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PMP Preparation Express


Course Curriculum

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide Fifth Edition)

  • Key terms and the project life cycle
  • Identifying Enterprise Environmental Factors (EEFs) and Organizational Process Assets (OPAs)
  • Organizational structure and influences
  • Mapping the interrelationships of the ten knowledge areas to the five process groups

Project Integration and Scope Management

Identifying and integrating processes and activities

  • Identifying a new project, business case and strategy
  • Defining and coordinating all subsidiary plans
  • Change-control and configuration management
  • Determining key deliverables and conducting benefit analysis

Defining, validating and controlling the scope

  • Facilitating requirements-gathering using interviews, workshops and decision-making techniques
  • Requirements changes and traceability matrices
  • Creating the WBS and setting the baseline

Project Time and Cost Management

Time Management

  • Defining and sequencing activities
  • Estimating activity resources and durations with analogous,parametric and three-point techniques
  • Developing the schedule with PDM, ADM and CDM diagrams

Determining the cost baseline and applying Earned Value Management (EVM)

  • Identifying costs and calculating performance baseline
  • Assessing EVM key dimensions, variances and indices
  • Forecasting with EVM
  • Performance reporting

Project Quality Management

Implementing systems for quality

  • Preventing nonconformance through Cost of Quality (CoQ)
  • Performing continuous improvements

Tools and techniques to study

  • Planning for quality using statistical tools
  • Implementing quality metrics and audits

Project Human Resource, Communications and Stakeholder Management

Developing the plan and acquiring the team

  • Creating hierarchical and matrix charts (RAM & RACI)
  • Developing the team: team building, Tuckman model, recognition and rewards
  • Motivational theories and conflict resolution techniques

Efficiently communicating with stakeholders

  • Distributing information with communication models
  • Applying communication theory and the levels of power

Managing stakeholder engagements

  • Identifying and analyzing stakeholders, and managing their expectations
  • Increasing support and minimizing resistance

Project Risk and Procurement Management

Assessing project risks

  • Qualitative and quantitative risk analysis
  • Evaluating Expected Monetary Value (EMV)

Exam-relevant tools and techniques

  • Developing threat/opportunity response strategies
  • Reassessing and controlling risks

Procurement management

  • Performing make-or-buy analysis
  • Formally accepting the product and closing the project

Planning for the Exam

Preparing for test day

  • Applying proven tips for exam success
  • Conquering exam apprehension

Personalizing your study plan

  • Identifying your strengths and weaknesses
  • Optimizing your study time and focus

Professional Responsibility and Ethics

  • The PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
  • Balancing the interest of all stakeholders

Capturing accurate and consistent information

  • Comparing elicitation results to sources
  • Ensuring a shared understanding of information
  • Brainstorming
  • Interviews
  • Stakeholder maps

Specifying and modeling requirements and designs

  • Creating matrices and diagrams
  • Collecting and representing attributes
  • Implementing appropriate levels of abstraction
  • Process modeling
  • State modeling

Structuring and organizing requirements and designs

  • Illustrating flows of inputs, information, and outputs
  • Checking for correctness and completeness
  • Evaluating against solution scope
  • Verifying and validating specified and modeled requirements
  • Use cases
  • Data flow diagrams
  • Non-functional analysis

Defining types and deriving relationships

  • Finding relationships between requirements
  • Choosing prioritization criteria and requirements states

Approving requirements and designs

  • Managing conflicts and issues
  • Gaining consensus and communicating approval
  • Item tracking
  • Workshops
  • Acceptance and evaluation criteria

Determining if what was specified solves the business problem

  • Recording and applying solution performance measurements
  • Identifying and analyzing limitations in the solution and the enterprise

Recommending alternatives and actions to increase value

  • Listing and understanding external and internal factors
  • Considering solution replacement or retirement
  • Decision analysis
  • Organizational modeling
  • Risk analysis

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