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Project Management Tutorial

This Project Management tutorial covers Project management knowledge areas,PMP,PMP formulas,Passing PMP Exam and Agile scrum methodology.

Introduction

This Project Management tutorial covers project management knowledge areas,Managing project professionally(PMP) basics, PMP Exam related stuff,PMP formulas and software development life cycles(waterfall and Agile scrum models).

Project Management Knowledge Areas

Project Management is the management of projects with predefined goal to achieve for benefit of the stakeholders of the project. Any project will have start and end dates and goals to achieve are predefined. Project management involves 5 process groups and 9 knowledge areas under which all the project management processes are mapped. Any project goes through a cycle called project life cycle which involves intiation phase,planning,executing,monitoring & control and closing phase. Following are the knowledge areas in any project.

Project Integration Management:
This phase starts with a project charter, which defines the goal and need of the project and gives project manager the authority to manage tha project. This phase helps all stakeholders work towards same goal and take care of any changes throughout the project life cycle.

Project Scope Management:
This phase defines scope of the project which is nothing but features/specifications/acceptance criteria to be achieved at the end of the project. It involves basically scope definition,scope verification and scope control.

Project Time Management:
This involves mainly development of schedule/plan for the project and controlling/managing the project plan. This involves managing to meet the milestones/deadlines defined at the start of the project to satisfy the stakeholders including external customers. It include diving the work into various activities,sequencing of the activities(order in which to execute), resource allocations to each activities and duration estimation of the activities.

Project Cost Management:
Estimate the cost to be incurred to execute the project from start to the end and tracking/controlling the budget. This helps complete the project under budget and avoid situation of over spending in a project.

Project Quality Management:
This helps meet project quality requirements defined at the start i.e. meet acceptance criteria and other features as planned. Will help keep the project on right track with respect to the quality. In order to achieve quality goal of a project, quality assurance is done periodically.Quality audits are planned for the same.

Project Human Resource Management:
This phase involves hiring the people to do the work on the project, train the people and manage them.

Project Communication Management:
This helps improve communication chain i.e. who are the people responsible for so and so task and who should communicate with whom. This involves identification of the stakeholders of the project and communication plan. It also defines communication methods i.e. written/verbal and so on. This helps avoid communication related problems in a project and helps two parties communicate information efficiently.

Project Risk Management:
This involves identification of risks involved at the start of the project and manage them throughout the project. It also involves management of any unplanned risks that may occur over course of the project. This requires qualitative and quantitative risk analysis to be performed.

Project Procurement Management:
This involves make and buy decisions for any project. It means whether the project can be contracted to the outside party or get it done locally by hiring the people. It also involves planning for any procurement,executing it and closing if the procurement/purchase is done.

Refer our article on Project management professional for further reading.

PMP Exam

PMP exam is the exam to quality one as certified project manager from PMI (Project Management Institute). Refer following link from PMI for the eligibility criteria for the PMP exam.
http://www.pmi.org/Certification/Project-Management-Professional-PMP.aspx

Refer our tips on passing PMP exam at first attempt in article on how to pass PMP-exam.

References

Useful formulas for PMP Exam, Refer page on PMP Formula.
PMP training institutes to complete 35 PDUs as main criteria to apply for the PMP Exam, refer PMP Training institutes in INDIA.
Refer our page on Agile scrum methodology and scrum basics.