The PMP is a four-hour, multiple-choice question examination. A score of 61 percent is required to pass the exam. The PMP exam focuses on the candidate’s knowledge of project management and the ability of the candidate to apply that knowledge in many different situations and scenarios. Typically, a candidate is assessed based on the criteria below.
Initiation: Project Selection Methods, Defining Scope, Documenting Project Risks, Assumptions and Constraints, Knowledge on Stake Holders Analysis & Project Charter.
Planning: How to define Project Requirements, Project Team & their role and responsibilities, Work Break Down Structure, Change Management Plan, How to identify Risks and defining Risk Strategies, Project Plan approval & Project Kick off meetings are some of the intriguing concepts you may find.
Execution: How to execute a Project Plan, Implementing Procurement Plan if outside sources were involved, Resource Allocation & performance evaluation, Implementing Quality Management Plans and Change Requests
Monitoring & Controlling: Project Performance Measurements, Monitoring Risks, Manage Change Requests, Ensuring Project Deliverables meet Quality Standards.
Closing: Getting approval/acceptance from Stakeholders, Obtaining Financial/Legal/Administrate closure, Releasing Project Resources, Document & Communicate Lesson Learned, Distributing Final Project Report, Archive Project Records & Measuring customer Satisfaction
Professional and Social Responsibilities: Ensuring Individual Integrity, Ethics, Promoting Interaction among stakeholders, contributing to the Project Management Knowledge base and importance of Personal Professional Competence
Most of the activities defined in PMBOK are performed by people. A Manager‘s most important, and most difficult job is managing people, and it requires excellent Soft skills. In many situations, it\’s often the soft skills that matter the most in dealing with day to day progress of a project. Recent research studies reveal that most often projects fail because of project manager’s inability to communicate effectively, work within the organization\’s culture, motivate the project team, manage stakeholder’s expectations, understand the business objectives, solve problems effectively, and to make clear and knowledgeable decisions.
Having said that, as far as the exam portion of the PMP certification process is concerned; hardly few questions related to “Soft Skill assessment” can be found. As a result, there is a need for PMI to revise the PMP exam questions to include more scenario based questions to assess candidates\’ soft skills and reasoning. PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP) credential is the most important industry-recognized certification for project managers. Every 4 years the Project Management Institute (PMI) brings out a new version of PMBOK to include evolving knowledge within the profession of project management. Similarly revising PMP exam questions on pre-determined periods regularly would help candidates to demonstrate that they have the experience, education and competency to successfully lead and direct projects.
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