CAPM® In Depth: Certified Associate in Project Management Study Guide for the CAPM® Exam
Dr. Paul Sanghera
Prepared By: Naveen Rajendrapandian
The following book review is on the book CAPM® In Depth: Certified Associate in Project Management Study Guide for the CAPM® Exam, by Dr. Paul Sanghera. Dr. Sanghera is a manager, educator, technologist, and entrepreneur. He is one of the world's leading experts in project management. With more than 15 years of diverse project experience, he has a broad view of project management. He has been a lecturer at San Jose State University and Brooks College. This book was published in the year 2010 by Massachusetts: Course Technology, a part of Cengage Learning, ISBN 978-1435455344.
This book is a preparation guide for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM). The author has keenly concentrated on the disciplines of project management as of PMBOK Guide; nine knowledge areas and five process groups. The author has started with the basics of project management and then travelled into the knowledge areas taking a chapter for each knowledge area. The author was confident on feeding right amount of knowledge at each stage of this book. All the topics are covered with adequate depth and comprehensive in the first read itself supported by illustrations. The contents are presented in a perfect logical learning sequence, and there is no hopping from topic to topic. The book was written in a notable style that makes it perfect choice for the certification material. Every chapter starts with a big picture about the topics to be encountered and thus help the reader to get prepared for the detailed study. To review the important concepts, a summary section is provided at the end of each chapter. To help the readers test their understanding, the author has framed check point exercises involving crucial topics and provided solution for them. To provide additional real-world insight into the topic, the author has provided notes and tips in between. There are also caution sections to alert the reader about chances of additional problems in a concept. Above all these, to highlight the important points from exam perspective, the author has provided exam’s eye view section. Also, a set of review questions at the end of the chapters helps the reader to test his/her ability to answer the CAPM exam questions.
In the introductory chapter, the author has started with what project management is and the terms involved in project management discipline. He has explained project management in terms of projects, processes that constitute the nine knowledge areas and project lifecycle: initiating, planning, monitoring and controlling, executing and closing. This chapter carries some introduction towards stakeholders and their importance. The author has also explained about the organizational environment factors like organizational culture, organizational structure, process assets etc. that affects the project management. Some PMI oriented additional details are also provided like the golden triplet is what PMI expects as the addition skills required for effective project manager: Knowledge, Performance and Personal. An illustration of the big picture of the project summarizes the entire chapter.
Second chapter takes the knowledge area Project Integration Management. The author has explained the processes and activities involved in the project management. It mainly talks about the five project lifecycle processes. A table briefing the processes involved in project lifecycle and their major outputs has been provided. This kind of table containing processes and outputs are presented in all the future chapters also. Also every chapter is mentioned with a set of tools and techniques to perform the activities. The author has specified that project charter document initiates and formally authorizes the project. This goes as an input to the planning stage....