pmp project-intergration management conceptsI trust you’ve had a chance to get yesterday’s (4/28) Project Management Basic Concepts Kindle book for free.

It’s amazing to see over 100 people have received the book. Thank you, if you were one of them!

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free pmp basics kindle bookHere’s your chance to download the second of 12 book series, “Master Your Project Management Basic Concepts“, Kindle book for FREE!

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pmp lessons learned navneetInitial prep

I planned for PMP in the December 2014 and first thing I did was bought HeadFirst book, because I like to keep things simple.

Navneet Khajuria pmpHeadfirst explains the things in easy way. However it does not cover all the topics for the exam but give u basic understanding of the concepts.

Gaining momentum

After going through HeadFirst book twice with slow pace, in December 2015 I enrolled for the KnowledgeWoods training and also joined PMExamSmartNotes.com’s Facebook community page. That is when I hit the top gear for my studies.

Post training, I reviewed all the concepts once again from the training material given by KW and then started taking mock exams.

It is important to take the mock exam but it is more important to review the questions and answers as well to get the understanding of the concepts.

I observed my weakness in certain areas like Quality and Procurement knowledge areas, and revised it.

If I had any doubts during mock tests, I would refer Rita’s book and PMBOK to gain the confidence on the topic. [click to continue…]

pmp lessons learned bichMy PMP Preparation

I started reading the PMBOK back in 2013 and as I read it I started making notes and important points on index cards. But I was not motivated reading this book until I found a mentor who could help me moving on on my studies.

I knew that I could find a lot of resources and advice on the Internet but I felt I needed to be supported by somebody with one-on-one discussion. I found one and started asking my mentor to explain me difficult concepts.

bich pmpI found that Rita Mulcahy’s book is a very good complementary resource to the PMBOK. It explains a lot of concepts/formulas that are not in the PMBOK yet are part of the exam. So I highly recommend you to get the Rita book. Just make sure to have the latest version of it.

Once I finished reading the PMBOK I started doing sample questions. I did as many mock exams as possible and noted down questions for which I did not understand why the given answers were right. Then, I asked my mentor for explanation. In order to motivate myself, I planned a meeting with my mentor one week in advance and this forced me to do as many hard mock exams as possible so that I would have questions to ask my mentor. [click to continue…]

lessons learned karthik ganesanShiv, I have around 15 years of experience and handled quite a few projects of various sizes. I had plans to complete PMP examination, started many times but dropped in between due to some or the other distractions.

Finally I made up my mind to complete this examination last November. I tried to complete before the updated exam but couldn’t do it. So with many advice from many others I thought of not to worry about the new pattern. And finally had the big success and would proudly say that I am a PMP certified.

pmp mock tests karthik ganesanSome of the tips and how I did this.

Exam preparation

I started to read PMBOK, and one of my friend who is a PMP certified acted like a mentor and used to take classes whenever he found time. I too made it a point to read 1 hour a day.

I started seriously during December and completed first round of Rita Mulchay, Head first and many other articles, blogs which I could read it through internet.

From January onwards I started attempting sample questions every day, looking at one knowledge area at a time.

Then finally I started writing full-length mock exams. I took about 13 mock exams. My scores were low in the beginning and started improving over time. These mocks were all based out of the old pattern.

One advantage on taking as many mock exams as possible is that I could get to manage the time. Even when you review the wrong answers you can master on that process. If you have the mock tests with the new pattern, it would be a lot better.

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pmp lessons learned rohan halwalkarShiv, I cleared my PMP exam on 25th Feb on my 1st Attempt.
My preparation time – 90 days.

Study books

1) Head First PMP
2) PMBOK (you can get for free if you are PMI’s member)
3) PMP Exam Prep by Rita Mulcahy

Training (& 35hr contact education requirement from PMI)

pmp rohan halwalkarInstead of classroom training I went for Online training. My benefits were that of studying in chunks irrespective of the location and duration. I could always go back and forth and relearn difficult concepts. I went with PM PrepCast by Cornelius Fichtner.

Mock Exam resources

I was selective here as I did not want to get overwhelmed. Here are two that I selected –

1) PM Exam Simulator by Cornelius Fichtner
2) Oliver Lehmann’s PMP App

My study approach

1) For procrastinators like me, paying the exam fee was one way to get committed to exam preparation.

2) I would say decide on a study strategy & STICK to it. Don’t add any more resources to your list especially when you are very close to the exam date. I did the opposite & wasted some money & time on this. [click to continue…]