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Trainer Steve Caseley leads you through learning the essential skills for project management, while preparing you for the PMI® Project Management Professional certification exam based on the 2016 RDS exam definition....
Trainer Steve Caseley leads you through learning the essential skills for project management, while preparing you for the PMI® Project Management Professional certification exam based on the 2016 RDS exam definition.

The requirements for PMP® certification are tough, and you'll need to do more than just pass the written exam to become certified, but the rewards are well worth the effort. Steve's training can help you fulfill the self-study portion of the certification process, and provides you with invaluable on-the-job skills. Refer to the PMI website for complete certification requirements.

While previous project management experience will help you get the most from this training, anyone will be able to implement its processes and skills to more effectively execute projects of all sizes.

PMP and PMBOK Guide are registered marks of the Project Management Institute.
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1. Why is it Important? (9 min)
2. PMP Preparation Materials (8 min)
3. Domain I – Initiating (10 min)
4. Project Assessment (8 min)
5. Identifying Key Deliverables (6 min)
6. Stakeholder Analysis (13 min)
7. Risks, Assumptions, and Constraints (6 min)
8. Project Charter (8 min)
9. Securing Approval to Proceed (7 min)
10. Benefits Analysis (9 min)
11. Stakeholder Communication (9 min)
12. Domain II – Planning (11 min)
13. Requirements Documenting (10 min)
14. Scope Management Plan (9 min)
15. Cost Management Plan (10 min)
16. Schedule WBS and Estimating (13 min)
17. Schedule Resources and Dependencies (12 min)
18. Schedule Network Diagrams (7 min)
19. Resource Management Plan (10 min)
20. Communications Planning (15 min)
21. Procurement Management Plan (14 min)
22. Quality Planning (18 min)
23. Change Management Planning (10 min)
24. Risk Management Planning (17 min)
25. Project Plan Approval (8 min)
26. Project Kickoff (8 min)
27. Stakeholder Engagement (7 min)
28. Domain III – Executing (10 min)
29. Manage Project Team (8 min)
30. Manage Task Execution (7 min)
31. Quality Assurance (10 min)
32. Implementing Approved Changes (6 min)
33. Risk Response Implementation (15 min)
34. Manage Information Flow (6 min)
35. Maintain Stakeholder Relationships (8 min)
36. Domain IV – Monitoring and Controlling (6 min)
37. Project Performance Management (10 min)
38. Earned Value Management (16 min)
39. Managing Change (9 min)
40. Quality Control (9 min)
41. Control Risks (6 min)
42. Issues and Lessons Learned (7 min)
43. Contract Management (9 min)
44. Domain V – Closing (6 min)
45. Project Closure (10 min)
46. Day of Exam (11 min)

Why is it Important?

00:00:00

Hi, I'm Steve Caseley from CBT Nuggets, and I'm ecstatic to welcome you to this exam prep series on the PMI, Project Management Institute, PMP, Project Management Professional, examination prep series. And in this Nugget, we're going to talk about why it's so important to stick with this exam.

00:00:19

Getting your PMP is going to be an awful lot of work, but we're going to help you through this entire Nugget series to be prepared for and to pass that all-important PMP. So why do I think that PMP is so important? I'm sure you've got your own reasons, and that's why you've purchased the series and you've embarked on this journey to getting your PMP.

00:00:39

But I'll tell you why I think it's so important, why being able to put this PMP-certified logo on your resume, is because the PMP is the most recognized project management certification in the world, bar none. There are some other PMP certifications out there.

00:01:00

And I will explicitly call out PRINCE2 as another main certification. The big difference, in my humble opinion, between PRINCE2 and PMI is PRINCE2 has more of a geographic following, if I can use that. PRINCE2 is very, very common in the UK and throughout Europe, but PRINCE2 doesn't seem to have the worldwide recognition that PMI has.

00:01:26

So it's an equally valid, equally important certification, and if PRINCE2 is of importance to you, we do have a certification series in CBT Nuggets to help you with that. But enough of PRINCE2. Let's focus on the PMP, because that's why we're here. Although this Nugget series is going to be quite IT-focused, recognizing that most of the people who use CBT Nuggets are of IT ilk.

00:01:53

Most of the examples we're going to use throughout this Nugget series are going to be based on IT. But all of the learning, all of the practical applications of the PMP is absolutely industry agnostic. So if you aren't in IT, absolutely this series is still for you.

00:02:12

Keep on going. Everything we're going to be doing is applicable. Just remember when Steve uses an IT example, substitute your own example from your own background. One of the main reasons I think the PMP is such an important certification is it's an advanced certification.

00:02:29

It's not an entry-level certification. PMI does have an entry-level certification as well. It's called the CAPM. So if you're brand new to project management and you're trying to prove to the boss that you know what you're talking about, I wouldn't suggest the PMP is the certification for you.

00:02:46

Go out and have a look at the certification series we have out there in CBT Nugget Land on the CAPM, the Certified Associate in Project Management. Use that to get started. And then when you have some experience under your belt, your 5 to 10 years of practical experience, then it's time to come back to this series and take and pass your PMP.

00:03:08

The other thing I really like about the PMP is it is a dual-purpose exam. It tests both your academic understanding of the principles of the ratings of what it takes to be successful as a project manager from a theory viewpoint, and it's also very, very much focused on the practical validation.

