Featured PMP® Exam Lessons Learned from Angela Wohlleber, PMP

Featured PMP® Exam Lessons Learned from Angela Wohlleber, PMPLessons learned towards becoming a Project Management Professional (PMP)® shared with us by PM PrepCast student Angela Wohlleber, PMP.

"If you are still preparing and are on the fence about purchasing either the PM PrepCast or the PM Exam Simulator, do it!!! I had started preparing for my exam in September of 2017, but some things came up in my family, and I had to put it on the back burner until after the new year. Cornelius' teachings were so valuable in helping me to master the content, not just memorize terms and process names, but understand how they all fit together. I didn't just pass but scored above target in each domain. I feel more informed and knowledgeable about how to lead projects and manage my PMO staff.

Here is what I did:
September 2017: Take the SimpliLearn Course & Exams - Worthless...don't waste your money or time.
Oct 2017 - February 2018: Worked (slowly) through Head First PMP. This was a great book and included valuable information not in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), but found on the exam..."

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Free PMP® Exam Sample Question

Depositphotos 4556234 SA project manager is planning a research and development project for a government agency and is in the process of identifying quality requirements and standards. The project team has produced the quality management plan, updated the project management plan, and completed the project document updates. Everything that was completed by the project team was reviewed by the project management office (PMO) and found to be consistent with project management best practices. Later in the project, the project team is performing the Control Quality process and realizes something was missed during quality planning that is necessary to verify compliance. What might the project team have missed?

A. Determining quality metrics
B. Determining quality roles and responsibilities
C. Updating the requirements traceability matrix
D. Updating the lessons learned register

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HINT: An output of the Plan Quality Management process which serves as an input to the Control Quality process is missing.
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Answer and Explanation:
The correct answer is A.

The question suggests that the Plan Quality Management process was performed, and an element of this process was missed. Quality metrics are one of the outputs of the Plan Quality Management process, which was not mentioned by the scenario as being completed. All of the other outputs are stated as being completed and verified by the PMO. A quality metric, an input to the Control Quality process, specifically describes a project or product attribute and how the Control Quality process will verify compliance with it. Therefore, quality metrics are what was most likely missed by the project team.

Details for Each Option:

A. Determining quality metrics
Correct. A quality metric specifically describes a project or product attribute and how the Control Quality process will verify compliance with it. Quality metrics are an output of the Plan Quality Management process and was not stated as being completed. Therefore, the quality metrics are what was most likely missed by the project team.

B. Determining quality roles and responsibilities
Incorrect. Determining quality roles and responsibilities is a key component of the quality management plan. The question indicates that the quality management plan was reviewed and found in compliance with project management best practices. Therefore, this element was not missed by the project team.

C. Updating the requirements traceability matrix
Incorrect. The requirements traceability matrix is a project document which may be updated during the Plan Quality Management process. The scenario indicates that all project documents were updated and this was verified by the PMO. Therefore, this answer choice can be eliminated.

D. Updating the lessons learned register
Incorrect. The lessons learned register is a project document which may be updated as part of the Plan Quality Management process. The question states that all project documents were updated and verified by the PMO. Therefore, this option is not correct.

Reference: A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition, Project Management Institute Inc., 2017, Page(s) 287

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Featured PMP® Exam Lessons Learned from Apoorva Revankar, PMP

Featured PMP® Exam Lessons Learned from Apoorva Revankar, PMPLessons learned towards becoming a Project Management Professional (PMP)® shared with us by PM PrepCast student Apoorva Revankar, PMP.

"Below are my study resources –

  • Cornelius Fichtner’s PM PrepCast and PMP® Exam Simulator – This is a very good study resource if you enjoy learning from videos. Cornelius touches upon every aspect of the exam including topics that are not covered in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) but required for the exam. The exam simulator is highly recommended as it gives an experience of the actual exam and boosts your confidence and makes you ready for the real exam. I also got my 35 contact hours of formal education from here.
  • Rita Mulcahy’s PMP® Exam Prep – This is a very detailed book and is highly recommended if you want to get a good hold of PMP concepts.
  • PMBOK® Guide – Many people say this is a very boring book but I liked the way the book is structured. This book helped me to study in a structured way..."

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Free PMP® Exam Sample Question

Free PMP® Exam Sample QuestionAda, the project manager, is meeting with a customer for initial discussions about a software implementation project. At the end of the meeting, the customer asks Ada for a general estimate of the project duration. Based on experience with three similar projects with roughly the same scope, Ada estimates an 8-10 month implementation time frame. What estimation technique is Ada basing her duration projection on?

A. Expert judgment
B. Three-point estimating
C. Analogous estimating
D. Bottom-up estimating

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HINT: Identify the estimating technique that compares a project to a previous, similar project.
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Answer and Explanation:
The correct answer is C.

Ada is using historical duration information from comparable projects to estimate the duration of a future project. This gross value estimating approach is called analogous estimating and is frequently used to provide a ballpark figure when there is a limited amount of detailed information available about the project.

Details for Each Option:

A. Expert judgment
Incorrect. In a sense, Ada is using expert judgment due to her experience, but because she is basing her duration estimate on three similar projects, analogous estimating is a better answer choice.

B. Three-point estimating
Incorrect. Three-point estimating would require Ada to collect optimistic, pessimistic and most likely duration estimates to calculate a projected time frame for the work. Since Ada was required to provide a 'general' estimate on the spot, analogous estimating is a better technique since she is familiar with the time it took to complete similar projects with similar scope.

C. Analogous estimating
Correct. Ada is using analogous estimating, which is a common technique used to provide a rough estimate on a future project based on parameters from a previous, similar project. In this scenario, duration from the three previous projects was used as the basis for estimating the duration of this project.

D. Bottom-up estimating
Incorrect. Bottom-up estimating would be the most thorough technique but would take the longest time. Also, this method is typically used when estimates cannot be made with a high degree of confidence. Since Ada has historical information available, analogous estimating would satisfy the customer's request for a 'general' estimate.

Reference: A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition, Project Management Institute Inc., 2017, Page(s) 200

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