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Prove your skills and pass the PMP certification exam — let this book be your tutor

No question about it — the Project Management Professional exam is challenging. This guide helps make the information in the PMBOK Guide more understandable, improving your chances of passing the exam on the first try. Each chapter helps you identify what you need to study and quizzes you on the material, while the practice exam on the CD helps you test yourself.

  • The concept — learn fundamental project management concepts, how the exam is developed and scored, and some test-taking tips

  • Starting out — explore initiating a project, chartering, identifying stakeholders, and planning the scope and schedule

  • Planning ahead — look at estimates and budgets and how to assign resources, anticipate risks, ensure communication, and build a project management plan

  • Take control — monitor and manage the project's scope, schedule, expenses, quality, and risks

  • Cross-cutting skills — understand the skills you need to effectively manage your project across all domains

Open the book and find:

  • How to define a project life cycle

  • Assorted project estimating methods

  • Timely timeline tips

  • Basic quality concepts and how to incorporate them

  • How to identify what could go wrong

  • The "people part" of projectmanagement

  • Different reporting methods and how to choose one

  • What to consider as you close your project

Bonus CD Includes

Dummies Test Engine, an exclusive practice exam with hundreds of sample questions based on the actual exam

System requirements: Please see the CD appendix for details and complete system requirements.

9 books in 1

  • PMP Foundation

  • Starting Off Right

  • Planning Scope and Schedule

  • Planning Cost, Quality, Human Resources, and Communication

  • Planning for Risks, Procurement, and Integration

  • Managing Your Project

  • Controlling Change, Scope, Schedule, and Cost

  • Controlling Quality, Risks, and Contracts

  • Closing Your Project and the Code of Ethics

About the Author

Cynthia Stackpole is a professional project management consultant, instructor, and author. She provides consulting and training services for government and private industry as well as corporate, public sector, and academic environments. She was Project Manager for the PMBOK Guide, Fourth Edition.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
A stand-out treatment of a longstanding topic Jan. 4 2012
By Scott D. Freauf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
For the last 15 plus years I have delivered workshops that prepare candidates to pass the Project Management Institute's PMP examination. In that time, I have read numerous books designed to assist candidates in this endeavor. I would rank Ms. Stackpole's recent addition to this well populated arena in the top three. Don't let the "for dummies" moniker distract you. In order to pass this demanding examination, one must learn to think like a PMP. This can be a daunting challenge for nascent project managers as well as those with many years of experience. The exceptionally thorough content of the book is organized and presented in a way that covers the requisite knowledge (PMBOK Guide and other) in a manner that is relevant to its application. This is important as the exam contains many situational questions that require the candidate choose the best of several near-best answers. Additionally, the book includes numerous well constructed sample questions and exercises designed to confirm understanding and exam readiness. The 250+ question exam simulation CD is the perfect capstone.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
PMP CERT Dec 29 2011
By klrjaa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Having already taken a 4 day PMP Cert Class, and having waited 6 week before taking the test, I wanted an orthogonal view of how the material could be taught. Whereas the class was organized by the 9 knowledge areas, this book is organized by the 5 process groups, and seemed more natural to me. I found this view was also helpful in keeping my thinking flexible. The info in the book is very well organized and full of examples that help relate real life situations to the principles. The material at the end of the book includes a 100 question sample test, as well as lab work which was excellent. It took me about 24 hours to get thru the book, doing every test and exercise. For anyone about to take the test, I recommend a cram session like this. FWIW I recommend first test driving the books at a bookstore before purchasing. My purchase would have otherwise been less effective. Hope this helps. And let's close this project, please !!
21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Unreliable May 6 2012
By cuneyt belge - Published on Amazon.com
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After reviewing the book using Look Inside feature of Amazon.com and the sample chapter presented in Wiley.com, I decided to buy the Kindle edition. The organization of the content seemed (and really is) nicely laid out with a process group (PG) order in mind. Just like Kim Heldman's book this one too follows a process group order rather than an order based on knowledge areas (KA), which is the order seen in the books by Andy Crowe and Rita Mulcahy, other popular PMP self-study aids.

