Obtaining Your PMP Certification: A PMP 4th Edition Study Plan – Part VI

March 15, 2010 at 9:58 am | Posted in Certification Paths, PMI | Leave a comment
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Can you believe it? We have finally arrived at my sixth and final post that details changes in the PMP 4th Edition exam.

We have covered a lot of ground, and some of my posts seemed to go on and on…and on. But at least now you see the major changes in the PMBOK 4th Edition.

We covered all of the process groups:

  • Initiating – covered in Part 1
  • Planning – covered in Part 2
  • Executing – covered in Part 3
  • Monitoring and Controlling – covered in Part 4
  • Closing – covered in Part 5
  • Professional and Social Responsibility – covered in this post

In this final edition, we’ll discuss the PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct and how it relates to the Professional and Social Responsibility objective of the PMP exam.

PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

In the PMBOK Third Edition, project managers had two separate codes that they had to understand for certification testing purposes: the PMI Member Code of Ethics and the PMI PMP Code of Professional Conduct. Because there was so much confusion for the project management professional when considering both of these codes, PMI decided to create a comprehensive code that covers both areas.

In 2006, PMI released the Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, which contains five main topics that the test candidate should read and understand:

  • vision and applicability
  • responsibility
  • respect
  • fairness
  • honesty

The guidelines set forth should be considered for all decisions that the project manager may face.

You can retrieve the PMI Code of Ethics and Responsibility at  http://www.pmi.org/PDF/ap_pmicodeofethics.pdf. When you read through it, pay special attention to any italicized notes. PMI tends to focus on these points in the exam. Most of the items are straightforward knowledge-based questions, but they can still trip you up if you aren’t familiar with the Code.

Well, that’s all….for now. If you would like to see any other posts on this topic, feel free to make a suggestion in the comments. Most of the time, we try to predict what you want. But our  crystal ball does get cloudy at times!

-Robin A.

Obtaining Your PMP Certification: A PMP 4th Edition Study Plan – Part III

November 9, 2009 at 4:52 pm | Posted in PMI | Leave a comment
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Let’s review what we’ve covered so far. (Here are links to Part 1 and Part 2.)

There are six objectives covered in the PMP exam:

  • Initiating
  • Planning
  • Executing
  • Monitoring and Controlling
  • Closing
  • Professional and Social Responsibility

I covered the Initiating process group in Part I and the Planning process group in Part II. But remember, I am just highlighting the changes in the PMBOK 4th Edition as compared to the PMBOK 3rd Edition.

And now on to the Executing process group.

Process Group Three: Executing

In the PMBOK Third Edition, the Executing phase had six processes, but there are eight processes in the PMBOK Fourth Edition. The Manage Project Team process moved from the Monitoring and Controlling phase. The Manage Stakeholders process moved from the Monitoring and Controlling phase and was renamed the Manage Stakeholder Expectations process. The Request Seller Responses and Select Sellers processes were consolidated into a new process called Conduct Procurements.

The changes to the Direct and Manage Project Execution process are in Table 7. Continue Reading Obtaining Your PMP Certification: A PMP 4th Edition Study Plan – Part III…

Obtaining Your PMP Certification: A PMP 4th Edition Study Plan – Part II

October 28, 2009 at 8:54 am | Posted in PMI, Study hints | 4 Comments
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As I stated in Part 1 of my PMP study plan, there are six objectives covered in the PMP exam:

  • Initiating
  • Planning
  • Executing
  • Monitoring and Controlling
  • Closing
  • Professional and Social Responsibility

In this installment, I’ll cover the Planning process group. (But remember: this overview only highlights the changes from 3rd Edition PMBOK to 4th Edition.)

Process Group Two: Planning

In the PMBOK 3rd Edition, the Planning phase had 21 processes. In the PMBOK 4th Edition, it has 20 processes. Process names were changed, processes were consolidated, and one process was replaced completely. The Planning phase processes in the PMBOK 4th Edition are shown in Table 1. Continue Reading Obtaining Your PMP Certification: A PMP 4th Edition Study Plan – Part II…

Obtaining Your PMP Certification: A PMP 4th Edition Study Plan – Part I

October 22, 2009 at 3:53 pm | Posted in PMI | Leave a comment
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(Editor’s note: After writing  Obtaining my PMP Certification, Part One: The Application, Jennifer Wagner not only passed her PMP exam, she also moved on to manage a brand-new initiative here at Transcender. We miss her, but we’re excited that she’s able to practice her skills in a whole new arena. Fortunately, Robin was able to step in to write about her own PMP testing experience. So this post is less a follow-up & more a roadmap to prepare for your exam once your application has been approved. )

There are six objectives covered in the PMP exam:

  • Initiating
  • Planning
  • Executing
  • Monitoring and Controlling
  • Closing
  • Professional and Social Responsibility

Unfortunately, none of the third-party books or even the PMBOK present the material organized by the process groups.  Instead, the material is organized by knowledge areas.

There are nine knowledge areas.  The basis of the exam is the process framework. Within each knowledge area are processes that fall into one of the five process groups. The discipline of project management is processes. There are 42 processes.  Each process belongs to one process group and one knowledge area. Confused? Join the club!

A good approach to your studies is to start by focusing on the changes within PMBOK 4th Edition (when comparing  to the PMBOK 3rd Edition). I can hear you saying, “Does that mean I have to purchase BOTH books? My budget can’t take it!” No, you don’t. That’s where I come in. Over the development of the PMP practice test, I took the time to identify the changes from 3rd Edition to 4th Edition and document them. So over the next few weeks, keep your eyes peeled for additional parts to this study guide. We’re sure you’ll find it quite helpful.

And to satisfy your appetite for PMP content today, I’ll start with the Initiating process group.

Process Group One: Initiating

In both the PMBOK Third Edition and Fourth Edition, the Initiating phase has two processes. The Develop Project Charter process is in the Initiating phase for both editions. However, in the PMBOK Fourth Edition, the Develop Preliminary Project Scope Statement process was dropped and a new process, Identify Stakeholders, was added.

A few changes have been made in the Develop Project Charter process. The business case has been added as an input to this process. It provides information for determining whether the project is worth the required investment. The business case is created for one of the following reasons: market demand, organizational need, customer request, technological advance, legal requirement, ecological impact, or social need. Project selection methods, project management methodology, and project management information systems have been removed as tools used by the Develop Project Charter process.

The Identify Stakeholder process is completely new in the PMBOK Fourth Edition. This process has four inputs: the project charter, procurement documents, enterprise environmental factors, and organizational process assets. The project charter is created in the Develop Project Charter process, and the procurement documents are created in the Plan Procurements process. Two tools are used in the Identify Stakeholder process: stakeholder analysis and expert judgment. Stakeholder analysis gathers and analyzes information to identify the stakeholders of a project and the impact these stakeholders may have on the project.

The two outputs of the Identify Stakeholders process are the stakeholder register and the stakeholder management strategy. The stakeholder register lists the stakeholders, their requirements and expectations, their influence, and the stakeholder classification, and acts as an input to the Collect Requirements, Plan Quality, Identify Risks, Plan Communications, and Manage Stakeholder Expectations processes. The stakeholder management strategy details how each stakeholder will be managed throughout the project and often includes a stakeholder analysis matrix. Both of these documents become part of the overall project documents repository.

I know it’s quite the sea of inputs, outputs, tools, and processes. And just think – this is the FIRST process group. We have quite a bit more ground to cover over the next few weeks (and I haven’t even thrown in the formulas yet.)

Coming soon: Part II – Planning.

Happy Studying!

-Robin

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