Head First PMP

Head First PMP

Studying for a difficult four-hour exam on project management isn't easy, even for experienced project managers. You want to remember everything that you're learning about project management, but your brain is working against you! Your brain craves novelty, and most PMP certification prep books are anything but novel. When you keep putting down a boring book instead of studying, it's because your brain doesn't think the information in it is worth learning. Your brain has more important stuff to think about, like how to keep you alive and out of danger—and it doesn't think that failing the PMP exam qualifies as life-threatening!

So how do you trick your brain into thinking that your life does depend on learning everything you need to know to pass the PMP Exam? Head First PMP is the answer! Using the latest research in neurobiology, cognitive science and learning theory, Head First PMP has a visually rich format designed for the way your brain works—a multi-sensory experience that helps the material stick, not a text-heavy approach that puts you to sleep.

Head First PMP is updated to reflect the new 4th edition of The PMBOK® Guide, and offers 100% coverage of the guid's principles and certification objectives in a way that's engaging, not tedious. This book helps you prepare for the PMP certification exam with a unique method that goes beyond answers to specific questions and makes you think about the big picture of project management. By putting project management concepts into context, you will be able to understand, remember, and apply them—not just on the exam, but also on the job.

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Read Me: What you should know before reading this book

It is current with the PMBOK® Guide 4th edition

The new exam reflects the updated PMBOK® Guide, 4th edition, and we're right there with it. Many of the tools, techniques, and processes will seem familiar, but there are definitely some important differences that you will need to master in order to pass the exam.

The chapters are ordered the same way as the PMBOK® Guide

We did this because it makes sense… The PMP exam focuses on your understanding of the Guide and the inputs, outputs, tools, and techniques it references. It's a good idea for you to understand the material the way the test organizes it. If you are cross-referencing this book with the PMBOK® Guide, it will really help you that the structure has been pretty much maintained throughout this book, too.

We encourage you to use the PMBOK® Guide with this book.

This book talks about the practical applications of a lot of the ideas in the PMBOK® Guide, but you should have a pretty good idea of how the guide talks about the material, too. There's some information that's on the test that isn't in the guide, so we haven't limited this book to a retread of what's in the PMBOK® Guide at all. But it's a great reference, and you should be cross-referencing the two books as you go. That will help you understand all of the terminology better and make sure that there are no surprises on exam day.

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Praise for Head First PMP

"I teach Project Management for for a project management firm and its clients. Using Head First PMP exclusively as the course material, my students have an 84% first time passing rate for the PMP and CAPM. This is by far the very best and most complete book for anyone looking to improve their project management skills and pass the PMP exam."
    —- Rocket Williams, PMP, MCITP, MCT and Director of Business Development and Project Management Processes at AdaQuest, Inc.

"I have been doing project management for over 30 years and am considered a subject matter expert in the PMBOK® Guide—Third Edition primarily because I am the Project Manager who led the team that developed this edition. As a consultant I was hired to review and evaluate eight of the top selling PMP Exam Preparation books for their accuracy in following the PMBOK® Guide — Third Edition. I have developed and taught a PMP Exam Prep course for a leading R.E.P., and taught PMP Exam preparation classes for PMI Chapters. I can honestly say that Head First PMP is by far the best PMP Exam Preparation book of all I have reviewed in depth. It is the very best basic education and training book that I have read that presents the processes for managing a project, which makes it a great resource for a basic project management class for beginners as well as a tool for practitioners who want to pass the PMP exam. The graphical story format is unique, as project management books go, which makes it both fun and easy to read while driving home the basics that are necessary for preparing someone is just getting started and those who want to take the exam."
    Dennis Bolles, PMP DLB Associates, LLC and co-author of The Power of Enterprise-Wide Project Management

"This looks like too much fun to be a PMP study guide! Behind the quirky humor and nutty graphics lies an excellent explanation of the project management processes. Not only will this book make it easier to pass the exam, you'll learn a lot of good stuff to use on the job too."
    —Carol Steuer, PMP and PMBOK®; Guide, 3rd Edition Leadership Team

"Original, fresh, and fun... this is truly the perfect study companion for anyone aiming for PMP certification"
    —Teresa Simmermacher, PMP and Project Manager at Avanade


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Who is this book for?

If you can answer "yes" to all of these:

  • Are you a project manager?
  • Do you want to learn, understand, remember, and apply important project management concepts so that you can prepare for the PMP® exam, and learn to be a better project manager in the process?
  • Do you prefer stimulating dinner party conversation to dry, dull, academic lectures?

You should probably back away from this book if you can answer "yes" to any of these:

  • Are you completely new to project management? (To qualify to take the PMP exam, you need to show a certain number of hours of experience as a professional project manager—but even if you don't have quite enough hours yet, this book can still help you study now, so you can be ready when you've got those hours under your belt! Plus, the ideas will help you on your job immediately.)
  • Are you already PMP® certified and looking for a reference book on project management?
  • Are you afraid to try something different? Would you rather have a root canal than mix stripes with plaid? Do you believe that a technical book can't be serious if project management components are anthropomorphized?


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