Hello:<br />I passed the 4th edition of the PMP exam on October 29th, 2009.  This<br />presentation was created to enable ...
PMP Exam Experience and Lessons Learned<br />What it felt like after passing!<br />PMP Exam<br />By Hector Fundora,PMP, MB...
Agenda<br /><ul><li>  Details of the big Day of Exam– What happened?
  Recommendations
  Key Topics – What should you focus on?
  Brain Dump – What I did and how to use it effectively
  Summary
  Background Information</li></li></ul><li>Details of the big Day of Exam– What happened?<br />Here is the hour by hour of...
The rooms of the Deerfield, IL Prometric Testing Center looks like this:<br />Room #3:<br />Sign in again,<br />And review...
Details of the big Day of Exam– What happened?<br />12:45pm – 1:00pm Did my brain dump as soon as the timer <br />for the ...
…you get a survey questionnaire about your testing experience.<br />Then…<br />
“Congratulations you have passed the PMP exam.<br />….bla bla bla”<br />Then you hand in your notes to the guy in room #3....
Recommendations<br /><ul><li>  Make sure you do a full four hour self test* every day until you are</li></ul>consistently ...
Key Topics – What should you focus on?<br />1) Once you memorized the 9 knowledge areas X 5 process groups plus do <br />a...
Here is exactly what my brain dump looked like<br />on the first page:<br />Brain Dump<br />PMIS<br />   CMS<br />       C...
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PMP 4th edition exam lessons learned and tips for folks planning on taking the PMP exam.

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  • Room #1 – Just a reception areaRoom #2 – Waiting room where you are asked to sign in, empty out your pocket, hang your coat on a coat rack, simply wait to be called.Room #3 – Second individual with computer and camera monitors review the rules with you and hands you two pencils and a 8-1/2 X 11 yellow notebook with about 6 pages. You need to sign in another sheet which also shows what time you went into the testing room. Once you enter room #4, then you need to sign out if you have to use the bathroom.Room #4 – Testing room where you are asked to leave your ID next to the number that is on the PC next to the monitor. The lady will start the 15 minutes tutorial on how to use the computer. Essentially it is the same as the Self-Test software we have been using.
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    1. 1. Hello:<br />I passed the 4th edition of the PMP exam on October 29th, 2009. This<br />presentation was created to enable me to share my experience without<br />compromising any PMI ethics violations. I presented it to my fellow peers<br />and they enjoyed it. I thought posting it in Linkedin with additional background<br />information will enable others to enjoy it too.<br />By the way, it is best to view the slide deck in presentation mode.<br />If you have any questions or need additional tips, send me an email via <br />LinkedIN. Good luck in your PMP certification!<br />Best Regards,Hector <br />
    2. 2. PMP Exam Experience and Lessons Learned<br />What it felt like after passing!<br />PMP Exam<br />By Hector Fundora,PMP, MBA, ITIL, BSEE, Green Belt Candidate<br />
    3. 3. Agenda<br /><ul><li> Details of the big Day of Exam– What happened?
    4. 4. Recommendations
    5. 5. Key Topics – What should you focus on?
    6. 6. Brain Dump – What I did and how to use it effectively
    7. 7. Summary
    8. 8. Background Information</li></li></ul><li>Details of the big Day of Exam– What happened?<br />Here is the hour by hour of exactly what happened the day of the exam:<br />9 – 10am Review books and print out of self help exam questions.<br />10 – 11am Review Inputs, Tools & Techniques, Outputs plus<br /> the flow of the major outputs.<br />11 – 12:30pm Drove to testing center and had lunch nearby.<br />12:30 – 1pm Use the bathroom and sign in… <br />Then the fun begins!<br />
    9. 9. The rooms of the Deerfield, IL Prometric Testing Center looks like this:<br />Room #3:<br />Sign in again,<br />And review rules<br />Room #4:<br />Testing Room<br />Room #2 – Sitting & Sign in area<br />Room #1 – Reception Area<br />Essentially you feel like a cow getting ready <br />for slaughter as you go from room to room.<br />
    10. 10. Details of the big Day of Exam– What happened?<br />12:45pm – 1:00pm Did my brain dump as soon as the timer <br />for the tutorial was started by the Prometric person. Finished in 12 minutes <br />and then clicked enter to start the exam.<br />1:00pm – 3:30pm Completed all 200 questions and I marked the ones that I<br />was not 100% sure I had correct as I did them. (2.5 hours)<br />3:30pm – 4:30pm Reviewed all my 70 marked questions. I wrote down <br />how many questions I knew were not 100% certain to be correct and already <br />knew I had a high probability of passing the exam.<br />4:30pm – 4:45pm Reviewed all questions quickly. Then click to submit <br />my answers.<br />4:45pm – 4:46pm The screen goes blank for a few seconds and it was very <br />NERVE RACKING! Then…..<br />
