Assignments

All assignments apply to both classroom and online students. Except for Segment 1, assignments are intended for preparation for the next session. Classroom sessions typically cover two course segments each day, so those students need to prepare accordingly. Reading assignments refer to PMI's Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, fifth-edition.

Segment 1 Segment 5 Segment 9 Segment 13
Segment 2 Segment 6 Segment 10 Segment 14
Segment 3 Segment 7 Segment 11 Segment 15
Segment 4 Segment 8 Segment 12 Segment 16


The links immediately below are to general student reference material, not necessarily associated with any specific course segments.

Certification Prerequisites and Process: Summarizes how to become and stay certified as a Project Management Professional.

PMP Credentials Handbook: A copy of PMI's latest pdf PMP certification handbook as of March 21, 2012.

PMP Paper Application: A copy of the 9-page pdf application form, also containing additional pages for special accomodation requests, re-examination application and prices. This was downloaded from PMI.org on June 6, 2010.

CAPM Handbook: For students who don't yet qualify for PMP certification; March 21, 2012.

Test Engine User Guide:

NASA 100 Lessons Learned: as compiled by Jerry Madden, former Associate Director of the Flight Projects Directorate at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

Fifth-Edition Processes: A matrix of PMBOK® Guide processes by the five process groups and ten knowledge areas, showing the sequence in which the processes are covered in TheCourse for Project Management, and the course segments.

Fifth-edition Processes with voice: A matrix of PMBOK® Guide processes by the five process groups and ten knowledge areas, showing the sequence in which the processes are covered in TheCourse for Project Management, and the course segments.

Blank Process Matrix: A blank matrix (MS Word document) for use by students to help memorize the process matrix.

Net Present Value vs. Expected Present Value: Added August 13, 2007. This topic has been showing up in the PMP exam.

PMI Code of Ethics: New 'International' code, posted here January 10, 2007, replaces both the former PMP Code of Ethics and the PMI Member Ethical Standards.

Plans vs. Documents: Fifth-edition illustration.

What to do (next):

Formulas: All the formulas thought to be on the exam.

Segment 1

Complete the Segment 1 questions in your workbook before taking the quiz.

Segment 1 Quiz:

Read PMBOK© Guide Chapters 1 & 2, which are covered by this segment, and Chapter 3 & Annex A1, which are covered in Segment 2.

These article pertain to Segment 1:
Agile Methods by Charles Cobb:
An exchange with an author on Agile.

Prince2: Definition from Prince2.com.
Project-Based Organization: A paper by By Jon Olson and Kristi M. Branch discussing a research organization; pdf.
Project-Based Organization: A Science and Technology Policy Research (SPRU) paper by Englishman Mike Hobday; pdf.

The following articles also pertain to Segment 1, but they will not be on the exam. They are examples of emerging technology.
Hydraulic-Hybrid Trucks: Interesting story about a new innovation in truck engineering. Posted January 28, 2009.
Hydrogen Cycle: A pdf copy of an article about a commercially-available hydrogen-cell motor cycle.
H
ydrogen Energy Sources: A projection by a Scientific American article of transitions in energy production. Posted 1/29/2009.
MEMS and Nanotechnology Clearinghouse: A link to the site by this name. This is representative of emerging technologies as discussed in course segment 1. New technologies continue to be the source of thousands - probably millions - of new projects.
Solar energy: If you find this story fascinating, as I did, you might also want to visit the Ausra web site.

In preparation for Segment 2, you need to review the process matrix:

Fifth-edition Processes with voice: A matrix of PMBOK® Guide processes by the five process groups and ten knowledge areas, showing the sequence in which the processes are covered in TheCourse for Project Management, and the course segments.

Segment 2

Segment 2 Quiz:

Turn to Page 54 in your classroom workbook or page 50 in your online workbook, and complete the process matrix. Refer to Page 423 of PMBOK. You can download and print copies of the Blank Process Matrix for additional exercise. You need to memorize the matrix in preparation for the PMP exam.

