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This article introduces the PMI-RMP exam preparation books that I used to pass the PMI-RMP exam. Highly recommended for PMI-RMP certification aspirants, considering I passed the PMI-RMP exam from my first attempt.

Reference One: Must use!

GUIDE TO THE PROJECT MANAGEMENT BODY OF KNOWLEDGE (PMBOK GUIDE)–SIXTH EDITION

The PMBOK® Guide–Sixth Edition – PMI’s flagship publication has been updated to reflect the latest good practices in project management. New to the sixth edition, each knowledge area will contain a section entitled approaches for agile, iterative and adaptive environments, describing how these practices integrate in project settings. It will also contain more emphasis on strategic and business knowledge—including discussion of project management business documents—and information on the PMI Talent Triangle™ and the essential skills for success in today’s market.

It organizes the exam syllabus material through the process groups, starting by the project management framework, initiating process groups (2 processes), planning process group (24 processes), executing process group (10 processes), monitoring and Controlling process group (12 processes), closing process group (1 process). As you are using this book to prepare for the PMI-RMP exam, you need to focus on the risk management, communication management, stakeholder management, and procurement management chapters. Expect questions from all these chapters in the real PMI-RMP exam.

Agile Practice GuideFirst Edition has been developed as a resource to understand, evaluate, and use agile and hybrid agile approaches. This practice guide provides guidance on when, where, and how to apply agile approaches and provides practical tools for practitioners and organizations wanting to increase agility. This practice guide is aligned with other PMI standards, including A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition, and was developed as the result of collaboration between the Project Management Institute and the Agile Alliance.

About the author

The Project Management Institute (PMI) is a US nonprofit professional organization for project management. The PMI provides services including the development of standards, research, education, publication, networking-opportunities in local chapters, hosting conferences and training seminars, and providing accreditation in project management.

PMI has recruited volunteers to create industry standards, such as “A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge”, which has been recognized by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). In 2012 ISO adapted the project management processes from the PMBOK Guide 4th edition.

Preview the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide)–Sixth Edition

You can take a look and read dozens of pages of the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide)–Sixth edition by project management institute by clicking the link below. You will be redirected to amazon website where you can flip through the book just as you are holding it in a bookstore, refer to the link here for FREE preview. If you don’t prefer a paper book, you can preview the Kindle Edition here.

Reference Two: Must use!

THE STANDARD FOR RISK MANAGEMENT IN PORTFOLIOS, PROGRAMS, AND PROJECTS

This is an update and expansion upon PMI’s popular reference, The Practice Standard for Project Risk Management. Risk Management addresses the fact that certain events or conditions may occur with impacts on project, program, and portfolio objectives. This standard will: identify the core principles for risk management; describe the fundamentals of risk management and the environment within which it is carried out; define the risk management life cycle; and apply risk management principles to the portfolio, program, and project domains within the context of an enterprise risk management approach It is primarily written for portfolio, program, and project managers, but is a useful tool for leaders and business consumers of risk management, and other stakeholders.

The Project Management Institute provides services including the development of standards, research, education, publication, networking-opportunities in local chapters, hosting conferences and training seminars, and providing accreditation in project management.

Preview the standard for risk management in projects, programs, and portfolios

You can take a look and read dozens of pages of this standard by clicking the link here. You will be redirected to amazon website where you can flip through the book just as you are holding it in a bookstore.

Reference three: Optional for additional PMI-RMP exam preparation

PMP EXAM PREP: ACCELERATED LEARNING TO PASS THE PROJECT MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONAL (PMP) EXAM 10th EDITION BY RITA MULCAHY.

This book is number one reference for the PMP exam, however, it can be used to prepare for the PMI-RMP exam. The PMI-RMP exam content outline includes topics from the stakeholder, communication, and procurement management knowledge areas. You can use this book with a focus on these chapters.

Major features of the book are outlined below:

  • Bestselling reference book for PMP/PMI-RMP students.
  • The 10th edition was updated as per the exam content outline published at Jan 2021.
  • Many chapter-end questions to highlight the important parts of the chapters and to test whether the reader has acquired the knowledge necessary for the PMI-RMP exam.
  • Charts, graphs and illustrations are added to explain concepts in a lively way.
  • Real-life examples of implementing PMP/PMI-RMP from the experiences of the author are included.
  • Topics are introduced and explained in a logical sequence, helping readers to understand and remember the PMP/PMI-RMP® important concepts and terms.
  • Free downloadable electronic study tools.
  • More than 400 questions throughout the book.
  • Tricks of the Trade®, a straightforward approach to complex material.

My learning experience with this guide

This book definitely helps me to understand the topics in PMI-RMP® as well as form a mental picture of the project management knowledge areas. In total, I spent about three weeks reading this study guide, I only used the risk management, procurement management, communication management, and stakeholder management chapters.

About the author

Rita Mulcahy, PMP, is an international expert in project management “Tricks of the Trade,” and best practices with over 15 years and $2.5 billion of hands-on experience. She has taught over 4,500 project managers from around the world and has helped over 1,500 people get ready to pass the PMP exam. Rita has helped write the PMP exam and is one of only about 15 trainers PMI uses for worldwide project management training. She has spent 7 years as a PMI chapter officer and has spoken at project world and PMI’s international Project Management Symposium to standing room only crowds in 1998 and
1999. Rita’s work is sought after around the world, Rita is the President of RMC – Project Management, a project management training, consulting and speaking firm helping companies use project management tools and techniques to complete projects faster, cheaper, better, and with fewer resources. RMC – Project Management is a Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) with the Project Management Institute.

Preview the PMP exam prep 10th edition by Rita Mulcahy.

You can take a look and read dozens of pages of the PMP exam prep exam study guide by Rita Mulcahy by clicking the link below. You will be redirected to amazon website where you can flip through the book just as you are holding it in a bookstore, refer to the link here for FREE book preview.

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