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I started to memorize every ITTOs of the PMP with memory palace techniques
Hello everybody !

I'm sure plenty of you have done that.

But I wanted to create a special subject on memorization of all the ITTOs.

I know the goal of the PMP is rather "understanding" than "memorizing".

But I feel the two are no incompatible, since by memorizing, I spend a lot of time with the material, which means I can think deeply about it.

Right now, I have memorized 30 processes ITTOs, and I'm memorizing one knowledge area per week.

Since my exam is on june 8th, I am right on schedule for this project ;)

The way I do it is by using one memory palace of 50 to 60 loci for each process.

I put the ITTOs elements at the start of the memory palace, and then I complete the rest with various lists from the PMBOK (and as you know, there are plenty of lists inside !)

I'm doing it both for the sake of experimenting with memorization and because I want to know the material in the long term, not just for the exam.

And material stored in memory palaces can stick a very long time in memory if they are revised adequately (I use Anki space repetition system for that).

Let's share on this topic if any of you feel like it :)
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It cannot hurt to have the ITTOs committed to memory, but your long-term goal should be to have a full understanding of the interactions and purpose. It will benefit you greater on the test and in practice.
The PMBOK Guide 6th edition has ten knowledge areas, and these knowledge areas have 49 processes. These processes have hundreds of inputs, tools & techniques and outputs and I doubt that you can memorize all these ITTOs .PMI never designed ITTO to be memorized.

In my opinion, you do need to have a deep conceptual understanding of the ITTOs.
I agree with Alfred and Shadav points. As long as you are not able to understand ITTO interaction and there relationship with respect to different process and knowledge area, only bare memorization may create confusion at the of solving scenario based questions. All the best!!
Better concentrate on understanding the concepts - has more value add and easier to work too.
If the number of permutations were smaller, you could potentially make a case for memorization. The problem is that there are too many ITTOs that are attached to more than one process.

You have to remember that the access might come from different angles. You could be asked the inputs for a given process or the processes with a given input.
Alexandre -- There is an article on the Internet worth reading:

Trying to memorize what is probably over 1100 different combinations is a herculean effort that very few individuals can do. I would urge you to reconsider this approach.

Yes, memorization is required to a certain degree -- but it must done in a manner that complements your understanding of what a particular process is trying to achieve.
I didn't try to memorize the ITTO. I memorized the formulas and the process groups. That's all I needed to pass the test.
Formulas should be understood first, memorizing then is easier.

Same for the process group. Create your map of all process might help you better.
Forget about it. If you are going for the PMP certification then questions are situational questions then memorize ITTO has no sense.
I would second Sergio comments. The exam is all situational. I didn’t even use the “brain dump” of the processes, knowledge areas and formulas during my PMP exam. It was actually a waste of valuable time to write them down. However you go about preparing, good luck!
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