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Cornelius Fichtner help you with your PMP Exam Prep (https://www.project-management-prepcast.com) as well as earn free PDUs (www.pm-podcast.com/pdu). Passing the PMP Exam is tough, but keeping your PMP Certification alive is just as challenging. Preparing for the exam requires an in-depth study of the PMBOK Guide and dedicated study discipline. And once you are PMP certified, then you are required to earn 60 Professional Development Units (PDUs) every 3 years to keep your certification alive. Let me help you make this journey easier with tips and tricks on how to prepare for and pass the exam as well as efficiently earning your PDUs once you are certified.

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Episode 436: The Power of Project Leadership

Episode 435: The PMI Talent Triangle™

Episode 434: The PMP® Exam is Changing on 1 July 2020

Episode 433: Exciting Updates for The CAPM® Exam

Special The PM Exam Coach: Interview with Cornelius Fichtner

Episode 436: The Power of Project Leadership

Categories: PDU

Here is how I started episode 309 back in 2015 when we had Susanne Madsen (www.susannemadsen.com - LinkedIn Profile) on the program to present her book The Power of Project Leadership:

Susanne Madsen is back on the show today to talk about many of the leadership concepts she puts forward in her new book titled The Power of Project Leadership. And we have a lot of great tips for you -- all taken from the book.

Well… she’s back. The second edition is out. And this is what we read about the book on Amazon:

Projects and work environments are becoming increasingly complex, with more stakeholders, dispersed teams and an unprecedented rate of technological change. In order to adapt to this complexity and find new opportunities to innovate and build a high performing team, project managers must shift their mindset to one of project leadership. The Power of Project Leadership explains how to generate positive results for projects and clients while growing as a leader and empowering the team to fully contribute.

The book focuses on 7 keys to help you transform from project manager to project leader. And to help you along on that journey, we are going to open up her book and take a closer look at Key #5 Build Trust with Stakeholders and key #6 Use Powerful techniques.

And just like back in episode 309 we have a lot of great tips for you -- all taken from the book.

(This interview was originally published on The Project Management Podcast.)

Posted on: October 15, 2019 05:41 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Episode 435: The PMI Talent Triangle™

Categories: PMI Talent Triangle

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Cornelius Fichtner

Today, we are shining a spotlight on Professional Development Units (PDUs).

More precisely, we are going to review the PMI Talent Triangle™ and how this triangle affects the way that you need to earn your PDUs. And if you are a project manager who holds a certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI)® then you know about PDUs, because you need them for your certification renewal every three years.

And just to be absolutely clear: you need PDUs only after you have passed your exam. If you are still studying for your certification, then you need what PMI® calls Contact Hours.

So our focus right now is on the PDUs that you need after you pass your exam. Also, I know that most of you are certified Project Management Professionals (PMP)® so I’ve chosen my examples to be primarily about PMP PDUs.

(This interview was originally published on The Project Management Podcast.)

Posted on: September 29, 2019 09:15 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

Episode 434: The PMP® Exam is Changing on 1 July 2020

Categories: PMP Exam

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Sierra Hampton-Simmons

As a project management trainer, I have always focused not only on teaching my students how to pass their exams but also on how to become better at what they are doing. Yes, of course, I want you to pass your exam and become certified but I always strived to ensure that what I teach helps you to better lead your projects and deliver them successfully for your stakeholders.

And that is why I think the changes that the Project Management Institute (PMI)® is making to the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam on July 1st, 2020 is a good change, even though they could have managed the roll-out a bit better.

With this update, PMI® is moving away from the five current and somewhat ‘technical’ domains and shifts the focus of the exam to test a candidate’s knowledge of, and experience in the skills necessary to actually lead and manage a project. Specifically, the three new domains are People, Process, and Business Environment.

But why am I telling you all of this when we have a guest for you who is much more qualified than I am: Sierra Hampton-Simmons (LinkedIn Profile). Sierra has nearly two decades of experience as an expert in Certification Management and joined PMI in late 2013. Currently, she serves as the Portfolio Leader/Head of Certification Products. This means that she is responsible for the entire portfolio of Certification Products including the PMP® exam. So she’s the perfect person to discuss both the background and nature of the changes. You’ll even get to hear that PMI is making changes to the type and style of questions a candidate will see during the exam itself.

(This interview was originally published on The Project Management Podcast.)

Posted on: September 16, 2019 07:44 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)

Episode 433: Exciting Updates for The CAPM® Exam

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Sierra Hampton-Simmons

Are you by any chance thinking about becoming a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®? Well then, you are in for a treat today because the Project Management Institute (PMI)® is currently in the process of making a number of exciting changes to this exam and we review all of them.

There are some technical change - for example you will encounter two new question types on the exam - and PMI® is also making it easier for everyone who is and will be CAPM® certified if you decide to apply to take the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam.

And here to talk us through these changes is no other than Sierra Hampton-Simmons (LinkedIn Profile). Sierra has nearly two decades of experience as an expert in Certification Management and joined PMI in late 2013. Currently, she serves as the Portfolio Leader/Head of Certification Products. This means that she is responsible for the entire portfolio of Certification Products including the CAPM certification. So she’s the perfect person to talk to about this.

(This interview was originally published on The Project Management Podcast.)

Posted on: August 28, 2019 07:57 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Special The PM Exam Coach: Interview with Cornelius Fichtner

This is a special episode of The PM Podcast in which we are sharing a video from The PM Coaching Podcast.

In this interview, Dan Ryan, MBA, PMP, (https://www.pmexamcoach.com/podcast - LinkedIn Profile) interviews Cornelius Fichtner, PMP.

Some of the topics are:

  • Cornelius's background and life story
  • What changes are coming to Project Management Professional (PMP) Exam in December 2019
  • What is the best way to pass pmp exam
  • And also some of the differentiators between PMP and other exams

 

(This interview was originally published on The Project Management Podcast.)

Posted on: July 24, 2019 06:50 AM | Permalink | Comments (4)
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