Project Management Process Driller

Play with PMBOK ITTO – Interactive Mind Map in PDF aligned with PMBOK Guide® – Fifth Edition(English)

Project Management-5thEd – Knowledge Area Wise 

5th KA-wise

Project Management-5thEd – Process Group Wise

5th PG-wise

Project Management Process Driller Based on PMBOK Guide® – Fifth Edition(English)

–> Project Management Process Driller Excel Workbook Link <–

In this Excel workbook, there are 4 sheets.

In first sheet(Name:KAs Vs Process Groups), I presented detailed information of Processes in different Knowledge Areas grouped under five process groups in ready-to-print table format.


In 2nd Sheet (Name:Drill-down), I presented an interactive drill down which displays ITTO information based on your selection of Process groups & processes within the process group. Here VB Macros are used to make the experience more visually pleasant and greatly understandable.


We see PMBOK arranged its content based on Knowledge area. So 3rd sheet(Name:Drill-down2) is just a different dimension for the information presented in 2nd sheet. The key driving factor here is Knowledge area. This view helps you to review ITTO PMBOK chapter-wise.


In fourth sheet(ITTO Drill-down), 191 ITTO in all processes are provided with drill down facility. With this pivot, one can readily get –

Which are all processes using particular ITTO?
Which process group that process belongs to?
Is the given ITTO item a Input or Tool & Technique or Ouput?
In how many processes an ITTO item used?
Is an ITTO item, output to which process & input to how many other processes?


This excel workbook provided for personal use like PMP Exam Preparation or PM activities & DON’T share this in common forum or web sites. As this one is part of my training guide and project management book

By the way, I one last thing before I close this post: This document is password protected. Use “leadershipchamps” as open password for the document. I prefer keeping it Read-Only to keep the integrity of the excel, so select “Read-Only” button in subsequent dialog that asks for Write Access password. Also, select “Enable content” to enable the Macros. Though I ensured it virus-free, but still I strongly advise you to virus scan before you open the document.

In case you found any errors (or) you have any comments, suggestions or questions, please contact me through my blog

Feed Positivity

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
“The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Whichwolf wins?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”


Agile Estimation – Story Points and Ideal Days

In Agile, estimating the project duration requires the estimation of the size to happen in first place. Size estimation of a user story or a feature or the entire project can be done either by story points or ideal days. Mike Cohn dealt this in great length in his book “Agile Estimating and Planning”.

Team estimates the size based on their experience (compared to expert judgement in PMBOK), analogy (compared to analogous estimation) or splitting a big story into smaller pieces and estimating it (compared to decomposition in PMBOK).

Let us see very high level overview of these two agile estimation methods:

Story points – Story points will be assigned to each user story based on its nature expressed by the team (big/small, complex/simple, risky/straight-forward, etc). Story points are relative i.e. simple user story carries 5 points, complex one (twice that of simple one) carries 10 points.

Ideal days – Ideal days are ideal number of days taken for a user story based on the assumption that the team works on the user story and only that user story (without any interruption).

In general, Story points are widely used as a measure of size in Agile but it is left to the team which one they want to use – Story points or Ideal days – based on their need.

Psychological Courage – A parable

Once a farmer’s old donkey fell into an abandoned well. Initially the farmer made some halfhearted efforts to save it. Finding the task very difficult, he had second thoughts.

1) It is not worth to retrieve the old donkey
2) The abandoned well needed to be covered so that others do not fall into it

He invited all his neighbors to help him out. They began to shovel mud into the well. The donkey realized what was happening and began to bray helplessly. After a while, the donkey gathered its psychological courage and decided to adopt a change process so that it can survive. It realized that there was no point in braying horribly and the need of the hour was to take advantage of the current situation. When each shovel of mud hit its back, the donkey shook off the mud and took a step on it. As the farmer and his neighbors continued to pour mud on the top of the donkey, it went on shaking the mud off and took a step up. Finally, every one gaped at the donkey for its psychological courage as it walked out of the well majestically.
Psychological Courage - A Story
This story conveys a great message to us on how to face the difficult situations in our life by using psychological courage. Life is going to throw several challenges to us like mud that was thrown at the donkey by the farmer and his neighbors in this story. Hence we need to take all such challenges as stepping stones and shake them off like the donkey did in this story and rise to the next level. Our problems are the stepping stones and psychological courage is our powerful weapon to take advantage of the problem instead of lamenting helplessly.

Learning Scrum is a little like learning to ride a bike

Learning Scrum is a little like learning to ride a bike: after a little bit of time, you just get it – and your muscles get it – and from then on, it’s as easy as pie. But until then, you’d better not go riding on major roads. Scrum Masters who don’t fully understand Scrum are like novice bicyclists riding down major highways. – Ken Schwaber

Learning Bicycle

Learning Scrum = Learning to Ride a Bike


Decision Making Process – Flow, Pitfalls & Strategy

Decision making is an important skill for Leaders. A leader is always identified by his/her decision & its outcome. Based on Heath brother’s master piece work “Decisive”, decision making involves 4 step process. Here is the list of 4 steps along with villains that makes the decision to go bad & what strategy we need to follow to defeat the villain.

1. You encounter a choice
Villain: Narrow framing makes you miss options
Strategy: Widen the options

2. You analyze your options
Villain: The confirmation bias leads you to gather self-serving information
Strategy: Reality-test your assumptions

3. You make a choice
Villain: Short-term emotion will often tempt you to make the wrong one
Strategy: Attain distance before deciding

4. Then you live with it
Villain: You’ll often be overconfident about how the future will unfold
Strategy: Prepare to be wrong

Leaders should make sure that they avoid the listed pitfalls (aka Villains) by implementing pitfall defeating strategy by default in the decision making process to get good result.

Decision Making process

Decision Making process

For more information on this topic, you can read it from “Decisive” by heath brothers.

PMP® exam is changing after 1st Nov 2015

Here is the link for complete information:


The current exam (aligned to the existing exam content outline) will remain active until 1 November 2015.After 1 November, only the new version of the PMP exam will be administered.All language aides will follow the same schedule:

  • Exams utilizing language aides will reflect the current exam through 1 November 2015.
  • After 1 November, exams utilizing language aides will reflect the new exam content.

Changes include:

  • No change to the 5 domains of practice.
  • Addition of 8 new tasks.

In case you like to see it in video format, here is the one from BrainShark.

PMP® exam is changing in 2015