To find out how much our members know about the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Professional Certification, we asked five simple questions with answers that could be found on TechRepublic or on the PMI Web site. Overall, it seems that the 1,515 members who took the quiz are familiar with the basic concepts covered in the quiz. On average, members answered three of five questions correctly.

Here are the questions, the answers, and the percentages each answer drew. See how you fared compared to your colleagues.

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How many hours of PM experience does PMI require?
On the question of how many hours of documented PM work a PMP certification candidate with a bachelor’s degree must have, 36 percent of members answered a minimum of 2,500 hours, as shown in Figure A. Actually, PMI requires that candidates with a bachelor’s degree document a minimum of 4,500 hours of project management work experience over a minimum of three years. The correct answer was selected by 26 percent of respondents.

Figure A

What does PMBOK stand for?
When it comes to acronyms, our members are either really smart or smart enough to make a quick visit to Acronym Finder. With four other answers to choose from, 62 percent correctly chose Project Management Body of Knowledge as the definition of the acronym PMBOK. The answer that fooled most others was Project Management Base Of Knowledge (see Figure B).

Figure B

What is PMI’s definition of a project?
Even when faced with a tricky question of semantics, our members fared well. We asked for the exact meaning of “project” as defined by PMI. The largest percentage of respondents, 45 percent, answered correctly. PMI’s definition of a project is “a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product or service.”

We managed to fool a few with our dressed-up version, “a well-defined responsibility requiring concerted effort by a team of professionals,” which pulled 34 percent of the votes, as shown in Figure C.

Figure C

Project management process groups
The PMBOK defines several project management process groups, which are concepts designed to instill a set of techniques and methods in PMs that can be applied no matter what type of project they’re engaged in, and no matter where they are in the project life cycle. Members were asked to choose the process that was not a project management process group, and nearly half knew that Designing was not one. Quite a few mistaken participants selected Controlling, Planning, and Closing, as Figure D reveals.

Figure D

PMP’s performance domains increase by one
In March 2002, PMI added a new performance domain, or section, to its PMP examination. This addition threw some quiz-takers for a loop; 33 percent chose the phony answer Cultural Strategies. The correct answer, Professional Responsibility, came in a near second at 29 percent, as shown in Figure E.

Figure E

Stump your peers
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