Featured PMP® Exam Lessons Learned from Amit Singh, PMP

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

"I cleared my PMP® exam in the first attempt with scores of 'Above Target' in each of the Process Groups

Few Pointers I'd like to share with you which may help you with your preparation are,

Overall Prep

  1. It took me about 300 hours overall from scratch to seeing a congratulatory message with my name on the final test screen. These 300 hours include 35 Hrs of mandatory classroom sessions, reading, browsing internet for topics related to preparation, preparation through multiple resources, applying for the exam through Project Management Institute (PMI)® website, filling forms & sending audit documents - twice (as I failed my audit the first time), all preparatory mock tests, their analysis and taking the final test. Yes, I kept track of every hour I spent on Preparation!
  2. How you devote these 300 hours (or more/less) depends totally upon your personal/professional engagement. But, do not start preparation if you do not have 2.5-3 months of clear runway without any major distractions in work or personal life.
  3. Resources used: Rita Mulcahy, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) 6th Edition, PM PrepCast Exam Simulator, iZenBridge YouTube videos, PMP ITTO App (paid version), 3-4 Free mock tests available online..."

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Free PMP® Exam Sample Question

Free PMP® Exam Sample QuestionYou are part of a cross-functional organizational development team, piloting an adaptive approach to project management in an organization that has traditionally used a predictive approach. You realize that you have to tailor the template of the schedule management plan. Which of the following components of the template are you likely to tailor the most?

A. The rules of performance measurement, the summary milestones, and the key deliverables
B. The organizational procedures links, the units of measure, and the project organization charts
C. The schedule model development, the release and iteration length, and the reporting formats
D. The project schedule model maintenance, the level of accuracy, and the level of precision

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HINT: To eliminate some choices, look for items that are not actually components of the schedule management plan.
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Answer and Explanation:
The correct answer is C.

The question suggests you are carrying out the Plan Schedule Management process. The schedule management plan is the primary output of this process. The schedule management plan establishes the criteria and the activities for developing, monitoring, and controlling the schedule. Of all the choices presented, only the schedule model development, the release and iteration length, and the reporting formats are all components of the schedule management plan. All three of these components would merit significant tailoring to reflect an adaptive approach to project management. The project schedule model development specifies the scheduling methodology and the scheduling tool used to develop the schedule model. For this adaptive approach, the schedule model will be a selected series of activities needed to complete a high-priority subset of the project scope that can deliver value quickly. The release and iteration length determine the time-boxed events that must be completed and how long it will take to release the iteration. The reporting formats will be driven by the adaptive schedule model and the iteration length.

The other answer choices contain components that are not part of the schedule management plan making those choices incorrect answers.

Details for each option:

A. The rules of performance measurement, the summary milestones, and the key deliverables
Incorrect. Only the rules of performance measurement are a component of the schedule management plan. Since the summary milestones and the key deliverables are components of a project charter, this choice is an incorrect answer.

B. The organizational procedures links, the units of measure, and the project organization charts
Incorrect. Only the organizational procedures links and units of measure are components of the schedule management plan. The project organization charts are part of the resource management plan, making this choice an incorrect answer.

C. The schedule model development, the release and iteration length, and the reporting formats
Correct. The three components listed in this answer choice are all part of the schedule management plan and are the most likely candidates to be tailored to the adaptive approach, making this choice the best answer to the question asked.

D. The project schedule model maintenance, the level of accuracy, and the level of precision
Incorrect. While project schedule model maintenance and level of accuracy are components of the schedule management plan, the level of precision is a component of the cost management plan. Therefore, this choice is not the best answer to the question asked.

