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APM Body of Knowledge 5th Ed. Paperback – 2006


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  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Association for Project Manage; 5th edition (2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903494133
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903494134
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 28 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 272,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The APM Body of Knowledge is a key component of the APM Five Dimensions of Professionalism. It defines the areas required to manage any successful project and forms the basis of APM's qualifications, accreditation, research, and publications. The APM Body of Knowledge 5th edition has been written to support all those working in the profession. It has seven sections covering 52 knowledge areas.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 21 Nov 2009
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I had the impression that anything called the "body of knowledge" would be a very large book, but this is not the case. This is more of a glossary of project management terms than a "body of knowledge". Everything is covered, but only very briefly - for example there is one page on leadership, one on teamwork and one on configuration management. So if you are a project manager looking for some practical help, this is not the book for you.

There is a good bibliography for further reading at the end of each page
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By neil on 14 Sep 2010
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What a waste of money. A small book very thin on detail. You will not pass your APM exam with this book! I would highly recommend buying the Bolton & Naybour book on project management and passing the APM Exam (ISBN 978184426756-9).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rastabumbaclart on 5 Nov 2013
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118 pages of text (one third of which is either blank pages or a further reading list) 40 pages of glossary which is a repeat of the 118 pages of text (first paragraph) So, all in all an extremely expensive waste of paper unless you just want an overview for £30 or you are happy paying for a further reading list. There are many better books on this subject out there.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stephan Toth on 28 Feb 2011
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The AMP Body of knowledge is not intended to be a project management tutorial book, it is intended to lay out the principles of project management methodology in the same way as the Prince2 managing successful projects book does.

Obviously, in both of these books the reader has to undertake extensive further study in each particular area of expertise.

Of course one could just study both of these books and the PMBOK guide from now until Christmas and for all intents and purposes pass the relevant exams but that would not make you a competent project manager. What you would have actually done for yourself is lay out a framework that highlights gaps in your knowledge that starts you on a quest for further information. This quest for information will drive you into areas of business study that you had no conception of before reading those first books. You will inevitably want to learn about risk management, conflict management and interpersonal skills, logistics, finance (ABC), marketing, IT and the list go on and on.

To give you some idea how the progression from one book to another and from one subject are to another takes hold. I have provided Project Smart forum with a list of around 30 book reviews from my library of some 350 books that I bought over the last couple of decades (most from Amazon).

You can find this forum (..) under the tag name of satisfactionuk.

But your quest of knowledge does not stop there, you will soon be looking into computer packages such as MS Project, Palisades @Risk for Projects and the dedicated Prince2 software package Project in a Box not to mention other dedicated packages that take your fancy or that your future employer may have.

Welcome to your journey, it's a long one so make sure your fist steps are in the right direction.
Kind regards

Stephan Toth
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If you are attending a APMP course I severely doubt that this book is going to help you pass the exam (£227 + VAT). Unlike the PRINCE2 course reference, Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2: 2009 Edition, which I found to be informative, this book has very little to offer.

In fairness though it does tell you which books to buy to access the information you will need.
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