- Paperback: 921 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Inc, USA; 4th ed. edition (September 28, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1492029645
- ISBN-13: 978-1492029649
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Head First PMP 4e: A Learner's Companion to Passing the Project Management Professional Exam Paperback – 21 September 2018
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Jennifer Greene is an enterprise agile transformation leader, an agile coach, development manager, project manager, speaker, and authority on software engineering practices and principles. She's been building software for over twenty years in many different domains including media, finance, and IT consulting. She's led large-scale agile adoption efforts supporting development teams around the world and helped individual team members get the most out of agile practices. She looks forward to continuing to work with talented teams solving interesting and difficult problems. Andrew Stellman is a developer, architect, speaker, agile coach, project manager, and expert in building better software. Andrew is an author and international speaker, with top-selling books in software development and project management, and world-recognized expert in transforming and improving software organizations, teams, and code. He has architected and built large-scale software systems, managed large international software teams, and consulted for companies, schools, and corporations, including Microsoft, the National Bureau of Economic Research, Bank of America, Notre Dame, and MIT. He's had the privilege of working with some pretty amazing programmers during that time, and likes to think that he's learned a few things from them.
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Another example is on pg 500 where they say there are five kinds of power; legitimate, reward, expert, referent...That's four by my way of counting. I believe the fifth is coercive.
There's an exercise on pg 55 that asks you to "figure out the constraint that's causing the biggest headache for the project manager..." but the exercise answers are all expecting the constraint affected. There is a difference between cause and what's being affected.
I enjoyed the previous edition of this book, but this one has so many little errors and contradictions that I find myself consulting the PMBOK Guide a lot to make sure I'm getting the right information.
If you have a reading disability, then the Kindle version of this book with a Kindle Fire is the only option that will read to you while following along in the paperback version. This is the only way that I will be able to learn the PMBOK enough to pass the PMP exam.
Besides the above points, the 4th edition Head First PMP book is well evolved and will get the job done.
I originally bought the PMBOK 6th edition naively believing that if I could read the book, then I would be ready for the exam. After 6 weeks of trying to read the PMBOK I realized I learned absolutely nothing. I had to do something else or I would fail the exam. I was not keen on attending a PMP boot camp for $1000-2000. I decided to buy a PMP for dummies like book and stumbled across Head First series.
I decided to take a chance and boy I am glad that I did. Because I am straight from central casting for people with ADHD, this book was perfect. It has pictures, exercises, games, and fun examples to help hammer home the principles of PMP (especially the calculation for cost section). It was easy to digest the concepts and made the material a little less intimidating than what I found in the PMBOK.
This book isn’t perfect. It has some grammatical and print errors. Also, it covers only 85-90% of the PMP material. The questions fair on the too easy side. I would recommend that if you purchase this book, buy another book with a lot of practice questions. The key to passing the exam is the material and understanding how PMI wants you to think about how to answer a question. For understanding the material, this is a good book, but practice quiz/exam questions, look somewhere else.
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