This is a question I always hear in each workshop; every person aspiring to be PMP is dealing with it. Few have come out with very innovative ways to remember the knowledge areas, processes and ITTOs. 

However before we blindly decide to spend hours of time and money of this activity – lets step back.


What does PMP exam expect from you?

  • It expect you would be doing your role on day today basis and have executed few projects as Leader/manager
  • You are at a knowledge level of applying the knowledge rather than recalling level (please bear in mind that recall (remember) is a low skill set then apply. Think of a kid at 2ndgrade who can recall the words and use them in some context, and a kid going to 7th grade who can apply math on day today life situations.
Now back to the question – Do I need to mug up the ITTOs?

The answer is NO. You need not. 

However the key is:


Understand Process Goal

  • Understand why any process exist
  • Remember the major output from each process – It will help you understand why the process exists in the first place.

Conversant with all Tools and Techniques (T&T)

  • If you would have notices by now – Tools and techniques can be applied to more than one process
  • Hence no point remembering which process is associated with what T&T
  • Understating the T&T in detail would help e.g. – EVM, CPM, Estimation

So net net – Remember the goal /objective of the process (understand and associate WHY process exists)

All the best for exam!!

4 thoughts on “Do I need to remember all 42 processes and ITTOs?

  1. Manick says:

    Useful information. This should be the first instruction given to all PMP candidates. Please do not waste time in memorizing all the ITTOs.


  2. Gaurav Bhasin says:

    Hi Kavita, I was part of the PMP training session in Delhi from 24-27 January'13. Wanted to inform you that i have successfully cleared the PMP certification on 26th March'13.
    Would like to share my experience through this blog. As part of preparation, i read PMBOK and Headfirst PMP. Gave speciall attention to numericals. In the exam there were many numericals on cost schedule / emv & critical path / float which i could do easily. Also there were few straightforward questions on inputs / outputs & tools.
    Overall it was a very satisfying experience with positive result at the end.

    Thanks for your guidance during the training session :)

    – Gaurav Bhasin

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