Project Manager Street Smarts Book Review

March 24th, 2011

The Project Management Professional certification is one the most highly regarded technology certifications in the industry of project management. Thousands of project managers successfully receive this credential every year as it has gained immense popularity among project managers and employers due to the enormous number of benefits it carries. One of the most tangible and obvious benefits of getting a PMP certification is that you will earn a much higher salary on average than project managers without the credential. There are many different ways to train for the PMP exam, and because the costs associated with the test are quite high, it would be in your best interest to pass on your first time.

One of the best PMP certification preparation books available is Project Manager Street Smarts: A Real World Guide to PMP Skills. This project management book by Terri Wagner and Linda Kretz Zaval is a very popular choice among project managers because it provides you with the information you need to know using real life examples. Unlike many other PMP books which place a lot of focus on theoretical scenarios you are unlikely to encounter in real life, this book only focuses on real life scenarios where you may need to complete a project management related task and then it provides you with the exact steps you need to follow in order to complete the task.

This book is suited to project managers of all levels by including tasks and scenarios that range from the day-to-day activities of a project manager to some of the most difficult obstacles you may face on the job. One of the requirements of applying for the PMP certification is that you already have previous experience in project management, and Project Manager Street Smarts does a very good job of teaching you things you are expected to know how to do like planning, initiating, executing, and closing the project.

Project Manager Street Smarts has received a lot of good feedback and reviews from project managers who passed the PMP exam because of what they learned from reading it. Limiting yourself to only one PMP prep book may not be the best thing to do because you’ll get to learn a lot more by being more exposed to different styles and even different forms of information from different books. One book may include all the information you need to know about a certain aspect of project management, but may not cover another important part equally well.

Project managers who want to brush up their skills a bit or want to prepare for the project management professional (PMP) exam will both find the tips provided in this book priceless. Seminars, training courses, bootcamps, and online training programs are all various ways you can prepare to take the PMP certification exam, but a good project management book like Project Manager Street Smarts can still be a very good addition to your current preparation.

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