The PMP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try (Anglais) Broché – 30 juin 2013
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The problem I'm having so far (I'm currently on Chapter 7, Cost Management), is that it feels like a quickly put together cut & paste job from the previous editions. The 5th edition of the PMBOK renamed, removed and added some process. I've found a couple of places with references to a process that no longer exists in the 5th edition. These are just some examples I was able to go back and find again:
- Page 228: The chart with the 13 key earned value management formulas has incorrect formulas. Specifically, the value for Cost Variance is listed as CV=EV/AC. The right formula is CV=EV-AC as listed on page 230 and the 3rd Edition of the Andy Crowe PMP book. Schedule Variance, Estimate to Completion and Variance at Completion formulas are also wrong.
- Page 111: The last sentence of the output for Work Performance Information ends with "...are used in the communications process, Report Performance." In the 5th Edition, this process no longer exist. I am not sure what it was called in the 4th Edition, but in the 3rd Edition it was called Performance Reporting, and it was a Monitoring and Controlling process of Communication Management.
- Page 106: There are several references to the process "Perform Quality Control" which in the 5th Edition has been renamed to "Control Quality." That's not such a huge difference, but i'm already trying to memorize 47 processes, and don't want to get stuck asking, what's the correct name of that process?
- Page 89: The 3rd to last paragraph on this page (under Requirements Management Plan) ends in "...and not the requirements themselves.ww" with two W's at the end of the sentence.
- Page 84: The answer to question 24 is not listed at the beginning in bold like the rest of the answers. You have to read the explanation to get it.
- Page 45-46: The last 3 paragraphs are the same paragraphs from page 44. (again, minor, but sloppy)
- Page 24: "RIsk" is misspelled in the graph. (minor issue, that shouldn't impact your studies, but sloppy.)
What I LOVED about Andy Crowe's book was that it had key information that was not on the PMBOK, but was on the exam. Now, I don't know if the reason I'm not seeing that info is because the PMBOK doesn't have it, or because it's a copy and paste from the older edition that no longer applies to the new edition. For instance, there was a question about Heuristics at the end of the Time Management chapter. The only reference I found to this was a mention in the Summary of Key Terms on page 181. I'm just not confident with the book and find myself doubting it at times.
Although the book does cover the 5th ed. and was helpful to prepare for the exam, there are several things I don't like about it.
1) Many concepts and key terminologies are missing in this book. This becomes apparent when I took the exam and noticed that I've never seen quite a few of the terms that are questioned. So for those of you who are thinking to buy a prep book to replace the PMBOK, this book is not right for you.
2) The book is apparently not well edited before publishing. For example, in the answer section for practice questions under chapter 10, the keys for the last 15 questions are missing.
3) The final practice exam is way too easy compared to the real one so you can't depend on it to judge your readiness. I finished the final practice exam in less than 2 hours and I got 90% correct but in the real exam it took me over 3 and a half hour and I got only one domain "Proficient" and the rest "Moderately Proficient".
- Studied carefully the Andy Crowe glossary. It is more comprehensive than the PMBOK.
- Read very slowly and carefully the entire PMBOK.
- Read slowly and carefully the entire Andy Crowe. (I purchased the book in March 2014 and it was the 4th printing of the 5th edition. Probably a total of two or three editorial errors vs early printings noted by early fifth edition reviewers.) I memorized the Knowledge Area vs Process Group Matrix, aka the 47 processes (p 46 of Crowe) and the formulas on p 226 of Crowe.
- I did every practice exercise in Crowe. I also did most of the practice exercises in "PMP Exam Prep by Christopher Scordo". In all, I did a little over 1100 practice questions (Crowe and Scordo).
- The evening before the exam is re-studied, very carefully, the entire Andy Crowe glossary.
I did my preparation over a period of about three weeks.
What I liked about Crowe was his explanations that are simply not in the PMBOK. The rational and explanations of the linkages are a key to understanding. Rote memorization (expect for page 46 and page 226) are not enough to pass as there are too many subjective decisional questions on the exam (e.g., "what is the best option for the project manager to . . ." or "which is the next step the project manager shoudl take?" ) Additionally, Crowe's practiced exams have a better explanation than Scordo. Scordo simply has a lot more practice questions.
Crowe's tips about the exam and how to take the exam were every much spot on. He only missed one point: Because the computers in the computer based testing room generate a lot of heat, the room is kept very cool. Sitting in that cooled room for about 4 hours and 20 minutes (total time of the test introduction and the test) became a test of human endurance. I was so cold I was shivering. Glad I wore a thick, long sleeved shirt.
Over a half million PMPs can attest that the PMP exam is not impossible to pass. You must have both the knowledge and understanding to pass this test. You can't succeed solely on testing skills. You can fail, however, if you are not testing savvy. Crowe provided a source to gain that knowledge, understanding, and testing skills.