Learn PMI-isms before taking PMP exam…


Before you even plan to take the PMP exam, you need to understand how the examiners thought when they prepared the MCQ questions. There will be 200 questions in which 25 of them will be the experimental questions and only 175 questions will be counted as your scores. But you would not know which is one is which during the exam. And you need to answer all of them within 4 hours.

Now, as what I have mentioned just now, we need think as what the examiners think in order to answer the questions correctly. Their thoughts are all in parallel with PMI best practise standard that they have advocated in the PMBOK and other famous PMP preparation Books. This is what some people called it PMI-isms. Once you understand the concept of PMI-isms, then it will be easier for you to understand the questions’ context and correctly answer them.

Based on Rita Mulcahy’s and et al., the PMI-isms can be broken down into 4 categories, mainly general, planning, executing and closing. In this article, let’s take a look on the first category, general. I am listing over here the main points of general PMI-isms concept:

  1. Project Manager is the superhero in the project and he must be very skilled
  2. Project Manager put the interest of the project first, not his or her own interest
  3. Project Manager is always assumed working in the large project with more than 200 people involved from many countries with the budget not less than $10 million, unless it is stated otherwise.
  4. Project Manager will be executing all the activities stated in the PMBOK guide.
  5. Project Manager will always be assigned in the initiating phase of the project.
  6. Project Manager understand the process of project Management.
  7. The project is chosen based on organization’s strategic goals
  8. Project Manager understand why the project is chosen and make sure the objectives and business case of the project are met during planning and executing.
  9. Team members are self-managed people and they know what they need to do.
  10. Organizations have a project management office (PMO) and that office has clearly defined responsibilities.
  11. Organization already have project management policies that the Project Manager need to follow.
  12. A project might be part of a program or portfolios.
  13. Organization have records on the historical information and lesson learned that can be used by the project manager in the planning phase and the project manager will feed again historical records and lesson learned from his current project back into organization’s knowledge base.
  14. Project Manager will work within the company’s existing system and culture (Enterprise Environmental factors)
  15. Every project will have a project charter
  16. Every project will have Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
  17. Project Management Plan is not only a bar chart plan, but a series of management plans.
  18. Project Manager will always keep and update project documents in addition to the project management plan.
  19. People must be compensated for their work.
  20. PMI does not approve gold platting.
  21. Most projects are managed in a matrix environment and therefore the motivation theory and conflict resolution will be more complicated
  22. Project Manager has a professional responsibility to properly use the tools and processes of project management.

In conclusion, you cannot rely most of your experience in project management in attempting to answer PMP questions since your experience might not be in accordance to PMI-isms concept, as stated above. To have a full understanding on the PMI concept and PMP best practise, you ought to read more PMP related books and attending one of the PMP exam preparation training. Besides, not only you will gain the PMI best practise knowledge, you will also understand what is the best practise skills and tools that are being used by Project Managers around the world, in order to manage your own project effectively and successfully meeting the project objectives.

I will write the other PMI-isms in my next article.

And I hope this article is helpful for your preparation in taking PMP exam.

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