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PMP: The 12 Project Management Principles Defined by PMI
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These twelve principles are defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI) within the “Standard for Project Management” which is included as part of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) 7th Edition

1. Be a Diligent, Respectful, and Caring Steward

2. Create a Collaborative Project Team Environment

3. Effectively Engage with Stakeholders

4. Focus on Value

5. Recognize, Evaluate, and Respond to System Interactions

6. Demonstrate Leadership Behaviors

7. Tailor Based on Context

8. Build Quality into Processes and Deliverables

9. Navigate Complexity

10. Optimize Risk Responses

11. Embrace Adaptability and Resiliency

12. Enable Change to Achieve the Envisioned Future State

 

1. Be a Diligent, Respectful, and Caring Steward

Stewards act responsibly to carry out activities with integrity, care, and trustworthiness while maintaining compliance with internal and external guidelines. They demonstrate a broad commitment to financial, social, and environmental impacts of the projects they support.

- Stewardship encompasses responsibilities within and external to the organization.
- Stewardship includes:
  • Integrity,
  • Care,
  • Trustworthiness, and
  • Compliance.
- A holistic view of stewardship considers financial, social, technical, and sustainable environmental awareness. 

 

2. Create a Collaborative Project Team Environment

Project teams are made up of individuals who wield diverse skills, knowledge, and experience. Project teams that work collaboratively can accomplish a shared objective more effectively and efficiently than individuals working on their own.

- Projects are delivered by project teams.
- Project teams work within organizational and professional cultures and guidelines, often establishing their own "local" culture.
- A collaborative project team environment facilitates:
  • Alignment with Other organizational cultures and guidelines,
  • Individual and team learning and development, and
  • Optimal contributions to deliver desired outcomes.

 

3. Effectively Engage with Stakeholders

Engage stakeholders proactively and to the degree needed to contribute to project success and customer satisfaction.

- Stakeholders influence projects, performance, and outcomes.
- Project teams serve other stakeholders by engaging with them.
- Stakeholder engagement proactively advances value delivery.

 

4. Focus on Value

Continually evaluate and adjust project alignment to business objectives and intended benefits and value.

- Value is the ultimate indicator of project success.
- Value can be realized throughout the project, at the end of the project, or after the project is complete.
- Value, and the benefits that contribute to value, can be defined in quantitative and/or qualitative terms.
- A focus on outcomes allows project teams to support the intended benefits that lead to value creation.
- Project teams evaluate progress and adapt to maximize the expected value.

 

5. Recognize, Evaluate, and Respond to System Interactions

Recognize, evaluate, and respond to the dynamic circumstances within and surrounding the project in a holistic way to positively affect project performance.

- A project is a system of interdependent and interacting domains of activity.
- Systems thinking entails taking a holistic view of how project parts interact with each Other and with external systems.
- Systems are constantly changing, requiring consistent attention to internal and external conditions.
- Being responsive to system interactions allows project teams to leverage positive outcomes.

 

6. Demonstrate Leadership Behaviors

Demonstrate and adapt leadership behaviors to support individual and team needs.

- Effective leadership promotes project success and contributes to positive project outcomes.
- Any project team member can demonstrate leadership behaviors.
- Leadership is different than authority.
- Effective leaders adapt their style to the situation.
- Effective leaders recognize differences in motivation among project team members.
- Leaders demonstrate desired behavior in areas of honesty, integrity, and ethical conduct.

 

7. Tailor Based on Context

Design the project development approach based on the context of the project, its objectives, stakeholders, governance, and the environment using "just enough" process to achieve the desired outcome while maximizing value, managing cost, and enhancing speed.

- Each project is unique.
- Project success is based on adapting to the unique context of the project to determine the most appropriate methods of producing the desired outcomes.
- Tailoring the approach is iterative, and therefore is a continuous process throughout the project.

 

8. Build Quality into Processes and Deliverable

Maintain a focus on quality that produces deliverables that meet project objectives and align to the needs, uses, and acceptance requirements set forth by relevant stakeholders.

