A thorough, user-friendly manual, teeming with insider tips.

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PMP EXAM PREP

TECHNICAL PROJECT MANAGER EDITION

A comprehensive study guide for the Project Management Professional certification exam. 

The PMP test has increasingly become recognized as a standard barometer of basic professional competence in the project management field; in fact, most firms won’t even grant interviews to candidates for senior positions without the certification. However, the exam is dauntingly long and exhaustive, covering a dizzying breadth of complex topics. Clark (Be the Smartest in the Classroom EMBA, 2017) aims to make this preparatory guidebook, now in its sixth edition, relevant to as many readers as possible. It begins with the most elementary concepts—the author even provides a definition of “projects”—and moves on to discussions of more advanced topics, such as project phases and data-gathering techniques. The structure of the book, according to the author, is meant to pedagogically mirror the “way we naturally learn,” making use of “diagrams, repetition, and exam questions.” To that end, he supplies hundreds of sample questions and countless visuals, including flowcharts, check sheets, and Pareto diagrams, as well as two mock PMP practice exams. The manual focuses on both information technology infrastructure and technical project management, and it expertly provides synoptic introductions to both, replete with “exam alerts,” or tips regarding what might appear on the PMP test. Clark furnishes a description of each of 49 project management processes and teaches basic budget-monitoring techniques, as well as how to use of basic project-scheduling tools. There’s a considerable amount of mathematics on the test—some of it fairly challenging—but the author slowly walks readers through it all, clarifying the trickier questions that may arise. He also lucidly translates an abridged dictionary of technical terminology. Overall, it’s a truly authoritative preparatory tool.

A thorough, user-friendly manual, teeming with insider tips. 

Pub Date: Oct. 12, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-692-15381-9

Page Count: 502

Publisher: Time Tunnel Media

Review Posted Online: Nov. 8, 2018

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Analyzing his craft, a careful craftsman urges with Thoreauvian conviction that writers should simplify, simplify, simplify.

SEVERAL SHORT SENTENCES ABOUT WRITING

New York Times columnist and editorial board member delivers a slim book for aspiring writers, offering saws and sense, wisdom and waggery, biases and biting sarcasm.

Klinkenborg (Timothy; or, Notes of an Abject Reptile, 2006), who’s taught for decades, endeavors to keep things simple in his prose, and he urges other writers to do the same. (Note: He despises abuses of the word as, as he continually reminds readers.) In the early sections, the author ignores traditional paragraphing so that the text resembles a long free-verse poem. He urges readers to use short, clear sentences and to make sure each one is healthy before moving on; notes that it’s acceptable to start sentences with and and but; sees benefits in diagramming sentences; stresses that all writing is revision; periodically blasts the formulaic writing that many (most?) students learn in school; argues that knowing where you’re headed before you begin might be good for a vacation, but not for a piece of writing; and believes that writers must trust readers more, and trust themselves. Most of Klinkenborg’s advice is neither radical nor especially profound (“Turn to the poets. / Learn from them”), and the text suffers from a corrosive fallacy: that if his strategies work for him they will work for all. The final fifth of the text includes some passages from writers he admires (McPhee, Oates, Cheever) and some of his students’ awkward sentences, which he treats analytically but sometimes with a surprising sarcasm that veers near meanness. He includes examples of students’ dangling modifiers, malapropisms, errors of pronoun agreement, wordiness and other mistakes.

Analyzing his craft, a careful craftsman urges with Thoreauvian conviction that writers should simplify, simplify, simplify.

Pub Date: Aug. 7, 2012

ISBN: 978-0-307-26634-7

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: May 14, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 2012

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MOMOFUKU MILK BAR

With this detailed, versatile cookbook, readers can finally make Momofuku Milk Bar’s inventive, decadent desserts at home, or see what they’ve been missing.

In this successor to the Momofuku cookbook, Momofuku Milk Bar’s pastry chef hands over the keys to the restaurant group’s snack-food–based treats, which have had people lining up outside the door of the Manhattan bakery since it opened. The James Beard Award–nominated Tosi spares no detail, providing origin stories for her popular cookies, pies and ice-cream flavors. The recipes are meticulously outlined, with added tips on how to experiment with their format. After “understanding how we laid out this cookbook…you will be one of us,” writes the author. Still, it’s a bit more sophisticated than the typical Betty Crocker fare. In addition to a healthy stock of pretzels, cornflakes and, of course, milk powder, some recipes require readers to have feuilletine and citric acid handy, to perfect the art of quenelling. Acolytes should invest in a scale, thanks to Tosi’s preference of grams (“freedom measurements,” as the friendlier cups and spoons are called, are provided, but heavily frowned upon)—though it’s hard to be too pretentious when one of your main ingredients is Fruity Pebbles. A refreshing, youthful cookbook that will have readers happily indulging in a rising pastry-chef star’s widely appealing treats.    

 

Pub Date: Oct. 25, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-307-72049-8

Page Count: 256

Publisher: Clarkson Potter

Review Posted Online: Jan. 13, 2012

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 2011

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