MilestoneTask Project Management Best Practices Blog & PMP Resources.

MilestoneTask offers project management resources for professionals and pmp aspirants. The resources on this blog can help enhance efficiency and also provide an indispensable study reference.

This blog is a compendium of knowledge and skills acquired during real world execution of challenging projects. The blog posts at Milestonetask.Com are nothing but carefully crafted compilation of valuable experience gained in implementing project management best practices.

Atul Gaur PMP, the author of this blog is a certified project management professional. Atul has rich and diverse project management experience of over two decades. An alumnus of MIT-Manipal and MDI-Gurgaon, Atul Gaur PMP is also an Indian Navy Veteran.

Apart from various corporate assignments Atul has also served on-board naval warships and a ship repair yard. To know more about Atul Gaur PMP, please visit the resume page.

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Resources for PMP Aspirants & Professionals

MilestoneTask project management blog consists of essential resources for professionals managing projects and pmp certification aspirants. Moreover, resources section on this blog features important tools & techniques that can help improve  project management skills and enhance project delivery. The resources page also includes some for PMP exam questions.

PMBOK 5th Edition Study Notes

PMBOK 5th Edition Notes

PMBOK 5th Edition Study Notes PMBOK study notes in this page can act as a reference for understanding various project ...
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PMP Formulas for pmi exam

PMP Formulas

List of Important PMP Formulas for Certification Exam This post enumerates important PMP formulas required for ...
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Earned Value Formula and S Curve

Earned Value Formulas

Earned Value Formulas A Comprehensive Reference Guide Professionals as well as pmp aspirants frequently need to refer to earned value ...
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Net Present Value Calculation Steps for PMP Exam

Net Present Value (NPV) Calculation Steps

Net Present Value is a financial cash flow analysis technique that helps in project selection. Moreover, NPV project selection ...
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Earned Value Management Example

Earned Value Management Example

The blog post earned value management example attempts to solve earned value analysis example problems to understand basic concepts of ...
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Critical Path Analysis Solved Example

Critical Path Analysis Solved Example

Project scheduling tools like MS Project generate critical path with utmost ease. However, it is necessary to understand the critical ...
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Atul Gaur PMP

Atul Gaur is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) & Ex India Naval Officer with established credentials of successfully delivering critical projects across industry verticals.
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Project Management Body of Knowledge sixth edition suggests forty-nine different project management processes. Moreover, the five different process groups logically categorize these processes. Further, the ten knowledge areas also make use of these processes to establish a specific field of study. This article describes how project management processes links with process groups and knowledge areas.

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Project Phase and Project Management Process Groups are often misunderstood terms. Project phase is a collection of logically related project activities that culminates in the completion of one or more deliverables. However, Project Management Process Groups are logical grouping of project management processes. This blog post describes the differences between the two terms.

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PMBOK 6th edition groups tools and techniques as per their purpose. The group names describe the intent of what needs to be done. The tools and techniques in the group represent different methods to accomplish the intent. PMBOK 6th edition has 07 groups of 132 different project management tools. The 132 tools and techniques are good practices that can be used for successful project delivery.

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A pareto chart is a series of bars whose heights reflect the frequency or impact of problems. It consists of both bars and line graphs. Bars in descending order in a pareto diagram represent individual values and the line is cumulative value. A pareto diagram gets its name from the pareto principle. According to pareto principle 80% of the effects comes from 20% of the causes.

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A lesson learned register is a document that project team uses to record their lessons learned in a project. Project Management Body Of Knowledge (PMBOK) Sixth Edition has introduced a new process called “Manage Project Knowledge”. The manage project knowledge process chiefly governs lessons learned in projects. The lessons learned register is an important output of this process.

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Lessons learned benefits projects of all sizes and complexities. Certainly, documenting valuable project experience gained creates a knowledge base for future similar projects. Even though its importance in project management is evident project teams often fail to complete this crucial exercise. Profitability of future projects suffer due to lack of this knowledge base. This post includes 10 significant lessons learned benefits.

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The most important aspect of maintaining PMP certification is investing time in acquiring and reporting PDU. It is essential to understand various categories of professional development units necessary for reporting pdu under each of these categories. This post provides in-depth analysis of pdu requirements and lists activities associated with different pdu categories.

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The seven basic quality tools facilitate data collection, data analysis and data visualization. PMBOK 5th edition specifically mentioned the complete list of the seven basic quality tools. However, PMBOK 6th edition has grouped all tools and techniques under six specific categories. Hence this post briefly describes all seven basic quality tools like Pareto diagrams, Check sheets, Control Charts etc.

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Quality control data representation tools are the set of tools and techniques that represent quality control data in graphical format. PMBOK 6th edition has grouped all tools & techniques in six major categories; data representation is one such category. Control quality process also uses tools from other categories such as data gathering & data analysis. This post describes quality control data representation tools.

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June 2019, PMI announced PMP certification exam changes via an updated pmp exam content outline. The new structure takes effect from 16 Dec 2019. Whereas, the last date to take the pmp exam according to present structure is 15 Dec 2019. The profession of project management is evolving hence PMI changes exam content every 3 – 5 years. Hence, this post describes pmp certification exam changes in 2019.

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Net Present Value is a financial analysis technique that evaluates project profitability. It is a useful project selection technique. NPV project selection criteria falls under the classification of benefit measurement method. Further, NPV analysis uses discounted cash flow method to assess project profitability. In fact, major advantage of NPV method is that it uses time value of money.

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Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT) and Critical Path Method both are project schedule development and analysis techniques. Both these techniques establish the critical path in a schedule network diagram. However, both CPM and PERT use different approach to arrive at the critical path and activity duration estimates. The following blog post highlights difference Between CPM and PERT.

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Awards & Accolades

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Mistake? Solution

Atul Gaur expressed his views on common mistakes that occur in project management like blowing cost estimates, failing to escalate, and keeping strategy close to the vest, views were published in PMI Career Central article titled Mistake? Solution.

Articles Indian Navy

As a commissioned officer Lieutenant Commander Atul Gaur has authored articles for Indian Navy and received accolades for Digital battlefields, Weld repairs to water drum of aircraft carrier and titanium fabrication of submarine snort exhaust trunking.

Communication

Atul Gaur expressed his views on roadblocks encountered during virtual communication. These views were published in an article Open Lines on the Open Road in February 2014 edition of PM Network – a PMI publication. Extract of the article is placed here.

Best Suggestion

As Project Manager for Process & Energy Atul Gaur participated in an organization wide change management & process improvement program. Atul received the Best Suggestion Award for recommending improvements to .

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