Head First PMP
A Brain-Friendly Guide to Passing the Project Management Professional Exam
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: March 2007
Pages: 696

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  • "I have been doing project management for over 30 years and am considered a subject matter expert in the PMBOK(r) 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(r) Guide, 3rd Edition Leadership Team

  • "This is the best thing to happen to PMP since, well, ever. You'll laugh,learn, pass the exam, and become a better project manager all at the sametime."

    -- Scott Berkun, author of The Art of Project Management and The Myths of Innovation

  • "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

  • "I love this format! Head First PMP covers everything you need to know to pass your PMP exam. The sound-bite format combined with the whimsical images turns a dry subject into entertainment. The organization starts with the basics then drills into the details. The in-depth coverage of complex topics like Earned Value and Quality Control are presented in an easy to understand format with descriptions, pictures, and examples. This book will not only help you pass the PMP, it should be used as an daily reference for practicing project managers. I sure wish I had this when I was studying for the exam."

    --Mike Jenkins, PMP, MBA

  • "I think that under the fonts and formalized goofiness, the book has a good heart (intending to cover basic principles in an honest way rather than just to pass the test). Head First PMP attempts to educate potential project managers instead of being a mere "how to pass the PMP exam" book filled with test taking tips. This is truly something which sets it apart from the other PMP certification exam books."

    --Jack Dahlgren, Project Management Consultant

  • "Head First PMP is a great tool to help make sense of the Project Management Body of Knowledge for the everyday Project Manager."

    --Mark Poinelli, PMP


About the Book

A PMP certification is more than just passing a test. It means that you have the knowledge to solve most common project problems, and proves that you know your stuff. Once you're certified, your projects are more likely to succeed because you have the skills and knowledge to make them successful. Not only that, it can mean a better job, more money, and greater respect from your peers.

But 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 offers 100% coverage of The PMBOK® Guide 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.

With Head First PMP, you get the best of both worlds: a thorough and effective preparation guide for the PMP certification exam with hundreds of practice questions and exam strategies, along with puzzles, games, problems, exercises and the unique Head First approach that makes learning easy and entertaining. When you're done with Head First PMP, you'll know your stuff, you'll pass the exam, and you'll be able to bring everything you've learned to your job.

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    5.0

    PMP cleared

    By Raj

    from USA

    About Me Project manager

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

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      Comments about oreilly Head First PMP:

      Today I cleared my PMP exam. I give full credit to Headfirst PMP as this edition is so nice for someone with PM experience to understand each processes crystal clear. I was reading like a novel and everything got registered in the mind due to details images for Project scope statement, Business case, Risk register, WBS, RBS etc. You cant get into your mind if you read 10 times but images make lot of impact. Atleast did for me.
      Thanks Headfirst PMP for your excellent writup.

       
      5.0

      easy to understand

      By ramesh pappala

      from visakhapatnam andhra pradesh india

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          Comments about oreilly Head First PMP:

          presentation is good

           
          5.0

          First Choice!!!

          By tekheaddave

          from Honolulu, HI

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          • Easy to understand
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            Comments about oreilly Head First PMP:

            This was the only book I read to study for the exam. I read this book, went through all the activities and tests at the end of every chapter, passed the "end of book" quiz with an 80%, and passed the PMP on my first try.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            What a GREAT tool!

            By Joyful in GA

            from Atlanta, GA

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              Comments about oreilly Head First PMP:

              I just passed my PMP exam and am now a registered PMP. I purchased this book because it looked interesting. I received it and found that it was explained much differently than the other books I had purchased. Head First used every day language to explain the PMP language. All concepts were taught in an easy-to-follow method which allowed me to grasp the information easier. It sure beats reading all the "text-books" that are more than just a little dry. The PMBOK is not the most exciting book so Head First has done a tremendous job of providing a companion that tells you what the other book is trying to tell you. A translor of sorts! Thank you!

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              4.0

              Excellent material for PMP aspirants

              By Shashi

              from Chennai, India

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                Comments about oreilly Head First PMP:

                I passed PMP exam last month 27th Dec'11. I went through almost all critical chapters and it was worth.

                It could be great help to PMP aspirants who wishes to get PMP certification.

                I went through all critical chapters eg: Scope, Time, Cost, Procurement, Risk and Quality management and got lot of benefits got grom this book. All the topics have been explained with scenarios which made us understand easily.

                I would recommend to anyone for this book for PMP exam preparation.

                Regards,
                Shashi
                sps1232@gmail.com

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Amazing Study Guide!!

                By Wesley P.

                from Memphis, TN

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                • Accurate
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                • Few typos in the book

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                Comments about oreilly Head First PMP:

                This Book is the reason I am a PMP. I had studied and used different books over the past 6 years or so, and felt discouraged that I could not grasp all of the processes. This past January, I bought the book, and in May, I took the test and passed first attempt! I recommend using this book first, then review other documents on PMI (PMBOK) and go in the test center with confidence. Couldn't have done it without the HeadFirst PMP book.

                 
                4.0

                Excellence offset by lots of errata

                By John the PM

                from Sydney, Australia

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                Comments about oreilly Head First PMP:

                Generally this book is an great way to deal with a large amount of pretty dry material. Some of the techniques might seem a little childish to begin with, but they work!
                It's spoiled a bit by a spectacular number of errata, but other than being irritating it's not a big handicap.

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Exactly what I needed to become a PMP !

                By BrunoinAngeles

                from Undisclosed

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                Head First PMP is best PMP Exam Prep Book of all I have read, and believe me I have a lot on my shelf. I studied your book inside out and passed my PMP Test with flying colors.

                This book is THE reason I am a PMP In Good Standing !!!!

                Gary L. McCrary, PMP

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Head First PMP is Highly Recommended!

                By Rhea Ong Yiu

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                I started my PMP review 3 months ago, struggling to go through each chapter of the PMBOK and another reviewer. A good friend gave me Head First PMP and I was breezing through each chapter understanding the 44 process groups by heart within 3 weeks! I got my PMP certification today with the help of this book!!!

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                An Absolute Gem - A Must for Project Managers

                By Jim Medlock

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                Comments about oreilly Head First PMP:

                This book provides an excellent introduction to the project management process in general and more specifically to the process defined by the PMBoK. The authors make a subject that is often dry and boring both interesting and relevant. In addition, it fill in a number of gaps in the PMBoK when it comes to examples and common usage.

                Even through examples of the documents and artifacts that are produced during the process are provided, I would love to see a follow on volume or CD that provides templates and additional samples for different kinds of projects.

                Finally, I am using this book and the PMBoK to introduce my project managers to these methods. Of the two I've seen my peers grasp the concepts and the spirit of the process far more quickly and with a deeper level of understanding than they have using the PMBoK alone.

                Kudos to the authors!!!

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