Control Quality versus Validate Scope
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Control Quality versus Validate Scope

The control quality and validate scope processes help you build the right product and deliver it to the client. These are important processes and you should understand them well.

However, before we discuss these processes, let’s have a quick look at the meanings of “validate” and “verify.” I have seen many experienced professionals who don’t understand the difference between the two terms.

Verification is about building the product correctly.

Close Procurement vs Close Project
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Close Procurement vs Close Project

This blog post is now obsolete as the close procurement process is absent from the 6th edition of the PMBOK Guide.

At first, you may think that the close procurement process and close project process are synonyms of each other. I have seen people asking for clarification on them in several PMP forums, because they have many things in common. It can be difficult for students of project management to distinguish the two.

This blog post is meant to clear up these concepts. After reading this, you won’t have any problem differentiating between these processes.

Before we start discussing in detail, let’s make sure we all understand the key terms: procurement, phase, and project.

Enterprise Environmental Factors (EEF) & Organizational Process Assets (OPA)
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Enterprise Environmental Factors (EEF) & Organizational Process Assets (OPA)

Though the nature of a project is temporary, they are not performed in isolation. They work in a controlled environment and affected by Enterprise Environmental Factors (EEF) and Organizational Process Assets (OPA).

The Project Management Institute terms them as influences. Enterprise environmental factors can be internal or external, while organizational process assets are always internal to an organization.

Enterprise environmental factors and organizational process assets are widely discussed in the PMBOK Guide and are inputs of almost all processes. You must have a thorough understanding of these terms.

Although the concepts are straightforward, many PMP aspirants fail to understand them and often make mistakes on the exam.