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The ITTO Tool

 

Are you ready to start your PMP® Boot Camp?

Are you ready to take the PMP® Exam?

The PMP® exam tests your knowledge of PMI’s Process Chart and processes. It does not test your Project Management experience. It is important to know the Process Chart by memory. Any Boot camp worth its salt, will demand that you MEMORIZE this chart. There are no excuses, memorize it. The PMP exam tests your understanding of the terms and definitions in the PMBOK® (Project Management Body of Knowledge) 5th edition. The PMP® exam tests your knowledge of the flow of the ITTO’s (INPUTS, TOOLS, TECHNIQUES, OUTPUTS) of each of the Processes, and how they interact with each other. The PMP® exam tests your ability to apply the process’s to projects, in different business situations.

To recap, The PMP® Exam tests your knowledge and understanding of the following:

THE PROCESS CHART

THE PROCESS CHART

The Process Chart is the most important tool to understand the processes, and process flow in the Project Management Life Cycle. The Project Management Life Cycle is the realm of the PMI® PMP® project application. The Project Life Cycle is industry specific and possibly product specific. But the Project Management Life Cycle is not industry specific and is the same for all projects in all industries and all products. The process chart as outlined in the PMBOK® (A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge), should be committed to memory by any serious student or project manager who desires to practice project management. The process chart contains 5 process groups, 10 knowledge areas; and are arranged in a matrix to explain their relationship to the Project Management Life Cycle. There are 47 specific processes that are outlined in this matrix. Each process has Inputs, Tools and Techniques, and Outputs, (ITTO’s). Each process produces an output or outputs, or creates updates to outputs of other processes. Many of these outputs are inputs to another or possibly several other processes. The tools and techniques are the vehicles that use the inputs to create the outputs. This may be a little confusing now, but as you go through this tool you will learn the flows of the ITTO’s.

ITTO FLOW

ITTO FLOW

ITTO (Inputs, Tools and Techniques, and Outputs) flow is the way in which the processes interact, and are utilized during the Project Management Life Cycle. It is critical for proper project planning and execution to understand how each of the ITTO’s interact. For example, the Project Charter is the first document produced in a project. It is an output of the “Develop Project Charter” process. The project charter is never updated once approved. The project charter is an input to 8 other process. It brings information about the project formation, and high level information concerning scope, schedule, and budget, to assist in creating more detailed and definitive  project documents, to execute the project successfully. ITTO Flow throughout the project is a spider web of activity, with many processes being performed from different knowledge areas and process groups at the same time. Understanding the ITTO flow is what the ITTO tutor does best. This is a visual learning tool.

TERMS AND DEFINITIONS

TERMS AND DEFINITIONS 

The ITTO Tutor® will provide definitions to the terms, acronyms, tools, documents, plans and many other unique items found in the process chart. We will explain their relationship to each other and the order of processing. Many questions will be answered as you review how one process output becomes the input to another or many other processes.

Process’s and ITTO’s applications

Processes and ITTO’s Application

The ITTO Tutor® will guide you through the process application in regards to the interaction of the processes and the ITTO’s. To be effective in the project management life cycle application, it is important to understand what each process does, and how it utilizes the ITTO’s to accomplish the output of the process being utilized or under study. There is no other visual tool on the market that accomplishes this goal the way that ITTO Tutor does.

 

Understanding the Number of items on the Process Chart:

CATEGORIES UNIQUE ITEMS TOTAL ITEMS
Process Groups by Name 5 5
Knowledge Areas by Name 10 10
Processes Description by Name

  1. Inputs by Name
  2. Tools and Techniques by Name
  3. Outputs by Name
  • 47
  • 66
  • 119
  • 68
  • 47
  • 256
  • 209
  • 153
Total Items 315 680

There are 315 unique items, with duplicates 680 items you need to know the location on the process chart. To learn these locations on the process chart I have developed a visual tool to assist in remembering where each of these ITTO’s are, and how they interact with all the processes. First click on the “Free Demo” at the top of this page, then select the ‘View By Process” button at the top of this page. On the next page click on a Process, then click on an ITTO. You will learn how the tool works very quickly. The items that have multiple locations will be shown visually on the process chart. Good Luck on your quest to understand the Project Management Life Cycle, and the flow of the ITTO’s.


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