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Final Prep Strategy

In our PMP Credential Workshops, we highly recommend the use of two texts in addition to the PMBOK for students to use in preparing for the PMP exam:
Crowe, Andy. The PMP Exam How to Pass on Your First Try. Velociteach Sanghera, Paul. PMP In Depth: Project Management Professional Study Guide for PMP and CAPM Exams. Course Technology PTR

Crowe looks at project management in Knowledge Area sequence, like the PMBOK. Sanghera uses Process Group sequence, which is closer to real world project management. Together, they help build a deeper understanding of project management, and provide chapter quizzes and final examinations for you to practice on before taking the exam. Also included here is a summary of the PMP Credential Examination Specification. As with Sanghera, it provides a good overview of project management "flow" from a Process Group point of view.
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Final Prep Strategy


Another useful tool is our own Project Management Prep Class memory aid, authored by Quality Solutions, and presented in Adobe .pdf format! It's available on Ebay (PMP Exam Prep: Memory Aids for the PMP Exam, 4th Ed.). Please visit our website at www.pm-quality.com, or contact us at qualitysolutions@sbcglobal.net for more information.
Our memory aid sorts PMI Project Management Processes by Knowledge Area so that you can more easily understand and remember which inputs, tools & techniques, and outputs are tied to each individual process. An example is included in this document. ===========================================================================
The following pages provide information you may find useful in your preparation. We hope you find it helpful . If you follow the suggestions, using the memory aid tools and working through the recommended books, we think you will put yourself in the best possible position to successfully pass this very difficult exam on your first try!

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PMP Examination Specification


Performance Domain PMI Project Management Tasks
1. Conduct project selection methods (e.g., cost benefit analysis, selection criteria) through meeting with the customer and experts 2. Define the scope of the project based on the business need

Why
1. To evaluate the feasibility of new products and services 2. To meet the customers project expectations 3. To understand project limitations

Initiating the Project (11%)

3. Document high-level risks, assumptions, and constraints using historical data and expert judgment 4. Perform key stakeholder analysis using brainstorming, organization charts, interviewing techniques, and any available information 5. Develop the project charter through review with key stakeholders 6. Obtain project charter approval from the sponsor and customer (if required)

4. To gain buy-in and requirements for the success of the project 5. To confirm project scope, risks, issues, assumptions, and constraints 6. To formalize authority, gain commitment, and project acceptance

Ref: PMP Examination Specification


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PMP Examination Specification


Performance PMI Project Management Tasks Domain
1. Record detailed customer requirements, constraints, and assumptions with stakeholders

Why
1. To establish the deliverables, using requirement gathering techniques (e.g., planning sessions, brainstorming, focus groups) and the project charter 2. To develop the communication plan

2. Identify key project team members by defining roles and responsibilities to create a project organizations structure

Planning the Project (23%)

3. Create the work breakdown structure with the team, using appropriate tools and techniques 4. Develop the change management plan by defining how changes will be handled 5. Identify project risks by defining risk strategies and developing the risk management plan 6. Obtain project plan approval from the customer 7. Conduct a kick-off meeting with all key stakeholders

3. To develop the cost schedule, resource, quality, and procurement plans 4. To manage risk 5. To reduce uncertainty throughout the project life cycle 6. To formalize the project management approach 7. To announce the start of the project, review the overall plan, and gain consensus Ref: PMP Examination Specification

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PMP Examination Specification


Performance PMI Project Management Tasks Domain
1. Execute the tasks as defined in the project plan 2. Ensure a common understanding by setting expectations in accordance with the project plan 3. Implement the procurement of project resources 4. Manage resource allocation proactively by ensuring that appropriate resources and tools are assigned to the tasks according to the project plan 5. Implement the quality management plan 6. Implement approved changes according to the change management plan 7. Implement the approved actions and workarounds required to mitigate project risk events 8. Improve team performance by building team cohesiveness, leading, mentoring, training, and motivating

Why
1. To achieve the project goals 2. To align stakeholders & team members 3. To have the right resources and skills in place to get the project done 4. To execute the planned tasks successfully 5. To ensure work is being performed according to required standards 6. To ensure the successful completion and integration of all tasks 7. To minimize the impact of the risks on the project 8. To facilitate cooperation, ensure project efficiency, and boost morale

