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PMP Concept Learning Series

PMLS is proud to announce the launch of our new learning series "PMP Concepts". This series of blog posts and videos include concepts and comparisons frequently tested on during the PMP, CAPM, and PMI-RMP exams.

Each "Concept" publication provides a brief description and definition, followed by practical examples.


  1. The Project Management Plan
  2. Stakeholder Knowledge Area
  3. Schedule Knowledge Area
  4. Risk Knowledge Area
  5. Resource Knowledge Area
  6. Quality Knowledge Area
  7. Procurement Knowledge Area
  8. Political Awareness
  9. Networking
  10. Meeting Management
  11. Knowledge Management
  12. The Issue Log
  13. The Integration Processes
  14. Daily Stand-Up
  15. Cost Knowledge Area
  16. Communication Knowledge Area
  17. Business Case
  18. Strategies to Battle Exam Anxiety
  19. Assumption Log
  20. Active Listening
  21. Cost of conformance vs cost of non-conformance
  22. Qualitative risk analysis vs quantitative risk analysis
  23. Quality assurance vs quality control
  24. Analogous vs parametric estimating
  25. Common causes of variance vs special causes of variance
  26. Precision vs accuracy
  27. Projects vs Operations
  28. Project Life Cycle vs Product Life Cycle
  29. Assumptions vs Constraints
  30. Functional Organizations vs Projectized Organizations
  31. Project SOW vs Business Case
  32. Enterprise Environmental Factors vs Organizational Process Assets
  33. Brainstorming vs Nominal Group Technique
  34. Work Package vs Activity
  35. Lead vs Lag
  36. Effort v Duration vs Elapsed Time
  37. Critical Path vs Critical Chain
  38. Total Float vs Free Float
  39. Fast-Tracking vs Crashing
  40. Budgetary Estimate vs Phased Estimate
  41. ROM Estimate vs Definitive Estimate
  42. Cost Estimate vs Budget
  43. Quality vs Grade
  44. Avoid vs Transfer vs Mitigate
  45. Enhance vs Share vs Exploit
  46. Sensitivity Analysis vs Expected Monetary Value
  47. Deming vs Juran vs Crosby
  48. Control Chart vs Run Chart
  49. Histogram vs Pareto Chart
  50. RAM vs Organization Chart
  51. Interactive vs Push vs Pull Communication
  52. Residual Risk vs Secondary Risk
  53. Fallback Plan vs Contingent Response Strategy
  54. Fixed Price Contracts
  55. Cost Plus Contracts
  56. Develop vs Manage Project Team
  57. Quality Control vs Verify Scope
  58. Corrective vs Preventive Actions vs Defect Repairs
  59. Cost Variance vs Cost Performance Index
  60. Schedule Variance vs Schedule Performance Index
  61. Estimate at Completion vs Estimate to Complete
  62. Budget at Completion vs Variance at Completion


If you have any others you would like to see, please let us know!


  1. Maddison on June 15, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Thank you…this series has been a tremendous help in studying for my PMP!

  2. Glenn on April 2, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    These were great!

  3. Ramesh on July 25, 2017 at 2:40 am

    Thanks a lot! still reading topics.. thought of thanking you in between 🙂

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