The book starts with a review of the foundations of a project: all the basics about what constitutes a project and the project environment. Then it gets into the detail of what PMPs need to know to manage a project from start to finish. It covers Initiating, has a large section on Planning, followed by Executing, Monitoring and Controlling and Closing. Finally, the book ends with an interesting section on social and professional responsibility – something all project managers, regardless of whether they choose the PMI accreditation route or not, should be interested in.
Each chapter finishes with review questions so that you can test yourself against what you have learned. I also liked the ‘Exam Essentials’ boxes that are scattered throughout the text and highlight key pointers essential for exam success.
Overall, the book is graphically very interesting and the authors use a lot of diagrams, graphs and charts to make learning the
It’s difficult to read the Review Guide from start to finish, and it probably wasn’t designed to be used that way. This is perhaps why it has a fabulous index. It’s not a habit of mine to praise the index in books, but I did find this one really good!
Overall, my experience of this book is that it is solid but dry, and the review questions at the end of each chapter are the only place where you’ll find any reference to scenarios or real life. The bulk of the text focuses squarely on getting a candidate through the exam, and it will certainly help do that. It also comes with a CD, which is another learning aid.
If you are studying for the
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