In preparation for Segment 3, read PMBOK© Guide Chapter 4 through 4.2, Chapter 13 through 13.2 and Chapter 11 through 11.1.

These articles pertain to Segment 3:
Salience Model: An explanation and a picture.
Stakeholder Analysis: A tutorial.
Stakeholder Analysis Template: A blank Excel sheet for recording stakeholder data.
Plans vs. Documents: Fifth-edition illustration.
Risk Analysis: A link to a well-written paper on Dr. David T. Hulett's web site.
Risk Apetite & Tolerance: Executive Summary, pdf 20 pages, by permission of The Institute of Risk Management.
Risk Apetite & Tolerance: Complete paper, pdf 42 pages, by permission of The Institute of Risk Management.
Risk Apetite & Tolerance: A 'slide show', pdf 19 pages, by permission of The Institute of Risk Management.
Utility Theory: Pro, Con & Indifferent Definition, discussion and debunking.

Segment 3

Complete the Segment 3 questions in your workbook before taking the quiz.

Segment 3 Quiz:

In preparation for Segment 4, read Chapter 5 through 5.4.

These articles pertain to Segment 4:
Requirements: A classical illustration of the importance of getting the requirements right.
Joint Application Development: (JAD) An online scholarly article by Professor Mei C. Yatco of the University of Missouri. He begins by stating "It is hard to find an agreed-upon definition . . ."
Quality Function Deployment: A thorough description and illustration by Kenneth Crow.
Mind Map: This is a 4th edition addition.
Affinity Diagram: Discussion from The Quality Tools Cookbook.
Nominal Group Technique: Discussion, courtesy University of Missouri, currently off the air.
Traceability: Illustrations of the traceability concept.
Systems Engineering: Used by permission of Frank Dean of Sandia National Laboratories and Terry Bahill of Arizona University.
Value Engineering: The value engineering process as described by the US Federal Highway Administration.
Value Analysis: A paper describing the value analysis process, by Dr. Theodore C. Fowler, a Fellow of the Society of Value Engineers. Written in response to a request from NASA.
Fast Diagram: An example.
Lateral Thinking Puzzles: These are for entertainment, not education.
Pairwise comparisons: A method of conducting Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis; a Scholarly description used with permission of Dr. Filippo A. Salustri of Ryerson University.
Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP):
AHP is a method of conducting Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis.

Pairwise comparisons: A method of conducting Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis; a Scholarly description used with permission of Dr. Filippo A. Salustri of Ryerson University.
WBS Interface Specifications: Though not discussed in PMBOK, the specifications between WBS work packages is essential.
Organizational Breakdown Structure: An OBS for development of a concrete canoe, by a team at Oklahoma State University.
Analysis of Alternatives: MITRE discussion.
Brainstorming Tutorial: Brainstorming is a component of many project management processes.

Segment 4

Complete the Segment 4 questions in your workbook before taking the quiz.

Segment 4 Quiz:

 

In preparation for Segment 5, read Chapter 12 through 12.1 and Chapter 6 through 6.3.

Segment 5

Complete the Segment 5 questions in your workbook before taking the quiz.

Segment 5 Quiz:

In preparation for Segment 6, read 6.4, 6.5 and 6.6.

These articles pertain to Segment 6:
Resource Sheet: A pdf copy of the MS Project resource sheet for construction of the Goff residence.
Brainstorming Tutoria:l Brainstorming is a component of many project management processes.
Delphi Technique: Link to definition by inventor, Rand Corporation.
Nominal Group Technique: Discussion, courtesy University of Missouri, currently off the air.
Monte Carlo: Illustrating the results of modeling the probability of achieving cost objective; a Quantitative Analysis example.
Critical Chain article from Wikipedia: Well written description at post time, but Wikipedia is dynamic and it could change. I am currently reading a text on the topic, Be Fast or Be Gone by Andreas Scherer. The concept was introduced in 1997 by author Eliyahu M. Goldratt in a text titled Critical Chain.
Gantt, Henry: Interesting background on the 'inventor' of the Gantt chart.

