Featured PMP® Exam Lessons Learned from Eric Lundahl, PMP

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

"I passed the PMP® Exam 6th Edition on my first attempt with above target in all areas. My experience will sound similar to others, mostly I'm sending giving feedback for the PMP® Exam Simulator statistics. (P.S. I couldn't find an easy link or survey form to give quick feedback).

My journey started when my company volunteered to send 3 of us to the local chapter spring review session for 2018 which covered the new 6th edition. Of the 3 of us, I was the only one with the hours for the PMP Exam, the others went for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® and to gain more knowledge of best practices.

My study materials were:

  • PMP Exam Simulator from OSP International LLC
  • A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) 6th Edition
  • Rita's Mulcahy's PMP Exam Prep: 9th Edition
  • Project Management Institute (PMI)® PMP Examination Content Outline - June 2015
  • PMI® Puget Sound Chapter Spring Review 2018 (with associated materials)
  • A study group from the chapter review session

In all it took me 12 weeks of study, I was working full time and had 2 major customer events each lasting a week that impacted my study time..."

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Free PMP® Exam Sample Question

Free PMP® Exam Sample QuestionA project manager is leading a project to install a new production line for a consumer goods manufacturing company. With the project nearly complete, the project manager has already performed procurement closure, shared the final project report, updated the lessons learned repository, and obtained feedback from the relevant stakeholders. What should the project manager do next?

A. Provide final payment to the suppliers
B. Send a summary of how the final product achieved the business needs identified in the business plan to relevant stakeholders
C. Transfer the completed assembly line to operations
D. Send formal written notice to the vendors that the contracts have been completed

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HINT: All but one of the answer choices represents an activity which has not already been completed in the scenario.
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Answer and Explanation:
The correct answer is C.

The question implies that the Close Project or Phase process is underway. Actions and activities necessary to transfer the project's products, services, or results to the next phase or to production and/or operations is one aspect of project closure. Correctly answering this question is an exercise in the process of elimination. The incorrect answer choices represent activities that have already been completed by the project manager in this scenario. Of the available choices, only transferring the completed assembly line to operations represents a closing activity which has yet to be completed, making it the best response to the question asked.

Details for Each Option:

A. Provide final payment to the suppliers
Incorrect. The question states that procurement closure has already been completed. Procurements are not considered closed until final payments have been made. Therefore, the final payments must have already been sent to the suppliers in this scenario.

B. Send a summary of how the final product achieved the business needs identified in the business plan to relevant stakeholders
Incorrect. A summary of how the final product achieved the business needs identified in the business plan to relevant stakeholders is a component of the final project report. The question states that the final project report has already been shared, making this action redundant and unnecessary.

C. Transfer the completed assembly line to operations
Correct. Transferring the completed assembly line to operations is an activity which is completed during the Close Project or Phase process. This answer choice represents an activity which remains to be completed in this scenario.

D. Send formal written notice to the vendors that the contracts have been completed
Incorrect. The buyer provides the seller with formal written notice that the contract has been completed as part of procurement closure. The question indicates that the procurements for this project have already been closed. Therefore, this answer choice represents an activity that has already been completed in this scenario.

Reference: A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition, Project Management Institute Inc., 2017, Page(s) 123

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Featured PMP® Exam Lessons Learned from Adamson Nunda, PMP

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

"I passed my PMP® exam yesterday. This was my second attempt; I did not use PM PrepCast for my first attempt.

First Exam attempt. Result = FAIL :
For my first attempt, I studied YouTube materials. I studied from October 2017 and took my exam in mid-February. By piecemealing study materials from youtube videos and taking free sample tests, I was confident enough that I would pass the exam. Well, I did not pass.

Second Exam Attempt. Results = PASS.
After failing the exam, I researched various paid PMP® courses. Based on reviews, I landed on PM PrepCast. Cornelius became my breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

PM Experience: I have been managing small projects; this is what gave me the confidence to go to YouTube for self-study and take PMP® exam. My confidence resulted in a FAIL on my first attempt. I did not give up!.."

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Free PMP® Exam Sample Question

Free PMP® Exam Sample QuestionA project manager is in the execution stage of a corporate restructuring project. The nature of the project is such that the job responsibilities of many key stakeholders are being disrupted, which has caused challenges with keeping the stakeholders engaged in a positive manner. Which of the following actions is the project manager least likely to perform in this situation?

A. Manage stakeholder expectations through negotiation and communication
B. Develop approaches to involve stakeholders based on their needs, expectations, interests, and potential impact on the project
C. Address any risks or potential concerns related to stakeholder management and anticipate future issues that may be raised by stakeholders
D. Engage stakeholders at appropriate project stages to obtain, confirm, or maintain their continued commitment to the success of the project

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HINT: Which activity would be performed as part of project planning rather than execution?
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Answer and Explanation:
The correct answer is B.

The question implies that the project manager is implementing the stakeholder engagement plan which suggests that the Manage Stakeholder Engagement process is being carried out as part of project execution. The development of approaches to involve stakeholders based on their needs, expectations, interests and potential impact on the project describes the development of the stakeholder engagement plan which is performed during project planning rather than project execution. Note, the question is asking for the activity which is 'least' likely to be performed in this situation. Therefore, of the available choices, the project manager is 'least' likely to be developing the stakeholder management plan in this scenario.

Details for Each Option:

A. Manage stakeholder expectations through negotiation and communication
Incorrect. A corporate restructuring project is a very sensitive project which will require considerable care in managing stakeholder engagement. It will be critical in this scenario to manage stakeholder expectations through negotiation and communication.

B. Develop approaches to involve stakeholders based on their needs, expectations, interests, and potential impact on the project
Correct. The question states that the project is in the execution stage. This answer choice describes the development of the stakeholder engagement plan which is performed during project planning. Hence, the project manager would not be developing the stakeholder management plan in this scenario, making this answer choice the 'least' likely activity to be performed in this scenario and, therefore, the best answer to the question asked.

C. Address any risks or potential concerns related to stakeholder management and anticipate future issues that may be raised by stakeholders
Incorrect. Risks and concerns related to stakeholder engagement will be inherent in a corporate restructuring project. It will be vital to the success of the project that the project manager address these risks and concerns as well as anticipate future issues that may be raised by stakeholders.

D. Engage stakeholders at appropriate project stages to obtain, confirm, or maintain their continued commitment to the success of the project
Incorrect. As anyone that has experienced an organizational restructuring is aware, obtaining and maintaining the commitment of those affected by the restructuring to the success of the project will be challenging, especially as some stakeholders may be negatively impacted. It will be critical for the project manager to engage the stakeholders when appropriate to at least minimize resistance if not gain support for the project.

Reference: A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition, Project Management Institute Inc., 2017, Page(s) 516, 524

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