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PMP Exam Questions Distribution Pattern

By | 2016-03-08T05:38:18+00:00 January 27th, 2016|Articles, Free Resources, PMP|

PMP Exam Questions Distribution Pattern post the change has been discussed below. The new PMP exam change already happened on 11th Jan 2016. The PMBOK edition remains 5th edition as such – no change in that.

The questions framed in exam are based on the PMP Domain Tasks established by PMI. There are several new tasks published in this new PMP exam change in 2016. For more details on that domain tasks, refer more details our blog. In terms of the PMP Exam Questions distribution is as follows.

Area of Questions Percentage Wise Questions
Initiating 13% 26
Planning 24% 48
Executing 31% 62
Monitoring & Controlling 25% 50
Closing 7% 14
Totals 100% 200

PMI’s code of conduct remains distributed across the 5 Process Groups Exam Questions as always. Total of 200 multiple choice questions to be answered in 4 hours’ time. 25 Questions are pre-test, which are non-scoring questions. 175 Questions are scoring questions based on which the evaluation for PMP credential will be considered pass.

PMP Exam Questions based on PMI’s Role Delineation Study(RDS)

The questions defined in the exam are scenario based. These scenario’s are picked up based on the tasks defined by the PMI’s domain tasks established by PMI’s role delineation study(RDS).

PMI often benchmarks the RDS based on the evolving practices of practising project managers by conducting surveys, questionnaires and interviews. This RDS based domain tasks turned into scenarios for exam questions are a perfect mix to test a project manager’s ability to work as a Project manager and also a testimony of their real time work experience.

How will PMP Exam Questions change impact my PMP Exam passing score?

PMI has not indicated any such passing score change. Passing score which is a guess by many remains still ambiguous. No light on the exact passing score has been published by PMI as such. So in order to beat that ambiguous passing score, it is evident that one has to establish a sufficient at least 85% or more in their high quality mock exams before attempting the real PMP exam.

Join PMP Training. PMI Chapter Trainings or GlobalSkillup?

By | 2016-08-16T21:37:56+00:00 January 13th, 2016|Articles, PMP, Project Management|

Join PMP Training. This is a tough dilemma for many would be PMP aspirants. Should I go for this Training or that Training option? At GlobalSkillup, we often hear from our participants to make a few comparisons, though we see every institution and every company has their own strengths and capabilities, we have made a simple study and highlighted few sections interesting for our participants. Please take a look.

Unique Proposition Value of PMI Chapter as noticed in the Industry:

PMI Chapters are extended hands of PMI itself and provides good quality PMP trainings. The trainings itself are provided by volunteer trainers who are industry working professionals apart from their regular day to day job & passion to be a volunteer. The trainings are primarily oriented & driven based on professionals work experience. Trainings are usually conducted on 2 weekends or 4 days of duration.

Unique Proposition Value of GlobalSkillup as noticed in the Industry:

The GlobalSkillup.com are Project Management Subject Matter Experts delivering tremendous value addition PMP trainings. Trainers are Industry veterans & who are full time professionals delivering the value and knowledge for upcoming Project Managers and Industry working professionals. Trainings are oriented based on an Industrial case study and experiences garnered from multiple corporates. Trainings are imparted in a 1 single stretch of 3 full days of duration so that the break in learning does not happen.

Join PMP Training. Key Similarities among them.

  • Trainers are PMP Certified Professionals
  • Valid 35 Contact Hours of Certificate
  • Covers PMBOK 5th Edition Subject Matter
    • 5 Process Groups, 10 Knowledge Areas, 47 Processes
    • Covers Professional & Social Responsibility
    • Covers a separate session for the Exam Strategy & Preparation
  • Certificate will not be issued without full participation in the event

Should you need further more elaboration on certain factors on How we would enable your learning and PMP achievement, please feel free to connect with us.

PMP Exam Passing Score

By | 2016-08-16T22:19:41+00:00 October 29th, 2015|Readable Blog|

PMP Exam Passing Score is very important to understand for PMP Exam takers. This article emphasizes on the same aspect. Please go on to read more about it.

What is the PMP Exam Passing Score?

Many aspirants going for the PMP (Project Management Professional) Exam often ask this question in my batches and often ask my sales team also during enrollments.

