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.
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 (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
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.
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.
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