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PMP Training That Follows The PMBoK

By , October 30, 2013 9:21 am

The PMI Published The PMBoK

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One of the first things that I did when I started preparing for the PMP exam, is I became a member of the PMI organization. PMI is the largest project management organization on the face of the planet. I learned from the PMI the value of the PMBoK, and although I found it to be a little dry, I thought that it had real value.

I began collecting PMP training materials from all over. I discovered that most of them didn’t correspond with the PMBoK very well, with one notable exception.

Someone else noticed this as well, and in his “lessons learned” excerpt he explains what he found.

This week’s featured lessons learned comes to us courtesy of Scott Gillard.

In this lessons learned Scott Gillard shared with us the lessons he learned later that he wish he had learned weeks ago with regards to The PM PrepCast.

I first started my studies with only the PMBOK guide. After reading the first chapter several times, I was completely at a loss for retaining the information. Then I focused on going through The PM PrepCast videos and my PMBOK Guide has been sitting on my desk. My thought was I’d re-attempt to read it after the videos.

During the Human Resource section I wanted to review something that was mentioned in the PM PrepCast against the PMBOK guide. Trying to find the topic, I still had the Prepcast running at the same time. I noticed something that, for me, was a light bulb that went off. You can almost follow the PMBOK guide page for page along with the PM PrepCast. There’s times Cornelius almost says the sentence verbatim. So, you ask.. “what’s the point? I might as well read the PMBOK guide then…”

To read more of his complete experience, please follow this link: http://www.project-management-prepcast.com/index.php/kunena/11-less…

I could totally relate. I started focusing on the training from the Project Management Prepcast, because it followed the PMBoK better than anyone else.

In any case, I would suggest an R.E.P. accredited training that has been used by hundreds of people to pass the exam. There are two that I think hold a lot of value.

The PM Prepcast

and

PM Perfect PMP Bootcamp.

Each of these solutions are reviewed here:

Get PMP certified and let the project management processes guide your projects to successful completion–on time and on budget.

Change your life and career with a PMP credential.

Get the process memorization tool here.

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How To Prepare For The PMP Exam

By , October 29, 2013 3:46 pm

It Is All In The Preparation

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I remember a backpacking trip I went on when I was a boy scout. I had almost forgotten about it, and put my pack together in a big hurry. I quickly went through a mental list of the things that I needed. I through it into the pack and away we went.

We got there, and set up camp. We started getting ready to fix dinner, and to my horror, I discovered that I hadn’t brought my camp mess kit. I didn’t have anything to make my dinner in or to eat it out of.

My friends let me use some of their equipment, after they had finished, which meant that I ate my dinner after everyone else, and was the last one left cleaning up after meals. It was a humiliating experience, and one that I won’t forget easily.

I could have avoided the pain with just a little bit of preparation.

The PMP exam costs about $500. You want to make sure that you go into it with enough preparation.

The PMBoK guide is a good place to start. You can get the best price on it here. However, the exam is based more on how a project manager applies what they learn in the PMBoK guide.

There are a number of great resources that you can use to learn Knowledge Areas and the Process Groups that organize the 47 processes that the PMI touts as being best practices for your projects. Knowing how to apply them, and that not all of them will apply to every project is paramount.

I would suggest an R.E.P. accredited training that has been used by hundreds of people to pass the exam. There are two that I think hold a lot of value.

The PM Prepcast

and

PM Perfect PMP Bootcamp.

Each of these solutions are reviewed here:

Get PMP certified and let the project management processes guide your projects to successful completion–on time and on budget.

Change your life and career with a PMP credential.

Get the process memorization tool here.

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By , October 24, 2013 7:01 am

PMP Certification Can Expand Your Horizons

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When I was young, I went to visit my uncle on the coast of Washington state. We did a little fishing in the surf of a kind of protected harbor. We managed to nab a few small Saltwater Perch. I was elated. It was amazing to pull one in myself. The next day, we boarded a charter boat early in the morning.

The boat moved out of the harbor, and into the open ocean. We traveled far enough out that I could no longer see the shore. The ocean stretched as far as I could see. We finally took up a circular pattern and put out our fishing lines. We “baited” the hooks with herring that were about the size of the perch I had caught the day before.

When my pole stated to dance, I began a 15 minute battle to get the fish out of the water and onto the boat. I managed to land a Silver Salmon that was bigger than any fish I had ever caught in my life!

