- 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: 119 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #463,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
Sybex Exam Prep Tools
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
- Two bonus practice CAPM exams
- More than two hours of audio instruction and review
- And more
Download practice exams and chapter review questions
Test your readiness with electronic flashcards
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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First, I will tell you that this is one of the most-read books in my household. Not only have I been studying for the exam for a long time, but I also use this book in my everyday work as a project manager. Why? Because the way it is written, it is almost like a guide to running your project. Each chapter proceeds in order of the activity as it would be pursued. It also includes an ongoing story or example about how that activity would be done, which often helps us remember. We learn best from stories, it turns out. I can easily skip these now as I review the materials, as they - like all other special sections of the book - are easily distinguishable and skipped. There is also a useful summery at the end of each chapter along with practice questions. The practice questions really make it clear - did you skim it or did you really absorb the material? Kim also has a category of things about applying this to your projects in real life. As I said, this was like my bible when I started out in my job (taking on many more PM responsibilities than in past PM roles).
Now I've read the PMBOK too. the PMBOK is organized by process area. It's great for studying for the PMP exam itself. However, Kim's book is great for learning the PMBOK for applying to REAL LIFE.
Look at everything that is included. It isn't just a book. The CD also includes flashcards (though you should make your own - the act of creating them is what counts), sample exams, chapter review questions in a digital format, a glossary of terms and audio content. I had owned this book for over a year before I realized the extra content on the CD was there.
Kim includes some great ways to memorize things and I love the little call-outs that tell you that you really need to memorize something for the exam. I love that all the EVM formulas were put together, after being explained at length, and all the Quality methodologies. The whole book has call-outs that help you focus on what you really need to remember for the test.
The Test Engine that was included seemed to score some questions wrong. I found it frustrating to work with, and the answer keys weren't as descriptive about WHY the answers were right or wrong.
The format of the book, though good for other reasons, is not good for study & review. If you realize that your main weakness is "Quality" or "Procurements", there isn't one chapter covering all aspects of these. You can't easily figure out the difference between Plan and Conduct Procurements. The Process Area knowledge is spread across the book in various chapters. Again, useful for every day application, but not so great for reviewing weak areas.
Answers don't match questions
The questions are improperly written and completely ambiguous
It uses acronyms in the questions which are not used in the text
Also, it is not well organized. It looks like they just randomly put several subject areas into different chapters. What a nightmare!
I found every concept very clear and all subjects were not only explained but organized in the natural order of the project life for easy understanding. I only found a subject or two in the exam that were not covered in this book (less than 5 questions our of 400).
Kim really nailed it; no wonder I've been told that the people who pay for the exam prep courses are taught by teachers using this as textbook.
The book is structured well enough to keep your interest. I found no reason to read the real-world scenarios or "applying this to your project" sections that take up 6-7 pages per chapter, and once you take those pages out, the book is quite condensed and to the point about what you need to know for the exam. The exam highlight blocks throughout each chapter were helpful. I did not open the PMBOK during my preparation because this book provided an explanation of the important pieces of the PMBOK. I tested Proficient in 4 of the 5 knowledge areas and Mostly Proficient in the 5th. I think that is strong evidence that this book is a worthwhile buy.