Segment 6

Complete the Segment 9 questions in your workbook before taking the quiz.

Segment 6 Quiz:

In preparation for Segment 7, read Chapter 7 through 7.3.

These articles pertain to Segment 7:
Crowdfunding: Definition & history.
Private Placement: Rules for Regulation D private securities placement.
Project-Based Organization: A Science and Technology Policy Research (SPRU) paper by Englishman Mike Hobday; pdf.
Operations Research: An explanation of Operations Recearch.
Resource Sheet: A pdf copy of the MS Project resource sheet for construction of the Goff residence.

Segment 7

Complete the Segment 7 questions in your workbook before taking the quiz.

Segment 7 Quiz:

In preparation for Segment 8, read Chapter 8 through 8.1, Chapter 9 through 9.1 and Chapter 10 through 10.1.

These articles pertain to Segment 8:
Plan-do-check-act: The ASQ article.
Poke Yoke: John Grout's collection of everyday examples.
Six Sigma: The goal of six sigma (six standard deviations) is 3.4 defects per million. One can be certified as a green belt or black belt Six Sigma professional.
Six Sigma in Service Businesses: Six sigma spreads beyond manufacturing, with emphasis on General Electric.
GE Lost the Light Bulb Account: Did GE's obsession with six sigma distract it from product development?
Capability Maturity Model: The SEI 'ladder' of growth in software development organizations.
CMMI: The CMMI Institute web site.
Taguchi method: A paper describing the Taguchi's approach to design by computer modeling. Also see Design of Experiments.
Design of Experiments: Two examples of the Taguchi method.
Force Field Analysis: By Accel-Team.com, a knowledge based organization based on the West Coast of Cumbria, in the UK.
Nominal Group Technique: Discussion, courtesy University of Missouri, currently off the air.

Informal alliances by Jack Welch:
Virtual Team: Want to have your appendix, or something, removed in a US hospital (or at home) by a surgeon in Asia?
Sender-Receivable Model: An illustration.

Segment 8

Complete the Segment 8 questions in your workbook before taking the quiz.

Segment 8 Quiz:

In preparation for Segment 9, read Chatper 11.2 through 11.5.

These articles pertain to Segment 9:
Checklist: An interesting discourse on the topic, in pdf format.
SWOT Analysis: From Mind Tools.
Delphi Technique: Link to definition by inventor, Rand Corporation.
Root Cause: A tutorial on understanding and constructing an Ishikawa 'fishbone' diagram.
Process Flow Chart: An illustration.
Influence Diagram: An illustration of a simple influence diagram.
Tornado Diagram: Probably will be replaced.
Monte Carlo: Illustrating the results of modeling the probability of achieving cost objective; a Quantitative Analysis example.
Positive Risk? Read about an 'accidental' discovery - But this kind is hard as heck to plan for!

Segment 9

Complete the Segment 9 questions in your workbook before taking the quiz.

Segment 9 Quiz:

In preparation for Segment 10, read 9.2, 9.3, 9.4 and 4.4.

These articles pertain to Segment 10:
Virtual Team: Want to have your appendix, or something, removed in a US hospital (or at home) by a surgeon in Asia?
Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP): AHP is a method of conducting Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis.
Pairwise comparisons
: A method of conducting Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis; a Scholarly description used with permission of Dr. Filippo A. Salustri of Ryerson University.
Tuckman's Hypothesis, or Developmental Sequence in Small Groups: by Bruce W. Tuckman. One of the articles that spawned 'Tuckman's Hypothesis'.
Attitudinal Survey: An example.
Specific Assessment: A project by SRI, a not-for-profit US Government contractor.
Structured Interview: A definition.
Ability tests: A source.
Focus Group: A definition.
Leadership: Illustrating that people will follow a good leader with a cockamanie movement.

Segment 10

Complete the Segment 10 questions in your workbook before taking the quiz.

Segment 10 Quiz:

In preparation for Segment 11, read 8.3, 8.2 & 11.6.

