PMP® Exam Prep

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PMP® Exam Prep

Author: Casey Ayers

This path is based on the PMBOK® Guide - Sixth Edition. In this series, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of project management fundamentals, with a focus on the... Read more

What You Will Learn

  • Whether earning a PMP® certification is right for you
  • How to earn and maintain your certification
  • Project Integration Management
  • Project Scope Management
  • Project Schedule Management
  • Project Cost Management
  • Project Quality Management
  • Project Resource Management
  • Project Communications Management
  • Project Risk Management
  • Project Procurement Management
  • Project Stakeholder Management

Pre-requisites

In order to obtain this certification, you will need to satisfy one of the following options:

  1. A secondary degree (high school diploma, associate degree or global equivalent) with at least five years of project management experience, including 7,500 hours leading and directing projects, and 35 hours of formal project management education

OR

  1. A four-year degree (bachelor's degree or the global equivalent) and at least three years of project management experience, with 4,500 hours leading and directing projects, and 35 hours of formal project management education.

This certification path will account for the necessary 35 hours of project management education in either.

Project Management Professional Exam Prep

This path is based on the PMBOK® Guide - Sixth Edition. In this series, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of project management fundamentals, with a focus on the PMBOK® Guide’s ten key project management knowledge areas. These courses will help you prepare for the latest edition of the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam. This path also fully covers the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® exam objectives.

Introduction to Project Management & the PMP® Exam

by Casey Ayers

Mar 19, 2018 / 2h 20m

2h 20m

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The Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification is recognized worldwide as one of the most valuable certifications for professionals in IT and many other industries. In this course, Introduction to Project Management & the PMP® Exam, you’ll learn if earning a PMP® is the right choice for your career development, what prerequisites must be met in order to take the certification exam, what to expect from the test itself, and how to compile and submit your application. After that, you’ll be introduced to foundational project management principles that can help you better understand what sets project management apart from the day-to-day managerial needs of organizations, and be introduced to the content that will be covered throughout this learning path. This course, and all others in this learning path, are fully aligned with the newest version of the PMP® exam’s objectives and the 6th Edition of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). Completion of this course and others in the series will help you completely fulfill the mandatory training requirement for the PMP® exam, and can also be used to earn continuing education credit for those who have already earned their certification. By the end of this course, you’ll know if earning a PMP® is right for you, and take valuable first steps to prepare for the certification.

Table of contents
  1. Getting Started with the PMP® Certification
  2. Qualifying for the PMP® Exam
  3. The PMP® Exam Application Process
  4. Project Management Fundamentals
  5. Key Project Roles & Stakeholders
  6. The Skills of Effective Project Managers
  7. Course Overview

Organizational Influences & Project Management Lifecycle

by Casey Ayers

Mar 19, 2018 / 1h 14m

1h 14m

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Fully aligned with the 6th Edition of the PMBOK® Guide and the latest PMP® standards, this course, Organizational Influences & Project Management Lifecycle builds on the foundations set in Introduction to Project Management & the PMP® Exam, looking at the role projects play in organizations. In this course, you'll learn how project teams can create unique value, how the structure and culture of organizations can impact how project teams are formed, managed, and complete work, and how a project manager’s approach can be tailored to best fit their organizational environment. You’ll also be introduced to a variety of project management methodologies, and learn how to choose the one that best fits your organization’s structure and objectives. Finally, you’ll see how project management processes can be sorted into process groups and knowledge areas, and how each of these processes can play a critical role in successfully managing your project team. By the end of this course, you’ll have the foundation necessary to begin a deeper dive into each of ten project management knowledge areas, which are the focus for the remainder of this learning path.

Table of contents
  1. The Role of Projects in Organizations
  2. Organizational Impacts on Project Management
  3. The Project Management Life Cycle & Project Management Processes
  4. Course Overview

Project Integration Management

by Casey Ayers

Mar 19, 2018 / 3h 45m

3h 45m

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Updated to align with the 6th Edition of the PMBOK® Guide, this course, Project Integration Management, is the third course in Pluralsight’s series preparing you for the newest version of the PMP® exam. This course explores many of the foundational processes of project management, found in the Project Integration Management knowledge area. First, you'll learn what makes a project charter so important and how one is composed. Then, you'll discover what should be included in a project management plan and how one is built over the entire course of your project. Finally, you'll see how project work should be monitored and controlled, and find out how project changes should be effectively managed to gain a better understanding of how project work is officially brought to a close. By the end of this course, you'll be better prepared to bring together all of the disparate components of project planning into a cohesive strategy for success.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction to Project Integration Management
  2. Developing the Project Charter
  3. Developing the Project Management Plan
  4. Directing and Managing Project Work
  5. Managing Project Knowledge
  6. Monitoring and Controlling Project Work
  7. Performing Integrated Change Control
  8. Closing out Projects & Project Phases
  9. Course Overview

Project Scope Management

by Casey Ayers

Mar 19, 2018 / 3h 47m

3h 47m

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Updated to align with the 6th Edition of the PMBOK® Guide, this course, Project Scope Management is the fourth course in Pluralsight’s series preparing you for the newest version of the PMP® exam. This course explores many of the foundational processes of project management, found in the Project Scope Management knowledge area. First, you'll learn how project requirements are collected, prioritized, and properly defined. Then, you'll see how work breakdown structures are generated. Finally, you'll explore how project scope is validated and controlled to ensure project requirements are met. By the end of this course, you'll be better prepared to define your project's objectives, eliminate scope creep, and ensure your team accomplishes what's necessary to find success.

