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CAPM® In Depth: Certified Associate in Project Management Study Guide for the CAPM® Exam

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CAPM In Depth: Project Management Professional Study Guide for the CAPM Exam is a cohesive, concise, yet comprehensive book on the topics covered by the CAPM exam. With a laser sharp focus on the CAPM exam, it goes beyond just being an exam cram. No prior knowledge of project management is assumed. The material is presented in a logical learning sequence: each section builds upon previous sections and a chapter on previous chapters. All concepts, simple and complex, are defined and explained when they appear the first time. There is no hopping from topic to topic and no jargon without explanation. As a result, although the primary purpose of the book is to help the reader pass the CAPM exam, it will also serve as a good reference after the exam.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
    1. Dedication
  2. Acknowledgments
  3. About the Author
  4. Introduction
    1. Who This Book Is For
    2. How the Book Is Organized
    3. How Each Chapter Is Organized
    4. About the CAPM Exam
  5. 1. Project Management Framework
    1. Basic Concepts in Project Management
    2. Understanding Projects and Project Management
      1. Understanding a Project
      2. Distinguishing Projects from Operations
      3. Understanding Progressive Elaboration
      4. Understanding a Process
    3. Understanding the Project Lifecycle
      1. Initiating a Project
      2. Planning the Project
      3. Executing the Project
      4. Monitoring and Controlling the Project
      5. Closing the Project
    4. Understanding Project Management Knowledge Areas
    5. Introducing the Project Stakeholders
      1. Identifying Project Stakeholders
      2. Identifying the Stakeholder Within: Project Manager
    6. Organizational Influences on Projects
      1. Understanding the Organizational Culture
      2. Understanding the Organizational Structure
        1. Functional Organizations
        2. Projectized Organizations
        3. Matrix Organizations
        4. Composite Organization
      3. Identifying Environmental Factors and Process Assets
        1. Enterprise Environmental Factors
        2. Organizational Process Assets
    7. Origins of Projects
    8. Understanding Project Selection
      1. Benefit Measurement Methods
        1. Scoring Models
        2. Benefit Contributions
        3. Economic Models
      2. Constrained Optimization Methods
      3. Expert Judgment
    9. Triangular Relationship: Project, Program, and Portfolio
    10. Some Advanced Concepts
      1. Probability-Related Concepts
      2. Global Project Variables
      3. Baseline
      4. Project Management Office
    11. Big Picture of Project Management
    12. Summary
      1. Exam’s Eye View
    13. Review Questions
  6. 2. Project Integration Management
    1. Introduction
    2. Integration Management: Big Picture
    3. Developing the Project Charter
    4. Obtaining Project Charter Approval
    5. Developing the Project Management Plan
    6. Directing and Managing Project Execution
      1. Input to Directing and Managing Project Execution
      2. Tools and Techniques for Directing and Managing Project Execution
      3. Output of Directing and Managing Project Execution
    7. Monitoring and Controlling Project Work
    8. Performing Integrated Change Control
      1. Input to Integrated Change Control
      2. Tools and Techniques for Integrated Change Control
      3. Output from Integrated Change Control
    9. Performing Project Closure
      1. Input to the Close Project Process
      2. Output of the Close Project or Phase Process
    10. The Finishing Touch
      1. Reviewing the Project
      2. Releasing the Resources
      3. Saying Goodbye: The Project Turnover
    11. Summary
      1. Exam’s Eye View
    12. Review Questions
  7. 3. Project Scope Management
    1. Introduction
    2. Managing Scope: Big Picture
      1. Developing the Project Scope Management Plan
      2. Project Scope Management Processes
    3. Collecting Requirements for the Project
      1. Tools and Techniques for Collecting Requirements
      2. Output of Collecting Requirements
    4. Defining the Project Scope
      1. Input to Scope Definition
      2. Tools and Techniques for Scope Definition
      3. Output of Scope Definition
        1. Changes and Updates
        2. Project Scope Statement
