Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam Topic - Human Resources

27 May, 2011

HR (Human Resources) is considered to be one of the “easier” exam topics – however still requires attention before sitting your PMP® Exam as it is a frequently asked question in the exam.

At our recent Dublin PMP® Exam Preparation Course, we discussed some of the following aspects of HR for the PMP® Exam.

What are the different Leadership Styles?

* Directing: Telling others what to do
* Facilitating: Co-ordinating the input of others
* Coaching: Instructing others
* Supporting: Providing assistance during the project
* Autocratic: Making decisions without input
* Consultative: Inviting ideas from others
* Consensus: Problem solving within group; decision making based on group agreement

What does the Human Resource Plan Include?

HR Plan includes Enterprise Environmental Factors, Organisational Process Assets and Activity Resource Requirements.

The following are just a couple of definitions found in the Human Resource Plan:

RAM - Responsibility Assignment Matrix: RAM is used to illustrate connections between work packages and project team members.

RACI - Responsible, accountable, consult, inform: Shows all the activities associated with one person and all people associated with one activity.

OBS - Organizational Breakdown Structure: Hierarchical-type chart which is arranged according to an organization’s existing departments, units, or teams with the project activities or work packages listed under each department.

Resource Histogram - Illustrates resource utilization over time.


These are just two aspects of the HR section of the PMP® Exam. Remember to cover this section of the course before you sit your PMP® Exam. Best of Luck!

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