Featured PMP Exam Lessons Learned from Sumanth Venugopal, PMP

Featured PMP Exam Lessons Learned from Sumanth Venugopal, PMPLessons learned towards becoming a PMP shared to us by PM PrepCast student Sumanth Venugopal, PMP.

I have successfully completed my journey towards PMP® certification with 2 P’s and 3 MP’s.

I was planning to get the PMP® certification for last couple of years, but for various reasons and schedule issues I wasn’t able to focus on it.

Finally decided to kick off the project, “Target PMP® by July 2016” in July 2015. The first step in the process was purchasing The PM PrepCast, by Cornelius Fichtner and to get my 35 contact hours. I must say I really loved listening to Cornelius during my commute time to work every day. It gave me deeper insights on the PMBOK Concepts. I made my own notes while listening to the podcasts.

I also used the HeadFirst and Rita’s book to complement my study.

Solved all the chapter’s test and mock exams from all these materials. The final 15 days before the exam attempted some 10 mock test from Christopher Scordo book. My scores were in the 75-80% range for all the mock tests...

Read more here: https://www.project-management-prepcast.com/kunena/pmp-exam-lessons-learned/4860-passed-my-pmp-on-my-first-attempt-thanks-to-cornelius

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PMP Exam Tip: What Should Flashcards for the PMP Exam Contain?

PMP Exam Tip: What Should Flashcards for the PMP Exam Contain?Flashcards are a wonderful study aid, but sometimes determining what you need to study and include on a flashcard can be a bit confusing, if not overwhelming. So, let’s take a look at what should be included on your PMP Exam Flashcards:

  • The Five Project Management Process Groups
  • The Nine Project Management Knowledge Areas
  • The Forty-Two Project Management Processes
  • Definition of a Project
  • Role of a Project Manager
  • Stakeholders
  • Project, Program, Portfolio Management Relationships
  • Purpose of the PMBOK® Guide
  • Enterprise Environmental Factors
  • Organizational Process Assets
  • Organizational Structures
  • Project Life Cycle
  • Motivational Behavior Theories
  • Triple Constraint
  • Communication Channel Formula
  • Stages of Team Development
  • Work Breakdown Structure
  • PERT Definition and Formula
  • Precedence Diagramming Method (PDM)
  • PDM Dependencies
  • Earned Value Formulas
  • Variance Formulas
  • Performance Formulas
  • Forecasting Formulas
  • Standard Deviation
  • Much More….

Identifying what you should study for the PMP Exam and creating flashcards yourself can be time consuming and stressful task. What if you forget an important fact, formula, or definition? What if while making the flashcards you mix up the information and your cards are incorrect, resulting in you studying the incorrect information?

One way to take off some of the stress of creating your own flashcards is to go to www.pmflashcards.com and purchase readymade PMP Flashcards which contain all of the information above and more. Even better... if you have a smartphone (iPhone/Android) then you can download the cards to your phone and easily carry them with you wherever you go.

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Featured PMP Exam Lessons Learned from Mixela Morales, PMP

Featured PMP Exam Lessons Learned from Mixela Morales, PMPTips, lessons learned and more towards becoming a PMP shared to us by PM PrepCast student Mixela Morales, PMP.

In July 2015, I attended a PMP boot camp training. I took the exam a week after my training and did not pass. I tried again in September, and again, I did not succeed. Two exam failures were discouraging and disappointing to say the least. The worst thing was having to call my program manager to tell him I did not pass. Every time, he encouraged me to test again. Without his caring support, I would have given up the first time I failed. Each time I tested, I knew in my heart that I was not ready to test, but I sat for the exam anyway since I was required to satisfy a job requirement within a specific time frame. As I reflect on my exam failures, the biggest mistake I made was testing when I knew I was not ready to test.

Early in May 2016, I received a friendly reminder from PMI that my last date to test within the one year PMI imposed time frame was approaching. Per PMI, I was due to test no later than 7/17/2016. Since I had already invested time, money, and effort up to this point, I decided to try one more time. This time, however, I set my own parameters, stuck to a schedule, and studied rigorously for 5 weeks.

Schedule the Exam: The first thing I did was schedule my exam. I scheduled my exam for 6/24/2016.

Find Time to Study: Finding time to study was a big challenge. I work full time, and when I am not working, my husband and my two year old daughter have my full and undivided attention. For the 5 weeks prior to my exam, I studied 35-40 hours per week (before work, after work, and on my days off).

Select the Training Materials and Resources you will Use: I attended a PMP boot camp training in July of 2015, so I went back and reviewed the training materials I had. Note that the PMP exam changed on 1/11/2016, so please make sure that you use training materials from a PMI registered education provider who is using updated training materials per the new PMP exam content outline. Since this was my last opportunity to test within the one year timeframe established by PMI, I purchased the following training materials from OSP International LLC: (1) the PM PrepCast, (2) the PM Exam Simulator, and (3) the PMP Formula guide. Last year, I purchased RMC’s PMP Exam Prep, Eighth Edition and McGraw-Hill's PMP Certification Mathematics with CD-ROM. I used both books, my PMP boot camp materials, and the OSP training materials to complement the PMBOK guide, 5th edition.

Read more here: https://www.project-management-prepcast.com/kunena/pmp-exam-lessons-learned/4850-passed-on-6-24-2016-after-my-3rd-attempt

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