About This Book

This book is for you if you are preparing for your Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam, working as a project manager, managing an operation, leading a team or overseeing an implementation of changes. The goal of this book is to help you understand the knowledge and skills required for you to pass the PMP exam, manage your projects and to assist you in the day-to-day management of your operation. It has been designed to offer simple yet comprehensive information about key knowledge and skills every project manager should have. Furthermore, you can also use this book as a guideline for your day-to-day management activities.

How did we choose these topics?

This book has been written to reflect the latest changes to the PMP Exam Content Outline. In addition, we ensure that our content is in line with the latest edition of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)® Guide Fifth Edition and PMI™s reference material for the project management. As a reference book, it provides educational content ensuring that project management practitioners have a book dedicated to the Project Management Knowledge and Skills, including the newly organized Cross Cutting Skills. This book should assist you in passing the PMP examination, as well as giving you all the necessary knowledge and skills to manage your projects successfully. You should find that the knowledge and skills discussed in this book are defined in such a way that will allow you to get familiar with them right away. It is written so that you can skim through sections you are already familiar with and just concentrate on sections you want to know more about. We have expanded each domain area to provide you excellent reference materials and have included in-depth information in all knowledge and skills areas for project managers to successfully manage their projects from initiation to closing. This book is unique in a way that it just covers key knowledge and skills required for project managers to be successful. It walks you through the project stages all projects go through, from initiating to closing. You should benefit by learning the most common cross-cutting knowledge and skills you need to manage a project, without involving tools and techniques or methodologies. Sections of this book are designed specifically to assist you in finding any topic easily. The knowledge and skills required in each performance domain are listed in alphabetical order to help you to quickly locate any topic.

How to use this book?

If you are using this book as reference material, follow the chapter information. Each chapter corresponds to one of the project stages, also called performance domains and Chapter 6 includes all remaining knowledge and skills every manager should have. If you are planning to take the PMP exam, this book follows the PMP Exam Content Outline structure published in June 2015. Read from beginning to end or read whatever you need help with. We welcome your feedback about this book or other books and training materials we have published. You can send us an email at feedback@decodeseries.com to provide your feedback. Please check the website often as we will be posting additional content and updates that supplement this book and other projects we are working on. If you prefer to be kept up-to-date about the changes to the book or the PMP exam, please register on our mailing list and we will send you information whenever we have updates.

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