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Book Review: PMP Exam Prep Book - "I WANT TO BE A PMP"

If you are serious with your certification and need a book which can help you understand every process and knowledge area for the PMP exam in simple and crystal clear way, then search no more. You should buy Satya’s “I WANT TO BE A PMP”eBook. 

I was the first person to receive Satya’s eBook. 

When I read through the first chapter, I knew this was the book I was searching for. Satya has well thought and compiled only what is required for the exam. I had read PMBOK and Rita’s PMP exam prep before going through Satya’s “I WANT TO BE A PMP”. One book is not sufficient and you may need to refer at least 2 or more books to prepare for the exam.

Unique features which I found in this book, but not available in other books are:
  • This eBook contains lots of tips and tricks which are very helpful for exam preparation.
  • Complex formulas are explained in simple way. Practise it once or twice and you will never need to remember the formulas by rote learning.
  • You need not remember all ITTOs. Satya has marked important ITTOs in each process. Understand the marked once and that should be sufficient to answer all ITTO related questions.
  • Book contains 3 sets of mock test; each set covers 200 Questions and Answers (Q&A). If you score 75% in Set 3 then you are ready for the exam. Also, at the end of each chapter you have multiple questions. Overall book contains more than 750 Q&A.
This eBook helps develop thinking the way PMI does.This eBook was my main study material and I believe I passed my exam because of this eBook. I had read this eBook 3 times.

Along with PMBOK, this eBook is a must read for all PMP aspirants.

- Vipin Kodiyath Radhakrishnan, PMP, Senior Project Manager, 3i Infotech Ltd

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I Want To Be A PMP is an excellent reference book and covers everything you need to know to pass your PMP exam. 

The topics are presented in an easy-to-understand format with simple descriptions, key ITTOs, test-taking tips and more flow diagrams. 

This is the book gave me a lot of confidence and the mock exams given in this book are very close to the actual PMP exam. Well done.

— Sathish Babu G, PMP, Project Manager, Kodiak Networks

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The book - "I Want To Be A PMP" is a well thought-out book which should be surely read for your PMP® certification preparation. Professionals preparing for PMP would have often come across the experiences of various people who are certified PMP and would have known that the PMBOK® Guide is a must read book for the PMP certification. But, the PMBOK Guide has a lot of details and not easy when you start off with your preparation.

If you are seriously preparing for the PMP certification, I would suggest the new book “I WANT TO BE A PMP”, written by Satya Narayan Dash. 

Why This Book? 
  • This is a simplified version of the the concepts written in the PMBOK Guide. 
  • Topics and chapters are easy to understand and remember.
  • The chart for 10 Knowledge areas,5 process groups and 47 processes have been sequentially numbered, which becomes very easy to memorize. Once the logic for the numbering is understood, I'm sure professionals who read this book will never forget the above chart. 
  • Mathematical formulas are made extremely simple, so that one understands the concepts. 
  • A lot of videos with examples are mentioned. You take a topic,go through the videos and all the concepts are clear. This easy remembering of formulas can surely assist in getting numerical questions right in the exam.
  • Simple but powerful book where you are given the chart of formulas in the end and they can be downloaded. 
  • Easy, simple tips to memorize various concepts on project management. 
  • Important points are highlighted from the exam point of view. 
  • 3 set of full length question papers. These questions are very close to real exam. Answers for the questions are detailed.
  • 75 questions PMP 2016 Exam changes have also been included. This is in reference with the new Exam Content Outline (ECO).
  • Details about Critical Path and Critical Chain Methods are really very informative. 
I have used Satya sir's book and PMBOK together to understand the concepts. I felt these two books were more than sufficient to be thorough for the PMP certification. I want to extend my sincere thanks to Satya sir for putting in so much effort to make this book simple and easy to remember.

Ajanta Behera, PMP, Associate Project Manager, Standard Chartered Bank

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I had referred I Want To Be A PMP by Satya Narayan Dash during my preparation. I studied for 5 to 6 hours on week days (Monday to Friday) and 8 to 9 hours over the weekend. I tried all the questions in the book - I Want to Be A PMP. The questions given in the book “I Want To Be A PMP” were very close to what I saw in the real exam. 
— Asad Abbas, PMP, Scrum Master, Merck Life Sciences


Satya Sir’s eBook – I Want To Be A PMP
After completing the guide, I realized I had gaps and questions on Inputs, Tools & Techniques and Outputs (ITTOs).  This is when I picked my Satya Sir book - “I Want To Be A PMP.” I went through chapter by chapter in the book and many ITTOs started getting clear. The book explains why the ITTOs is used in the process, which ones are required for the process, etc. I was able to connect the dots. The book also has a separate chapter on changes in PMP exam after 11th January 2016.

