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APM Project Management Qualification (APMP) Podcasts

Parallel Project Training podcasts have proved to be highly popular with over 450,000 downloads since they were launched in 2009. People studying project management tell us they listen to them in the car, bus, train, even in bed. Below you find links to our latest series based on the Association for Project Management (APM) Qualification, formally known as the APMP. These podcasts are based on the 6th edition of the APM Body of Knowledge. In this series we cover all the topics in the exam syllabus and have tried to keep each podcast short and to the point. We do hope you find them useful.

How can I listen to these podcasts?

You can listen to these podcasts in four ways:

  1. Live in your browser by just clicking on the link this will open a new window in your browser and the podcast will just play
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  3. Download from iTunes using the iOS app, just search for APMP Project Management or follow this link https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/project-management-training/id348527757?mt=2
  4. On an Android phone just download one of the podcast app from the google store and point it at this feed http://parallelprojecttraining.libsyn.com/rss
  5. Or you can download them from PodBean. This site has an iOS and Android. For more details visit http://www.podbean.com/podcast-detail/62837-3405c/Project-Management-Training-Podcasts

APM Project Management Podcasts based on the APM 6th Edition of the Body of Knowledge

3. Understand Contexts and Environments in which Projects can be Delivered

Topic Area Podcast Link
Projects and Business as Usual
The assessment criteria covered in this podcast are:
3.1 Distinguish between projects and business as usual
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Projects, programmes and portfolios
The assessment criteria covered in this podcast are:
3.2 Differentiate between project management and portfolio and programme management.
3.3 Outline the characteristics of programme management and its relationship with strategic change
3.4 explain the challenges a project manager may face working within a programme
3.5 describe where the use of portfolio management may be appropriate
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Project Context
The assessment criteria covered in this podcast are:
3.6 describe how environmental factors affect projects(including the sector, geography and regulation)
3.7 explain tools and techniques used to assess a project's context (including PESTLE, SWOT)
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The Legal Context for Projects
The assessment criteria covered in this podcast are:
3.8 explain the importance of relevant legislation applicable to projects (such as health and safety , environmental, employment, contract, data protection, freedom of information)
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4. Understand how Organisations and Projects are Structured

Topic Area Podcast Link
Organisational Types
The assessment criteria covered in this podcast are:
4.1 differentiate between types of organisation structures highlighting advantages and disadvantages of each (including functional, matrix, project)
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Roles and Responsibilities
The assessment criteria covered in this podcast are:
4.3 explain the role and key responsibilities of the project manager.
4.4 differentiate between the responsibilities of the project manager and project sponsor throughout the project life cycle.
4.5 describe other roles within project management including users, project team members and the project steering group/board.
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The Project Office
The assessment criteria covered in this podcast are:
4.6 describe the functions and benefits of different types of project office (including project support office {PSO}, enterprise project management office {EPMO}, project services or centres of excellence)
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5. Project Lifecycle

Topic Area Podcast Link
The Project Lifecycle
The assessment criteria covered in this podcast are:
5.1 define a project life cycle and project life cycle phases (including concept, definition, development, handover and closure and benefits realisation)
5.2 explain why projects are structured as phases (including the use of end of phase reviews, go/no-go decisions and high level planning)
5.3 explain the differences between a project life cycle and an extended life cycle
5.4 outline processes for sharing knowledge and lessons learned throughout projects
5.5 explain the benefits of conducting reviews throughout the project life cycle (including project evaluation reviews, gate reviews, post project reviews, peer reviews, benefits reviews and audits)
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6. Understand Governance of Project Management and the use of Structured Methodologies

Topic Area Podcast Link
Project Governance
The assessment criteria covered in this podcast are:
6.1 describe the principles of governance of project management (such as policies, regulations, functions, processes, procedures and responsibilities)
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Project Methods
The assessment criteria covered in this podcast are:
6.2 explain how project management methodologies can be used to support the governance structure.
6.3 explain the advantages of using standard project management methodologies across an organisation
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7. Understand Communications within Project Management

Topic Area Podcast Link
Project Communications
The assessment criteria covered in this podcast are:
7.1 describe the key contents of a project communication plan,
7.2 explain the benefits of a project communication plan,
7.3 explain the importance of effective communication in managing different stakeholders,
7.4 identify factors which can positively or negatively affect communication
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Conflict in Projects
The assessment criteria covered in this podcast are:
7.5 identify sources of conflict within the project life cycle and ways in which it can be addressed(such as Blake and Mouton, Thomas/Kilmann and Pruitt)
7.6 explain how to plan and conduct different negotiations (including formal, informal, competitive and collaborative)
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8. Understand the principles of leadership and teamwork

