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Four Steps for Passing the PMP Exam

Four Steps for Passing the PMP Exam
By Dan Stober, PMP, Global Knowledge

If you have been a professional project manager for a number of years, then it is highly likely that you have considered earning your Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential. And why wouldn’t you? It is well known that the PMP certificate is not only a demonstration of your mastery of project management concepts, but it also shows that you have the dedication to take on a rigorous course of study. For some the task can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. The key to successfully navigating the exam process is to approach it like a project, which you already know how to do!

I want to share with you my four-step plan for earning your PMP credential. While your goal is passing the PMP exam, it will just be an abstract concept unless you have the systems and processes in place to make it a reality. Read the Complete Article

Q&A: The Project Manager as Business Analyst

Q&A: The Project Manager as Business Analyst
By Dan Stober, PMP, Global Knowledge

Attendees of last month’s webinar “The Project Manager as Business Analyst” had a lot of great questions for PMP-certified Global Knowledge instructor and webinar host, Dan Stober. So great, in fact, we decided to share them, along with Dan’s great answers.

Q: Speaking of building something that doesn’t meet the business need, can you talk about how this fits in the Scrum/Agile method?

A: Many times, especially in software development, the finished product doesn’t look anything like the original vision. Usually this comes from either expanding scope or poor initial requirements development. What we want, in the end, is to build a product that meets the business need. But, many times after every stakeholder get his/her wish list into a product, we find that many of the features/functions are not a business necessity.

Q: If the project manager (PM) writes the requirements charter, how does it give them authority? Read the Complete Article

PM and BA Roles in Requirements and Project Communication

PM and BA Roles in Requirements and Project Communication
By Dan Stober, PMP, Global Knowledge

Communication is vital within projects and contributes significantly to project success.

Project managers (PMs) know that they have to construct a robust communication management plan for the overall project. The communication management plan should be designed in such a manner that it defines how project information will be handled: how the project team collects, generates, stores, distributes, and disposes of project information. Considerations will include who gets what information, when, why, in what format, and how and where project information will be archived.

For the business analyst (BA), communication management revolves around communicating requirements, which A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK® Guide) v2.0 states, “is essential for bringing stakeholders to a common understanding of requirements.” Of the primary underlying competencies of the trained BA, a thorough understanding of verbal communications, teaching skills, and written communications is among the most essential. Read the Complete Article

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