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PMP: Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide, 8th Edition

Book Description

The ultimate PMP® exam prep guide, updated for the 2015 exam

PMP® Study Guide, 8th Edition is a complete resource for PMP® exam preparation, featuring full coverage of all exam objectives, hands-on practice, and plenty of interactive tools. Fully updated to reflect the Project Management Institute's latest changes to the exam, this new edition includes the revised best practices in alignment with PMBOK® 5th edition. You'll find detailed discussion on a wide range of project management topics, concepts, and key terms, alongside frequent opportunities to gain hands-on practice using these skills in typical workplace scenarios. Each chapter includes comprehensive review questions to help you gauge your understanding, and you also gain access to the Sybex interactive online learning environment that features electronic flash cards, chapter tests, practice exams, and more.

The IT marketplace demands certified project management professionals, and the PMP® certification was created specifically to address that demand. Now considered the premier project management credential, the PMP requires candidates to undergo a grueling four-hour exam. This book gives you everything you need to improve your skills and take the exam with confidence.

  • Get hands-on practice in real-world scenarios
  • Relate each objective to your current project
  • Test your understanding with practice tests and more

The PMP® Study Guide is your ultimate preparation resource for passing the PMP®.

(PMI, PMBOK, CAPM, PMP, and Project Management Professional are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.)

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
    1. What Is the PMP® Certification?
    2. How to Become PMP® Certified
    3. Who Should Buy This Book?
    4. How to Use This Book and the Test Bank
    5. The Exam Objectives
    6. How to Contact the Author
    7. PMP®: Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide, 8th Edition
  2. Assessment Test
    1. Answers to Assessment Test
  3. Chapter 1: What Is a Project?
    1. Is It a Project?
    2. What Is Project Management?
    3. Skills Every Good Project Manager Needs
    4. Understanding Organizational Structures
    5. Understanding Project Life Cycles and Project Management Processes
    6. Understanding How This Applies to Your Next Project
    7. Summary
    8. Exam Essentials
    9. Review Questions
  4. Chapter 2: Creating the Project Charter
    1. Exploring the Project Management Knowledge Areas
    2. Understanding How Projects Come About
    3. Kicking Off the Project Charter
    4. Formalizing and Publishing the Project Charter
    5. Identifying Stakeholders
    6. Introducing the Kitchen Heaven Project Case Study
    7. Understanding How This Applies to Your Next Project
    8. Summary
    9. Exam Essentials
    10. Review Questions
  5. Chapter 3: Developing the Project Scope Statement
    1. Developing the Project Management Plan
    2. Plan Scope Management
    3. Collecting Requirements
    4. Defining Scope
    5. Writing the Project Scope Statement
    6. Creating the Work Breakdown Structure
    7. Understanding How This Applies to Your Next Project
    8. Summary
    9. Exam Essentials
    10. Review Questions
  6. Chapter 4: Creating the Project Schedule
    1. Creating the Schedule Management Plan
    2. Defining Activities
    3. Understanding the Sequence Activities Process
    4. Estimating Activity Resources
    5. Estimating Activity Durations
    6. Developing the Project Schedule
    7. Understanding How This Applies to Your Next Project
    8. Summary
    9. Exam Essentials
    10. Review Questions
  7. Chapter 5: Developing the Project Budget and Communicating the Plan
    1. Creating the Project Cost Management Plan
    2. Estimating Costs
    3. Establishing the Cost Baseline
    4. Understanding Stakeholders
    5. Communicating the Plan
    6. Understanding How This Applies to Your Next Project
    7. Summary
    8. Exam Essentials
    9. Review Questions
  8. Chapter 6: Risk Planning
    1. Planning for Risks
    2. Planning Your Risk Management
    3. Identifying Potential Risk
    4. Analyzing Risks Using Qualitative Techniques
    5. Quantifying Risk
    6. Developing a Risk Response Plan
    7. Understanding How This Applies to Your Next Project
    8. Summary
    9. Exam Essentials
    10. Review Questions
  9. Chapter 7: Planning Project Resources
    1. Procurement Planning
    2. Developing the Human Resource Management Plan
    3. Quality Planning
    4. Bringing It All Together
    5. Understanding How This Applies to Your Next Project
    6. Summary
    7. Exam Essentials
    8. Review Questions
  10. Chapter 8: Developing the Project Team
    1. Directing and Managing Project Work
    2. Acquiring the Project Team
    3. Developing the Project Team
    4. Managing Project Teams
    5. Understanding How This Applies to Your Next Project
    6. Summary
    7. Exam Essentials
    8. Review Questions
  11. Chapter 9: Conducting Procurements and Sharing Information
    1. Conducting Procurements
    2. Laying Out Quality Assurance Procedures
    3. Managing Project Information
    4. Managing Stakeholder Engagement
    5. Understanding How This Applies to Your Next Project
    6. Summary
    7. Exam Essentials
    8. Review Questions
  12. Chapter 10: Measuring and Controlling Project Performance
    1. Monitoring and Controlling Project Work
    2. Controlling Procurements
    3. Controlling Communications
    4. Managing Perform Integrated Change Control
    5. Controlling Stakeholder Engagement
    6. Understanding How This Applies to Your Next Project
    7. Summary
    8. Exam Essentials
    9. Review Questions
  13. Chapter 11: Controlling Work Results
    1. Monitoring and Controlling Risk
    2. Managing Cost Changes
    3. Monitoring and Controlling Schedule Changes
    4. Utilizing Control Quality Techniques
    5. Validating Project Scope
    6. Controlling Scope
    7. Understanding How This Applies to Your Next Project
    8. Summary
    9. Exam Essentials
    10. Review Questions
  14. Chapter 12: Closing the Project and Applying Professional Responsibility
    1. Formulating Project Closeout
    2. Closing Out the Project
    3. Closing Out the Procurements
    4. Balancing Stakeholders’ Interests at Project Close
    5. Professional Responsibility
    6. Applying Professional Knowledge
    7. Understanding How This Applies to Your Next Project
    8. Summary
    9. Exam Essentials
    10. Review Questions
  15. Appendices
    1. Appendix A: Answers to Review Questions
      1. Chapter 1: What Is a Project?
      2. Chapter 2: Creating the Project Charter
      3. Chapter 3: Developing the Project Scope Statement
      4. Chapter 4: Creating the Project Schedule
      5. Chapter 5: Developing the Project Budget and Communicating the Plan
      6. Chapter 6: Risk Planning
      7. Chapter 7: Planning Project Resources
      8. Chapter 8: Developing the Project Team
      9. Chapter 9: Conducting Procurements and Sharing Information
      10. Chapter 10: Measuring and Controlling Project Performance
      11. Chapter 11: Controlling Work Results
      12. Chapter 12: Closing the Project and Applying Professional Responsibility
    2. Appendix B: Process Inputs and Outputs
      1. Initiating Processes
      2. Planning Processes
      3. Executing Processes
      4. Monitoring and Controlling Processes
      5. Closing Processes
  16. Comprehensive Online Learning Environment
  17. EULA