Preparing for the Exam with PMBOK® Guide – Fifth Edition (Part 13): Looking Beyond the Knowledge Areas

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 previous 12 articles have walked through each chapter of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Fifth Edition. The intent was to demystify some of the PMBOK Guide language and compare the journey of preparation to write the CAPM/PMP exam to becoming physically fit.

Continuing the analogy to fitness activities, one would think that crossing the finish line of a race would mark an end point. Runners understand, however, that finishing a race doesn’t end the process. There are endless small things to complete, such as cool-down activities, stretching and fulfilling immediate nutrition needs.

These seemingly small activities are important to the ongoing success of an athlete (or an aging fitness buff like myself!). Similarly, after studying Chapter 13 of the PMBOK Guide, there are many small activities still to be done that can make a significant difference to the results of the CAPM/PMP exam.

PMBOK Guide-based questions can be based from any page. When I deliver PMP boot camps for one of the world’s largest training companies, I emphasize the importance of extending preparation beyond the knowledge areas and study material.

Let’s start with the Annex on page 417 (pages may vary slightly depending on print edition). Unlike the previous chapters, which review each knowledge area while crossing applicable …

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