Learn the latest principles and certification objectives in The PMBOK Guide, Fifth Edition, in a unique and inspiring way with Head First PMP. The third edition of this book helps you prepare for the PMP certification exam using a visually rich format designed for the way your brain works. You'll find a full-length sample exam included inside the book.
More than just proof of passing a test, a PMP certification means that you have the knowledge to solve most common project problems. But studying for a difficult four-hour exam on project management isn't easy, even for experienced project managers. Drawing on the latest research in neurobiology, cognitive science, and learning theory, Head First PMP offers you a multi-sensory experience that helps the material stick, not a text-heavy approach that puts you to sleep.
This book will help you:
- Learn PMP's underlying concepts to help you understand the PMBOK principles and pass the certification exam with flying colors
- Get 100% coverage of the latest principles and certification objectives in The PMBOK Guide, Fifth Edition
- Make use of a thorough and effective preparation guide with hundreds of practice questions and exam strategies
- Explore the material through puzzles, games, problems, and exercises that make learning easy and entertaining
About the Authors
Jennifer Greene, has spent the past 15 years or so building software for many different kinds of companies. She's worked for small start-ups and some huge companies along the way. She's built software test teams and helped lots of companies diagnose and deal with habitual process problems so that they could build better software. Since her start in software test and process definition, she's branched out into development management and project management. She's currently managing a big development team for a global media company and she's managed just about every aspect of software development through her career.
Jennifer founded Stellman & Greene Consulting with Andrew Stellman in 2003, initially to serve the scientific and academic community. They have worked in a wide range of industries including finance, telecommunications, media, non-profit, entertainment, natural language processing, science and academia. They do speaking engagements, provide training on development practices, manage teams, and build software. Together, they've written two highly acclaimed books on project management (Head First PMP and Applied Software Project Management), Head First C#, and most recently just finished up Beautiful Teams.
Andrew Stellman, despite being raised a New Yorker, has lived in Pittsburgh twice. The first time was when he graduated from Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science, and then again when he and Jenny were starting their consulting business and writing their first project management book for O'Reilly. When he moved back to his hometown, his first job after college was as a programmer at EMI-Capitol Records--which actually made sense, since he went to LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and the Performing Arts to study cello and jazz bass guitar. He and Jenny first worked together at that same financial software company, where he was managing a team of programmers. He's since managed various teams of software engineers, requirements analysts, and led process improvement efforts. Andrew keeps himself busy eating an enormous amount of string cheese and Middle Eastern desserts, playing music (but video games even more), studying taiji and aikido, having a girlfriend named Lisa, and owing a pomeranian. For more information about Andrew, Jennifer Greene, and their books, visit http://www.stellman-greene.com.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction: Why get certified?
Chapter 2 Organizations, constraints, and projects: In good company
Chapter 3 The Process Framework: It all fits together
Chapter 4 Project Integration Management: Getting the job done
Chapter 5 Scope Management: Doing the right stuff
Chapter 6 Time management: Getting it done on time
Chapter 7 Cost Management: Watching the bottom line
Chapter 8 Quality Management: Getting it right
Chapter 9 Human Resource Management: Getting the team together
Chapter 10 Communications management: Getting the word out
Chapter 11 Project Risk Management: Planning for the unknown
Chapter 12 Procurement Management: Getting some help
Chapter 13 Stakeholder Management: Keeping everyone engaged
Chapter 14 Professional Responsibility: Making good choices
Chapter 15 A Little Last-Minute Review: Check your knowledge
Chapter 16 Practice makes perfect Practice PMP exam