PMP Certification All-In-One Desk Reference For Dummies Paperback – Sep 20 2011
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From the Back Cover
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
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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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.
When you factor in the great price compared to other prep texts this is one book that every candidate needs.
John Kinser, PMP
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