Table of contents
  1. Introduction to Project Scope Management
  2. Collecting Project Requirements
  3. Defining Project Scope
  4. Creating a Work Breakdown Structure
  5. Validating Project Scope
  6. Controlling Project Scope
  7. Course Overview

Project Schedule Management

by Casey Ayers

Mar 19, 2018 / 2h 48m

2h 48m

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Updated to align with the 6th Edition of the PMBOK® Guide, this course, Project Schedule Management is the fifth course in Pluralsight’s series preparing you for the newest version of the PMP® exam. This course explores many of the processes found in the Project Schedule Management knowledge area. First, you'll learn how schedule management is planned. Next, you'll look at how activities are defined and sequenced. Finally, you'll explore how activity durations are estimated, paving the way for the creation of project schedules. By the end of this course, you'll be equipped with the knowledge necessary to plot out your project's activities, and understand how their relationship with one another influences how project work progresses.

Table of contents
  1. Planning Project Schedule Management
  2. Defining Project Activities
  3. Sequencing Project Activities
  4. Estimating Activity Durations
  5. Course Overview

Developing Project Schedules

by Casey Ayers

Mar 19, 2018 / 2h 19m

2h 19m

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Updated to align with the 6th Edition of the PMBOK® Guide, Developing Project Schedules is the sixth course in Pluralsight’s series preparing you for the newest version of the PMP® exam. This course continues the exploration of the Project Schedule Management knowledge area that started in the preceding course in this series, PMP Project Schedule Management. Skills discussed in that course are put to use here in developing and controlling the project schedule. First, you'll learn about the critical path methodology. Next, you'll explore Agile release planning. Finally, you'll learn about earned value management. By the end of this course, you'll know how to assemble activities and sequence data into a sophisticated schedule, empowering you to direct project work effectively.

Table of contents
  1. The Critical Path
  2. Resource Optimization and Schedule Compression
  3. The Develop Schedule Process
  4. Controlling Project Schedules
  5. Course Overview

Project Cost Management

by Casey Ayers

Mar 19, 2018 / 2h 45m

2h 45m

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Updated to align with the 6th Edition of the PMBOK® Guide, this course, Project Cost Management, is the seventh course in Pluralsight’s series preparing you for the newest version of the PMP® exam. This course explores the Project Cost Management knowledge area, beginning with a discussion on how cost management can be effectively planned, before moving on to estimating project costs. Thereafter, development of project budgets and topics related to budget control, including earned value analysis, will be explored, helping ensure you are prepared for the PMP® exam. By the end of this course, you'll understand how to estimate your project's costs, prepare adequate contingency funding, and develop a budget that facilitates your project's success.

Table of contents
  1. Planning Cost Management
  2. Estimating Project Costs
  3. Determining Project Budgets
  4. Controlling Project Costs
  5. Course Overview

Project Quality Management

by Casey Ayers

Mar 19, 2018 / 2h 9m

2h 9m

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Updated to align with the 6th Edition of the PMBOK® Guide, this course, Project Quality Management is the eighth course in Pluralsight’s series preparing you for the newest version of the PMP® exam. This course explores many of the processes found in the Project Quality Management knowledge area. First, you'll learn about the importance of quality management and how to effectively plan for quality management. Next, you'll learn how to undertake quality management responsibilities. Finally, you'll learn how to use quality control activities to verify project objectives have been met. By the end of this course, you'll better understand the role of quality management in the project environment, and be better equipped to institute and implement quality management principles that can ensure your project satisfies its objectives.

Table of contents
  1. The Importance of Quality Management
  2. Planning Quality Management
  3. Performing Quality Management
  4. Controlling Project Quality
  5. Course Overview

Project Resource Management

by Casey Ayers

Mar 19, 2018 / 3h 51m

3h 51m

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Updated to align with the 6th Edition of the PMBOK® Guide, this course, Project Resource Management is the eighth course in Pluralsight’s series preparing you for the newest version of the PMP® exam. This course explores many of the processes found in the Project Resource Management knowledge area. First, you'll learn how to plan for resource management. Next, you'll learn how to estimate the resources required to complete project activities. Finally, you'll learn how to acquire, develop, and manage team members, and monitor and control resource utilization throughout the project lifecycle. By the end of this course, you'll be better prepared to manage your project's resources, develop and empower human resources, and ensure the right people, material, and funding are in place to meet project goals.

