108 PMP Certification Must Read Topics

    PMP Must read topics

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    Below are the project management topics, which are are a must read for the PMP certification exam. 

    If you want topics grouped under knowledge area, then check PMP Certification Must Read topics – Grouped by Knowledge area.

    These are a list of topics that you shouldn’t miss in your PMP Exam preparation.

    1. Projects VS Operations
    2. PMO Types – Supportive, Controlling, Directive
    3. Project Expediter VS Project Coordinator
    4. Project Stakeholders
    5. Types of Organizational structures – Functional, Matrix, Projectized
    6. Program Management
    7. Portfolio Management
    8. Organizational Project Management (OPM)
    9. EEFs
    10. OPAs
    12. Project Life Cycle Types
    13. Project Life Cycle VS Product Life Cycle
    14. Project Selection Methods
    15. Project Charter
    16. Project Business Documents
    17. Project Benefits Management Plan
    18. SOW VS Business case
    19. Project Management Plan & its components
    20. Performance Measurement Baseline
    21. Output, Outcome, Benefit
    22. Project Kick-off Meeting
    23. Project Documents
    24. Change Request Types – Corrective VS Preventive Action VS Defect Repair
    25. Change Control Board
    26. Project Scope VS Product Scope
    27. Scope VS Requirements
    28. Requirements Traceability Matrix (RTM)
    29. Context Diagram VS Affinity Diagram
    30. Product Analysis
    31. Project Scope Statement
    32. Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)
    33. Estimating Techniques – Analogous, Parametric, Three-Point, Bottom-up
    34. Control Account
    35. Validate Scope VS Control Quality
    36. Verification VS Validation
    37. Accepted Deliverable VS Verified Deliverable VS Validated Deliverable
    38. Validate Scope VS Control Scope
    39. Summary Activity or Hammock Activity
    40. Activity VS Work Package
    41. Work Package VS Planning Package
    42. PDM Technique – FS,FF,SS,SF Dependencies
    43. Dependencies – Hard logic VS Soft Logic
    44. Float Types – Free, Total, Project
    45. Lead VS Lag
    46. Critical Path Method (CPM)
    47. Critical Chain Method (CCM)
    48. Fast Tracking VS Crashing
    49. Resource Leveling VS Resource Smoothing
    50. ROM Estimate VS Definitive Estimate
    51. Contingency Reserve VS Management Reserve
    52. Types of Costs
    53. Budget VS Cost Baseline
    54. Value Analysis or Value Engineering
    55. Earned Value Management (EVM)
    56. Schedule Variance VS Cost Variance VS Variance at Completion
    57. Schedule Performance Index (SPI) VS Cost Performance Index (CPI)
    58. Budget at Completion (BAC)
    59. Estimate at Completion (EAC) VS Estimate to Complete (ETC)
    60. To-Complete Performance Index (TCPI)
    61. Quality VS Grade
    62. Accuracy VS Precision
    63. Optimal Level of Quality & Marginal Analysis
    64. Quality Theorists – Juran, Deming, Crosby
    65. Cost of Quality (COQ) – Cost of Conformance VS Cost of Non-Conformance
    66. Design for X (DfX)
    67. Kaizen VS Kanban
    68. Seven Basic Quality Tools (7QC Tools)
    69. Quality Metrics
    70. Quality Checklists VS Quality Checksheets
    71. Six Sigma
    72. RACI Chart VS RAM
    73. Resource Breakdown Structure (RBS), Resource Calendar, Resource Histogram
    74. Halo Effect
    75. Tuckman Ladder Model
    76. 5 Conflict Resolution Techniques – Confront, Compromise, Withdrawal, Smooth, Force
    77. Powers of Project Manager
    78. Leadership Styles
    79. Mckinsey 7-s Framework – Hard & Soft Elements
    80. Motivation Theories – McGregor, Maslow, Herzberg, McClelland
    81. Basic Communication Model
    82. Communication Methods
    83. Push Communication VS Pull Communication VS Interactive Communication
    84. Number of Communication Channels
    85. Rules for Meetings
    86. Performance Reports – Types
    87. Effective Communication VS Efficient Communication
    88. Effective Listening
    89. Risk Management Terms – Risk Attitude, Risk Appetite, Risk Tolerance, Risk Threshold, Risk Averse
    90. Sensitivity Analysis VS EMV Analysis VS Montecarlo Analysis
    91. Strategies for Positive Risks (Opportunities)
    92. Strategies for Negative Risks (Threats)
    93. Watchlist, Residual Risks, Secondary Risks
    94. Workaround
    95. FFP VS FPIF VS FPEPA VS FPAF Contracts
    97. Time & Material Contracts
    98. Point of Total Assumption (PTA)
    99. Bid Documents – RFP VS RFQ VS RFB
    100. RFI VS RFP
    101. Contract VS Letter of Intent
    102. Bidder Conference
    103. Contract Change Control System
    104. Claims Administration
    105. Termination for Convenience VS Termination for default
    106. Power/Interest Grid
    107. Salience Model
    108. Stakeholder Engagement Assessment Matrix ( SEA Matrix) – 5 Levels of involvement


    If you want topics listed under each knowledge area, then check PMP Must Read topics – by Knowledge area.


    If you think that we are missing any important topics, Please suggest through your comments. Lets enrich the list. Thank you. 

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