Head First PMP: A Brain-Friendly Guide to Passing the Project Management Professional Exam

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Jul 22, 2009 - Business & Economics - 795 pages

Learn the latest principles and certification objectives in The PMBOK Guide, Fourth Edition, in a unique and inspiring way with Head First PMP . The second edition of 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, Fourth Edition, including two new processes: Collect Requirements and Identify Stakeholders
  • 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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I highly recommend this book as a study material for the PMP exam. I took 6 weeks to study and in that time period I went through the book several times. Was that an over kill? Probably but I wanted to ensure I passed the first time. Not only did I pass the exam, a co-worker also passed using this book. We have since recommended this book to our PMO director as the training tool to pass the exam instead of paying hundreds of dollars for online courses per project manager.
The book is simple but it is structured in a way where information is easily understood and retained.
 

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XYZ... Mixxed feelings! Not too sure if I should risk buying the book.
It's the first time I hear about it.

Contents

Why get certified?
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Time
31
It all fits together
59
table of contents
87
Doing the right stuff
153
All the project
178
Project Why scope changes
201
Structure Management Plan Is the project ready to go?
213
table of contents
391
Getting the team together
443
table of contents
493
Planning for the unknown
543
Exam Answers
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table of contents
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table of contents
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table of contents
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work happens
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Every project boils down to money Ifyou had a bigger budget
321
If the caterers come too early the food will sit around under heat lamps But too late and the band wont have time to play I just dont see how well ever...
325
Practice PMP exam
699
Exam Answers
746
Organization Charts
790
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About the author (2009)

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 http://www.stellman-greene.com.

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 http://www.stellman-greene.com.

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