- How to remember, or memorize Input, Tool & Techniques and Output (ITTO)?
- How to solve questions involving Input, Tool & Techniques and Output (ITTO)?
- Is it necessary to remember or memorize Input, Tool & Techniques and Output (ITTO) to pass the PMP Certification Exam?
If you’re preparing for the PMP Certification exam then you will be spending a large part of your time with these kinds of thoughts because many PMP aspirants think that ITTO (Input, Tool & Technique and Output) related questions are very difficult. They think that blindly memorizing the ITTOs will help them to solve these kinds of questions in the exam.
Not only you, but almost everybody who is going for the PMP Certification exam, has the same thoughts as you do.
These discussions have been taken place in many PMP related forums, groups and various blogs many times; however, it is still being discussed passionately because none of these forums, groups or blogs deliver the answer which would satisfy the nervousness of the PMP aspirants.
In different places, you’ll find different suggestions, advice, tricks and tricks but here I’m going to tell you how to deal with ITTO, as per the PMI.
Before going any further, let us rephrase the above questions to make things more clear:
- Is it really possible for everyone to memorize all ITTOs?
- Does PMI really want you to remember, or memorize all these ITTOs for the PMP Certification exam?
- Why does PMI ask questions based on ITTO in the PMP Certification Exam?
The PMBOK Guide has nine knowledge areas; these knowledge areas contain 42 processes and each process has many Inputs, Tools & Techniques and Outputs. Believe me; I really don’t think that memorizing all these ITTOs is possible by anyone unless someone has special God-given memorizing powers.
Also, I don’t think the purpose of the PMP Certification Exam is to test your memorization power. PMI never designed ITTO to be memorized, and if you are doing this to pass your exam then you are exploiting the certification process, and most importantly you’re ignoring the logic behind these ITTOs.
The real intention behind ITTO based questions is nothing but to check your understanding about:
- How does the process flow?
- How are the processes inter-related to one another?
- How do the processes depend on one another?
- How do the processes affect one another?
Therefore, you must take some time to think about it, study the processes in the PMBOK Guide, and visualize the relationship among the processes.
Trust me, it is not as difficult as it seems.