Topic Area Podcast Link
Project Leadership
The assessment criteria covered in this podcast are:
8.1 describe typical leadership qualities,
8.2 explain the principles and importance of motivation,
8.3 explain the impact of leadership on team performance and motivation (using models such as Maslow, Herzberg and McGregor)
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Situational Leadership
The assessment criteria covered in this podcast are:
8.4 explain the benefits of adapting styles of leadership within a project (such as situational leadership, action centred leadership)
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The assessment criteria covered in this podcast are:
8.5 describe the characteristics and benefits of effective teams and teamwork
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The assessment criteria covered in this podcast are:
8.6 explain factors involved in the creation, development and management of teams (models such as Belbin, Margerison-McCann, Myers- Briggs, Tuckman, Katzenbach and Smith)
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9. Understand Project Scope Management

Topic Area Podcast Link
What is Scope?
The assessment criteria covered in this podcast are:
9.1 Define scope in terms of outputs, outcome and benefits
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Scope and Requirements
The assessment criteria covered in this podcast are:
9.2 explain how to manage scope through, requirements management processes (such as capture, analysis, justifying requirements, baseline needs), configuration management processes (such as planning, identification, control, status accounting, audit and verification)
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Configuration Management
The assessment criteria covered in this podcast are:
9.2 explain how to manage scope through, requirements management processes (such as capture, analysis, justifying requirements, baseline needs), configuration management processes (such as planning, identification, control, status accounting, audit and verification)
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Change control
The assessment criteria covered in this podcast are:
9.3 explain the different stages of change control (such as request, review, assessment, decision, implementation),
9.4 explain the relationship between change control and configuration management, and the concept of change freeze,
9.5 explain the advantages and disadvantages of a change control process
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10. Understand Planning for Success

Topic Area Podcast Link
The Business Case
The assessment criteria covered in this podcast are:
10.1 explain the purpose of a business case and its importance during the project life cycle,
10.2 describe who has authorship and approval of the business case
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Benefits Management
The assessment criteria covered in this podcast are:
10.3 explain benefits management (including success criteria and key performance indicators and their uses in measuring project success)
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Investment Appraisal
The assessment criteria covered in this podcast are:
10.4 explain the use of payback, Internal Rate of Return and Net Present Value as investment appraisal techniques. The examination questions will not require calculations to be performed
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The assessment criteria covered in this podcast are:
10.5 explain an information management system (including collection, analysis, storage, dissemination, archiving, destruction of information),
10.6 explain a typical project reporting cycle including the gathering of data and dissemination of reports and the principles of reporting by exception
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The assessment criteria covered in this podcast are:
10.7 explain the purpose of the project management plan and its importance throughout the project life cycle,
10.8 describe the typical contents of a project management plan,
10.9 outline the authorship, approval and audience of a project management plan
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The assessment criteria covered in this podcast are:
10.10 explain estimating techniques (including analytical, comparative, parametric, three-point, PERT formulae),
10.11 explain the reasons for and benefits of re-estimating through the project life cycle and the concept of the estimating funnel
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The assessment criteria covered in this podcast are:
10.12 describe stakeholder management processes,
10.13 explain the importance of managing stakeholders expectations
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The assessment criteria covered in this podcast are:
10.14 describe advantages and disadvantages of earned value management,
10.15 perform earned value calculations and interpret earned value data
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11. Understand Schedule and Resource Management

Topic Area Podcast Link
Scheduling
The assessment criteria covered in this podcast are:
11.1 explain the process for creating and maintaining a schedule,
11.2 describe different techniques used for depicting a schedule (including network diagrams, critical path analysis, Gantt chart, milestone chart),
11.3 state advantages and disadvantages of using software scheduling tools
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Resources Management
The assessment criteria covered in this podcast are:
11.4 explain categories and types of resources (such as human resources, consumable and re-usable equipment, materials, space),
11.5 describe how resources are allocated to a schedule,
11.6 differentiate between resource smoothing and resource levelling
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Cost Management
The assessment criteria covered in this podcast are:
11.7 explain what is meant by budgeting and cost control
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12. Understand risk management and issue management

Topic Area Podcast Link
Risk Management
The assessment criteria covered in this podcast are:
12.1 explain each stage in a risk management process (such as initiate, identify, assess, plan and implement responses),
12.2 compare the responses to risk in terms of risk as a threat or opportunity (such as avoid, reduce, transfer or accept and exploit, enhance, share or reject),
12.3 explain the benefits of project risk management
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Resources Management
The assessment criteria covered in this podcast are:
12.4 distinguish between risks and issues,
12.5 explain the advantages and disadvantages of risk and issue escalation
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13. Understand Project Quality Management

Topic Area Podcast Link
Quality Management
The assessment criteria covered in this podcast are:
13.1 define quality management,
13.2 define quality planning, quality assurance, quality control and continual improvement,
13.3 describe the benefits of the quality management process
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14. Understand Project Procurement

Topic Area Podcast Link
Project Procurement
The assessment criteria covered in this podcast are:
14.1 explain the purpose, typical content and importance of a procurement strategy,
14.2 distinguish between different methods of supplier reimbursement (including fixed price, cost plus fee, per unit quantity, target cost),
14.3 distinguish between different contractual relationships,
14.4 explain a supplier selection process
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