Introduction


Introduction

Are you ready to take the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam sponsored by the Project Management Institute (PMI)? Heres your chance to test your knowledge of specific project management practices and A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) practices.

Who Should Use This Book

This book is geared for candidates for the PMP exam who have prepared for the exam and want to be certain they have the knowledge and skills needed to answer PMIs tough questions. If youre anxious to see the types of questions PMI has in store for you, then this is the book for you.

Dont rely on studying the Bonus Exam questions from the PMP: Final Exam Review book exclusively as your study method. Be sure you:

  • Understand the concepts behind the material presented in each exam objective.

  • Memorize all the PMI formulas.

  • Have a thorough understanding of the inputs, tools and techniques, and outputs of all the PMI processes, what their purposes are, and the process group they belong to.

If youre new to the PMP requirements and skills, I recommend you read Project Management Jumpstart and/or PMP: Project Management Professional Study Guide, Second Edition , both by Sybex, Inc. For further exploration of PMP skills, you might also consider reading the PMP: Project Management Professional Workbook .



How to Use This Book and CD

Ive devised four thorough and challenging practice exams for this book so you can enter the PMI exam with confidence. These same practice exams are available on the books CD as well, so you can take the exams on paper or electronically . The CD contains mechanisms for objective-based tests allowing you to focus on specific elements of study like the Executing processes, for example. You can also be scored by objective, so you can determine those areas of the PMI exam topics where you need to focus your studying .

The CD that accompanies this book also contains over 200 thought-provoking flashcard questions that you can use to further your preparation for the exam.



What Is the PMP Certification?

PMI was founded in 1969 and first started offering the Project Management Professional certification exam in 1984. PMI is accredited as an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards developer and also has the distinction of being the first organization to have their certification program attain International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001 recognition.

PMI boasts a worldwide membership of over 100,000, with members from 125 different countries . Local PMI chapters meet regularly and allow project managers to exchange information and learn about new tools and techniques of project management or new ways to use established techniques. I encourage you to join a local chapter and get to know other professionals in your field.

PMI is the leader in project management practices and is the most widely recognized organization and certification in the field. PMI strives to maintain and promote standards and ethics in this field and offers publications , training, seminars , chapters, special interest groups, and colleges to further the project management discipline.



Why Become PMP Certified?

The following benefits are associated with becoming PMP certified:

  • It demonstrates proof of professional achievement.

  • It increases your marketability .

  • It provides greater opportunity for advancement in your field.

  • It raises customer confidence in you and your companys services.