PMP Exam Changes in 2015 | Effective from 1st November
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.
How the PMP® is affected
The five domains of practice for the PMP remain the same. However, tasks within each domain have been modified, added, or removed.
To view all the changes in detail, see the Exam Content Outline.
Exam Content Outline is now final. Please check that you refer to the document dated June 2015 on page 2 to be sure you are referring to the updated version.
Monitoring and controlling the project >> 2 tasks added – Task # 6, Task # 7
Closing the project >> No new tasks added
EXAM CONTENT OUTLINE
The following table identifies the proportion of questions from each domain that will appear on the examination. These percentages are used to determine the number of questions related to each domain and task that should appear on the multiple-choice format examination.
Monitoring & Controlling
Initiating Process Group >> 3 tasks added – Task 2, Task 7, Task 8
>> Initiating (13%)
Perform project assessment based upon available information, lessons learned from previous projects, and meetings with relevant stakeholders in order to support the evaluation of the feasibility of new products or services within the given assumptions and/or constraints.
Identify key deliverables based on the business requirements in order to manage customer expectations and direct the achievement of project goals. (Added)
Perform stakeholder analysis using appropriate tools and techniques in order to align expectations and gain support for the project.
Identify high-level risks, assumptions, and constraints based on the current environment, organizational factors, historical data, and expert judgment, in order to propose an implementation strategy.
Participate in the development of the project charter by compiling and analyzing gathered information in order to ensure project stakeholders are in agreement on its elements.
Obtain project charter approval from the sponsor, in order to formalize the authority assigned to the project manager and gain commitment and acceptance for the project.
Conduct benefit analysis with relevant stakeholders to validate project alignment with organizational strategy and expected business value. (Added)
Inform stakeholders of the approved project charter to ensure common understanding of the key deliverables, milestones, and their roles and responsibilities.(Added)
Planning the Project >> 1 task added – Task 13
Review and assess detailed project requirements, constraints, and assumptions with stakeholders based on the project charter, lessons learned, and by using requirement-gathering techniques in order to establish detailed project deliverables.
Develop a scope management plan, based on the approved project scope and using scope management techniques, in order to define, maintain, and manage the scope of the project.
Develop the cost management plan based on the project scope, schedule, resources, approved project charter and other information, using estimating techniques, in order to manage project costs.
Develop the project schedule based on the approved project deliverables and milestones, scope, and resource management plans in order to manage timely completion of the project.
Develop the human resource management plan by defining the roles and responsibilities of the project team members in order to create a project organizational structure and provide guidance regarding how resources will be assigned and managed.
Develop the communications management plan based on the project organizational structure and stakeholder requirements, in order to define and manage the flow of project information.
Develop the procurement management plan based on the project scope, budget, and schedule, in order to ensure that the required project resources will be available.
Develop the quality management plan and define the quality standards for the project and its products, based on the project scope, risks, and requirements, in order to prevent the occurrence of defects and control the cost of quality.
Develop the change management plan by defining how changes will be addressed and controlled in order to track and manage change.
Plan for risk management by developing a risk management plan; identifying, analyzing, and prioritizing project risk; creating the risk register; and defining risk response strategies in order to manage uncertainty and opportunity throughout the project life cycle.
Present the project management plan to the relevant stakeholders according to applicable policies and procedures in order to obtain approval to proceed with project execution.
Conduct kick-off meeting, communicating the start of the project, key milestones, and other relevant information in order to inform and engage stakeholders and gain commitment.
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. (Added)
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