Head First PMP, 3rd Edition
A Learner's Companion to Passing the Project Management Professional Exam
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: December 2013
Pages: 894

Now updated for the 2016 PMP exam

Learn the latest principles and certification objectives in The PMBOK® Guide, (Fifth Version), in a unique and inspiring way with Head First PMP. This book helps you prepare for the PMP certification exam using a visually rich format designed for the way your brain works. You'll find a full-length sample exam included inside the book.

More than just proof of passing a test, a PMP certification means that you have the knowledge to solve most common project problems. But studying for a difficult four-hour exam on project management isn't easy, even for experienced project managers. Drawing on the latest research in neurobiology, cognitive science, and learning theory, Head First PMP offers you a multi-sensory experience that helps the material stick, not a text-heavy approach that puts you to sleep.

This book will help you:

  • Learn PMP's underlying concepts to help you understand the PMBOK principles and pass the certification exam with flying colors
  • Get 100% coverage of the latest principles and certification objectives in The PMBOK Guide, Fifth Edition
  • Make use of a thorough and effective preparation guide with hundreds of practice questions and exam strategies
  • Explore the material through puzzles, games, problems, and exercises that make learning easy and entertaining

Head First PMP puts project management principles into context to help you understand, remember, and apply them—not just on the exam, but also on the job.

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5.0

Easy to read

By Booklover9

from Florida

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Pros

  • Accurate
  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written

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    Comments about oreilly Head First PMP, 3rd Edition:

    I recommend Head First PMP for anyone studying for the PMP exam. The authors did a good job simplifying the information from the PMBOK Guide into an easy to read format. I passed the PMP exam on my first attempt. Head First PMP was my primary source of study materials. Actually, the only other resources I used were the PMBOK and a training class.

     
    5.0

    Just passed the pmp exam!!

    By Antonio

    from New York, ny

    Comments about oreilly Head First PMP, 3rd Edition:

    This book works! I was struggling on my practice exams. After completing this book my scores improved by 20 percent.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    smooth reading

    By Tom

    from Nacka, Sweden

    About Me Developer, Project Manager

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    Pros

    • Easy to understand
    • Helpful examples
    • Well-written

    Cons

    • A Little Diluted
    • Too basic

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    Comments about oreilly Head First PMP, 3rd Edition:

    This book is a lot easier to read than the PMBOK Guide. The book is well written, it has nice drawings, and even a little humor. It is a nice book to read.

    This book is a nice contrast to the PMBOK Guide that I find to be dry and boring. This book describes the content of the PMBOK Guide in an easy to read (and not so boring) way. It is intended as a study aid to for the PMP exam.

    The downside of the book is that it sometimes spends too much text describing very basic concepts that any reader should know. (Any reader should know the basic concepts, as project manager experience is needed to take the PMP exam.)

    In addition to the descriptions, the book is filled with exercises and questions to help the reader in learning and preparing for the PMP exam. The book is really written with a pedagogical mindset.

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    4.0

    Great book for understanding the PMP

    By onremlop

    from Ocala, FL

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Concise
    • Easy to understand
    • Helpful examples
    • Well-written

    Cons

    • Some Errors

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    Comments about oreilly Head First PMP, 3rd Edition:

    I really am enjoying this book and am using the kindle version. I gave it 4 stars and not 5 because of some minor issues. Many of the quizzes and tests use numbered answers and the answers are given as A,B,C,D. Using the kindle has limitations since they have fill in the blanks, crossword puzzles, etc... and it isn't possible to do this with an ebook. It would be great if that part was interactive.

     
    4.0

    useful book

    By Moayad Shaltaf

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      5.0

      Another Excellent Head First book!

      By Kate

      from Greenwich, ct

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        Comments about oreilly Head First PMP, 3rd Edition:

        Always my go to choice when studying a new topic!

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Head First PMP vs Rita Mulcahy's PMP Exam Prep

        By deepfriedbrain

        from Singapore

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        Comments about oreilly Head First PMP, 3rd Edition:

        I have posted a comparison of Head First PMP with Rita Mulcahy's PMP Exam Prep here:

        http://www.deepfriedbrainproject.com/2010/03/head-first-vs-rita-mulcahy-pmp-exam.html

        Hope it's useful.

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        1.0

        "Too much whiz and not enough bang"

        By DLo

        from Middletown, NY

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        Comments about oreilly Head First PMP, 3rd Edition:

        Overkill on the graphics...distracting of you are trying to pass the exam...may work for beginner PM

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        4.0

        Great support in PMP certification

        By Iwona

        from Switzerland

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        • Easy to understand
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          Comments about oreilly Head First PMP, 3rd Edition:

          This book is a great example of authors who are not trying to show how smart they are (and they are!), but how in a smart way make tedious topics interesting.
          Appeals with vision and graphs rather than lots of text and numbers.
          Great help to decipher PMBOOK.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          An outstanding training program

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          from Minneapolis, MN

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            Comments about oreilly Head First PMP, 3rd Edition:

            My brain loves your training program! I combine it with PrepCast, a video-only program, and it works very well.

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