Cost Performance Index (CPI) for PMP® Exam Prep

Anyone in a project management role knows the top questions asked by the customer (or boss) will be: “when will it be done?” and “how much will it cost?” Although project managers do not have a crystal ball to see into the future, there are proven formulas to provide data-based predictions for schedule and cost. …

Quality Audit vs Inspection

Quality Audit vs. Inspection PMP

Quality audits and inspections are often used similarly in everyday conversations. However, these terms are not interchangeable when it comes to project management. You must understand the difference between a quality audit vs. inspection for the PMP exam. Read through the following guide to quality audits and inspections and see if you can answer the …

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Update to the PMBOK Guide

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) 7th Edition and the PMP® Certification

The Project Management Institute (PMI)® plans a new edition of the A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) for release on August 1, 2021. The changes for the PMBOK® Guide are reflective of changes in the profession since the 2017 PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition with shifts to valuing delivery over …

PMP for Federal Government

PMP for Federal Government

The skills of a Project Management Professional® (PMP) apply across industries and companies. However, there are specific project processes, terminology, and certifications for federal government due to the layers of regulations and legislation shaping the work. Project Managers seeking to transfer into government work will benefit from learning about federal government project management training and …

Quality vs Grade PMP Guide

Quality vs. Grade for PMP

The terms “quality” and “grade” are often used interchangeably. However, PMP certificate holders need to understand the difference between quality and grade for the PMP exam and project management work. These PMP concepts are closely related, so it can be challenging to grasp what is different about quality vs. grade. Your experts at Project Management …

Cost of Quality PMP®

Project Managers are involved with managing and controlling quality processes all the time while running their projects. But what about the cost of achieving acceptable quality or the price you pay for not stopping poor quality from reaching a customer? This concept is known as the “cost of quality” and is crucial to understand for …

Affinity Diagrams in Project Management

Affinity Diagram for PMP Planning Tools

Project Management Professional® (PMP) holders know it is a data-driven world. They also know data thrown at them for a project, or the data collected during a project is not always immediately clear nor easy to connect to project work. Using tools like an affinity diagram, can solve an immediate data problem and build teams …

Gold Plating vs Scope Creep in PMP

Gold Plating vs. Scope Creep

Project management is challenging because things don’t always go as planned. Changes to your project scope or deliverables can happen through gold plating or scope creep. Avoiding these will prevent delays, increased costs, and other project management issues. In this article, we will explain the differences between Gold Plating vs Scope Creep.

Stakeholder Register in Project Management

What Is a Stakeholder Register

Ever use that old saying, “a lot is at stake” when speaking to the impact an event can have on others? Stake refers to something to gain or lose; a stake in a new business means you want it to be profitable. A stake in a game can be a bet on the final score. …

Histograms in Project Management

Histograms and the PMP Certification

Project Managers know how clients will react when presented with large amounts of data in the form of a spreadsheets with hundreds (better yet, thousands!) of rows of numbers with no context or clear meaning; it will not be a reaction of gratitude. On the other hand, if that same large dataset is presented using …