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The following PMP® exam sample question is taken from the Free PMP Exam Simulator (The answer is at the very bottom):

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You are managing a construction project. You are required to build 50 bridges in a
metropolitan city. Due to the complexity of the project, it is divided into 10 sequential
phases, with each phase requiring construction of five bridges. You have just finished the
first phase of your project and you are about to kick off your second phase. Which PMBOK
Guide process should you start to kick off the second phase of the project?

A) Develop Project Charter    
B) Develop Project Management Plan    
C) Direct and Manage Project Work    
D) Monitor and Control Project Work
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Hint: The 42 PMBOK Guide processes are applicable to the entire project if the complete
project is a single-phase project.

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Until Next Time,
Cornelius Fichtner, PMP
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Answer and Explanation:
The Correct Answer is A. The 42 PMBOK Guide processes are applicable to the entire project
if the complete project is a single-phase project. In the case of multi-phase projects, the
PMBOK Guide recommends that you treat each phase of the project as a sub-project and apply
all the 42 processes to each phase. You are about to start a new project phase, and as a
result, you should start with the Develop Project Charter process.


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Comment by William Pirkey on February 27, 2014 at 4:16pm

And this is why I would fail the PMP exam.  Since the question implied a SINGLE project to build 50 bridges, I would expect the Charter and PMP to be complete already.  Yes, break it down into 10 five-bridge phases, but the process that is executed to kick off the next phase is an executing process or M&C process.  Since the answer for "C" is not the right process title, I deduced "D" to be the correct answer.  But, I am apparently wrong.

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