When I first wrote Social Media for Project Managers the publishers put ‘Elizabeth Harrin, PMP’ on the cover. I had to get that taken off – I’m not a PMP, although I feel very familiar with the PMBOK Guide® concepts. It’s simply something I’ve never got round to doing.
I might at some point in the future, especially if I can hang on to Jack Risos’ book Ace the PMP Exam (2nd ed).
I hadn’t read a book created in iBooks Author before but I would certainly read more. The book has interactivity built in through flashcards, questions and answers and interactive presentations. The layout is clean and easy to read, and it’s simple to navigate. It was far and away a more attractive reading experience than ebooks on my Kindle app.
However, enough gushing about pretty fonts and callout boxes. What about the content?
Helping you learn the PMBOK Guide
A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge – (PMBOK Guide®) Fifth Edition is not known for being the most riveting of reads. Ace the PMP Exam is designed to help you learn the contents in an order that makes most sense so it covers process outputs, for example, before inputs and tools so you understand what you are trying to achieve before you learn how to do it.
There are also exam questions peppered throughout – you’d probably want an exam simulator (affiliate link this one is my favourite) as well for a comprehensive approach but that would be it. Everything you need to cover for the exam is in here including the extra stuff that the exam covers like the Code of Ethics.
I felt it was a realistic, well-presented book that would make a good study guide. Including real-world project challenges, like how to apply the processes to a multi-phase project, make it a practical in real-life as well as a test-taking guide. I actually wanted to read on. If you are looking for a straightforward PMP exam prep book then this is a very good choice, as long as you have an Apple device to read it on.