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The Deluxe Edition of Sybex's highly acclaimed PMP Study Guide covers the latest version of the PMP exam, which reflects updated PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge). This hardcover edition includes 250 additional pages of exercises and scenarios designed to help you master critical charting and diagramming skills necessary for Project Management Professional certification from PMI. Still the most comprehensive package on the market, the companion CD includes advanced test engine with six bonus exams for PMP exam and two more for CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management), electronic flash cards for PC and Palm devices, and the entire book in PDF.
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You can manage projects from now 'til the cows come home. But you still need the one credential that speaks volumes about your commitment and expertise. Of course, we mean PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

Some 50,000 people in over 120 countries have earned their PMPs. But they can serve only a small fraction of the demand for expert project managers. PMPs have a giant advantage in today’s marketplace -- and you can use an advantage, right?

PMP certification requires you to demonstrate both experience and formal training. Your final step is passing a tough multiple-choice exam that objectively assesses your project management knowledge. To pass that exam the first time, read PMP: Project Management Professional Study Guide.

This book transplants the format and resources of a really good tech certification book into the project management field. There’s an up-front assessment test (how much project management do you already know?) There are excellent review questions at the end of every chapter. At the end, there’s a full practice exam waiting for you -- and a bonus exam on the accompanying CD-ROM. The CD also contains 180 flashcard questions that run on both PCs and Palms, plus a complete PDF of the book.

But “trimmings” don’t mean much without the meat. And, when it comes to explaining PMI’s “Project Management Body of Knowledge” in real-world context, Kim Heldman can’t be beat.

Heldman thoroughly covers all nine PMP knowledge areas, from scoping your project to managing time, costs, quality, risks, and people. She addresses every phase, from initiation and planning through execution, control, and closing. She anchors every concept in reality by weaving a case study throughout the book. (You’re a new project manager for a retail chain, and you have six months to open a new store -- one that doesn’t yet have a location, staff, stock, or anything else.)

You’ll begin by learning how to successfully initiate a project: how to assess the needs, demands, and goals driving your project; establish project deliverables; and identify stakeholders, constraints, and assumptions. You’ll create the “Project Charter” and work breakdown statements that start everyone out on the same page, by defining strategy, performance criteria, project scope, resource requirements, budgets, and change processes.

Next, you’ll move on to resource planning and estimating -- including time estimation via activity definition and sequencing, diagramming methods, and network templates. Heldman takes a close look at establishing project controls -- including quality standards, risk planning, and procurement planning.

You’ll walk through creating your formal project plan; staffing your team; managing progress, and controlling change. Heldman also walks through the steps you need to take to wrap up your project as efficiently as possible, while retaining the knowledge you’ve gained along the way. Finally, the PMP exam includes a full section on professional responsibility, and Heldman covers this thoroughly -- from integrity to diversity.

Wherever you are in your PMP preparation process, this book will be a great companion for the rest of the journey. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780782136012
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/17/2005
  • Edition description: Study Guid
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 7.82 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Kim Heldman, PMP, MBA, is a well-known author and speaker, and is currently the Chief Information Officer for the Colorado Department of Transportation. She is also a member of the Denver chapter of PMI.

Claudia Baca, PMP, cofounded the Colorado Front Range Software Maintenance Association in 1988.

Patti Jansen, PMP, is a consultant and also teaches at Colorado State University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xix
Assessment Test xxviii
Chapter 1 What Is a Project? 1
Is It a Project? 2
What Is Project Management? 6
Defining Skills Every Good Project Manager Needs 8
Understanding Organizational Structures 12
Understanding Project Life Cycles and Project Management Processes 22
Establishing the Project Management Office 27
Chapter 2 Initiating the Project 41
The Project Management Knowledge Areas 43
Defining the Project Initiation Process 51
Determining the Project Goals 57
Identifying the Project Constraints 63
Identifying the Project Assumptions 65
The Kitchen Heaven Project Case Study 67
Chapter 3 Creating a Project Charter 85
Using Project Selection Methodologies 86
Identifying the Project's Initial Requirements 96
Formalizing and Publishing the Project Charter 100
Chapter 4 Creating the Scope Statement and WBS 119
Scoping Out the Project 120
Publishing the Scope Management Plan 127
Formulating the Scope Definition 129
Creating the Work Breakdown Structure 130
Communicating with Stakeholders 137
Chapter 5 Resource Planning and Estimating 155
Developing a Resource Management Plan 156
Developing an Organizational Plan 158
Acquiring Staff 162
Time Estimating Techniques 164
Cost Estimating Techniques 172
Chapter 6 Establishing Project Planning Controls 191
Identifying Quality Standards 192
Risk Planning 201
Understanding Procurement Planning 223
Chapter 7 Creating the Project Plan 245
Developing the Project Schedule 246
Establishing the Cost Budget Baseline 264
Developing the Project Plan 266
Chapter 8 Developing the Project Team 287
Executing the Project Plan 289
Developing the Project Team 294
Developing Great Communication Skills 307
Distributing Project Information 313
Chapter 9 Measuring and Controlling Project Performance 329
Contracting Foundations 330
Laying Out Quality Assurance Procedures 339
Managing Project Progress 342
Establishing Performance Measurements 343
Chapter 10 Controlling Change 365
Managing Integrated Change Control 367
Controlling Scope Changes 373
Controlling Schedule Changes 375
Managing Cost Changes 376
Utilizing Quality Control Techniques 379
Organizing Risk Response 387
Chapter 11 Closing Out the Project 401
Formulating Project Closeout 402
Administrative Closure 409
Releasing Project Team Members 414
Chapter 12 Professional Responsibility 429
Ensuring Integrity 430
Applying Professional Knowledge 436
Balancing Stakeholders' Interests 441
Respecting Differences in Diverse Cultures 445
Appendix A Practice Exam 463
Practice Exam 464
Answers to Practice Exam 482
Glossary 489
Index 503
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2004

    This Book Helped Me Pass the Exam

    This book was just right for me, I passed the PMP exam the first time. I have feel that this book will be a valuable part to my work library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2004

    A very good read

    IMHO, I feel this book is a good read and an excellent preparation tool for the PMP exam. I used this book in conjuction with a Cheetah Learning class and both were very beneficial. What I liked about this book was that it was very easy to read, understand and had many tests to practice on. I also liked the fact that the book walked you thru a case study from initiation to closure to llustrate and explain what happens and when. I would recommend it to anyone studying for the PMP.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2004

    I found this book to be helpful...

    Be sure to use several sets of review material when you are preparing for the exam - this book alone is probably not enough. I found this book to be very helpful during my preparation, but be sure to check the Sybex web site for important corrections and updates. The CD-ROM contains a test generation 'engine' that was very useful - practice 'tests' were available in several different formats.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2003

    Skip this one

    There are enough inaccuracies, a lack of subtle insights and poor interpretations in this book to make it less valuable for your study time than the newest book in this category, ISBN: 0764524518. It's an overall better value - cheaper, more complete and is has better insights for passing the exam. As an example, contrary to what this author thinks, Initiation, Planning, Execution, Controlling, and Closing are not phases of a project but are processes. That¿s why they¿re called ¿Process Groups¿ in the PMBOK Guide. Analysis, Design, Construction and Transition (or Implementation) are phases.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2002

    A real guide for a real test

    It's largely due to this book that I passed the PMP exam. It gets right to the point on what you need to know and the software is priceless. I highly recommend this one.

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