Sample Exam Questions: Project Management Professional (PMP)®

PMI PMPTo help project managers pass the latest Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam by PMI, I worked with my fellow project management experts in Canada, U.S. and U.K. to put together more 1,000 practice questions based on the PMBOK® Guide (Fifth Edition).

Unlike most of the sample exam questions which were written by individuals, this book offers an unmatched variety of questions from multiple authors from different countries. We conducted peer-reviews, engaged a team of technical editors and worked with content editors to ensure the clarity and accuracy of every single question.

We are extremely proud of this book—more than 800 exam-quality questions with detailed answers and explanations, plus more than 200 fill-in-the-blank, true/false, and short answer questions to help you prepare for the exam.

PMI Region 3 Leadership Summit – Day 2

PMI Region 3 Leadership Summit Closing Keynote - Dr. John A. Estrella, CMC, PMP
Halina St. James kicked off the second day with her presentation on The Power of You. We learned how to apply the Talkitout® technique and the Power of Story (facts tell—but stories sell) to improve our presentation skills.

Felix Moshkovich, CMC, PMP, presented PMI Southern Ontario Chapter’s (PMI-SOC) mentoring program and Michael Frenette, PMP, introduced us to the Technology Member Advisory Group.

In the afternoon, George Cescon, PMP, and his colleagues shared their experience at PMI Lakeshore on how to better serve the members. Abbas Alimorad and Danelle Peddell, PMP, of PMI South Western Ontario Chapter showed us how to deal with different cultures on the board. I delivered the closing keynote on social networking strategy and how it was implemented at PMI-SOC.

Overall, the entire leadership conference was awesome! We learned a lot about the local culture too.

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PMI Region 3 Leadership Summit – Day 1

PMI Region 3 Leadership Summit
A bag piper led the PMI Region 3 Leadership Summit Project Team and the PMI Nova Scotia Chapter Board Members into the room to kick off the event. There were about 80 leaders in attendance representing 18 of the 19 chapters in Northeast North America.

Shortly after the welcome remarks, Michael Hughes did an excellent job in presenting Networking and the New Reality. Michael showed us how to utilize networking, the new economy currency, as a business strategy.

In the afternoon, Mark Langley, PMI’s EVP and COO, gave us an update on what’s happening at PMI. Take a look at the latest PMI Pulse Surveys for more information.

I have been to other PMI Leadership Institute Meetings (North America and EMEA) and I really like the intimate setting of a smaller group at the PMI Region 3 Leadership Summit.

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PMI Region 3 Summit Update

Theodore Tugboat
I am currently in Halifax to attend the Project Management Institute (PMI) Region 3 Summit where we are expecting PMI component leaders and staff from Northeast North America to be in attendance. The theme for this year is The Power of Connections.

Michael Hughes will present the opening keynote titled Networking and the New Reality. Over the next two days, there will be various sessions including What’s Happening at PMI by Mark Langley, PMI’s EVP and COO. Halina St. James will present The Power of You and I will present the closing keynote on Social Networking Strategy.

But, before all of that serious stuff happen, I was able to get a picture of Theodore Tugboat at Murphy’s on the Water! Theodore Too is a 65’ replica from the award-winning children’s television series Theodore Tugboat.

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Are you a dinosaur project manager?

Certified Dinosaur Project Manager (CDPM)There are 25 statements below. Give yourself the following points for each statement:

0 – Do not agree
1 – Agree or somewhat agree
2 – Do not understand or unsure

Be very honest and rate each statement truthfully. Do not skip a statement. As a project manager, you:

  1. Write a project charter using a word processor
  2. Manually transform scope into requirements
  3. Manage project risks using a spreadsheet
  4. Primarily use dashboards to share weekly status
  5. Use sticky notes (Post-it®) to create a WBS
  6. Share project documentation on network drives
  7. Your team cannot access issue logs anywhere
  8. Perform brainstorming sessions using a whiteboard
  9. Use e-mail then phone to quickly get answers
  10. Do not use three-point estimating all the time
  11. Have not used a wiki for knowledge management
  12. Do not have a LinkedIn or Twitter account
  13. Have not used Skype on a conference call
  14. Have not recorded a conference call
  15. Believe in triple-constraints (scope, time and cost)
  16. Have not heard of the PMBOK® Guide 4th Edition
  17. Think that PRINCE2 is a new music album
  18. Know that CBAP® (“c-bop”) is the latest PRINCE2® dance move
  19. Do not know the latest versions of PMI standards
  20. Have not heard of CAPM®
  21. Have not heard of PMP®
  22. Have not heard of PgMP®
  23. Have not heard of PMI-RMP℠
  24. Have not heard of PMI-SP®
  25. Cannot be away from the office for more than one week

If you scored 20+, you are a Certified Dinosaur Project Manager (CDPM)! If you scored 15-19 points, it will not be long before you earn the CDPM designation. If you scored 10-14 points, you need to upgrade your skills. If you scored lower than 10 points, good for you!

  1. Write a project charter using a word processor—use Mindjet’s MindManager and export the mind map into Microsoft Word
  2. Manually transform scope into requirements—use Mindjet’s MindManager, Compuware’s Optimal Trace or IBM Telelogic DOORS and then export the contents into Microsoft Word
  3. Manage project risks using a spreadsheet—use Palisade @Risk or some other software
  4. Primarily use dashboards to share weekly status— In Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, there is a feature called “My Site” and the discussion board can be used as a Wall (similar to Facebook). A special thank you to my Filipino friend, former colleague and SharePoint expert Dux. You can use MBWA too (Management by Wandering Around).
  5. Use sticky notes (Post-it®) to create a WBS—use WBS Chart Pro from Critical Tools. Mindjet’s MindManager will work also but I prefer the bidirectional feature of WBS Chart Pro.
  6. Share project documentation on network drives—we use SharePoint but you can use Google Docs too
  7. Your team cannot access issue logs anywhere—we use NetResults Tracker, a web-based collaboration tool
  8. Perform brainstorming sessions using a whiteboard—use Mindjet’s MindManager
  9. Use e-mail then phone to quickly get answers—we use Microsoft Office Communicator but you can also use Yahoo! Messenger, Google Talk, etc.
  10. Do not use three-point estimating all the time—this is a built-in feature of Microsoft Office Project. Use it to make your estimates more accurate.
  11. Have not used a wiki for knowledge management—Why not?
  12. Do not have a LinkedIn or Twitter account—Why not?
  13. Have not used Skype on a conference call—Why not?
  14. Have not recorded a conference call—I use OnConference (records slides and voice). Other alternatives include WebEx and GoToMeeting with Camtasia.
  15. Believe in triple-constraints (scope, time and cost)—that is like, so, yesterday! Read the new PMBOK® Guide 4th Edition.
  16. Have not heard of the PMBOK® Guide 4th Edition—Where have you been in the past year or so?
  17. Think that PRINCE2 is a new music album—no it is not!
  18. Know that CBAP® (“c-bop”) is the latest PRINCE2® dance move—no it is not! Now, I know why your project requirements are so screwed up.
  19. Do not know the latest versions of PMI standards—Go to pmi.org and update your knowledge!
  20. Have not heard of CAPM®—Go to pmi.org and update your knowledge!
  21. Have not heard of PMP®—Go to pmi.org and update your knowledge!
  22. Have not heard of PgMP®—Go to pmi.org and update your knowledge!
  23. Have not heard of PMI-RMP℠—Go to pmi.org and update your knowledge!
  24. Have not heard of PMI-SP®—Go to pmi.org and update your knowledge!
  25. Cannot be away from the office for more than one week—You mean you do not have remote access?

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