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PMP: What’s New in PMBOK® 2013, the 5th Edition
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The major changes include:

1. A new knowledge area: Project Stakeholders Management. Moving from 9 Knowledge Areas to 10. Stakeholder Management is broken down into four processes:

a. Identify the project stakeholders
b. Plan stakeholder management
c. Manage stakeholder engagement
d. Control stakeholder engagement

2. Better aligned PMBOK® with other standards including the new Agile Project Management standard.

3. Added steps in the Scope, Schedule, and Cost knowledge areas which means new activities associated with planning each of these areas. Moving from 42 Processes to 47. Additional details on the processes:

a. Added 4 processes to plan the management of knowledge areas
b. Introduced 2 new controlling processes (Control Communications & Control Stakeholder Management)
c. Merged 2 processes (Distribute Information and Report Performance) into a revisited process (Manage Communications)
d. Reallocated 2 processes in the new stakeholder knowledge area

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FIG 1: PMBOK 2013 Knowledge Areas, Process Groups and Processes

 

4. Now conforms to the DIKW (Data, Information, Knowledge, Wisdom) model used in the field of Knowledge Management.

5. Definition of a Project Management Office (PMO) expanded.

6. Project life cycles expanded.

7. 248 pages minus the glossary.

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PMP: PMBOK Errata - Errors in the PMBOK Guide and their corrections
PMConnection Articles Believe it or not, but there are errors in the PMBOK Guide 3rd Edition. That is why the PMI has made available 2 PDF documents with errata information.  They used to have these on their website, but ever since the new website came online, these files are no longer available. I have received them from the PMI and because the PMI isn't acting fast enough, I am making them available through my website http://www.pmprepcast.com - here they are:

http://www.pmprepcast.com/documents/errata_chp_7_EVM_changes_BW.pdf
http://www.pmprepcast.com/documents/Errata_Sheet_v2.pdf

Please check the version of your PMBOK Guide, before you use these errata sheets. Here is what the PMI writes:

 *Quote:*  Since the PMBOK(R) Guide—Third Edition was published in October 2004, there have been two errata sheets. The first pertained to the first printing of the book (or CD-ROM). The second errata sheet pertains to all printings up to the current (fifth) printing.

In order to determine the print run of your book, refer to the bottom of the copyright page (which precedes the Notice page and Table of Contents). You will see a descending numerical string of numbers beginning with 10. The first printing of the PMBOK(R) Guide—Third Edition will show the numerals 10 through 1. With each subsequent print run, the lowest numeral is removed from the string. Therefore, if your copy of the PMBOK(R) Guide—Third Edition has all 10 numerals, you have the first printing and you will need both errata sheets.

10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 (needs first errata sheet and second errata sheet)

10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 (needs second errata sheet)

10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 (needs second errata sheet)

10 9 8 7 6 5 4 (needs second errata sheet)

10 9 8 7 6 5 (needs second errata sheet)


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PMP: 10 Free PMP Exam Prep Questions
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For best experience, use the Printer Friendly option to the right, print this out and circle the best answer.  Answers are located at the bottom, but no cheating!!


1. You are working on a project at a client’s site.  While working on your project, you stumble into a possible flaw in the design of a project that was completed six months ago.  This project was also managed by a representative of your organization.  No one else is aware of this possible flaw and you do not believe any problem will be apparent for another two years (well after you are done with your current project).  In this situation, what should you do?

  a.  Do nothing because that project is complete.
  b.  Notify your management both orally and in writing.
  c.  Notify the customer directly.
  d.  Take steps to ensure this type of problem does not occur with your project.



2. You have been assigned to a new project and have finished the scope statement. You and your team are now going to create a Work Breakdown Structure. You are spending a lot of time discussing how to create a completely decomposed Work Breakdown Structure. Which of the following is not relevant to this discussion?
 
  a.  Status/completion is measurable.
  b.  Time/cost is easily estimated.
  c.  Start/end events are clearly defined.
  d.  Resource availability can be reliably foreseen.




3. A risk management plan should be tailored for each project in what way?

  a.  Some companies use predefined templates for risk management plans.
  b.  Certain companies have predefined roles and responsibilities as they relate to risk management.
  c.  The risk management plan should ensure that the level and type of risk management efforts are appropriate to the level of risk and importance of the project to the company.
  d.  Some organizations have predefined risk management policies that must be tailored to an individual project.




