PMP Exam – Getting the Big Picture

Posted on January 29, 2009 by

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When learning the 4th edition PMBOK®’s 42  it is important to keep in mind the big picture of knowledge areas and process groups.

What now? Oh, 42 Proceses, that's it.

Each process belongs to one of the nine knowledge areas (Integration, Scope, Time, Cost, Quality, Human Resource, Communications, Risk or Procurement) and one of the five process groups (Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring & Controlling, and Closing). Page 73 in the 4th edition PMBOK organizes this information nicely—spending a good deal of time studying this page is time well spent for those preparing to take their PMP exam.
First of all, your brain will more easily learn and remember the information if you first understand how that information is organized. Secondly, simply knowing the knowledge area and process group of each process gives you the advantage of making an educated guess on the purpose of that process.

For example, if you know that Plan Quality is in the Planning process group and that Perform Quality Assurance is in the Executing process group, then deciding which of these processes deals with choosing the standards that will apply to the project and which of these processes includes physically performing a quality audit, you should be able to guess that choosing standards sounds like planning, and actually performing an audit sounds like executing.

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