Twelve Lessons Learned from my PMP Certification

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Twelve Lessons Learned from my PMP Certification

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Twelve Lessons Learned from my PMP Certification

  1. 1. TWELVE LESSONS LEARNED FROM MY PMP CERTIFICATION. Latyr Jean-Luc FAYE, PMP ® March 2013.
  2. 2. 01. TREAT IT AS A PROJECT  Initiate  Make sure you know why you are envisioning to enrolled to PMP certification.  Manage your stakeholders.  Plan  Stay focus: do not over-estimate activities nor stretch the schedule over a long period of time.  Execute  Register with Project Management Institute (PMI).  Study & Take the exam.  Monitor & Control  Self-evaluate progress made using resources available and mock exams.  Close  Whatever your performance, assess and gather lessons learned.  Once successful, move to operations or a new project to maintain your credentials.
  3. 3. 02. PEOPLE MANAGEMENT  In every Project, THE Project Manager makes the difference.  Be motivated, be focused, be pro-active.  PMP is a professional certification that requires a lot of personal involvement.  Make sure you have identified all stakeholders and make them participate to the joint-venture.  Trust:  need full support from spouse and kids. This is critical.  need also, to a broader extend, the support from friends and colleagues. «The P in PM is as much about 'people management' as it is about 'project management'.» – Cornelius Fichtner
  4. 4. 03. PMBOK, YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND  Get an up-to-date copy of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK).  It provides the mindset underlying PMI's concepts of Project Management.  The PMBOK must be read thoroughly:  by Knowledge Areas  in a sequence that processes may be applied from initiating to closing.  Refer to Appendix F (summary) and Glossary (definitions) for better understanding.  Read and adhere to the PMI Code of Ethics.  The PMI Lexicon provides additional definitions.
  5. 5. 04. BROADEN YOUR KNOWLEDGE  Other relevant reference materials is also required to broaden the scope of the concepts presented in PMI’s PMBOK.  The actual use of the formulas  Maslow, Herzberg  Fixed Price Incentive Fees contract sharing ratios  etc.  I have used:  PMP Exam Prep, Seventh Edition by Rita Mulcahy  TSI Ultimate PMP Exam Prep Guide by Wes Balakian and Timothy Bergmann
  6. 6. 05. GO ONLINE & MOBILE  Use online materials (YouTube, podcasts, forums, LinkedIn) to increase your understanding of the PMBOK content.  Use your smartphone and apps so you can study & practice anywhere at any time.  I have been very pleased with Examojo for iOS.  Go mobile is a Must.
  7. 7. 06. BRAIN DUMP MAGIC  Numerous new concepts, formulas and knowledge to acquire and remember for the exam.  Create your own brain dump with all the formulas and topics you have trouble with.  Practise creating it from memory.
  8. 8. 07. UNDERSTANDING, NOT MEMORISATION!  Know all the processes.  Be able to relate them to their knowledge areas & process groups.  Understand the basic concepts and interactions among the processes.  By reading a question you must be able to know where you are in the project (process, process group, Knowledge Area).  Don't memorise all the ITTO’s for all processes. You need to know the important ones.
  9. 9. 08. PRACTISE – PRACTISE – PRACTISE  Get an exam simulator (Examojo ), it provides an array of exams to practise.  Practise Exam Questions over and over.  Use wrong answers to focus and build your brain dump.  Take advantage of the free exams on Internet to be well prepared for the exam.  Know all the formulas and how to apply them.
  10. 10. 09. THE D DAY: THE EXAM  Ensure you carry appropriate identification documents and the appointment schedule notification.  The exam is difficult. You can pass it if well prepared. This is the fact.  Sitting for a 4 hour-long written exam is tiresome. Make sure you get there fresh and relax.  Arrive on time (preferably 30 minutes in advance).  Use the 15 mns tutorial to do your brain dump.  Plan your breaks. It takes time to sign in and sign out.
  11. 11. 10. DEFINE AND FOLLOW A TEST STRATEGY  Remember all questions have the same notation.  Do not spent more than one minute on a question. In doubt, mark it and move forward.  Mark any questions with formulas and network diagrams.  Do not let any questions unanswered (or blank). You have 25% chance to pick the correct answer.  Stay focus even if you feel that you are going to fail.
  12. 12. 11. TIPS DURING THE EXAM  Always answer questions from PMI perspective.  Always select the best answer when more than one is correct.  Review all your answers/marked questions.  Remember, don’t leave any unanswered questions.  Restraint from changing too many answers (I reviewed 150 questions and changed only one answer).  Relax and breathe deeply for one minute on a regular basis (every x questions or y minutes).
  13. 13. 12. AFTER THE EXAM  Do your lessons learned (pass or fail)  If still not the case, become a member of PMI.  If fail, this is not the end of the world:  Understand why.  Apply corrective actions and plan for the next test.  If Pass:  Update your Curriculum Vitae.  Celebrate (with your stakeholders if possible).  Start planning earning PDUs to keep your status.
  14. 14. CONCLUSION  Indeed, it is not an easy exam although not difficult.  Indeed, it requires a fair amount of preparation, yet it does not require to study fulltime.  Indeed, it worth the effort as you will gain a lot:  Personal Development (Procurement, HR, etc.)  Professional Recognition (PMP)  Increase self esteem (achievement)  Language is a barrier that should also not be under- estimated for the non native English speaking people.  Getting certified is the beginning of a process, if you want to maintain your status.
  15. 15. USEFUL RESOURCES  PMBOK Guide Fourth Edition (valid edition at the time of my exam)  PMP Exam Prep, Seventh Edition by Rita Mulcahy  TSI Ultimate PMP Exam Prep Guide by Wes Balakian and Timothy Bergmann  Head First PMP, 2nd Edition by Jennifer Greene, Andrew Stellman  The PMP Exam : How to Pass on Your First Try by Andy Crowe  PMP Project Management Professional Exam Study Guide by Kim Heldman  PMP Certification All-In-One Desk Reference For Dummies by Cynthia Stackpole Snyder  Local PMI Chapters  Examojo LTS Suite (www.examojo.com)  Cornelius Fichtner (www.cornelius- fichtner.com)  Oliver Lehman (www.oliverlehmann.com)  Rita Mulcahy PMP Fast Track  PMStudy (www.pmstudy.com)  Simplilearn (www.simplilearn.com)  PMZilla forum (http://pmzilla.com)  Exam Central (www.examcentral.net)  PMI eReads section : Practice Makes Perfect by John Estrella.  Various LinkedIn Groups Physical Online
  16. 16. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION Latyr@free.fr www.twitter.com/LatyrF fr.linkedin.com/in/LatyrF

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