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Monitoring and controlling project work is something you need for the PMP Certification Exam and takes place throughout the project. It begins as soon as you start to formalize plans, and it doesn’t end until the last document is archived.

Monitoring and Controlling Process Group. Those processes required to track, review, and regulate the progress and performance of the project; identify any areas in which changes to the plan are required; and initiate the corresponding changes.

To master the monitoring and controlling processes, you need cross-cutting skills that help you gather, analyze, organize, and communicate information. You will also need to employ problem-solving skills as well as stakeholder management and decision-making skills. Keep the following list of cross-cutting skills in mind for exam purposes:

  • Data-gathering techniques

  • Decision-making techniques

  • Information management tools, techniques, and methods

  • Leadership tools and techniques

  • Oral and written communication techniques, channels, and applications

  • Presentation tools and techniques

  • Problem-solving tools and techniques

  • Project management software

  • Relationship management

  • Stakeholder impact analysis

  • Targeting communications to intended audiences

Questions in the Monitoring and Controlling process group account for 25 percent of the exam. Although there will be many questions about the tools, techniques, and outputs, there will also be quite a few that have to do with these cross-cutting skills!

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