Expanding Your Horizons Can Make a Difference

The difference was how we had expanded our horizons, moving from the little harbor to the huge ocean.

The PMI®, with the completion of the last PMBoK® v5, has expanded their number of processes from 42 to 47. They also expanded their knowledge areas to include Project Stakeholder Management. This expansion provides more emphasis on a facet of project management that can often make or break the project, that of handling stakeholders.

What Are Project Stakeholders?

Stakeholders can include the client, sponsoring organizations, performing organizations, and everyone that is impacted by the project. Sometimes not all of the stakeholders are immediately obvious.

Expanding horizons is a good thing. Getting PMP® certified can expand horizons for those working in, or wanting to work in project management. Click here for more information about PMP® training.

See The Difference In Your Life

Getting training from an R.E.P approved instructor can make a lot of difference in the quality of the training. Expand your horizons today with R.E.P Approved training, and experience the difference it will make.

Change your life and career with a PMP credential.

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PMI Certification

By , October 16, 2013 8:02 am

PMI Certification Questions

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The PMI is the Project Management Institute. They are the administrators of the Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification.

The PMP is globally acknowledged as the world’s leading credential for project management. Projects have been determined to be the basis for the creation of goods and services for all innovative companies. The demand for project management skills is growing every year.

What is the PMI Certification?

This credential insures that practitioners of project management demonstrate their commitment to and expertise in the best practices of project management. They focus on education, competency, and experience. The goal is to bring project participants to a point where there projects excel.

It is interesting to note that about one-fifth of the worlds GDP is spent on projects. It is only fitting that companies, governments, and other organizations are keenly aware of the cost and risks of projects, and want to see those managed by trained professionals.

PMI PMP Credential and others

The PMI offers six credentials, among those are the PMP, PgMP, CAPM, PMI-ACP, PMI-RMP, PMI-SP. The last three are specialties, and the first three are specific to project management in general.

The PMP credential is the most prestigious and was the first credential offered by the PMI. The PMI is the world’s leading professional association for project managers. They have been responsible for standards that define good practices, project management expertise, resources for professional development, and globally recognized credentials and community.

PMI Certification Cost

The exam costs about $555, but the cost is lowered to $405 for PMI members.

PMP training programs cost between $1500 and $3500. However, online programs can be much cheaper.

The requirements for the PMP include 35 hours of project management education, a bachelors degree and 4500 hours of project management, or a high school degree and 7500 hours of project management.

The PMI also requires 35 PDU hours every three years so that participants stay active and updated in their project management discipline.

The exams are offered at Prometic and can be scheduled a few weeks out or more. The exams consist of 200 questions, and a four hour time limit. The exam has been characterized as one of the most difficult certification exams available.

Now is a good time to begin a new leg in your career. Join the thousands of PMP graduates and see what a difference it makes in your life.

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The Agile PrepCast 37 PDUs

By , October 3, 2013 3:21 pm

Earn 37 PDUs with The Agile PrepCast

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By Cornelius Fichtner, PMP, CSM

 

Are you a certified Project Management Professional (PMP)®, Program Management Professional (PgMP)®, or PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® in need of Professional Development Units (PDUs)? Then use The Agile PrepCast™ and earn 37 PDUs.

 

The Agile PrepCast is a PMI-ACP Exam prep video workshop that you download to your smart phone, tablet, or computer. This means you can watch the lessons anywhere, anytime, and at your own convenience. With The Agile PrepCast there is no need to spend hours in the class room. You can put on your headphones while doing house work, working out, even on your commute to work. The Agile PrepCast is a low cost high quality alternative to learning in the classroom setting. The Agile PrepCast has over 150 video and audio lessons which cover Agile frameworks, methods, concepts, and tools and techniques. Each lesson averages 25 minutes in length, which can be perfect for those who are always on the go and want to make the most of their time.

 

You may be thinking to yourself that because The Agile PrepCast is an exam prep course, is there any real benefit to someone who is already certified? The answer is yes.

 

First let’s look at The Agile PrepCast if you are currently PMP or PgMP certified. The content is completely dedicated to Agile related topics which are not part of the PMP or PgMP certification process and as more and more companies start to utilize Agile practices these lessons will most likely become more and more relevant in your day to day work. The Agile PrepCast can provide a PMP or PgMP certification holder with the opportunity to greatly expand their knowledge of Agile while earning PDUs at the same time.

