PMP Exam Review Guide


pmwj49-Aug2016-Said-BOOKBook Title: Project Management Professional Exam. Review Guide. Third Edition
Author: Kim Heldman, PMP®; Vanina Mangano, PMP®; and Bett Fedderesen, PMP®.
Publisher: SYBEX – Wiley
List Price:   $30.00
Format: Soft cover
Publication Date: April 2016
ISBN: 978-1-119-17972-6
Reviewer: Masood Said
Review Date: July 2016



This book is about the PMP® certification exam. It has been written for those who would be interested in appearing for the PMP® certification exam. It follows the same path as the PMBOK Guide 5th Edition ® which is a PMI publication and is considered a textbook for the exam.

However there is a difference. PMBOK® reading is based on chapters as laid out in the book, which are: First 3 chapters are about concepts related to project management, and from chapter 4 to 13 are related to the 10 knowledge areas (Integration, Scope, Time, Cost, Quality, HR, Communication, Risk, Procurement and Stakeholders). This book follows a different pattern. It follows the five process groups: Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling and Closing. This means that it follows the processes as one would follow while doing an actual project. Interesting indeed!

The book is well written, easy to understand and can be very useful in preparing for the PMP certification exam. It also has 230 review questions with answers and explanations.

Overview of Book’s Structure

One interesting fact about the book is that it does not follow the same pattern as the PMBOK®. It is structured on the 5 process groups. I.e. Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling, and Closing. The book has been divided into 6 chapters and an appendix at the end.

These Chapters are:

Chapter 1 – Project Foundation

Chapter 2 – Initiating the Project

Chapter 3 – Planning the Project

Chapter 4 – Executing the Project

Chapter 5 – Monitoring and Controlling the Project

Chapter 6 – Closing the Project

Appendix – Answers to review questions

Brief contents of the Chapters are given below:

Chapter 1: Project Foundation

The authors describe the essentials of Managing Projects. Topics include Defining a Project, Defining Project Management, Identifying Project Management Skills, Understanding Project Environment, Understanding Project Life Cycle and Project Management Processes, Recognizing Professional and Social Responsibility. This Chapter has 15 Review Questions.


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About the Reviewer

Masood Said, PMP

Lahore, Pakistan



Engr. Masood Said
, PMP, PMI-RMP, PMI-ACP, BS.C (Mech. Engr.; MS-IT; EMBA-HR Mngt.) is a Mechanical Engineer with over 35 years of Project Management Experience. He has worked in Pakistan and the Middle East on various Oil and Gas projects. He has been a member of PMI since 2002. Presently he is a trainer for PMP®; PMI-RMP®; PMI-ACP® certification courses. He also advises companies on optimization and improvement in processes. Based in Lahore, Pakistan, he also travels to Dallas, Texas on a frequent basis.

Email address: [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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