    11. 11. …you get a survey questionnaire about your testing experience.<br />Then…<br />
    12. 12. “Congratulations you have passed the PMP exam.<br />….bla bla bla”<br />Then you hand in your notes to the guy in room #3.<br />He gives you the examination report. <br />Be careful driving home because it will be rush hour <br />traffic and you are just freakin exhausted.<br />
    13. 13. Recommendations<br /><ul><li> Make sure you do a full four hour self test* every day until you are</li></ul>consistently scoring 80% or better. Why? It will get your mind and <br />body use to handling a real 4 hour long exam. Learn from the problems<br />you get wrong and don’t worry about “memorizing” the same questions.<br /><ul><li> Do buy, borrow, or check out from library the Rita Mulcahy PMP Exam</li></ul>Prep book. Rita’s book does a very good job of complimenting <br />Kim Heldman’s book. I used the 3rd edition (better to use the 4th edition).<br /><ul><li> Do make sure that you nail correctly all the…</li></ul>Formula problems (i.e. Earn Value, Line of Communications, etc.) and understand what the formulas mean.<br />Professional Conduct type Questions. Make sure you are getting 99% or better scoring on the self-tests, Kim’s and Rita’s book for these types of questions.<br />PDM and ADM methods and formulas. Don’t forget about AOA which is not covered much in Kim’s book.<br />Contract type questions and understand the differences.<br /><ul><li> Make sure that you do whatever you can to memorize the flow of</li></ul>Inputs, Tools and Techniques, and Outputs of the 42 processes!!!<br />* I used: https://www.selftestsoftware.com<br />
    14. 14. Key Topics – What should you focus on?<br />1) Once you memorized the 9 knowledge areas X 5 process groups plus do <br />a number of practice exams: <br /> - Start understanding how the inputs and outputs of the processes <br />are interconnected. Skim Rita’s book to give you a better understanding.<br />2) Don’t forget to understand AOA, see Rita’s book. <br />3) Planning session does have higher percentage of questions. <br />4) Continue to understand why you got a problem wrong when you do a<br />Self-test practice. The knowledge and understanding you gain will help<br />in the real exam questions.<br />
    15. 15. Here is exactly what my brain dump looked like<br />on the first page:<br />Brain Dump<br />PMIS<br /> CMS<br /> CC<br /> Contract<br />CV = EV – AC PERT=(P+O+4ML)/6<br />SV = EV – PV St.Dev= (P-O)/6<br />CPI = EV/AC Var.=((P-O)/6)squared<br />SPI = EV/PV<br /> FV=PV(1+i)raised to N<br />BCWP = EV <br />ACWP = AC<br />BCWS = PV<br />TCPI = (BAC-EV)/(BAC-AC)<br />VAC=BAC-EAC<br />%VAC=(VAC/BAC)*100<br />EV=%complete*BAC<br />“Typical” EAC=BAC/CPI or ETC=(BAC-EV)/CPI<br />“Atypical” EAC=AC+(BAC-EV)=AC+ETCnew or ETC=BAC-EV<br />“CPI Negative w/schedule same” EAC=(BAC-EV)/(BAC-AC)<br />N(N-1)/2<br />LS LF<br />ES EF<br />1stdev=68%<br />2stdev=95%<br />3stdev=99.7%<br />6stdev=99.9%<br />EF=ES+DUR-1<br />LS=LF-DUR+1<br />
    16. 16. Brain Dump<br />Here is exactly what my brain dump looked like<br />on the back page: (see background slides for tips)<br />Project<br />Charter<br />Scope Baseline<br />Stakeholder<br />Register<br />Note: Try to add as many details as you can remember!<br />
    17. 17. Summary<br /><ul><li> Continue to meet once a week in a group study environment.</li></ul>Different viewpoints, tips, support, and ability to explain to someone<br />what you know is extremely helpful.<br /><ul><li> Knowing the formulas, PDM, contracts, and code of ethics </li></ul>type problems gives you a good chance of almost passing the exam.<br /><ul><li> Understanding at least the high level Inputs/Tools & Techniques/</li></ul>Outputs will get you an almost sure shot of passing the exam.<br /><ul><li> The use of Kim Heldman’s, Rita Mulcahy’s, and the PMBOK books along with the </li></ul>Internet self-test is enough material to review for passing the exam.<br />Good luck!<br />
    18. 18. BACKGROUND<br />
    19. 19. How to memorize the 9X5 (9-knowledge area by 5processes)<br />Tips:<br />1) Knowledge areas sentence to remember:<br />“I saw two chipmunks quietly having coffee<br />reading poetry” the first letters of this statement<br />correspond to the 9 areas.<br />6<br />5<br />6<br />3<br />3<br />4<br />5<br />6<br />4<br />2) Process group acronym to remember: “I.P.E.C.C”<br />3) Noticed that processes has same name as 9X5 headers. (see underlined letters)<br />4) Start with single letters (see diagram at right), then memorize the rest of process word entry. I found it very easy to memorize the Initiation and Closing processes first.<br />5) Time and Risk has 5 processes. <br />Time: “D SEED” takes time to plan<br />Risk: “PIPPP” planned to monitor Michael.<br />(as in Scottie Pippen is planning to monitor and control Michael Jordon)<br />6) The number of processes by rows and columns ensure you did not miss any items.<br />2 20 8 10 2 <br />42 entries<br />

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