Passing the #PMP Exam—Study Group Discussions (Chapter 2—Project Management Framework Introduction)

PMBOK® Guide Chapter 1 is entitled Introduction and as you would expect, it introduces the concept of the project, distinguishing it from the concept of ongoing operational work. It discusses the two levels of management above project management, program and portfolio management. And it introduces the Project Management Office, which centralizes and coordinates project management.

 Chapter 2 of the PMBOK® Guide is called Framework and it shows:

 i.  the relationship of the project life cycle (how you do the work of the project) to the project process groups (how you manage the work of the project)

ii.  the cost and risk levels associated with different parts of the life cycle;

iii.  how large projects can be broken up into project phases;

iv.  how the question of doing projects vs. operational work is affected by the way the company is organized

v. the advantages and/or disadvantages for project management of various types of company organization (functional, projectized, weak/balanced/strong matrix, composite)

vi.  the different categories of stakeholders and how they can influence a project

All of these topics are ones that led to significant discussions in our study group and which led to questions that were initially missed in our end-of-chapter review questions. I hope that the next series of blog posts based on our study group discussions help to clarify these concepts from Chapter 2 and make you successful in handling questions on the exam that deal with them.

NOTE:   There is one topic from Chapter 1 which I realized I needed to write about only after completing the other posts on that chapter.  That’s because the concept is one that has evolved over time and that is “what are the types of constraint that a project has to take into consideration?”   There used to be three categories, and now there are seven and upwards to be considered.   I will deal with that topic in the post tomorrow (on Saturday 07/07).    

On Sunday, I will have post on the first chapter of the Transformation fitness program by Bill Phillips, and then on Monday 07/09 I will start with the individual topics of Chapter 2 that I list above.  


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