Four Steps for Passing the PMP Exam
By Dan Stober, PMP, Global Knowledge
If you have been a professional project manager for a number of years, then it is highly likely that you have considered earning your Project Management Professional (PMP®) credential. And why wouldn’t you? It is well known that the PMP certificate is not only a demonstration of your mastery of project management concepts, but it also shows that you have the dedication to take on a rigorous course of study. For some the task can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. The key to successfully navigating the exam process is to approach it like a project, which you already know how to do!
I want to share with you my four-step plan for earning your PMP credential. While your goal is passing the PMP exam, it will just be an abstract concept unless you have the systems and processes in place to make it a reality. Read the Complete Article
CBAP Certification Thoughts from the Field: To Certify or Not to Certify
By Andrea Brockmeier
Once again, I’ve been on the trail catching up with people who have earned their certification in either business analysis or project management to see what impact it has had on their professional development or practice.
Previously, I talked with a couple of PMPs. My most recent interview was with Cristian, who lives in Sweden and achieved his CBAP certification in December of 2014.
Andrea: Why did you decide to get your CBAP?
Cristian: I was working for an organization that works with consultants. Everyone has their own ideas, and preconceived notions about how to do things. People mix terms or take for granted what people mean by something.
Andrea: So you were looking for communications consistency?
Cristian: Yes, you could put it that way. There was also a CMMI [Capability Maturity Model Integration] initiative going on and I wanted to make sure I was using correct terminology in my work. Read the Complete Article
PMP Exam Changes: What’s New
By Andrea Brockmeier
The PMP exam changes are approaching this fall. Below is a Question & Answer segment discussing these changes.
Q: Why is the PMI changing the PMP Exam?
A: In general, PMI periodically updates their certification exams as a result of two things: the Role Delineation Study (RDS) and the Examination Content Outline (ECO), which is based on the RDS.
Refinements around the role and responsibilities are documented in a RDS, which the certification addresses and updates to a body of knowledge, like the PMBOK® Guide, that catalogs best practices in the discipline the certification addresses. The blueprint for the PMP exam is the ECO document. PMI recently completed an update to the RDS resulting in an update to the ECO. Check this FAQ for a very helpful explanation of these documents as well as the specifics regarding the ECO changes.
Q: What is changing? Read the Complete Article
Why You Should Shut Up About Your PMP
By Joe Caprara
Strap in folks, this one may be a doozie for some of you.
Ok, some disclaimers up front. First off, I have my PMP, and have had it since 2011. Second off, I think the Project Management Institute does great work. They are doing a hell of a job bringing standards and rigor to an area that much of the business world views as something that just comes naturally.
With that out of the way, I implore you – shut up about your PMP!
I’ve worked in technology, natural resources, utilities, government, telecoms, and more and one thing I’ve consistently come across is that there is a certain group of project managers out there that believe that having earned a PMP magically elevates the value of their opinions and the breadth of their abilities over others. It’s not all, but it’s a loud minority and I believe it’s hurting the game for others. Read the Complete Article
PMI Certification Changes: What You Need to Know
By Andrea Brockmeier
There is no grass growing under the feet of folks at PMI. And that’s going to have most of us hopping this summer and into fall as we work to make sense of what’s happening in the PMI certification world and the implications for each of us.
First, PMI recently completed the first Role Delineation Study (RDS) for agilists, resulting in modifications to the Examination Content Outline (ECO), which is the exam blueprint. Most notably, six tasks have been added as well as a new domain, Agile Principles and Mindset. Currently, the exam questions are categorized as either Tools and Techniques, or Knowledge and Skills. The new exam will be organized principally around the seven domains and related tasks.
The new exam pilot period begins July 15 (meaning the last day to take the current version of the PMI-ACP exam is July 14) and runs through October 14. Read the Complete Article
Project Management Education Should Be Like Riding a Tricycle
By Kiron D. Bondale
PMI has just announced a number of changes to their Continuing Certification Requirements program which requires certified professionals to earn Professional Development Units (PDUs) over a three year period to retain their certification. One of the key changes is that formal education-based PDUs must be earned from courses spanning the following three areas: technical project management, leadership, and business & strategic.
When we categorize the multiple competencies which are required to be a successful project manager, you’ll find the need to have a solid foundation of project management theory and practice, coupled with significant soft skills and sufficient domain expertise.
Some of you might argue that only the first two are a must, but the reality is that most managers will prefer to hire a project manager who understands their business processes and industry nuances enough that they can help identify risks and challenge assumptions and estimates. Read the Complete Article
To Certify or Not To Certify, That Is the Question.
By Andrea Brockmeier
I certainly have my own perspectives on the topic, but I thought I’d take the question on the road to see what others have to say about their certification pursuits and how it has or hasn’t helped them.
I interviewed two PMPs, Paul and Jon, both of whom earned their PMP certification within the last four years. Paul recently entered into the world of consulting after having spent over 15 years working as a project manager in large organizations. Jon has worked as a project manager both as an internal employee and a consultant for large organizations for over 10 years.
My brief Q and A sessions with these two professionals yielded some interesting responses for those pondering whether or not to make the investment to get certified. Below are some of the comments they shared with me about their professional journey and how certification has played a part in it. Read the Complete Article
How I Achieved My PMP Certification
By Alex Flynn
If you are interested in achieving your on PMP certification I can tell you how I prepared for and passed my PMP exam on the first attempt.
First, while I passed the PMP on my first exam attempt, this was not the first time I desired and performed some work to attain the PMP certification. The first attempt was aborted due to being overwhelmed at work and with a heavy duty commute.
I purchased the PM Prepcast two times. The first time more than two years before my eventual taking the exam and then the updated version for my actual attempt. At $179 it accomplishes the contract hours required in order to take the exam as well as is a great way to learn and study for the PMP.
You are required to have three years experience as a project manager before you can take the PMP exam. Read the Complete Article
My PMI-ACP Journey
By Andrea Brockmeier
This week I added PMI-ACP® to my signature after passing my PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®) certification exam.
According to PMI, there were 5,999 active PMI-ACP credential holders worldwide as of June 30, 2014, and the certification is becoming increasingly popular as agile skills remain in high demand in the project management industry.
Applying for the PMI-ACP Exam
There are a few key requirements to be eligible for the exam. An applicant must have 2,000 hours working on project teams within the last five years, PLUS 1,500 hours working on agile project teams or with agile methodologies within the last three years. (For PMPs, the 2,000 project hours are waived as they would have already been documented in the PMP application.) In addition, applicants must have 21 hours of agile training in order to sit for the exam.
It had been years since I completed a PMI exam application, and I have to say the online process is much easier than it used to be. Read the Complete Article
Project Management Masters
By Michelle Symonds
For many people the role of project manager almost falls on their lap when management or circumstances push them into the role without much chance for thought beforehand. If you speak to any experienced manager, they will more than likely tell you that their job role developed over time and PM courses came after. For an aspiring few, plans to become project managers come much earlier and they decide to embark on a management masters degree.
Which qualifications do you need to have to apply for a project masters?
Those who wish to apply for a management masters will need at least a full bachelors degree (from an accredited university). They will also usually need to have had quite a few years worth of relevant work experience under their belt before they apply. This isn’t always the case, but the majority of masters cater to those who have had at least some relevant experience in a management setting. Read the Complete Article