PMP Exam Review Guide, Third Edition


Bpmwj50-Sep2016-Nag-BOOKook Title:   PMP Project Management Professional Exam Review Guide, Third Edition
Authors: Kim Heldman, PMP, Vanina Mangano, PMP and Brett Feddersen, PMP
Publisher: Sybex, A Wiley Brand
List Price:   $30.00     Format: Soft Cover, 408 pages
Publication Date:   2016     ISBN: 978-1-119-17972-6
Reviewer: Amitha Nag      
Review Date: August 2016



This book is derived from PMBOK Guide. It explains the book structure, how it is going to review the processes in the order of the five process groups (Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling and Closing).  How to use the book and interactive online learning environment and test bank

Overview of Book’s Structure

The book is broken down into 6 chapters and every chapter has review questions.   It also has an appendix at the end which answers to review questions and glossary.   The following are the chapters with chapter contents.

  1. Project Foundation

What is Project and Project Management (Project, Program, Portfolio and PMO), the difference between project and operations and identifying Stakeholders and Project Management skills.  It also explains understanding of Organization Structures, Project Environment (physical geography, Ethnic culture etc.), Project Phases and Project Life Cycles and recognizing professional and social responsibility.

  1. Initiating the Project

Following ten knowledge areas with their processes are explained briefly. Processes are classified by five process groups (Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling and Closing).  This chapter also explains two processes, that is how to develop the Project Charter and how to Identify Stakeholders which belong to Process Group – Initiating.

  • Project Integration Management
  • Project Scope Management
  • Project Time Management
  • Project Cost Management
  • Project Quality Management
  • Project Human Resource Management
  • Project Communications Management
  • Project Risk Management
  • Project Procurement Management
  • Project Stakeholder Management
  1. Planning the Project

24 processes are explained which belong to ten knowledge areas which belong to Process Group – Planning.  Each process is explained with the inputs, tools and techniques and outputs.  This is the longest chapter in the book. Some of the processes are as follows:


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About the Reviewer

Amitha Nag

Texas, USA




Amitha Nag
, MBA, MS, PMP currently works as a Project Manager/Senior Business Analyst in the Dallas, Texas Metroplex.  She has over 9 years of programming and development experience and 5 years of business analysis and project management experience.  Amitha can be contacted at [email protected]


Editor’s note: This book review was the result of a partnership between the publisher, PM World and the PMI Dallas Chapter. Authors and publishers provide the books to PM World; books are delivered to the PMI Dallas Chapter, where they are offered free to PMI members to review; book reviews are published in the PM World Journal and PM World Library. PMI Dallas Chapter members can keep the books as well as claim PDUs for PMP recertification when their reviews are published. Chapter members are generally mid-career professionals, the audience for most project management books.

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