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

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

    Catches your attention

    By Schwarzwald

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        Comments about oreilly Head First PMP, 3rd Edition:

        I have read this preparation book additionaly to a second preparation book. So I write it from this perspective:

        * This book caught my attention.
        * It gave me another performance boost in my preparation.
        * Big motivation because of many good examples.
        * It made fun reading.
        * Best learning book I have read in the last years.

        My rating: EXCELLENT!

        I hope a lot more books in this Head First style will be published for many more topics in the future!

         
        4.0

        Excellent resource for PMP

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          Comments about oreilly Head First PMP, 3rd Edition:

          The principles of learning theory that went in to this series were exactly what I needed. Technical reading is typically boring, and uninspiring. But, Head First PMP provided the very detailed, technical information in ways that made it stick in my brain. I passed the exam on the first try. Thanks Head First!

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          5.0

          Head First PMP ROCKS!!!!!

          By Sadira36

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            Comments about oreilly Head First PMP, 3rd Edition:

            I ordered three books and flash cards, the Head First PMP book is designed in the way I learn. I am piecing together things I didn't understand through the way this book is written, it is so helpful. I think it is great to start with Head First PMP and even finish with. I'm reading it now, doing the other books and flash cards next and I'm going to read this book one more time before the test! I love it! It holds my attention, I enjoy study time!

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            4.0

            Easy to understand

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              Comments about oreilly Head First PMP, 3rd Edition:

              It was very helpful to achieve my PMP certification.
              It was not my only source, but one of the best to really understand the knowledge areas and how to use it in real life, not just to pass the exam.

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              5.0

              Buyer Beware

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                Comments about oreilly Head First PMP, 3rd Edition:

                I am skeptical, so I wrote buyer beware. Nevertheless, I bought this book and read it cover to cover. I took written notes the entire way and did every problem in the book including the practice tests and PMP practice exam. I never took a single boot camp class and passed the PMP exam the first time. Yes, this could be my genetics or God in action, but I want to give this book its due credit. I passed the PMP exam after reading this book therefore, I recommend buying this book and throwing the rest away. Again, do not waste your time on other books for the PMP Prep. Buyer beware.

                Cons: I found some minor typos and bad page references to practice question answers. Nevertheless, the answers are at the end of each chapter, so the bad page references made no difference.

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                5.0

                It's an excellent book.

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                  Comments about oreilly Head First PMP, 3rd Edition:

                  Easy way to ready and learn.

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                  4.0

                  Recommended Book for PMP

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                    Comments about oreilly Head First PMP, 3rd Edition:

                    Head First "Third Edition" is one of the best book i have read in my life. While reading, you will definitely feel it as the most interesting book of your life. Thumbs up for Head First Team.

                     
                    5.0

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                      Comments about oreilly Head First PMP, 3rd Edition:

                      Really helpful tool to study for the PMP Exam,
                      Despite some typos, this book is awesome.
                      To really get the best out of this book, read through the topics, print the exercise pages, and use your pencil though them.
                      This was my primary source of study for taking the PMP exam.

                       
                      4.0

                      A fun way to get me to read a PMP book

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                        Comments about oreilly Head First PMP, 3rd Edition:

                        I thought I'd pick up Head First PMP, 3rd Edition by Jennifer Greene and @AndrewStellman just out of sadistic curiosity, but was pleasantly surprised. Whilst I have read a lot of 'Head First' books before, and have been a vocal critic of how cartoonish and counter-educational they have been, this book is completely the opposite. For a dry subject like PMP, Greene and Stellman have made the topic of Project Management and preparing for a PMP exam quite pellet-able. I haven't sat my PMP exam yet, for obvious reasons but many reviewers have pointed out that this book encompasses up to 90% of what was needed, so it's not just about being able to digest all the PMP stuff in a cheekish book-style, but it's practical and useful.

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                            Comments about oreilly Head First PMP, 3rd Edition:

                            I like this book because of its simple illustrative technique to get the message across.

                            However with this edition I did notice one issue that there were quite a few errors in the page no listing.
                            e.g. Quite a few answers to certain exercises were supposed to be listed in certain pages but the answers were not available there.

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