This book is written by Andy Crowe and is highly recommended by nearly all PMP professionals. I found it very similar to the PMBOK© in its delivery of content but more focused on helping you pass the exam. It helps develop an understanding of the processes and methodology but at the same time providing you with questions similar to the PMP©. Besides the fact I mainly accredit passing the PMP exam to this book here are my other reasons:
The author of this book, Andy Crowe, is PMI certified PMP, PgMP, Six Sigma Black Belt holder. Andy is also the founder of Velociteach a company that provides training for many project management certification exams. Velociteach won the PMI’s Education Provider of the year where they competed against 1,600 other PMP exam prep and continuing education providers worldwide. Andy has also authored other books such as “Alpha Project Managers: What The Top 20% Know That Everybody Else Does Not” and “The PMI-ACP Exam How to Pass on Your First Try”.
Easier than PMBOK© Guide
I do believe that if just you read Andy Crowes book it would be sufficient to pass the exam. It covers all the same topics as the PMBOK© guide but delivers the content better. It also has a firm eye on the exam with questions at end of each chapter. The week before I passed the exam I reread this book as my supervision instead of the PMBOK©. The book delivers content clearly and concisely which makes it so much easier to digest and review. At the end of each chapter there is a summary and exam type questions. One of my favourite chapters is the Cost chapter which gives particular attention to Earned Value Management formulas and calculations.
The book has a dedicated chapter for exam strategy with an on the day plan which is invaluable for every successful PMP exam taker. This book has a clear objective of helping its readers to pass the exam which comes across in the way the content is delivered.
Free Trial to Insite by Velociteach
There is a Key to InSite included which gives you one week of access to a sample version of Pass the PMP® 5thEdition eLearning course. This version contains a subset of the instructional Lessons contained in the full course version, as well as a 100-question practice exam in the Testing Lab. The questions in the Trial version’s Testing Lab aren’t found in any of our other resources (printed or online) – they are only available to those who use the Key from the book.
Glossary of Terms
There is 45 pages of terms you can expect to be asked about in the PMP exam. This is a great tool for revising and testing yourself with a friend.
450 Free PMP Practice Exam
One of the biggest assets of the head first is the large quantity of exam questions at the end of each chapter and the full length 200 question exam at the end of the book. These questions are accompanied with detailed answer explanations ensuring you completely understand the correct answer. In total there are 450 practice questions in the book.
When I did other practice exams I discovered other terms and concepts that were not covered in this book. I think the book provides enough to get you to pass the exam but won’t cover every single thing.
Conclusion on Andy Crowe “The PMP Exam How To Pass On Your First Try“
I think this book was a major contributor to me passing the exam and would highly recommend it to anyone attempting the exam. If you were to buy only one book for studying this is the one I would recommend.