 

And if you are already PMI-ACP certified, then The Agile PrepCast is a great recertification tool. It is based based on the most recent version of the PMI-ACP Exam. If you didn’t use The Agile PrepCast as part of your exam preparation, then you can watch it and claimed 37 PDUs.

 

Getting started and earning your PDUs using The Agile PrepCast is an easy process. The first steps are to go to http://pmexamready.com/agile , order the program, and download the lessons to your smart phone, tablet, or computer. Then watch the lessons at your own pace on your own schedule. You can watch each lesson as many times as you would like to. The lessons are designed to help you understand Agile concept instead of memorizing them. Finally, once you feel you understand the Agile frameworks, methods, concepts, tools and techniques you will need to take the “Final Exam” in order to receive your certificate to obtain credit for PDUs. You can take this exam as many times as you needed until you pass.

 

Earning PDUs with The Agile PrepCast just made maintaining your PMP, PgMP, or PMI-ACP certification much easier. It is a great alternative to a class room setting, provides you with quality up to date lessons related to Agile, and is cost effective.

 

Take your first step at http://pmexamready.com/agile .

 

Project Management training can be at expensive onsite facilities, or at much more affordable online solutions:

Two such solutions are:

The PM Prepcast

and

PM Perfect PMP Bootcamp.

Each of these solutions are reviewed here:

Get PMP certified and let the project management processes guide your projects to successful completion–on time and on budget.

Change your life and career with a PMP credential.

Get the process memorization tool here.

 

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Project Management Corporate Knowledge Base

By , October 2, 2013 1:50 pm

Corporate Knowledge Base

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The following are what makes up the organizational knowledge base for storing and retrieving information.

Baselines of the performing organization’s standards, processes, procedures, policies and documentation around the project. It also includes the configuration management databases.

All the financial data–financial databases containing information such as labor hours, costs,  and budgets.

The historical information including lessons learned. That would include project records and documents, all project begin and closure information. Of importance are also documentation, information regarding both the results of previous project, selection decisions, and previous project performance information.
The defect database including current issue and defect management. Documentation around issues and defect status, control information, issue and defect resolution, etc.
Everything about process measurement. Methods and results collected and measurement data on processes and products.

Finally the project files from previous projects (e.g., scope, cost, schedule, and performance measurement baselines, project calendars, project schedule network diagrams, risk registers, planned response actions, and defined risk impact.

This is the bulk of the Corporate Knowledge Base. There may be more or less dependent on the project itself. Each project is individual and will not have the same documents.

Project Management training can be obtained via expensive onsite facilities, or at much more affordable online solutions:

Two such solutions are:

The PM Prepcast

and

PM Perfect PMP Bootcamp.

Each of these solutions are reviewed here:

Get PMP certified and let the project management processes guide your projects to successful completion–on time and on budget.

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By , October 1, 2013 7:33 am

Project Management Processes

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Project management is applying knowledge, tools, techniques, and skills to activities that meet the requirements of the project. The processes that combine together to facilitate the application of knowledge makes up what we know as the project management processes.
You can think of a process as a set of interrelated actions, activities, and procedures that are performed to create a specific product, service, or result. Usually, each process can be characterized by its inputs, outputs, and the tools and techniques that can be applied.

The project manager must consider foundational things such as organizational process assets and enterprise environmental factors. Every process is affected by those specific inputs. They make up the context and the environment that the project is executed under.

These two inputs are not explicit to every process–but should still be in the back of the mind of the project managers.

Organizational process assets are the guidelines and can be the criteria for the frame work that specifies organization’s processes to the needs of the project.

Enterprise environmental factors often constitutes the constraints of the project management options, meaning that in order for their project to be successful, the project team must: select the appropriate processes that are required to meet the project objectives, and use an approach that is adapted to meet the project requirements.

Successful projects also have the following characteristics: they establish and maintain stakeholder communication and engagement. They meet stakeholder needs, requirements and expectations. They strike a balance between the project constraints–scope, schedule, budget, quality, resources, and risk.

Generally speaking there are two types of processes:

Project management processes. These are the  processes that guide the flow of the project through the project life cycle.

Product-oriented processes. These are the processes that make up the specific project and create the product, service or solution.

Following the PMP Project Management Processes adds framework, accountability, and adds to the success of projects.

Project Managers need PMP training and need to follow the processes that make for good project management.

Project Management training can be at expensive onsite facilities, or at much more affordable online solutions:

Two such solutions are:

The PM Prepcast

and

PM Perfect PMP Bootcamp.