PMI (Project Management Institute) itself has not disclosed any passing score for the PMP exam. PMI had stopped to disclose what is the PMP passing score after 2007 for all PMI Credential exam takers. The overall pass is still based on a score which PMI has in their backdrop.

PMP exam takers get to see an overall pass/fail in the exam results. Along with grading of their performance in 5 PMP Process Group areas, such as Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring & Controlling, Closing and 1 Special area Professional & Social Responsibility.

Grading in these 6 areas results in PMP Exam Passing Score and is depcited as:

  • Proficient – means performance is beyond the average level of knowledge
  • Moderately Proficient – means performance is at the average level of knowledge
  • Below Proficient – means performance is below the average level of knowledge

Is it required that I score all Proficient in all areas to pass exam?

Not required. The way you are graded in either of those areas, does not impact your pass/fail. The pass/fail depends on the overall passing score alone.

PMI in the PMP Handbook has this mentioned on: “how the PMP credential is awarded”:

“The passing score for all PMI exams is determined by sound psychometric analysis. PMI uses subject matter experts from across the globe to help establish a point at which each candidate should pass the exam(s) and the exam point of difficulty. Data that show how candidates actually performed are cross referenced with the subject matter experts to ensure that the point of difficulty on each exam is healthy.”

What strategy must I adopt to beat PMP Exam Passing Score and marks ambiguity and achieve PMP in first attempt?

At GlobalSkillup.com, being Project Management SME’s; we observe our workshop participants ace PMP exams in their first attempt in 2 to 3 weeks after the training completion.

Actions we recommend to upcoming PMP participants & PMP exam takers:

  1. Establish a pre-study plan before joining the training itself, so that you are prepared well enough to challenge the trainer.
  2. Participate with full focus on training (in person participation recommended compared to on-line sessions) emphasizing on understanding the PMP exam perspective with relevant required Project management knowledge. PMBOK is often considered to be the best for such knowledge.
  3. Upon completion of the training, perform a detailed revision study to feel confident of all topics.
  4. Take the high quality mock exams such as the one’s given by GlobalSkillup.com. How many? Typically 5 very high quality mock exams are good if one starts scoring 85% or more. Few participants go up to 10 mock exams to gain their confidence levels.
  5. Identify any gaps in your conceptual understanding based on the Mock exam feedback. Engage with your Trainer to sort out any difference in understanding. Retake mock exams to score definitely 85% or more.
  6. Book your actual PMP Exam.

For any further questions/opinions, please feel free to drop a note or engage with us.

New PMP Exam Change

By | 2016-08-23T12:43:58+00:00 May 6th, 2015|Articles, Free Resources, PMP, Project Management, Readable Blog|

New PMP Exam change will embrace new change in content outline on 11 Jan 2016. The PMP examination is a vital part of the activities leading to receive a professional credential, PMP examination indicates the practices of the project management practitioner.


What would be the upcoming new PMP Exam change?

Exam Format of four hours and multiple choice itself remains same, including the scoring pattern and including the PMBOK 5th edition knowledge curriculum.

As always, PMP Exam is based on Course Content Outline published by PMI(Project Management Institute) which emphasizes on Tasks in Performance domains.

Exam is based on scenario based questions created from various tasks performed by Project Manager.  These domain tasks were defined way back, few years ago. Questions are all primarily based on these scenarios coming out of these domain tasks of Project Management Profession.

PMI has upgraded the domain tasks to add a few more based on today’s project managers new role in Project Management based on existing new technology used.

This means, more new domain tasks in addition to old domain tasks. That also boils down to more variety of new Questions for Exam takers from 2016 Jan onwards. The upcoming new exam from 11 Jan 2016 would also include several new task based scenarios. These new tasks are highlighted in various Performance Domains as follows. These addition of new tasks itself is the change which is coming in.

