My problem with PMBOK is it is very boring while Rita's is very user friendly and practical. Do I really need to read PMBOK?
3 replies by Markus Kopko, PMP, Rami Kaibni, and Simon NGUEPI
Feb 09, 2019 8:02 PM
I personally believe it is important to go through the PMBOK
Feb 11, 2019 6:09 AM
I am preparing to take my PMP exam in August.
I have a collection of professional documentation to read in project management, but as a MPM, I know that the 6th edition of PMBOK is the first referential to master. Any other book is an accessory to improve the mastery, like those of RITA.
Feb 11, 2019 8:23 AM
Markus Kopko, PMP
the PMBoK Guide is the #1 Reference for PMP Exam prep. But it should be used in companion with a good prep book like Rita's (or any other good book like Head First, Professional Study Guide by Joseph Philips or what I do like very much also is the very new PMP MasterPrep by Scott Payne with Study Cases for most of the processes!).
My very own learning strategy with the PMBoK looks like the following (as an instance):
Step 1: Just read the chapter in PMBoK Guide
Step 2: Now STUDY the corresponding chapter in your prep book(s)
Step 3: NOW STUDY the same chapter in PMBoK Guide AND try to understand the content and how the processes work for instance.
Step 4: After all of that just do the provided sample questions in your prep book(s) to see if you have understood the stuff. If you have less than 70% right, do the steps 2 - 4 again or try to figure out where your weak areas are and do those chapters again.
This is how my strategy works in a rough and it is good for me. Another people here rude for the strategy to read the PMBoK Guide at least 3 times straight through.
From my point of view, this doesn't work really well.
But everyone have to find his own strategy i guess ...
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All the best for your exam taking.
PS: Exam prep for PMP within one month is VERY challenging unless you are unemployed and can effort 10 hours studying per day.
Do not make the mistake and UNDERESTIMATE the PMP Exam and all the knowledge stuff you need to take in!
I would recommend to make a study plan first (took your exam prep like a project on its own!) and then look when you will be ready to go for it.
I had significant experience before I took the exam, and I found it useful to go through the PMBOK not so much because I learned new material, but I learned the terminology used in the exam, and the taxonomy of how things are organized.
I will never again need to know the exact nomenclature of many things described in the PMBOK or which process group they fall into, but on one morning it was very useful to passing the exam. Saving Changes...
Most important thing is you practice exam questions and track how you are doing on the individual questions. If you do the same question wrong multiple times, look up the topic in PMBoK.
You do not have to read PMBoK page 1-799 then but you use it to improve your understanding. Also, with glossary and Appendices X6 and X4 you have good summaries and some figures can be enlightening beyond Rita. Saving Changes...
I'm afraid reading - and knowing - the PMBOK is a must as quite some questions of the exam will quiz you on your knowledge on the knowledge area's, processes, inputs and outputs.
It is also part of the goals of the PMP exam to promote common language between project managers.
This said, for actually doing the PM job, I gained far more from reading other project management books, e.g. Kerzner's book, while preparing for my PMP exam. Saving Changes...