This book is really good and it works! I just passed by my PMP exam today after studying for 1 month. Don't waste your time reading the PMBOK. Use this one as your primary study guide. My study plan is pretty straight forward, set aside 2-3 hours a few nights per week. Each night I read one chapter and finish the review questions. It took me 3 weeks to go through all 13 chapters. The book come with a 1 week trial to some kind of online PMP practice exam. Save it until the last week before the exam and after you had finished the practice exam in the book....Continua
This book outlines all the important concepts of PMBOK. It fills in the gaps where Rita neglected to mention. I'd advice to read this book, Rita's, and PMBOK in parallel.
I cleared my pmp exam on my first try with this book. As you know, PMBOK is a reference instead of a textbook. It is very useful, but definitely not a good starting point to learn about the PMP methodology. I knew I have to turn to other sources, which eventually lead to a procurement process. My requirement is very clear, I need some materials which can enable me to clear the exam ASAP (i.e. a short payback period). The specifications of the materials are as follows:
1. Explain everything straight-forward, so that I can capture the key points immediately
2. Light in weight, so that I can carry it around
3. Without lengthy-case to confuse me, so that I can focus on PMP methodology and principles, not the background information of other companies
According to the comments (expert judgements) at Amazon.com, I "procured" two textbooks, one by Andy Crowe and another by Rita Mulcahy, the two most popular reference books about PMP. Two books were studied instead of one as I'm not sure whether one book is adequate or not, two books can mitigate the risk, the "unknown-unknown".
I finished both within one month and was fully satisfied with their contents. Their only drawback is, the exercises provided are much easier than the actual exam. But I don't blame on the authors because the objective of these questions is let you verify your understanding (inspection). I checked the questions I missed and clarified my misunderstandings steadily (progressive elaboration). PMBOK is helpful in this stage to provide the official definition of key items. We all know that PMP means Project Management Professional, but it also means Practice Make Perfect. I passed my PMP exam (objectives achieved) as promised by Andy :) Based on the score sheet, I understand that I have some weak areas where I need "continuous improvement". Unlike PMI methodology, there is no closing process in learning. We have many similar idioms in Chinese.
I've cleared the PMP exam on first try with both books. But I still believe that, the critical success factor to pass the exam does not lie on the tools only, but also the methodology how you prepared the exam. There should be many other textbooks available which can help. I am just lucky enough to use some of them....Continua