A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge Paperback – Dec 31 2008
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A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge
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It is important to ensure that consumers are aware if they are purchasing the most recent version of a book especially when it is a professional standard.
It is recommended that the most recent version of PMPOK Version 4 be purchased.
The identifier is 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 and is located at the bottom of the Publisher's information page (2nd page of the text)
However, this book of 350+ pages is very badly structured, and just provides lists of processes, tools and activities that a project manager should apply. There is no clear or in-depth explanation given for any reason why one tool is better than another, or when a certain method is appropriate of not.
In conclusion you could buy the book if you are studying for an exam, but the PMI should take it's function as a knowledge center more seriously and take the scope of this "Body of Knowledge" beyond the joke that it currently is.
Since the PMI exam is based on this book, I guess it's a neccessary evil to read.
It comes in both paper, and CD-ROM using Adobe Reader. I have seen the paper book but bought the CD version it includes a tutorial on how to use the CD-ROM media. The media is a mater of preference. There are 425 pages and a good index and references.
Be aware that there are earlier versions. At the time of this review this is the latest version; however as The Body of Knowledge advances so will the PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge Guide ®.) There for it is advisable for people that have read the earlier version to now read this version as a few terms have changed and some emphases have shifted.
As with any institutional book this is a good starting place or a solid foundation. However it may not cover concentrating on the waterfall concept of project management many instances such as the Unified method among others. They also do not take in many external influences as FDA requirements. And it is up to the reader to reconcile the two institutions.
Some changes to the Third Edition:
* Differences in Project life cycle and product life cycle are better explained.
* The number of process changed from 39 to 44.
* A greater emphasis is placed on the importance of Process Groups.
* Chapter three "Project Management Process for a Project" is moved and renamed "The Standard for Project Management of a Project."
* The project management processes now show process integration.
Most recent customer reviews
The book is in very good shape. I would say it is as same as new except the price.Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
Fast shipping, accurate description, Great communication. Definitely recommended for purchases.Published 5 months ago by Shehnam Ashraf
Worst read ever and their graphs are awful. Recommend to read it together with Shwalbe's Information Technology Project Management 6th Ed.Published 11 months ago by NCS10
It serves its purpose of providing info on the PMP certification course. It's just a shame that it becomes outdated so quickly.Published 12 months ago by Brittany Matheson
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