PMP® Exam Preparation

Initiative & Project Management

1200 | Length: 5 days | Credits: 35 contact hours/PDUs

Overview

Tidalshift offers this program in partnership with PMI Authorized Training Partner (ATP), Procept Associates Ltd. Procept has prepared candidates for the PMP® exam longer than any other provider in Canada. In fact, Procept taught the first professional PMP® Exam Prep course in Canada and was PMI’s first Registered Education Provider in Canada. Currently, Procept has been selected as a PMI Authorized Training Partner (ATP) and now uses PMI-provided course materials when preparing students to pass this important exam.

Project managers with proven skills and experience can find exciting, high-visibility opportunities in a wide range of fields. This course is specifically designed to provide participants with a proven, practical approach to preparing for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® Certification Exam from the Project Management Institute (PMI). This course is an intense review of exam material to help prepare people to write the exam; it is not intended to teach people basic project management concepts. Prior project management training and experience is highly recommended to maximize candidates’ chances to pass the exam.

The course is delivered by trainers who have had extensive experience in professional project management and a long history of successfully preparing people for the PMP® exam. The instructors are experts at presenting content in an engaging manner, keeping the atmosphere positive, and empowering course participants as they prepare to challenge the PMP® exam. When delivering this class online, Procept instructors make the learning engaging through the use of online polls, sample quizzes, group discussions, videos, and other activities conducted as a whole class or in online breakout rooms.

As of January 2021, all instructors of this course will be accredited by PMI. PMI accreditation means that the instructors have completed specialized PMI training from PMI to prepare them to deliver the PMI-provided course materials and that they have passed a PMI exam on their knowledge of the PMP® exam, the PMI course, and their knowledge of alternate project management practices like agile and hybrid approaches.

Program Objectives

Participants will gain practical skills to:

  • Identify the “correct” answer to a majority of multiple choice questions similar to the PMP® and CAPM® exams
  • Remember formulas and concepts through application to real-life scenarios instead of memorization.
  • Utilize “tips and tricks” to write the PMP® exam with more confidence.
  • Identify which content areas may need further home study
  • Be aware of the PMP® and CAPM® qualification process
  • Describe generally-accepted project management practices

Benefits

As a PMP®, you can work in virtually any industry, with any methodology and in any location. Additionally, the PMP® credential:

  • Provides a significant advantage when it comes to salary and earning potential. Among survey respondents to PMI®’s Earning Power Salary Survey, those with a PMP® certification garner a higher salary (20% higher on average) than those without a PMP® certification.*
  • Prepares you for expanded job responsibilities and has the potential to lead to new career opportunities and advancement.
  • Signifies that you speak and understand the global language of project management.
  • Connects you to an international community of professionals, organizations, and experts.
  • Recognizes your knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Employers benefit as well. When more than one-third of their project managers are PMP®-certified, organizations complete more of their projects on time, on budget and meeting original goals. (Pulse of the Profession® study, PMI®, 2015.)

Materials

In addition to the PMI-provided course workbooks and course slides, Procept supplements the materials with these additional items:

Procept’s Project Management Experience Organizer – This tool was designed to be used by project managers getting ready to apply for PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP) exam. The time-saving spreadsheet helps you organize the information required to complete the exam application.
Post-class access to Procept’s own online PMP Exam Simulator – Our practice exam simulator has a question bank with hundreds of questions. Each time someone attempts a practice exam, the simulator randomly selects 200 questions from the question bank, reflecting the topics on the real PMP exam. The simulator times the exam giving one the same time limits as the real PMP exam, allowing for a more realistic practice experience.  We also give access to our Agile Exam Simulator, which separates out the agile questions into a separate simulated test so that you can focus your study efforts effectively.
PMP Quick Study Flash Cards – A set of flash cards in electronic format the students can print out and use to help them memorize and study key formulas, definitions, and other topics on the PMP exam.
Access to the Tidalshift/Procept Members Portal that contains free resources including project management templates organized by project lifecycle phase; articles on project management, change management, leadership, agile & lean management, and IT management; case studies; 50+ videos; 85+ recorded webinars; and much more. Thus, Procept helps you maintain your PMP by earning PDUs.

