Featured PMP® Exam Lessons Learned from Tom Welle, PMP

Featured PMP® Exam Lessons Learned from Tom Welle, PMPLessons learned towards becoming a Project Management Professional (PMP)® shared to us by PM PrepCast student Tom Welle, PMP.

"Passed my PMP® exam on the 2nd attempt Tuesday August 15, 2017. Ended with 1P and 4MP.

I started this journey by attending an 8 week training class hosted by my state’s chapter of Project Management Institute (PMI)®. The class was 3 hours every Tuesday evening for a total of 24 contact hours. That was in April and May of 2017. On June 20 I took the exam and failed with 2BP and 3MP. I realized at that point that I was definitely not prepared after the 24 hours of training I initially took.

Deflated and discouraged, I came across the PM PrepCast while looking through a PMP® group on LinkedIn. After reading reviews and individuals’ experience with the PrepCast I decided to invest in it and give it a try.

That was June 21, 2017. After downloading all of the content and printing the study guide and self assessments, I put all the printouts in a binder and watched the intro lesson. To keep myself accountable and set an end date, I rescheduled my exam and then created an excel spreadsheet with a study plan or “project schedule”. Every day had an “activity” or progress of the lesson material, including time for formula review, full length exams, and review of the full length exams..."

Read more here: https://www.project-management-prepcast.com/kunena/pmp-exam-lessons-learned/6217-pmp-exam-lessons-learned-passed-on-2nd-attempt-august-15-2017

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PMP® Exam Tip: Interpersonal Skills a PMP® Needs: 6. Decision making

PMP® Exam Tip: Interpersonal Skills a PMP® Needs: 6. Decision makingIn Appendix X3, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) discusses Interpersonal Skills for the project manager. We are currently reviewing these one by one in our weekly Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam tip. Let’s look at decision making techniques.

There are many skills that a successful project manager mare develop and among them is good decision making abilities. There are four basic styles used to reach a decision. Project managers should be familiar with all four because at some point, decisions will have to be made from each style. The styles are consultation, consensus, command and random styles.

Clearly, it is always good to have effective skills in this area, but it becomes more important for a PMP® because quite often other team members have to be involved in the decision making process.

Having a decision making model will facilitate this process. Since there are so many people involved in the project who may not agree on a decision, having a process to follow can be very helpful to gain consensus with the group.

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Free PMP® Exam Sample Question

Free PMP® Exam Sample QuestionA project is 50% completed during the implementation phase. You decide to validate the scope of the tasks completed so far. Which of the following tasks will you not perform?

A. Inspect deliverables
B. Analyze variances
C. Recommend defect repair
D. Obtain formal acceptance of deliverables from customer

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HINT: One of the tasks belongs to the Control Scope process.
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Answer and Explanation:
The correct answer is B.

In this scenario, you are planning to perform the Validate Scope process, not the Control Scope process. Control Scope Process is the next step after scope validation. Inspecting deliverables, recommending defect repair, obtaining formal acceptance of deliverables from the customer, are among the actions performed during the Validate Scope process. Only analyzing variances is not performed during the Validate Scope process (it's performed during the Control Scope process), and therefore this choice is the correct answer.

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Featured PMP® Exam Lessons Learned from Hasan Albogami, PMP

Featured PMP® Exam Lessons Learned from Hasan Albogami, PMPLessons learned towards becoming a Project Management Professional (PMP)® shared to us by PM PrepCast student Hasan Albogami, PMP.

"I just passed my PMP® exam today on the first try. I got 4Ps and one MP (initiation). Thanks to all who have provided detailed lessons learned, those were really a great help. Thanks to Cornelius Fichtner and all the PM PrepCast team for this well prepared course and exam simulator. Keep up the good work, it’s all appreciated.

Preparation period:

  • Started May 4, 2017
  • Ended August 13, 2017
  • About 4 weeks in between were 0-study time due to other commitments
  • About 2-6 hours most days, a few days 8 hours

Study Material (books):

  • Started with A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) (1 time)
  • Rita Mulcahy’s PMP® Exam Prep (1 time), after completing the PMBOK® Guide..."

Read more here: https://www.project-management-prepcast.com/kunena/pmp-exam-lessons-learned/6210-passed-my-pmp-1st-try-4ps-1mp

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