Pmp exam is changing

PMP exam to change in 2015

UPDATE: Please note that PMP Exam change date moves to January 2016.

An accomplished Role Delineation Study (RDS) has updated description of the project management professional role. The study included the survey of PMP credentials holders to certify updates to domains, tasks, knowledge, and skills. The RDS captures the outlook of project management practitioners from all organizations and it performs all the duties regarding PMP exam and certifies its validity.

How the PMP is altered?

The five domains for the PMP exam remains same. In spite of that the tasks with each domain have been changed. The prevailing exam will be active till 1 November 2015, after November 1 only the new pattern of exam will be conducted.


PERFORMANCE DOMAIN I: INITIATING THE PROJECT

Domain I  Initiating the Project 
Task 1
Perform project assessment based upon available information, lessons
learned from previous projects, and meetings with relevant stakeholders, in order to support the evaluation of the feasibility of new products or services within the given assumptions and/or constraints. 
 
Task 2
Identify key deliverables based on the business requirements, in order to
manage customer expectations and direct the achievement of project goals. 
 
Task 3
Perform stakeholder analysis using appropriate tools and techniques, in
order to align expectations and gain support for the project. 
Task 4
Identify high level risks, assumptions, and constraints based on the current environment, organizational factors, historical data and expert judgment, in order to propose an implementation strategy. 
Task 5
Participate in the development of the project charter by compiling and
analyzing gathered information, in order to ensure project stakeholders are in agreement on its elements. 
Task 6
Obtain project charter approval from the sponsor, in order to formalize the authority assigned to the project manager and gain commitment and
acceptance for the project.
Task 7
Conduct benefit analysis with stakeholders (including sponsor, customer,
subject matter experts), in order to validate project alignment with
organizational strategy and expected business value.
Task 8
Inform stakeholders of the approved project charter, in order to ensure
common understanding of the key deliverables, milestones, and their roles and responsibilities.


PERFORMANCE DOMAIN II: PLANNING THE PROJECT

DOMAIN II PLANNING THE PROJECT
Task 1
Review and assess detailed project requirements, constraints, and
assumptions with stakeholders based on the project charter, lessons learned, and by using requirement gathering techniques, in order to establish detailed project deliverables.
Task 2
Develop a scope management plan, based on the approved project scope and using scope management techniques, in order to define, maintain, and manage the scope of the project.
Task 3
Develop the cost management plan based on the project scope, schedule, resources, approved project charter and other information, using estimating techniques, in order to manage project costs.
Task 4
Develop the project schedule based on the approved project deliverables and milestones, scope, and resource management plans, in order to manage timely completion of the project.
Task 5
Develop the human resource management plan by defining the roles and responsibilities of the project team members, in order to create a project organizational structure and provide guidance regarding how resources will be assigned and managed. 
Task 6
Develop the communications management plan based on the project
organization structure and stakeholder requirements, in order to define and manage the flow of project information.
Task 7
Develop the procurement management plan based on the project scope, budget, and schedule, in order to ensure that the required project resources will be available. 
Task 8
Develop the quality management plan and define the quality standards for the project and its products, based on the project scope, risks, and requirements, in order to prevent the occurrence of defects and control the cost of quality.
Task 9
Develop the change management plan by defining how changes will be
addressed and controlled, in order to track and manage change. 
Task 10
Develop the risk management plan by identifying, analyzing, and prioritizing project risks, and defining risk response strategies, in order to manage uncertainty and opportunity throughout the project life cycle.
Task 11
Present the project management plan to the relevant stakeholders according to applicable policies and procedures, in order to obtain approval to proceed with project execution. 
Task 12
Conduct kick-off meeting, communicating the start of the project, key
milestones, and other relevant information, in order to inform and engage stakeholders and gain commitment. 
Task 13
Develop the stakeholder management plan by analyzing needs, interests, and potential impact, in order to effectively manage stakeholders' expectations and engage them in project decisions.


PERFORMANCE DOMAIN III: EXECUTING THE PROJECT

 

Domain III Executing the Project
Task 1
Acquire and manage project resources by following the human resource and procurement management plans, in order to meet project requirements.
Task 2
Manage task execution based on the project management plan by leading and developing the project team, in order to achieve project deliverables.
Task 3
Implement the quality management plan using the appropriate tools and techniques, in order to ensure that work is performed in accordance with required quality standards. 
Task 4
Implement approved changes and corrective actions by following the change management plan, in order to meet project requirements. 
Task 5
Implement approved actions by following the risk management plan, in order to minimize the impact of the risks and take advantage of opportunities on the project.
Task 6
Manage the flow of information by following the communications plan, in
order to keep stakeholders engaged and informed.
Task 7
Maintain stakeholder relationships by following the stakeholder management plan, in order to receive continued support and manage expectations. 


PERFORMANCE DOMAIN IV: MONITORING AND CONTROLLING THE PROJECT

 

Domain IV Monitoring and Controlling the Project 
Task 1
Measure project performance using appropriate tools and techniques, in
order to identify and quantify any variances and corrective actions.
Task 2
Manage changes to the project by following the change management plan, in order to ensure that project goals remain aligned with business needs.
Task 3
Verify that project deliverables conform to the quality standards established in the quality management plan by using appropriate tools and techniques, in order to meet project requirements and business needs. 
Task 4
Monitor and assess risk by determining whether exposure has changed and evaluating the effectiveness of response strategies, in order to manage the impact of risks and opportunities on the project.
Task 5
Review the issue log, and update if necessary, and determine corrective
actions by using appropriate tools and techniques, in order to minimize the impact on the project.
Task 6
Capture, analyze, and manage lessons learned using lessons learned
management techniques, in order to enable continuous improvement.
Task 7
Monitor procurement activities according to the procurement plan, in order to verify compliance with project objectives.


PERFORMANCE DOMAIN V: CLOSING THE PROJECT

Domain V  Closing the Project 
Task 1
Obtain final acceptance of the project deliverables from relevant
stakeholders, in order to confirm that project scope and deliverables were achieved.
Task 2
Transfer the ownership of deliverables to the assigned stakeholders in
accordance with the project plan, in order to facilitate project closure. 
Task 3 
Transfer the ownership of deliverables to the assigned stakeholders in
accordance with the project plan, in order to facilitate project closure.
Task 4
Transfer the ownership of deliverables to the assigned stakeholders in
accordance with the project plan, in order to facilitate project closure.
Task 5
Collate lessons learned that were documented throughout the project and conduct a comprehensive project review, in order to update the
organization’s knowledge base.
Task 6
Archive project documents and materials using generally accepted practices, in order to comply with statutory requirements and for potential use in future projects and audits. 
 
Task 7
Obtain feedback from relevant stakeholders, using appropriate tools and
techniques and based on the stakeholder management plan, in order to
evaluate their satisfaction.

Source: PMI Website

The ultimate version of the PMP exam content outline has not yet decided. Also, the  tasks, knowledge and skills is not included. This information will be obtained on or before 15 June 2015. 

Here’s an outline of added tasks: 

Domain 1     Initiating the Project   3 tasks added – task 2, task 7, task 8

Domain 2

Planning the Project   1 Task added – Task 13
Domain 3 Executing the Project   2 Tasks added – Task 6, Task 7
Domain 4 Monitoring and controlling the project  2 Tasks added – Task 6, task 7
Domain 5 Closing the project No new tasks added
      
 
Note: November 1, 2015 is the last date to test under prevailing version of PMP.

 

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