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PMP Study Help

Updated on December 9, 2014

What is the PMP

The Project Management Institute (PMI) offers the PMP (Project Management Professional) certificate which is now required to be a project manager for almost all government contracts. Even in the civilian world, many companies are starting to require a PMP certification for a PM job.

Process Groups

Monitoring and Control
Integration Management
Develop Project Charter
Develop Project Management Plan
Direct and Manage Project Work
Monitor and control Project Work; Perform Integrated Change Control
Close Project
Scope Management
Plan Scope Management; Collect Requirements; Define Scope; Create WBS
Validate and Control Scope
Time Management
Plan Schedule Management; Define Activities; Sequence Activities; Estimate Activity Resources; Estimate Activity Durations; Develop Schedule
Control Schedule
Cost Management
Plan Cost Management; Estimate Costs; Determine Budget
Control Costs
Quality Management
Plan Quality Management
Perform Quality Assurance
Control Quality
Human Resource Management
Plan Human Resource Management
Aquire, Develop, and Manage Project Team
Communication Management
Plan Communications Management
Manage Communications
Risk Management
Plan Risk Management; Identify Risks; Perform Qualitative Risk Analysis; Perform Quantitative Risk Analysis; Plan Risk Responses
Procurement Management
Plan Procurement Management
Conduct Procurements
Stakeholder Management
Identify Stakeholders
Plan Stakeholder Management
Management Stakeholder Engagement
Close Procurements
These are the only two processes you have to remember for Initating

Process Groups

I put in bold everything that I memorized on the first pass. Memorize the 10 knowledge areas in the left column, and the 5 process groups on the top.

Then starting in the Initiating phase logic will tell you you have to have the project charter (formally initialize the project) and identify stakeholders.

Next in the planning phase, Every item starts with the word "Plan" I have put the time management area in bold because it is important to get the sequence correct.

Next in the executing phase. This is the phase where you DO something. All will start with perform, manage, acquire, etc.

Under Monitor and Control, I put validate scope in bold because it is the only one that does have control/monitor in the action.

Closing I did not focus on as I found it easy to remember. If you are closing anything, you are in the closing phase of the project.


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