4.  You are in a meeting with 4 of your subordinates.  How many communication channels are there?

  a.  4
  b.  8
  c.  10
  d.  16




5.  A seller is working on a cost reimbursable contract when the buyer decides he would like to expand the scope of the services and change to a fixed price contract.  The seller’s options include:

  a.  Completing the original work on a cost reimbursable basis and then negotiating a fixed price for additional work
  b.  Completing the original work and rejecting additional work
  c.  Negotiating a fixed price contract that includes all the work
  d.  All of the above



6.  In examining the progress of our project, you determine that actual cost of the work performed so far is 67k.  The Budgeted Cost of this work was 55k.  What is your CPI?

  a.  0.82
  b.  0
  c.  1
  d.  1.21




7.  You have asked two different individuals for an estimated duration of a task. Your manager stated it should take 8 days.  The new developer says it will take 18 days.  But based upon your experience of having seen this many times in the past, you feel it will most likely take 11 days.  You decide to employ the three point estimating technique.  What is the output of this estimate?

  a.  10.25
  b.  11.67
  c.  12.33
  d.  16.67




8.  When preparing to implement quality control on your project, all of the following should be considered except what?

  a.  Inspection over prevention
  b.  Customer satisfaction
  c.  Management responsibility
  d.  Continuous improvement




9.  You work in a matrix environment.  You are discouraged by the fact that many members of your project team are not aware of the progress of the project until this is discussed in your status meeting.  Which team development approach would best resolve this situation?

  a.  Training
  b.  Recognition and rewards
  c.  Co-Location
  d.  A team building event




10.  During the execution of a project, the project manager determines that a change is needed to material purchased for the project.  The project manager has to pull the team together for a meeting to discuss how to handle this change.  This is an example of:

  a.  Management by Objectives
  b.  Lack of a change control system
  c.  Progressive elaboration
  d.  Lack of a clear work breakdown structure

 


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Answers

  1. b – Professional Responsibility
  2. d – Scope Management
  3. c – Risk Management
  4. c – Communication Management  n(n-1)/2 or 5(5-1)2 or 20/2
  5. d – Procurement Management
  6. a – Cost Management CPI = EV/AC or CPI = 55/67
  7. b – Time Management
  8. a – Quality Management
  9. c – Human Resource Management
  10. b – Integration Management


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PMP: Earning PDU's the Economical Way
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5 Tasks + 3 Years = 60 PDU’s


So you passed the PMP exam and have been applying all those fundamental principles on your projects. Perhaps you’ve gotten a new job, promotion or even received an increase in salary as a result of the additional knowledge. In a nutshell, you realize the PMP is of value and you would like to remain PMP certified.


You know that in order to maintain your PMP certification you must acquire 60 PDU’s over the course of 3 years. You’ve ventured to PMI’s CCR site and perhaps even logged a few PDU’s. But you realize that you are still far from having 60. How will you ever get there?

Well, if money is not an object, then acquiring 60 PDU’s is easy. All you have to do is find a find a few project management related seminars or training classes, pay your money and attend. 60 PDU’s will come quickly.


But if you are searching for a more economical approach to acquiring your PDU’s, all you have to do is follow the 5 following steps. This approach will not be easy, as it may require considerable time and effort. But the there are two major benefits. One is that there will be very little direct costs to you. The second benefit is this economical approach will place you in great networking situations. You will have the opportunity to interact with others in the project management field. These contacts can help you resolve your difficult project issues or provide you an inside track to those un-advertised open project management positions.


Step 1 – Do Your Job
That’s right, simply performing your job as a project manager for 1500 hours per year is worth 5 PDU’s. 5 PDU’s per year for 3 years is 15 PDU’s. Do the math. Already, you are 25% there!! These PDU’s should be logged into sub-category 2H.


Step 2 – Do A Little Research
Sub-category 2SDL grants us 1 PDU for each hour of “Self Directed Learning”. There is a limit of 15 PDU’s, but why not claim them all. Pick a topic that you would like to learn about and begin your research project. For example, perhaps you would like to know more about Program Management, Portfolio Management, or Using MS Project to help you better manage your projects. The Research Center at PMConnection provides a great online source for your research.