Table of contents
  1. Planning Resource Management
  2. Estimating Activity Resources
  3. Acquiring Project Resources
  4. Developing Project Teams
  5. Managing Project Teams
  6. Controlling Project Resources
  7. Course Overview

Project Communications Management

by Casey Ayers

Mar 19, 2018 / 2h 34m

2h 34m

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Updated to align with the 6th Edition of the PMBOK® Guide, this course, Project Communications Management, is the tenth course in Pluralsight’s series preparing you for the newest version of the PMP® exam. In this course, you'll explore many of the processes found in the Project Communications Management knowledge area. First, you'll look at how to communicate effectively and shape communications efforts to fit project needs. Next, you'll explore effectively planning project communications and managing communication efforts. Finally, you'll learn monitoring communications to ensure effectiveness for both the project and stakeholders. By the end of this course, you'll understand how communications develop and scale in organizations, how to plan for communications, and how to communicate in ways that advance the project's interests most effectively.

Table of contents
  1. Communicating in the Project Environment
  2. Planning Communications Management
  3. Managing Project Communications
  4. Monitoring Project Communications
  5. Course Overview

Project Risk Management

by Casey Ayers

Mar 19, 2018 / 3h 40m

3h 40m

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Updated to align with the 6th Edition of the PMBOK® Guide, this course, Project Risk Management is the eleventh course in Pluralsight’s series preparing you for the newest version of the PMP® exam. This course explores many of the processes found in the Project Risk Management knowledge area. First, you'll begin with a look at effective risk management planning. Next, you'll learn how project risk factors are identified, how to apply qualitative and quantitative analysis techniques to better understand risk probabilities and impacts, and how to develop and implement risk responses. Finally, you'll learn how to monitor the project risk environment to ensure nothing stands between you and project success. By the end of this course, you'll be better prepared to assess and navigate your project's risk environment, negating threats and capitalizing on opportunities that can enhance your project's success.

Table of contents
  1. Planning Risk Management
  2. Identifying Project Risks
  3. Performing Qualitative Risk Analysis
  4. Performing Quantitative Risk Analysis
  5. Planning Risk Responses
  6. Implementing Risk Responses
  7. Monitoring Project Risks
  8. Course Overview

Project Procurement Management

by Casey Ayers

Mar 19, 2018 / 2h 23m

2h 23m

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Updated to align with the 6th Edition of the PMBOK® Guide, this course, Project Procurement Management covers the procurement management knowledge area. After beginning with a look at effective procurement management planning, you'll learn how to generate source selection criteria. Next you'll, learn how to choose the type of contract that's best for your procurement needs. Finally, you'll explore how to conduct procurement activities in coordination with various vendors, and control and monitor the effort of partners to ensure it integrates smoothly with your project team's work. By the end of this course, you'll be better prepared to select and work with partners that can help ensure your project's success.

Table of contents
  1. Planning Procurement Management
  2. Conducting Project Procurements
  3. Controlling Project Procurements
  4. Course Overview

Project Stakeholder Management

by Casey Ayers

Mar 19, 2018 / 2h 10m

2h 10m

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Updated to align with the 6th Edition of the PMBOK® Guide, this course, Project Stakeholder Management is the thirteenth course in Pluralsight’s series preparing you for the newest version of the PMP® exam. This course explores many of the processes found in the Project Stakeholder Management knowledge area. First, you'll start off learning how to identify and categorize stakeholders. Next, you'll learn how to effectively plan for stakeholder engagement, manage stakeholder engagement, and monitor engagement levels and efforts. Finally, you'll learn to continually refine your team's approach to stakeholder management. By the end of this course, you'll better understand who might be considered a project stakeholder, and how to communicate and collaborate with them effectively in order to reach project goals.

Table of contents
  1. Identifying Project Stakeholders
  2. Planning Stakeholder Engagement
  3. Managing Stakeholder Engagement
  4. Monitoring Stakeholder Engagement
  5. Course Overview

Earning and Retaining Your PMP® Certification

by Casey Ayers

Mar 19, 2018 / 2h 18m

2h 18m

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Updated to align with the 6th Edition of the PMBOK® Guide, this course, Earning and Retaining Your PMP® Certification, completes the PMP® learning path with a look at PMI's ethical standards, to which all PMP® credential holders must agree. First, you'll learn some tips and tricks to ensure you'll be ready for the big day of the exam. Next, you'll learn how to ensure you can maintain your valuable PMP® certification for years to come by understanding and meeting continuing education requirements. By the end of this course, and series, you'll be ready for the PMP® exam and to take the next big step in your career.

Table of contents
  1. The PMI Code of Ethics
  2. Earning Your PMP Certification
  3. Retaining Your PMP Certification
  4. Course Overview

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