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Knowledge Areas

capmknowledgeTopic: Knowledge Areas

Importance: 10 (scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest)

Chapter: 3

There are 10 knowledge areas, and the book is divided into the chapters depending on the areas. They’re all very important and overlap with the process groups (initiating, planning, executing, monitoring/controlling, and closing). Refer to this matrix. 

It will solve at least 50% of the test questions, which would be phrased like

“In what process group does conduct procurements occur?”

The answer to that would be “executing process group” Or

“What are the processes that take place in the project stakeholder management?”

The answer to that would be “identify stakeholders, plan stakeholder management, manage stakeholder engagement ,and control stakeholder engagement.”

The first thing to do when you get into the exam room is to draw this matrix and fill all the boxes correctly on a scratch paper they provide you with. It will save you a lot of time in the exam.

Memorizing all this seems like a daunting task, but with the help of mnemonic devices, it’d get easier to memorize them. For instance, for the knowledge areas, take the first letter in every knowledge area and associate a phrase that would help you remember with these letters.

1) Gather the first letters of all the areas: I S T C Q H C R P S

a) I – In (Integration)

b) S – Summer (Scope)

c) T – Time (Time)

d) C – Cruel (Cost)

e) Q – Queen (Quality)

f)  H – Has (Human Resources)

g) C – Cold (Communications)

h) R – Runny (Risk)

i)  P – Porridge (Procurements)

j)  S – Snacks (Stakeholder)

2) If you memorize that phrase, you would now remember the order of the knowledge areas easily. Remember, never jumble the knowledge areas! It would just make things very hard to memorize.

More information about the process groups next week, and a way to fill the matrix easily is also coming up!


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