There are two categories of PMP aspirants,
- Those who give more than required importance to Brain Dump
- Those who give less than required importance to Brain Dump
So what exactly should your PMP Brain Dump include? As most other things in project management the answer to this is – It depends!
- Formulas – All earned value formulas (including EAC, ETC, VAC), Point of Total Assumption, Communication Channels, Present Value
- List of names – Stages of Team Development, Different Types of Powers, 7 Basic Quality Tools, Risk Response Strategies
- Common Values – How much time does a PM spend communicating, Values of Sigma
- PG-KA Mapping – This one is not compulsory but can come in handy. Do you really need to mug up the PG-KA mapping for the exam? Read here
Ofcourse whatever mentioned above is just a sample structure of what can the PMP Brain Dump look like, it will obviously differ for every individual. But the goal remains the same – to jot down as much key info as possible during the short time window of ~15 mins you get just before the exam begins so that it can come in handy when relevant questions show up.