Lessons learned towards becoming a Project Management Professional (PMP)® shared to us by PM PrepCast student Humphrey Chua, PMP.
"I passed my PMP® exam last week and here are some insights on the type of questions I got and how I prepared.
As I already got a classroom training 5 years ago and had been managing projects for quite some time, I did not bother reading A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) anymore as I find it too dry.
What helped me pass the exam was my PM PrepCast subscription. I have gone through all the learning modules and completed it within 3 weeks. I spent 5 hrs per day to understand the lessons and took down notes. After completing all the modules, I've gone through all the reading materials in PM PrepCast website which helped me clear the gaps in my learning. Finally, I took 8 - four hour long practice exams from PM PrepCast. It was indeed a sacrifice on my part as I wanted to get certified asap. Even the night before the exam day, I took one exam prep and completed 200 questions. I was averaging 75 to 80% in all the exams I have taken..."
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Students often confuse validated and accepted deliverables, so if you’re struggling here, you’re not alone. At first glance, they do seem to be rather the same, but once you get the idea, you’ll never confuse them again. The most important thing you need to understand is in which process from A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) these deliverables are created as outputs. The PMBOK® Guide defines each as follows:
** Validated Deliverables: Validated deliverables have been completed and checked for correctness by the Perform Quality Control process.
** Accepted Deliverables: Accepted Deliverables have been accepted through the Verify Scope process.
So, validated deliverables are an input to the Verify Scope process, while accepted deliverables, where formal sign-off is obtained, are the key output of the Verify Scope process.
Let’s walk through it: First, you create a deliverable. The deliverable then goes through the perform Quality Control process where it is checked for correctness. In essence, you’re making sure that the deliverable meets the quality criteria that were defined during the project set up. You answer the question: Did we build it the way we said that we should.
Once the deliverable passes the Quality Control inspection, it is considered validated. Essentially, Quality Control has given you the nod to take the deliverable to the customer or stakeholder for approval, or acceptance. The customer or stakeholder then reviews the deliverable. Only when the customer or stakeholder gives the deliverable a “thumbs up” does the deliverable become accepted.
A project manager wants to introduce self-managed teams to the organization. He found that there are employees who lack the ability to effectively assess problem causes, reason, develop alternatives, and select a solution. He wants to train them to sharpen their abilities, so which of the following skills should be targeted for training?
A. Basic literacy skills
B. Technical skills
C. Interpersonal skills
D. Problem solving skills
HINT: The scenario is referring to analytical skills.
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Answer and Explanation:
The correct answer is D.
Problem solving skills training will improve their problem solving abilities.
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