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

    Helps with visualization

    By Ida the Innovator

    from Chicago, IL

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      Comments about oreilly Head First PMP, 3rd Edition:

      I am taking a PMP training course, and was having a problem with some of the concepts. The instructor suggested that I was more of a visualization person, and that I needed to read Head First PMP. He was right, because this is an easy read for a dry topic. I could not fully understand the 47 process groups or ITTOS. Coupled with Rita McCauley's PMP Exam Prep 8th ed and PMBOK 5th ed - I feel confident about taking the exam. This book makes everything clear, with lots of pictures and examples.

       
      4.0

      PMP for Dummies

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      from Seattle, Wa

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      • Small Diagrams On Ipad
      • Some typos

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      I first started to read the PMBOK and I kept having to read the same stuff over and over, and still couldn't get it! I was told about Head First from a friend who said it had helped him, (and he had passed the exam) he had version 2. I've really enjoyed reading it, and the examples are really helpful. Sometimes on the iPad the diagrams are really small or the light grayscale text a little tricky to read. But I would definitely recommend this book to anyone about to take a PMP exam prep course or prior to taking the PMP exam.

       
      5.0

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      from Sacramento Area, Ca

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      • Not comprehensive enough

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      Comments about oreilly Head First PMP, 3rd Edition:

      Trying to cram information into my brain just doesn't work. My mind likes to have "hooks" or ways to remember. This book was very well suited to my learning style. I had read the reviews about not being deep enough to help you pass, and it probably isn't if you don't read the PMBOK. But for me, these two books and the help and support of my family are what got me through the studying and certifying activities and I do appreciate it much! Thank you.

       
      5.0

      An exceptionally walthy resource for PMP

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      from Chandler, AZ

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          Comments about oreilly Head First PMP, 3rd Edition:

          An excellent resource to understand the concepts of Project Management and prepare for the PMP exam.

          I read the PMBOK 5th Edition and this book side by side and I am now confident to take the exam.

           
          5.0

          Great Book!

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            Preparing for PMP. Book is very helpful.

             
            5.0

            Head First tackles a snoozer topic

            By John the Technologist

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            I love this book for prepping for the PMP exam. This helps to look at all the elements of Project Management in such an easily consumable way. I love visuals which this has plenty of. The questions make me think and really learn. Awesome!

             
            5.0

            Catches your attention

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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!

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                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!!!!!

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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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                    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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