Featured PMP® Exam Lessons Learned from Cynthia Lim Louis, PMP

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

"I passed my PMP® exam on Saturday (July 14). I was relieved when I saw the word “CONGRATULATIONS”. Woohoo!! :D

Here’s my PMP® journey that I would like to share with you.

This is my 2nd attempt. My 1st attempt was a disaster and it was totally my fault because I didn’t pay attention to the clock closely. I took my exam in the afternoon. At the start of the clock, I did my brain dump and then had to take a small toilet break. These 2 incidents took away about 30 minutes of the exam time. Not good! In the end, I did well in all process groups but failed M&C process group.

LESSONS LEARNED: 

  1. Try to reserve for a morning slot so that I won’t drink too much water on the actual day before the exam
  2. hydrate myself as much as I can the few days before the actual day
  3. eat supper (which I don’t normally) the night before the actual day so that I won’t feel hungry in the morning..."

Read more here: https://www.project-management-prepcast.com/kunena/pmp-exam-lessons-learned/7334-finally-i-passed

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Free PMP® Exam Sample Question

Free PMP® Exam Sample QuestionYou are facing problems decomposing the testing work package into the final activities required to complete the work package. Detailed testing plans and activities cannot be determined until the system is at least 50% developed and more details become available. The system development work package will take at least three months to complete. What is the best way to resolve this problem?

A. Use product analysis techniques such as product breakdown and systems analysis to decompose the system testing work package
B. Decompose the system development work package now and decompose the system testing work package later
C. Break down the project into multiple phases so that the system testing work package goes into the second project phase
D. Consult the project management plan to determine what to do in this situation

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HINT: Which of the available choices describes rolling wave planning?
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Answer and Explanation:
The correct answer is B.

Delaying the decomposition of the system testing work package until later in the project is an example of rolling wave planning. Rolling wave planning is an iterative planning technique in which the work to be accomplished in the near term is planned in detail, while the work in the future is planned at a higher level. Decomposition may not be possible for a deliverable or subcomponent that will be accomplished far into the future. The project management team usually waits until the deliverable or subcomponent is agreed on, so the details of the work breakdown structure (WBS) can be developed. Therefore, the best approach is to use rolling wave planning and decompose the system development work package now and then decompose the system testing work package later, when more project information becomes available.

Details for Each Option:

A. Use product analysis techniques such as product breakdown and systems analysis to decompose the system testing work package
Incorrect. Product analysis is a method, used in the Define Scope process, to convert the product description into project deliverables and requirements. In the scenario described, you are decomposing work packages into activities, suggesting the project is in the Define Activities process. Therefore, this answer choice can be eliminated.

B. Decompose the system development work package now and decompose the system testing work package later
Correct. Rolling wave planning is an iterative planning technique in which the work to be accomplished in the near term is planned in detail, while the work in the future is planned at a higher level. The best approach for the situation described by the question is to use rolling wave planning by decomposing the system development work package now and then decomposing the system testing work package later when more project information becomes available.

C. Break down the project into multiple phases so that the system testing work package goes into the second project phase
Incorrect. Breaking up the project scope into multiple phases just for the sake of delaying decomposition of the testing work package is not the best solution to the problem. Projects are divided into multiple phases to obtain more control over the project and the deliverables, not to solve a minor issue of decomposing the work breakdown structure (WBS).

D. Consult the project management plan to determine what to do in this situation
Incorrect. The scenario implies that the Define Activities process is being performed. At this stage of planning, the project management plan is typically incomplete and not likely to provide much guidance.

Reference: A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition, Project Management Institute Inc., 2017, Page(s) 160, 185

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Free CAPM® Exam Sample Question

Free CAPM® Exam Sample QuestionYou are using the precedence diagramming method to sequence the project schedule activities in your activity list. Of the following logical relationships between project activities, which is the most common?

A. Finish to finish
B. Finish to start
C. Start to start
D. Start to finish

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HINT: By default, no project activities overlap, and each task must be completed before the next one can begin.
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Answer and Explanation:
The correct answer is B.

The precedence diagramming method (PDM) is a technique for constructing a schedule model in which activities are represented by nodes and are graphically linked by one or more logical relationships to show the sequence in which the activities are to be performed. PDM includes four types of dependencies or logical relationships, listed in the choices above. A predecessor is an activity that logically comes before a dependent activity in a schedule. A successor activity is a dependent activity that logically comes after another activity on a schedule. In PDM, finish-to-start is the most commonly used type of precedence relationship. The start-to-finish is very rarely used but is included to present a complete list. The other two relationships (finish-to-finish and start-to-start) are for activities that may be conducted at least partially simultaneously.

Details for each option:

A. Finish to finish
Incorrect. A finish-to-finish logical relationship is one in which a successor activity cannot finish until a predecessor activity has finished. Along with start-to-start, the finish-to-finish relationship is used for activities that may be conducted at least partially simultaneously due to dependencies or schedule compression.

B. Finish to start
Correct. A finish-to-start logical relationship is one in which is successor activity cannot start until a predecessor activity has finished. This logical relationship is the most common and is often the default.

C. Start to start
Incorrect. A start-to-start logical relationship is one in which a successor activity cannot start until a predecessor activity has started. Along with finish-to-finish, the start-to-start relationship is used for activities that may be conducted at least partially simultaneously due to dependencies or schedule compression.

D. Start to finish
Incorrect. A start-to-finish logical relationship is one in which a successor activity cannot finish until a predecessor activity has started. This relationship is very rarely used.

Reference: A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition, Project Management Institute Inc., 2017, Page(s) 189-190

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Featured PMP® Exam Lessons Learned from James Ayers, PMP

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

"I worked through all the PrepCast lessons (at 2X speed on my iPad.. sorry, Cornelius...) with A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) open and in front of me, and pausing to study things I didn't get at first from the PrepCast and a first reading (not study) of the PMBOK® Guide. Then I worked through each related section of the Diane Altweis and Diane White (the "Dianes") "Achieve PMP®" 6th edition study guide, and took their sample exams at the end of each section.

Cornelius' lectures track the PMBOK® Guide so well it's almost like having the guide read to you; the Dianes take a more wholistic, completely different way of presenting the PMBOK material, and for me, the two very different perspectives helped me assimilate the material better. I then worked through the optional PrepCast Formula Guide and worked through and studied the 106 sample questions covering the formulas in that guide..."

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