    5. Creating a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
      1. Decomposition
      2. Output of Creating the WBS
    6. Before and After the WBS
    7. Controlling Scope
    8. Verifying the Scope of Project Deliverables
    9. Summary
      1. Exam’s Eye View
    10. Review Questions
  8. 4. Project Time Management
    1. Introduction
    2. Project Time Management: Big Picture
    3. Defining Activities
      1. Input to Defining Activities
      2. Tools and Techniques for Defining Activities
      3. Output of Defining Activities
    4. Sequencing Activities
      1. Tools and Techniques for Sequencing Activities
      2. Output of Sequencing Activities
    5. Estimating Activity Resource Requirements
      1. Input to Activity Resource Estimating
      2. Tools and Techniques for Activity Resource Estimating
      3. Output of Activity Resource Estimating
    6. Estimating Activity Duration
      1. Input to Activity Duration Estimating
      2. Tools and Techniques for Activity Duration Estimating
      3. Output of Activity Duration Estimating
    7. Developing the Project Schedule
      1. Input to Schedule Development
      2. Tools and Techniques for Schedule Development
        1. Schedule Network Analysis
        2. Schedule Compression
        3. Other Tools and Techniques
      3. Output of the Schedule Development Process
    8. Controlling Schedule
      1. Input to Schedule Control
      2. Tools and Techniques for Schedule Control
      3. Output of Schedule Control
    9. Summary
      1. Exam’s Eye View
    10. Review Questions
  9. 5. Project Cost Management
    1. Introduction
    2. Project Cost Management: Big Picture
    3. Estimating Project Costs
    4. Determining Project Budget
    5. Controlling Cost
    6. Measuring Performance
      1. Performance Measurement Analysis for Cost Control
        1. Cost Performance
        2. Schedule Performance in Terms of Cost
        3. Forecasting Techniques
    7. Scope, Schedule, and Cost: The Triple Constraint
    8. Summary
      1. Exam’s Eye View
    9. Review Questions
  10. 6. Project Human Resource Management
    1. Introduction
    2. Planning for Resources: Big Picture
    3. Human Resource Management: Big Picture
    4. Developing the Human Resource Plan
      1. Input to Human Resource Planning
      2. Tools and Techniques for Human Resource Planning
      3. Output of Human Resource Planning: The Human Resource Plan
    5. Acquiring a Project Team
      1. Input to Acquiring the Project Team
      2. Tools and Techniques for Acquiring the Project Team
      3. Output of Acquiring the Project Team
    6. Developing the Project Team
    7. Managing the Project Team
      1. Input to Managing the Project Team
      2. Tools and Techniques for Managing the Project Team
      3. Output of Managing the Project Team
    8. Motivating Your Team
    9. Summary
      1. Exam’s Eye View
    10. Review Questions
  11. 7. Project Communication Management
    1. Introduction
    2. Managing Project Communication: Big Picture
    3. Identifying the Project Stakeholders
      1. Input to Identifying Stakeholders
      2. Tools and Techniques for Identifying Stakeholders
      3. Output of Identifying Stakeholders
    4. Stakeholder Analysis
    5. Stakeholder Management Strategy
    6. Planning Project Communication
      1. Tools and Techniques for Communication Planning
        1. Communication Requirements Analysis
        2. Communication Technology Determination
        3. Communication Models and Methods
      2. Output of Communication Planning
        1. Communication Management Plan
        2. Updates to Project Documents
    7. Managing Stakeholder Expectations
    8. Distributing Information
      1. Input to Information Distribution
      2. Tools and Techniques for Information Distribution
      3. Output of Information Distribution
    9. Performance Reporting
      1. What Goes into Performance Reporting
      2. Tools and Techniques for Performance Reporting
      3. What Comes Out of Performance Reporting
    10. Summary
      1. Exam’s Eye View
    11. Review Questions
  12. 8. Project Quality Management
    1. Introduction
    2. Managing Quality: Big Picture
    3. Planning Quality
      1. Input to Quality Planning
      2. Tools and Techniques Used for Quality Planning
      3. Output of Quality Planning
    4. Performing Quality Assurance
      1. Input to Performing Quality Assurance
      2. Tools and Techniques for Performing Quality Assurance
      3. Output of Performing Quality Assurance
