I received an email this week from a student. It said, “One thing I am dying to learn, do you know how to penetrate and learn the BEAST known as ITTO?” How to remember ITTO in PMP(r). ITTO is a subject that has been a nightmare since day one. I can’t seem to remember how to master it and how to learn/remember the vast amount of ITTO. Please, I would be grateful if you could share your knowledge with me on how to master this BEAST! !”
I know you might run into similar issues while studying for the PMP(r). This article will help you learn everything you need about ITTOs for your PMP (r) exam.
ITTOs stands for Inputs Tools and Techniques, Outputs. It is the “skeleton of each process. It provides information about the “ingredients” required to complete a particular PMBOK(r), guide process.
The PMBOK(r), 5 guide has 47 processes and each process has 10+ ITTOs. How do you remember all these 500 ITTOs?
You can create a memory or phrase aid, but not for 500 items.
The short answer is that you should not try to memorize all of the ITTOs.
The PMP(r), exam is not a memorization test. PMI cannot test you on your ability to regurgitate the PMBOK(r), as it doesn’t tell them if you understand project management or can manage projects.
PMI wants to know how well you understand the ITTOs.
Take a step back and take a look at the big picture. What do the ITTOs tell you? They will show you how to complete the process and what raw inputs are required to create the output. They also provide information about the tools and techniques required to transform the input into output.
The “memorization” of ITTOs will be easy if you know what they are.
Here are the facts about ITTOs.
What is the ITTO?
What does the ITTO do?
It is important to understand why it is in this particular process.
These three questions will help you understand the role of the ITTO in the project. Once you have a better understanding of the role of ITTOs, you can understand the function of the project.
It is a good idea to examine the ITTO chart for each process within the PMBOK(r), and answer the three questions for each process. This will help you to understand each ITTO in the PMBOK (r) guide.
It is possible to see the same ITTO in multiple processes. This is not a cause for panic. In real life, the same input (e.g. To create multiple outputs, you will need to use the same input (e.g. project charter). project management time & stakeholder management plan). You can also use the same tool/technique (e.g. You may use the same tool or technique (e.g., meetings) to achieve many different goals. This is why the PMBOK(r), which is reflective of this, will show you the same ITTO in multiple processes.
A mind map of ITTOs that shows how they relate to each other is also available. Click here to download the ITTO Mind Map.
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