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  • Paperback: 834 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Inc.; 2 edition (Aug. 7 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596801912
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596801915
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 4.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #132,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Jennifer Greene, has spent the past 15 years or so building software for many different kinds of companies. She's worked for small start-ups and some huge companies along the way. She's built software test teams and helped lots of companies diagnose and deal with habitual process problems so that they could build better software. Since her start in software test and process definition, she's branched out into development management and project management. She's currently managing a big development team for a global media company and she's managed just about every aspect of software development through her career.

Jennifer founded Stellman & Greene Consulting with Andrew Stellman in 2003, initially to serve the scientific and academic community. They have worked in a wide range of industries including finance, telecommunications, media, non-profit, entertainment, natural language processing, science and academia. They do speaking engagements, provide training on development practices, manage teams, and build software. Together, they've written two highly acclaimed books on project management (Head First PMP and Applied Software Project Management), Head First C#, and most recently just finished up Beautiful Teams.

For more information about Jennifer, Andrew Stellman, and their books, visithttp://www.stellman-greene.com.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Abramo on July 14 2012
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I was hesitant and skeptical about this book but after reading few pages I was easily convinced, it would be an easy and very interesting unlike any other. Sure enough gave it a chance and I was highly focused as it is written unlike any other PMP books. However, along the way I noticed mistakes and topic inconsistency. I then compared the inputs and outputs of some of the areas such as Integration, Scope and other knowledge base and soon enough had me derailed. So I needed to go back to Rita's book and compare the information. Certainly, Rita's book is the one and only perhaps more detailed one in the market to pass PMP exam. I would recommend it as a basis to get to know the processes which is way easier than anything I've seen out there but would not recommend it for PMP exam. If you're preparing for PMP exam, add companion books such as Rita's "PMP Exam Prep" and most definitely the "PMBOK".
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I started reading the PMBOK, but I had trouble focusing on it or even following it sometimes. There are some very poorly written sentences (I even came across a sentence or two with no verb!). I suspect it was written initially in a different language than English and translated, or written by people who's first language isn't English, as the phraseology is really rough. It's SUPER repetitive on some aspects and then covers whole tools and techniques in a sentence or two with few to no examples or explanation -- leaving you to need to do research on it. I guess that's because it's NOT a training manual. It's the standard. This Head First PMP is one of the best training manuals - using images, fun cutesy "test your knowledge" games, and other tricks and tips to teach you and make you remember. This particular one is for PMBOK version 4 and the test is now based on version 5, so you'll need an upgraded version of this book. I would NOT recommend it to people looking to study for the exam now as there have been too many changes.
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I read the PMBOK guide months ago, and then tried reading Rita Mulcahy's book that you ALWAYS hear about when studying for PMP exam. However, the most confusing thing about that book is that she uses the process chart with terminology that's different from the PMBOK guide. Having read through PMBOK first, it was a challenge to get used to Rita's chart and it was giving me nightmares. I was stuck and didn't feel like I was making any progress, so I turned my attention to the Head First PMP book.

Thankfully, it is using the same terminology as PMBOK and they explain the ideas in a way that you GET IT. I would highly recommend this book if you're new to the PMP terminology and want to get your head around things.

However, I'm also using Rita's book to read exam pointers & exam questions AFTER I read the chapters in Head First. Rita's book gives many reminders on how the questions are in the real exam, which is good to keep in mind as you're studying.

Based on my search Head First questions are easier than the actual exam questions, whereas the exam questions Rita's book are more realistic. I'm using both books to study for the exam.

As for Amazon: I'm thoroughly impressed and very happy with Amazon's service. The book is in mint condition, of course - but I was floored that I ordered the book late Saturday night (after midnight) and it arrived Monday morning - with standard free shipping. I would recommend using Amazon over Chapters any day. Same book was 92$ in-store at Chapters and was 50$ at chapters.ca but it was same price as Amazon ($48) if are Chapters irewards member. Why would you pay to get discounts? Amazon prices are better and so is the service. Awesome!!
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While this book seems kid like and amateurish at first it actually is a valuable study guide with many helpful hints and unique ways of learning the material. Overall the exercises in the book are good but do get a bit tedious as you get more into studying. Doing the majority of the activities despite how silly some seem really help you (noticeable when you answer questions in other study guides). The only point is that the exam questions offered in this book could be harder to be more like the actual exam. Its a book to review and in some cases learn areas of project management you haven't come across before.

Book arrived timely and in brand new condition. Definitely a keeper for the shelves.
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My first look at this book, I figured it looked pretty silly. However, I decided to us it as part of my PMP exam prep and quickly discovered what a great tool it is. By using pictures, puzzles, etc., it really helped me learn the concepts in a unique way that most importantly, helped make them stick. The book also contains practice questions and descriptive answers that are invaluable to the study experience. I used the Guide to PMBOK, Andy Crowe's PMP book, and this Head First book. This book is a great place to start. Best of luck.
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This PMP study guide is one of the best I've seen... it is simple, easy to understand and you can relate to the different examples of Project Management scenarios provided in each of the knowledge areas. The best thing about this book is that it actually makes studying for the PMP fun!! I never thought that was possible :) !! I highly recommend this book for anyone studying for the PMP exam...and even just as a reference book for Project Management.
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