PMP Reference Books

PMP Study Guide / Reference Book

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

By Shadi Al-Sha’er, PMP®, RMP®, PRINCE2 Practitioner ®, September,10,2019


Reference one: Must use

PMP Exam Prep: Accelerated Learning to Pass the Project Management Professional (PMP) Exam 9th Edition by Rita Mulcahy.

If you ever want to pass the PMP® exam (Project Management Professional) exam, this is the book I would recommend you to get! The content of this guide is updated for the most current version (PMBOK guide 6th edition) and was written by one of the most accomplished trainers in PMP exam.

This PMP study guide tries to re-organize the PMP exam syllables in an structured way to help self-study readers to reach PMP Certification success. The PMP Exam Syllabus itself just describes the knowledge and terms required for the students to learn and understand in order to pass the exam, however, chapters are arranged according to the PMBOK guide 6th edition knowledge areas, the major guide chapters are: Project management framework, integration management, scope management, schedule management, cost management, quality management, resources management, communications management, procurement management, stakeholders management, and professional responsibility.

Major features of the book are outlined below:

  • Best selling reference book for PMP students.
  • The 9th edition was published on Feb, 2018, updated as per the PMBOK 6th
  • 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 PMP exam.
  • Charts, graphs and illustrations are added to explain concepts in a lively way.
  • Real-life examples of implementing PMP 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® important concepts and terms.
  • Free downloadable electronic study tools.
  • More than 400 questions throughout the book. A focus on what you really need to know to pass the exam, and exclusive exercises.
  • 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 PMP® as well as form a mental picture of the project management knowledge areas. As I read the text, I make my own PMP Exam study notes which is to be used just before my PMP® exam as a last minute revision notes. In total, I spent about six weeks reading the this study guide and making my notes, about 2 hours on weekdays and 5 hours on weekend days.

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 9th 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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Reference two: 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 PMP 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).

My learning experience with this guide

This book definitely helps me to understand the topics in PMP® as well as form a mental picture of the project management knowledge areas and process groups. But still it’s not the best which I recommend for my students, the PMBOK guide is best used as a reference for project management practitioners, as I read the text, I make my own PMP exam study notes which is to be used just before my PMP® exam as a last minute revision notes. In total, I spent about eight weeks reading the this study guide and making my notes, about one hour a weekday and two hours on weekends.

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 three: Must use for practicing PMP exam questions/ optional

PMP Exam Prep: Questions, Answers, & Explanations: 1000+ Practice Questions with Detailed Solutions

Now it’s the time to practice the PMP exam questions, and for sure you don’t need to practice more than 1,000 high quality exam questions, this book advantage is the detailed answers and explanations of the exam questions, it will improve your understanding of the PMP concepts. Students laser-focused on taking practice exams before attempting the real thing? Reflects the current PMP exam format and the PMBOK® Guide – Sixth edition, the practice tests in this book are designed to help students adjust to the pace, subject matter, and difficulty of the real project management professional (PMP) exam. Geared towards anyone preparing for the exam, all tests include clear solutions to help you understand core concepts. If you plan on passing the PMP exam, it’s time to test your knowledge. It’s time for PMP exam prep – questions, answers, and explanations. Now packed with over 1,000 realistic PMP sample questions to help you pass the exam on your first try.  In this book: 1000+ detailed PMP exam practice questions including 18 condensed PMP mock exams that can be completed in one hour; 11 targeted PMBOK knowledge area tests, and detailed solution sets for all PMP questions which include clear explanations and wording, PMBOK knowledge area and page references, and reasoning based on the latest PMBOK Guide – Sixth Edition and updated PMP exam format. Includes free PMP exam formula reference sheet.

My learning experience with this guide

This book definitely helps me to practice the PMP exam questions before I went to the real exam! the major benefit of practicing 1,000 questions that you will be able to finish the 200 exam questions in four  hours, finishing the real exam questions within the four hours’ time frame is one of the challenges to pass the PMP exam from the first trial, it’s highly recommended to use this book once you are done with the 35 contact hours and reference books, once you are done with this book, it is recommended as well to test yourself by practicing some timely tested PMP exam questions here!