Executing the Project (27%)

Ref: PMP Examination Specification


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PMP Examination Specification


Performance PMI Project Management Tasks Domain
1. Measure project performance using appropriate tools and techniques 2. Manage changes to the project scope, project schedule, and project costs using appropriate verification techniques

Why
1. To monitor the progress of the project, identify and quantify achieve the project goals 2. To keep the project plan accurate, updated, reflective of authorized project changes as defined in the change manage plan, and facilitate customer acceptance 3. To adhere to customer requirements

Monitoring & Controlling the Project (21%)

3. Ensure that project deliverables conform to quality standards established in the project quality plan, using appropriate tools and techniques (e.g., testing, inspection, control charts) 4. Monitor the status of all identified risks by identifying any new risks, taking corrective actions, and updating the risk response plan

4. To minimize the impact of the risks on the project

Ref: PMP Examination Specification


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PMP Examination Specification


Performance PMI Project Management Tasks Domain
1. Formalize final acceptance for the project from the sponsor/customer by ensuring that the delivered product(s) and services comply with the agreed deliverables list, agreed scope, and any organizational procedures 2. Obtain financial, legal and administrative closure (e.g., final payments, warranties, contract signoff) for internal and external vendors and customers using GAAP and SOX compliance 3. Release all project resources using appropriate organizational policies and procedures (e.g., financial and human resources) and by providing performance feedback 4. Communicate lessons learned by means of post mortem team discussions, 360-degree surveys, supplier performance evaluations, and workshops

Why
1. To close contractual obligations and document the projects success

2. To communicate formal project closure

Closing the Project (9%)

3. To make them available for other future project assignments

4. To create and/or maintain knowledge and experience that could be used in future projects, to improve overall project management processes, methodology and decision-making, and to capitalize on best practices

Ref: PMP Examination Specification


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PMP Examination Specification


Performance PMI Project Management Tasks Domain
5. Distribute the final project report using all project closure-related information 5.

Why
To highlight project variances, any open issues, lessons learned, and project deliverables, and to provide the final project status to all stakeholders To retain organizational knowledge, comply with regulatory requirements, and ensure availability of data for potential use in future projects and in internal/external audits To gain, maintain, and improve customer long-term relationships

Closing the Project (9%)

6.

Archive project records, historical information, and documents (e.g., project schedule, project plan, lessons learned, surveys, risk and issues logs, etc.)

6.

7.

Measure customer satisfaction at the end of the project by capturing customer feedback using appropriate interview techniques and surveys

7.

Ref: PMP Examination Specification


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Notes from the revised Code


Performance PMI Project Management Tasks Domain
1. Responsibility is our duty to take ownership for the decisions we make or fail to make, the actions we take or fail to take, and the consequences that result. Respect is our duty to show a high regard for ourselves, others, and the resources entrusted to us. Resources entrusted to us may include people, money, reputation, the safety of others, and natural or environmental resources. Fairness is our duty to make decisions and act impartially and objectively. Honesty is our duty to understand the truth and act in a truthful manner both in our communications and in our conduct. 1.

Why
Responsibility, Respect, Fairness and Honesty are the four cornerstones of our profession. An environment of respect engenders trust, confidence, and performance excellence by fostering mutual cooperation an environment where diverse perspectives and views are encouraged and valued. Our conduct must be free from competing self interest, prejudice, and favoritism Half-truths and non-disclosures intended to mislead stakeholders are as unprofessional as affirmatively making misrepresentations. We develop credibility by providing complete and accurate information

2.

2.

Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct (9%)

3.

3. 4.

4.

Ref: PMP Examination Specification


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Initiating
INTEGRATION INTEGRATION