Each of these solutions are reviewed here:

Get PMP certified and let the project management processes guide your projects to successful completion–on time and on budget.

Change your life and career with a PMP credential.

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PMP Question Bank

By , September 20, 2013 8:54 am

PMP Exam Questions

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One of the important aspects of preparing for your PMP Certification is going through a process of answering a series of sample questions that are purposely meant to test your readiness for the big day. As you may already have realized, studying for the exam requires a lot of work, including taking numerous sample tests to find out if you can cope with the question format of the actual exam.

This is why we recommend that you take at least 1,000 PMP exam sample questions. This means that you simulate a complete 4 hours exam to gauge your ability to finish the actual exam on time. As a general rule of thumb: If you are able to correctly answer at least 85% or more of the practice questions on your first try, then you are ready for the PMP Certification Exam.

It is important that you take these full sample exams as they prepare you for the rigors of the exam day, and the type of questions that will be asked. It is even possible that you will encounter questions similar to the ones on your sample tests during the actual exam.

Remember that PMI does not release the actual number of questions that you need to answer correctly in order to pass. You can read up on the exact scoring system in the PMP Handbook. The best that you can do is to take a shot at practicing with sample exams. That helps you to get prepared.

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Reasons to Become a PMP

By , September 19, 2013 3:28 pm

Recently Gobal Knowledge put out a list of 10 reasons ALL IT people should learn project management.

You can download their report here.

The reasons include the ability to deal with increasing speed, velocity, and change. It includes the standard tenets of project management for controlling scope, schedule, and cost. It touches on things like higher salaries, better project outcomes, and less project stress.

All of these arguments could also be made about becoming PMP certified. You owe it to yourself to upgrade your skills and abilities.

The PMI has moved to the PMBok v5, and you need to upgrade your skills.

There are a number of good project management companies that can train you to be a good project manager AND help you get your Project Management Certification.

The Project Management Prepcast and PM Perfect have been doing it for some time now.

Here is a review that compares and contrasts the two.

But, you don’t have to worry, both are REP certified, and they both have amazing guarantees.

Start you new life today.

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Sample PMP Question

By , August 27, 2013 11:03 am

Do You Know the Answers?

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The following PMP® exam sample question is taken from the Free PMP Exam Simulator (The answer is at the very bottom):

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Which of the following tasks will not be done by the processes in the planning process group?

A) Define and refine objectives
B) Plan the course of action required to attain the objectives.
C) Identify the project scope
D) Integrate people and other resources to carry out the project management plan for the project

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Hint: What is the function of the Direct and Manage Project Work process?
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All our questions are updated to the latest PMBOK® Guide standard. Stop by at  http://pmexamready.com/pm-simulator and try the PMP Exam Simulator free for 3 days. We also offer 110 free questions at   http://pmexamready.com/pm-simulator. We are a PMI Registered Education Provider.
Answer and Explanation:
The Correct Answer is D. Integrating resources is the task of the Direct and Manage Project Work process that belongs to the executing process group.

 

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PMP Exam Prep: Prepare for the PMP Exam

By , August 21, 2013 10:46 am

PMP Exam Prep

PMP Exam PreparationThe PMP Exam consists of 200 questions. There is a training and experience requirement before you can even sit for the exam. The training includes some 35 “contact” hours, but can be accumulated from accredited courses, online courses, or even college credits.

Preparing for the Exam

Preparing for the exam needs to be a serious endeavor. The Project Management Institute (PMI) has a manual that they call the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK). The PMBOK has recently been upgraded to version 5.  If you have a PMI membership you may be eligible for a download of the new PMBOK. However, most of us will want a printed version, and the best place to get one is here.

There is an outline of the content on the exam on the PMI website. The outline can be found here. The exam has questions that relate to what is covered in the PMBOK, but doesn’t necessarily come right out of the PMBOK.

The PMI and the PMBOK

The PMP exam has been characterized as a very difficult exam, mostly because it is an application exam, and not a rote memory exam. Some of what makes the exam unique is that the mainstream project management does things differently, and often has a slightly different vocabulary from the PMI. The PMI has been dedicated to accumulating the best in class processes and procedures for doing project Management. Many projects end up being managed “ad-hawk” which often corresponds with scope-creep, schedule-creep, and all of the expenses of going out of bounds on scope, schedule, and cost. The PMBOK was established as a way to document those best practices.

