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Featured PMP Exam Lessons Learned from Timothy Kucejko

electronic card success copyThis week's featured lessons learned comes to us courtesy of Timothy Kucejko.

In this lessons learned Timothy Kucejko shares with us his success story and experiences in his preparation for the PMP exam. Here's a peek...

I studied less than what a lot of people on here say they did, and I was happy with how I did. I was either moderatly proficient or proficient in all areas - I had 0 sections that were below proficient, and again, I only took the exam once.

I started out by grabbing Head First PMP to answer some questions for a project I was working on. I spent 1-3 hours at a time reading the whole book over a course of a month, and I wasn't sure if I was going to actually take the exam. Head First PMP was very concise, entertaining, and informative. It's the best presentation of the PMBOK material that I've seen. Period.

4 months went by after reading Head First PMP, and I found myself attempting to build my credibility in conversations by saying "Hey! I *COULD* pass the PMP exam if I wanted to." It didn't seem to have the same ring to it as "I have a PMP" would. After saying that enough times, I decided to bite the bullet and take the exam. I needed the 35 contact hours, so I went to watch the PM Prepcast. I love Cornelius. His videos weren't quite as dramatized as Head First PMP was, but his accent and the anticipation of what Justine was going to say at the end of each video made it fun enough. I spent about 35 hours watching the 2/3 of the material that I was most fuzzy on over the course of 2 weeks before taking the exam. The first day it allowed me to take the exam, I took it and passed with room to spare...

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Free PMP Exam Sample Question

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You are the project manager of a process improvement project for a factory operation. Which of the following activities will not be performed during the Monitor and Control Project Work process of your project?

A. Comparing actual project performance against the Project Management Plan
B. Identifying new risks and analyzing, tracking and monitoring existing project risks
C. Analyzing change requests and either approving or rejecting them
D. Monitoring implementation of approved changes as they occur

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Hint: Monitor and Control Project Work is the process of tracking, reviewing and regulating the progress to meet the performance objectives defined in the Project Management Plan.

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Answer and Explanation:

The Correct Answer is C.

Comparing actual project performance against the Project Management Plan, identifying new risks, analyzing, tracking and monitoring existing project risks and monitoring the implementation of approved changes are all activities that you need to perform during the Monitor and Control Project Work process. However, you will not review change requests during this process since this needs to be done during the Perform Integrated Change Control process.

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PMP Exam Tip: The Project Schedule

Depositphotos 6409088 XSIn 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 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.

The 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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Featured PMP Exam Lessons Learned from Jeremy Papp, PMP

LL newThis week's featured lessons learned comes to us courtesy of Jeremy Papp. In this lesson learned Jeremy Papp shared his thoughts about the PMP exam which he successfully passed last May 13th, 2014. Here's what he say about this experience...

Suffice it to say, deciding to get my PMP certification was the first step. Becoming serious, setting a date and holding myself accountable to it by telling others I was doing so was the biggest motivator.

I have a lot of experience in Project Management, specifically in the realm of game and software development. I felt like I needed to qualify that experience and prove that I'm serious about Project Management as a discipline. I'm very proud now to say that I have passed my exam on May 13th, 2014. I used the following techniques:

1. Set some goals, make a plan and schedule. Don't get bogged down with the details. Be vigilant and revise/update your plan each week. Once I found www.project-management-prepcast.com, I found a wealth of information about everything from the application process, getting your PDUs, and more importantly paying for and booking an Examination appointment...

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Free PMP Exam Sample Question

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You are managing a complex project and some of the project work needs to be outsourced. You have prepared a Procurement Scope of Work document and you are about to advertise the job to obtain vendor proposals. However, you need to have a benchmark document against which you can later compare the vendor proposals. Your primary focus for this activity is to have control over the quoted prices. You will also need this document later to compare whether or not your vendors properly understood the scope of work. Which technique should you use to develop this control document?

A. Expert Judgment
B. Independent Estimates
C. Internet Search
D. Procurement Negotiations

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Hint: You need to have an estimate created for the work to serve as a benchmark against which to compare vendor proposals.

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Answer and Explanation:

The Correct Answer is B.

Independent estimates provide an organization with the ability to obtain an initial estimate of the cost of the work in question. This can serve as a benchmark for proposals submitted by vendors for the same work. Independent estimates can either be created using the organization's internal staff or can be solicited from an expert outside of the organization.

 

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