Direct and Manage Project Work Basics You Should Know for the PMP Certification Exam

Carrying out the work in the project management plan will be a focus of the PMP Certification Exam and is all about integrating the various plans and activities of the project. A lot of your time is spent analyzing information and coordinating your team members’ actions. While managing the work, you need to be flexible and nimble to respond appropriately to the day-to-day situations, issues, and risks that arise.

You will have to call on your interpersonal skills to be an effective leader. During this process, you will also be implementing approved changes to the project management plan. The process of getting changes approved is in the Monitoring and Controlling process group. After the changes are approved, they are implemented in this process.

Direct and Manage Project Work. Leading and performing the work defined in the project management plan and implementing approved changes to achieve the project’s objectives.

Notice that there are no processes in the Executing process group for scope, schedule, cost, or risk. The underlying assumption is that these are so tightly connected that they are the nexus of the Integration process of Direct and Manage Project Work.

In the start of the planning processes, you can plan your scope independent of your schedule and cost, but you can’t execute scope independent of the schedule or the budget or risk events. Therefore, you can consider this Integration process the direct intersection of those knowledge areas and all the others as well.

Scope Creating deliverables
Meeting project requirements
Providing information on deliverable status
Requesting scope changes
Repairing any defective products or results
Implementing corrective or preventive actions regarding deliverables
Time Performing activities as defined in the schedule
Refining duration estimates
Providing status information on the duration and forecasts for completion dates
Requesting changes to the schedule
Implementing corrective or preventive actions regarding the schedule
Cost Committing costs
Expending resources
Tracking cost information
Providing status information regarding expenses committed and incurred
Refining cost estimates
Providing forecast information for future expenditures
Requesting changes to the budget
Implementing corrective or preventive actions regarding the budget
Quality Ensuring the quality process is being implemented as planned
Ensuring the planned quality process is effective
Implementing quality audits
Sharing good practices
Identifying and documenting quality gaps
Improving process effectiveness
Requesting changes to the quality process
Human Resources Acquiring project staff
Training team members
Managing team performance
Enhancing and improving team performance
Mentoring and coaching team members
Providing feedback to team members
Problem solving
Resolving conflicts
Communication Reporting work performance results
Distributing information as indicated in the communications management plan
Documenting and distributing lessons learned
Risk Implementing risk response plans
Providing information regarding risk status
Managing resources assigned to risk activities
Procurement Releasing procurement documents
Conducting bid conferences
Applying source selection criteria
Awarding contracts
Stakeholders Interfacing with internal and external stakeholders
Managing stakeholder engagement
Resolving issues

You can see that even though there isn’t any specific information about the product, you are doing a heck of a lot of product work as well as project work! If you use this table to help you conceptualize all the work of the project, you can better understand the context of questions on the exam.

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