Next, I started giving all possible free PMP mock questions, some sites have 200 questions with or without timer, others had less questions again with or without timers. Some sites had answers without any explanation why the author feels that is the correct answer, I avoided such mock questions.

Satya Sir's book had 200 questions of 3 sets – total 600 questions (and additional 75 questions for PMP exam 2016 changes). Most of the questions were situational and lengthy questions (expect similar pattern in the real exam). 

—  Rangu Dutta, PMP


Satya’s eBook - I Want To Be A PMP
I had requested Satya for access to his book “I Want To Be A PMP”, I started going through the book and I must admit that Satya has written the book in a very easy and understandable language, the book is very precise and covers everything with examples, lot of tips to remember the content. There are lot of videos shared by Satya which explains some of the difficult topics in detail. Moreover, Satya puts constant efforts in explaining the topics and keeps on sending the updates to the books.

Honestly speaking this is the only book I had referred along with the PMBOK® guide. But before even opening PMBOK guide, I have had a thorough walkthrough of Satya’s book and I felt that almost every topic is covered by Satya in his book.

—  Alok Jain, PMP, Assistant Consultant in Tata Consultancy Services

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I cleared PMP exam on 3rd April, 2017. When I started preparing for the PMP Examination, I struggled at first to find study resources that fit my style of learning. 

I was very happy when I discovered Satya's e-Book 'I Want To Be A PMP'. It not only presented the material in a manner that I appreciated (i.e. concisely and with a logical flow) but he also provides the reader with a proven strategy to prepare for and pass the exam as well as numerous learning tips in each chapter.

Unique Features of the Book:
  • Practice questions at end of each chapter will reinforce the concepts and improve your understanding.
  • Videos on Earned Value Management (EVM), Critical Path Measurement (CPM), Conflict Management and Risk Response Strategies are added bonus and very well explained. 
  • Formula Gold card to learn the important formulas. 
  • Explanation of mathematical problems with clear examples.
  • Flow charts for Change Request, Deliverables, Change Log and Issue Log. 
  • Flow charts for work performance data, work performance information and work performance report. 
  • Emphasis on key inputs and outputs for each process. 
  • 600 questions in 3 mock tests which were very close to real exam and will help in determining weak and improvement areas.
  • Satya reinforces the concepts he wants to impart to the reader through use of repetition and carefully crafted process flow questions at the end of chapters.
— Abhinav Tiwari, Senior Consultant, Workday & PeopleSoft Practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers


Book Review: PMP Exam Prep Book - "I WANT TO BE A PMP"

Satya’s eBook – "I Want To Be A RMP"

While I was one of the fortunate few who was given access to review Satya's "I want to be a RMP - The plain and simple way to be a RMP", I was not fortunate enough to do so prior to my exam. But nevertheless, I managed to pass and am in a better position to identify how helpful Satya's book is for anybody who is interested in studying or preparing to be certified.
  1. Although Satya mentions "This book is to be read as a companion with the PMBOK Guide, The Practice Standard for Project Risk Management and the RMP Examination Content Outline", I personally feel this book is all you need to pass the RMP Exam, provided you understand the PMP concepts and have applied Risk Management in your profession.
  2. Revision is the key to success in this exam, and Satya highlights the same frequently in all the chapters. Try recollecting what you have studied when you encounter this point, and if you cannot remember what you have read, go back and re-read it. This way it will stay imprinted in your memory.
  3. Reference documents specified are extremely useful if you are looking for ways to implement Risk Management in your organization and Satya has a very crisp list to assist you with. (Refer Chapter 2 in the book).
  4. Using Primavera Tool snapshots to help you understand practical examples is an excellent way to understand Risk management and how to approach applying it, which are covered extensively in this book.
  5. ITTO (Inputs, Tools & Techniques and Outputs) are extremely important from an exam standpoint and are explained very well with process flow diagrams depicting exchange of documents that help in better understanding the flow.
  6. Recurrence of the disastrous Cyclone in Odisha is taken as an amazing example to summarize the importance of Risk management alongside actual results derived from this implementation which helped save thousands of lives. Throughout the book, you will find examples of real-life scenarios that will help understand concepts in a practical manner.

