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Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam preparation training course overview:

Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification is the gold standard of project management certification recognised and demanded by organisations worldwide, the PMP® validates your competence to perform in the role of a project manager, leading and directing projects and teams. The project management framework and book of knowledge can help project managers to develop competencies to effectively plan a project, execute the defined activities as per the plan, timely monitoring, proactively controlling and an appropriate closure of the project or phase.

Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam preparation training course designed by KPMG in India includes:

  • A four-day instructor led classroom session or 36 hours of live instructor led virtual mode-based programme covering the latest best practices aligned with PMP exam content outline 2021
  • 35 contact hours certificate to be provided, which is a pre-requisite for the PMP® certification
  • The programme is designed to cement learnings of the participants using multiple quizzes, mock tests, real world examples and case studies
  • Discussion on project management best practices and how these concepts can be used in your projects.Discussion on project management best practices and how these concepts can be used in your projects.

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Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam preparation training course contents

  • Introduction to PMI®
  • PMP® Certification advantages
  • PMP® certification process and fees related information
  • PMP® Application procedure and instructions
  • PMP® examination pattern
  • PMP® examination – Tips on how to prepare and take the examination (this theme will be reiterated throughout the course)
  • PMP® - Fulfilling the CCR requirements
  • Familiarisation with course outline
  • Familiarisation with the protocols and timings
  • Expectation setting and clarifications
  • Introductory quiz – to assess the current level of familiarisation of the participants with PMBOK® concepts and assess the gaps.
  • Structure of PMBOK®
  • Description of five process groups in the project lifecycle and their interactions
  • What are projects?
  • Projects vs. operations
  • Project management
  • Constraints and assumptions
  • The concept of progressive elaboration and rolling wave planning
  • Related endeavours - program management and portfolio management
  • Organisational project management
  • The concept of project management office (PMO) and types of PMO
  • Tailoring PM methodology
  • Description of multiple ways in a project can arise
  • Project management business documents – Business Case and Benefits Management Plan
  • Benefits management in project lifecycle
  • Different lifecycle models - predictive, iterative, incremental & agile
  • The agile mindset – values & principles
  • Various agile approaches
  • When to use agile
  • Transitioning to agile
  • Mixing agile approaches
  • Agile events – iteration planning, daily stand-ups, iteration review, retrospective
  • Scrum roles - product owner, scrum master, agile team
  • Time boxing
  • Agile triple constraint theorem
  • Varying types of project organisational structures – functional, matrix and projectized – their advantages and disadvantages
  • Enterprise environmental factors
  • Organisational process asset
  • The role of project manager
  • PMI talent triangle
  • Introductory quiz – project management context.
  • The role of integration management in project execution
  • Project charter – its characteristics
  • Project management plan development
  • Managing project knowledge - lessons learned register
  • PMIS – its role in effective project management
  • Directing and managing project work
  • Monitoring and controlling project work
  • Monitoring in agile - Kanban board, WIP limits, Cumulative Flow Diagram (CFD)
  • Performing integrated change control
  • How to manage changes in a project?
  • Closing a project (or a phase)
  • Final report preparation
  • Considerations for agile
  • Quiz – project integration management.
  • Project scope vs. product scope and their interrelationships
  • Importance of scope management plan in the project
  • Collect requirements process
  • Requirement gathering techniques
  • Requirement traceability matrix
  • Product vision
  • Product backlog
  • Product roadmap
  • Epics/Feature/Story, story cards, Definition of Done (DoD)
  • Requirement prioritization
  • Backlog grooming
  • Project scope statement – how to prepare and update?
  • WBS – its key role in project management
  • Creating and managing WBS
  • Validate scope process
  • Control scope process
  • Considerations for agile
  • Quiz – project scope management.
  • Plan schedule management process
  • Defining activities
  • Sequencing activities - precedence diagramming method
  • Multiple types of dependencies across activities
  • Estimating activity duration process
  • Various duration estimating procedures – top-down, bottom-up, analogous, parametric, sprint planning meeting etc.
  • The concept of contingency in schedule management
  • Agile estimation – relative sizing and story points
  • T-shirt sizing, planning poker
  • Develop schedule process
  • The importance of calendars in the scheduling process
  • The importance of critical path in project management
  • Critical path computation and explanation of its characteristics
  • Application of techniques like fast tracking, crashing, resource optimisation, PERT etc. in schedule development
  • Use of modeling techniques in scheduling
  • Minimum viable product (MVP)
  • Agile release planning
  • Velocity
  • Schedule baseline
  • Control schedule process
  • Burn-up and burn-down charts
  • Considerations for agile
  • Quiz – project schedule management.
  • Project lifecycle costing vs. product lifecycle costing
  • Cost management plan and its use in cost control
  • Cost estimation techniques - analogous, parametric and bottom-up methods
  • Determine budget process
  • Cost baseline and its management
  • Control costs process
  • Earned value technique
  • Cost and schedule variances/performance indices and their use in forecasting
  • Considerations for agile
  • Quiz – project cost management.
  • Current themes in quality management
  • Plan quality process - project quality management plan
  • Manage quality process
  • Control quality process
  • Quality management tools – control charts, cause and effect diagrams, stratification, checklists, check sheet, histograms, scatter diagrams etc.
  • Cost of quality/cost of non-quality concepts
  • Agile common execution practices - continuous integration, test driven development, using spikes, pair programming, refactoring, automated testing
  • Quiz – project quality management.
  • Developing resource management plan
  • Organisational planning & structures
  • Responsibility assignment matrix and RACI charts
  • Team charter
  • Estimating activity resources
  • Acquire resources process
  • Managing virtual teams in a project environment
  • Building effective project teams
  • Develop team process
  • Importance of trainings in project team development
  • Delegation for effective management
  • Building a high-performing team
  • Multiple stages of team development – Tuckman model
  • Managing project team
  • Interpersonal skills – influencing, facilitating, leadership, motivation etc.
  • Empowering team - servant leadership
  • Servant leader responsibilities
  • Role of project manager in agile
  • Agile teams
  • Agile roles
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Sources of conflicts in project
  • Conflict resolution styles
  • Agile considerations
  • Quiz – project resource management.
  • Communications requirements analysis in the Project environment
  • Communication channels in a project
  • Developing communications management plan
  • Sender receiver models in the project environment
  • Manage communications process
  • Communication methods – push, pull and interactive
  • Monitor communications Process
  • Reporting performance
  • Obstacles in cross-cultural communication
  • Information radiators
  • Quiz – project communications management.
  • Risk management cycle in a project environment
  • Plan risk management process
  • Risk management plan contents
  • Types of risks which can impact a project
  • Risk identification facilitators – brainstorming, Delphi techniques, SWOT analysis, documentation review, checklist analysis etc.
  • Setting up risk register
  • Risk report
  • Qualitative risk analysis
  • Probability impact matrix and risk profile
  • Quantitative risk analysis
  • Calculating EMV (expected monetary value)
  • Use of simulation techniques
  • Application of decision tree analysis
  • Plan risk responses process
  • Strategies of risk response for positive and negative risks
  • Different types of risks – primary risks, secondary risks, residual risks etc.
  • Implementing risk responses
  • Monitor risks process - risk audits and reserve analysis
  • Agile considerations
  • Quiz – project risk management.
  • Plan procurements
  • Make or buy analysis
  • Major types of contracts – including FFP, cost plus, T&M and their variations
  • Risks associated with various types of contracts
  • Procurement documents - procurement SOW, bid documents, procurement strategy
  • Conduct procurements process
  • Source selection criteria to analyze vendor responses
  • Source selection process
  • Bidder conferences
  • Use of independent estimates
  • Contract negotiations process
  • Contracts – their legal implications
  • Control procurements process
  • Contract change - how to manage them more effectively
  • Procurement audit and inspections
  • Claims administration processes
  • Discharge of contracts
  • Agile considerations
  • Quiz – project procurement management.
  • Stakeholders in project and their importance
  • Identifying stakeholders
  • Conducting stakeholder analysis – power-interest grid
  • Creating the stakeholder register
  • Plan stakeholder engagement
  • Stakeholder engagement levels
  • Developing stakeholder engagement plan
  • Stakeholder engagement assessment matrix
  • Manage stakeholder engagement process
  • Use of interpersonal skills in stakeholder engagement
  • Monitoring stakeholder engagement
  • Monitoring effectiveness of stakeholder engagement
  • Adjusting strategies and engagement modes
  • Considerations in agile
  • Quiz: stakeholder management.
  • PM’s area of responsibility – profession, project, stakeholders and society
  • Core values – responsibility, respect, fairness and honesty
  • Other themes

