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PMP Exam Prep in 3 Weeks Part 2

Topic: Business
Samuel Parri

Just like a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) validates expertise for accountants, the Project Management Professional (PMP), established by the Project Management Institute (PMI), recognizes your ability to manage projects. To pass the certification exam, you’ll need the necessary project management knowledge and experience. But even if you’re not working toward the PMP right now, it’s a given that you’ll have to manage a project at some point in your personal life or professional life. Success depends on careful management and attention to a wide range of considerations, such as people, time, resources, and money—the skills covered by the PMP. So whether you’re building the next Golden Gate Bridge or organizing your twins' birthday party, the core considerations highlighted by the PMP will get you far.

Join expert Samuel Parri for the second part of a series of courses that will take you though these considerations in detail, in a practical, easy-to-follow manner. Over three sessions, you’ll learn how to confidently initiate a project, follow it along its lifecycle, and successfully close it out. Each session in the series is grounded in the certification criteria, policies, and procedures established by PMI. And each highlights real-life experiences, project examples, and practical considerations along with multiple Q&As and hands-on exercises. Regardless of whether you're working to become a certified PMP, this series will give you the skills you need to bring a project to a successful completion.

Although you can attend any of the sessions individually, we recommend that you pursue the entire series.

Refer back to Part 1

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

By the end of this live online course, you’ll understand:

  • What a project is and what it isn’t
  • How to determine what the project is expected to accomplish and what people and resources are needed
  • The key principles required to achieve success
  • How to communicate progress (when and to whom)
  • How to lead and motivate those involved
  • What to do when a project is completed

And you’ll be able to:

  • Discuss the various aspects of project scheduling, cost, procurement, and stakeholder management
  • Describe the various aspects of project methodologies, monitoring and controlling, human resources, and integration
  • Prepare for the PMP exam with a blueprint and sample exam questions

This training course is for you because...

  • You want to take and pass the PMP exam.
  • You’re an engineer assigned to manage projects but have little to no project management experience.
  • You work with cross-functional teams and subject matter experts.
  • You want to become a project manager.

Prerequisites

  • A basic understanding of business
  • Relevant experience in project management (useful but not required)

Recommended follow-up:

About your instructor

  • Samuel Parri is a certified a Project Management Professional (PMP); he also holds an advanced master’s certificate in project management from George Washington University as well as certifications in customer success management, Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology (COBIT), and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) v3.0. Samuel started his career as an engineer and held subsequent roles in research, engineering, development, and product marketing. As his interests expanded to sales, services, and customer support, he realized that he enjoyed working with and helping customers manage their strategic projects and came to understand that no matter your role or position, leveraging fundamental project management principles helps to achieve project success. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and master’s degrees in business administration and telecommunications.

Schedule

The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing

Week 4: Stakeholder Management, Time Management, Cost, and Procurement

Stakeholder management (55 minutes)

  • Presentation: Stakeholder management—what it is and its process; internal and external stakeholders; the power-interest grid; salience and social network
  • Hands-on exercise: Discuss a technique that you’ve used to help manage the expectations of your key stakeholders along your project lifecycle
  • Q&A
  • Break (5 minutes)

Time management (40 minutes)

  • Presentation: The importance of time management; priorities and process; avoiding distractions; the Pareto principle; the Eisenhower method; estimating and tracking time accurately; creating a schedule; schedule compression, fast tracking, and crashing
  • Hands-on exercise: Discuss a technique that you’ve used to help manage time and schedule along your project lifecycle
  • Q&A

Project cost (35 minutes)

  • Presentation: Why project cost is important; resource planning; cost estimating; budgeting; cost control for managing project cost
  • Hands-on exercise: Discuss a technique that you’ve used to help manage cost along your project lifecycle
  • Q&A
  • Break (5 minutes)

Procurement (30 minutes)

  • Presentation: The procurement process; a project manager’s role in procurement; What is a contract?; fixed pricing; cost reimbursable; time and material
  • Hands-on exercise: Review a case study on how risk was a key factor of consideration in the completion of a successful project

Wrap-up and Q&A (10 minutes)

Week 5: Project Methodologies, Monitoring and Controlling, Human Resources, and Integration

Project integration (35 minutes)

  • Presentation: The importance of project integration; common project situations; process overview and how to implement it; project charter; scope statement; project plan; project close
  • Hands-on exercise: Review project integration
  • Q&A

Human resource management (45 minutes)

  • Presentation: What human resource management is; the resource plan; acquiring a project team; developing a project team; tools and techniques; managing a project team; Maslow’s hierarchy of needs; Herzberg’s theory of motivation and hygiene; the Blake Mouton Managerial Grid; project management leadership styles; handling conflicts; delegation
  • Hands-on exercises: Discuss the biggest resource management challenge you’ve encountered when managing a previous project; discuss the most challenging project integration situation you’ve encountered in a previous project
  • Break (5 minutes)

Project monitoring and controlling (40 minutes)

  • Presentation: Project monitoring and its inputs; schedule and cost forecast; validating changes and work performance; enterprise environmental factors; expert judgment and analytical techniques; change request; plan updates
  • Hands-on exercise: Discuss an enterprise environmental factor you experienced on a previous project that influenced (positively or negatively) your monitor and control project work process
  • Q&A
  • Break (5 minutes)

Project methodologies (40 minutes)

  • Presentation: Methodologies background and definition; benefits; five practical steps to consider; overview of Agile, Scrum, Six Sigma, Waterfall, and PMI’s PMBOK
  • Hands-on exercise: Review a methodology use case of Agile at Cisco Systems
  • Q&A

Wrap-up and Q&A (10 minutes)

Week 6: PMP Exam Content, Blueprint, and Review of Sample Exam Questions

Preparing for taking the exam (60 minutes)

  • Presentation: PMI contact information; new PMP exam changes in 2021; PMBOK process group matrix review; introduction to the exam; certification requirements; exam criteria; exam languages; exam content outline and blueprint by process groups; FAQs; practical considerations when taking the exam; exam costs; timeline of PMP certification process; summary of project management formulas
  • Q&A
  • Break (10 minutes)

Exam question review: Part 1 (45 minutes)

  • Presentation: Review using a cross-sectional representation of sample exam questions based on the various PMI process groups
  • Q&A
  • Break (10 minutes)

Exam question review: Part 2 (45 minutes)

  • Presentation: Continue reviewing using a cross-sectional representation of sample exam questions based on the various PMI process groups
  • Q&A

Wrap-up and Q&A (10 minutes)