Some of the updates that came out in version 5 of the PMBOK is the new knowledge area, Project Stakeholder Management. It has the processes: 1. Identify Stakeholders. 2. Plan Stakeholder Management. 3. Manage Stakeholder Engagement. and 4. Control Stakeholder Engagement.

PMP Exam Changes 2013

These new processes and the updated material has been integrated into the Bootcamp offered here. As the course requirements and information evolves so does the bootcamp.

Be sure to get in plenty of practice questions. Consider getting a hold of an exam simulator. Sometimes getting similar questions in a similar environment will make a lot of difference for test takers.

Be sure to get an up-to-date list of PMP exam locations. They do change from time to time, and knowing where the closest ones are to you may save you time and money just traveling to the exam location.

PMP Exam Cost

There is a $500 PMP exam cost. It is reduced by $100 if you are a current PMI member, membership does have its perks. The PMI puts out a lot of good information every month, I would recommend that you get and keep a PMI membership. Being a PMI member shows employers, and potential employers that you are serious about your career and are willing to invest in yourself.

Just realize that the test changed. Any materials that you pick up need to have the PMP exam changes for 2013. Many resources are still putting together their updates.

Preparing for the PMP exam may be very difficult, but it will be worth it.

Here is to your PMP success.

Elroy King

 

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Project Management According to The PMBoK v5

By , August 13, 2013 10:37 am

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Project management has been characterized as the application of knowledge, tools, skills and techniques to all project activities to comply with the project requirements. You could say that project management is actually accomplished through using the appropriate application and the integration of a number of grouped project management processes.

To Manage a Project

To manage a project you would typically need to do the following:
• Identifying requirements
• Address the needs, concerns, and the expectations of stakeholders during the planning and the execution of the project;
• Establishing and maintaining two-way communication with stakeholders
• Managing the project constraints, ie:
• Scope,
• Quality,
• Schedule,
• Budget,
• Resources
• Risks.

The PMBoK version 5

The PMBoK v5 is the latest standard in the continued evolution of Project Management. The PMI actively promotes the best industry practices and policies.

For the best Project Management training that has been updated to the PMBoK v5, follow up with the folks at the Project Management Prepcast.

 

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Does it Pay off to Get a Project Management Professional Certificate?

By , June 26, 2013 3:49 pm

DerekGuest post by Derek Singleton

You can link up with Derek on Google +.

Does it Pay Off to Get the PMP?

Does it Pay Off to Get a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification? Many project managers find themselves asking the questions, is it worth getting the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Professional (PMP) certification, and is this move going to help me to take a big step forward in my career?

Some say that obtaining the certification is a great way to advance your career in the project management field, and others believe that it is better to invest your time and energy in gaining more real-world experience.

At Software Advice — a site dedicated to reviewing software — we spend most of our time analyzing the tools that help project managers effectively complete projects. But after finding thousands of results on Google–and realizing there was no consensus on the value of obtaining a PMP Certification–we decided it was time to reach out to several project management and hiring experts to look at the costs and benefits of this certification. Here’s what the experts had to say.

You Need to on-the-job Experience to Get a PMP Certification

Having a desire to pursue the PMP Certification is not enough. You need to have real-world experience planning and executing projects. The PMI has minimum requirements that you must first meet before you can qualify to pursue a PMP certification. These requirements are detailed in the table below.

Once you meet the PMI’s baseline requirements, you must then pass a $500 exam composed of 200 questions to officially become a certified project manager. If this process doesn’t sound easy, that’s because it isn’t. However, according to the experts, becoming PMP certified can have some serious financial payoffs.

Four Payoffs to Becoming PMP Certified

1. Your Resume becomes much more attractive to employers.
If you’re looking for a job, having a PMP certification can separate you from the pack. Tim Wasserman, Program Director of Stanford’s Advanced Project Management Program, stated that generally only about half of the general project manager job postings require a certification. However, have no fear, he still thinks it can still set your resume apart from your competitors even if a certification is not required.

2. PMP Certification Can Earn You a Higher Salary
According to a 2011 survey of 30,000 project management professionals, PMI found that project management professionals in the United States with a PMP Certification earned an average of $111,824 per year. In comparison, project managers without the certification earned nearly $14,000 less a year.

3.  PMP Helps You Understand the Project Management Language
Acquiring a PMP certification also gives you the ability to speak and communicate with clients and vendors on a level playing field. The experts we interviewed believed learning the accepted project management framework can be critical in successfully completing a project.