- Project quality entails satisfying stakeholders' expectations and fulfilling project and product requirements.
- Quality focuses on meeting acceptance criteria for deliverables.
- Project quality entails ensuring project processes are appropriate and as effective as possible.

 

9. Navigate Complexity

Continually evaluate and navigate project complexity so that approaches and plans enable the project team to successfully navigate the project life cycle.

- Complexity is the result of human behavior, system interactions, uncertainty, and ambiguity.
- Complexity can emerge at any point during the project.
- Complexity can be introduced by events or conditions that affect value, scope, communications, stakeholders, risk, and technological innovation.
- Project teams can stay vigilant in identifying elements of complexity and use a variety of methods to reduce the amount or impact of complexity.

 

10. Optimize Risk Responses

Continually evaluate exposure to risk, both opportunities and threats, to maximize positive impacts and minimize negative impacts to the project and its outcomes.

- Individual and overall risks can impact projects.
- Risks can be positive (opportunities) or negative (threats).
- Risks are addressed continually throughout the project
- An organization's risk attitude, appetite, and threshold influence how risk is addressed.
- Risk responses should be:
  • Appropriate for the significance of the risk,
  • Cost effective,
  • Realistic within the project context,
  • Agreed to by relevant stakeholders, and
  • Owned by a responsible person. 

 

11. Embrace Adaptability and Resiliency

Build adaptability and resiliency into the organizations and project teams approaches to help the project accommodate change, recover from setbacks, and advance the work of the project.

- Adaptability is the ability to respond to changing conditions.
- Resiliency is the ability to absorb impacts and to recover quickly from a setback or failure.
- A focus on outcomes rather than outputs facilitates adaptability

 

12. Enable Change to Achieve the Envisioned Future State

Prepare those impacted for the adoption and sustainment of new and different behaviors and processes required for the transition from the current state to the intended future state created by the project outcomes.

- A structured approach to change helps individuals, groups, and the organization transition from the current state to a future desired state.
- Change can originate from internal influences or external sources.
- Enabling change can be challenging as not all stakeholders embrace change.
- Attempting too much change in a short time can lead to change fatigue and/or resistance.
- Stakeholder engagement and motivational approaches assist in change adoption.


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PMP: How to Schedule Your PMP Exam
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About the Online Proctored Test:

Online proctored test delivery allows you to take an exam in the comfort of your home or office while being monitored by a proctor via webcam and microphone. To learn more about online proctoring, please visit:  https://www.pmi.org/certifications/project-management-pmp

 

Before you select and pay for an online proctored exam delivery:

Please review the minimum system requirements and run a system test and exam simulation before selecting and paying for the exam. If you purchase an online proctored test and your computer equipment does not meet the requirements, you are unlikely to receive a refund. If your computer does not meet these requirements, please select to take the exam at a test center during the payment process.


Scheduling Instructions with Pearson VUE for Center-Based Test (CBT) and Online Proctoring (OPT)

Schedule your appointment online at PMI.org. Upon logging into your PMI.org account, click the “Schedule Exam” link under “You may now schedule your PMP examination”. You will be directed to schedule your exam through Pearson VUE.

 

If you selected Test Center during payment:

1.    When you are directed to your Pearson VUE account, the PMP exam will be available under Pre-approved Exams. Click the PMP exam link.

2.     On the next page, you will see the PMP exam and language you have selected. Please make sure to click “View Testing Policies”, then click “Schedule This Exam”.

3.    Next, search for a test center. Once you have located a test location with availability, select a date and time.

4.    After making your selection, review your appointment details and then click “Proceed to Checkout”.

5.     Follow the next steps to complete checkout, and then click “Submit Order”.

6.     Your appointment is confirmed and you will receive a confirmation email from Pearson VUE.

 

If you selected Online Proctoring during payment:

1.     When you are directed to your Pearson VUE account, the PMP exam will be available under Pre-approved Exams. Click the PMP exam link.