Who should attend?

Project Managers Program Managers Product Managers
Project coordinators Delivery Managers Scrum Masters
Project Leaders PMO Staff Project Analysts
Team Leaders Test/QA Managers Business Analysts


To apply for PMP® certification candidates must meet following criteria:

  • 35 contact hours of formal project management education
  • Project management experience
    • Bachelor’s degree - minimum 3 years/36 months unique non-overlapping professional project management experience
    • Secondary degree/high school diploma/associate’s degree - minimum 5 years/60 months unique non-overlapping professional project management experience.

Note: KPMG in India reserves the right to reject nominations, without notification.

For registrations and enquiries, contact us

Write to us at in-fmpmtrainings@kpmg.com


Upcoming Trainings

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27,28 August and

3,4 September

October 2022

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8,9,15,16 October

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Q1: Which edition of PMBOK® is PMP® certification training aligned to?

A: PMP® examination is based on PMP® exam content outline (ECO) and not PMBOK®. Our training is aligned to the latest ECO which came into effect in Jan 2021. PMBOK® is one of the many references for PMP® exam. With extensive analysis we put together our course material to align with the ECO. Both PMBOK® 6th and 7th editions were referenced in the development of course material.

Q2: What is the duration of the certification training?

A: It is a four-day PMP® classroom/live virtual preparation programme or 36 hours during live virtual sessions.

Q3: Will KPMG in India provide PMP® certification?

A: No, but KPMG in India will award 35 contact hours certificate to the participants upon completion of training requirements which is a pre-requisite to apply for PMP® certification.

PMP® certification is offered by Project Management Institute, Inc. (PMI), the accrediting body for PMP® certification.

Q4: What are the prerequisites for the PMP® exam preparation training?

A: There are no prerequisites for this training. Anyone planning to take up the PMP® certification would immensely benefit from it or even someone looking to build up knowledge in project management may enrol for this programme.

Q5: Where can learn more about PMP® certification?

A: PMP® handbook, downloadable from PMI’s website. The handbook provides information on all testing modalities, fees, policies, and procedures for obtaining and maintaining the PMP® certification.

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