The Project + examination is planned for business professionals involved with projects. This exam can certify that the successful candidate has important core knowledge of the project life cycle, execute, plan, close a project, monitor/control and roles and skills necessary to effectively initiate.

Project + examines the interpersonal, business and technical project management skills required to successfully manage projects and business initiatives. The knowledge and skills measured by this examination were derived from an industry-wide job task analysis and validated through an industry-wide survey. The results of this survey were used in weighing the domains and ensuring that the weighting is representative of the relative importance of the content.

Audience:

IT Professionals involved in leading, managing, directing and/or participating in small to medium scale projects.

Prerequisites:

The examination is intended for candidates possessing at least 12 months of cumulative experience

Duration of the course: 5 Days ( 8 hrs/day)

Course outline:

Pre-Project Setup/Initiating:

  • Explain the requirements to complete a pre-project setup
  • Identify the characteristics of a project
  • Summarize the steps required to validate a project
  • Explain the components of a project charter
  • Outline the process groups of the project life cycle
  • Explain the different types of organizational structures

Project Planning:

  • Prepare a project scope document based on an approved project charter
  • Use a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and WBS dictionary to organize project planning
  • Outline a process for managing changes to the project
  • Develop a project schedule based on WBS, project scope and resource Requirements
  • Given a desired deliverable, apply the appropriate tool and/or method to produce the appropriate outcome
  • Given a scenario, interpret the results of using the following tools and/or Methods
  • Identify components of an internal / external communication plan
  • Outline the components of a risk management plan
  • Identify roles and resource requirements based on WBS and resource vailability
  • Identify components of a quality management plan
  • Identify components of a cost management plan
  • Explain the procurement process in a given situation
  • Explain the purpose and common components of a transition plan

Project Execution and Delivery:

  • Coordinate human resources to maximize performance
  • Explain the importance of a project kick-off meeting and outline the common activities performed during this meeting
  • Recognize the purpose and influence of organizational governance on a project's execution
  • Given a scenario, select which component(s) of a project plan is affected and select what action(s) should be taken.

Change, Control and Communication:

  • Given a scenario, implement proper change management procedures
  • Evaluate the impact of potential changes to triple constraint
  • Using the risk management plan determine an appropriate response to potential risk / opportunity events.
  • Given a scenario, execute appropriate resource leveling techniques
  • Explain the appropriate steps to ensure quality of project deliverables
  • Identify potential tools to use when a project deliverable is out of specification as defined in the quality baseline
  • Given a scenario, calculate and interpret the results of Earned Value Measurement (EVM)
  • Given a scenario, manage and implement information distribution based on communications plan
  • Recognize the special communication needs of remote and/or indirect project team members

Project Closure:

  • Explain the importance and benefits of formal project closure
  • Confirm and document objectives that were completed/not complete
  • Release resources
  • Provide historical information for future projects
  • Close contracts
  • Standards compliance
  • Post-project review
  • Identify circumstances in which project/phase closure might occur and identify steps to take when closure occurs
  • Identify the components and purpose of closing documentation