There is no formal tracking form that PMI requires one to fill out, but it is advised to keep a personal record of all books or articles read. It might even be a good idea to produce powerpoint presentation summarizing your research or perhaps a nice article. Your tracking form and summary report may prove beneficial if PMI would ever audit your PDU records. Producing an article can actually help you with step 3.


Step 3 – Get Published
So if you elected to produce an article from your 15 hours of research, most of your work is complete. All you have to do now is get it published. Try submitting your article to MPA for publication in “The Project Network” or PMI for publication in “PM Network”. If they elect to publish your article, you have just earned another 15 PDU’s!! These get recorded into sub-category 2B, which is getting published in a non-refereed journal.


Step 4 – Become a Committee Member
Find your local PMI Chapter and volunteer a little time. Being a committee member of a project management organization for a year is worth 5 PDU’s. If your closest chapter is too far for a convenient commute, you might want to check out this page of PMI’s website as they are always performing some type of research and rely upon volunteer committee members. These PDU’s get logged into sub-category 5B.


Step 5 – Become an Officer
One notch above a committee member is becoming an officer of a project management organization. Again, your local PMI or MPA chapter provide this opportunity. Being an officer for one year is worth 10 PDU’s. These get logged into sub-category 5A.

If you’ve been keeping a running total, you’ll realize we have now accumulated 60 PDU’s. Below is a nice little scorecard that summarizes our 5 steps.




Summary
Remember that these 5 steps are merely suggestions for earning PDU's economically. Visit PMI’s CCR site for a comprehensive list of categories for earning PDU’s. Here are a few more suggestions:

  • Regardless of how you plan to earn PDU’s, get started now! The longer you wait, the greater pressure you put on yourself and the more likely you are to have to attend an expensive event to meet your PDU requirements.
  • Log your PDU’s on PMI’s site as you acquire them
  • Keep a hard copy of all records in case of a PMI audit



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PMP: PMP Exam Day Tips
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PMP Exam Day Tips
PMP EXAM DAY TIPS


You've devoted at least 4,500 hours to project work, you have set through at least 35 hours worth of classroom training on Project Management, you have studied for hours and answered hundreds of practice questions, you have completed PMI's application for the PMP exam, you have paid roughly $500,  you received your acceptance letter, you have even scheduled your exam date.  In short, you have a lot invested into this exam.  Are you nervous?

Well here are some tips that should help calm your nerves:

EXAM DAY TIPS
-Drive to testing location prior to test day
-Arrive early on test day
-Bring 2 forms of ID and your letter from PMI
-You will be assigned a small locker
-They will give you 6 sheets of paper, 2 pencils and a small calculator
-They will escort you to your seat
-You will walk through instructions for taking exam
-You have 10 minutes to complete the instructions
-You have 60 seconds to start the online test after completing instructions
-Once you begin test, you have 4 hours.  Clock does not stop if you take break.
-Before answering any questions perform Braindump
-Have a gameplan.  Example:
    75 Questions – Break
    75 Questions – Break
    50 Questions and Review – Complete
-Each time you take a break, you must sign out and back in with attendant.  Must also show ID
-Water fountain available, but take snack
-Can not wear a hat into center
-Can not reach into pocket
-No talking
-People will come and go, but don’t let this shake you.
-Read entire question fully – Usually more info than needed
-Read answers from the bottom up
-If you are not sure of answer, do not guess on the first pass.  Simply mark the question for review.
-Do not struggle too long on one question.  Mark it for review and come back.
-If you find questions further in the exam that will help you answer the questions that you marked for review, jot that question number down with a brief reference.
-Once you get to the end, you can then review the questions you previously marked. Many of these answers will now come quickly.
-After completing the questions marked for review, you can now click on “Complete Exam”
-It will prompt you “Are you sure”
-Once you choose yes or ok, the hourglass will appear on the screen as it calculates you results.  This takes about 15-20 seconds.
-Once complete the words “You Passed” appear on the screen (hopefully!).
-Test results are then printed with attendant
-Turn in your pencils, paper and calculator
-Attendant will give you a certified copy of your test results
-You will receive certification via mail

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