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…]

pmp lessons learned vishal sawhneyDear Shiv, although I came across your website quite late for my preparations, it gave me valuable inputs and tips for the PMP exam preparation. My target was to pass the exam in the 1st attempt no matter what proficiency I get.

Time and again I was reading the contributions of other aspirants and their success stories. It was so useful for me. I would definitely like to share my experience here so it can help PMP students.

pmp vishal sawhney At the age of 46 years the decision itself was very tough when your cognitive and learning skills both slow down. Also, traveling by Metro (Noida to my home town) for my office and back to home consumed at least six hours each day. It consumed my energy, time, money and concentration. Nevertheless I developed the habit of concentrating and studying while traveling, often standing during rush hours. [click to continue…]

pmp prep planlessons learned anitha gandhamThree to four years ago I heard about PMP® Certification from a friend. As I am voracious reader so I thought of taking PMP® exam to enhance opportunities for my career advancement.

At the same time our organization arranged a video conference with leadership team for PMP® aspirants, which boosted my interest in PMP®.

About an year ago I took training from IIL for 4 days. As part of this training I was given 4 days sessions, PMBOK® guide, IIL book and access to PMIQ (simulator) for 6 months. I scheduled exam on 4th Jan, 2016 (before new syllabus come in to place) but my preparation was on & off, so I ended up postponing the exam.

pmp prep planPreparation

In Dec 2015 our organization appointed a PMP® ambassador to help PMP® aspirants. I contacted him, where I got briefing about the study resources, study plan and came to know about Shiv Shenoy. He advised me to take online tests and if I am consistently above 80%, then I can go for real exam. My score was just about reaching 50 to 70% that time.

My study resources and approach

I rescheduled the exam to April 18th, 2016. Apart from IIL notes and the Kindle book “Crack PMP in 4 weeks” by Shiv Shenoy, I decided to get these –

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PMP study plan sachideviHi Shiv, happy to share that I have completed PMP on 29th April on my first try with little over 3 months of preparation. I am sharing my PMP study plan and lessons here, with a hope that it will help PMP students..

My PMP study plan consisted of 3 study resources, and four rounds of systematic and focused study. I also used a combination of ‘test project’, self-study notes, mock tests and brain-dump as study strategies.

Study sources I used

PM PrepCast online PMP video course
PMBOK Edition 5
PMESN PMPBOOKS (from Shiv) – Especially, the sample questions (300Q+250Q), Formula guide, Type of Questions, Mind Maps & Test Taking Strategies

My PMP study plan

pmp sachi deviI created my own study plan in terms of a ‘project’ – that I could apply the processes to as I studied them! This helped me understand the concepts with better clarity.

The other thing that helped me is that I fixed a target date for my exam, and planned backwards to create study plan. Having the exam date fixed had another advantage: it helped me focus better on my studies

First round of study: Understanding PMP concepts

I have taken PM PrepCast as starting point for the study – I went to through all the video modules. I watched self-study videos of a particular chapter and studied the same chapter from PMBOK5; then the next chapter self-study videos and the same chapter PMBOK5 and so on…

I would recommend preparing your own study notes during this journey (chapter wise). I found this very valuable. [click to continue…]

Master Your Stakeholder Management Concepts Free PMP Kindle BookLast book in the series for free access today on Amazon Kindle platform!

Please click here to get your free Kindle copy of the book ‘Master Your Stakeholder Management Concepts’!

Free access is available for 24 hours only, on Thursday 12-May-2016 12am PST time to midnight PST time.

If you liked this book, please help me reach more PMP students by leaving an honest review on Amazon. Thank you!

If you had any suggestions for improvement, please write me shiv(at)pmexamsmartnotes(dot)com

In case you missed getting previous ones, here’re the links –

Thanks for the feedback you’ve been sending my way.
Happy Studying!

Procurement Management Concepts free pmp book kindleHard to believe it’s mid-week already! Though I’m on vacation I’ve been trying to get some work done, one of which is making sure people get to know about free access to these PMP Kindle books. It feels as if I’m more productive – because there is no expectation to work while on vacation, I guess. 🙂 Oh yes, I did manage to wrap up and publish the review of Simplilearn PMP course yesterday. Hope you got a chance to take a look at their over-the-top guarantee of 100% fee refund if a student fails PMP exam on first try. That’s phenomenal I thought.

Today, you have free access to the 11th book in the series Amazon Kindle platform.

Please click here to get your free Kindle copy of the book ‘Master Your Procurement Management Concepts’!

Please note that free access is available for 24 hours only, on Wednesday 11-May-2016 12am PST time to midnight PST time. [click to continue…]