PERFORMANCE DOMAIN I: INITIATING THE PROJECT

  • Task 1 Perform project assessment based upon available information, lessons learned from previous projects, and meetings with relevant stakeholders, in order to support the evaluation of the feasibility of new products or services within the given assumptions and/or constraints.
  • (new PMP exam change) Task 2 Identify key deliverables based on the business requirements, in order to manage customer expectations and direct the achievement of project goals.
  • Task 3 Perform stakeholder analysis using appropriate tools and techniques, in order to align expectations and gain support for the project.
  • Task 4 Identify high level risks, assumptions, and constraints based on the current environment, organizational factors, historical data and expert judgment, in order to propose an implementation strategy.
  • Task 5 Participate in the development of the project charter by compiling and analyzing gathered information, in order to ensure project stakeholders are in agreement on its elements.
  • Task 6 Obtain project charter approval from the sponsor, in order to formalize the authority assigned to the project manager and gain commitment and acceptance for the project.
  • (new PMP exam change ) Task 7 Conduct benefit analysis with stakeholders (including sponsor, customer, subject matter experts), in order to validate project alignment with organizational strategy and expected business value.
  • (new PMP exam change ) Task 8 Inform stakeholders of the approved project charter, in order to ensure common understanding of the key deliverables, milestones, and their roles and responsibilities.

PERFORMANCE DOMAIN II: PLANNING THE PROJECT

  • Task 1 Review and assess detailed project requirements, constraints, and assumptions with stakeholders based on the project charter, lessons learned, and by using requirement gathering techniques, in order to establish detailed project deliverables.
  • Task 2 Develop a scope management plan, based on the approved project scope and using scope management techniques, in order to define, maintain, and manage the scope of the project.
  • Task 3 Develop the cost management plan based on the project scope, schedule, resources, approved project charter and other information, using estimating techniques, in order to manage project costs.
  • Task 4 Develop the project schedule based on the approved project deliverables and milestones, scope, and resource management plans, in order to manage timely completion of the project.
  • Task 5 Develop the human resource management plan by defining the roles and responsibilities of the project team members, in order to create a project organizational structure and provide guidance regarding how resources will be assigned and managed.
  • Task 6 Develop the communications management plan based on the project organization structure and stakeholder requirements, in order to define and manage the flow of project information.
  • Task 7 Develop the procurement management plan based on the project scope, budget, and schedule, in order to ensure that the required project resources will be available.
  • Task 8 Develop the quality management plan and define the quality standards for the project and its products, based on the project scope, risks, and requirements, in order to prevent the occurrence of defects and control the cost of quality.
  • Task 9 Develop the change management plan by defining how changes will be addressed and controlled, in order to track and manage change.
  • Task 10 Develop the risk management plan by identifying, analyzing, and prioritizing project risks, and defining risk response strategies, in order to manage uncertainty and opportunity throughout the project life cycle.
  • Task 11 Present the project management plan to the relevant stakeholders according to applicable policies and procedures, in order to obtain approval to proceed with project execution.
  • Task 12 Conduct kick-off meeting, communicating the start of the project, key milestones, and other relevant information, in order to inform and engage stakeholders and gain commitment.
  • (new PMP exam change ) Task 13 Develop the stakeholder management plan by analyzing needs, interests, and potential impact, in order to effectively manage stakeholders’ expectations and engage them in project decisions.

PERFORMANCE DOMAIN III: EXECUTING THE PROJECT

  • Task 1 Acquire and manage project resources by following the human resource and procurement management plans, in order to meet project requirements.
  • Task 2 Manage task execution based on the project management plan by leading and developing the project team, in order to achieve project deliverables.
  • Task 3 Implement the quality management plan using the appropriate tools and techniques, in order to ensure that work is performed in accordance with required quality standards.
  • Task 4 Implement approved changes and corrective actions by following the change management plan, in order to meet project requirements.
  • Task 5 Implement approved actions by following the risk management plan, in order to minimize the impact of the risks and take advantage of opportunities on the project.
  • (new PMP exam change ) Task 6 Manage the flow of information by following the communications plan, in order to keep stakeholders engaged and informed.
  • (new PMP exam change ) Task 7 Maintain stakeholder relationships by following the stakeholder management plan, in order to receive continued support and manage expectations.

PERFORMANCE DOMAIN IV: MONITORING AND CONTROLLING THE PROJECT

  • Task 1 Measure project performance using appropriate tools and techniques, in order to identify and quantify any variances and corrective actions.
  • Task 2 Manage changes to the project by following the change management plan, in order to ensure that project goals remain aligned with business needs.
  • Task 3 Verify that project deliverables conform to the quality standards established in the quality management plan by using appropriate tools and techniques, in order to meet project requirements and business needs.
  • Task 4 Monitor and assess risk by determining whether exposure has changed and evaluating the effectiveness of response strategies, in order to manage the impact of risks and opportunities on the project.
  • Task 5 Review the issue log, and update if necessary, and determine corrective actions by using appropriate tools and techniques, in order to minimize the impact on the project.
  • (new PMP exam change ) Task 6 Capture, analyze, and manage lessons learned using lessons learned management techniques, in order to enable continuous improvement.
  • (new PMP exam change ) Task 7 Monitor procurement activities according to the procurement plan, in order to verify compliance with project objectives.