4. High Demand for Project Management Makes PMP Certifications Attractive
The Anderson Economic Group predicts that 1.2 million project management positions will need to be filled each year until 2016. That is a whole lot of jobs, and a good way to capitalize on this growth is by growing your qualifications and credibility by obtaining your PMP Certification.

Obtaining a PMP Certification is not required to become a project manager. However, becoming certified can significantly increase your pay and competitiveness. If you are a project manager, and you are asking if this should be your next career move, keep these four payoffs in mind.

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Thanks Derek for your enthusiasm.

If you are looking for PMP training, but not sure which training is right for you, see our PMP comparison.

Agile Certification

By , April 30, 2013 3:17 pm

agile-certificationAgile Project Management

Agile project management is a methodology that can improve time to market, over all expense, and delivering what the customer wants by iteratively reviewing requirements, developments, short-term project plans. So much of the time and expense of getting a conventional project completed goes into planning of the project. Then as the project continues, the assumptions of the project change over time. The ability to complete the project within the time frame and budget originally planned becomes less and less the further the project goes.

Agile Methodologies

Agile methodologies tend to work better for software projects, but the iterative work flow, around a shorter “sprint” cycle, and agreed upon deliverables after each sprint, tend to improve the odds that the project will actually do what the stakeholders need it to. This eliminates waste and gets the project out faster.

Participants in agile projects can demonstrate that they are proficient in this new area of expertise. They can do that with the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner Certificate (PMI-ACP).

While Agile practices are fairly new, they can have a big impact in the timeliness and the effectiveness of projects. Teams using agile practices have reported enjoying the project more, and being more connected to the project.

Practitioners of agile practices can become Agile Certified.

Certification helps employers know that their team members understand and can apply agile methodologies in the correct way. Some people think that agile simply means not documenting as much and making more project changes on the fly. This could not be further from the truth. Real agile development requires documentation, however, short term goals are much easier to explain, quantify, and achieve. Shorter sprints usually mean that they need less documentation and that team members will have more understanding of the project because of more required deliverables.

Agile practices are growing among the biggest employers. Getting Agile certified is more important today than it has ever been. Improve your value as an employee with a PMI-ACP certificate.

The Agile Precast can prepare you to pass the PMI-ACP exam.  Click here to get certified. Use the discount code “agile”.

 

The Great PMP Certification Hoax

By , August 4, 2012 11:27 am

If you are truly interested in passing the PMP exam, a teacher or instructor will be very useful to you. PMP Exam Certification classes often have 90+ percent pass rates, where self-study comes in at only around 60 percent pass rates.

The combination of written, visual, and audio study materials as found in actual classes are a lot more effective than just a written manual. However, PMP classes range from $1600 to $3500, and require physically being where the classes are taught for a week or more at a time. For most people that solution is out of the price and time range applicants can actually afford.
The Best Solution for the Best Price

The best compromise is to add visual and audio to your current written study material. If you have the PMBok guide and one of the popular self study manuals, like Rita Mulcahy’s manual or Andy Crow’s manual, then you can add a visual/audio component and really improve your chances of passing the PMP exam.
I’m talking about The Absolute Best Value solution. It includes:

  • 42 hours of video training
  • 9 hours of audio training
  • 35 Contact Hours certificate
  • 60 sample PMP Exam questions
  • Supplemental Email Course
  • Access to online Forum
  • Watch on your computer
  • Watch on your portable player
  • Over 19,500 Students
  • 90 day money back guarantee
  • Updated for 2011 PMP Exam
  • PMI R.E.P. Approved

This training, by Cornelius Fichtner, is amazing. It is informative as well as entertaining. It really brings the PMBOK guide to life.

 

Did I mention the unconditional 90 day money back guarantee. If for any reason, you don’t believe this is the absolute best value in PMP exam preparation material, you can get a full refund. You have absolutely nothing to lose.

But, you do lose if you don’t order right away. Because, If you order with my link above, then send me your nanacast receipt to Dean@pmexamready.com, I will also send you my “PMP ITTOs Condensed” study guide.

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PMP Braindump Chart Construction Process

By , May 3, 2012 3:49 pm

PMP® Braindump Chart Construction Process

When you enter the testing center to take your PMP® exam, you have a short amount of time to prepare yourself for your exam. It has been suggested that you do a “Brain Dump”, or in other words, that you copy a number of things directly to a piece of paper that is given to you by the testing center before you begin the exam. Among the things you need to have on that brain dump sheet is the table on Page 43 of the PMBOK® Guide V4. It visually shows the relationship between the Project Management Process Groups and the Project Management knowledge areas.

