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PMP Project Management Professional Exam Deluxe Study Guide: Updated for the 2015 Exam, 2nd Edition

Book Description

Review for the updated 2015 PMP® exam with complete, interactive online practice

UPDATE: The PMP® exam update has moved to January 11, 2016 to allow all stakeholders adequate time to prepare for this change

PMP® Project Management Professional Exam Deluxe Study Guide is your comprehensive solution for studying for the PMP®. Fully updated to align with the Project Management Institute's latest exam, this guide provides detailed information on initiating the project, planning the project, executing the project, monitoring the project, and much more. The material covers 100% of the exam objectives, and each chapter includes a list of objectives followed by in-depth discussion, real-world scenarios, and sidebars that relate each topic to your current project. Each chapter concludes with comprehensive review questions and 'Exam Essentials' that aid in self-assessment. Gain access to the Sybex Interactive Online Learning Environment, featuring an assessment test, practice exam questions, hundreds of electronic flashcards, a PDF glossary, audio instruction, and free ebook to help you focus your learning. Two bonus CAPM® exams make this book equally valuable for those studying for the Associate in Project Management certification.

  • Review a wide range of PMP® concepts, topics, and terms
  • Learn how important topics are applied in the real world
  • Test your understanding with comprehensive review questions
  • Practice with electronic flash cards and sample exam questions
  • 30 days of free video training provides access to over 20 hours of hands-on PMP training from the subject-matter experts at ITProTV

The clear explanations of key concepts and terms will help you feel more confident going into the exam, and the logical flow of material helps you integrate each individual topic into a single cohesive knowledge base. For the ultimate in PMP exam preparation, the PMP® Project Management Professional Exam Deluxe Study Guide, 2nd Edition is your one-stop solution.

(CAPM, PMP, and Project Management Professional are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.)

