In Search of the Best PMP Book of All Time

Are you planning to take the PMP exam and looking for the best PMP book? We will compare 4 major exam prep and show you which one is the best book of all time.

In Search of the Best PMP Book
There are at least 3 ways to prepare yourself for the PMP exam, namely, online training, on-site training and self-study. In our opinion, you should consider the self-study first so you can familiarize yourself with terms, method, and process. After that, you can take the required project management education.

In this section, we will provide you with general characteristics of good book about PMP as below,

It's considered the gold standard of PMP exam. In our opinion, this book has lots of text so some readers may find it difficult to read. However, This book provides you with good sample questions and exercises that follow the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). The exam tips are also useful.

Our comment: it's good if your main focus is to take a PMP exam.

The good point of this book is that it's easier to read (when compared with Rita's book). It's very well-structured and complex concepts are explained very well. Glossary section is useful, however, questions are a bit on the easy side.

Our comment: it's a well-rounded book.

If you are a visual learner, you will find this book super easy to digest because there are a lot of diagrams and illustrations. The exercises at the middle of each chapter are to ensure that you understand the concepts every step of the way.

Our comment: it's an easy-to-read book for beginners.

This book uses the case study method to teach project management knowledge. If you love case studies, you will find this book easy to read. However, it explains concepts by project management processes instead of knowledge areas as in PMBOK.

Our comment: it's the best PMP book for executive levels.

4 Best PMP Books Compared
Since each book has both pros and cons, we believe it is necessary to compare them in a systematic manner as below,

- First, we determine the quality of each book by using citation analysis. Citation count tells you how many times the book used as a reference by other publications.

- Then, we determine the influence of the author. The influential author should have many books cited. From our perspective, the author who writes 10 books but only has one successful book is not considered the influential author. To track the influence of each author, we use the metric called H-Index.

- After that, we determine how much each book is used. We check how many copies of each book are stored in the libraries worldwide. To track the number of copies, we use the WorldCat database.

- Finally, we pick the best PMP book. The one we pick is actually quite popular because it's easy to read.

The Best PMP Book Goes to:

Do you think this is the best PMP Book? Do you find it useful?

- Hirsch, J. E. (2005). An index to quantify an individual's scientific research output. Proceedings of the National academy of Sciences, 102(46), 16569-16572.

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Last review and update: September 16, 2018

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Ben Benjabutr is the editor of SupplyChainOpz. He holds an M.Sc. in Logistics Management with 10+ years of experience in various functions in supply chain magement. In his free time, he enjoys reading business and management books. You can learn more about him here or connect with him via Twitter, and Quora or drop him a line via e-mail.