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If you are looking for PMP study material to prepare for your PMP or CAPM certification exam, or even if you are generally interested in understanding specific project management concepts, tips and techniques – you have landed on the right blog.
This blog, and the corresponding Facebook community has helped thousands of people prepare for PMP and CAPM exam over the years. Based on mails from many of you I thought this page will help you get the most out of this blog.
Hope you enjoy your time here. I would love to get connected with you. You can do so by emailing me or reaching me on Skype.
So, let’s get started.
Essentially this page shows what you can do to get best results in the least amount of time – which is to pass PMP (or CAPM) and learn the subject in such a way that it not only helps you pass the exam but also helps do your job as a Project Manager exceptionally well.
There is a secret to make all this happen though.
And that secret is to ‘take action’.
Not much of a secret, right? 🙂 But this alone determines whether one can be successful in their goal of passing PMP (in the shortest time with much ease, and on the first attempt).
Taking action refers to actually doing what we know will help us get success – preparing the study plan, chalking out a study schedule, studying every day, taking practice exams and so on.
Now having known the single most ‘secret’ ingredient to getting the coveted certification under your belt, let us look at how this blog and the community can help you –
1. Sign up on the blog for FREE 11-day PMP Study Blueprint email course (click here or sign up on the sidebar)
What does this do for your preparation?
This gives the right start for your preparation using a proven system. Proven to be useful for me and hundreds of successful PMP credential holders who took advantage of this blueprint. It not only gives you study material with top-down approach, it also introduces few success principles that almost guarantee success.
This blueprint is delivered by email for free after you signup with your email address here.
Also Read: The Complete PMP Prep Guide (New!)
2. Get this #1 Amazon Best Seller Kindle Book ‘Crack the New (2016) PMP Exam In 4 Weeks’
This book is the result of my own PMP exam experience as well as feedback from over 657+ PMP students around that world that I helped pass their PMP exam. This blueprint is proven, simple and step-by-step – so anyone can follow it and pass the PMP exam in a short span of time.
Note: You don’t need to have a Kindle device to read this. You can read via browser (read.amazon.com) or using FREE Kindle reader app for Mac, PC, tablet, or smartphone.
3. Go through the PMP study material on this blog
You can access my entire set of PMP study notes from the blog, for free. Get them from the menu item Study Notes..
There are over 110 articles and they are segregated by the Knowledge Areas – just as in PMBOK, so the mapping is easy for your own study. These notes are filled with brain-friendly mnemonics and mindmaps that help you absorb information easily and recall effortlessly.
For instance, try reading this sentence couple of times, if possible visualize you telling this to a friend or colleague, and then see if you can reproduce it by closing your eyes –
“Integrating Scope and Time will Cost our Quality Human Resources to Communicate with a Risk of Procuring Stakeholders!”.
Now you can reproduce all the 10 Knowledge Areas, that too in the SAME sequence as they are listed in PMBOK guide!
Or, try this one.
Indian Standard Time will Cause Quakes in Hyper-Responsive Customs Rupturing People’s Skulls!
Yes, a mnemonic need not make sense, but if it is out of the ordinary (crazy, silly, or even sexy), then our brain will find it easy to latch on to it. You can even make up your own mnemonic.
Many of this blog readers (like Nikhil) have used these study notes as one of their study resources and passed PMP exam on their very first attempt.
4. Go through some of the study technique, tips, brain dump and even a step-by-step PMP application article
You can access these, again for free, from the menu MORE! on this blog. Also go over some of the useful posts under ‘Important Posts’ section on the right sidebar on this blog. –>
5. Choose 2-3 study resources
Anything more, as I have seen from experience, will give you a diminishing returns on study effort (if you figured what this means, you are an ideal PMP candidate! 🙂 ). Jokes apart, if you have multiple resources it will only add more time for you to cover a single concept or Knowledge Area – which is not efficient use of your time.
Pick any 2-3 that works for you.