2.     Read through and agree to the online proctoring policies and click “Next”.

3.    The next page will display the PMP exam and language you have selected. Please make sure to click “View Testing Policies”, then click “Schedule This Exam”.

4.    Choose the date and time you wish to take your exam. You do not need to select a location. You may schedule online at any time of day. Select the date you would like to take your exam and then the time.

5.    After you make your selection, you will review your appointment details and then click “Proceed to Checkout”.

6.    Follow the next steps to complete checkout and then click “Submit Order”.

7.     Your appointment is confirmed and you will receive a confirmation email from Pearson VUE.


Other useful information:
  • Is there still value in obtaining the PMP certification?  Answer here and then see the results from you peers.
  • Get a PMP Exam Prep Plan here.
  • Find the PMBOK® Glossary Terms and Definitions 6th Edition 2017 online here.
  • Get thousands of FREE PMP Exam Prep questions here.
  • PMP Exam Day Tips here.
  • Top 10 PMP Exam Prep Tips here
  • Project Management Professional (PMP®) Handbook here.


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PMP: Top 10 Benefits of the PMP Certification
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Overview

This presentation will provide the top 10 benefits of acquiring the PMP certification.  It is primarily geared toward the individual contemplating taking the exam.  The list is shown from a from a “count down” perspective with the highest benefit ranked as #1….but shown last.

 

10. Provides International Recognition

The PMP certification is the number one sought after and demanded project management certification.  It is recognized globally as the pinnacle in project management certifications.

 9. Networking Opportunities

Acquiring the PMP certification places you in a very prestigious club.  It opens many doors that allows you to network with other PMP’s not only on a local level, but also plugging in to the international level.

 8. Validates your commitment to the career

By devoting the time to prepare for and pass the PMP certification exam demonstrates your commitment to your career in project management.  This commitment shows not only to your team, your peers, the company that you work for, but also future employers.

 7. Improve Your Company

The knowledge and skills that you will acquire while preparing for the PMP exam will be applied to your current projects, shared with team members, stakeholders and peers within your organization.  In turn, this sharing of information and improving project performance improves your company as a whole.

 6. Common Vocabulary

By acquiring the PMP certification, it means that you have now acquired a wide vocabulary of project management terms.  These exact same terms have been learned by others who have also acquired the PMP certification.  The benefit comes in that when applying the terms, you are drawing from a consistent definition of the term.  In other words, when you speak a term, it has a consistent definition and meaning to others; not only in your organization, but in other organizations in which you might interface with.  See the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) Glossary Terms and Definitions here.

 5. Increased Chance of Project Success

By acquiring the PMP certification, you will have learned many proven tools and techniques that can help you deliver various processes.  By learning these proven approaches, you can now employ that on your project, thus improving your chance of successfully delivering the scope of that project on time and within budget.

 4. Set Yourself Apart from Other Project Managers

As you can imagine, the simple fact that having acquired the PMP certification positions you with a more advanced understanding of project management than someone who has not spent all the time studying and understanding PMBOK.  This applies not only within your organization, but also when applying for other job opportunities.

 3. More Job Opportunities

If you are searching for a job in project management, you will find that there are many opportunities out there that are looking for individuals who do not hold the PMP certification.  But, if you examine the project management job opportunities being offered that do require the PMP certification, you will find that list will grow tremendously!  You can use your favorite job board if you like, but here is a link to Project Management jobs on Monster.com.

 2. Better Job Opportunities

Whether you are looking for a better job in the company that you currently work for, or looking outside your organization, you will find that having the PMP certification will improve your opportunity to land those better jobs.

 1. Improved Salary

According to the most recent salary survey conducted by the Project Management Institute, individuals who hold the PMP certification make 22% more than individuals who do not.  See the “Project Management Salary Survey” here.



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PMP: Top 10 PMP Exam Prep Tips
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Overview:

This presentation will provide the top 10 tips for preparing for the PMP Exam
They are in somewhat of a sequential order as some items will be required before beginning or completing other items.


