The PMP Exam is changing in Jan 2016 … what does it mean to the Exam

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The PMP Exam is changing in Jan 2016 … what does it mean to the Exam

This is a quick and concise summary of the PMP changes that are due to take effect from Jan 11th 2016

Background …. a recently completed Role Delineation Study (RDS) provided an updated description of the project management professional role. Research included a large-scale survey of global Project Management Professional (PMP)®certification holders to validate updates to domains, tasks, knowledge, and skills. The RDS captures perspectives of project management practitioners from all industries, work settings, and regions. It serves as the foundation for the PMP exam and ensures its validity and relevance.

Changes … the following areas are added to and updated across all the domain areas of the standard … to look more closely at these areas browse the PMI website: –

  • Identify key deliverables based on the business requirements in order to manage customer expectations and direct the achievement of project goals.
  • Conduct benefit analysis with relevant stakeholders to validate project alignment with organizational strategy and expected business value.
  • Inform stakeholders of the approved project charter to ensure common understanding of the key deliverables, milestones, and their roles and responsibilities.
  • Develop the stakeholder management plan by analyzing needs, interests, and potential impact in order to effectively manage stakeholders’ expectations and engage them in project decisions.
  • Manage the flow of information by following the communications plan in order to keep stakeholders engaged and informed.
  • Maintain stakeholder relationships by following the stakeholder management plan in order to receive continued support and manage expectations.
  • Capture, analyze, and manage lessons learned, using lessons learned management techniques in order to enable continuous improvement.
  • Monitor procurement activities according to the procurement plan in order to verify compliance with project objectives

What does this mean for the exam and those preparing for the exam:

  • There should be a stronger focus on developing the project business case – this focuses on specifically point 1 and point 2 above
  • There is a focus on the Tool and Techniques for Lesson Learnt – this focuses specifically on point 7 above.
  • The responsibilities and engagement of stakeholders is always relevant for the exam and this will continue on

View details of our ‘Preparing for PMP’ course here

Submitted by our Project Management Tutor, Liam Dillon


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