Use 2 PMP Prep Books. Here’s Why?


Edwin Chan
Hong Kong

No. of Attempt
Study Duration
14 days

PMP® Course
PM PrepCast™
Prep Book
Kim Heldman

Mock Exams Attempted
Oliver Lehmann
Head First

PMBOK® Guide Read
2 times

“Getting the PMP® is not the final destination, the new knowledge gained will be applied in my daily work to perfect my project management skills and deliver more success.”

Edwin Chan passed the PMP® exam and became a PMP®. Below are his lessons learned:

  • It took 14 days of studying for my PMP® Certification
  • The PMBOK® Guide Guide lacks concrete examples and it is very difficult to understand the project management knowledge just by reading it alone. I bean with Rita Mulcahy’s PMP® exam prep book, and then Kim Heldman’s project management professional study guide. Rita’s book is more orientated towards the PMP® exam but it does not have enough coverage of all the ITTO (Input, Tools and Techniques, Outputs). The ITTO’s are well covered in Heldman’s PMP® book. These books complement each other, and provides me with a much greater understanding than reading the PMBOK® Guide Guide itself.
  • PMP® online forums are the most helpful. The forums contain plenty of exam advices from other PMP®s, along with many study notes which discuss a variety of topics that would be tested in the real PMP® exam.
  • I attempted the practice exam questions on and It is absolutely critical to practice the situational questions and try to memorize many of the important ITTOs for the PMP® exam.
  • There are some topics that are not covered in the PMBOK® Guide Guide nor the two aforementioned prep books like the Point of Total Assumptions, economic value added,  delegation, etc. Chapter 6 of “Management skills for new managers” by Carol W. Ellis gives you more details for delegation.

~ PMP® Lessons Learned by Edwin Chan


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