Reference: A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition, Project Management Institute Inc., 2017, Page(s) 181-182

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Freebie Friday: The Agile PrepCast - Free Lesson on YouTube - Lean Software Development

Freebie Friday: The Agile PrepCast - Free Lesson on YouTube - Lean Software DevelopmentThis free lesson of The Agile PrepCast will be describing the Agile method called Lean. The term "Lean Software Development" was first used in the book Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit, written by Mary and Tom Poppendieck. Lean Software Development is a translation of lean manufacturing and lean IT principles and practices used in the Toyota Production System and then adapted for software development. Seven basic principles form the foundation of Lean Software Development, which in turn are implemented on Agile projects by employing a set of 22 supporting tools.

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Featured PMP® Exam Lessons Learned from Ronald Davis, PMP

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

"I passed the PMP® exam yesterday (30-Oct-2018) and wanted to express my thanks to everyone who has participated in this forum as many of the comments were helpful in my own preparation for the exam.

Preparation: Andy Crowe Exam Prep Book (I liked it, but has just enough information to get you through exam prep and not much more. I liked it because that’s all I wanted as I was planning to use other materials).
PrepCast Mock Exam Scores: 78.5%, 78%, 83%, 80.5%, 84%, 75% (Note: I recommend to do at least 4 or more exams in your preparation (more or all, if you have time) – Including thorough reviews of the answer explanations included in your scoring analysis – I spent much more time reviewing answer explanations – including both the ones you got right and wrong. This is not wasted time, and you will pick up valuable insight as you read these. I spent 8-12 hours after each exam doing this review. It is one of the most valuable activities that I did)..."

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Free PMP® Exam Sample Question

Free PMP® Exam Sample QuestionYou are leading a project to develop a new web application. Together with your project team you reprioritize the product backlog, determine velocity for the past iterations, and adapt your work plans accordingly. Additionally, you facilitate retrospectives every two weeks. Which of the following processes describes the work you are performing?

A. Monitor Risks
B. Manage Quality
C. Control Schedule
D. Develop Schedule

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HINT: Conducting retrospectives, reprioritizing the backlog, and determining the velocity of an iteration are activities performed by a project team when an agile project management approach is used.
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All our questions are updated to the latest A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) standard. Stop by at http://free.pm-exam-simulator.com/ and try the PM Exam Simulator free for 7 days. We are a Project Management Institute (PMI)® Registered Education Provider.

Answer and Explanation:
The correct answer is C.

Adaptive life cycles, such as the agile approach, use short cycles to undertake work, review the results, and adapt as necessary. These cycles provide rapid feedback on the approaches and suitability of deliverables and generally involve iterative scheduling. The project described in the scenario is using an agile approach as evidenced by the use of the retrospectives, a backlog, and iterations. When an agile approach is used, Control Schedule is concerned with conducting retrospectives to correct and improve processes, reprioritizing the backlog, determining the velocity in the current iteration, and adjusting the plans accordingly. Therefore, of the choices provided, the work you are performing is best described by the Control Schedule process.

Details for each option:

A. Monitor Risks
Incorrect. Monitor Risks is the process of monitoring the implementation of agreed-upon risk response plans, tracking identified risks, identifying and analyzing new risks, and evaluating risk process effectiveness. Activities outlined in the scenario do not fit this description.

B. Manage Quality
Incorrect. Manage Quality is the process of translating the quality management plan into executable quality activities. While recurring retrospectives can be used during this process when the project is managed using agile methodologies, other activities described in the scenario, such as reprioritizing the backlog, determining velocity, and adapting work plans accordingly are not associated with the Manage Quality process.

C. Control Schedule
Correct. When an agile approach is used, Control Schedule is concerned with conducting retrospectives for correcting and improving processes, reprioritizing the backlog, and determining the velocity of the current iteration. All of these activities are mentioned in this scenario making the Control Schedule process the correct answer.

D. Develop Schedule
Incorrect. Develop Schedule is the process of creating the project schedule model for project execution and monitoring and controlling. Activities described in the question do not reflect any of the activities of the Develop Schedule process making it an incorrect answer.

Reference: A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition, Project Management Institute Inc., 2017, Page(s) 224

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