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One of our PMP exam-writers studied thoroughly…

  • By: pcadmin on 11 Jan 2013

Thank you, I passed the PMP exam this month. The Procept 6-day Comprehensive Project Management Seminar, which I took late last year, and your Farndale’s Guide were definitely useful.

My advice to current students would be to read the PMBOK Guide at least twice (including the glossary) and learn as many of the ITTO as possible. I also read Andy Crowe’s The PMP Exam – How To Pass On Your First Try, and completed all the sample questions in Christopher Scordo’s PMP Exam Prep Questions, Answers, & Explanations: 1000+ PMP Practice Questions with Detailed Solutions. Whenever I took any sample questions I timed myself, which was a useful way to prepare for the actual exam.”

PMBOK Guide 5th edition is coming!

  • By: pcadmin on 20 Dec 2012

PMI says the next edition of the PMBOK Guide will be released in very early 2013. I have reviewed it and found nothing dramatic. Here are some of my observations:

  • Of course, some revisions were for alignment with other PMI standards and practice standards.
  • Desire to align with the newly emerging standard ISO 21500.
  • There is one new knowledge area and number of processes is up from 42 to 47.
  • The new knowledge area is Stakeholder Management. The two stakeholder processes from Communications Management are moved over and expanded to four processes.
  • Four new processes displaying an emphasis on the “subsidiary management plans”: Plan Scope Management, Plan Schedule Management, Plan Cost Management, and Plan Stakeholder Management.
  • Process names: Verify Scope changed to Validate Scope with unchanged meaning, and several other minor process name changes.
  • More on life cycles and phases, including description of predictive (waterfall), incremental and iterative, and adaptive (agile) life cycles.
  • More on tornado diagram.
  • More on contingency and management reserves.
  • Coverage of statistical process control is reduced.

Related changes to the PMP examination will be implemented approximately July to September 2013.

PMP exam-writer M says…

  • By: pcadmin on 29 Nov 2012

Passed the exam last week. Read Rita’s 7th edition, Andy Crowe’s book and PMP in Depth by Paul Sanghera. What I learned from my exam is: there is no single book covers everything. If you have the time, read more. Of course, PMBOK is the one worth reading more than one time. Rita Mulcahy says you don’t need to memorize the ITTO (Inputs, T&T, Outputs). I don’t agree it. I missed 2 questions in exam because of that.”

PMP exam-writer R says…

  • By: pcadmin on 19 Nov 2012

I agree with Rita. I had 2-3 questions directly related to ITTO’s but you have to decide if the amount of time it would take to memorize all of the ITTO’s is worth the payoff. It would have taken me days to memorize all of the ITTO’s so I decided to focus on being solid with the concepts and memorize the Knowledge Areas Map (table 4-3 in PMBOK) instead.”

PMP exam-writers from Nunavut report…

  • By: pcadmin on 18 Nov 2012

They found it challenging but fair. Don’t memorize ITTO’s!! Just know them really well. Basic formulas need to be known. Did not find any trick questions. They thought Farndale’s Guide questions were harder and that there were some trick questions in there. Think multi-million, large, multi-year project when answering the PMP questions.

PMP vs. CAPM?

  • By: pcadmin on 13 Jul 2012

Q Should a person should do their CAPM first if they don’t have their hours for the PMP?

A First, have a fresh look at your experience. Even if you are not formally labeled a PM, you may qualify as having managed some “temporary endeavours”. If still insufficient hours and you have not yet taken our course, some of us advise against the CAPM if you will have enough PMP hours within six months.  If you have taken the course, then I advise writing the CAPM now as you’ll forget the content that you are not using.

I suspect the growth in number of the CAPM has disappointed PMI. There are 17,000 CAPMs compared to 468,000 PMPs.

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