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The Project Management Answer Book, Second Edition Paperback – December 1, 2014
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There are a few things about this book that I feel made the difference between getting a passing grade on the exam. The first is that the author's writing style is easy to read and there are lots of relevant examples and stories to help make the information stick. He is also very good at sliding in humor and comments to keep you entertained which is extremely helpful because, let's face it, this can be dry material at times.
The second is that he has specifically called out information that tends to get confusing and clarifies it... for example: pg. 82 "What is Free float, and how does it differ from float?", pg. 144 "What is redundancy testing (as opposed to redundancy design)?, pg. "How do reserve analysis and contingency reserves tie into time and cost management?".
Third, the style of the book is perfect for ensuring that you know this information at a deep level. The Question and Answer style set up works because asking your self questions while you are reading material is a great way to make sure you know it... so this book is like having your own study buddy to quiz you to make sure you are asking yourself those questions... and it even gives you all the answers!
If you have a basic foundation of PMP terms, then this book will take you to the next level. I absolutely recommend it to anyone who wants to take (and pass) the exam. I would even go so far to say, if you want to pass... do not take the exam without reading this first!
Having had the good fortune of being taught by Jeff Furman at NYU on the PMP standards, it is clear to me why this book is so effective: Jeff is tremendously passionate about project management, knowledgeable about the field in general as well as the PMI's standards, and truly dedicated to the art of educating. Jeff's enthusiasm energized our class and it is clearly felt in the book, which reads more like a conversation than it does a textbook.
It is also clear that this book is not only written from the point of view of an expert in project management and PMI's material, but from that of an educator who is able to draw from years of teaching experience to focus on topics on which students tend to have questions, and who knows how to make clear the more convoluted subject matter.
As a strategy to study for the PMP, I studied this book along with the Andy Crowe, and together they made a powerful study tool. It gave me the opportunity to hear about the subject from two different and complementary angles, both of which are extremely well-written and clear. Both books also contain study and test-taking tips and strategies which proved very helpful. For what it's worth, I passed my PMP on the first try using this strategy-- so I highly recommend it!
A major factor this book helped me, was that Mr. Furman's writing style is from a experienced PM with "real world" experience, and he was able to bridge the gap many "real world" PM's have when studying for the PMP exam. He was able to put on his "PM hat" and explain why this particular theory or process was valuable. In short it bridged the gap between theory and real world experience.
Mr Furman writing style is very easy to read, and is very refreshing after reading the PMBOK for a few hours at a time. I highly recommend this book.
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This book gave me a pass to PMP exam. It's thorough, covers everything you need and personally helped me pass it. Thank you, Jeff, you really know what you're talking about.Published 8 months ago by Ellen Fridliand