Lessons learned towards becoming a Project Management Professional (PMP)® shared to us by Thracy Varvoglis, PMP.
"I decided to pursue my PMP® after more than tens of thousands of hours leading,working in and developing countless projects and programs. Total time in grade ( as we service veterans would say) exceeds 40 years. I never thought much about the need to secure the credential of a PMP® until I failed the first time in July of 2016 and passed the second time in January of 2017. The absolute feeling of accomplishment for an old guy like me is overwhelming. I would offer several lessons learned about the journey:
- Do not memorize the questions on the practice exams as the actual exam questions are rarely word for word;
- READ THE QUESTION - again and again.
- Look for the very last word / phrase in the question- especially those that say "except" or "is/are not"
- If you cannot answer the question in the first 30 seconds- Mark it for Review and Come back to it at the end
- Track your statistics on the PMP® Simulator exams. I found it very helpful to use the timed and learning modes of the simulators and the drop down menus that allowed me to select questions that I got wrong. I answered all of the 1800 questions which was extremely helpful in focusing me on areas that I was below proficient..."
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Remember that even though the Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam is largely based on the Project Management Institute's (PMI)®, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) you should not only know all of the concepts from here, but you must be able to analyze and answer the situational exam questions with a combination of practical project management knowledge and with what the PMBOK® Guide says. Generally speaking, going against PMI® principles is never a good option. At least not during the PMP® Exam. It is also better to choose the ethical option even though they may seem to be the tougher choice.
Here is what to expect on the exam: The PMP® Certification Exam consists of 200 Multiple Choice Questions, which must be answered within 4 hours. These questions are randomly generated from a question database which has many thousand questions. Out of 200 questions answered, 25 questions are pre-test questions which will not be used for scoring. These pre-test questions are randomly inserted by the computer into your exam with the idea of evaluating whether these will be used as "real" questions in future exams. This is a normal and valid way to test new questions on actual exam takers and see how they respond. But because you don't know which ones are the pre-test questions it is important to answer all the 200 questions to the best of your ability.
Since 25 out of 200 questions are not used for scoring, effectively, 175 questions are used for scoring on the exam. However, PMI® does not release a "passing score", so we don't know how many questions must be answered correctly in order to pass. After the exam you will be given an examination report on which you can see the areas where you were Proficient, Moderately Proficient and Below Proficient. It also tells you whether you passed or failed.
So the problem is this: If we don't know how many questions you have to answer correctly in order to pass the exam, how can you prepare? My recommendation is that you answer as many sample questions as you possibly can before you take the exam and gain your confidence. Only by taking many mock exams can you raise your understanding. By doing this you will come to a point where you will feel ready and know that you are ready. This is the point where your studies and practice exams will have given you the level of understanding and confidence and you will answer all PMP® Certification Exam questions correctly by applying both your practical experience from being a PM and the theoretical know how from reading the PMBOK® Guide.
Which of the following tools and techniques are used to create a Communications Management Plan?
A. Communications Requirements Analysis & Communications Technology
B. Communications Skills & Lessons Learned Process
C. Stakeholder Analysis & Project Scope Statement
D. Communication Channels & Work Performance Information
HINT: The Communications Management Plan is produced during the Plan Communications Management process.
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Answer and Explanation:
The correct answer is A.
Communications Requirements Analysis & Communications Technology are the tools and techniques of the Plan Communications Management process.
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Lessons learned towards becoming a Project Management Professional (PMP)® shared to us by Pintu Adak, PMP.
A brief introduction for myself before sharing my experience:
I started my career as a software developer - 14 years ago. Last 7-8 years, I have been working as a Project Delivery Manager in Software development, maintenance project in Banking and Capital market domain. To be a PMP® certified project manager - was a long aspired goal of mine.
Finally managed to got myself motivated enough to spent time on the required studies.
Following are the things I did, which helped me to pass the exam in first attempt:
- A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)
- Project Management Institute (PMI)® (Code of Ethics, Exam Outline)
- PM PrepCast
- PM Formulas
- PM Exam Simulator
Few sites/Wikipedia - mostly suggested in PrepCast or exam simulator review.
(No other book/material. I must say, enrolling to PM PrepCast, is one of the best decision I made while preparing)..."
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