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As I said in my previous post, I passed the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification yesterday.

What did I use for study materials?
  • I have used MeasureUp for several exams, including the MCP exams.
  • Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). This is THE bible for Project Management, published through the Project Management Institute (PMI). Lots of lists, processes, including inputs, tools used, and outputs (see below).
  • Information Technology Project Management by Schwalbe. The PMBOK in a textbook format. Very useful, especially for procurement contracts and Human Resources sections (management and leadership styles as well as Organizational Behavior are on the test).
  • Head First PMP. This is the famous Head First book, similar to Head First Design Patterns, graphical and irreverent. Not enough by itself, but a nice change from the PMBOK's lists.
  • I also used my friend's PMP review that he got from a dedicated training course.
  • Exam Cram 2. This did not help me much.
  • Even with all these, there were procurement contract math questions about how to figure incentive fees and profit, and the point of total assumption (PTA). This was only covered in an obscure part of the training course materials.

    The PMP covers five process groups - Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring/Controlling, and Closing. There are 44 processes that must be memorized, each with a list of inputs, tools used for the process, and outputs.

    The test costs $550, which I had to pay for myself because my employer does not have a training budget. 

    Posted on Thursday, June 7, 2007 8:32 PM | Back to top

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