Make the table 6×10 squares to leave room for the labels, as shown below in figure 1.

pmp braindump    Figure 1

Tricks For Learning How to Label The Table.

For the top row of labels I use the following Mnemonic. A Mnemonic is a device used to help your memory. This one uses the first letters of the words in an easy to remember sentence, to represent the first letters of the words you are trying to remember in a specific order.

The ordered list we are trying to remember is the Process Management Groups: They are Opening, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling and Closing. This list is actually pretty straight forward and probably doesn’t require a Mnemonic, but just in case it may be easier to picture a penguin eating cookies, and remember the following sentence: “Oliver Penguin Eats More Cookies.” The first letters of each word make the acronym OPEMC. Those are the first letters of the ordered list Opening, Planning, Executing, Monitoring and Controlling and Closing.

In the top row of the table, put in the first letter of each word from the sentence Oliver Penguin Eats More Cookies. Start with the second column, leave the first column blank for the knowledge area names, as shown in Figure 2.

pmp braindumpFigure 2

Then fill in the names of the process groups, as shown in figure 3.

pmp braindumpFigure 3

Perhaps a Mnemonic wasn’t needed to remember the process groups, but it makes a good example of how the process works. It is a bit more difficult to remember all of the knowledge areas and their correct order.

The Knowledge Areas

The Mnemonic that I like to use for the knowledge areas is– I Some Times Can’t Quit Hunting Canned Red Peppers. (I have to remember that Some Times is two words instead of the correct one word, Sometimes.) But, it makes remembering the correct order a lot easier.

Use the same process, put the first letter of each word in the first column of the table in this order, I Some Times Can’t Quit Hunting Canned Red Peppers. Leave the first Row Blank for the column headings, as shown in figure 4.

PMP ProcessesFigure 4

Now fill out the labels with the Project Management Knowledge Areas, in the correct order, as shown in figure 5

PMP knowlege areas

Figure 5

Now put the chart together, as shown in Figure 6.

PMP Process ChartFigure 6

Populating The Chart

The chart has a number of squares that have processes in them, and a number of squares that are blank. There is a sequence that can help you know which squares are which. Start with the labelled table, then:

  1.  Remember that the Integration knowledge area has processes in all process groups. So place a small X in each of those squares, as shown in figure 7.

PMP Process chart with labelsFigure 7

  1. The Communications Knowledge Area starts in the Opening process group and has an x in every process group except closing. That means it does not have an x in Closing.
  2. The Procurement Knowledge Area starts in the Planning Process Group and has an x in the rest of the process groups to closing. It does not have an x in Opening.

So now the chart appears as shown in Figure 8.

PMP process chart with knowledge areas

Figure 8

  1. In the Planning Process Group column fill in an x in every knowledge area (some may already have Xs in them).
  2. In the Monitoring & Controlling Process Group, fill in an x in every knowledge area square, except for HR. (The thought here is that you will “control” everything in the project except the people. For the people involved, you will teach, instruct, develop, and mentor, and let them “control” themselves.)

 

Now the chart is mostly filled in, as seen in Figure 9.

PMP Process chart with Process Groups Figure 9

The chart is almost complete with an x in every square that contains project management processes, except for two. There are two squares that still need an x in them.

  1. Keep in mind that at the heart of all of your projects you will find Quality and HR.  Just about in the center of the chart are the Quality and HR knowledge areas. Place an x in the Executing  process group for the Quality and HR knowledge areas, you will have the chart complete. There is an X in every square that contains one or more Project Management Processes, as seen in Figure 10

PMP Process Chart CompleteFigure 10

Hopefully this will help you remember where in the chart the processes show up. Remember that some of those squares have more than one process in them, but this should eliminate all of the ones that don’t have any processes in them.

For further help, I have developed a free Project Management Process Memorization Tool, that can help you learn the processes in the chart, it can be downloaded from PMExamReady.com.

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Successful Projects, PMP Exam Success

By , March 28, 2012 7:09 am

Why are some project wildly successful and others fall so short of the mark? It may be that the successful ones have more of the factors for success than the unsuccessful ones. I have found that passing the PMP exam can be made easier if you treat it like a project. The PMP exam is a long term goal that can be broken up into bite size pieces and methodically consumed. Here is Trevor Robert’s take on factors for project success.