    5. Controlling Quality
      1. Input to Quality Control
      2. Tools and Techniques for Quality Control
        1. Seven Basic Tools of Quality
          1. Flowcharts
          2. Run Charts
          3. Scatter Diagrams
          4. Histograms
          5. Pareto Diagrams
        2. Control Charts
        3. Cause and Effect Diagram
        4. Other Quality Control Tools
      3. Output of Quality Control
    6. Summary
      1. Exam’s Eye View
    7. Review Questions
  13. 9. Project Risk Management
    1. Introduction
    2. Managing Risks: The Big Picture
    3. Planning Risk Management
      1. Developing the Risk Management Plan
      2. Risk Management Plan
    4. Identifying Risks
      1. Input to Risk Identification
      2. Tools and Techniques for Risk Identification
      3. The Risk Register: The Output of Risk Identification
    5. Analyzing Risks
    6. Performing Qualitative Analysis
      1. Input to Qualitative Risk Analysis
      2. Tools and Techniques for Qualitative Risk Analysis
      3. Output of Qualitative Risk Analysis: Updated Risk Register
    7. Performing Quantitative Analysis
      1. Input to Quantitative Analysis
      2. Tools and Techniques for Quantitative Analysis
      3. Output of Quantitative Risk Analysis: Updated Risk Register
    8. Planning Risk Response
      1. Input to Risk Response Planning
      2. Tools and Techniques for Risk Response Planning
        1. Response Strategies for Threats
        2. Response Strategies for Opportunities
        3. Response Strategies for Both Threats and Opportunities
      3. Output of Risk Response Planning
    9. Monitoring and Controlling Risks
      1. Tools and Techniques for Risk Monitoring and Controlling
      2. Output from Risk Monitoring and Controlling
    10. The Big Picture of Quality and Risk Management
    11. Summary
      1. Exam’s Eye View
    12. Review Questions
  14. 10. Project Procurement Management
    1. Introduction
    2. Procuring the Project Resources: Big Picture
      1. Planning for Procurement
      2. Make or Buy Decision
      3. Determining Contract Types
      4. Procurement Management Plan
    3. Conducting Procurements
      1. Input to Conducting Procurements
      2. Tools and Techniques for Conducting Procurements
      3. Output of Conducting Procurements
    4. Administering Procurements
    5. Performing Procurement Closure
      1. Input to Closing Procurements
      2. Tools and Techniques for Closing Procurements
      3. Output of Closing Procurements
    6. Summary
      1. Exam’s Eye View
    7. Review Questions
  15. A. Answers and Solutions to Study Checkpoint Exercises
    1. Chapter 1
      1. Study Checkpoint 1.1
      2. Study Checkpoint 1.2
      3. Study Checkpoint 1.3
      4. Study Checkpoint 1.4
      5. Study Checkpoint 1.5
      6. Study Checkpoint 1.6
      7. Study Checkpoint 1.7
      8. Study Checkpoint 1.8
    2. Chapter 2
      1. Study Checkpoint 2.1
      2. Study Checkpoint 2.2
      3. Study Checkpoint 2.3
      4. Study Checkpoint 2.4
      5. Study Checkpoint 2.5
      6. Study Checkpoint 2.6
    3. Chapter 3
      1. Study Checkpoint 3.1
      2. Study Checkpoint 3.2
      3. Study Checkpoint 3.3
      4. Study Checkpoint 3.4
      5. Study Checkpoint 3.5
      6. Study Checkpoint 3.6
    4. Chapter 4
      1. Study Checkpoint 4.1
      2. Study Checkpoint 4.2
      3. Study Checkpoint 4.3
    5. Chapter 5
      1. Study Checkpoint 5.1
      2. Study Checkpoint 5.2
      3. Study Checkpoint 5.3
      4. Study Checkpoint 5.4
      5. Study Checkpoint 5.5
      6. Study Checkpoint 5.6
      7. Study Checkpoint 5.7
      8. Study Checkpoint 5.8
    6. Chapter 6
      1. Study Checkpoint 6.1
      2. Study Checkpoint 6.2
    7. Chapter 7
      1. Study Checkpoint 7.1
      2. Study Checkpoint 7.2
      3. Study Checkpoint 7.3
      4. Study Checkpoint 7.4
      5. Study Checkpoint 7.5
    8. Chapter 8
      1. Study Checkpoint 8.1
      2. Study Checkpoint 8.2
      3. Study Checkpoint 8.3
      4. Study Checkpoint 8.4
      5. Study Checkpoint 8.5
      6. Study Checkpoint 8.6
    9. Chapter 9
      1. Study Checkpoint 9.1
      2. Study Checkpoint 9.2
    10. Chapter 10
      1. Study Checkpoint 10.1
      2. Study Checkpoint 10.2
      3. Study Checkpoint 10.3
  16. B. Answers and Explanations for Chapter Review Questions
    1. Chapter 1
    2. Chapter 2
    3. Chapter 3
    4. Chapter 4
    5. Chapter 5
    6. Chapter 6
    7. Chapter 7
    8. Chapter 8
    9. Chapter 9
    10. Chapter 10
  17. C. Glossary