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A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge [Paperback]

Project Management Institute
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Outdated PMBOK 4th Edition Sept. 11 2009
PMBOK Version 4 was initially released in December 2008. An updated version was released in May 2009.
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)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It is what it is Nov. 8 2009
It is what it is, a guide to the project management body of knowledge as defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI). The book is in fact knowledge filled and provides more of a framework than a methodology. This is a must read for anyone considering pursuing any of the PMI designations/credentials or just a career in project management, definitely in North America and slightly less so internationally, as it arguably provides the basis for further reading in the subject matter and what PMI defines as "generally acceptable". The book itself is not one of the easier books to read but you'll find yourself getting used to the style, if you can even call it that, the more pages you get through; this is one reason the book didn't get the full 5 stars. The other is that, even though corrections in the form of errata have been available since March 2009 I still managed to get a copy of the first printing in September. This isn't the worst thing in the world but certainly an annoyance when purchasing a brand new copy of a book. So if you manage to receive the first printing or are unsure of what you've received look here, [...] .
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The PMBOK, is a very useful book to pass the certification exams of PMI.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Boring June 9 2010
The book is hard to read, yet, given the dry subject of project management, it's a little bit better than previous versions. Considering how many people have received credit for reviewing the content in the book, it's mind blowing that there are still so many grammer and layout mistakes.
Since the PMI exam is based on this book, I guess it's a neccessary evil to read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I purchased this book 2 days ago via amazon.ca and received it in the mail today. Worried that I was sent the outdated 4th edition, I tried following other commenters' suggestions and looked for the given number sequence on the publisher's page. Unfortunately, the numbers weren't there in my book.

Luckily, I found another way to identify whether or not someone has the updated 4th edition. Google 'pmbok guide 4th edition errata sheet' and look for the link to the PMI website. After checking 3 indicators on the sheet, I established that my book was indeed the updated 4th edition.

So, thank you, Amazon! I'm a happy customer!
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5.0 out of 5 stars PMP training March 31 2014
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Used this book to prep for the CAPM exam. It was easy to read, easy to follow and was a great learning tool. I would recommend this to anyone in a PMP course or to those that are interested in learning more about Project Management.

Project arrived on time, bran new and still in the plastic wrapping.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Is the book form PMI March 29 2014
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The quality of material is good, clear view and good presentation like you wish from a good book of interesting subjet
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3.0 out of 5 stars Necessary Jan. 16 2014
By Mazzer
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This guide won't teach you to be a better project manager. However, it will put the work we do into context and help us better articulate the value we bring to the organisation. Its a must read for anyone wanting to pass the PMI certification. I passed my exam at first attempt using this plus Rita's PMP Exam Prep guide. The PMBOK does get updated often. Make sure you understand which version your exam will be leveraging (they introduce changes to the exam slowly after each update).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Do not panic
For those new to this book it is pretty much the project manager's bible in the same sense that "The C Programming Language" by Brian W Kernighan, Dennis M. Read more
Published 9 months ago by bernie
4.0 out of 5 stars Update to a Popular Standard
Comprehensive coverage of the traditional or waterfall approach to project management. A dry read but an excellent reference. The Glossary remains one of its strong points.
Published 10 months ago by Frank T
3.0 out of 5 stars I don't liike the flow of information in this book.
It just looks like there are many authors with different levels of writing skills. You can see the difference even in a single chapter. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Denrio
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing quality and speed of delivery
I found it very reliable to order this product. The book is as good as new.

I would definitely order again if given a choice. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Rashesh Shah
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book prior to July-2012
Very theoretical and this was a good book when I did Proj. Mngt. PMP exam is very much a simulated scenario, the fifth edition is now out so not sure how helpful this book will be... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ramnarine Persaud
4.0 out of 5 stars It's sometimes confusing, But a good book.
Uniformity was not maintained in terms of terminology usage. Sometimes the tables were elaborated( instead of using a term the processes was elaborated) and the other times they... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Uma
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book but...
I would suggest anyone looking for PMP certification to order this book AND Head first PMP.

This book was a heavier read.
Published 16 months ago by Alex
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Textbook
Great textbook. A little cumbersome the way it is layed out but nothing can be changed as this is PMI BOK
Published 16 months ago by bunneebee
5.0 out of 5 stars The book
A must have helpful book for anybody pursuing a Project Management career and looking to become a PMP through the PMI.
Published 18 months ago by Chris McKenzie
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good book for Project Manager hopefuls
Very good book

It is a must for anyone looking to get a Project Management certification (from the Project Management Institute (PMI)).
Published 18 months ago by Leo
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