Project Management

The Path to the PMP (Part 6)

Following 20 years at a large Canadian telecommunications firm, Bruce established the project management consulting firm Solutions Management Inc (SMI). Since 1999, he has provided contract project/program management services, been a source for project management support personnel and created/delivered courses to over 7,000 participants in Canada, the United States and England.

The pace of PMP fitness improvement is accelerating. Basic workouts were first, followed by multiple sessions. You are now ready for more. It’s my hope that these articles are now more of a review or alternative perspective versus new learning. If you committed to the exam completion at the same time as the first article, at least two full months have passed. If your goal is to write the exam before the transition to PMBOK Fifth Edition, the July 31st deadline is fast approaching.

That said, there is still breathing room. If this article is a review, good job. If you are still putting the pieces together, perhaps even completing the application process and you have just read my first five perspectives, you will be fine. Either way, let’s keep going!

The Project Time Management knowledge area involves six processes that interact with each other and are described as discrete and sequential, but in reality may overlap. In my previous five articles, I’ve taken the time to ensure readers read the details such as on page 129-130 to understand what is being achieved. I also elaborated on such debatable issues as OPAs and EEFs. While consistency in approach can be comfortable, I have found in my bootcamps and one-on-one coaching that changing my techniques keeps participants on guard and prevents them from becoming complacent. Sticking with the fitness …

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- Richard M. Nixon