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Develop a Project Scope Statement in Project Management

Develop a Project Scope Statement in Project Management The Project Scope Statement describes, in detail, the deliverables and the work needed to create a product, service, or result. In our previous post, we covered the essential element, Identify Stakeholders. It’s important to identify anyone who can affect, or be affected by, the project or the product. But, to be a successful project manager, it’s also necessary to know how to develop a project scope statement, so that’s what we’ll cover below. What Is Product Scope? Project scope describes the product, service, or result of the project with its features and functions. It also describes the work needed to create or produce the product, service, or result How Do You Create a Project Scope Statement? A scope statement is created with input from stakeholders. And it involves analysis of the project, translating objectives into deliverables. Requirements, and requirements analysis, should be…

Identifying Project Stakeholders in Project Management

Identifying Project Stakeholders in Project Management Effective project management requires detailed stakeholder identification to be performed. This includes internal and external stakeholders, such as business executives, leadership teams, SMEs, team members, departments, end users, vendors, customers, partners, and regulators. In a previous post, we covered the essential element, create a project charter. A charter should identify key project stakeholders, but this is only on the high level, so let’s dive more deeply into what it takes to effectively identify all of your stakeholders. Who Are Stakeholders, and How Can You Identify Them? Stakeholders are people and organizations who: Are involved in or impacted by the project or product Can positively or negatively impact the project or product It is important to identify anyone who can affect, or be affected by, the project or the product. Anyone who has any interest in the project, including those who might be opposed to…

Create a Project Charter in Project Management

Create a Project Charter in Project Management Project management is a systematic process used to initiate, plan, execute, monitor, control, and close a project to meet a defined set of objectives. At RMC Learning Solutions, we help teams understand the science and the art of project management by giving you the knowledge and skills necessary to ensure the success of projects. How do organizations maximize their projects to deliver the expected value on time and within budget? We found that the key to success lies in mastering six essential elements to effective project management. These elements ensure every project delivers significant value and return on investment. Let’s start with the first of the six essential elements: creating a project charter. What Is a Project Charter? The project charter is a document issued by the project’s sponsor. It authorizes the project and gives the project manager authority to do their…

Just Announced: PMP® Exam Change 2019

PMP® Exam PrepProject Management Professional (PMP)®

UPDATED 8/30/2019
According to news released to PMI® Chapters and Registered Education Providers: the December 16th exam change has now been moved to a later date. The last day for candidates to take the current exam is now June 30, 2020. On July 1, 2020 the PMP Exam will reflect the new exam content. For more information about RMC’s exam prep updates on our classes and products please visit our website.

Coverage of Agile Process in Rita Mulcahy’s PMP® Exam Prep-Ninth Edition

Since the publication of “Rita Mulcahy’s PMP Exam Prep, Ninth Edition” back in January, we have been getting a number of questions asking why the book does not cover Agile Process.  These readers note that A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition, discusses Agile through out and is shipped in a package set with the “Agile Practice Guide.”  Seeing what they consider an obvious disconnect they reasonably ask whether RMC is suggesting that there will be no Agile questions on the PMP exam.

6 Essential Elements to Effective Project Management

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How do organizations maximize their projects by delivering expected value on time and within budget? The keys to success lie in mastering the six essential elements discussed in this paper.

PMP® Exam Preparation: Understanding Beats Memorization

Understanding vs. Memorization
Why does RMC focus on understanding rather than memorization?  As RMC’s project management practice leader I’m often asked: “why can’t I just memorize the process names, inputs, tools, techniques, and outputs (ITTOs) and pass the exam?” The answer to this question is quite simple.  Understanding works, memorization does not, especially in the context of the PMP® exam. Let’s discuss understanding vs. memorization.

PMP®Exam Tools: Master the Information in Rita Mulcahy’s Process Chart

When students discover Rita’s Process Chart, they often ask us, “Which parts should I memorize?” It’s a simple question, right? Unfortunately, the answer isn’t so straightforward. It’s more than just memorizing―it’s realizing that, in order to pass the exam, you need to thoroughly understand each process.

Be a Catalyst for Change

I want to introduce myself in my first blog on Converging 360. As leader of the Project Management Area of practice for RMC Project Management, I wear many hats within our organization. In addition to being a trainer, I am a speaker and presenter, subject matter expert, and curriculum developer. And as of today … I am also a Converging 360 blogger!

First of all, let me say that I am truly blessed. I was hired and mentored by Rita Mulcahy, and had the honor of working with her for 18 months.

Breaking Down the Project Charter

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Projects are most successful when there is written authority for the project manager to plan and organize work. A project charter should be created by the project manager from input he/she gathers from the sponsor(s) and the key stakeholders. The project charter includes documentation of the projects goals and an understanding of what the high level problems and requirements are. The project manager uses the project charter throughout the project to make certain the business case and the project objectives can be met. Therefore, the charter becomes the mandate allowing you to gain “buy in” on the project and its goals. Given its purpose, the charter should have minimum jargon and be easy to read. Download the FREE project charter template to use with your next project!

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