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The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management, 4th Edition by Eric Verzuh

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CHAPTER 19

PMP Exam Preparation

Tony Johnson

Tony Johnson, MBA, PMP, PgMP, is the CEO of Crosswind PM Inc. and has more than 18 years of experience as a program and project manager in various industries. The PMP® Exam Success Series products he has authored are used in 40 countries and Project Management Institute (PMI) chapters worldwide.

INTRODUCTION

The Project Management Institute (PMI), founded in 1969, is committed to promoting the profession of project management. One of its most visible contributions to the profession is its Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. Held by more than 400,000 people worldwide, this is the most commonly recognized project management certification in the United States.

Earning the PMP demonstrates a commitment to professionalism in project management. It requires you to do more than just manage projects; you must pass an exam and maintain your certification by continuing your professional development through education and contributions to the profession.

In 1990, fewer than 1,500 individuals had earned their PMP. Why has that number multiplied so rapidly? Because employers—including the federal government—have increasingly required their project managers to demonstrate that they have been educated in standard project management techniques. Though other certifications exist from professional associations, colleges, and universities, the PMP has emerged as the most widely known and recognized. This chapter is designed to acquaint ...

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