Planning
SCOPE TIME

Executing
INTEGRATION

Monitoring & Controlling


INTEGRATION INTEGRATION

Closing
INTEGRATION

Develop Project Charter


COMMUNICATIONS

Develop Project Management Plan


COST

Collect Requirements
SCOPE

Define Activities
TIME

Direct & Manage Project Execution


QUALITY

Monitor & Control Project Work


QUALITY

Perform Integrated Change Control


COMMUNICATIONS

Close Project or Phase


PROCUREMENT

Identify Stakeholders

Estimate Costs
COST

Define Scope
SCOPE

Sequence Activities
TIME

Perform Quality Assurance


HUMAN RESOURCE

Perform Quality Control


SCOPE

Report Performance
SCOPE

Close Procurements

Determine Budget
QUALITY

Create WBS
HUMAN RESOURCE

Estimate Activity Resources


TIME

Acquire Project Team


HUMAN RESOURCE

Verify Scope
TIME

Control Scope
COST

Plan Quality
COMMUNICATIONS

Develop Human Resource Plan


PROCUREMENT

Estimate Activity Durations


TIME

Develop Project Team


HUMAN RESOURCE

Control Schedule
RISK

Control Costs
PROCUREMENT

Plan Communications
RISK

Plan Procurements
RISK

Develop Schedule
RISK

Manage Project Team


COMMUNICATIONS

Monitor & Control Risks

Administer Procurements

Plan Risk Management


RISK

Identify Risks
RISK

Perform Qualitative Risk Analysis

Distribute Information
COMMUNICATIONS

10 PMI Process Groups PMBOK, 4th Edition 8

Perform Quantitative Risk Analysis

Plan Risk Responses

Manage Stakeholder Expectations


PROCUREMENT

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Conduct Procurements

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Project Management Processes


Knowledge Area Inputs

Process Name

Outputs

Tools and Techniques Process Groups:


Initiating Planning Executing

Process Diagram

Monitoring & Controlling

Closing

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Project Management Processes


Integration Management
1. Project statement of work (SOW) 2. Business case 3. Contract 4. Enterprise environmental factors (PMBOK p. 14) 5. Organizational process assets

In

Develop Project Charter


Tools

Out

1. Project charter
The remaining PM diagrams are available inexpensively as a .pdf file. Contact us via e-mail, or visit our website at www.pm-quality.com for more information.

(PMBOK pp. 32-33)

1. Expert Judgment

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Goal Pass the PMP Exam on the first try!


Build solid knowledge of PMI doctrines & guidance Practice to gain proficiency in essential skills Practice excellent study habits and test management Prepare physically for a timed, 240 minute exam At the Exam Center Examination Strategy

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Goal Pass the PMP Exam on the first try!

Build solid knowledge of PMI doctrines & guidance


Work through the PMBOK at least once Crowe - view things from the Knowledge Area perspective Sanghera - view things from the Process Group perspective PMP Exam Prep aids - learn processes, inputs, tools, and outputs

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Goal Pass the PMP Exam on the first try!


Practice to become more proficient in essential skills
Critical Path Method and schedule compression Expected Money Value Earned Value Technique Statistical Distributions and Standard Deviation Three-point Estimating Communication Channels

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Goal Pass the PMP Exam on the first try!


Practice excellent study habits & test management
Generate a one-page exam formula sheet from memory (do it every day until it becomes automatic for the test!) Scan:
Sanghera - chapter summaries, Exams Eye View tables and Key Terms PMP Exam Prep workbook slides Crowe - process descriptions and Key Facts PMP Exam Specification descriptions for each Process Group

Read:

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Goal Pass the PMP Exam on the first try!


Practice excellent study habits & test management
Practice, Practice, Practice:
Answer the end-of-chapter review questions in both Crowe and Sanghera Analyze incorrect answers; determine problem areas to research Take final exams in a quiet, realistic environment Budget exam time to finish your first pass in 120 150 minutes Analyze results; determine problem areas to research Practice multiplication and long division, if necessary

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Goal Pass the PMP Exam on the first try!


Use our PMP Exam Prep Workshop study aids to become more familiar with PM processes, inputs, tools, and outputs
PMI Processes PMI Process Flow Diagram PMI Process Inputs, Tools, Outputs
These study aids are available in .pdf format. Contact us via e-mail, or go to our website at www.pm-quality.com for more information.

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Goal Pass the PMP Exam on the first try!


Prepare physically for a timed, 240 minute exam
Get lots of sleep to be well-rested for the exam Drink lots of water and eat lightly the day of the exam Taper off on studying the last day before the exam Consider doing meditation or breathing exercises as relaxation techniques

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Goal Pass the PMP Exam on the first try!