Important concepts to prepare for the exam (with references to Satya's book)
  1. Organizational structure - From PMBOK this concept is only explained in the first 2 chapters with no emphasis thrown on it in the Risk Management Chapter. However, you will find several references to organizational structure matrices and composition of project teams through situational based questions in the exam. Expect at least 5-8 questions. (Refer Chapter 3)
  2. Environmental and Organizational Impacts on Risk management are important as they are part of almost all ITTO's. Expect up to 5 questions in the exam. (Refer to Chapter3)
  3. Known vs Unknown Risks - Understand the importance of Known vs Unknown risks and how you can identify them in a given scenario. You are continuously tested regarding this concept on the exam. (Refer to Chapter 4)
  4. Estimation Techniques are described in one place in Satya's chapter 4. If you need to gather this information from PMBOK you will need to read through several chapters.
  5. Contingent and Management Reserves - You will find around 5-8 questions regarding theoretical and calculative questions on the types of reserves in the exam. You will need to apply Beta Distribution, PERT estimate, and finally do a Monte Carlo simulation. (Refer to Chapter 4 & 8)
  6. Plans vs Documents - Understanding the difference between Project Management plans and project documents makes the process of learning easier because sometimes it can get confusing. (Satya's Chapter 5 covers this in simple terms)
  7. Risk Categorization - Expect at least 5 scenario-based questions on identifying the category of a given risk. (Refer to Chapter 5)
  8. Risk Identification techniques are frequently asked in direct and in-direct references throughout the exam. Pay close attention to "Information Gathering Techniques", "Group Creativity Techniques" and "Group Decision making Techniques". If you had to gather this information from PMBOK it is distributed in sections across Quality Management, Cost, Time and Scope Management. However, (Satya's Chapter 6) has a clean and crisp reference to all the techniques.
  9. Prompt lists - While you can definitely expect 2-3 questions with Prompt lists, they are often used as wrong choices in many questions as well. Know the expansion for each - PESTLE, TECOP, SPECTRUM. (Refer to Chapter 6)
  10. Risk Urgency and Manageability - You will face around 3-4 questions on this.  (Refer to Chapter 7)
  11. Probability & Impact (PI) Matrix - Understanding the PI matrix is very important as this helps quantify risk in the real world. Satya has managed to show a Primavera example alongside PMBOK's PI Matrix to depict the Scoring Model. Probability, Impact, Manageability and Proximity.  (Refer to Chapter 7)
  12. Butterfly Matrix is explained only in this book. I found a question on the same in the exam and had to take a guess.  (Refer to Chapter 7)
  13. Calculations on EMV (Expected Monetary Value), DTA (Decision Tree Analysis), and even EVM (Earned value Management) were present in plenty. Understand how to work with the theory behind the calculations and it is much simpler to solve these questions. Expect questions on Duration and Cost Sensitivity analysisCritical Path and Critical chain to find "float" or "slack" questions. (Refer to Chapter 8)
  14. Probability distribution, Triangle, PERT, Beta Distribution and standard deviation - At least 5-7 intimidating statistical Monte Carlo analysis "what-if" and "sensitivity analysis" questions were asked. The answers to which are rather simple but ensure you familiarize yourself with the formulae and tools.  (Refer to Chapter 8)
  15. Terms like LogNormal Distribution, Rectangular Distribution, Asymmetrical Distribution, Discrete Distribution, S-curve are not exposed anywhere in PMBOK Guide. Latin Hypercube - Usually used as a wrong option in questions is easy to eliminate if you understand what it means.  (Refer to Chapter 8)
  16. Risk Response Strategies for negative and positive risks are part of 5-6 scenario based questions. (Refer to Chapter 9)
  17. Change requests and Workarounds - Understanding when to apply a change request and when a workaround is implemented is important. Expect 4-5 questions on the same. (Refer to Chapter 10)

As you can see, this is an excellently articulated book covering all aspects of Risk Management through real-life examples alongside Primavera and Monte Carlo references. While this is my personal recommendation, do skim through the PMBOK Guide and the Practice Standard for Risk Management. 

— Sindhu Sreenath, PMP, RMP, Program Manager, Intel Corporation

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