 

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What are your factors for success?  If you have recently passed the PMP exam, what made the biggest difference for you? Please leave your responses in the comments.

I Passed My PMP Today, First Try

By , March 27, 2012 9:24 pm

This is the type of feedback that I really like to hear. Passing the PMP exam on the first try is the what we are about. Find the resources that work for you and set aside a time every day to do a little studying and a little preparing. Kapil explains how he read the PMBOK guide a few times getting ready for this test.

I am pleased to share that I passed the PMP exam today on 26-03-2012 in my first try. I was rated proficient in all the areas except closing where I got MP.

I studied for 3 months. I used PMBOK 4th ed (3 or 4 times) and PM Prepcast (once) as the main study materials. I had ESI power prep book, slides and questions from my company but used only the slides and questions there.

“I tried only the free exams on the internet like examcentral, pmstudy (1), simplilearn, Oliver L, and few others. I scored 75-85% on average on these exams.

I am into full time IT project management for a captive unit and my on job experience helped in studies and exam.

I completed the exam in 3 hrs and marked about 10 questions for review and changed only 2 in review. I just wanted to finish the exam and know the result, hence did not spend the remaining time reviewing many things.

Overall the quality of the exam questions was very good. There were many situational questions and you need to read it all and understand completely by removing unnecessary information and extracting all the required information to select the best answer. You must read and understand PMBOK. I did not memorize all the ITTOs but from the question and answers I was able to find the right choice. I mean I cannot right them all on the paper but when given as the choices for a question I would recall the right ones.

Thanks to the guys here who posted here and guided me in my preparation. All the best to the guys who still need to pass the exam. Study well and it will pay off ! It is not a rocket science.

Regards,

Kapil Gahlot”

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PMP Exam Prep Video Questions and Answers

By , March 23, 2012 8:15 am

Free PMP Exam Resources

This is a great. A question and answer session about the PMP exam. A number of good questions are addressed including what version of the PMBOK guide the PMP exam is based on, and when the new one comes on board. Take advantage of this great PMP resource.

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PMBOK Guide Wording On PMP Exam

By , March 22, 2012 8:36 am

The PMBOK guide is sometimes dry and boring, but don’t discount it right away. The PMI created the PMBOK to be a repository of all of their best information. Interestingly enough, they often use the exact wording from the PMBOK guide in their answers. However, you can’t just memorize the book. The PMI wants you to be able to apply the principles in the guide to distinct project management situations. Application is always paramount. Here is Cornelius Fichtner’s take on the PMBOK guide.

There is a bit of a disconnect that PMP Exam takers report as they are preparing for the exam. Because you must be an experienced project manager to take the exam, you bring years of experience in managing projects and using tools & techniques with you. Often, these are based on company internal project management best practices and tactics that you found working for you. However, the PMP Exam requires that you apply the concepts from the PMBOK Guide to real-life situations as presented in the exam questions. If the methodology that you are experienced in using is not aligned with the PMBOK Guide, then you may pick the wrong answers in your test.

Furthermore, the projects you manage may not have required you to deal in all the PMBOK Guide’s Knowledge Areas. For instance, risk management was something I did very rarely on my projects and maybe in your career you never had to deal with procurement. So it is likely that you’ll be more comfortable with some project management knowledge areas and processes than others. This can lead to two problems:

First you may feel that because you are an absolute pro in scheduling (after all you have years of experience here) you can slack off in your studies and rely on your own project management experience instead. You tend to minimize studying for the areas you know best. But this can hurt you because the PMBOK’s approach is the correct approach for the PMP exam.

The second is the tendency to minimize the importance of project management areas with which you are unfamiliar. Just because I didn’t do much risk management doesn’t mean that it isn’t important. But we are creatures of habit, so it’s only normal to also think that the “unimportant” areas on our projects are also “unimportant” on the exam. PMPs are expected to demonstrate a good understanding of all aspects of project management as defined in the PMBOK. So pay particular attention to the processes with which you are not familiar.

So what’s the best approach? I always recommend to my students that they study the PMBOK Guide at least twice before taking the exam and that they immediately start using the practices learned on their projects. Applying the theory from the PMBOK Guide on your projects is the best way of learning it and passing the exam.

Just take the time to run through the PMBOK guide. I actually got more out of it after reading a chapter in Rita Mulcahy’s guide, then coming back to the same chapter in the PMBOK and read the chapter there.

Additional Resources:

The Truth About The PMBOK guide

PMI’s PMBOK guide

PMP Exam Training

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