Please help with concepts! Concepts! and Concepts EV, CPM etc..

Good day folks,

Could someone out there help me out?

1. Where can I find exam questions/explanations on how to calculate EV,CV,SV,SPI,EACa, EACt, ETC given different scenarios/values

2. Can someone walk me through the use of Forward pass/backward pass? I can calculate Critical paths & floats, but the ES, LS,EF,LF part is not getting in

3. Last one on the create WBS process: If the scope baseline is made of the WBS, WBS Dictionary & the Scope statement; why does the outputs of create WBS include the scope baseline, WBS and WBS dictionary? wouldn't the last two be part of the baseline already?  

4. OK! I know some of you are out there to help : Quality concepts are not easy...can someone share his/her knowledge on QP, QA & QC? how do they interact?

QP (in planning): what are the existing Quality policies/standards /processes that we can apply to this project and how will we do that

QA (in Execution): Are following the policies/standards identified in the Q mgmt plan from QP -auditing the application of Quality procedures, reporting non compliance to the processes

QC (in M&C): Checking performance, validating the deliverables to ensure they meet quality. Now, does quality control come before scope verification?

Sorry for a long post, but it would help me to get other opinions/addition to my understanding -building confidence by mastering the concepts.

Thank you in advance.


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Indeed Such a long post :)

It's always good to impelement WBS on your Questions and publish it One by One :) :)

1: There are alot of Free Questions available for Earned Value. Just Google.

2: My Video will come this weekend on Critical Path, Forward, Backward Pass. Duration etc. So don't worry I will try my best to make it as clear as possible.

3: A whole article is required, Will update you in a day if someone else didnt reply.

4: You already type the definitions and your Question answer is First QC occurs internally with in your Organization and normally a Quality Assurane department may be external to your department, Checks it and then you ask Customer in the Verify Scope for acceptance.


Kind regards,

The PMP Guru

For Q 2, download critical path drill from Head First PMP - the best resource- well illustrated



Read tutorials at: website; Download JIMBOK's articles from website.  You can find answers to majority of your questions





thanks for the i will find a lot of information from this site regarding my quesions.
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Next time I will use the WBS to post :)..

I recently joined this forum and very excited of the real time exchange of info. unfortunately, I have a week to sit the exam/my time expires next week....

I am looking forward to your video & any other concepts that I can use to complete my prep. I have use RMC PM fastrack to practice. Many people have suggested PMStudy to be of similar complexity as the you think a $50.00 investment is warranted for 4 -200qs set?

What else could you suggest for the next 5 days?

Thx again.


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These are not MOC Questions, That you will memorize and get 100% in the Exam. SoDon't invest any more...

Go to my Blog and read my Lesson Learned.


The Notes are PMBOK glossary that I compile for myself and add some more things.

Do as I say for these Five Days:

---Stay Away From Internet for These Five Days

---Read my Lesson Learned and you must know everything in that list before appearing otherwise cancel your exam.

---Memorize and Know all Formula's (Earned Value etc I mean) Could be upto 8 Questions.

---Memorize the PMP Notes that I send you the link, basically this is PMBOK Glossary and almost 15% of the PMP exam.

1: Memorize and Know all Formula’s and its implication’s (Earned Value Etc) and

ü  Know how to Calculate Critical Path, Float, Forward / Backward Pass and Duration.

2: Memorize and Know the Definition / Functionality / Implication of all Kinds of

ü  Charts (Flow Etc), Diagram’s (Pareto Etc)

3: Memorize and Know all the Theories (Maslow’s Etc).

4: Project Manager’s role, responsibilities and authority in different level of Organization’s (Matrix Etc).

5: Project Manager’s Role in Change requests, Conflicts, Team building, Project Initiation and Closure.

6: Project Manager’s Communication with Teams and stakeholders especially with diverse Cultures and distant locations

7: Different Organization structure (Matrix Etc).

9: All Terms / Definitions of Every Topic and its implication or Usage.

10: Estimating (Analogous Etc)

11: Difference between Quality Assurance and Quality Control.

12: Difference between Project Closure and Administrative Closure and Project Manager’s role in it.

13: Charter and Scope.

14: Procurements (contract Types Etc).

15: Project Selection, Which project to select (EMV, NPV etc).

16: Reports and Reporting (Progress, Trend Etc).

If you cannot read PMBOK, Then Memorize the Glossary.

Read RITA and Kim Heldman at least a couple of time.

I think these are enough.

Please Please Please as soon you receive this message, Disconnect your Internet Connection and Study the above.

One Week is more than enough.

2 Days for Rita

2 Days for Kim

2 Days to memorize the Glossary and Formula's and the Definitions.


Good Luck.



Yes Sir!

OK!  At least I should take a second to thank you - Then disconnect -- wait a minute! I will come back on your blog on Saturday to check for the videos.



hi there, i found the videos in youtube easy for understaing concepts.

check this for understanding PDM:


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I agree with dinduboy,

There are some good videos on You Tube including mine :)

I do agree with this Trainer and I guess I found him the only one to train like this. May be there are others but I am not aware of them and majority 90% follow the Knowledge Area's. which I guess is not a good idea.

The project is Phase wise from Initiating till Closing not via Knowledge Areas. Knowledge Areas are Project Manager Know how and his knowledge and skills that he implement on the project.

In my honest opinion may be you guys dont agree but to write the PMP exam you should know what process occurs in each Process Group.

What we do in Initiation, Planning, Execution, Monitoring and Controlling and Finally Closing and also you should know what process in coming and what process has been done.

Kind regards,

The PMP Guru

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