Lessons learned towards becoming a PMP shared to us by PM PrepCast student Sourabh Shukla, PMP.
Finally I made PMP on the last day before the new format .
It was a really difficult journey for me because I had rescheduled my exam couple of times earlier due to lack of preparation and personal constraints. My road to PMP has been quite tough as I started my journey in May 2009 with PMBOK® Guide 4 and flunked exam in 2011 which was very disheartening. I again started my preparation with Rita Mulachy and PMBOK® Guide 4 and when my prepration was in full swing I scheduled for the exam in 2012 but to my horror my application was randomly selected for audit. I successfully completed the audit process but couldn't schedule the exam due to escalations at work place and meanwhile PMBOK® Guide 5 was introduced.
I switched to PMBOK® Guide 5 and added PM PrepCast and Exam Simulator to my arsenal and spend 1 hour daily going through the podcast by Cornelius Fichtner along with reading corresponding chapters in Rita Mulachy and PMBOK 5. I developed confidence but still was not able to score above 65% in the sample exams. I scheduled the exam in May 2013 as I was reasonably confident but again flunked the exam by narrow margin as I scored Below Proficient in Planning but Proficient and Moderate Proficient in others areas.
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In Appendix X3, the PMBOK Guide discusses Interpersonal Skills for the project manager. We are currently reviewing these one by one in our weekly PMP exam tip.
Let’s look at Negotiation.
The nature of the role of a project manager makes it essential for them to have good negotiation skills. There are usually many stakeholders involved in the project and most projects have team members from different departments. This usually results in several different points of view which can sometimes make it difficult to keep the project on track and within the original scope.
Negotiation skills help a project manager by reaching an agreement or a compromise of some kind on the issue that may be causing a problem or delay.
There are many negotiation skills that you should be able to use related to negotiation. These include being able to analyze each situation, being an active listener and clearly communicating throughout the discussion. It can be useful to identify the differences between the wants vs the needs of those involved. Another important focus is to realize the difference between the positions people have vs. the interests and issues directly related to the project.
Above all, skilled negotiators have the ability to manage the situation so that all parties involved feel as though they had a say that was taken into consideration.
You are performing Earned Value Management on your project. The Cost Baseline in Earned Value Management is also a part of:
A. Cost Estimating Baseline
B. Performance Baseline
C. Cost Measurement Baseline
D. Budget Baseline
HINT: The keyword to look here is 'performance'.
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Answer and Explanation:
The correct answer is B.
A Cost Baseline is a part of the Performance Baseline. The Performance Baseline is an approved plan for the project work to which the project execution is compared, and deviations are measured for management control. The Performance Baseline typically integrates the scope, schedule and cost parameters of a project.
His preparation and lessons learned on becoming a PMP shared to us by PM PrepCast student Christian Winter, PMP.
Preparation: I started 'real' preparation end of September after I bought the PMBOK and Rita's Workbook as well as The PM PrepCast, The PM Study Coach, The PM Formulas and the Exam Simulator. I followed the advice from Cornelius and took the whole material wherever I went (drove). I committed myself to listen only to 'Cornelius' during my 2-hour commute to work until I pass the exam. I paused all my other podcast subscriptions and just had the PrepCast and the Study Coach. As I was driving I did not watch the slides, but just listened to the audio. Therefore, the additional pdfs where quite supportive, even if I would love to have had the slides as pdf as well ;-).
I ran through all the mp3's at least three times - later also with 1.5x speed. In the evenings I read the PMPOK and Rita's workbook. I completed all the sample questions included in Cornelius and Ritas material. The Study Coach was very helpful to check off all the suggested training actions. I did them all, but was not able to stay on track and slowed down little bit. Finally I ran out of sync with the mp3 and the written material - meaning that I worked on different chapters in the evening that I heard in the car during my commute.
I think this was not a bad thing - as it prepared me to switch context, which is also required while taking the exam. Study Coach was very helpful - even it is is very static, but that's in the nature of the system. A human, indivdual coach will of course adjust to your current situation and won't ask any single time to schedule your exam in case you have done that already couple of weeks back ;-) But that's okay and of course you can also switch to 2x speed for such passages.
I activated my 90-day PM Simulator access in October - as my initial plan was do the exam before Jan. 15th. Unfortunately, this did not work out as the Test centers in Hamburg and Frankfurt did not have any free slots in Jan before 15th. So I choose March, which allowed me to adopt to the new content outline. PM PrepCast was updated smoothly with some new episodes and also the Simulator was updated with some new questions. I did all the Simulator exams until end of 2016, I did not do many of the quizzes. Due to time limitations I was not able to spend four hours on each and therefore quit some already after 100 questions. A very nice thing about the Simulator is that even after your 90 days period you still have access to your results - so that you can still review all of the sample questions, answers and explanations. This turned out very helpful for me. Another helpful thing was having access to the beta version of the new PM Simulator. There are quite some good improvements done, so I can highly recommend.
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