Bring to the Examination Site
Bring your authorization letter Bring governmentissued ID cards with both a photograph and a signature to be allowed into the Exam
Primary - passport, drivers license, military ID Secondary employee ID, ATM card, crdit card with signature

Bring glasses and/or earplugs to the Examination Site Bring a snack an apple, banana, or (last resort) a candy bar to eat during a break outside the testing area Scratch paper and pencils will be provided
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Goal Pass the PMP Exam on the first try!


At the Exam Center
Allow extra time and arrive 30 minutes early at the exam site Before entering, generate your formula sheet from memory on a blank piece of paper; make sure its correct, then discard it Bring your authorization letter and identification cards (passport, drivers license) to be allowed into the Exam Check with the test center staff on policies, procedures, logistics Find out where the water fountain and restrooms are Drink some water before starting

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Goal Pass the PMP Exam on the first try!


Examination Strategy
Generate your formula sheet from memory before anything else Read each question carefully Recognize the type of question asked On a difficult question, determine which PMI Knowledge Area or Process Group it relates to Choices with PMBOK words are more likely to be correct than choices that are non-PMBOK words.

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Goal Pass the PMP Exam on the first try!


Examination Strategy
Eliminate incorrect answers; choose between those remaining If you havent selected an answer in 30 seconds, pick your best guess and use that as your answer, mark the question for review, make a note on your note sheet about the question number and eliminated choices, and go on to the next one
Example
1. a? b c d

Key:
a? b c d means means means means Not sure, maybe I know this one is wrong I think this is most likely the correct answer I know this one is wrong

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Goal Pass the PMP Exam on the first try!


Examination Strategy
Relax and drink water during breaks; try meditating or breathing exercises for a couple of minutes Budget exam time to finish your first pass in 120 150 minutes to avoid feeling rushed during the re-check and review time

Celebrate the news that you passed!


Congratulations on becoming a Project Management Professional you did it!

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What Does the Examination Cover?


Knowledge and skills in each of the domains:
Initiating Planning Executing Monitoring and Controlling Closing Code of Ethics & Professional Conduct 11% 23% 27% 21% 9% 9% 22 questions 46 questions 54 questions 42 questions 18 questions 18 questions

Note: Do not ignore PMBOK Chapters 1 & 2 (often referred to as the Project Management Framework); there will be questions from these chapters relating to the project lifecycle, PMI knowledge areas, PMI process groups, and the Code of Ethics & Professional Conduct. It is extremely likely that there will be questions about dealing with stakeholders and the characteristics of various organization types.
Ref: PMP Examination Specification
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What Kind of Questions Will We See?


1. Inputs, Tools & Techniques, and Outputs
Q: The Plan Quality process includes all of the following outputs EXCEPT: A. B. C. D. Quality management plan Acceptance Operational definitions Checklists

Rationale for eliminating incorrect answers


Even if you dont know anything about Plan Quality (in which case you shouldnt take the test just yet), this question is asking about outputs, which are often documents or reports. Three of the choices are documents, so Acceptance doesnt really fit, does it. Since were looking for an EXCEPTION, Acceptance is clearly the correct answer.

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What Kind of Questions Will We See?


2. What would you do FIRST
Q: You are managing a project that is part of a large construction program. During the execution of your project, you are alerted that the construction of a foundation is expected to experience a serious cost overrun. What would be your FIRST course of action?
Ref: Crowe, p. 200, #11

A. B. C. D.

Evaluate the cause and size of the overrun Stop construction until the problem is solved Contact the program manager to see if additional funds may be released Determine if you have sufficient budget reserves to cover the cost overrun

Rationale for eliminating incorrect answers


PMI is heavily biased toward evaluating and understanding FIRST, before jumping to conclusions that may be unfounded. Verify the information yourself.

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What Kind of Questions Will We See?


3. Which choice is BEST
Q: You discover that a new pipeline project you are managing poses a previously undiscovered threat to the environment, though the effects might not be seen for several years. What is the most appropriate (BEST) course of action?
Ref: Crowe, p. 395, #10

A. B. C. D. E.

Seek guidance from government officials Seek guidance from experts in the media Seek guidance from an attorney Resign from the project Call the Sierra Club to ask for advice

Rationale for eliminating incorrect answers


Choices B, C, D, and E do not deal directly with the problem As a PMP, you have a socio-economic-environmental responsibility to society as a whole. The values of responsibility, respect, fairness, and honesty are core values in the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. Choice A is the best choice.
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What Kind of Questions Will We See?