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. About the Author
  6. Contents at a Glance
  7. Contents
  8. Introduction
  9. Assessment Test
  10. Chapter 1: What Is a Project?
    1. Is It a Project?
      1. Projects vs. Operations
      2. Stakeholders
      3. Project Characteristics
    2. What Is Project Management?
      1. Programs
      2. Portfolios
      3. Project Management Offices
    3. Skills Every Good Project Manager Needs
      1. Communication Skills
      2. Organizational and Planning Skills
      3. Conflict Management Skills
      4. Negotiation and Influencing Skills
      5. Leadership Skills
      6. Team-Building and Motivating Skills
      7. Role of a Project Manager
    4. Understanding Organizational Structures
      1. Functional Organizations
      2. Projectized Organizations
      3. Matrix Organizations
      4. Project-Based Organizations
    5. Understanding Project Life Cycles and Project Management Processes
      1. Project Phases and Project Life Cycles
      2. Project Management Process Groups
    6. Understanding How This Applies to Your Next Project
    7. Summary
    8. Exam Essentials
    9. Review Questions
  11. Chapter 2: Creating the Project Charter
    1. Exploring the Project Management Knowledge Areas
      1. Project Integration Management
      2. Project Scope Management
      3. Project Time Management
      4. Project Cost Management
      5. Project Quality Management
      6. Project Human Resource Management
      7. Project Communications Management
      8. Project Risk Management
      9. Project Procurement Management
      10. Project Stakeholder Management
    2. Understanding How Projects Come About
      1. Needs and Demands
      2. Feasibility Studies
      3. Performing Project Selection and Assessment
      4. Using Project Selection Methods
      5. Applying Project Selection Methods
    3. Kicking Off the Project Charter
      1. Project Statement of Work
      2. Business Case
      3. Agreements
      4. Enterprise Environmental Factors
      5. Organizational Process Assets
      6. Tools and Techniques
    4. Formalizing and Publishing the Project Charter
      1. Pulling the Project Charter Together
      2. Key Stakeholders
      3. Project Charter Sign-Off
    5. Identifying Stakeholders
      1. Identify Stakeholders Inputs
      2. Stakeholder Analysis
      3. Stakeholder Register and Strategy
    6. Introducing the Kitchen Heaven Project Case Study
    7. Understanding How This Applies to Your Next Project
    8. Summary
    9. Exam Essentials
    10. Review Questions
  12. Chapter 3: Developing the Project Scope Statement
    1. Developing the Project Management Plan
      1. Developing Inputs
      2. Documenting the Project Management Plan
    2. Plan Scope Management
      1. Understanding the Plan Scope Management Inputs
      2. Using Plan Scope Management Tools and Techniques
      3. Documenting the Scope Management Plan
      4. Documenting the Requirements Management Plan
    3. Collecting Requirements
      1. Using the Tools and Techniques of the Collect Requirements Process
      2. Documenting Requirements
    4. Defining Scope
      1. Product Analysis
      2. Alternatives Generation
    5. Writing the Project Scope Statement
      1. Understanding the Scope Statement Components
      2. Approving and Publishing the Project Scope Statement
      3. Updating the Project Documents
    6. Creating the Work Breakdown Structure
      1. Gathering the WBS Inputs
      2. Decomposing the Deliverables
      3. Constructing the WBS
      4. Creating WBS Process Outputs
    7. Understanding How This Applies to Your Next Project
    8. Summary
    9. Exam Essentials
    10. Review Questions
  13. Chapter 4: Creating the Project Schedule
    1. Creating the Schedule Management Plan
    2. Defining Activities
      1. Define Activities Process Inputs
      2. Tools and Techniques for Defining Activities
      3. Define Activities Outputs
    3. Understanding the Sequence Activities Process
      1. Sequence Activities Tools and Techniques
      2. Sequence Activities Outputs
    4. Estimating Activity Resources
      1. Estimate Activity Resources Inputs
      2. Estimate Activity Resources Tools and Techniques
      3. Estimate Activity Resources Outputs
    5. Estimating Activity Durations
      1. Estimate Activity Durations Inputs
      2. Estimate Activity Durations Tools and Techniques
      3. Estimate Activity Durations Outputs
    6. Developing the Project Schedule
      1. Develop Schedule Inputs
      2. Develop Schedule Tools and Techniques
      3. Scheduling Process Outputs
    7. Understanding How This Applies to Your Next Project
    8. Summary
    9. Exam Essentials
    10. Review Questions
  14. Chapter 5: Developing the Project Budget and Communicating the Plan
    1. Creating the Project Cost Management Plan
      1. Performing Plan Cost Management
      2. Creating the Cost Management Plan
    2. Estimating Costs
      1. Estimate Costs Inputs
      2. Tools and Techniques to Estimate Costs
      3. Estimate Costs Process Outputs
    3. Establishing the Cost Baseline
      1. Determine Budget Inputs
      2. Determine Budget Tools and Techniques
      3. Determine Budget Process Outputs
    4. Understanding Stakeholders
      1. Analyzing Stakeholders
      2. Stakeholder Management Plan
    5. Communicating the Plan
      1. Plan Communications Management Inputs
      2. Tools and Techniques for Plan Communications Management
      3. Plan Communications Management Outputs
    6. Understanding How This Applies to Your Next Project
    7. Summary
    8. Exam Essentials
    9. Review Questions
  15. Chapter 6: Risk Planning
    1. Planning for Risks
    2. Planning Your Risk Management
      1. Plan Risk Management Inputs
      2. Tools and Techniques for Plan Risk Management
      3. Creating the Risk Management Plan
    3. Identifying Potential Risk
      1. Identify Risks Inputs
      2. Tools and Techniques for Identify Risks
      3. Identify Risks Outputs
    4. Analyzing Risks Using Qualitative Techniques
      1. Perform Qualitative Risk Analysis Inputs
