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physical resources Dec 27, 2019

The Situation

A PMP Exam Prep Question that looks at which processes of  Project Resource Management relate to physical resources and which do not.

Lets look at the PMP Exam Sample Question video.    Make sure you pause the video after you (or I ) read the question.  Answer the question on your own and then listen to my response on why the best answer is best and the other answers are not as good. 


Project Management Reality

Do you have systems in place to track physical resources?  Do you measure utilization of physical resources?  Do you release physical resources back to the organization when you no longer need them so the organization can utilize these resources?

Thought process to get this question right on the PMP® Exam

To get this question right on the PMP® Exam or the CAPM® Exam we really need to understand the processes of Project Resource Management as well as other ideas.  Lets take just a few:

  • the knowledge area Project Resource Management focuses on the team members and the physical resources
  • The processes  plan resource management, estimate activity resources, and  acquire resources focus on both team members and physical resources
  • the processes develop team, and manage team focus on team members only
  • the process control resources focuses on the physical resources only.

The question states that you have acquired the physical resources and then asks what are you likely to do next to ensure these (physical) resources......

The next process that relates to physical resources is control resources.

 A reference you may want to read is:  A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) Sixth Edition Section 9.6 (page 353 in the English Version).  This reference tells us that the process control resources only relates to physical resources.

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