About the author                

Hristopher Scordo (PMP, ITIL) is the author of multiple books that prepare students for career certifications in Project Management, Agile development practices, and IT service management. Mr. Scordo’s exam preparation books, course-ware, and software systems are relied on by a global audience of training organizations who seek to prepare and educate students.

Mr. Scordo continues to consult on projects across multiple industries and focuses- including federal systems, Health IT, and application development. He maintains a broad client portfolio of both government and private sector clients and loves what he does. When he’s not training or consulting, Chris can be found playing competitive tennis, traveling, and enjoying life with his wife, son, and daughter.

Preview the PMP Exam Prep: Questions, Answers, and Explanations: 1000+ Practice Questions with Detailed Solutions

You can take a look and read dozens of pages of the PMP Exam Prep: Questions, Answers, and Explanations: 1000+ Practice Questions with detailed solutions by Hristopher Scordo (PMP, ITIL) 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

 

Reference four: Optional for the earned value management

How to get every Earned Value question right on the PMP Exam: 50+ PMP Exam Prep Sample Questions and Solutions on Earned Value Management (EVM)

Earned value management is part of the control costs process, it’s integrating the project schedule, budget and scope, which is the best way to monitor project performance. In the PMP exam you should expect around 10 to 15 questions testing your knowledge on the earned value management. In this book Aileen’s intent through the book -How to get every Earned Value Management (EVM) question right on the PMP® exam and through the series -PMP® exam prep simplified is to help every project manager not only learn to pass the PMP exam but also learn to manage projects better. The goal for organizations is increased project success- one PMP® at a time. The goal for individuals is to gain the knowledge and confidence to pass the PMP® Exam without wasting time and money.

About the author

Aileen Ellis, PgMP®, PMP®, is The PMP® Expert. She is the owner and proudly the only instructor for AME Group Inc., a Registered Education Provider (REP®) through the Project Management Institute (PMI®). She personally instructs project managers to gain the confidence and knowledge to pass the PMP® Exam and the CAPM® Exam. She has helped more than 10,000 professionals obtain their PMP® and over 1,000 professionals obtain those coveted letters: CAPM®. Working with thousands of students from dozens of countries, Ms. Ellis has gained a thorough understanding of the ins and outs of the PMBOK® Guide, the exam content, and proven test-taking strategies.

Ms. Ellis began teaching Exam Preparation Courses in 1998. Over the years she has mastered how students learn best and has incorporated those lessons and methods into her books. Her approach is focused on understanding the Project Management Processes and their interactions, with limited memorization. Ms. Ellis not only leads workshops to help students study for and pass the CAPM®, PMP®, and PgMP® exams through review of content and hundreds of sample questions, she provides materials (books, sample questions) to other REP®s and PMI® Chapters to support their educational efforts.

My learning experience with this guide

Earned value management math questions are very important for the PMP exam and for your practical life, when it comes to budget forecast in projects the best tool to use is the earned value management, and for the exam you should expect around 10-15 questions about this topic, this book will help you guarantee all questions related to the earned value management, for more information about the earned value management and math questions for the PMP exam you can refer here.

Preview : How to get every Earned Value question right on the PMP Exam: 50+ PMP Exam Prep Sample Questions and Solutions on Earned Value Management (EVM)

You can take a look and read dozens of pages of the how to get every earned value question right on the PMP Exam: 50+ PMP Exam Prep Sample Questions and Solutions on Earned Value Management (EVM) by About Aileen Ellis.

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.

Highly recommended and cost effective as you can get it for a price of $8 only!

References one , two and three are what i used to prepare for the PMP exam, i highly recommend all PMP aspirants to get, for the PMBOK 6th edition, you can refer to my study notes as a high level conclusion of the PMBOK 6th edition, or you can send an email to info@eliteminds.co to get a 170 pages summery PDF of the PMBOK 6th edition which was prepared by a student who passed the exam.

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