Featured PMP® Exam Lessons Learned from Jessica Barnier, PMP

Leader and her team Depositphotos 10301653 xsLessons learned towards becoming a Project Management Professional (PMP)® shared to us by PM PrepCast student Jessica Barnier, PMP.

"I took the PMP® exam on October 14th and passed with flying colors! :)

I studied for approximately 3 months. I created a schedule of when to study and what I was going to study when. Preparing for the PMP® exam is a project in and of itself. I studied for approximately 2-3 hours per day. I had a vacation during this time as well, so I did take breaks for already scheduled vacation times. This time allowed me to relax and absorb the material better.

As I got closer to the exam date, I started studying more and more. I increased my study time to about 3-4 hours per day. I also schedule times for taking practice exams. I am a more visual person, so I did several things to make the material stick better:

  • Read A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) once for a general understanding- as you may know, this is a very, very dry read. it is nice to go through it at least once to get an understanding of what material will be covered on the exam and know where to go for clarification.
  • Listened to the PM PrepCast while working or on my commute. I listened to the PrepCast once and went back to list the areas that I needed more practice in a second time. I also took notes from the PrepCast and reviewed these notes the day before my exam..."

Read more here: https://www.project-management-prepcast.com/kunena/pmp-exam-lessons-learned/6422-i-passed

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PMP® Exam Tip: Study Integration Management Last

PMP® Exam Tip: Study Integration Management LastHave you ever been tempted - even just a little bit - to turn to the back of a book and read how it ends before you invest all that time reading the book? Well, here’s a tip that lets you do just that with your Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam studies of A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide): Skip the first knowledge area (Integration Management) for now and focus your attention on the other eight first.

Here’s why: In order to really understand Integration Management you need to first understand what goes on in the other eight areas. Think about it….the section on Integration Management teaches you how to get scope, time, cost, quality, resources, communications, risk, and procurement to play nicely with each other. Unless you understand the unique purpose, goals, and characteristics of each individual knowledge area, it will be increasingly difficult to orchestrate your integration. How can you integrate if you don’t know what you’re throwing in the mix?

Imagine it like a movie set, where Integration Management is the director and the other eight knowledge areas are the actors. You need to work with the actors first, getting to know their personalities, quirks, and their lines, before the director can bring the cast together to create something great.

So when you start your study of the PMBOK® Guide knowledge areas, briefly skim over Integration Management, just so you get a basic understanding; then study the other areas; and finally, come back and study Integration Management in more detail. Having this understanding of the sum of its parts will up the odds that your projects will be integrated (and live) happily ever after.

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Free PMP® Exam Sample Question

Free PMP® Exam Sample QuestionWhich of the following elements of human resource planning would you consider the most important for a project?

A. Risk management activities
B. Quality assurance activities
C. Activity resource requirements
D. Budget control activities

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HINT: Consider the inputs to the Plan Human Resource Management process.
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Answer and Explanation:
The correct answer is C.

Activity resource requirements are the primary input to the Plan Human Resource Management process. They are used to determine the human resource needs of a project.

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Featured PMP® Exam Lessons Learned from Humphrey Chua, PMP

Featured PMP® Exam Lessons Learned from Humphrey Chua, PMPLessons learned towards becoming a Project Management Professional (PMP)® shared to us by PM PrepCast student Humphrey Chua, PMP.

"I passed my PMP® exam last week and here are some insights on the type of questions I got and how I prepared.

As I already got a classroom training 5 years ago and had been managing projects for quite some time, I did not bother reading A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) anymore as I find it too dry.

What helped me pass the exam was my PM PrepCast subscription. I have gone through all the learning modules and completed it within 3 weeks. I spent 5 hrs per day to understand the lessons and took down notes. After completing all the modules, I've gone through all the reading materials in PM PrepCast website which helped me clear the gaps in my learning. Finally, I took 8 - four hour long practice exams from PM PrepCast. It was indeed a sacrifice on my part as I wanted to get certified asap. Even the night before the exam day, I took one exam prep and completed 200 questions. I was averaging 75 to 80% in all the exams I have taken..."

Read more here: https://www.project-management-prepcast.com/kunena/pmp-exam-lessons-learned/6404-passed-my-pmp-exam-tips-here 

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