Here are Top 10 PMP Exam Prep Tips:

1. Don’t take this exam lightly!

- There are 180 questions.  You must answer them within 4 hours
- Content is pulled not only from PMBOK but also various other sources
- It will require time for you to not only memorize terms, definitions and formulas, but you also need time to actually learn and understand the PMI way


2. Treat your “PMP Exam Prep” as a project

- This initiative is temporary and unique.
- It has a definitive start and end
- It will produce a deliverable; you being PMP Certified
- These are all characteristics of a project
- For this reason, you should create an INITIAL high level plan or schedule to support this project
- Acquire a PMP Exam Prep Plan here


3. Begin Preparation

- Become a member of PMI here
- Read the “PMP Handbook” from here
- Acquire a copy of “A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge” (PMBOK) and the "Agile Practice Guide".  Get the bundle from here
- Acquire at least one of PMI's Recommended PMP Exam Reference Materials.  See the full list here


4. Create a Study Plan

- After receiving and reviewing PMBOK as well as you supporting exam prep materials, update your high-level plan with more a detailed study plan.  This is an example of Progressive Elaboration.
- Acquire and or adjust the PMP Exam Prep Plan here


5. Study!

- Read PMBOK
- Read the supporting PMP Exam materials
- Memorize Terms and Definitions.  PMBOK® Glossary Terms and Definitions 6th Edition 2017 online here.
- Study ITTO's and memorize Formulas.  Both can be acquired under the Standard option here
- Critical Path and Earned Value is critical!  Check out this video
- Memorization is Important, but Understanding is Paramount.


6. Practice Questions

- Complete as many practice questions as you can find.  Thousands of FREE Practice Questions here
- Suggestion is to take a pre-test prior to each PMBOK chapter to set a baseline of your knowledge
- Study that PMBOK chapter
- Take a post test.  Take your time and think about the questions and draw from your understanding
- Review questions that you missed to understand why


7. Consider a Training Course

- This can be used as part of your 35 hours of Education needed for the PMP Application
- These are quite frequently referenced as Workshops
- These are generally fast paced and should be viewed as a way to supplement your personal studies
- There are a ton out there!!  Here is one.


8. Network

- Talk to others
- Join your local PMI Chapter
- Join online discussion groups
- Find a mentor.  You might try this guy


9. Take full practice test

- These are often referred to as Exam Simulators
- Practice with 200 questions
- This will help you in time management for the real exam
- Use results and go study the knowledge areas where you fell short
- Try the full practice test multiple times
- Goal is to consistently hit 85%
- Find some exam simulators from here


10. REST!

- Build into your schedule one day of rest before your exam day
- Studying on this last day can cause un-needed anxiety
- Have all your items needed ready prior to exam day
- Get a full 8 hours of sleep


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PMP: The PMP Application Process
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This article provides an overview of the latest PMP Exam application process.

Step 1: Confirm You’re Eligible
  • A four-year degree
  • 36 months leading projects
  • 35 hours of project management education/training or CAPM® Certification
OR
  • A high school diploma or an associate’s degree (or global equivalent)
  • 60 months leading projects
  • 35 hours of project management education/training or CAPM® Certification

Step 2: Gather Your info

Document your experience and training by gathering information about:
  • Projects you’ve led
- Where you've worked
- Your role and responsibilities
- Duration of projects
  • Training You’ve Completed
- Institutions attended
- Courses completed
- Qualifying hours

Step 3: Complete the Online Application
  • You’ll need a pmi.org account to begin

Application Checklist:
  • Ensure project entries represent professional project work experience only
  • List all projects individually
  • Use the true title of the project or basic descriptor of the project purpose
  • Ensure project descriptions are high level summaries of the project in total
  • Accurately indicate the number of team members who participated in the project and the budget for the project
  • If you are selected for the audit process, ensure you are able to obtain proper verification for the project experience

Project Description Guidance:
  • Project Objective
  • My Role
  • My Responsibilities
  • My Activities
  • Project Deliverables
  • Project Outcome

Each project description should be between 200-500 words long

Step 4: Your application will be reviewed
Step 5: Pay Exam Fee
  • Member Price: US$405
  • Non-Member Price: US$555
Step 6: Schedule your exam
  • See "How to Schedule Your PMP Exam" here.

