CompTia Project+ PK0-004 Study Guide

I believe the bet way to learn about something is to write about it. This post is a quick study guide for the CompTia Project+ PK0-004 exam. In no way is this a replacement for a fully developed course or study guide, so please use this as reference material only.

Process Groups

The five planning process groups are listed below.

  1. Initiating
  2. Planning
  3. Executing
  4. Controlling
  5. Closing

Activities in Each Process

Each planning process has a list of activities associated with it. I’ve broken down the list of key activities per activity below.

Initiating Process

  • Create the project charter
  • Create a business case and justification
  • Define a high-level scope definition
  • Identify high-level risks

Planning Process

  • Develop a project schedule
  • Create a WBS, work breakdown structure
  • Determine resources
  • Identify and plan for detailed risks
  • Determine project requirements
  • Develop a procurement plan if using outside resource
  • Develop a change management plan
  • Define the project budget

Executing Process

  • Deliverables are produced and verified

Controlling Process

  • Monitoring the risks/issues log
  • Performance measuring and reporting
  • Performing quality assurance/governance activities
  • Administering the change control process
  • Monitoring the budget

Closing Process

  • Transition/integration plan to the maintenance/operations team
  • Training for those who will support the product, service, or result of the project once it’s turned over to operations
  • Project acceptance and sign-off
  • Archiving project documents
  • Documenting lessons learned
  • Releasing resources
  • Closing contract


Process diagram
This is a step-by-step diagram of how a process works. This diagram is useful in business process mapping.

Ishikawa diagram
This helps display any potential cause of a problem and the effect a proposed solution will have on the problem.

Run Chart
The run chart displays data as plots on a line that are collected over time.

Scatter Diagram
The scatter diagram tries to help determine correlations between two data points.

Other Definitions

Project Charter
The project charter is the result of initiating process and it’s the official go-ahead on your approved project. The charter provides formal approval and gives the project manage the authority to gather resources. The project sponsor is the one who approves the project charter.

Project Charter Key Elements

  • Project goals and objectives
  • Project description
  • Problem statement
  • Key project deliverables
  • High-level milestones
  • High-level cost estimates
  • Stakeholder identification
  • High-level assumptions
  • High-level constraints
  • High-level risks
  • General project approach
  • Name of the project manager and their authority level
  • Name of the sponsor

Triple Constraint
The tripe constraint is time, scope, and cost. These three constraints can affect quality.

Project Scope Statement
The project scope statement will include the objectives, descriptions, acceptance criteria, key deliverables, success criteria, exclusions from scope, time and cost estimates, project assumptions, and constraints.

WBS dictionary

  • Code of accounts identifier
  • Description of the work of the component
  • Organization responsible for completing the component
  • Resources
  • Cost estimates
  • Criteria for acceptance

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