This book has been written to help those preparing for the Project Management Professional Examination. It is aimed at those who want to learn project management methodology. It is not intended to be a drill in exam questions; there are more than enough of those around. It is intended to cover all of the material that the Project Management Institute (PMI®) considers important enough to be included in the exam. This book has been revised to reflect the changes in the Project Management Professional Examination put into effect as of the third quarter of 2005 and reflects the Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge®, Third (2004) Edition.
I have been working in the field of project management for the past thirty years and was managing projects long before that and long before there was a methodology called project management. Once I began to consider project management as a profession and a disciplined methodology, it became clear to me what had gone wrong with some of my projects in the past.
From that point on I began applying the tools and techniques of project management, and slowly the unification and completeness of the methodology became clear. Project management works as a unified body of knowledge, but all of the tools and techniques depend on one another to succeed. You cannot do a good job of cost estimating if you have not developed a good set of deliverables for the project any more than you can produce a good schedule without taking the time necessary to develop good estimates of the task durations.
If you practice project management using the methodology outlined in this book and the Project Management Institute's Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, you will become a good project manager. Learning project management is more than studying a book or even a group of books. Project management must also be learned in the field with experience and exposure to real responsibility on real projects. The Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification is designed to certify project managers who meet the criteria for both knowledge and experience. To qualify for certification you must have both. PMI requires that you have at least 4,500 hours of experience if you have a bachelor's degree. Some of this experience must extend past more than the last three years, but not more than past the last six years. There is also a criterion for people not holding a bachelor's degree. This requires more experience—7,500 hours—but allows the hours to be over a five-year period and not exceeding eight years.
In addition, there is a requirement of thirty-five hours of project management edu cation. This requirement is really not very difficult to fulfill, since there is no time limit and the training can be provided by practically anyone.
The forms for applying for the certification are not included in this book, because they change fairly often and can be easily downloaded from the Project Management Institute's Internet site at www.pmi.org/certification/.
This book is intended to cover the subject matter of the PMP exam. Since the PMP exam is a comprehensive examination of your knowledge of project management tools and techniques, the book is also comprehensive. However, every answer to every question on the PMP examination is not in this book. Nor is it in any other book. PMI is continually introducing new questions and replacing questions that have been around for some time. I do the best job I can to keep aware of the nature of the examination and pass this information on to you.
My philosophy is that no one should be able to pass the PMP exam without having an extremely good working knowledge of the practice of project management. In this book I have tried to explain the nature of project management, how all of the tools and techniques relate to one another, and how it all goes together to make a unified methodology that can be used to successfully manage projects.
There are a few comments to be made about how this book relates to the PMBOK®. There is not a direct chapter to chapter relationship between this book and the PMBOK. If you are preparing for the PMP examination, read the entire PMBOK several times. I do not want to sell you another copy of the PMBOK. Instead I have made an effort to explain the methodology of project management and supplement the PMBOK. This book is largely based on the knowledge areas of the PMBOK. I believe that organizing the project management methodology by knowledge areas is much clearer, and this is the way the PMBOK is organized with a few exceptions. For example, in my book there is no chapter on the integration knowledge area. The topics in the integration chapter of the PMBOK are covered better by discussing them in the knowledge areas that relate to them. For instance, developing the project charter and scope statement fit much better into a discussion of the scope knowledge area. Developing the project management plan must be done in all of the knowledge areas and so on. I did not fill the pages with endless lists of the ITTOs, PMI's inputs, outputs, tools, and techniques. You will see plenty of these in the PMBOK.
I hope that this book will help you prepare for the Project Management Professional certification and that you will embark on a long and prosperous career in project management.
I would appreciate your comments. My e-mail address is:
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