information, you should go for Rita's. Rita's book is very good, very dense, packed with descriptions and information relating to real PMP situations.
This book however, are also informative, but uses examples that are not in work related PMP situations. For example, time management section of the book talks about a planning wedding instead of managing time within the organization. The point is to know to the concepts and get the inputs, tools and techniques, output straight. The best way for me to learn is to apply PMBOK to what I do in my daily lives, not just when I sit in the office. This book does its job well.
One hint though - review the processes (initiating, planning, executing, m&c, closing) chapter a couple of times. If you study the different knowledges chapters without knowing how it works together, you will likely fail the exam.