 

Audience

The PMP® Exam Preparation course is appropriate for individuals who have had previous PM training and are already familiar with project management processes.

Content Outline

LESSON 1: CREATING A HIGH-PERFORMING TEAM
The success of your project depends on the people involved. A key role of a project manager is to assemble and manage the project team and any additional stakeholders.

  • Build A Team – Successful projects require teams to build the required business solution. As a professional project manager, you’ll benefit from understanding and applying the processes and practices required to build effective teams.
  • Define Team Ground Rules – In order for the team to perform effectively, they need to collectively define project ground rules based on context, such as organizational rules and team dynamics.
  • Negotiate Project Agreements – Now that the team has been assembled, you might need to facilitate negotiations to reach an agreement about the project objectives.
  • Empower Team Members And Stakeholders – Project managers need to get a feel for their teams, identify and organize around team strengths, and set up systems to ensure the teams are accountable for their tasks.
  • Train Team Members And Stakeholders – Team members may need to be trained in different aspects of the project, the customer environment, and the solution approach. Users, customers, and other stakeholders will require training and other knowledge transfer to ensure successful onboarding of the solution.
  • Engage And Support Virtual Teams – Modern projects almost without fail create the need to work with and manage virtual teams. Effectively engaging with and supporting your virtual teams will increase your value to the project as a whole.
  • Build Shared Understanding About A Project – One of the first goals in onboarding a team for a project is to ensure that they reach consensus and support the outcome of the parties’ agreement.

LESSON 2: STARTING THE PROJECT
Now that you’ve assembled a high-performing, engaged, and empowered project team, you are ready to get started with the planning of the project. Planning includes all aspects of a project including budget, schedule, scope, quality, project activities, procurement, and closure.

  • Determine Appropriate Project Methodology/Methods And Practices – There is no one way to manage every project. Knowledge and understanding of project management best practices is one part of the equation. Determining and applying the most appropriate methodology and practices to your project is another part.
  • Plan And Manage Scope – The project team must complete work in order to achieve project outcomes. What that work is, what must be done, guiding that work, ensuring the work is done, and setting criteria as to what “done” is, so it can be properly validated are all elements the project team must plan for and manage throughout the project.
  • Plan And Manage Budget And Resources – Without proper management of project costs, expenses can get out of control quickly. You must be prepared to make adjustments and apply the correct costs to resources, activities, and services that align with your budget.
  • Plan And Manage Schedule – The project schedule in its most basic form is simply a representation of how long a project takes to complete. It includes a number of components, including the activities that will be performed to execute the project scope, the duration of each activity, and how the activities are related to each other.
  • Plan And Manage Quality Of Products And Deliverables – All projects must be of a certain quality. What that level of quality is, the expectations around the quality, how the project’s quality is to be measured, how it will be aligned to the project’s objective, and how the quality is to be tracked and reported are a few important aspects of managing this key attribute.
  • Integrate Project Planning Activities – As plans are being developed and updated, you’ll need to integrate all those plans and components to ensure coordinated and efficient progress.
  • Plan And Manage Procurement – Procuring products and services from external suppliers requires identifying suppliers, obtaining bids or proposals from them, and awarding contracts based on their evaluation. All procurements for the project must be done within the specified parameters of time, cost, and quality to ensure that the project meets the stakeholders’ requirements.
  • Establish Project Governance Structure – Organizations use governance guidelines to establish strategic direction and performance parameters. The strategic direction provides the purpose, expectations, goals, and actions to guide business pursuits and is aligned with business objectives. Project management activities should be, and must stay, aligned with business direction to increase project success.
  • Plan And Manage Project/Phase Closure – Closing a project or project phase is one of the last steps in completing that project or phase. Because a project is a unique, one-time activity, the formal closing out of the project is essential.

