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PMBOK versus Rita?
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I am studying for PMP certification. I took a class that was based on the PMBOK guide, but the quiz questions were based on Rita Mulcahy's book. The instructor said that the PMP exam will be based on the content in Rita's book. My problem is that PMBOK and Rita differ significantly. For example, I was told to memorize the PMBOK Table 3-1 "Project Management Process Group and Knowledge Area Mapping" because it is critical to know this for the exam, but in Rita's book it has Rita's Process Chart which is similar but very different and does not reconcile with PMBOK. This is extremely confusing. What should I be studying?
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Dear Patrick basic knowledge and text book of PMP exam is PMBOK. Rita book explain PMBOK in a very easy and understandable language. It helps you in understanding PMBOK. Rita Chart gives u complete picture sequence of actions , being happening in managing a project. As for as ITTOs( Inputs , tools and techniques and outputs ) you have to go though a number of time you will be remember them, it very important for exam
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Patrick, I find Rita's book very good, but there is one exception: i totally ignored her process chart as I too found it confusing. It is really just there to show you the real-life processes and documents that occur in project management and is not meant to align exactly to the 47 (now 49) PMBOK processes. My advice, follow Rita's book, ignore her process chart, cross-reference with the PMBOK, do a lot of simulation exams, and you will be fine.
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1 reply by Patrick Dixon
Nov 28, 2017 12:07 AM
Patrick Dixon
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That makes a lot of sense, thank you!
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Thank you very much for the reply. The confusion I have is the inability to reconcile between the 2 charts. Should I memorize them both? Should I try to figure out how they match? For example:
- Rita's chart for Initiating process group does not include creating the Statement of Work. Is SOW part of Initiating?
- In Rita, the Initiating Process Group includes "Divide large projects into phases". I don't see this in PMBOK under the Project Charter Development. Should I follow Rita or PMBOK?
- Rita's chart shows "Use issue logs" in the Executing process group, but I don't see anywhere in PMBOK where issue logs are in that group. It shows Issue logs in 10.3.1.3 which is the Monitoring and Control Group. Which is correct?
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1 reply by Jay Gopal
Nov 28, 2017 11:24 AM
Jay Gopal
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I completely agree with you. I had the same problem and did NOT use Rita's. I used Head first PMP which is in line with the PMBOK and also much easier to understand, along with Andy Crowe (distributed from my training course). I also did google searches for topics that I had issue understanding. Hope this helps.
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Nov 28, 2017 12:05 AM
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Patrick, I find Rita's book very good, but there is one exception: i totally ignored her process chart as I too found it confusing. It is really just there to show you the real-life processes and documents that occur in project management and is not meant to align exactly to the 47 (now 49) PMBOK processes. My advice, follow Rita's book, ignore her process chart, cross-reference with the PMBOK, do a lot of simulation exams, and you will be fine.
That makes a lot of sense, thank you!
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Dear Patrick, my advice is read PMBOK atleast twice and understand ( not memorize) all ITTOs, processes, all figures, charts and important words/ terms in PMBOK. choose the answers in the exam based on your understandings / pmi way of thinking. All the best
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Patrick -

I have to say that the advice of your PMP instructor was not only not good, it was just wrong.
PMP exam is NOT based on Rita's or any other prep book.
The main source is the PMBoK Guide like already mentioned by my fellow colleagues here.
BUT PMBoK Guide is not the only source for the PMP exam.

The PMP exam prep books like Rita's and others are helpful in making the PMBoK Guide understandable and in addition, they do also describe additional things you need to know for the exam.

Please refer to this article about things which are relevant to the exam but not in the PMBoK Guide:

PMP Material NOT in the PMBOK® Guide

Regarding the process charts and the question which one to remember; well, most would say regarding the PMP exam try to memorize the PMBoK guide table. Riat's process chart is trying to transfer the theoretical stuff into more practical reality (that was what i am thinking about it ...).

I know that many instructors and experts say, you should memorize the PMBoK guide table and then do a brain dump on it at the beginning of the exam and if you think that is useful for you and will help you, well, then just do so.

I personally haven't done that and focused more on understanding the processes, the workflows, how they are interrelated and integrated. And that has worked fine for me. You need to find your way.

Regards,

Markus
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Dear Mr Patrick,
Having cleared PMP exam during 1st week of this month, I would like to share my experience.
1) After completion of 35 Hrs mandatory training, I skimmed through PMBOK twice.
2) Soon I realized that unless you start solving different types of questions, the feel of difficulty of exam questions won't sink in. Towards this, I downloaded few good PMP exam question Apps (freely available on Play Store). I made it a habit to attempt min no of questions each day whenever some leisure time was available.
3) Simultaneously, I went through "Head First PMP" which I found very good. Most of the concepts are explained through real world example and further simplified with lot of pictorial inputs. Frankly, I referred Rita Mulchay's book only for its question bank.
4) Two month prior to exam, I got hold of following series of ebooks (free to download with Amazon Kindle subscription) from Aileen Ellis
https://www.amazon.in/Aileen-Ellis/e/B001K...e_cont_ebooks_1
Each of the book in series is a gem. Helps you to understand in detail every concepts. Specially the book on Contract Management is a must read.

Again, this was my way of approaching the exam. Hope you successfully sail through final exam. All the best.
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Hi Patrick
I agree with Markus. PMP exam is based on PMBOK, not RITA. I have used RITA just for me to explain some concepts with examples, which I could not follow fully just with PMBOK alone. And also, doing as many practical questions(like Gorakhanath mentioned) is strongly advisable. I can't emphasize enough how important PMBOK material is for you to assimilate, and produce during the exam. All the very best!!
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Try not to memorize the ITTO's also, just look at the process flow, and understand how they feed into and out of eachother.
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Patrick -

As others have said, the RMC book (I don't say Rita anymore as she's no longer with us!) is a "good guess" as to what's on the exam. The reality is that NO training organization has "inside" information on the exam questions.

As far as what the questions are based on, having twice participated in PMP exam item writing sessions, the PMBOK Guide is one of 40-50 different references used when questions are developed. The one thing they used to tell us in those session is to ensure we had two references for each question we came up with.

Also, it's important to note that rote memorization or foundation type questions are the minority on the exam - the trend has been more and more application or scenario-oriented ones.

Kiron
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2 replies by Riyadh Salih
Dec 16, 2017 12:30 AM
Riyadh Salih
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Kiron, what do you mean by that (( she is no longer with us))
Dec 16, 2017 12:54 AM
Riyadh Salih
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Kiron,
I did some search I guess I know what you meant I found out the she already passed away, I felt sad for her.
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