Now, PMBOK is the Bible for PMP – and so you cannot skip this study resource. Simply because most of the questions on the exam come from PMBOK guide.
The other one that I recommend (because I have used this to pass my PMP exam, and so have many of blog readers and community members. Overall more than 41758+ people from 56+ countries have used this to pass their PMP/CAPM) is Cornelius Fichtner’s PM PrepCast.
This is a video course that helps you learn at your convenience, at your place, time and devices (PC, tablet, smartphone), and fulfills the 35-contact hours of project management education – a requirement mandated by PMI to appear for the PMP exam.
By helping personally (one-on-one) over 879+ PMP aspirants across the world, I have noticed that on an average people use 3 study resources. Buy don’t take my word for this, if you strongly feel that 2 of even 1 resources is sufficient for your PMP prep, stick with it. Everyone has unique needs around PMP prep based on several variables such as their past experience, and so on.
The other very important resource one would need is PMP Exam Simulator. This has been so valuable for my own preparation. As you know, PMBOK is not the complete study guide that PMI has. In fact the actual syllabus for PMP is given by PMI via a pdf called “PMP Examination Content Outline” – available for download on PMI.org.
This simulator does many things –
1. Helps identify gaps in our own study
2. Helps unearth areas that are not covered by your choice of study resources
3. Helps you strategize your 4hr exam time so you can answer most of the questions right (sort of a dry run of the real exam)
In case you wish to invest in PM Prepcast and Exam Simulator by Cornelius Fichtner, here is my review and a bunch of free PMP ‘Last Mile’ prep bonuses (8 resources + a strategy session) – at no additional cost for you. You may even be able to get cash discount.
Check it out by clicking here.
6. Answer these daily PMP Sample Questions
PMESN (short for, PMExamSmartNotes) Facebook community is vibrant place where PMP and CAPM exam aspirants, successful credential holders and project managers interested in checking out their knowledge hang out.
This is also the place where one sample PMP question is published every single day.
Please take a moment and read this post first. Thank you. 🙂
This page helps you maintain exam study momentum, which is so crucial for PMP success.
A sample exam question is posted every day here, and you are encouraged to answer it based on what you already know.
Make it a routine to come to this page once a day and answer the day’s question and look at answers provided for previous questions, and you will notice a marked progress in your PMP preparation efforts.
***The answers are posted twice a week – once before midnight PST on Wednesday and once by Sunday midnight PST.***
Each answer will have a study-note link, so you can go ahead and read more about that topic from the PMP study notes. In most of the cases, a reference to PMBOK page also is given along with the answer.
This approach, as proven by hundreds of PMP students, is an easy, non-taxing way of studying for PMP (while I strongly suggest choosing primary study resources as well).
This page, along with everything available on this blog, is in line with the goal of making PMP preparation as easy and effortless as possible, for you.
You can also get notified whenever any exam tip, PMP article, or career related post is published on the blog (read the first post on the Fb page).
Feel free to join (by LIKE-ing the page), post your questions, interact with other successful project managers, find study buddies – you can do lot of things in there to make faster progress in your study.
7. Career enhancing tips and techniques
I keep writing informative posts that are action-oriented so you can improve your skills on the job and get ahead in career. You can access these right now from under the menu MORE! – but I will soon segregate them under a separate menu item.
You can also check out a bunch of study resources here.
Recently I wrote a comprehensive PMP prep guide for people starting from scratch. Click to read it here.
That’s about it!
Hope this blog helps you realize your goal and get ahead in your career. Please feel free to write to me with your feedback, or even to just say Hi! I make sure to answer emails within 24hrs. So you will definitely hear back from me. 🙂
Thanks for your time, and good luck for what you are here for. Live abundantly!
PS: If you were wondering why the famous structures are strewn on this page, well, wouldn’t we wish we were part of the ‘project management’ team that built them?! These projects are just so amazing to even imagine being planned and executed without any of today’s MS Projects, Gantt charts, and sophisticated construction tools of the modern era.
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