PMP® in Depth: Project Management Professional Certification Study Guide for the PMP® Exam pdf by Paul Sanghera


PMP® in Depth: Project Management Professional Certification Study Guide for the PMP® Exam
by Paul Sanghera

Project Management Professional Certification Study Guide for the PMP


About the Author vii
Introduction ix
Part I: Initiating the Project 1
Chapter 1: Project Management Framework 3
Chapter 2: Project Environment 45
Chapter 3: Initiating the Project 87
Part II: Planning the Project 113
Chapter 4: Planning Project and Scope 115
Chapter 5: Planning for Project Schedule Management 155
Chapter 6: Planning for Project Resources, Cost, and
Procurement 199
Chapter 7: Planning Quality and Risk Management 251
Chapter 8: Planning for Communication and Stakeholder
Management 313
Part III: Executing the Project 343
Chapter 9: Managing Execution of Project Work 345
Chapter 10: Managing Project Resources 381
Chapter 11: Managing Communication and Stakeholder
Engagement 419
Part IV: Monitoring and Controlling the Project 437
Chapter 12: Monitoring and Controlling the Project Work 439
Chapter 13: Monitoring and Controlling the Scope, Schedule,
and Resources 479
Chapter 14: Monitoring Stakeholder Engagement and
Communication 519
Part V: Closing 535
Chapter 15: Closing the Project 537
Appendix A: Answers to Study Checkpoint Exercises 549
Appendix B: Answers and Explanations for Chapter Review
Questions 587
Glossary 637
Index 651

About the Author
Dr. Paul Sanghera is a leading expert in project management. He is a scientist, engineer, teacher, manager, and author. He has years of diverse hands-on project management experience, both in academic research labs—from Cornell to CERN—and in the high-tech computer industry—from Novell to Netscape to MP3. Having worked in various roles, including project manager, director of project management, director of software development, software developer, teacher and trainer, and scientist, Dr. Sanghera has developed a broad and deep comprehension of the global principles of project management applicable to all areas. In addition to authoring or coauthoring more than 150 science research papers published in American, Canadian, European, and other international research journals, Dr. Sanghera has authored several books in science, technology, and project management.

The primary purpose of this book is to help you pass the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam administered by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Because the book has a laser-sharp focus on the exam objectives, expert project managers and project team members who want to pass the PMP exam can use this book to ensure that they do not miss any objectives. Yet this is not an exam-cram book. The chapters and the sections within each chapter are presented in a logical learning sequence. A topic in a chapter and the chapter only depend upon the previously covered topics and chapters, and there is no hopping from topic to topic. The concepts and topics, both simple and complex, are clearly explained when they appear for the first time. No prior knowledge of project management is assumed. This facilitates stepwise learning, prevents confusion, and makes this book useful also for beginners who want to get up to speed quickly to pass the PMP exam, even if they are new to the discipline of project management. The presentation of material in such a fashion enables the book to help a wider audience, as noted next.

How This Book Is Organized
This book tells the story of project management in a cohesive and concise yet comprehensive fashion. The book is written to the most current version of the PMP exam based on the sixth edition of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) by PMI. The discipline of project management, according to the PMBOK Guide, contains ten knowledge areas, such as cost management and quality management, and five process groups: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing. There are two obvious approaches to presenting this project management content: 1) in order of knowledge areas, a rather theoretical approach, or 2) in order of process groups, from initiating to closing the project, a practical approach that is closer to the lifecycle of a project in the real world.

The PMBOK Guide and almost all project management exam books are organized along the knowledge areas. However, the exam objectives published by PMI, referred to as tasks in the exam specifications, are organized in order of the process groups. This poses a problem for the reader preparing for the exam based on exam objectives. For example, one exam book referred to eleven chapters for one exam objective in its exam readiness checklist. This book solves that problem by presenting the material in order of process groups: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing. This order of presentation is also consistent with the lifecycle of a project, and therefore facilitates natural learning by connecting the material to realworld experience. We have been taking this approach since the publication of the first edition of PMP in Depth in 2006. We should mention that although the main guide in the PMBOK Guide, Sixth Edition is still organized along the knowledge areas, the standard is to present in order of the process groups.



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