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PMP Exam Cram™ 2, Second Edition

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The PMP Exam Cram 2, Second Edition provides PMP exam candidates a condensed and focused study vehicle. Organized for optimal learning of criccal project management steps, it covers all objective areas presented by PMI. Candidates using the PMP Exam Cram 2, Second Edition will be able to easily decipher and effectively use PMI's PMBOK. You'll also find notes, tips and cautions to extend on PMP content, and it will explain the differences between traditional methods of project management and what PMI considers to be good project management techniques. Exam Alerts will help alert you to content that will most likely appear on the PMP exam, and practice questions are found both in the book and on the accompanying CD-ROM. You'll even be prepared for last-minute studying with the Cram Sheet tearcard. Give yourself the best chance possible for a great test score with the PMP Exam Cram 2, Second Edition.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. About the Authors
  3. Acknowledgments
  4. We Want to Hear from You!
  5. Introduction
    1. The Project Management Institute
    2. What’s New in the PMBOK, Third Edition
    3. The PMP Certification Process
      1. Registering for the PMP Certification Exam
        1. Application Submittal
        2. Application Fee and PMI Membership
        3. Audit
        4. Examination Administration
        5. Reexamination
        6. Cancellation
        7. Refund
      2. Arriving at the Exam Site
      3. In the Exam Room
        1. Pretest Tutorial
        2. Time Allotted for the Test
        3. Answer the PMI Way
        4. Pace Yourself During the Exam
        5. Exam Room Surveillance
        6. Grading Your Exam
      4. Study and Exam Preparation
    4. About the Book
    5. Using This Book
      1. Chapter Formats
  6. Self-Assessment
    1. PMP in the Real World
    2. The Ideal PMP Candidate
      1. Education and Project Management Experience
        1. Applications with a University Degree
        2. Applications Without a University Degree
      2. Experience Verification
    3. Testing Your Exam Readiness
    4. Pretest
  7. 1. Project Management Framework Fundamentals
    1. Understanding the Project Management Framework
    2. What a Project Is and What It Is Not
      1. A Project Is Temporary
      2. A Project Is an Endeavor Undertaken to Produce a Unique Product or Service
      3. Programs, Portfolios, and the PMO
    3. What Project Management Is
    4. Project Management Knowledge Areas
    5. Knowledge Area Changes in the PMBOK Guide, Third Edition
    6. How Project Management Affects Other Areas of Management
      1. Understanding Application Area Knowledge and Standards
      2. Understanding General Management Skills
      3. Understanding Interpersonal Skills
    7. Understanding Project Life Cycles
    8. Who Are the Stakeholders?
      1. The Project Manager
    9. Working with Organizational Politics and Influences
    10. Differentiating Functional, Matrix, and Projectized Organizational Structures
      1. Functional Organizational Structure
      2. Matrix Organizational Structure
      3. Projectized Organizational Structure
    11. Understanding the Project Environment
    12. Managing the Triple Constraint
    13. Project Management Process Groups
    14. Understanding Project Life Cycle and Project Management Processes Relationships
    15. Processes, Process Groups, and Knowledge Areas
    16. Understanding Process Interaction Customization
    17. Exam Prep Questions
    18. Answers to Exam Prep Questions
    19. Need to Know More?
  8. 2. Understanding Project Initiation
    1. The Function of Project Initiation
    2. The Project Charter and Its Purpose
    3. The Project Manager Assignment
    4. Developing the Project Charter—Tools and Techniques
      1. Project Selection Methods
        1. Benefit Measurement Methods
        2. Mathematical Models
      2. Project Management Methodology
      3. Project Management Information System
      4. Expert Judgment
    5. Using Management by Objectives
    6. Accounting Concepts Used with Project Initiation
    7. Developing the Preliminary Project Scope Statement
    8. Exam Prep Questions
    9. Answers to Exam Prep Questions
    10. Need to Know More?
  9. 3. The Project Planning Process Group
    1. Understanding PMI’s Project Planning Process Group
    2. Exploring Key Aspects of the Planning Processes
    3. Developing the Project Management Plan
    4. Scope Management
      1. Work Breakdown Structure: A Common and Dangerous Omission
    5. Activity Planning—From WBS to Project Schedule
      1. Defining Activities
      2. Sequencing Activities
      3. Network Diagrams
        1. Precedence Diagramming Method
        2. Arrow Diagramming Method
      4. Estimating Activity Resources
      5. Estimating Activity Durations
      6. Developing the Project Schedule
        1. Critical Path
        2. Float
    6. Critical Cost Estimating Factors
    7. Exam Prep Questions
    8. Answers to Exam Prep Questions
    9. Need to Know More?
  10. 4. Elements of Project Planning