I started to study Mrs Stackpole's book just to see an incorrect reasoning in the "project selection methods" section minutes later. Table 1.1 of the book states clearly that a lower PV (present value) is better and a higher NPV (net present value) is better. How can such a ridiculous statement be made? NPV is just another way of stating PV, with costs being dropped. If a higher NPV is better then a higher PV should be better too, or vice versa.

Also the name speaks itself: "present value", if the present value of x is higher than that of y then the project x will be a better choice with all other things being equal. How can you say that a lower pv is better? How? How is it better?

And this is the case while the book actually gives a good definition for PV: "PV is the current value of future cash flows." cites the book.

Apart from Table 1.1, this [misleading] information ("lower pv representing a better investment") is also highlighted with a "remember" icon and an exclamation mark in one of the previous pages.

Things get worse when the author tries to give an example regarding a pv calculation. In the example, project alpha and project beta are compared. The calculation is correct but the concept and definitions are so misunderstood that the author does not seem to notice that the the project alpha is a better choice since it has a lower investment cost, not because it has a lower pv.

Didn't anybody review or proofread the book?

You might find my criticism a bit harsh and argue that anybody preparing for PMP exam should be able to differentiate or notice such errors and you might be correct but I still believe this does not grant a right to anybody to write a book that irresponsibly. The exam and the prep process are hard enough with detailed situational cases and sometimes hard to grasp concepts and PMP aspirants should not be exposed to silly mistakes in fundamentals.

After losing some time digging around these pages and trying to understand the message or the concept that the author tries to endow us with, I gave up. I do not trust the book anymore and will hardly be using it from now on. I might be wrong and the rest of the book might be very high quality, I do not know. But I simply do not trust it anymore.

Last but not least, this is a personal choice but I believe a process group order is a bit better compared to a KA-based order assuming you are also following and / or referencing PMBOK. PMBOK is already organized around KAs and to me it makes more sense having a second self study source which is laid out by PGs. This way it would be easier to grasp logical relations between or a better understanding of KAs and PGs. By the way, whichever self study guide you depend on, make PMBOK your real source when dealing with the concepts. It might be a dull or boring read but it's still the most correct information when it comes to details. Self study books on the market will be supporting and enhancing your journey towards becoming a PMP but be aware that they might be including errors. Even if you do not read PMBOK end to end (if you do, this will help you greatly in the exam) do not ignore it completely and use it as a solid reference tool for its glossary, use of terminology, concepts, etc.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Great Book for PMP Prep Nov. 8 2011
By Coco K - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent book to use in preparing to sit for the PMP (Project Management Professional) exam. At over 800 pages and with hundreds of sample questions this is the ideal companion to the PMBOK Guide (Project Management Body of Knowledge) when seeking to pass the exam. In addition each chapter includes assessment questions to reveal where you need to study, and labs to help with memorizing key information and terminology. It also incorporates the new changes to the PMP exam that are not in PMBOK Version 4.

When you factor in the great price compared to other prep texts this is one book that every candidate needs.

John Kinser, PMP
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
THIS BOOK IS WHY I PASSED THE EXAM!!! June 20 2012
By bkPMP - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I had to take this time to say thank you Cynthia Stackpole for creating this book. I had taken a PMP Bootcamp and thought I was ready for the PMP Exam even after using their other recommended reference books. I was not, I failed the exam the first time I took it. I had to come up with a new strategy which included a different learning source. I saw "Dummies" had a PMP Certification Book and after other reviews I'd seen, I thought, what have I got to loose!! THIS BOOK MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN MY PASSING THE EXAM. I believe it is due, in part, to the fact that you explained the PMP process by Process Group rather than by Knowledge Area(BLESS YOU FOR THAT!!) That was the key to openning my understanding on the flow of Project Management. The level of detail, yet simplicity in which you cover the material is unsurpassed. I could go on and on but I will just end by saying that I will definately be recommending this book to ANYONE looking to pursue their PMP Certifcation in the future. I hope you're planning a new one for the upcoming Fifth Addition on the PMBOK. Keep 'em Coming!!


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