PMP(R) Exam Preparation, Experience Submission - What are Examples of Projects?

PMP(R) Exam Preparation, Experience Submission - What are Examples of Projects?
PMP(R) Exam Preparation, Experience Submission - What are Examples of Projects?

By Nereda Haque, PMP - updated 10-27-2020

Rule of thumb: you don't need a title of a project manager to qualify. For the PMP Exam, you must support that you have led and directed the projects that you submit on your PMP Exam application. Your role should be appropriate to reflect that you led and directed your projects. Recently, PMI has created a lot of questions with pull down menus that you need to answer and submit. You can do this during your week of training. We will provide you guidelines and a checklist to pay attention to while you are working on your application. But first understand what a project is if you are a PMP candidate, in order to determine your project management experience.

What a project is not: It is not daily operations where you do the same things routinely with the same outcomes. Daily routine work belongs to business operations. However, all projects are done within operations, so operations' managers may have done a lot of informal or formal projects (aligned to industry best practices).

Process Groups: The project's fall within 3 domains for the PMP exam starting 1/7/2020: People, Process, Business Environment.

About Projects & Project Phases: Long projects are often divided into project phases. Each phase is a complete project life cycle unless the project is cancelled.

The project manager is assigned a project and collaborates with relevant stakeholders throughout the project life cycle. When you are in class, you will learn about the role of the project manager who has lots of responsibility, but very little authority in most organizational environments.

Some people struggle with understanding the difference between a project and operations because in business, the military or in government organizations we do many projects; however, they are not always labeled "projects." Your work doesn't have to be labeled as a project; neither do you need a title of a "project manager." And often, not everything we do is a project.

Experience Qualification for the PMP Exam:
(1) If you have a minimum of a 4-year degree or equivalent: 36 months of project management experience with 4,500 hours of experience
(2) If you have a minimum of a a high school diploma or equivalent: 60 months of project management experience with 7,500 hours of experience.

Important: Project hours are based on a 40 hour work week. The PMP applicant can go back as far as 8 years to get their experience.

Business analysis
Strategic planning
Research
Training planning and implementation projects – A project like training counts the first time with one execution. A training can be reported as a project when it is revised and then you can report it again as it has a unique outcome. You can count training when you are preparing from someone else’s materials or when you are developing it as it has the same parameters apply. Each time you report it as one project. When you repeat the exacting training it becomes operations
Policies and procedures
Recommendations
Any military planning and implementation
Inventory
Special reports or reporting
Revamping the Retirement Plans
Writing company handbooks, policies, procedures
Revamping or redesigning business processes
Process improvement, process gaps analysis or process reengineering, etc
Events Planning
Prototype design for manufacturing: Includes the first Prototypes, and test products, first product
Sales projects, advertising projects, marketing projects or IT project management
Budget projects, inventory projects (twice per year)
Procurement Department is part of project management
PMO - where the PMO took over and led and directed the project team
Some voluntary work that does not conflict during the time span of your projects. This work is most offered used during periods of unemployment.

Reminder: There are many projects within Operations but routine, daily work are not projects because they are ongoing. The accountant who records cash in and cash out every day and reconciles reports every month is doing his / her daily job (operations). However, when they analyze year end data for reconciling and forecasting the next year's budget, then they are doing a project.

How to Determine a Project?
Does your project have a start date and end date? Does it have a unique outcome, such as a product, service, result or process improvement? These are the key elements of a project description.

The Project Management Institute provides a handbook for each and every exam. You can go to pmi.org and download it for yourself.

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