00:03:28

Way back, many, many years ago, when I did my PMP, the exam itself was much more an academic focus, but over the years since-- and yeah, I'm a pretty old guy. I did this a long time ago. Over the years since, the exam has really evolved and is much more a practice validation.

00:03:46

And the key to keeping it practical is PMI does a role delineation study. It's not something you need to memorize for the exam, but with the role delineation study, they look at what it takes in real life. And that's why the exam has moved so far forward with being this absolute practical validation.

00:04:07

And finally, if being in the majority is a good thing, you are in awesome company by getting your PMP. There's well over half a million PMPs worldwide, and it's typically grown in the 5,000 new PMPs on a monthly basis. So get on the bandwagon. Let's get going, and let's get that PMP and get the PMP behind your name and get it on your resume to get those new and exciting jobs.

00:04:36

And although I fully expect you've probably downloaded and read and digested this all-important project management handbook from the PMI website, and I am actually on PMI.org browsing the handbook directly from our site, there are a couple of very key considerations in this handbook I want to explicitly call out to ensure that you are ready for submitting your application for this all-important exam.

00:05:01

And the most thing I want to call out to your attention are the PMP credentials themselves. As I said, this is an advanced certification, and PMI is absolutely going to validate that you have those years of experience. Now, the years of experience. you need are going to be based on your educational background.

00:05:19

If you have some form of secondary degree, so you've been through a university and have a four-year degree or equivalent, it's going to require you to have three years of very specific project management experience, and that needs to total at least 4,500 hours where you were leading and directing the project.

00:05:40

Now, the key thing is, you are going to have to fill it in on your application form, job by job, project by project examples of where you have satisfied these educational requirements. You will need to put in contact details, and on a regular basis-- it's random, but on a regular basis, PMI is going to go out and randomly select applications and go through and 100% validate that all of these background credentials, educational experience, applies.

00:06:12

So if you have a degree, you need three years, and if you don't have a degree, you have a high school equivalency graduate, you need five years, 60 months, of experience. The other key thing I want to point out here, you need to have 35 contact hours of formal education.

00:06:28

Now, the good news is, CBT Nuggets is a certified education partner with PMI, so all of the time you spend inside this Nugget series absolutely are going to apply against those 35 hours. Now, this one Nugget series in and of itself isn't going to give you the full 35 hours, but there's lots of others.

00:06:48

Maybe you want to take Chris' CAPM. There's some Microsoft Project certifications out there. And there are other certification exams on Agile and on PRINCE and various other approaches at there in CBT Nugget Land that absolutely would qualify and give you your full 35 contact hours.

00:07:08

And the last thing in this handbook I want to explicitly call out is the exam itself. The exam is, I want to say, torturous. It's a long exam. You have four hours to complete the exam. And my expectation is you're going to be in that exam chair for the full four hours.

00:07:27

There are a total of 200 questions that you're going to have to take, complete, on the exam. Only 175 of the questions are actually scored. The other 25 are pre-test questions to validate that the questions are appropriate. Do you know which ones are scored and which ones are not?

00:07:44

Absolutely not. So the bottom line is, go into this exam with the expectation there's 200 questions and pass and get every one right. The important thing I want to call out, though, on these 25 pre-test questions is if you get a question that just doesn't feel right, if you get a question that says, ooh, that's not what I expected, this is inconsistent with what I've learned, it may well be one of those pre-test questions that simply didn't get worded incorrectly on the first pass.

00:08:14

That's why they're testing it and getting it right for the second, third, fourth pass. So the key is, if you get a question that just throws you, doesn't feel right, brush it off. Don't worry about it. It's probably one of those pre-test questions. Don't let that throw your confidence.

00:08:27

Move on and get all of those questions done. As I say, you've got 200 questions, four hours. You have to move through these questions at a fairly significant pace. But at the same time, read every question thoroughly, read every potential answer thoroughly, and make sure you are answering each and every question perfectly.

00:08:49

And with that, welcome aboard. It's an interesting journey you're taking on for your PMP. There is lots and lots of powerful material in this series to help you be prepared for that PMP. So let's get rolling and start into the actual preparation for this important exam.

00:09:06

I hope this Nugget has been informative for you, and thank you very much for viewing.

PMP Preparation Materials

Domain I – Initiating

Project Assessment

Identifying Key Deliverables

Stakeholder Analysis

Risks, Assumptions, and Constraints

Project Charter

Securing Approval to Proceed

Benefits Analysis

Stakeholder Communication

Domain II – Planning

Requirements Documenting

Scope Management Plan

Cost Management Plan

Schedule WBS and Estimating

Schedule Resources and Dependencies

Schedule Network Diagrams

Resource Management Plan

Communications Planning

Procurement Management Plan

Quality Planning

Change Management Planning

Risk Management Planning

Project Plan Approval

Project Kickoff

Stakeholder Engagement

Domain III – Executing

Manage Project Team

Manage Task Execution

Quality Assurance

Implementing Approved Changes

Risk Response Implementation

Manage Information Flow

Maintain Stakeholder Relationships

Domain IV – Monitoring and Controlling

Project Performance Management

Earned Value Management

Managing Change

Quality Control

Control Risks

Issues and Lessons Learned

Contract Management

Domain V – Closing

Project Closure

Day of Exam

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