Featured PMP Exam Lessons Learned from Peter Schleinzer, PMP

Featured PMP Exam Lessons Learned from Peter Schleinzer, PMPHis preparation, lessons learned and more towards becoming a PMP shared to us by PM PrepCast student Peter Schleinzer, PMP.

Since I used the Lessons Learned for my preparation, I would like to share my experience as well.
I passed my PMP exam June 2016 at the first attempt.

How I prepared for the exam

For my preparation I used different sources. In the first round, I had the PM PrepCast, the PMBOK Guide and the "Achive PMP Exam Success" book. First I always listened to a topic with the PrepCast, then I read the PMBOK and finally the trainings book. That worked pretty good for me, especially the PrepCast because that made it very easy to understand the content and concepts of the PMBOK Guide.

After that, I took some training tests and my results where at about 75-80 percent. The second round was then the Head First book to get a different view. After that my scores where at about constantly 80%-87%. I used safaribooksonline for some books, which was nice, because I had all the books (except Rita's) available to search in it. Finally I read Ritas book (but I did not finish).

To test my knowledge, I mainly used the PM PrepCast simulator, but to be sure, I also used other sources
* Lehmann question (75 %)
* Head First only test (87%) - but be careful, some questions here refer to PMBOK Guide V4
* Exam Central (73% and 83%)
* PrepCast Simulator (80%,77%,80%,83%,85%)

Read more here: https://www.project-management-prepcast.com/kunena/pmp-exam-lessons-learned/4729-passed-at-the-first-attempt-in-june-2016


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PMP Exam Tip: Get Familiar with Decomposition

PMP Exam Tip: Get Familiar with Decomposition“Decomposition” and “work breakdown” are probably not the first words you want to hear with respect to the project you’re managing. However, Decomposition is perhaps the most important technique to understand when it comes to the Scope Management section of the PMP exam. Decomposition involves breaking down the overall project workload into smaller, more manageable tasks. These tasks can subsequently be broken down into smaller tasks until each piece of work can be prioritized, assigned to resources, and tracked in the form of a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS). The idea is to move from large, general deliverables to the specific work packages and tasks that make up each deliverable. In essence, you’re carving up the individual puzzle pieces that make up the puzzle as a whole.

PMI places great importance on Decomposition—you’ll need to know the technique and understand how it is applied to projects. So, what better way to learn about Decomposition than by jumping feet first into the fire (surely there’s joke there…decomposition – fire…but, I digress)! Anyway, why not give it a try on one of your current projects? Apply what you’re studying in real life! Here’s how to get started:

  1. Determine your main project deliverables
  2. Create a high-level Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) by ‘chunking’ work into smaller tasks
  3. Continue to break down high-level tasks into smaller tasks
  4. Create a system for tracking each task
  5. Verify that the resulting tasks are manageable

Just one word of caution: Make sure that you’re not spending more time ‘decomposing,’ tracking, and managing tasks than it would take to simply get the work done. Your job is to simplify—not to create more work!


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PMI-ACP Exam Tip: Am I Eligible to Sit for the PMI-ACP Exam?

Depositphotos 4806284 xsRegardless of whether you are new to project management or have been practicing it for years you have probably heard the term ‘Agile’ and are somewhat familiar with the PMI-ACP certification offered by the Project Management Institute and the benefits of obtaining it for your projects and career. Many people and companies alike see holding the PMI-ACP certification as a demonstration of professionalism in one or more Agile methods. However, you may not be familiar with the eligibility requirements to sit for the exam and if you personally meet these requirements. Let’s review the basics so that you can determine for yourself if sitting for the PMI-ACP Exam is the right choice for you.

Generally speaking, if you have performed activities on an Agile team using best practices from one of the Agile methods (such as Scrum), or if your organization is in the process of adopting Agile practices, the PMI-ACP certification is a good choice for you. Compared with other Agile certifications based solely on training and exams, the PMI-ACP certification is the best way of displaying your real-world, hands-on experience and skills. Following are the minimum requirements you need to meet to be eligible to sit for the exam:

  • Successful completion of a secondary degree, such as a High School Diploma, Associate's Degree or global equivalent.
  • 21 hours of Agile education or training (contact hours) in Agile practices, such as offered in the Agile PrepCast
  • 2,000 hours of general project experience working on project teams within the past five years. Note: This requirement is waived if you are a PMP or PgMP.
  • 1,500 hours performing Agile-specific activities on Agile project teams or with Agile methods within the past three years. Note: This requirement is in addition to the 2,000 hours of general project experience.

In order to make this eligibility determination process easier for you, we have outlined the following steps that we suggest you follow in order for you to make a final determination on whether the PMI-ACP certification is the right choice.

  • Read the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® Handbook and pay close attention to sections that cover eligibility requirements and the application process.
  • Read the PMI-ACP® Examination Content Outline. Review the Tools & Techniques, Knowledge & Skills, and Domains & Tasks sections and you should recognize many of them as those you use or have relied upon as part of your own activities when working on Agile projects.
  • Compare your Agile education and experience with your resume. From your resume, determine if you possess the required experience hours on both general projects and Agile projects, and experience with the majority of the tools, techniques, knowledge, and skills covered on the exam. If you can honestly answer 'Yes, I meet the criteria' then you are most likely eligible.
  • If you are still unsure of your eligibility after following these steps, contact PMI Customer Care to get your remaining eligibility questions answered.

So use the information and follow the steps provided here to determine  your eligibility to sit for the PMI-ACP and if this PMI certification is right for you. We hope it is and look forward to having you join the global community of agilists who currently use Agile methods and best practices to successfully execute their projects.


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Free PMP Exam Sample Question

Free PMP Exam Sample QuestionThe PMBOK Guide recommends the use of the two different Three Point Estimating techniques for estimating project activity durations. The first is the PERT or Beta Distribution technique.  What is the name of the other technique?

A. Alpha Distribution
B. Triangular Distribution
C. Normal Distribution
D. Gamma Distribution

HINT: Beta Distribution and Triangular Distribution are two Three-Point Distribution techniques.

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Answer and Explanation:
The correct answer is B.

Beta Distribution and Triangular Distribution are the two different Three Point Estimating techniques used for estimating project activity durations.  Beta Distribution is the traditional PERT technique.


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