Head First PMP Paperback – 29 Dec 2013
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A Learner's Companion to Passing the Project Management Professional Exam
About the Author
Jennifer Greene is an agile coach, development manager, business analyst, project manager, tester, speaker, and authority on software engineering practices and principles. She’s been building software for over twenty years in many different domains including media, finance, and IT consulting. She’s worked with teams of excellent developers and testers to tackle tough technical problems and focused her career on finding and fixing the habitual process issues that crop up along the way.
Andrew Stellman is a developer, architect, speaker, agile coach, project manager, and expert in building better software. He has over two decades of professional experience building software, and has architected large-scale real-time back end systems, managed large international software teams, been a Vice President at a major investment bank, and consulted for companies, schools, and corporations, including Microsoft, the National Bureau of Economic Research, Bank of America, Notre Dame, and MIT. He's had the privilege of working with some pretty amazing programmers during that time, and likes to think that he's learned a few things from them.
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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).
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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I love Head First books, they way they use pictures and layouts to explain a topic. Much easier to remember than reading paragraphs and paragraphs of text.Published 3 months ago by andrea burns