When I took my exam first time in 2013, I was always wondering why procurement was the last chapter on PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) ?. 

My prime focus was to crack the PMP® exam at the earliest, but as soon as I started my preparation, my whole excitement lost in the air. I started reading PMBOK as every other aspirants starts with that. 

The PMBOK had following sequence for knowledge areas :

• Project Integration Management
• Project Scope Management
• Project Time Management
• Project Cost Management
• Project Quality Management
• Project Human Resources Management
• Project Communications Management
• Project Risk Management
• Project Procurement Management

I got frustrated after few days of preparation and I was like, how to accomplish PMP® suffixed after my name? Is there any shortcut? It is then I started surfing internet like any thing. After few days of research I came to know, that It is the procurement section, where I can relate easily. The reason was simple, because I belonged to Project Procurement department (As I have supported my organisations, apart from working on few projects in Power Distribution). 

So, after thorough research and inference from what I had learnt from the Internet. I started now, the reverse way. I took the PMBOK and started from Chapter 12 first. So, When I became the PMP® trainer for one of the Delhi Based Training Institute, I asked the candidates about their experience area, some of them from Planning, some from Procurement and some from Projects. I suggested them to read PMBOK chapter first, which is closely related to their experience and after reading that chapter, start the reverse way, and refer other areas to understand the complete PMBOK. 

This made aspirants’ life easy and simple for PMP® preparation. So, It is not Project Procurement which is most important knowledge area for PMP® exam, but all the Knowledge areas has their own importance. I am happy to share that my complete batch of PMP® aspirants cleared their PMP® certification exam in their first attempt.

So, My suggestion to you as a PMP® aspirants :

1. Find the chapter / knowledge area which is closely matching your experience.

2. Study other areas for how they are interacting with your area of experiences.

3. Study for Inputs for your area, output from your experienced area.

4. How output from your knowledge area becoming input to other areas. 

Finally, If you are preparing for PMP® Exam, you can use above strategy to help you finish off your PMP® preparation fast.

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