Thank you for buying the PMP Project Management Professional Study Guide Fifth Edition to help you study and prepare for the PMP® exam. Thousands of readers worldwide have used previous editions of this book to help them study for and pass the exam. Because of their success and their recommendations to friends and co-workers, we've been able to keep this study guide up-to-date to match the changes made in the PMBOK® Guide Fourth Edition.

I would also like to thank the countless instructors who use my book in their PMP prep classes. I've heard from many of you over the past few months wondering when this edition would be available. Thank you for your continued interest in using the Study Guide in your classes. A big thanks to all the PMI chapters who use this book in their classes as well.

A huge thank you goes to Neil Edde, vice president and publisher at Sybex, for giving me the opportunity to revise and update this edition. Neil took a chance way back when on the first edition of this book. I can't thank him enough for having the foresight at that time to believe in this little known exam.

This book clearly fits the definition of a project, and the team at Sybex is one of the best project teams you'll ever find. I appreciate all the hard work and dedication everyone on the team put into producing this book. A special thanks goes to Jeff Kellum, acquisitions editor. Jeff and I have worked on several editions of this book together and I appreciate his diligence and insightful ideas for updates to the book over the years. It's always a pleasure to work with Jeff.

Next I'd like to thank Alexa Murphy, development editor, for her diligent work in helping me make this edition the best it can be. Her recommendations and clarifications helped make the text much stronger. A big thanks also goes to Christine O'Connor, production editor, for her insightful suggestions and comments and for keeping the latter stages of the book on track. And thanks also to Judy Flynn, copyeditor, for all her help.

There were many folks involved behind the scenes who also deserve my thanks. They are Publication Services, Inc., proofreaders, and Nancy Guenther, indexer.

Next I'd like to thank Terri Wagner, technical editor, for her keen eye and valuable suggestions for improvements to the text. Terri is the president of Mentor Source, Inc. and uses this book in her classes. Her suggestions came from years of classroom exposure and student questions and suggestions. I have had the pleasure of working with Terri on several occasions and would recommend her classes. Thanks, Terri, for helping make this the best edition of the Study Guide ever!

I have a special heartfelt thanks for Brett Feddersen, who served as the final technical editor on the book. I have had the great pleasure of working with Brett over the last several years and have delighted in our friendship and in watching him stretch and grow professionally while dealing with the many challenges that came his way. If you are ever in need of the best project manager in the world, Brett is your man (but you can't have him because he works for me!).

Last, but always the first on my list, is my best friend for a couple of decades and counting, BB. I love you and I would never have accomplished what I have to date without your love and support. You're the best! And I'd be remiss if I didn't also thank Jason and Leah, Noelle, Amanda and Steve, and of course the two best granddaughters on the planet, Kate and Juliette, for their support and understanding.

Project Management Made Easy

Project Management Made Easy

What you need to know about… Project Management Made Easy! Project management consists of more than just a large building project and can encompass small projects as well. No matter what the size of your project, you need to have some sort of project management. How you manage your project has everything to do with its outcome.

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