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Head First PMP [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Greene , Andrew Stellman
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Learn the latest principles and certification objectives in The PMBOK® Guide, (Fifth Version), in a unique and inspiring way with Head First PMP. This book helps you prepare for the PMP certification exam using a visually rich format designed for the way your brain works. You'll find a full-length sample exam included inside the book.

More than just proof of passing a test, a PMP certification means that you have the knowledge to solve most common project problems. But studying for a difficult four-hour exam on project management isn't easy, even for experienced project managers. Drawing on the latest research in neurobiology, cognitive science, and learning theory, Head First PMP offers you a multi-sensory experience that helps the material stick, not a text-heavy approach that puts you to sleep.

This book will help you:

  • Learn PMP's underlying concepts to help you understand the PMBOK principles and pass the certification exam with flying colors
  • Get 100% coverage of the latest principles and certification objectives in The PMBOK Guide, Fifth Edition
  • Make use of a thorough and effective preparation guide with hundreds of practice questions and exam strategies
  • Explore the material through puzzles, games, problems, and exercises that make learning easy and entertaining

Head First PMP puts project management principles into context to help you understand, remember, and apply them—not just on the exam, but also on the job.

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A Learner's Companion to Passing the Project Management Professional Exam

About the Author

Jennifer Greene, has spent the past 15 years or so building software for many different kinds of companies. She's worked for small start-ups and some huge companies along the way. She's built software test teams and helped lots of companies diagnose and deal with habitual process problems so that they could build better software. Since her start in software test and process definition, she's branched out into development management and project management. She's currently managing a big development team for a global media company and she's managed just about every aspect of software development through her career.

Jennifer founded Stellman & Greene Consulting with Andrew Stellman in 2003, initially to serve the scientific and academic community. They have worked in a wide range of industries including finance, telecommunications, media, non-profit, entertainment, natural language processing, science and academia. They do speaking engagements, provide training on development practices, manage teams, and build software. Together, they've written two highly acclaimed books on project management (Head First PMP and Applied Software Project Management), Head First C#, and most recently just finished up Beautiful Teams.

For more information about Jennifer, Andrew Stellman, and their books, visit

Andrew Stellman, despite being raised a New Yorker, has lived in Pittsburgh twice. The first time was when he graduated from Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science, and then again when he and Jenny were starting their consulting business and writing their first project management book for O'Reilly. When he moved back to his hometown, his first job after college was as a programmer at EMI-Capitol Records--which actually made sense, since he went to LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts to study cello and jazz bass guitar. He and Jenny first worked together at that same financial software company, where he was managing a team of programmers. He's since managed various teams of software engineers, requirements analysts, and led process improvement efforts. Andrew keeps himself busy eating an enormous amount of string cheese and Middle Eastern desserts, playing music (but video games even more), studying taiji and aikido, having a girlfriend named Lisa, and owing a pomeranian. For more information about Andrew, Jennifer Greene, and their books, visit

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 34763 KB
  • Print Length: 894 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 3 edition (18 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars PMP 19 Mar. 2014
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I was waiting for this book to come out as the release date was moved back. I had been using the Head First PMP V2 but the PMI had updated the PMBOK 4 to 5, so it was an eagerly waited requirement for my studies.The way the book is laid out and the chapters delivered is good. It is nowhere as heavy reading as the PMBOK 5 but seems to get all the info in. Plenty of small tests and knowledge areas for you to ponder on and check the answers. At the end of the book is a full 200 question exam.
The book is let down though with quite a few mistakes ranging from giving you wrong page numbers for finding the answers to tests to mis printing the x's in boxes showing you the answers, so you are non the wiser to completely omitting some things which you later find in the answer section. I have questioned some of the answers and information that was given in the book and have read comments from other users that have informed the publisher of the issues. Probably down to the book being rushed and not properly proof read. Having said that I used the book in conjunction with PMBOK 5, and Pmp Exam Prep Book by Rita Mulcahy so was able to cross reference when I was unsure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource for passing the exam 22 July 2015
Just used this to pass PMP. I was very happy with the graphic-intensive and informal nature of the text, which helped enliven the very dry PMBOK. However, don’t treat this a Project Management reference material – it is here to help you understand PMBOK concepts and pass the PMP exam.

What’s great about the book:
- It helped me pass at the first attempt
- Lots of exercises to test your understanding throughout each section
- Answers to test questions often include narrative to explain WHY that answer is correct
- Plenty of revision questions to check knowledge on each knowledge area, plus a full 200 question exam.

What’s not so good:
- There are some errors in the text (e.g. questions/answers don’t match)
- Some (very minor) concepts from PMBOK are not included – not enough to lead to an exam fail. Use PMBOK as a cross check.

My study method was to read an individual knowledge area from PMBOK and make notes. Then, work through the corresponding Head First chapter, and complete every single exercise, no matter how easy they seemed.

For revision, try as many on-line exams as you have time for – the PMI has some free resources, including on-line tests by Scordo, which I found to be at the right level and provided commentary on each answer.

For the exam itself, use the first 15 minutes to write down the EMV formulas and the knowledge areas/process groups. As a general point, remember that the PMP exam will test against PMBOK, not against what happens in your own company.

Overall, perfect for visual learners. And you can get a PDF copy via their website (although at 850+ pages, you won’t be printing it).
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Passed my PMI PMP exam today with highest level "Proficient" in all areas so over the moon. This book was *invaluable* and my main study guide although I must add a few caveats - it's not quite enough and I highly recommend augmenting it with notes from your training course (if you go on one) as there are some finer details not included in this book. The book also contains a few glaring errors which surprised me (particularly in the sample questions/exam). And the level of difficulty of the sample questions/exam provided in this book is far easier than what you will face on the actual test day so I recommend getting hold of as many other sample exam papers as you can, don't just rely on this book. Saying all that, this book was fantastic and I absolutely loved the way the information was presented (graphics, cartoons etc) which really helps simplify things, makes them easier to remember, and most of all makes it a bit fun!
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