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Jeff Furman, PMP, after 15 years managing IT projects for Fortune 100 financial firms, now teaches several levels of project management for New York University's School of Professional Studies and Schack Institute of Real Estate. He also trains military project managers at various posts throughout the United States and has conducted PMP and train-the-trainer courses for IIUSA, Unitek Education, and NetCom Learning, where he twice won NetCom s Instructor of the Year award.
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  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Management Concepts Press; 2 edition (December 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567264468
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567264463
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,184,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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On this past Tuesday I took and passed the PMP exam with flying colors in a large part because of this book. I first read the Andy Crowe book (which is excellent and I recommend as well), and then this book which I found out was a supplement to the Crowe book. The first book was helpful at supplying a medium level of learning, but the Jeff Furman book will take you to that next level of understanding (which you will need for this exam).

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!
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Organized in a very reader-friendly Q&A format, the Project Management Answer Book is a fantastic resource for all project managers. The book covers each knowledge area as defined by PMI's PMP standards sequentially, which also makes it a very powerful study tool for the PMP.

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!
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I have been a PM for nearly seven years now, and I am constantly running into unique situations I have never encountered. The first place I look for help is the answer book. This new edition, especially paired with the first one, serve as an invaluable tool and reference to help me navigate the ever changing requirements of project management. If you are a PM, want to be a PM, or are involved in projects in any way, GET THIS BOOK. You will not be disappointed.
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I recently passed the PMP exam using Jeff Furman's book to complement Andy Crowe's 5th edition . Highly recommended- Jeff goes beyond the basic knowledge areas and process groups to focus on underlying project management concepts. The PMP exam doesn't just focus on memorization questions, so a solid understanding of the principles was invaluable.
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I highly recommend this book as a tool for learning Project Management. It is well written and can be used as a resource when preparing for either of the Project Management certifications as well as a good reference while taking on PM responsibilities. I enjoyed reading it, learning from it and intend to use it as an ongoing reference in the workplace.
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I thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who is studying to take the PMP exam. I just passed my PMP exam this past weekend, and I think this book helped me achieve that. I had studied the PMBOK on my own, and I had taken a wonderful bootcamp course, but this book provided just the alternate source of information that I needed. I highly recommend taking the author's advice and having an alternate study source, whatever that may be. For me, it was this book, and it worked very well.

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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