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In-house PMP Exam Prep Classes

Posted on: March 8th, 2017 by Jim

Contact info: (c) 781-223-7218 (e) jstewart@jpstewartassociates.com Why send your team for PMP training? Establish a consistent baseline of best practices Have all team members speaking the same language Stay up-to-date with your competitors whose PM’s are PMP’s Post-class, begin to develop a common set of templates Know that your project managers are well-versed in project management

PMBOK Sixth Edition Exposure Draft

Posted on: March 16th, 2016 by Jim

As you may know, the current Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) is the Fifth Edition. PMI has recently put an Exposure Draft of the Sixth Edition on their site for public comment. I went through the foundational information that is currently up there. And while they claim to be making more nods in the direction of Agile, it is still fundamentally a waterfall-based book. The PMBOK still has

Updates to the Continuing Certification Requirements for PMP exam

Posted on: October 2nd, 2015 by Jim

As you may know, once you get your PMP certification you never take the exam again. However, in order to maintain that status, you must get 60 Professional Development Units (PDU’s) in the course of a three-year cycle and then pay PMI 60 bucks. (If you get up to 80 in that cycle – and 20 of them are in the last year of the cycle – they will push over to the next cycle). PDU’s

My comments on upcoming changes to the PMP exam

Posted on: September 30th, 2015 by Jim

So in my last post I detailed the changes to the PMP exam. I’ll drill a little deeper here and talk about my thoughts on what these changes might mean. I say might because none of the exam prep providers has released questions yet and PMI is notoriously close to the vest on these. They are like Mary Poppins – they never explain. As a reminder, the blueprint for the exam is the Examination

Upcoming changes to PMP exam

Posted on: September 28th, 2015 by Jim 2 Comments

As noted in my previous post, as of June 2015, PMI has updated its Examination Content Outline. which, per PMI, is the blueprint to the PMP exam. (The last day to take the current exam is January 11, 2016, after which time it will reflect the new Outline). Any and all tasks and skills mentioned in the Outline may well be tested on the exam. (The outline is not a study guide per se but one can consult

Changes are coming to the PMP exam

Posted on: September 16th, 2015 by Jim

The Project Management Institute (PMI) has performed a role delineation study. As a result of this, they are going to issue a new PMP exam starting on Jan. 12, 2016. Note that this exam is still very much based on PMBOK 5 Fifth Edition. The changes mostly seem to revolve around what they call the Examination Content Outline (ECO) which – as the title indicates – is an outline of what is

Requirements to become a PMP

Posted on: September 27th, 2013 by Jim

I held a webinar yesterday to discuss what it takes to become a Project Management Professional (PMP). It always astonishes me how little people know about this, even including students who walk into my classes. Some of them have done zero homework and are greatly disappointed when they find out that yes, there are pre-requisites. So I thought that I’d just summarize some key information here: The

PMBOK 4 to PMBOK 5 deeper drill (final)

Posted on: June 18th, 2013 by admin 2 Comments

  PMBOK 5 PMBOK 4 Work Performance Data. Raw observations and measurements including start and finish dates of schedule activities, percent complete. Work Performance Measurements. Planned vs. actual performance, earned value measurements such as SV and CPI     Work Performance Information. Work performance data collected, correlated and contextualized. Includes deliverables status,

PMBOK4 to PMBOK 5 deeper drill (4)

Posted on: June 18th, 2013 by admin

Some of the changes in the early sections of the book appear to be there for the purpose of justifying project management’s role as a business tool in adding value. PMO now described as having three types: supporting, controlling and directive Expands on the concept of operations management including operational stakeholders Adds a new section on Business Value Introduces a concept called Project-based

PMBOK 4 to PMBOK 5 deeper drill (3)

Posted on: June 15th, 2013 by admin

  Inputs, Tools and Techniques and Outputs that were removed Work performance measurements Project management estimating software Budget forecasts Proprietary quality management methodologies Run chart Stakeholder management strategy Forecasting methods Reporting systems Information distribution tools Planning meetings and analysis Risk register updates Status meetings Teaming agreements Risk-related

PMBOK 4 to PMBOK 5 deeper drill (2)

Posted on: June 14th, 2013 by admin

Processes that changed names Old name                                                       New name Direct and Manage Project Execution Direct and Manage Project Work Verify Scope Validate Scope Plan Quality Plan Quality Management Perform Quality Control Control Quality Develop Human Resource Plan Plan Human Resource Management Plan Communications Plan Communications