Rita Process Chart

Hi Guys,

I'm really struggling with Rita process chart,
First, the order is confusing for me (i looked to alot of old topics about this, and saw different suggestion: from ignore that chart, to focus 100% on it(especially the planning))

Second, i can't understand these processes (i'm not a native english speaker):

Could you please help me understand the following:

what means:

-determine planning team !

-go back-iteration 

-create forecast (forecast for what in C&M?)

-manage reserves (why this in monitoring?)it should be in Excution

Thanks in advance.



pmcoe's picture

Hi Sam,

i have irgnored it completly while preparation, and succeeded in my exam at August 24th ... well, this should answer your question, i guess.

Please don't get me wrong, Rita's Book is good and i used it intensivly for preparation (along with Head First and a german language one) but i also get confused by her Precess Chart and so i have decided to ignore it completly.

From my experience it may be helpfull to PM Newbies in practical PM live, but it is absolutly irrelevant for the exam.

Just my 2 Cents ...




Thanks pmcoe,

could you please share your experience when preparing for the exam, how much time you have take to prepare, materials you have used, how was the exam?

Thanks in advance.

pmcoe's picture

Hi Samy,

thx for asking.

Well, here are some tips how to kick off your PMP journey best:

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The books that i have used where the PMBoK Guide of course, Rita's nad Head First and - cause i am german - another one what is written in german.

What else could i say?

Well, practice, practice, practice!

i would recommend NOT ONLY doing as much sample questions as you can, cause practice is the key!

Furthermore you should try to really SIMULATE the exam. It is not an easy job to do 200 (more or less difficult) Questions in a time frame of 4 Hours.
Those 4 Hours could get really long and/or you could run out of time in case you will hang on to long to one very difficult/complex question for instance.

So, you should train your time management for the exam also.

You can do so with those tons of free sample question available on the internet, but in my experience, a professional tool which provides you exactly the exam circumstances, is much better for this.
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Well, I did my exam on 24th, Aug 2015 and now I can tell from my personal experience, that the PrepCast exam simulator is as close to the real seminar as it could be!

That's for the moment.

Please don't hesitate to contact me again if you have any further questions.




Thanks a bunch Markus for the advice, and congratulation for your certification :)
That's give me energy and good hope to pass this exam :)

Have a lovely week.

pmcoe's picture

You are very welcome Samy,

just let me know if i could be of assitence anyway.