A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge

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Do project managers use RAID Logs?

Project management theorists discuss the importance of the RAID log (Risks, Assumptions, Issues, Dependencies). I have found in software development there is commonly the Issues log (which is ...
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What are defintions of Work Performance Data, Work Performance Information & Work Performance Reports, and their differences?

For the PMBOK 5th Edition. Using following books for reference: - Head First PMP 3rd Edition, Jennifer Greene, PMP & Andrew Stellman, PMP - PMP Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide, ...
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( PMBOK 5th Edition ) What is difference between Quality Audit and Process Analysis?

For the PMBOK 5th Edition. 2 of the Perform Quality Assurance Tools & Techniques are -Quality Audit -Process Analysis ( Pgs 438-439, Head First PMP 3rd Edition, Jennifer Greene, PMP & ...
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(Calculation EMV) What is the business purpose of product value calculated by multiplying the probability of an event by the cost of the impact?

Lets say you are going on a geological survey up on a mountain in the rural areas. ( Page 576, Head First PMP 3rd Edition, Jennifer Greene, PMP & Andrew Stellman, PMP ) Expected Monetary Value ...
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Does the “Plan Scope Management Process” contain many sub-processes?

The PMBOK 5th edition has 24 processes for the Planning Process Group. For the Knowledge Area of "Project Scope Management," we have the following: Plan Scope Management Process Collect Requirements ...
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Standard document to record decisions? (PMBOK)

This is a hypothetical scenario: I was assigned to manage a software development project. I already have an approved project charter, stakeholder registry, requirements documentation and a WBS. I ...
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Difference between Project Phase and Sub Project (PMBOK)

Reading the PMBOK I noticed that they almost never use the term Sub Project. Using the PMBOK terminology is a project phase the same as a sub project?
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How formal is the sprint planning?

As far as I understand during the sprint planning meeting the team choose the backlog items that will be included in the sprint. How formal is the sprint planning and task assignments? Once the ...
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How do you calculate extra costs incurred if a project overruns its schedule?

If a project doesn't meet its planned schedule, how do you calculate any losses per day incurred? Is there a graphing function in MS Project that I can use to depict losses per day?
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What is the correct name for terminating a project before it's complete?

I am running a project that is no longer viable due to an incorrect assumption. Therefore the project needs to be canceled/discontinued/killed/deleted/scrubbed. What is the correct name for this stage ...
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Does Scrum fit PMBOK knowledge areas?

PMBOK defines 10 knowledge areas, "that are typical of most projects, most of the time". Some Scrum processes/artifacts clearly fit corresponding knowledge areas. E.g. Daily Standup is an ...
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Real world differences between Portfolio and Program

Can I have a have a project without having a portfolio? This issue has been slightly touched on in the above link but I am hoping the collective expertise of this community could expand it. I have ...
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Can someone explain the Requirements Traceability Matrix purpose?

So I was taking a sample scope management test online, and Question #9 stumped me -- the question on the traceability matrix. Can someone please explain why b is better than c? Below is the direct ...
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managing stakeholder expectations in executing and monitoring and controlling phase

When following PMBOK guideline, to manage stakeholder expectations, how does a project manager manage stakeholder expectations in in monitoring and controlling phase??? what kinds of techniques are ...
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When a new standard is about to be released for a PM certification, should I take the current version or wait for the next?

From a project management perspective, Which is more advisable? To go for a certification right away (currently, the PMP with PMBOK4) To Wait for the rollout of the next standard (like PMBOK5 [in ...
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Is it important to estimate the product size for software project?

Estimate size is the process of approximating the size for of the products and parts to be produced for the project. Is it important to estimate the size, especially for the software project? Does the ...
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Among 42 processes as outlined by the PMBOK, which process is important for SMEs?

PMBOK has defined 42 management processes. Yet, not all the processes are relevant or some are less important according to the organization's size. I am doing a survey which objective in mind is to ...
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PMBOK 4th Edition - Monitor and Control Project Work versus other Control Processes, what are the differences?

Are there any significant differences between "Monitor and Control Project Work" process versus other control processes e.g., control scope, control schedule, control cost, perform quality control? ...
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Is the PM's required knowledge in agile environment changing nowadays?

We see software developers these days that do not know what does it mean not to use TDD or other practices of XP, project leaders that never worked in a non-agile environment, etc. These people don't ...
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Currently taking a PM class based around PMBOK, doesn't it seem quite inefficient? [closed]

It seems terribly obscure, long winded, over complicated, and wreaks of unnecessary overhead. Is this stuff really in use? If so, there has GOT to be a better way to get things done. This PMBOK stuff ...
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What is the relation between PMBOK and real world Project Management?

While I was studying for my PMP certification I learned many things that over my course of 10 years I was doing differently. Now after being a PMP for a year, I see how you can get value from the ...