For those who think the PMBOK® Guide is too serious (reads boring) for them, the PMP® Certification All-in-One For Dummies may be a godsend. Just like other books in the dummies series, this PMP® Certification exam prep guide is written in plain English with a humorous tone. It is updated for the most current edition of the PMBOK® Guide. As stated from the cover of the PMP® book, it is in fact “9 Books in 1” including the following titles:
- PMP® Foundation
- Starting Off Right
- Planning Integration, Scope, and Schedule
- Planning Cost, Quality, Human Resources, and Communication
- Planning for Risks, Procurement, and Stakeholder Management
- Managing Your Project
- Controlling Scope and Schedule
- Controlling Cost, Quality, and More
- Closing Your Project and the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
All the 9 titles cover all the required concepts and knowledge of the PMP® Certification Exam.
This PMP® Book is deliberately written in a simple and clear language to help PMP® candidates to prepare and pass the PMP® Exam with less stress. Since the PMP® exam is very challenging, if the author can make the preparation a bit fun and enjoyable, the PMP® candidates may be able to pass a bit easier. The author tries to organize the exam syllabus of the PMP® Exam into into 9 mini-books with each one explores a specific theme or topic of the PMP® Exam. The clear organization assists PMP® students to plan and schedule their learning and studying activities.
The book on PMP® Foundation gives a concise but detailed enough view of the PMP® application process as well as how to sign up for the PMP® Exam, how to prepare for the PMP® Exam and what to bring on the day of exam, etc. It also addresses the following key points:
- How the application process works
- What a charter is and why you need one
- Steps for constructing a project management plan
- Advice on estimating costs, duration, and staffing needs
- How to manage change as the project progresses
- Ways to maintain control of the project
- The process of closing a project
- Plenty of test-taking tips
All the domain areas described in the PMBOK® Guide are discussed in details with lots of real-world examples to illustrate the concepts. Domain areas include:
- project communications management
- project cost management
- project human resources management
- project integration management
- project procurement management
- project quality management
- project risk management
- project scope management
- project time management
The PMP® Dummies Book also includes lots of PMP® exam practice questions. In addition, an online simulated PMP® Exam test engine is included in the purchase of the book which gives additional hundreds of PMP® practice questions to work on.
PMP® Certification All-in-One For Dummies has 921 pages and measures 7.4 x 2 x 9.2 inches. Also, additional complementary resources can also be found on the website of the PMP® book including the PMP® Certification Cheat Sheet. It can be said that with the PMP® Certification All-in-One For Dummies, you will not need to search the internet for other PMP® Exam / Certification related information or tips.
Review of the PMP® Book
This PMP® book received many compliments from PMP® aspirants who could pass the PMP® exam in first attempt. They highly recommended the book as it contains lots of practical examples that help putting the PMBOK® Guide concepts into context. Many said that they could not make any sense of PMBOK® Guide before, but after reading this PMP® Book, they found the PMBOK® Guide to be “readable”. Many loved the way the PMP® Book is written in simple and clear English, allowing them to understand the key facts and concepts for the PMP® Exam without any problems. A PMP® aspirant even made use of the work ‘enjoyable’ which was seldom seen in reviews for professional examination titles. However, some readers found that the book contains quite a lot of typo or even several errors in explanations.
About the Author of the PMP® Book
The author of the PMP® Certification All-in-One For Dummies is Cynthia Snyder who is an experienced project management instructor and seasoned project management consultant. She actually worked as the project manager for PMBOK® Guide, 4th edition. She knows the ins and outs of the PMBOK® Guide more than any others. In recognition of her contribution to PMI® and the profession of project management, PMI® awarded her the Distinguished Contribution Award in 2009.
Preview of the PMP® Book
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