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About the Content in General

The structure of the book follows the project management (PM) process sequence, and PMI-PMP exam learning objectives, of Project Initiation (chapters 2 & 3); Project Planning (chapters 4, 5, 6 & 7); Project Execution (chapters 8 & part 9); Project Control (chapters 9 & 10); Project Closing (chapter 11) and Professional Responsibility (chapter 12). As a I mentioned earlier, the basic source is the PMBOK Guide and as readers of the Guide well know, the PMBOK Guide consists of twelve chapters each dedicated to a particular project management knowledge specialty area. Since each of these areas generally track through the PM process sequence it can be seen that Kim's book "slices the cake" in the transverse direction.

As Kim says "Like the exam itself, this study guide is organized in terms of process groups and the natural sequence of events a project goes through in its life cycle."[1] I shall have comments to make on that later, nonetheless, in my view, she has done a masterful job of this translation, albeit difficult at times, and best of all, she even manages to make sense out of it. The book starts out with a description and benefits of PMP certification, the exam objectives and tips for taking it. A self-assessment set of 60 questions,[2] with explanatory answers in a subsequent section, helps to convince you to read the rest of the book or, at least, determine on which sections to concentrate. There are also review questions at the end of each chapter to check out what you've learned and two practice exams are included in the package to complete your studies. To be honest, I have tried very few of the questions for two very good reasons:

  1. For the exam you need to know an awful lot of jargon specific to the PMBOK Guide that is not necessarily appropriate for your project environment, and
  2. I am quite hopeless at multiple-choice questions anyway.

Each chapter identifies "Exam Essentials" and the key terms encountered in the chapter. This is a useful way to emphasize the exam topics and will satisfy those who are more concerned with passing the exam with minimum effort than with understanding the realities of project management. When trying to convey a broader knowledge of project management, rather than just parrot-like learning, class room teachers will be familiar with the students' cry "Is it on the exam?"

The book's content is illustrated from time to time with "Real World Scenarios" and a project case study. These are all projects from a business environment, perhaps because they represent the most "generic" type of project and are readily understood by exam takers. The topic text is in a similar vein which is perhaps not surprising considering that the author and technical editors are all from the IS/IT sector. Since this sector now represents the largest section of PMI membership, the book should appeal to the broadest audience.

Introduction  Introduction

1. PMP Study Guide p XIX
2. PMP Study Guide p XXVIII
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