These articles pertain to Segment 11:
Quality:
An opinion by Norris Goff. Needs updating.

Root Cause: A tutorial on understanding and constructing an Ishikawa 'fishbone' diagram.
Checksheet: Examples.
Specification limits vs. control limits: An explanation.
Scatter Diagrams: A Tutorial From Clemson University, by permission.
Affinity Diagram: Discussion from The Quality Tools Cookbook.
Project Decision Progress Chart: A link to ASQ tutorial and illustration.
Interrelationship digraphs: A tutorial by University of Vermont.
Tree diagrams: An ASQ tutorial.
Prioritization Matrix: Discussion from Arizona State University.
Matrix Diagram: Discussion of matrix diagram, from NASA.
Quality Audit: A listing of ISO 9000 registration organizations. They can be employed to conduct quality audits.

Segment 11

Complete the Segment 11 questions in your workbook before taking the quiz.

Segment 11 Quiz:

In preparation for Segment 12, read 7.4, 5.6 and 6.7.

Visit:
Earned Value Management noteboard: Note: You may get a warning that the site certificate isn't current. It is safe; proceed. For the serious practitioner of earned value management. Professional project managers exchange questions and information on this board.

Segment 12

Complete the Segment 12 questions in your workbook before taking the quiz.

Segment 12 Quiz:

In preparation for Segment 13, read 4.4, 10.2 and 13.3.

These articles pertain to Segment 13:
Regression Analysis:
Explanation by MIT.
Grouping Methods: A tutorial on factoring trinomials.
Causal Analysis: A discussion.
Root Cause: A tutorial on understanding and constructing an Ishikawa 'fishbone' diagram.
Scenario Building: A tutorial from University of Arizona.
Failure mode and effect analysis (FMEA): A pdf abstract.
Fault Tree Analysis: A tutorial, pdf.
Trend Analysis: This lesson by Young & Associates in projecting housing prices could have led people to buy into the housing bubble.
Sender-Receivable Model: An illustration.

Read/review:
PMP Credentials Handbook: A copy of PMI's latest pdf PMP certification handbook as of March 21, 2012.
PMP Paper Application:
A PMP application form in pdf format.

Segment 13

Complete the Segment 13 questions in your workbook before taking the quiz.

Segment 13 Quiz:

In preparation for Segment 14, read 4.5, 5.5 and 4.7.

These articles pertains to Segment 14:
Burnup & Burndown Charts: A discussion. Although they are not included in Work Performance Reports, they are listed as inputs to Change Control.
Performance Bonds: A commentary from US Department of Health & Human Services, providing advice to corresponding state agencies.
Requirements: A classical illustration of the importance of getting the requirements right.
Regression Alanysis: Explanation by MIT.
Trend Analysis: This lesson by Young & Associates in projecting housing prices could have led people to buy into the housing bubble.

Segment 14

Complete the Segment 14 questions in your workbook before taking the quiz.

Segment 14 Quiz:

In preparation for Segment 145, read 12.2, 12.3 and 12.4, and the PMI Code of ethics.

Segment 15

Complete the Segment 15 questions in your workbook before taking the quiz.

Segment 15 Quiz:

In preparation for Segment 16, read Appendix X3, Interpersonal Skills, and the Test Engine User Guide.
Confirm that you are able to operate the test engine with the current question set.

These articles pertains to Segment 16:
Leadership:
Illustrating that people will follow a good leader with a cockamanie movement.
Team building: I haven't studied it. Student feedback solicited.
Motivational quotes: There are many collections like this.
Influencing: From Harvard Business Review.
Decision-making tools: From Mindtools.
Negotiating - What not to do: From Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Coaching vs. mentoring: A thoughtful presentation.
Communication Styles:
A long lesson on communication styles from Adaptive Selling Today Training Video Series, believed to be more informed than the PMBOK Interpersonal Skills discussion. PDF format. This will not be on the PMP exam.

Segment 16

There are no Segment 16 questions in your workbook.

Segment 16 Quiz:

Work through all the 5th-edition test engine questions by lot.