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First, I acquired my 35 contact hours from ESI International-George Washington University.  Then, I read the PMBOK 5th addition cover to cover and took a Velociteach, timed PMP simulation to baseline my skillset and identify gaps.

PMP lessons learned TreyDeónI felt like I needed additional help, so I attended a Rita Mulcahy 2-day PMP Prep boot camp, which was extremely beneficial.  Following the boot camp, I participated in a study group with my local PMI chapter led informally by a PMP credential holder.  The study group lasted for 2 months.

Study Plan

After the study group, I developed my own personal intense daily study plan which included:

1. Read the PMBOK again at least one more time concentrating and paying particular attention to definitions. [click to continue…]

pmp exam prep narayan shanbhagI passed my PMP with a “Proficient” score in all the 5 Knowledge Areas, in my very first attempt. Here’s my PMP exam prep lessons that I hope will help people preparing for the exam.

pmp exam prep narayan1. Start with a Plan.

Plan on what to read, Plan on your study schedule, Plan on your exam date. Keep your plan brief so that you are able to stick to it.

2. Keep your studies simple and focused.

Read ONE book thoroughly, following all instructions in the book to the dot. Use the PMBOK guide as a reference guide all long. It is not essential to read / study more than one book / same book twice, if your first reading is thorough. But this may not be true for you, so kindly decide what works for you.

3. Attempt mock exams

..especially the Simulators that offer 200 questions to be answered in 4 hours (without a pause). It prepares you for the real test, in every aspect. [click to continue…]

pmp lessons learned amit londheHello Shiv,

pmp study plan amit londheI passed my PMP certification exam on 6th July 2015!

PMP has been a long journey for me. It took me almost 2 years to finalize on PMP (Prince2 and ITIL creating the dilemma).

Here is how I went about preparing for my exam, with my PMP study plan.


I attended the mandatory workshop organized by my current organization in December 2014. I sacrificed my marriage anniversary on Day 1, although a dinner date made up for the lost day.
After the training was over, my confidence level was ~55% (mock test being the measurement tool).

I registered with PMI in February 2015 and then created a formal plan to crack PMP in the first attempt.
There were too many variables affecting my study plan like an upcoming annual performance appraisal, time I needed to spend with my little daughter (1 ½ years when I registered with PMI), weekend time for family and a job hunt.

The initial thought-process was to clear PMP by March (as I would have received 50% refund of my exam fee from current organization but with a lock-in employment period of 9 months). [click to continue…]

pmp-lessons-learned-costina-barbuShiv, Just wanted to share with you I passed my exam today. Thank you for your materials and questions and moral support!
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Here’re the PMP Study Resources I used

– (paid) HEAD FIRST – a nice relaxed and comprehensive option to walk one through the curriculum (includes chapter end questions & a mock exam)
– (paid) Grey Campus (via Udemy) as intro course – nice and crisp video sessions.
– (free with PMI Membership) PMBOK – dry, but helpful. Referred to it for clarifications during my studies.


– (free) PMZILLA forums – awesome for clarifying answers to tough questions (sometimes it is not enough to be told that the right answer is option a, but helps to understand the reasoning behind) [click to continue…]

pmp changes 2015 how does this affect youYou saw why PMI had to change PMP syllabus mid-2015, and what are those exact changes in the previous two parts of this guide.

You probably have lot of questions right now. In this part we shall look at some of those questions.
If your question is still unanswered please drop them in the comments section below and I will try to find the answers for you.

Hopefully you are planning to take the test before the new test rolls in on 2 November, 2015.

Q: Are there any changes to application process and actual test procedure?

Absolutely not. PMI has categorically stated that they will remain the same. So just focus on the content changes, and of course the date it will come into effect from.

Q: How about eligibility criteria?

No changes there as well. All eligibility criteria remains the same. Only the content changes as outlined in Examination Content Outline document published by PMI (look for June 2015 at the bottom of second page).

Q: How about exam format and report?

Exam format will remain the same in that you will still have 5 domains you will be tested under – Initiating, Planning, Executing, Monitoring & Controlling, and Closing.
Report will also remain the same – and you will get immediately after the exam (assuming you’re taking Computer Based Test – CBT).

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pmp changes 2015 changes to pmp syllabusIn the first part of this guide you understood why, when and how PMI makes changes to PMP exam.

In this part we shall see the exact change that are made to PMP Examination Content Outline – basically the syllabus for PMP exam.

What are the overall changes to new PMP syllabus?

In PMBOK-5 guide PMI introduced a new Knowledge Area to address Stakeholder management in its entirety (in PMBOK-4 these were spread in other KAs). So it was natural to expect RDS to simplify/add/refine some more around Stakeholder management.

Other changes are done to areas of procurement management, lessons learned and aligning business objectives to deliverables.

  • 8 new tasks are added
  • Initiating domain – THREE new tasks added – task 2, 7, & 8
  • Planning domain – ONE new task added – task 13
  • Executing domain – TWO new task added – task 6 & 7
  • Monitoring & Controlling domain – TWO new tasks added – task 6 & 7
  • Closing domain – NO new tasks added

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