Lessons learned on becoming a PMP shared to us by PM PrepCast student Joe Nino E. Orapa, PMP.
"Practice Makes Perfect!"
I posted that quote in my Facebook timeline a few minutes after I passed the PMP exam last 31st March, 2016. Nobody really congratulated me in FB after hours of posting, until my wife posted my Exam Results and commented "Practice Makes Perfect = PMP!" Then, hundreds likes and comments flooded my FB page, from my colleagues, friends, and friends of friends.
Sounds funny, but its meaning is much more deeper for me. Constant practice has been my strategy towards achieving the prestigious PMP certification. Although there may no such thing as 'Perfect' (I even scored 2 Proficient and 3 Moderately Proficient), but it was the untiring efforts, persistent preparation and constant practice that made my journey towards having a PMP perfect. Indeed, passing the exam had made me to really feel 'perfect'. And, I do believe that passing the PMP exam is a matter of constant and persistent PRACTICE.
P - Plan. I really set up a study plan when I decided to take the exam last November 15, 2015. Having a study plan and preparation checklist will condition our minds to the huge tasks involved in preparing for the PMP exam. I develop my simple daily study plan, which includes Reading, Listening to Hot Topics, and practice answering exam questions. If you need a reference, you can use the study plan by Cornelius.
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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. and we have reached the last one in the series: Coaching.
If you look up what it means to “coach” in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, it lists
: to teach and train (an athlete or performer)
: to teach, train, and direct (a sports team)
So, there is a bit of a sports analogy here, but being a coach is one of the hats that a project manager has to be able to wear for his or her team. Your goal as a project manager when coaching is for the team member as an individual and for your project team as a collective to be at their highest level of competency and performance. You want to enable them to do the work.
Coaching may involve teaching and training or providing them a way to gain or increase their skills. This might be formal or informal training. You may have to find ways to develop their confidence and motivation. It may require you to increase team building and collaboration.
You are using Microsoft Project as a tool to manage the project. All the activities have been recorded and the Work Breakdown Structure has been prepared. Your project team wants to use different units of work for different resources. Which document establishes the information regarding units of measurement for resources on a project?
A. Enterprise Environmental Factors
B. Cost Management Plan
C. Project Charter
D. Performance Measurement Documents
HINT: Units of measurement are contained in one of the Project Management Plan's subsidiary plans.
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Answer and Explanation:
The correct answer is B.
The Cost Management Plan establishes units of measurement such as staff hours, staff days, and staff weeks.
His preparation and lessons learned on becoming a PMP shared to us by PM PrepCast student Kevin Nason, PMP.
I started this venture as a New Years Resolution on December 31st 2015. I used the PM PrepCast, PMBOK, and the "Rita M" book as my primary tools for study. I took my time in prepping my application. I contacted my prior colleagues regarding my work experience and got a verbal "OK", as well as mentioning that I may need to get written verification in writing if I should get audited.
My application was accepted with no audit the end of January. I waited about 10 days or so, and based on my Schedule I picked 4/18/2016 as my test date. From February to the test date, I read each book twice cover to cover in parallel. I did each of the "Rita" activities as the book suggested. I started using the PMP Exam Simulator later than I had hoped, as I needed to take a little break from studying, study fatigue was setting in for me. I took a lot of quizzes, some times daily, with 25 questions at a time. I reviewed every question post quiz to understand the questioning technique as well as the answer. I consistently averaged 70% on the quizzes.
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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 Conflict Management.
Conflict is almost inevitable on a project. Project team members and stakeholders may have different opinions, areas of expertise, interests, personalities, work styles and the list goes on. Add other elements often a given on a project to the mix, such as tight deadlines, resource constraints, communication issues, you can see that conflict is rather likely to occur.
Many times, conflict allows for a better solution to a problem. If a team member would rather agree or go with status quo than cause potential conflict by pointing out a flaw, asking a question, or making a suggest an improvement, then it’s easier to be satisfied with a suboptimal solution. However, more often than not, conflict prevents the team from working well together and distracts those involved from the tasks at hand.
The key is being able to prevent conflict or its escalation or if you are not able to circumvent it then, you must know how to control or minimize it when it arises. There are many styles or behaviors that a project manager can choose to adopt when managing conflict. You can be assertive, accommodate, avoid or compromise. Some styles work better than others in certain situations.
How effective it might be depends on the project manager and the people involved in the conflict. A project manager also is not limited to applying just one style, if one approach does not work, he may have to try another to see if that is more effective.