I was going through the sample APM exam paper and there were a few questions I wasn’t sure about, largely because I’m unsure whether the questions are referring to a specific part of a process or to the process as a whole:
1. In addition to choosing the response strategy state four actions that a project manager should take when preparing responses to top priority risks. – Would this be referring to the generic risk management process (initiate, identify, assess, plan response, implement response) or to the things the PM would need to consider i.e. the risk event, the consequences, the how to reduce the probability, the contingency?
2. List five actions that need to be done to prepare for a negotiation with a supplier of goods and services to a project. Describe the relevance of each action. – Again I’m not sure if this refers to the generic process for procurement – procurement strategy, deciding terms of payment, reimbursement methods, stupplier selection or actually it involves the supplier selection process only? The term ‘prepare for negotiation’ is what is confusing for me.
3. Explain a process that can be used to analyse stakeholde needs and expectations. Make five relevant points. – Same problem I’m having – distinguishing between whether the question is referring to the entire process i.e. stakeholder identify, assess, communicate, influence, review, OR just to the stages involved in the analysis of stakeholder influence and power?
It would be great if you could help clarify this for me.
Lastly, as an aside – to test my knowledge I’ve been going through the learning outcomes for each section within in each module. I noticed that a few learning outcomes are not explicitly covered as the majority of outcomes are. For example:
Prog Management D: Explain the challenges that organisations face when using prog management
Portfolio Management A: Distinguish between portfolio management and project management
B: Explain situations where portfolio management would be appropriate
Project Sponsorship B: Explain the importance of project sponsorship in project management
Am I right in my understanding that these are not speciifcally addressed as they can essentially be inferred from the rest of the information provided? I do think the exception to this is Portfolio Management B – and I would be grateful if you could provide me some such situations?
Many thanks and apologies for the long post.