Achieve PMP Exam Success



Book Title:   Achieve PMP Exam Success, 6th Ed: A Concise Study Guide for the Busy Project Manager
Authors:  Diane Buckley-Altwies, PMP; Diane White, PMP
Publisher:  J Ross Publishing
List Price:  $79.95
Format:  Soft cover, 526 pages
Publication Date: 2018
ISBN: 978-160427-152-2
Reviewer: Robert Goldstein
Review Date: Aug 2018



The book Achieve PMP Exam Success 6th Edition, together with the PMP PMBOK Guide, has been written to help prepare for the successfully passing of the Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Exam.  The book provides “A Concise Study Guide for the Busy Project Manager”

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book covers all subjects addressed on the PMP exam.  Each Chapter of the book is focused on key concepts covered on the exam:

  • Understanding the role of the Project Manager
  • Integration Management
  • Scope Management
  • Schedule Management
  • Cost Management
  • Quality Management
  • Resource Management
  • Communication and Risk Management
  • Stakeholder Management


  • The first chapter of the book contains a 50-question assessment.  It is suggested by the authors to complete the assessment before proceeding with additional chapters in the preparation guide.  The assessment is designed to help the student focus on areas that require additional knowledge.  Students should still consider skimming other chapters for completeness.
  • A 50-question final exam is included that helps the student determine if they have  a good understanding of the material presented in the book.
  • The book helps to build skills focusing on using tools and techniques used in project management.  An understanding of how the tools can be used to manage projects is presented throughout the study guide.
  • Each chapter is structured to provide a list of tasks needed to pass the PMP exam.  The authors utilized input on passing the exam from:
    • Their experience helping others prepare for the exam
    • Input from workshop participants that they felt were useful in passing the exam.
  • The study guide’s objective is to add value to the to the PMBOK Guide through explanations and examples. The book should not be considered  a replacement for actual PMPBOK Guide.


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About the Reviewer

Robert Goldstein

Texas, USA



Robert Goldstein is a highly accomplished and results-oriented information technology executive with demonstrated expertise in system design/implementation, Agile/Scrum methodology, IT security, infrastructure design, data/voice design, KPIs, data center design, business reengineering, regulatory compliance/auditing, business intelligence, and healthcare cost accounting.

Robert can be contacted at [email protected]


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