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.
Let’s start with some basics. PMI® has defined five process groups in Project Management. Rita’s Process Chart is our interpretation of those groups and the associated actions that result in unique outputs attributed to each process.
NEED TO MEMORIZE
- Five process groups
- Planning process group set order of actions
NEED TO UNDERSTAND
- What actions are in each process group
- Why these actions occur
A typical exam question will only give you some of the information. For example: “You’ve just gained acceptance of interim deliverables from the customer.” Because you’ve done some memorization, you’ll know this action occurs in the Monitor and Control process group.
Now you know where you are within the process but that’s only half the battle. The question then asks, “What should happen next?” The exam is testing your knowledge of the process and outputs associated with the action. In this example, the process is Validate Scope, and the outputs are: work performance information, accepted deliverables, change requests, and project documents updates.
If you understand the actions associated within a process, and what process groups they primarily align with, then you can use logic to quickly analyze and select the best answer.
If you know where you are in the process and understand why processes, actions, and outputs occur you’ll be better prepared to pass the exam.
Use Rita’s Process Chart Game to help you more quickly memorize the process groups and actions within Planning. I hope this free resource will also help to expand your understanding of Project Management.
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