pmp exam prep adviceThis week we’ll look at the PMP® journey of Basheer Baba, who got his PMP® certification earlier this month.

Hey Basheer, Congratulations on your PMP success, and thank you for sharing your prep advice with PMESN audience. When did you start your PMP exam preparation?

pmp prep advice basheer babaBasheer: I started my preparation in February, 2016.

Q> What was your study approach and what study resources did you use?

My study approach was in 3 parts.

In the first stage, for each Knowledge Area (KA) I first read the HeadFirst PMP® book along with  Shiv Shenoy’s blog posts on PMESN. He’s given all the topics in simple, short and easy to understand format. Next I went over the same KA from Rita Mulcahy’s book and finally from PMBOK guide.

The reason I started with FeadFirst was because I liked the way they explain concepts. It is easy to understand the topic as it has pictorial representation. For details I always have PMBOK that I studied in the end. [click to continue…]

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day! (I know it’s a day early 🙂 )

Growing up my father was a huge influence in my life. He taught us to be humble, live simple and healthy, help people – without really talking about it. Being a serial entrepreneur, he kindled in us the entrepreneurial spirit.

A complete teetotaler, he is 83 yrs young now, and I still see the same qualities. I couldn’t have asked for a better person as my man.

I love you dad.

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Here’s wishing you again a very happy Father’s day!

my pmp lessons learned salehShiv, I passed my PMP® exam and here are few points I would like to share for the benefit of PMESN blog readers.

First, I thank my God Almighty, then thank my parents for their contribution to my success. Also, special thanks to my wife, sons and daughters for their understanding when I was not able to spend time with them during my preparation for this certificate.

my pmp lessons learned salehBig thanks to my teachers, Dr. Farid Bouges, Dr. Rami Bitar, Eng. Ammar mango, Mr. Cornelius Fichtner and his team, Mr. Dan Ryan, Mr. Shiv Shenoy, and my boss Eng. Hesham alrabah. I am thankful for my partners (Mr. Waleed Edress, Mr.Ali Alshri, Eng. Mouth Alshareef).

Study materials used in my PMP® preparation

  1. My session with Dr Fred Bugis at SAC Center in August 2009 on the 4th version of PMBOK.
  2. Course in Jordan with Eng. Ammar Mango in July 2010
  3. With the engineer Saleh Al-Mahmud at SAC Center in April 2011
  4. Course with Mr. Cornelius Fichtner by participated in electronic course a PM PrepCast videos and Exam Simulator, Flash cards, act.
  5. Session with the instructor/Dan Ryan by coaching four weeks beginning in 2016 meet for an hour/week
  6. Online course with four exams, Videos and chapters exam.

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Please send any feedback you may have to me directly at shiv[at]pmexamsmartnotes[dot].com
I read and reply to each and every email within 24hrs (earlier, most of the time 🙂 )

Thank you for your time and wish you PMP® success!

pmp exam prep diary dima haddadDear Shiv, here is my PMP exam prep experience. I’m hoping that it will help other PMP applicants.

My PMP journey was a difficult but an interesting one. I work as a Civil Engineer and my work schedule include eight hours a day, six days a week schedule, which leaves me very little time for PMP study. Moreover, I had just three years of project management experience but I was determined to get certified once I met the minimum requirements PMI has mandated for eligibility.

Classroom beginning to my PMP exam prep..

I started with classroom training last October and for about a month I studied what I learned daily in the course, but managing work and studies was difficult at the beginning.

I started studying right after the training. I planned to study for three to four hours a day but it did not pan out that way on most of the days. However, this act of planning helped me keep my study momentum.

I ended up studying for two hours during the weekdays and managed to study very well on weekends (my one day-off); this day was a great time for me to study well. I managed to clock in five hours (sometime more).

During this period I couldn’t set a date for the exam as my study plan didn’t work well for the first month, and I wasn’t sure if I’d have enough time. So I decided to set my exam date after some more preparation till I could get a better sense of my progress. [click to continue…]

pmp resources lessons learned santhiShiv, I passed PMP in first attempt with 3P and 2MP!

Here is my experience, hope this will help people studying for their PMP exam.

PMP training

pmp santhi rMy core study companion was the PM PrepCast by Cornelius Fichtner – Needless to say, it is the best one available. Thank you sir!

Other PMP resources I used

1. HeadFirst PMP – My favorite. Gives good foundation. Liked many aspects of this book.

2. Rita Mulcahy – Great book to understand the topics in depth and in a practical approach.

3. Andy Crowe – Very easy to understand and to the point.

4. PMBOK – Hardly touched. Covered only a few chapters. I should have read it.

5. Kim Heldman – Covered only a few parts, but liked the way it is presented, with process flow rather than Knowledge area wise.

6. Online resources – Apart from books, I referred some online resources.  They are Saket Bansal’s videos. I guess prep will not be complete without his videos. Great explanations! Also, I referred Edward Chung’s notes.

7. Shiv Shenoy’s website. The smart notes, tips and tricks and the brain dump page are must-reads. [click to continue…]