Step 7: Pass the test!


Other useful information:
  • Is there still value in obtaining the PMP certification?  Answer here and then see the results from you peers.
  • Get a PMP Exam Prep Plan here.
  • Find the PMBOK® Glossary Terms and Definitions 6th Edition 2017 online here.
  • Get thousands of FREE PMP Exam Prep questions here.
  • PMP Exam Day Tips here.
  • Top 10 PMP Exam Prep Tips here



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PMP: Hey Google....Talk to PMP FAQ
PMConnection Articles Got questions about PMI's PMP Exam?  Ask Google Assistant!


If you have Google Assistant (Google Home, Google Mini or Google Hub) simply say "Talk to PMP FAQ".

Google will connect to the PMP FAQ database and ask how to help.

Now simply ask a question like; "How many questions are on the exam?", "What is the cost of the exam?", or "Where do I sign up to take the exam?"

Google will then comb through its database to find the answer.

For the best experience, it is recommended that you work with the Google Assistant App on your phone or Google Hub so that you can read the answer as well as hear the words.

If you are preparing for the PMP Exam, you can have Google Assistant ask YOU questions.  See Hey Google....Talk to PMP Exam Prep


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PMP: PMI's Recommended PMP Exam Reference Materials
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The Project Management Institute (PMI) recommends the following items to help you prepare for their Project Management Professional (PMP) exam.

"Exam candidates should be aware that the Project Management Professional (PMP)® examination is not written according to any single text or singularly supported by any particular reference. PMI does not endorse specific review courses, resources, references or other materials for certification preparation. The references listed here are not inclusive of all resources that may be utilized and should not be interpreted as a guaranteed means of passing the exam. As the PMP is a competency-based certification which assesses the integrated set of knowledge, skills and abilities as gained from both practical and learned experiences, it should also be noted that the references identified herewith are but one element of a broader set of educational resources and texts that might possibly be utilized for exam and study preparation. This reference list is provided as a courtesy only and for the non-PMI publications on this list, PMI does not endorse such publication or warrant the accuracy of the information or opinions contained therein."  See their article here.













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Find 1,000's of FREE PMP Exam Prep Questions from here
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PMP: Hey Google....Talk to PMP Exam Prep
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If you have Google Assistant (Google Home, Google Mini or Google Hub) simply say "Talk to PMP Exam Prep".

Google will then give you the definition of a project management term.  You simply respond with the correct term.  If you get the term right, Google will let you know and move on to the next definition.  If you miss the term, Google will give you a second opportunity to answer.  If you provide the incorrect term a second time, Google will give you the correct answer and then provide you with the next term.

You will get three questions per round.  Google will keep track of how many you get right.  Google will then ask you if you would like to play another round.

The terms are randomly pulled from a database containing all 470 project management terms located in the PMBOK® Glossary (Sixth Edition 2017).  See the searchable database online from here

If you are studying for the PMP® exam, you can use this Google PMP Exam Prep Application like flashcards to help you memorize the definitions.  

For the best experience, it is recommended that you work with the Google Assistant App or Google Hub so that you can read the term as well as hear the words.  If you say "Repeat the question", Google will read the definition again.


If you would like to ASK Google questions about the PMP Exam itself, try Hey Google....Talk to PMP FAQ



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PMP: PMBOK® Glossary Terms and Definitions
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PMP: There is Still Time to Pass the PMP Exam!
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When is the PMP Exam Changing?

The PMP Exam is changing on 02 January 2021.  Learn more here

  • Is there still value in obtaining the PMP certification?  Answer here and then see the results from you peers.
  • Get a PMP Exam Prep Plan here.
  • Find the PMBOK® Glossary Terms and Definitions 6th Edition 2017 online here.
  • Get thousands of FREE PMP Exam Prep questions here.
  • PMP Exam Day Tips here.

 



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