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PMI-ACP® Exam Tip: Take an Agile Approach to Your Studies

Depositphotos 9568499 sAlthough Agile is a relatively new project management framework (compared to Traditional/Waterfall project management), there are countless resources available to help you study for the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) certification. As a result, you could potentially spend weeks or even months reading different materials to study for the PMI-ACP Exam. You might find, however, that all you are likely doing is duplicating your efforts — simply reading the same information over and over and, to some extent, wasting your time.
 
So why doesn’t PMI offer a Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) to help you study for the  PMI-ACP certification…a body of Agile-related knowledge from which all the questions on the exam are drawn? Well, one of the most appealing aspects of Agile is that there isn’t a single methodology that ‘IS’ Agile; Agile is a dynamic and evolving framework.
 
So how do you hone in on the best resources and make the most of your study time? PMI has provided a list of reference materials that will provide you with all of the knowledge necessary to pass the PMI-ACP Exam. However, no one wants to read all 3,888 pages of the 11 reference books on which the PMI-ACP Exam is based. So we recommend that you take an agile approach by researching different materials that are available as “all-in-one” study resources to pass the PMI-ACP Exam, select one or two of them and stick with them for use during your studies. Most resources will include everything you need to know — you don’t need to read the same information over and over. After you’ve selected several resources, focus your efforts on mastering the Agile Manifesto and sharpening your Agile experience. Armed with a deep knowledge of Agile principles and core values, as well as your Agile experience, you’re sure to be successful at becoming PMI-ACP certified.
 

 

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PMP Exam Tip: Calculating ES and FS

REACH THE TOPWe recently received the following question from a PMP Exam Student:


“There's some confusion in my head regarding some of the network diagram calculations. I'm lead to believe there are actually two methods to calculate Early Start (ES), Early Finish (EF), Late Start (LS), and  Late Finish (LF).

The first method adds or subtracts 1 where applicable. This assumes that the start activity has ES, EF, LS and LF as 1. The second method assumes the start activity has zeros for all values thereby not having to add or subtract 1 to any of the formulas.

Is there any indication in the exam that would lead me into knowing which "method" is being utilized so that I can apply the right formula?”

I answered that he is correct. there are indeed 2 approaches:
- First approach: You calculate the network diagram starting on Day 0
- Second approach: You calculate the network diagram starting on Day 1

I personally use the second approach, because when my sponsor tells me, that my project starts on the first day of September, then that is September 1 and not September 0. This is also the way that all modern scheduling tools seem to work. You schedule your project based on a calendar start date and not "on Day 0".

That is why there is a slight difference between the calculations (you have to add/subtract 1 from the results in the 2nd approach). However, don't worry about this for the exam too much. The way that the question is formulated you should be able to identify how to go about this. Also: I understand that in most cases when you have to calculate this, it is the end result that is important and not how you got there.

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Free PMP Exam Sample Question

 

Question:QandA11

What percentage of their time do project managers spend communicating?

A. At least 25%
B. No more than 75%
C. 80%
D. 90%

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Hint: It's a lot!

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Answer and Explanation:

The Correct Answer is D.

According to Kerzner, project managers spend 90% of their time communicating.

 

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