      2. Tools and Techniques for Perform Qualitative Risk Analysis
      3. Ranking Risks in the Risk Register
    5. Quantifying Risk
      1. Tools and Techniques for Perform Quantitative Risk Analysis
      2. Perform Quantitative Risk Analysis Outputs
    6. Developing a Risk Response Plan
      1. Tools and Techniques for Plan Risk Responses
      2. Plan Risk Responses Outputs
    7. Understanding How This Applies to Your Next Project
    8. Summary
    9. Exam Essentials
    10. Review Questions
  16. Chapter 7: Planning Project Resources
    1. Procurement Planning
      1. Plan Procurement Management Inputs
      2. Tools and Techniques for Plan Procurement Management
      3. Plan Procurement Management Outputs
    2. Developing the Human Resource Management Plan
      1. Plan Human Resource Management Inputs
      2. Plan Human Resource Management Tools and Techniques
      3. Plan Human Resource Management Outputs
    3. Quality Planning
      1. Plan Quality Management Inputs
      2. Tools and Techniques for Plan Quality Management
      3. Plan Quality Management Outputs
    4. Bringing It All Together
    5. Understanding How This Applies to Your Next Project
    6. Summary
    7. Exam Essentials
    8. Review Questions
  17. Chapter 8: Developing the Project Team
    1. Directing and Managing Project Work
      1. Direct and Manage Project Work Inputs
      2. Tools and Techniques of Direct and Manage Project Work
      3. Outputs of Direct and Manage Project Work
    2. Acquiring the Project Team
      1. Acquire Project Team Inputs
      2. Tools and Techniques of Acquire Project Team
      3. Outputs of Acquire Project Team
    3. Developing the Project Team
      1. Tools and Techniques of Develop Project Team
      2. Outputs of Develop Project Team
    4. Managing Project Teams
      1. Tools and Techniques for Managing Teams
      2. Managing Project Team Outputs
    5. Understanding How This Applies to Your Next Project
    6. Summary
    7. Exam Essentials
    8. Review Questions
  18. Chapter 9: Conducting Procurements and Sharing Information
    1. Conducting Procurements
      1. Conduct Procurements Tools and Techniques
      2. Conduct Procurements Outputs
    2. Laying Out Quality Assurance Procedures
      1. Inputs to Perform Quality Assurance
      2. Perform Quality Assurance Tools and Techniques
      3. Perform Quality Assurance Outputs
    3. Managing Project Information
      1. Tools and Techniques of Manage Communications
      2. Output of Manage Communications
    4. Managing Stakeholder Engagement
      1. Manage Stakeholder Engagement Inputs
      2. Tools and Techniques for Manage Stakeholder Engagement
      3. Manage Stakeholder Engagement Outputs
    5. Understanding How This Applies to Your Next Project
    6. Summary
    7. Exam Essentials
    8. Review Questions
  19. Chapter 10: Measuring and Controlling Project Performance
    1. Monitoring and Controlling Project Work
      1. Monitor and Control Project Work Inputs
      2. Monitor and Control Project Work Outputs
    2. Controlling Procurements
      1. Controlling Procurements Inputs
      2. Control Procurements Tools and Techniques
      3. Managing Control Procurements Outputs
    3. Controlling Communications
      1. Control Communications Inputs
      2. Control Communications Tools and Techniques
      3. Control Communications Outputs
    4. Managing Perform Integrated Change Control
      1. How Change Occurs
      2. Change Control Concerns
      3. Configuration Control
      4. Change Control System
      5. Perform Integrated Change Control Inputs, Tools and Techniques, and Outputs
    5. Controlling Stakeholder Engagement
    6. Understanding How This Applies to Your Next Project
    7. Summary
    8. Exam Essentials
    9. Review Questions
  20. Chapter 11: Controlling Work Results
    1. Monitoring and Controlling Risk
      1. Control Risks Inputs
      2. Control Risks Tools and Techniques
      3. Control Risks Outputs
    2. Managing Cost Changes
      1. Control Costs Inputs
      2. Control Costs Tools and Techniques
      3. Control Costs Outputs
    3. Monitoring and Controlling Schedule Changes
      1. Control Schedule Inputs
      2. Control Schedule Tools and Techniques
      3. Control Schedule Outputs
    4. Utilizing Control Quality Techniques
      1. Control Quality Inputs
      2. Control Quality Tools and Techniques
      3. Control Quality Outputs
    5. Validating Project Scope
    6. Controlling Scope
      1. Control Scope Inputs
      2. Control Scope Tools and Techniques
      3. Control Scope Outputs
    7. Understanding How This Applies to Your Next Project
    8. Summary
    9. Exam Essentials
    10. Review Questions
  21. Chapter 12: Closing the Project and Applying Professional Responsibility
    1. Formulating Project Closeout
      1. Characteristics of Closing
      2. Project Endings
    2. Closing Out the Project
      1. Administrative Closure Procedures
      2. Close Project or Phase Inputs
      3. Close Project or Phase Tools and Techniques
      4. Close Project or Phase Outputs
    3. Closing Out the Procurements
      1. Close Procurements Inputs
      2. Close Procurements Tools and Techniques
      3. Close Procurements Outputs
      4. Celebrate!
      5. Releasing Project Team Members
    4. Balancing Stakeholders’ Interests at Project Close
      1. Competing Needs
      2. Dealing with Issues and Problems
      3. Balancing Constraints
    5. Professional Responsibility
      1. Responsibility
      2. Respect
      3. Fairness
      4. Honesty
      5. Role Delineation Study
    6. Applying Professional Knowledge
      1. Project Management Knowledge
      2. Education Providers
      3. Industry Knowledge
    7. Understanding How This Applies to Your Next Project
    8. Summary
    9. Exam Essentials
  22. Appendices
    1. Appendix A: Answers to Review Questions
    2. Appendix B: Process Inputs and Outputs
      1. Initiating Processes
      2. Planning Processes
      3. Executing Processes
      4. Monitoring and Controlling Processes
      5. Closing Processes
  23. Index
  24. Comprehensive Online Learning Environment