Head First PMP: A Learner's Companion to Passing the Project Management Professional Exam

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596801915
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2009
  • Series: Head First Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 834
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.85 (d)

Meet 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 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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Table of Contents


  • Praise for Head First PMP
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  • How to use this Book: Intro
  • Chapter 1: Introduction: Why get certified?
  • Chapter 2: Organizations, constraints, and projects: In good company
  • Chapter 3: The process framework: It all fits together
  • Chapter 4: Project integration management: Getting the job done
  • Chapter 5: Scope management: Doing the right stuff
  • Chapter 6: Time management: Getting it done on time
  • Chapter 7: Cost management: Watching the bottom line
  • Chapter 8: Quality management: Getting it right
  • Chapter 9: Human resource management: Getting the team together
  • Chapter 10: Communications management: Getting the word out
  • Chapter 11: Project risk management: Planning for the unknown
  • Chapter 12: Procurement management: Getting some help
  • Chapter 13: Professional responsibility: Making good choices
  • Chapter 14: A little last-minute review: Check your knowledge
  • Chapter 15: Practice makes perfect: Practice PMP exam

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  • Posted June 15, 2010

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    Great Book for PMP preparation

    The intent of the book is to get you to understand and remember as much information as possible without overloading you. The authors walk you through some light hearted projects to show how the PMBOK methodology is used. The book is peppered with graphics, puzzles and examples so that it will be easier to remember the information.

    I had read Rita's book and the PMBOK twice so I had lots of knowledge but not a sense of how all the PMBOK processes worked together. The Head First PMP really tied all the information together for me so that I was comfortable with the concepts as well as the material that needed to be memorized.

    The Head First Book is not perfect. The answer key to some of the tests and puzzles need to be edited. The book does not try to teach everything about the PMBOK, just the key concepts and material for the exam.

    I purchased Andy Crowe's book as well and found it to be complimentary to the Heads First book. Crowe's book gives you a week's access to Velociteach which gave another perspective on the PMBOK as well as additional PMP mock exam questions.

    After studying Head First PMP and Andy Crowe's book I found that passing the test was pretty easy.

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  • Posted November 17, 2009

    helpful but flawed

    This book needs a good edit. There are many typos (almost every page) which are annoying but can be ignored; however, it leaves one in doubt as to the accuracy of the book in general. More aggravating are the wrong answers. I don't have the book with me, but in the section on Cost Management, one of the answers given to the pre test is obviously wrong. Also, later in the book, the answer page to one of the crossword puzzles has the wrong puzzle. And, in the practice test at the end, there is a question that refers to a diagram that is not in the book. Tough to get the right answer if there's no diagram.

    That said, I did find the book helpful overall. The approach was good; I liked the way they summarized the concepts and made them accessible. I had to go back to the latest PMBOK to get the most accurate information, but I felt like I had a good understanding of it when I got there.

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