Featured PMP® Exam Lessons Learned from Barry Brandt, PMP

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

"First, I wish I found PM PrepCast earlier in my studies. I got the simulator a week before the test. Here are my tips.

  1. Take the timed simulators so you get used to taking 200 questions with some pressure. I was able to finish the simulators in around 2.5 to 3 hours but the real exam took me almost the full 4 hours with only one break.
  2. Mark all answers you are unsure of. I found most of the marked ones I got right and most of the questions I got wrong I didn't mark. So if on the real exam you aren't sure of the marked questions (if you have time to review them) usually your first choice is probably correct. I did change 2 that I was sure were wrong on the exam.
  3. When reviewing the marked and wrong answers after the simulated exam read the referenced A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) page that the answer gives you. It's a great way to study the PMBOK® Guide and also the answers will make more sense. I suggest reading the PMBOK® Guide (not the most exciting read) at least once before trying the simulator. Another book is Rita Mulcahy's Exam Prep. Do her Process game.
  4. Know your ITTO's! Not memorize (though know what each one means) them but know the processes very well and the sequence of what comes first so you will be able to logically answer the situational questions and figure out the ITTO being asked about..."

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PMP® Exam Tip: The Project Schedule

PMP® Exam Tip: The Project ScheduleIn project management, a schedule consists of a list of a project's tasks with intended start and finish dates. Tasks are the lowest element in a schedule; they are not further subdivided. Those items are estimated in terms of resource requirements, budget and duration, linked by dependencies and scheduled. Project Scheduling helps identify all of the tasks that are required to complete a project on time. It adds dependencies between tasks so that if one task slips, the tasks related to it slip.

[On a side note: As we mentioned in last week’s tip, in many organizations the terms "project management plan" and "project schedule" are often used interchangeably. If this is the case in your organization, then please make sure that you understand that for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam, these are two distinctly different documents. Please refer back to last week's tip for the discussion of the project management plan.]

Before a project schedule can be created, a project manager will typically have a work breakdown structure (WBS), an effort estimate for each task, and a resource list with availability for each resource. If these are not yet available, it may be possible to create something that looks like a schedule, but it will essentially be a work of fiction. They can be created using various estimation methods. A good best practice is to include the people who will perform the actual work in the estimation process. The reason for this is that a schedule itself is an estimate: each date in the schedule is estimated, and if those dates do not have the buy-in of the people who are going to do the work, the schedule will be inaccurate.

In many industries, such as engineering and construction, the development and maintenance of the project schedule is the responsibility of a full time scheduler or team of schedulers, depending on the size of the project. And though the techniques of scheduling are well developed, they are inconsistently applied throughout industry. Standardization and promotion of scheduling best practices are being pursued by the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE), the Project Management Institute (PMI)®. In some large corporations, scheduling, as well as cost, estimating, and risk management are organized under the department of project controls.

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) says the following about the Project Schedule: As a minimum, the project schedule includes a planned start date and planned finish date for each activity. Develop Schedule is the process of analyzing activity sequences. durations, resource requirements, and schedule constraints to create the project schedule.

Read more about Project Schedule in the Project Time Management chapter of the PMBOK® Guide. There is a section called Develop Schedule that describes the Project Schedule more fully.


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Free PMP® Exam Sample Question

Free PMP® Exam Sample QuestionYou are a project manager and you identify that some members of your project team are not able to fulfill their responsibilities. What preventive action will you take?

A. Cross-training & variance analysis
B. Cross-training & additional role clarification
C. Outsourcing work
D. Take disciplinary action

HINT: Preventive actions like these are a result of the Manage Project Team process.

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Answer and Explanation:
The correct answer is B.

Additional role clarification and cross-training ensures that all responsibilities are properly fulfilled.


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Featured PMP® Exam Lessons Learned from Robert Pidwerbesky, PMP

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

"My exam prep experience...
I passed my exam on 3/08/17 (first try)

Below is the list of my study activities:

  1. Watched PrepCast videos.. that took my about 3 months in total.
  2. Memorized formulas and Knowledge Areas and Process Groups. Practiced writing them all out each day the week before the exam.
  3. Practiced Critical Path Method.
  4. Googled videos on areas that I needed to improve in.
  5. Used A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) only.
  6. I did some research and discovered that there are only about 5-6 questions that need the ITTO's memorized. I didn't bother trying to memorize them.
  7. I did a lot of learned exams from PrepCast. Not too many timed ones as I felt is was beneficial for ME to learn each question I go wrong as I went.

I will say that I was a senior PM for a large IT company for 24 yrs... last 15 as a PM. So I do have some experience.

The exam is long! My lessons learned here was taking a 4hrs exam at home is much different than doing it under the stress of the real exam! At the half way mark I was 20 mins ahead of schedule. I took a 10 minute break... washed my face, stretched and reset. oh and I have a progressive glasses.. I wish I brought my reading only glasses. My monitor was higher thatn normal and my neck was a little sore tilting my head up for that long!.."

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