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CompTIA Project+ Exam Tips

I’m studying for the CompTIA Project+ exam.  If you have experience working on projects, a lot of materials is going to sound like common sense.  But mixed in with the common sense, you’ll need to memorize some terms, lists, and formulas.  Below are a few tips that I found helpful while I was studying.

9 PMBOK Knowledge Areas 

Remember this phrase: “I saw two cows quietly having coffee and reading poetry”.

Credit: Matthew Sorvaag

Integrated

Scope

Time

Cost

Quality

Human Resources

Communications

Risk

Procurement

Project Charter vs. Scope Statement

Rather than memorizing the list of items that are included in the project charter and scope statement, memorize the items that both have in common: assumptions / constraints, objectives, and deliverables.  Then memorize the items that are unique to the project charter and scope statement.

Project Charter Scope Statement
Assumptions / Constraints

Objectives

Deliverables

Problem Statment

Project Approach

Risk

Milestones

Cost Estimates

Stakeholders

Assumptions / Constraints

Objectives

Deliverables

Boundaries

Acceptance Criteria

Priorities

Ownership

Forumlas

There are a few formulas to memorize for the exam.  While watching CompTIA Project+ videos on CBT Nuggets, I heard some good tips for memorizing cost and schedule formulas.

Tips

  1. The variance and indicator formulas all begin with EV.
  2. The variance formulas are subtraction.
  3. The index formulas are division.
  4. The cost formulas end with AC.
  5. The schedule formulas end with PV.

Cost Variance (CV) = EVAC

Schedule Variance (SV) = EVPV

Cost Performance Index (CPI) = EV / AC

Schedule Performance Index (SPI) = EV / PV

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Table Project

Took a short break from my usual programming before school starts in three weeks to paint a table.  Someone had painted a light blue table black.  I stripped the table, sanded it, and repainted it.

Table - Black 2013

Black was not a good color for this table.

Table - Striping 2013

Removing the black paint.

Table - Sanded 2013

Sanding.

Table - Finished 2013

Final color!