Rita Mulcahy's PMP Prep and PMBOK Guide

Rita Mulcahy's PMP Prep and the PMBOK Guide


Last updated September 8, 2017


Two of the most popular prep materials that are widely recommended by PMP experts are Rita Mulcahy’s PMP® Prep and the PMBOK® Guide.

According to many, if you have the PMP® Handbook, PMBOK® Guide, and Rita Mulcahy’s PMP® Prep, you are done with your PMP® exam preparation.

Though PMP® instructor-led training is one of the most important factors for gaining in-depth knowledge of PMP® topics, the PMBOK® Guide is a must and Rita Mulcahy’s PMP® Prep is very useful. While the PMBOK® Guide tackles the nine knowledge areas of project management, Rita’s prep book covers practice tests and the practical implementation of project management knowledge areas.

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Let’s analyze the characteristics of both books – Rita Mulcahy’s PMP® Prep and the PMBOK® Guide.

Rita Mulcahy’s PMP® Prep – Juxtaposition of Theory and Practice

The PMP® exam includes both theoretical and practical questions on project management, in order to evaluate a candidate’s knowledge and experience in leading projects.

Therefore, test-takers need to be aware of real-life work issues and project management practices.
Rita’s prep book prepares PMP® aspirants for these types of problems. She is the founder of RMC Project Management, Inc. and is most well-known for her PMP® Prep book.  In the book, she explores various topics; some of which are mentioned below:

  • Project Management Fundamentals
  • Risk Management
  • Determining Customer Requirements
  • Planning
  • Contracting
  • Negotiation
  • Estimating

Besides the above topics, she also tries to explain real-life project roles and responsibilities. She talks about program managers and senior management’s role in projects. Factors that lead to a project’s success and conditions that lead to the downfall of projects are discussed in Rita’s prep book.
The guide also helps one improve their project management skills and prepares them towards working with team members, project leaders, and project managers. Rita also provides PMP® practice tests for a last minute brush-up before the PMP® exam.

Thus, hers is an approach to prepare candidates both for the PMP® exam and for real life project management.


PMBOK® Guide – The ‘Bible of Project Management

PMBOK® Guide is often referred to as the Bible of Project Management; it is the Project Management Body of Knowledge. The PMP® exam is based on the PMBOK® Guide. The PMBOK® Guide is regularly updated from time to time according to changes in the best-practices of Project Management. This book covers the five processes of project management and the nine knowledge areas of project management, which are listed below:

5 Process Groups of Project Management

  1. Initiating
  2. Planning
  3. Executing
  4. Monitoring and Controlling
  5. Closing

9 Knowledge Areas in Project Management

  1. Project Integration Management
  2. Project Scope Management
  3. Project Time Management
  4. Project Cost Management
  5. Project Quality Management
  6. Project Human Resource Management
  7. Project Communications Management
  8. Project Risk Management
  9. Project Procurement Management

10th Knowledge Area Added to PMBOK® Guide – Fifth Edition


As mentioned above, the PMBOK® Guide is regularly updated with advancements. The current version of the PMBOK® Guide is the fifth edition. This edition includes one more project management knowledge area, increasing the total to 10. Project Stakeholder Management is the 10th knowledge area of project management. It encourages the engagement of stakeholders in every key decision within a project.

Apart from this, project data information and the planning process are discussed in greater detail in the PMBOK® Guide – Fifth Edition.

The PMBOK® Guide helps candidates gain a complete overview of project management. He or she is informed of all the knowledge areas of project management that are tested in the PMP®exam. Thus, both the PMBOK® Guide and Rita Mulcahy’s book will help you prepare for the PMP® exam and build your career.

Here is a sample video that takes you through the PMBOK® changes from the Fourth to the Fifth edition:



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