PERFORMANCE DOMAIN V: CLOSING THE PROJECT

  • Task 1 Obtain final acceptance of the project deliverables from relevant stakeholders, in order to confirm that project scope and deliverables were achieved.
  • Task 2 Transfer the ownership of deliverables to the assigned stakeholders in accordance with the project plan, in order to facilitate project closure.
  • Task 3 Obtain financial, legal, and administrative closure using generally accepted practices and policies, in order to communicate formal project closure and ensure transfer of liability.
  • Task 4 Prepare and share the final project report according to the communications management plan, in order to document and convey project performance and assist in project evaluation.
  • Task 5 Collate lessons learned that were documented throughout the project and conduct a comprehensive project review, in order to update the organization’s knowledge base.
  • Task 6 Archive project documents and materials using generally accepted practices, in order to comply with statutory requirements and for potential use in future projects and audits.
  • Task 7 Obtain feedback from relevant stakeholders, using appropriate tools and techniques and based on the stakeholder management plan, in order to evaluate their satisfaction.

Conclusion:

It is advised considering the new PMP exam change on 11 Jan 2016, to move ahead with thorough preparedness for the examination with various possible questions scenarios which could be formulated on the domain tasks.

Information References:

  1. http://www.pmi.org/certification/exam-changes/pmp.aspx
  2. http://www.pmi.org/~/media/PDF/Certifications/pmp-certification-exam-outline.ashx
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PMP Exam Formulas – Free online PDF Download!

By | 2017-05-17T17:46:58+00:00 November 29th, 2013|Articles, Free Resources, Readable Blog|

Project Managers “best aid” in performing their operations involves widespread application of mathematical formulas in relation to the 10 project management knowledge areas. Project Managers & Project management professionals looking to be future PMI PMP credential certified professional needs to understand the application of mathematical formulas in context of the situation at hand.

Memorization of the formulas alone will not aid the PMP aspirants ace the PMP exam. Professionals need to have deep insights on how to effectively perform the required computations. This requires the project management skill and diligence of the subject matter to ensure the problems are resolved in the right direction correctly.

While there are many methods to memorize the formulas & go about PMP exam, the most prominent one which has brought success for PMP aspirants is discussed here.

5 Simple steps to PMP Success with mathematical inspiration

  1. During your PMP preparation, write down the formulas over a piece of paper on a daily mode until the exam day.  A word of caution: Do not be tempted by technology to use mobile gadgets to memorize. Use hands to write, while you see with your eyes; human brains are hard-wired to synchronize & digest information in subconscious mind effectively this way.

  2. Recall how these formulas are applied in context of knowledge area & process group.

  3. Repeat steps 1 & 2, until you are confident of the formulas. Without looking up in to PMI PMBoK guide(change in the PMBoK guide) or self notes.

  4. Many PMP participants have successfully used this simple technique to pass through the exam. On the day of exam, as you enter the exam, simply recall all the possible formulas. Brain dump these formulas on the blank sheets provided to you for the first few minutes. Even before you look into questions.

  5. As you move on the questions, simply pick the formulas sheet and work them out on the piece of sheets provided.

For the not-so-mathematical-savvy project managers, one may feel left back or nervous with the appearance and outset of so many PMP exam related formulas. Though, a complete knowledge and application of these formulas will bring down the nervousness and build confidence. Ensure to cater quality time to see how the formulas are applied and in what context. There is no shortcut here for success.

The list of 10 PMP knowledge areas include:

Integration Management, Scope Management, Time Management, Cost Management, Quality Management, Human Resource Management, Procurement Management, Risk Management, Communications Management, Stakeholder Management.

Please see not all knowledge areas will have formulas. Do not expect to have formulas for all 10 PMP knowledge areas.

