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Exam 70-301 became available in October 2004.
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Candidates for this exam work in the typically complex computing environment of medium-sized to large organizations. Candidates include consultants, technology professionals, developers, and project managers who lead teams that use Microsoft Solutions Framework 3.0 to deliver business-driven technology solutions.
When you pass Exam 70-301: Managing, Organizing, and Delivering IT Projects by Using Microsoft Solutions Framework 3.0, you achieve Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) status.
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You also earn credit toward the following certifications:
Elective credit toward Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) on Microsoft Windows Server 2003 certification
Elective credit toward Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) for Microsoft .NET certification
To help you prepare for this exam, Microsoft Learning recommends that you have hands-on experience with the product and that you use the following training resources. These training resources do not necessarily cover all of the topics listed in the "Skills measured" section.
Course 1846: Microsoft Solutions Framework Essentials
Course 2710: Analyzing Requirements and Defining Microsoft .NET Solution Architectures
Currently, a corresponding Microsoft Press title is not available.
MeasureUp: Visit the MeasureUp Web site to take a practice test.
Self Test Software: Visit the Self Test Software Web site to take a practice test.
Microsoft Learning Community: Join newsgroups and visit community forums to connect with peers for suggestions on training resources and advice on your certification path and studies.
TechNet: Designed for IT professionals, this site includes how-to instructions, best practices, downloads, technical resources, newsgroups, and chats.
MSDN: Designed for developers, the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) features code samples, technical articles, downloads, newsgroups, and chats.
This certification exam measures your ability to manage, organize, and deliver IT projects by using Microsoft Solutions Framework version 3.0. Before taking the exam, you should be proficient in the job skills listed in the following table. The table shows which Official Microsoft Learning Products may help you reach competency in the skills being tested in the exam.
|Skills measured by Exam 70-301||Course 1846||Course 2710|
|Building a Project Team|
Evaluate team members' skills and abilities as they relate to a specific project.
Scale a team appropriately for a specific project.
Evaluate the risks involved if role clusters or team members do not participate equally and consistently in decision making.
Given a project scenario, map the six MSF project roles to the six MSF project goals.
Review and revise a schedule.
|Facilitating the Risk Management Process|
Analyze risk sources for a given scenario.
Develop a risk mitigation plan, a contingency plan, and contingency triggers for a given risk.
Identify the person responsible for managing each risk.
|Envisioning a Solution|
Identify the primary activities of the Envisioning Phase.
Create the Envisioning Phase deliverables. Deliverables include the vision document, risk assessment document, and project structure document.
Manage project scope and solution scope.
Apply the MSF Process Model iterative approach to versioning, scope management, and structuring the deliverables into manageable feature clusters.
Create success criteria for milestones for each phase of a project.
Create a project structure document.
|Planning a Project|
Create the Planning Phase deliverables. Deliverables include the risk management plan, master project plan, and master schedule.
Create a functional specification.
Create conceptual, logical, and physical designs.
Create a master project plan.
Create a master schedule.
Establish a development and test environment.
|Developing a Solution|
Identify the primary activities in the Developing Phase.
Create Developing Phase deliverables. Deliverables include source code, configuration scripts, setup scripts, frozen functional specifications, test cases, user documentation, and operational documents.
Plan and manage builds.
|Stabilizing a Solution|
Identify the primary activities, milestones, and deliverables of the Stabilizing Phase. Milestones include Bug Convergence, Zero Bug Bounce, and User Acceptance Testing Complete.
Analyze the stability of a solution by using bug statistics.
Manage scope during the Stabilizing Phase.
|Deploying a Solution|
Identify the primary activities, milestones, and deliverables of the Deploying Phase. Milestones include Site Deployments Complete, Core Technology Deployed, and Deployment Stabilized.
Compile feedback about the project from all stakeholders.
Transition to operational support.
Note This preparation guide is subject to change at any time without prior notice and at the sole discretion of Microsoft. Microsoft exams might include adaptive testing technology and simulation items. Microsoft does not identify the format in which exams are presented. Please use this preparation guide to prepare for the exam, regardless of its format.
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