pmp prep plan easy wayShiv, here is something that I would like to share few tips with your readers for their PMP prep plan. I hope they will find this article useful.

My PMP Prep Plan

I planned to write PMP examination about 6 months ago. First, I bought PMBOK in order to go through the theory and concepts. Yes, it is a bit boring read, that is what I understood at first. 🙂

pmp plato pathrose As I visited the PMI website, I understood the advantages and disadvantages of having a PMI membership. My intention of getting a membership in the first place was to get a reduced exam fee. That was the primary reason why I enrolled myself for the PMI membership at that time.

Meanwhile, I subscribed to the Online training for PMP, PM PrepCast from Cornelius (this is only one which I used, there are many others available in the market)

I started watching the videos daily spending at least 2 hours a day.

I was not comfortable watching the videos always on a computer, hence I used to stream those lessons to my Television set and then sit and prepare exam notes. Self-made notes are the ones I would rate as best reference material to go through before the day of examination.

Going through the concepts, I was pleasantly surprised to notice that I have already been doing in my daily work most of the concepts. I just did not know the technical terms.

Also Read: How I Passed CAPM Exam: By Mandalee Daria Mason, CAPM

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2016 came and went like a flash.

Do you remember how it felt welcoming the New Year a year ago?

I remember how I felt – in the first week of 2016 I sat and made a list of things to do during the year – not as resolutions, because I’ve been bad at keeping them.

Instead of resolutions, I made a list of TASKs.

This approach helped me achieve some of them in 2016. Some of them – honestly, I haven’t been able to complete all of the listed tasks in 2016, but the very act of creating tasks (not even ‘goals’) helped me achieve some of them.

This is a huge personal improvement over past years where I would make several resolutions on the new year’s eve.. and not achieve any of them.

Does this sound familiar?

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Tasks, when performed, will lead to results – these ‘results’ can be your ‘goals’. But ‘keeping a resolution’ or ‘achieving a goal’ seems a bit heavier compared to ‘performing a task’. Somehow a ‘task’ seems achievable.

Maybe because as project managers we are used to WBS, creating, listing, sequencing and ticking off tasks. Or, maybe because it is like a project – it has a beginning and an end and produces a result. 🙂 [click to continue…]

Getting PMP certification is only half the job done. It’s a nice milestone to reach for one’s career growth, but there is more to it. Application of PMP concepts at work is certainly one of them, which is what the PMP questions train you for.

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Continuous improvement is as much a required aspect of one’s career-growth as it is for Kaizen projects.

For many the very thought of getting PDUs can be a painful one. I receive a lot of ‘how to earn PDUs for PMP renewal‘ emails. I fret over it for many months before coming up with a plan. But with this article you can have it like a breeze. Almost. You’ll have to put in some hours to get them, but this planning exercise can make it seem like a breeze.

In this article, we will look at the exercise of earning PDUs from career-growth perspective. [click to continue…]

pmp lessons learned for easy prep imran My PMP journey started 3 months back, when I decided I need to get certified and also learn how I can use PMI’s best practices in my daily work.

The first thing I realized while starting the PMP preparation was how each project is managed differently and how guidelines set out by PMP can be of enormous help in managing the project efficiently.

I passed my PMP exam and would like to share what I learned along the way.

My PMP study approach & tips

pmp imran1. I decided that I was going to study not only to get certified but also to use PMI’s project management guidelines to better manage the projects I work on. This mindset helped me investigate many concepts in detail and the long-term benefits of this approach kept me motivated to study when chips were down.

2. I enrolled for a 4-day PMP training. It helped me get an overall view about how to plan for my certification. I would recommend an online course which you can pace as per your need, rather than the classroom training that forces to cramp too much information in 4 days. (few reviews here and here). [click to continue…]

capm exam prep mandeeHow I Passed CAPM Exam: My journey to the CAPM credential was life changing, becoming a project manager was always one of my life goals, yet I procrastinated, some of my procrastination was due to some life events, others was just me being lazy.

capm prep tips mandeeIn 2016 after walking away from my job, I decided that this is the time for me to put my best foot forward and take this course for ME. I enrolled in a Project Management Exam Prep course with a local institution here in St. Lucia (NRDF) and my journey began.

On the very first day of class, I remember our lecturer (Mrs. Jeanette Hughes, PMP) saying, “Do not underestimate this course; you must ask yourself, DO I HAVE THE DNA TO BE A PROJECT MANAGER?”

I thought to myself, sure I do, I really did not know what was ahead of me, especially being one who had no background in project management or a full managerial role.

Our classes went on, and my studying began from day 1.

Also Read: CAPM Exam Lessons Learned – Elizabeth Coleman, CAPM

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“5 Proficient grade (5Ps) in PMP exam with only 8 weeks of preparation”, is how Saravanan Baskaran describes his PMP prep journey. Saravanan is the owner and Principal SAP Consultant & Architect at Universal Technology Solutions, LLC. In this article he reveals the strategies and techniques he used to ace his PMP exam.

-Shiv

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Taking several mock exams and reviewing sample questions helped me in clearing the exam successfully. More importantly, reviewing all the incorrect answers by going through the relevant chapters one more time helped me in clarifying my doubts, and understanding the core concepts well. There are numerous materials available in the market. However, I would strongly recommend to just pick and stick with few sources that you feel comfortable with.

Primary PMP prep material

pmp prep plan I took the remote training offered by MPROI for 2 weeks. I took the exam 6 weeks after I completed the training.

I figured that reviewing MPROI material and taking several mock exams would be sufficient to prepare well for the exam.

After reviewing MPROI material, I was able to understand the PMBOK well. My rough estimate was 4 to 6 weeks of preparation time.

I spent around 2 to 3 hours during the weekdays, and 6 hours on weekends to prepare for the exam. So you could say, overall I spent about 150+ hours of prep time. [click to continue…]