Version 1.1 © Copyright Tim Kress 20051
Presented to the PMI
Maine Chapter
January 13, 2005
Tim Kress, PMP®
Making The Cas...
Version 1.1 © Copyright Tim Kress 20052
The State of The Union
It’s Not All Bad News These Days
Version 1.1 © Copyright Tim Kress 20053
The State of The Union
You Can Come Out On Top!
Version 1.1 © Copyright Tim Kress 20054
The New World Order
 The 90’s Are Over
 Development, Operations, Support Moving ...
Version 1.1 © Copyright Tim Kress 20055
The Competition
 The Army of The Unemployed
 Corporate Refugees Reborn as PMs
 ...
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So What’s To Be Done?
 Protect and Enhance Your PM Career
 Keep The Competition ...
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Value of PMP® Certification
 Icing On The Cake
 Complements Your Years of Experi...
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Why Should I?
 If You Are In This Room, You’re 90% Of
The Way There
 It’s Not As...
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Requirements
A Bachelor’s Degree or Equivalent:
 At least 4,500 hours of project ...
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Exam Application Procedure
 Download copy of “PMP® Certification Handbook” from ...
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Exam Structure
 200 multiple choice questions with four possible answers for eac...
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Exam Structure
 There is no shame in having to retake the exam.
Many of the most...
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This is not the time to be stubborn!
 This is the PMI’s test. You must give PMI ...
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Exam Preparation Strategies
 Recommended study time: 3 weeks to 3 months
 There...
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Exam Preparation Strategies
 There is no penalty for a wrong answer. It is to yo...
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“The Law of Diminishing Study
Returns”
 You can’t learn it all. Focus on what’s ...
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“The Law of Diminishing Study
Returns”
 It’s impossible to prepare for every pos...
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How?
 Project Management Training
 Master The PMBOK® Guide
 PMP® Prep Course o...
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What’s Next?
 Let’s Work Together
 Let’s Challenge Chapter Members to Get Certi...
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Presentation: "Making the case for PMP® Certification"

  1. 1. Version 1.1 © Copyright Tim Kress 20051 Presented to the PMI Maine Chapter January 13, 2005 Tim Kress, PMP® Making The Case for Certification
  2. 2. Version 1.1 © Copyright Tim Kress 20052 The State of The Union It’s Not All Bad News These Days
  3. 3. Version 1.1 © Copyright Tim Kress 20053 The State of The Union You Can Come Out On Top!
  4. 4. Version 1.1 © Copyright Tim Kress 20054 The New World Order  The 90’s Are Over  Development, Operations, Support Moving Offshore  Jobless Recovery - It’s Only Going To Get Tougher  Fewer Projects – More Competition  Employment Outlook for PMPs ®
  5. 5. Version 1.1 © Copyright Tim Kress 20055 The Competition  The Army of The Unemployed  Corporate Refugees Reborn as PMs  Remembering The LAN Admin Revolution  Your Competition is Getting Certified Now
  6. 6. Version 1.1 © Copyright Tim Kress 20056 So What’s To Be Done?  Protect and Enhance Your PM Career  Keep The Competition At Bay  Get Certified - Now
  7. 7. Version 1.1 © Copyright Tim Kress 20057 Value of PMP® Certification  Icing On The Cake  Complements Your Years of Experience  You Get Better Project Assignments  PMP® - Corporate HR Recruiters’ Filter  PMP® Is Forever
  8. 8. Version 1.1 © Copyright Tim Kress 20058 Why Should I?  If You Are In This Room, You’re 90% Of The Way There  It’s Not As Hard As You Think  You Are Doing PMP® Work Now - Get Credit For It!  It’s Just A Test...
  9. 9. Version 1.1 © Copyright Tim Kress 20059 Requirements A Bachelor’s Degree or Equivalent:  At least 4,500 hours of project management experience  Three years of project management experience within the past six years  Thirty-five contact hours of project management education Applicants who don’t have a degree must have:  At least 7,500 hours of project management experience  Five years of project management experience within the past eight years  Thirty-five contact hours of project management education
  10. 10. Version 1.1 © Copyright Tim Kress 200510 Exam Application Procedure  Download copy of “PMP® Certification Handbook” from PMI WebSite  Document experience and educational requirements  Apply Online or by Fax  Receive acceptance letter from PMI  Schedule Exam through Prometric Testing Center  Cost is currently $405 for PMI members, $555 for non-members
  11. 11. Version 1.1 © Copyright Tim Kress 200511 Exam Structure  200 multiple choice questions with four possible answers for each  4 hours to complete  Passing score is 137 out of 200 or 68.5%  The PMI does not publish pass rates. Be skeptical of any program or person making pass rate claims.
  12. 12. Version 1.1 © Copyright Tim Kress 200512 Exam Structure  There is no shame in having to retake the exam. Many of the most successful people in the business have repeated.  The test is more than just the contents of the PMBOK®Guide  The PMP® exam is knowledge, experience and application-based. There are scenarios, formulas and problems that must be solved in order to answer many of the questions.  Examples include determining critical path and slack, Earned Value Management, & budget calculations.  Expect more than half of the questions to be scenario based. Rote memorization is not enough. You must have Project Management experience.
  13. 13. Version 1.1 © Copyright Tim Kress 200513 This is not the time to be stubborn!  This is the PMI’s test. You must give PMI answers  Sometimes you may not agree with the correct answer  Use PMI terminology and keep a PMI perspective in all your answers  Resist the temptation to answer based on your personal experience. Answer as if you lived in an ideal PMI world.
  14. 14. Version 1.1 © Copyright Tim Kress 200514 Exam Preparation Strategies  Recommended study time: 3 weeks to 3 months  There will be questions that seem to come out of nowhere that you will not be able to answer. This is by design. Don’t let it throw you.  Approximately 10 questions will be on Earned Value Management. Memorize the EVM formulas.  You may flag questions for review. Take advantage of this feature.
  15. 15. Version 1.1 © Copyright Tim Kress 200515 Exam Preparation Strategies  There is no penalty for a wrong answer. It is to your benefit to answer all 200 questions.  Pacing is critical. You must average one question every 1.2 minutes. Many people choose to answer the obvious questions first and tag the hard ones for later. This makes sense but depends on your personal test-taking style.
  16. 16. Version 1.1 © Copyright Tim Kress 200516 “The Law of Diminishing Study Returns”  You can’t learn it all. Focus on what’s most important. Don’t waste time and energy drilling too deeply in any one area.  If you go too deep you will push your study time out to a point where you will begin to forget things you’ve already studied. This is the point of diminishing study returns. It’s one of the most common mistakes exam candidates make.
  17. 17. Version 1.1 © Copyright Tim Kress 200517 “The Law of Diminishing Study Returns”  It’s impossible to prepare for every possible question.  You have to do the best you can in the time you have. Some things you just won’t know.  Accept this before you sit for the exam. This is one of the keys to a good performance.
  18. 18. Version 1.1 © Copyright Tim Kress 200518 How?  Project Management Training  Master The PMBOK® Guide  PMP® Prep Course or Self-Study  Study for 3 Weeks to 3 Months
  19. 19. Version 1.1 © Copyright Tim Kress 200519 What’s Next?  Let’s Work Together  Let’s Challenge Chapter Members to Get Certified  I’ll Help You
  20. 20. Version 1.1 © Copyright Tim Kress 200520 Questions & Comments? Tim Kress, PMP® Tim Kress & Associates Project Management www.timkress.net 508-934-9029 Franklin, MA USA"PMI", "PMBOK", and "PMP" are registered trademarks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.
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