This is the most common question aspirant asks while during PMP exam preparation. How to pass PMP without reading PMBOK guide? Many aspirants find it difficult and boring to read the PMBOK Guide.
It might be true because PMBOK guide concepts are somewhat hard to understand but that doesn’t mean you can’t understand it at all. It is a guide to Project Management, which defines many concepts about project management processes and techniques. As it is introduced by PMI, which is the authority behind PMP so this makes it more logical to study PMBOK guide.
What Is PMBOK Guide?
PMBOK (A guide to the project management body of knowledge). This is the PMP exam guide which is generally used by the aspirants during their preparation. PMBOK Guide explains every concepts about project management. It tells about the project management techniques in a systematic way. And clear every concept to the deep. Generally it is advisable to read the PMBOK guide atleast once during your PMP exam preparation.
PMBOK explains the 10 knowledge areas of the project management they are :-
- Integration Management
- Scope Management
- Time Management
- Cost Management
- Quality Management
- Human Resources Management
- Communications Management
- Risk Management
- Procurement Management
- Stakeholder Management
Each knowledge area is explained in detail. Tools and techniques used in project management. PMBOK guide evolves with time. It’s latest edition is 6th edition. Although the knowledge areas and process groups are still the same but it changes some concepts and some updates are also there in the 6th edition from the 5th edition. Like in 6th edition some tools and techniques are grouped together based on their purpose to reduce the number of tools and techniques.
The new groups are :-
- Data Analysis
- Data Gathering
- Decision Making
- Interpersonal & Team Skills
Can You Pass PMP Without Reading The PMBOK Guide?
Many aspirants find it difficult to read the PMBOK guide. There are many other handbooks available in the market for PMP exam preparation. Some of them are mentioning here which are widely used and are very famous Andy Crowe, Headfirst and Rita, Cornelius Fichtner, Christopher Scordo. Choose any of the handbook which you like for your PMP exam preparation.
All of them are recommendable to read during your preparation. And it is advisable also while during your preparation use two reference books so to make the concepts more clear. Also do practice with the practice exams available online. This will helps you in your preparation a lot. Boost your confidence and give you the fell of the real exam before going for the main exam.
If you have time in your preparation do read PMBOK guide also as it covers all the concepts which are explained in all these handbooks. It is not necessary that you need to read the PMBOK guide cover by cover. You can read it with your handbook chapter by chapter. This makes you understand the concepts very well. And helps you in solving the questions in the exam quickly.
If you want to be fully prepare for your PMP exam it is advisable to read PMBOK guide also. Yes, definitely you can use other handbooks. But with them reading PMBOK guide is a plus. It is introduced by PMI so it has a systematic approach to every project management techniques. Rather than other handbooks which somewhere and somehow depicts the author’s perspective.
So deicide your plan of study and go for it. All the best with your preparation.
Over To You
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