Head First PMP: A Learner’s Companion to Passing the Project Management Professional Exam

Head First PMP: A Learner’s Companion to Passing the Project Management Professional Exam

What will you learn from this book?Head First PMP teaches you the latest principles and certification objectives in The PMBOK® Guide in a unique and inspiring way. This updated fourth edition takes you beyond specific questions and answers with a unique visual format that helps you grasp the big picture of project management. By putting PMP concepts into context, you?ll be able to understand, remember, and apply them?not just on the exam, but on the job. No wonder so many people have used Head First PMP as their sole source for passing the PMP exam.This book will help you:Learn PMP?s underlying concepts to help you understand the PMBOK principles and pass the certification exam with flying colorsGet 100% coverage of the latest principles and certification objectives in The PMBOK® Guide, Sixth EditionMake use of a thorough and effective preparation guide with hundreds of practice questions and exam strategiesExplore the material through puzzles, games, problems, and exercises that make learning easy and entertainingWhy does this book look so different?Based on the latest research in cognitive science and learning theory, Head First PMP uses a visually rich format to engage your mind, rather than a text-heavy approach that puts you to sleep. Why waste your time struggling with new concepts? This multi-sensory learning experience is designed for the way your brain really works.


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A leader in enterprise Agile transformation, an Agile coach, development manager, project manager, speaker, and authority on software engineering practices and principles, and a speaker of software engineering practices and principles. She has been building software for over twenty years. She helped individual team members get the most out of Agile practices by leading large-scale adoption efforts. She is looking forward to working with talented teams to solve difficult problems.

Andrew is an expert in building better software. Andrew is an author and international speaker, with top-selling books in software development and project management, and world-recognized expert in transforming and improving software organizations, teams, and code. He has designed and built large-scale software systems, managed large international software teams, and consulted for companies, schools, and corporations, including Microsoft, the National Bureau of Economic Research, Bank of America, Notre Dame, and MIT. He likes to think that he’s learned a few things from the amazing programmers he’s worked with.

–This text refers to the paperback edition.

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Head First

A head first reader is a learner.

Learning doesn’t happen to you. It’s something you do. You can’t learn if you don’t have some brainpower. Building more mental pathways, connecting new and pre-existing knowledge, and turning facts and information into knowledge are all part of learning. Head First books get your brain into learning mode based on the latest research.

We can help you do that.

We use casual language to tell stories. We don’t take ourselves seriously. Would you pay more attention to a lecture or a stimulating dinner party companion?

We make it clear. Images make learning much more effective. Things are more fun because of them.

We use attention- grabbing tactics. It doesn’t have to be boring to learn a new topic. The graphics are often funny or sarcastic. No two pages are the same, and each one has a mix of text and images.

Metacognition is thinking about something.

If you want to learn more quickly and deeper, pay attention to how you pay attention. Think about how you think. The trick is to get your brain to pay attention to what you’re learning. It’s important to your well-being. Your brain is trying to keep the new content from sticking, otherwise you’re in for a constant battle.

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Here’s what we do.

Your brain is more focused on visuals than text. A picture is worth a thousand words to your brain. When text and pictures work together, we put the text in the picture because your brain works better if the text is within the thing the text refers to.

We use different ways of saying the same thing, and different media types, and different senses, to increase the chance that the content gets into more than one area of your brain.

We use concepts and pictures in unexpected ways because your brain is more likely to remember novelty and emotional content, and we use pictures and ideas with at least some emotional content because your brain is more likely to remember when you feel something.

Your brain is more focused on listening to a conversation than it is on listening to a presentation, so we use a personalized style.

Your brain learns and remembers more when you do things than when you read about them. The exercises are challenging-yet-do-able because most people prefer that.


We use multiple learning styles because you might prefer step-by-step procedures, while someone else wants to understand the big picture first, and someone else just wants to see an example. Everyone benefits from seeing the same content in multiple ways.

The more of your brain you engage, the more likely you are to learn and remember, and the longer you can stay focused. You can be more productive at learning if you give the other side of the brain a rest.

Asking questions that don’t always have a straight answer is one of the challenges we include.

Because you’re a person, we use people in our stories, examples, and pictures. Your brain is more focused on people than on things.

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