List of Important PMP Formulas for Certification Exam

Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam requires solving quantitative questions as well. Though the calculations are not elaborate but considering the length of the test recalling some formulas can be a challenge. Important PMP formulas that are required for the exam are listed below.

Project Selection Methods

Net Present Value (NPV)

Present Value (PV) = Future Value (FV) / (1+k)N

  • k = discounting factor / interest rate
  • N = Number of time periods

NPV = [Sum of present value of all future cash inflows] – [Sum of present value of cash outflow]

  • NPV > 0 Accept the project
  • NPV < 0 Reject the project
  • While evaluating two or more projects select the project with greater NPV

Internal Rate of Return (IRR)

  • IRR is the discount rate at which NPV = 0
  • Select the project with higher IRR
  • IRR > k accept the project

Benefit Cost Ratio (BCR) / Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA)

Ratio of sum of present value of all cash inflows to sum of present value of all cash outflows

  • BCR > 1 Accept the project
  • BCR < 1 Reject the project

Payback Period

Length of time it takes to recover investments done in a project before the project starts generating profit.

  • Select projects with smaller payback period

Program Evaluation and Review Technique (PERT)

Three Point Estimates Based On Beta Distribution

  • Activity Duration / Cost Estimates = (P + 4M + O) / 6
    • P = Pessimistic Value
    • M = Most Likely Value
    • O = Optimistic Value
  • Standard Deviation = (P – O) / 6
  • Variance = (Standard Deviation)2 = (P – O)2 / 36

Three Point Estimates Based On Triangular Distribution

  • Activity Duration / Cost Estimates = (P + 4M + O) / 3

Also Read: Wrong Cost Estimates? – Impact & Solutions

Critical Path Method (CPM)

If The Convention That Project Starts On Day Zero (0) Is Adopted

Early Start (ES) =

  • 0 for the first activity
  • The earliest finish time of the immediately preceding activity.
  • For activities with more than one preceding activity ES is latest of the earliest finish times of the preceding activities.

Early Finish (EF) = ES + Activity Duration (D)

Late Finish (LF) =

  • LF of the last activity is equal to the EF of that activity
  • The latest start time of the activity that immediately follows
  • For activities with more than one activity that immediately follow, LF is the earliest of the latest start times of those activities.

Late Start (LS) = LF – Activity Duration (D)

If The Convention That Project Starts On Day One (1) Is Adopted

Early Start (ES) =

  • 1 for the first activity
  • The earliest finish time of the immediately preceding activity plus 1 = EF + 1
  • For activities with more than one preceding activity ES is latest of the earliest finish times of the preceding activities.

Early Finish (EF) = ES + Activity Duration (D) – 1

Late Finish (LF) =

  • On Critical Path LF of the last activity is equal to the EF of that activity
  • The latest start time of the activity of the previous node minus 1 = LS -1
  • For activities with more than one previous node, LF is the earliest of the latest start times of those activities.

Late Start (LS) = LF – Activity Duration (D) + 1

On Critical Path

  • ES = LS and EF = LF
  • Total Float = 0

Float

  • Total Float = LS – ES or LF – EF
  • Free Float = (ES)S – (EF)C [When Start = 0] Where S = Successor Activity and C = Current Activity
  • Free Float = (ES)S – (EF)C – 1 [When Start = 1]

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Cost to Crash

Cost to crash per period = (CC – NC) / (NT – CT)

  • CC = The activity cost associated with the crash time
  • NC = The activity cost associated with the normal time
  • NT = The time necessary to complete the activity under normal conditions
  • CT = The shortest possible time necessary to complete an activity

Cost Estimates

  • Rough Order of Magnitude (ROM) Estimates = -25% to +75%
  • Definitive Estimates = -5% to +10%

Project Budget

  • Work Package Cost Estimates = Activity Cost Estimates + Activity Contingency Reserve
  • Control Accounts = Work Package Cost Estimates + Contingency Reserve
  • Cost Baseline = Summation of Control Accounts
  • Project Budget = Cost Baseline + Management Reserve

Earned Value Management

EVM Formulas
Earned Value Management (EVM) Formulas

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Number of Communication Channels

Number of communication channels = N(N – 1) / 2 ; Where N = Number of stakeholders

Statistics

Mode

Mode is the most frequently occurring value in a set of data.

Median

Median is the middle value in the ordered set of numbers. For odd number of terms the middle number is the median. For an even number of terms the average of the middle two numbers is the median.

Mean

Arithmetic mean is the average of a group of numbers. It is calculated by adding all the numbers and dividing by the total count of the numbers.

Range

Range is the difference between the largest and the lowest value in the data set.

Deviation

It is also known as deviation from the mean. Deviation is computed from subtracting the mean from each value of data. Deviation from mean indicates the spread of the data.

Mean Absolute Deviation (MAD)

Mean absolute deviation is the average of the absolute values of the deviations around the mean for a set of numbers.

Variance

Variance is defined as the average of the squared deviations about the arithmetic mean for a set of numbers.

Standard Deviation

Standard deviation is the square root of variance.

Expected Monetary Value (EMV)

EMV = Probability X Net Path Value

  • Net Path Value = Pay offs – Costs along the path
  • EMV of opportunities = Positive Value
  • EMV of risks = Negative Value

Procurement Management

(a) Target Price = Target Cost + Target Fee

(b) Final Fee = [(Target Cost – Actual Cost)*Sellers ratio] + Target Fee

(b) Final Price = Actual Cost + Final Fee

(d) Point of Total Assumption (PTA) = [(Ceiling Price – Target price) / Buyer’s Ratio] + Target Cost

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