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108 PMP Certification Must Read Topics

PMP Must read topics

PMP Certification is one of the most valued professional certifications in the world. If you are planning to get yourself PMP certified, We strongly recommend you to go through How to become a PMP – Step by Step Guide. Below are the most important project management topics, which are a must for the PMP certification exam. If you want topics grouped under the knowledge area, then check PMP Certification Must Read topics – Grouped by Knowledge area. 

108 PMP Certification Must Read Topics

This is 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
  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.


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