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TOPIC: Tricky PMP question involving project charter and project status meeting

Tricky PMP question involving project charter and project status meeting 4 years 2 days ago #21867

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Hello all. In studying for the PMP exam, I have encountered the following question.
A project manager joins a project during its planning phase. What should the project manager do to become familiar with the project's status?
A. Review the project charter.
B. Organize a status meeting with the project team.
C. Check the PMIS.
D. Consult subject matter experts.

The correct answer is A (review the project charter) and the explanation suggests that it contains the most up to date information on the project. I am confused as I thought the correct answer should be B (hold a status meeting) as the status meeting is mentioned in the PMBOK. Any help would be appreciated to clarify the confusion.

Tricky PMP question involving project charter and project status meeting 4 years 2 days ago #21871

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The correct answer is "A". The project charter will give the PM the 10000 ft (or 3000 meter) view of the project and its high-level constraints. The other answers are wrong:

B: There is no project team yet - the project is still in the planning phase.
C: "Check the PMIS" is too vague: Check it for what? (While the PMIS may have some lessons learned that are applicable for the current project, it's best to see what the project is all about first)
D: Consult SMEs: You don't know what, if any, SMEs you'll need for the project until it's planned.

Hope that helps,

Harry J. Elston, Ph.D., CIH, PMP

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This explanation made a lot of sense, thanks for the response

[email protected] 3 years 6 months ago #25505

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Yes, A.
First thing will always be what a PM can do for himself before asking others.
As for B and C, same as Harry.
Also, remember planning phrase, most of the time, answer will be just related to PM only.
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