Finding the Best PMP Book of All Time

Are you planning to take the PMP examination and looking for the best book to read? We will identify PMP exam guide and show you the best PMP book of all time.

What is the best PMP book?

Many PMP candidates are not really available to take both online PMP training and PMP classroom training (live class) but they would like to prepare for PMP certification. In this section, we will provide you with the general characteristics of a good book and study materials as below,

1. PMP Exam Prep, Eighth Edition - Updated: Rita's Course in a Book for Passing the PMP Exam by Rita Mulcahy

This book is considered the gold standard of the PMP certification exam study guide for many people. In our opinion, this book has lots of text so some readers may find it quite difficult to read. However, This book will help you with many good sample PMP practice questions to pass the exam. The exercises follow the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide) by the Project Management Institute. The exam contents and exam tips are also very useful to readers at all levels.

Our comment is that this book is quite good if your main focus is to take the PMP exam only.

2. The PMP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try by Andy Crowe

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 the complex concepts are explained very well. The glossary section is also useful, however, the questions are a bit too easy when compared with the actual questions (according to many previous test takers.)

Our comment is that this is a well-rounded book that everyone can use for exam preparation easily.

3. Head First PMP: A Learner's Companion to Passing the Project Management Professional Exam by Jennifer Greene and Andrew Stellman 

If you are a visual learner, you will find this book super easy to digest. The reason is that there are a lot of diagrams and illustrations so difficult concept is broken down for you to study. The exercises at the middle of each chapter are to ensure that you understand the concepts every step of the way.

Our comment is that this is the book that is the easy-to-read book for even beginners.

4. PMP: Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide by Kim Heldman

This book uses the case study method to teach project management knowledge. If you love case studies, you will find this book really useful and easy to read. However, it explains concepts by project management processes instead of knowledge areas (as in the Project Management Body of Knowledge - PMBOK.)

Our comment is that this is one of the top books for executive level, busy people and working professionals.

The Ranking of PMP Book

Since each book has both a strong point and weak point, 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 each book is used as a reference by other related publications.

- Then, we determine the influence of the author. The basic idea is that the influential author should have many books cited by other publications. 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 book author, we use the metric called H-Index. The high H-Index score means the particular author has many books that get cited by many publications.

- 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 numbers of copies, we use the WorldCat database. Numbers of books held in the WorldCat database correlate strongly with the popularity of the book.

- Then, we calculate the composite score of each book using the Citation Count + H Index Score + the Number of Copies Stored in the WorldCat database.

- Finally, we use the editorial decision to choose the best book to recommend ( and the book we pick is actually quite popular because it's so easy to read.)

And the best PMP book of all time goes to:


Head First PMP: A Learner's Companion to Passing the Project Management Professional Exam by Jennifer Greene and Andrew Stellman 

Do you like this PMP book and why?


Reference
- 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.

Last review and update: August 24, 2019

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