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Critical path method drill—boost your PMP exam score!

We spend a lot of time talking to people who are preparing for the PMP exam, and one concept that comes up over and over is using the Critical Path Method. It’s a somewhat tricky thing to study. Project managers preparing for the exam often have trouble with it, because it’s not just something you can memorize. Which is a shame—because once you understand the ideas behind it, it’s really useful... and a quick way to get some extra points on the exam. (Not to mention that it can help you in real life too, by helping you find the activities in your project that have the most risk.)

But even though this material is important, it’s often neglected in PMP preparation materials. We’ve found that a lot of people don’t understand it very well, and take the exam anyway. And it’s not surprising. When we were studying for the PMP exam ourselves, both of us were disappointed with the lack of a good guide to really help you learn these concepts. It’s one thing to memorize a bunch of stuff for test day. But it you really want to get it, you need two things: a good understanding of the real ideas behind critical path analysis, and a lot of practice. That’s what’s in these pages. We’ll take you through the concepts and their applications, and drill you on your knowledge. By the time you finish this, you’ll have a good handle on it... and you’ll definitely do better on the exam!

Our partners at O’Reilly have set up a free online PMP study forum to help you learn and connect with other people studying for the exam. We both read the forums, and do our best to respond to all of the questions and take part in the discussions. If you’ve got questions about the PMBOK® Guide, the exam, or any of the material, please don’t hesitate to post a question about it. If you still have questions about finding the critical path or calculating early or late start and finish—or questions about anything else on the exam—that’s a great place to post them. And when you’re ready to test your knowledge, we’ve put together a free 200-question practice PMP exam.

One other thing: we’re software project managers, and we write about software development in our weblog, Building Better Software. We also regularly post PMP study tips. You can read it at http://www.stellman-greene.com, and we’d love to hear your comments there as well.

Good luck with the exam!
Jennifer Greene, PMP and Andrew Stellman, PMP
Authors of Head First PMP

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Looking for more help studying for the PMP® exam?

  • Here's a free 200-question practice PMP exam, including explanations of all the answers.

  • The Head First PMP Forums: Our partners at O’Reilly and have set up a free online PMP® study forum to help you learn and connect with other people studying for the exam. We both read the forums, and do our best to respond to all of the questions and take part in the discussions. If you’ve got questions about the PMBOK® Guide, the exam, or any of the material, please don’t hesitate to post a question about it.

  • Building Better Software: We’re software project managers, and we write about software development in our weblog. We also regularly post PMP® study tips. We’d love to hear your comments there as well.

  • Free Chapter download: Go to the book page to download the chapter on Risk Management from Head First PMP for free!