Project Management: The Definitive Guide for PMP
The Definitive Guide to Project Management
The purpose of this guide is to help you broaden and consolidate your project management knowledge, whether you are new to the area or already working for years.
It is also an excellent support tool if you are preparing the PMP – Project Management Professional certification exam as it will help you to supplement the information contained in the PMBOK Fifth Edition Guide which is the study basis for the current version of the certification exam.
PMP Certification is the most widely used and globally accredited project management accreditation.
Over the next few years the specialization in project management is going to experience an important boom and growth. According to studies published by the PMI (Project Management Institute) between 2010 and 2020 15.7 million jobs with the role of project managers will be created.
Currently in most project management job offers, it is required as an indispensable or highly recommended requirement to be certified as PMP, and in many cases may have a differential impact on the career of a project manager.
So if you are looking to specialize in the area of project management or already work as a manager and want to enhance your career, the PMP Certification is essential in your CV.
In the guide you will find your own resources and other colleagues who usually share their experiences and knowledge in their blogs, among others: Alejandro Acosta @ aleco44 | Carlos J. Pampliega @CJPampliega | Alejandro J.Roman @RomtechPMP | Ana Aranda @anuskiaranda
You can read the guide from beginning to end or use the links of the index of contents that you will find under these lines to consult directly the area of knowledge in which you have interest.
Chapter 1: Introduction to PMP Certification: Value and Requirements
The PMP exam is aligned with the RDS “Role Delineation Study” which provides an updated description of the role of the project manager based on the perspectives and realities of professionals from all industries worldwide, to further ensure the validity and relevance Of the test.
The exam is not only based on the PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) guide, but the content of the exam is described in the PMP Examination Content Outline.
In addition to the information contained in the PMBOK, in the PMP exam questions may appear (and appear) that are not covered in the same pertaining to the body of general knowledge in project management and that therefore will be difficult to answer if we have no experience Previous or have read other books and recommended materials.
Therefore one of the main objectives of this guide is to complement the PMBOK information with quality articles and references so that you can expand your knowledge in the area of project management and improve the chances of success on the day of the exam.
The following resources will help you understand the value of the PMP Certification and the requirements for access to it:
Chapter 2: How do we integrate all the areas and processes of a project?
One of the main areas of knowledge in project management is integration.
It is the end of every project manager, like a good orchestra director who gets all the instruments coordinated and not out of tune. The mission of the project manager as an integrating figure is to ensure that all areas of knowledge are executed correctly.
Unification, integration and consolidation are crucial to achieving project objectives and stakeholder satisfaction.
Here are some resources for you to dig deep into integration:
Chapter 3: Define scope or what is the same: What is part of the project and what is not?
Proper project scope management will include all necessary processes to ensure that the project includes all the work required, and only the work required to complete the project successfully.
Reach management is part of good project management and is important for:
Do not do more than you should in a project
Do not do less than you owe in a project
Do not incur extra expenses
Control project scope changes
Chapter 4: Time is money, learn to manage it like a pro
Time management is an important element in the management of projects for the proper execution of project tasks, and includes the following activities:
Define and Sort activities within a project
Determine the necessary resources
Determine duration of activities
Chapter 5: How to manage project costs without dying in the attempt?
The management of costs in a project includes planning, estimation, budget definition and cost control so that the project ends within the established budget. It is one of the areas of the PMP exam that tend to cause more respect, because several formulas, concepts and definitions come into play that are not always easy to understand.
Chapter 6: The Best Techniques and Tools for Managing and Controlling Quality
The PMBOK Guide defines quality as “the degree to which the project meets the requirements”
It is an important area in project management and includes all activities within the organization to determine the quality policies, objectives and responsibilities for the project to meet the needs for which it was designed.
Chapter 7: People and the team, learn to manage and enhance their qualities
Within the human resources management of the project, all the processes that organize and manage the work team would appear, I understand as a team all those people with specific roles in the project (important to involve them as soon as possible in the planning stages).
Chapter 8: The Greatest Responsibility of the Project Manager: Communicating – Techniques and Strategies
According to the PMBOK most of the time the Project Manager should be communicating with stakeholders, that is, with their team, sponsor, and other figures that are impacted by the project. Therefore communication is one of the key knowledge areas within the management of a project.
Read the following articles to dig deeper into this key area in project management:
Chapter 9: How to eliminate up to 90% risk in a project?
What is a risk and how is it managed?
A Risk is any event or uncertain event that if it occurs has impact at least on a project objective, such as Scope, Time, Cost or Quality. Risk management are therefore the processes related to the planning, identification, analysis, response, monitoring and control of the risks of a project.
Chapter 10: Do you need something and do not have it? It’s time to buy – Manage project purchases
If we need something external to the organization, that we can not generate ourselves, we will need to buy / acquire either a product, service, etc.
The purchases in the project will be the processes to buy or acquire the necessary products, services or results outside the organization to carry out the work.
The role of the project manager in this area of knowledge is:
Know the procurement process
Understand contract clauses
Manage risk introduced in contracts (transfer)
Collaborate with purchases
Chapter 11: Best techniques for managing project stakeholders
The stakeholders of a project are the people / organizations (clients, sponsors, project organization, entities, associations, etc.) whose interests may be affected positively or negatively by the project implementation. It is one of the main areas in project management, closely linked to the area of communication.
About the interested parties:
Critical to the success of the project identify them as soon as possible
Analyze your interests, expectations and influence
Define a strategy for each identified stakeholder
Chapter 12: Tips & Tricks for Exam Day
In this last chapter of the guide I enclose some tips that I hope together with the contents of this guide will help you to extend your knowledge in the area of project management and improve your options to successfully pass the PMP exam in the first attempt.