LESSON 3: DOING THE WORK
Now that you have a project plan and have determined the requirements for managing the project from initiation to closure, you are ready to execute the project.

  • Assess And Manage Risks – Robust risk management not only helps you anticipate and mitigate problems, but also provides you with specific actions to take for responding to potential project risks.
  • Execute Project To Deliver Business Value – Project managers must execute the project in the most appropriate manner to balance the urgency to realize the value with the abilities of the team based on quality expectations.
  • Manage Communications – Project managers spend approximately 90 percent of their time communicating with the project team and other stakeholders. For this reason, it is imperative that communicating clearly and completely should be a high priority for every project manager.
  • Engage Stakeholders – As project managers, it is in your best interest to keep project stakeholders interested in the project and the outcomes.
  • Create Project Artifacts – Everyone knows that projects create deliverables—the interim and final products of the project’s scope. Projects also create artifacts throughout their life cycle.
  • Manage Project Changes – Throughout the life of a project, there will be changes in the project that can turn risky if not handled at the right time.
  • Manage Project Issues – Projects do not always go smoothly, and situations can arise which have the potential to affect the scope, schedule, or cost if left unattended.
  • Ensure Knowledge Transfer For Project Continuity – It is important for project team members to obtain the right knowledge at the time when they need it to do their job

LESSON 4: KEEPING THE TEAM ON TRACK
Now that the project team has been assembled and is doing the work of the project, you need to ensure that the team stays on track. As the project manager, you need to demonstrate the type of leadership that facilitates collaboration among the team and stakeholders, manages conflict, removes obstacles, and supports the team’s performance.

  • Lead A Team – The appropriate leadership style depends on the situation, the project, the stakeholders, your skills, and many other factors. A project manager must be astute in various leadership styles to apply the most suitable technique for the moment.
  • Support Team Performance – You want to get the most from your team. There are many ways to support their efforts and encourage high performance.
  • Address And Remove Impediments, Obstacles, And Blockers – Any actions a project manager can take to address and remove the conditions or causes restricting the team’s productivity helps the team and the project produce value.
  • Manage Conflict – Conflict can be a positive benefit to the project and its outcomes, if managed and cultivated properly.
  • Collaborate With Stakeholders – The more collaboration and alignment, the better ability for the project to deliver value and progress towards those ends.
  • Mentor Relevant Stakeholders – There are plenty of opportunities for you to share your knowledge and experience with others.
  • Apply Emotional Intelligence To Promote Team Performance – Being able to read social cues, interact, and sense what people are thinking, feeling, and projecting are powerful aspects of working with people.

LESSON 5: KEEPING THE BUSINESS IN MIND
Keeping a handle on the changes in both the internal and external business environments is the project manager’s responsibility. Employing a continuous process improvement plan will ensure that the project’s success can be consistently repeated within your organization.

  • Manage Compliance Requirements – As part of managing a project, it will be necessary for you to maintain visibility into compliance requirements and to ensure that they are effectively managed throughout the project.
  • Evaluate And Deliver Project Benefits And Value – A project is undertaken to meet the objectives and requirements of its stakeholders, and the project manager is responsible for delivering what these stakeholders expect. Keeping your eye on the project’s benefits and value will help ensure ultimate project success.
  • Evaluate And Address Internal And External Business Environment Changes – As the project commences and progresses, there are often changes in the internal and external business environment that may impact the project value and the desired scope/backlog.
  • Support Organizational Change – Projects and project management take place in an environment that is broader than that of the project itself, and an organization’s culture, style, and structure influence how projects are performed.
  • Employ Continuous Process Improvement – Project managers should always look for ways to continuously improve the processes they use to complete their project deliverables and meet the expectations of their shareholders.