Passing the #PMP Exam—Study Group Discussions (introduction)

1. Introduction

In May and June 2012, I attended a class put on by the Project Management Institute or PMI’s Orange County chapter that was designed to prepare its members to pass the test for certification as a Project Management Professional or PMP. It was an intensive, all-day class held on Saturdays and it just recently completed.

During that class, I organized a study group and we discussed each chapter of the Project Management Body of Knowledge or PMBOK® Guide before each weekend of instruction.   The entire class had a study guide called

Achieve PMP Exam Success by Margaret Chu, Diane Altwies, and Janice Preston.

which we used in class to collectively go over the end-of-chapter review questions.  Based on recommendations from those that took the class before and passed the exam, our study group got a more substantial exam guide,

PMP Exam Prep, Seventh Edition: Rita’s Course in a Book for Passing the PMP Exam by Rita Mulcahy.

Other study groups used different books, such as the guide by Kim Heldman or Andy Crowe, but our group just decided to use the Rita Mulcahy book as a supplemental resource based on the personal recommendations we received.

Now the class is over with but people in our study group are now doing a review of the material we covered in class in preparation for taking the actual test. I am happy to say that one of our study group members, Peter, already passed the exam and is now officially a Project Management Professional or PMP!

That is a tremendous encouragement to the rest of us in the study group.  I’m hearing reports back from one or two members of other study groups that they have passed the test as well.

2. Purpose

The purpose of these blog posts is to uncover those subjects we covered during the course of our review which we felt needed more attention paid to them because they were either very complicated or we were getting a lot of practice questions wrong in our end-of-chapter reviews.

NOTE: For tips on HOW to study for the PMP exam, see my blog post

These posts will go over the details of certain concepts presented from the PMBOK® Guide chapters 1-3, Overview, Framework, and Processes, and then the concepts that come from the various knowledge areas presented in chapters 4-12 (Integration, Scope, Time, Cost, Quality, Human Resources, Communications, Risk, Procurement).  There will be a separate discussion of the Professional Responsibility or ethics guidelines recommended by the PMI that is not contained in the PMBOK® Guide itself.

The next blog posts will cover the following topics from Chapter 1—Introduction:

  • Distinction between project and operational work
  • Distinction between project, program, and portfolio
  • Function of a Project Management Office

These posts will not cover EVERYTHING that it is in Chapter 1; however, they cover those topics which caused many of us to miss practice exam questions the first time around and therefore warrant a bit more close attention.

5 Responses

  1. Hi Jerome,

    We are a project management training company. We would like to know if you’d be interested at all to publish our weekly PMP exam tips and monthly articles about project management in your blog.

    I can send you some of the most recent contents we have published in the last few weeks so you can assess if these will be a good fit to your readers.

    I will appreciate your reply.

    • Yes, please send me some of your recent contents and I will consider publishing your exam tips and articles. Thank you for your attention to my blog posts.

      • Hi Jerome. May I know the email address where I can send you the tips and articles? Thanks!

      • Yes, I am at “jerome underscore rowley at”. I intend to go through the rest of the chapters of the book outlining the discussions our study group had regarding the material in the PMBOK guide.

  2. I already sent you the contents to through email. Thank you!

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