The list of important and most widely used set of formulas include:

Project Selection >           Future Value
Present Value
NPV – Net Present Value
ROI – Rate of Interest
IRR – Internal Rate of Return
Payback Period
BCR – Benefit Cost Ratio
CBR – Cost Benefit Ratio
 
Communications >   Communication Channels
   
Procurement > PTA – Point of Total Assumption
   
Risk > EMV – Expected Monetary Value
   
Cost & Schedule > EVM – Earned Value Management   CV – Cost Variance
  SV – Schedule Variance
  AC – Actual Cost
  PV – Present Value
  CPI – Cost Performance Index
  SPI – Schedule Performance Index
  EAC – Estimate at Completion
  BAC – Budget at Completion
  TCPI – To Complete Performance Index
   
PERT(Program Evaluation and Review Technique) >   EAD – Expected Activity Duration
  Standard Deviation
  Variance of an activity
   
Network Diagram >   Activity Duration
  Total Float
  Free Float
   
Miscellaneous >   Average(Mean)
  Median
  Mode
  Sigma Values
  Rough Order of Magnitude(ROM) estimate
  Preliminary estimate
  Budget estimate
  Definitive estimate
  Final estimate

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Passed PMP in first Attempt!

By | 2017-05-17T17:45:20+00:00 November 25th, 2013|Articles, Free Resources, Readable Blog|

This is the excited reaction; we see when someone passes their PMI PMP(Project Management InstituteProject Management Professional) certification exam in their first attempt. We know that is a great deal.

Why would someone be so excited and caring about passing the PMP exam in first attempt?

As if they just reached the Mount Everest, the top of the world.

The reasons are obvious; PMP is not so simple to get through as it looks to be on the outlook. Should you have heard, “it is that easy”, think again and do your research well before you embark. The foremost word, the PMBoK guide has changed from 4th edition to 5th edition in 2012 and the exam has adopted change in 2013.

1.  Each PMP exam version has changed over period drastically than ever based on new editions of PMBoK. Recently, we happen to come across the blog “How to Pass PMP Exam on First Try” by Dick Billows.  It was quite interesting to note the exams are changing at a pace almost 5% as indicated. The tougher it gets to pass, the better the quality of passing professionals who feel and share the pride of their passing the PMP exam in first attempt. Paying close attention to the preparations is the key essential. Imagine 1 passing out of 20 participants will make the 1 single participant a rock star to brag PMP success.

2. PMP involves spending one’s valuable time to up skill and prove their knowledge, application of knowledge in practical real-ideal scenarios. Professionals love to show that they have the highest grade of practical knowledge and know-how and they have proved it with achievement of PMP in first attempt. Feels Google-like with all the abundant knowledge. Imagine your peers and boss asking you on, how you passed your PMP in the first attempt. Certainly that builds your network with much more confidence and on your credentials.

3. PMI PMP Credential is not only time consuming, it involves good amount of money at stake. Consider the training cost involved for formal training education, charged heavily by training vendors. Also, consider the PMI exam fee spent for exam itself, re-exam fee is quite a money as well. In overall, it is a big money altogether.

Proving oneself valuable to employers, who often pay the training and certification reimbursement bills, builds rapport across own team, management and of course the non-business teams like HR and Training team. Imagine, you may be considered to help other colleagues to be trained by you – just because of one may be reason – Passed PMP in First attempt. Makes one feel the state of Guru.

4. The most important reason of all what I like to hear from PMP’s – It tremendously boosts self-confidence on the job and also to find job. With attestation of understanding the project management concepts applied in practice and bench marked with the best in the Industry on knowledge. Guess what you may perform on the job starts getting better results as you apply the tools & techniques at work. Imagine the career propulsion this will achieve for you over a period.

And of course, there are may be other simple reasons, why one would see such a level of excitement among the Passed PMP in First attempt folks.

At Armadillo Consultants, we have consistently worked for our participants with customized road maps, pre-evaluation, PMP formal education and post-evaluation techniques to tackle the PMP exams with ease and right preparation. These nature of individual special care and services drastically improve the PMP success rate of folks, who may/might have not had much success in the first attempt too.

We wish you all the best to avail your complete package with such special care either from Armadillo Consultants or equivalent. Not just the standard; learn your-self e-packages or standard classroom packages which do not pay attention to your level of knowledge to customize and explain the concepts.

Keep us posted on your interest to join PMP/current progress on PMP/drop us your “Passed PMP in first Attempt!” line.

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