4. Definitions
Q: The process Perform Quality Assurance is most concerned with: A. Looking at specific results to see if they conform to quality standards B. Identifying which quality standards are relevant for this project C. Determining and implementing quality policy throughout the project life cycle D. All those planned and systematic actions necessary to provide adequate confidence that plans are being followed so that a product or service meets quality requirements

Rationale for eliminating incorrect answers


Choice A is a Monitoring and Controlling process, so it cant be right. Choice B is a Planning function, so it cant be right. Choice C is quality management in general, not quality assurance. Choice D suggests execution of various actions. Since Perform Quality Assurance is an Executing process, this is the correct answer.
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What Kind of Questions Will We See?


5. Computational (Communications, Critical Path and Earned Value)
Q: If there were 4 people on the project team and 9 more are added, how many additional channels of communication does this create? A. B. C. D. 6 30 36 72

Ref: Crowe, p. 299, #1

Calculations
Number of channels = n (n -1) / 2 4 people = 4 (4-1) / 2 = 6 communication channels 13 people = 13 (13-1) / 2 = 78 communication channels Answer D, 72 (78 minus 6), is correct.
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Whats the Passing Score?


There are 200 multiple choice questions, of which 175 count. 25 questions are pre-test questions used to test the validity of future exam questions. You will not know which ones are pre-test questions. Minimum passing score is 106 correct answers out of the 175 questions that count. 106/175 = ~61% You have 4 hours (240 minutes) to complete the exam.

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Whats the Exam Setting Like?


Administered in a high security environment with observation by a test proctor, plus recorded video and audio surveillance No notes, papers, cell phones, PDAs, or calculators Windows-based PC with mouse and keyboard Exactly 4 hours (240 minutes) to complete the exam You must have a government-issued ID, in English, with both a photo and a signature on it. Bring secondary ID, too. Upon finishing and submitting the exam, youll receive an analysis of each exam area, showing your proficiency level in each test area.
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What Tools Do We Have to Help Prepare?


PMP Exam Preparation Workbook
PMI Process Study Guide Structure and Flow (CD-ROM), Quality Solutions, 2010 Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. Project Management Institute, Inc., 2010 PMP Credential Handbook. Project Management Institute, Inc., 2010

References
Crowe, Andy. PMP Exam How to Pass on Your First Try (4th Edition). Velociteach, 2009 A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, 4th Edition (PMBOK Guide). Project Management Institute, Inc., 2008

Practice Questions with Detailed Explanations Practice Final Exam with Detailed Explanations
Online Glossary - http://www.maxwideman.com/pmglossary/

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What Do I Need to Do to Pass?


Complete this workshop
Identify any weak areas that need strengthening Learn about the different types of questions and how to approach them Take the in-class quizzes and increase your speed in answering each question

Use excellent self-study practices to build a solid knowledge base


Work through the Crowe guide Answer the review questions in each chapter; analyze right and wrong answers, looking up unfamiliar terms in a Project Management Glossary Use the CD-ROMs self-study aids to become completely familiar with
Each of the 42 processes and to which Process Group and Knowledge Area they belong Inputs, tools, and outputs corresponding to each of the 42 processes The sequence and flow of project information from one process to the next

Take the final exams in the Crowe guide until you feel comfortable with the questions and understand why an answer is correct


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Create an effective memory aid (formula sheet) that works for you Execute the recommended Final Prep plan
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References
Crowe, Andy. PMP Exam How to Pass on Your First Try (4th Ed.)
Very well-written and easy to read and understand; good high-level overview Organized by PMI Knowledge Area Review questions with detailed answer analysis at the end of each knowledge area chapter Final examination consisting of 200 review questions with detailed answer analysis

Sanghera, Paul. PMP In Depth


Very detail-oriented with a decent Glossary Organized by PMI Process Group Review questions with detailed answer analysis at the end of each chapter Excellent summary for each chapter, with suggestions on what to study for the exam and a list of key terms Final examination consisting of 175 review questions with detailed answer analysis

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK)


Online Glossary - http://www.maxwideman.com/pmglossary/
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Online Glossary of Project Management Terms

http://www.maxwideman.com/pmglossary/
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