    1. Additional Project Management Plan Components
      1. Risk Management Planning
      2. Human Resource Planning
      3. Quality Management Planning
      4. Process Improvement Plan
      5. Procurement Management Planning
      6. Communication Management Plan
      7. Other Significant Items Found in Project Management Plans
    2. Understanding Key Risk Management Principles and PMI’s Risk Management Philosophy
    3. The Risk Methodology
      1. Risk Management Planning and Risk Response Planning
      2. Risk Breakdown Structure
      3. Risk Probability and Impact
      4. Risk Identification, Analysis, Response Planning, and Monitoring/Controlling
        1. Risk Identification
          1. The Risk Register
        2. Qualitative and Quantitative Risk Analysis
        3. Responses to Positive and Negative Risk
        4. Risk Monitoring and Controlling
    4. Activity Resource Estimating, Cost Estimating, and Organizational Planning
      1. The Project Manager’s HR Responsibilities
      2. Key Human Resource Principles
      3. The Staffing Management Plan
    5. Understanding Key Quality Management Principles and PMI’s Management Philosophy
      1. Quality Theories and PMI Quality Management Approach
      2. The Plan-Do-Check-Act Cycle
      3. Quality Approaches and Project Management
      4. The Cost of Quality
      5. Differences Among Quality Planning, Quality Assurance, and Quality Control
    6. Understanding Key Procurement Management Principles and PMI’s Procurement Management Philosophy
      1. The Make/Buy Decision
      2. The Contract Statement of Work
      3. Contract Types
      4. The Procurement Management Plan
    7. Building a Communication Plan
    8. Exam Prep Questions
    9. Answers to Exam Prep Questions
    10. Need to Know More?
  11. 5. Project Management Executing Processes
    1. Executing a Project Management Plan
      1. Project Execution
      2. Ensuring Quality
      3. Acquiring and Developing the Project Team
        1. Team Development
        2. Team Motivation
        3. Team Formation
      4. Distributing Information
        1. Tools and Techniques for Information Distribution
          1. Communication Skills
          2. Information Gathering and Retrieval
          3. Information Distribution
          4. Lessons Learned
      5. Managing Project Procurement
        1. Request Seller Responses and Selecting Sellers
    2. Exam Prep Questions
    3. Answers to Exam Prep Questions
    4. Need to Know More?
  12. 6. Project Control
    1. What Is Project Control?
      1. Factors That Cause Project Change
      2. Approving Project Changes
      3. The Project Feedback Loop
      4. Providing Corrective Action for a Project
      5. Using the WBS to Control the Project Scope
      6. Identifying Variance with Earned Value Management
      7. Measuring Quality Control
        1. Diagrams and Charts Used to Measure Quality Control
      8. Managing Your Project Team
        1. Popular Behavioral Theories Used in Human Resource Management
      9. Communicating How Your Project Is Performing
      10. Risk Monitoring and Risk Control
      11. Contract Administration
    2. Exam Prep Questions
    3. Answers to Exam Prep Questions
    4. Need to Know More?
  13. 7. Project Closing
    1. The Project Closing Process Group
      1. Closing Out a Contract
      2. Project Closure Criteria
      3. Lessons Learned
      4. Ending a Contract or Project
      5. Final Review Meetings
    2. Exam Prep Questions
    3. Answers to Exam Prep Questions
    4. Need to Know More?
  14. 8. Professional Responsibility
    1. PMI PMP Code of Professional Conduct
    2. Understanding Responsibilities to the Profession
      1. Compliance with All Organizational Rules and Policies
        1. Accurate and Truthful Representations
        2. Violations of PMI PMP Code of Professional Conduct
        3. Cooperation with PMI Investigations
        4. Disclosure of Conflict of Interest
      2. Candidate/Certificant Professional Practice
      3. Advancement of the Profession
    3. Understanding Responsibilities to Customers and the Public
      1. Qualifications, Experience, and Performance of Professional Services
      2. Conflict of Interest Situations and Other Prohibited Professional Conduct
    4. Conclusions
    5. Exam Prep Questions
    6. Answers to Exam Prep Questions
    7. Need to Know More?
  15. 9. PMP Practice Exam 1
    1. Test-taking Tips
    2. Passing the Exam
    3. Exam Topics
    4. Exam Questions
  16. 10. Answers to Practice Exam 1
  17. 11. PMP Practice Exam 2
  18. 12. Answers to Practice Exam 2
  19. A. CD Contents and Installation Instructions
    1. Multiple Test Modes
      1. Study Mode
      2. Certification Mode
      3. Custom Mode
      4. Adaptive Mode
      5. Missed Question Mode
      6. Non-Duplicate Mode
    2. Question Types
    3. Random Questions and Order of Answers
    4. Detailed Explanations of Correct and Incorrect Answers
    5. Attention to Exam Objectives
    6. Installing the CD
      1. Creating a Shortcut to the MeasureUp Practice Tests
    7. Technical Support
  20. B. Additional Resources
    1. Websites
      1. Web-based Study
    2. Books
  21. Glossary