PMP Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide, 7th Edition


pmwj35-Jun2015-Coelln-BOOKBook Title: PMP Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide, 7th Edition
Author: Kim Heldman, PMP
Publisher: SYBEX
List Price:   $59.99
Format: soft cover, 696 pages
Publication Date:   2013    
ISBN: 978-1-118-53182-2
Reviewer:     Maryanne Coelln, PMP
Review Date: 05/2015


It was 2002, and I decided to study for the PMP exam. I researched what my local PMI chapter was using for their PMP exam review class, and it was the first edition of this book. I read it cover to cover over several weeks, took all of the quizzes, and appreciated how nicely it was laid out.

Since that time, I have recommended Kim’s book over and over to others interested in project management, not restricting its use to preparing for the PMP exam. That’s what sets this book apart from other exam resources. Kim has a real knack for organizing the material so that you are learning it to become a better project manager, not just pass a test. This book is the latest revision of her original work. She’s updated it to reflect the most current version of the exam, and its original essence is retained.

Overview of Book’s Structure

Kim aligns the chapters of the book with the process groups. This is an insightful departure from other study books, which are aligned by knowledge areas. This helps the new project manager with the understanding of how each process integrates with the other processes, which is more intuitive than learning about the knowledge areas in silos. Kim’s approach on teaching these fundamentals makes it easier to digest. The PMP exam expects project managers to understand and know the inputs and outputs, so this structure definitely aids in studying for the exam. Kim includes an appendix with all of the inputs and outputs for easy reference.

The book starts with an assessment test to give you an idea how much you already know, and what you need to learn. Every chapter has quiz questions to help reinforce what you’ve just read. Additionally, there are many online resources available that supplement the book; downloadable / printable flash cards and two sample tests. Answers to all questions are provided in the book and/or online. Two hours of audio instruction via the web are also included.


The best part of this book’s approach is in the conversational writing style. As you read the paragraphs, it’s as if Kim was right there with you explaining the concepts. Starting with “What is a Project” and ending with “Closing the Project and Applying Professional Responsibility”, Kim’s way of organizing each chapter with examples, tables, diagrams and exercises helps keep the topic relevant and the mind alert


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About the Reviewer


pmwj35-Jun2015-Coelln-PHOTOMaryanne Coelln

Texas, USA



Maryanne Coelln
, PMP, is Director of Project Delivery for the American Airlines Federal Credit Union.  Maryanne has a B.S.C. degree in Marketing from Santa Clara University, California and earned her PMP in 2003. She has over 15 years of experience in leading technical project teams and is focused on developing practical methodologies. She has been an active member in the PMI Dallas Chapter for many years.


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