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PMP Exam Simulator - why should i use it while preparing for PMP certification?

Limited Time Offer for PMP aspirants: 10% off PMP Exam Simulator in April!

Getting PMI CAPM® Certified in 5 Steps! - Updated!

How To Prep For The PMP® Exam And Pass First Time

March Super Discount on PMAspire PMP Exam Simulator - up to 15%!

Getting PMI CAPM® Certified in 5 Steps! - Updated!

Getting PMI CAPM® Certified in 5 Steps:

Regardless of your career stage, the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® is an asset that will distinguish you in the job market and enhance your credibility and effectiveness working on — or with — project teams.

Organizations with standardized practices attain better results, as shown in our 2015 Pulse of the Profession® report. Because the CAPM® recognizes your knowledge of the profession’s preeminent global standard, you’ll stand out to employers and be poised to move ahead.

Project management is a rapidly growing profession. Through 2020, 1.57 million new jobs will be created each year and qualified practitioners are in demand. With the CAPM, you’ll be on the fast track to opportunity.

Who Should Apply?

If you’d like to manage larger projects and gain more responsibility or add project management skills into your current role, then the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) is right for you.

CAPM Exam Guidance

To earn your Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® certification, you need to meet the experience and education requirements, and pass the CAPM® examination, a 150-question, multiple-choice test.

Regardless of how advanced your project experience or education might be, you should still prepare vigorously for the exam. Successful CAPM® candidates typically use multiple study aids — including courses, self-study and study groups — and will spend many hours to prepare, so make sure you leave yourself plenty of preparation time before you take the exam.

Step 1: Get familiar with the basic resources:

 

Step 2: Start with PMBOK® Guide but be prepared to move beyond

Study additional sources to supplement the PMBOK® Guide.

Here are our recommendations:

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Step 3: Took a CAPM preparation course and get your required 23 contact hours of project management training.

Here are our recommendations for some good course options (in no particular order!):

Option 1:

CAPM Prep Cast: https://goo.gl/6RNsrA 


What is The PM PrepCast (for CAPM)? It is a videocast with 140 lessons you can access using a tablet, smart phone, computer, or laptop. Once you make your purchase, you will receive a personal link to download the videos. Each videocast is well presented and easy to follow making it easy to study!

 

Option 2:

CAPM Course by SimpliLearn: https://goo.gl/q4X1LQ


This CAPM® training program is designed to ensure that you pass the CAPM® exam in your first attempt. Based on the actual PMBOK® Guide—Edition, the course delivers knowledge of the five process groups and ten knowledge areas as prescribed by PMI®.

The CAPM® certification is valid across industries and is recognized worldwide. This certification will validate your fundamental knowledge of project management and its processes.

The CAPM® training program is ideal for Project Management aspirants who are keen on taking their newly acquired skills to a new level on a global platform. This certification is best suited for:

    Project Associates and Executives

    Any professional aspiring to be a Project Manager

 

Option 3:

CAPM KnowledgeHut:  https://goo.gl/yYb5Gb

CAPM® demonstrates your understanding of the principles and terminology of Project Management Institute, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)-Fifth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc., 2013, the standard of project management’s generally recognized good practices.

PMI® members gain many benefits from being part of the world’s largest project manager member association. They can stay tuned to what is happening locally, regionally and globally in the project management profession by reading all the industry publications delivered directly to their inbox. PMI® members can also access thousands of e-books, articles, white papers, trade publications and more to keep their project skills sharp.

 

Step 4: Finalize your study and preparation.

Quiz yourself using a CAPM Exam Simulator, flashcards and study tables, review your notes from course and take lots of practice exams.

CAPM® Exam Simulator

Anytime. Anywhere. Any Device.

Best Simulator for the CAPM Exam

Prepare for and feel 100% confident to pass your Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® Exam by using The CAPM® Exam Simulator.

The simulator gives you access to 750 realistic CAPM exam sample questions (5 exams) in an online environment. Question difficulty and style is very close to any question that you will encounter on your actual exam. A team of certified project managers not only developed all questions to be as close to the real things as possible, but they are also updated them to the latest CAPM Exam Content Outline as well as the most recent PMBOK® Guide.

… and it's the only simulator that offers Live Feedback™!

CAPM Simulator: https://goo.gl/Z3qwNx

You may try it for free: FREE CAPM Simulator: https://goo.gl/BoHKLY

 Additional prep material:

 

Step 5: Take the exam and earn your CAPM®!

All the best!

Posted on: March 15, 2017 08:55 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Generational Sensitivity and Diversity - you need to know about for the PMP exam!

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Today’s workforce is made up of more generations than ever before. You might find yourself working with five generations on your project team. So on today’s modern it’s imperative for you to apply generational sensitivity and diversity-awareness to your project teams.

This article will show you what that means and how it affects your projects. It will also look at how cultural sensitivity has an impact on Human Resource Management, Communications Management and Stakeholder Management on your projects: Three large areas of content in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide).

This article is based on an interview that was recorded with Margaret Meloni, PMP. The interview was done because “Generational Sensitivity and Diversity” was recently added to the Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam Content Outline and Margaret is a respected expert on soft skills. Also, those currently studying for their exam have to expect questions around this topic not only in their PMP Exam Prep but even on the actual exam.

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Contents

1. GENERATIONAL DIVERSITY IN THE WORKPLACE
2. GENERATIONAL DYNAMICS AND PROJECT RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
3. PROJECT COMMUNICATIONS MANAGEMENT AND THE MULTI-GENERATIONAL WORKPLACE
4. GENERATIONAL SENSITIVITY AND STAKEHOLDER MANAGEMENT
5. HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR CULTURAL DIVERSITY AWARENESS

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Posted on: March 07, 2017 08:49 AM | Permalink | Comments (8)

Your timeline to become a PMP in 2017 - before the exam will change in 2018!

As you may know the PMP Exam will change in the beginning of 2018 based on the upcoming sixth Edition of the PMBoK Guide (release is planned in Q3/2017; for details about the upcoming changes please refer to this article: PMBOK® Guide 6th Edition will be released in Q3/2017 - what will change? - UPDATED! ).

If you plan to become a PMP in 2017 you should assure to obtain this certification towards the end of 2017! You may ask yourself "why that? What is the reason for this pressure?". Well, the changes coming with the new PMBoK Guide Edition will be significant and so the PMP exam changes (the new PMP exam is expected to become valid in the Beginning of 2018!) will be significant too.

We all know that the preparation for the PMP exam needs time and dedication and if you do prepare based on the actual prep material available (which is all based on the actual 5th Edition of the PMBoK Guide!) then you need to assure to obtain the credential toward the end of 2017 and before the new exam will be in place, right?!

Of course all the providers for the PMP preparation material will update their materials to be aligned to the 6th Edition of the PMBoK Guide, but like we know from the past it will take some time for those updates and we can expect that the new courses/simulators/books/flash cards and so on will not be completely ready in time. Some may need towards the mid of 2018 to completely align their materials to the new PMP Exam version. This can cause you to start your preparation later in 2018 then you might have planned to.

The generic timeline in our picture at the top of this article shows you an example of a rough study plan and it shows you also, that you should not loose any time to start your preparations know!

Yes, there is some time buffer involved, but you will need this, trust us!

Well, a wise man said sometimes: "Always start with the end in mind!" and so let's do it this way:

 Exam Date:

While creating this timeline we had assumed that you want to have the option for using all of the offered three attempts (of course we hope that you just need the first try but you will never know). This is also kind of a backup plan in the case you may fail the first or even the second try.

Between the exam dates we have 4 weeks left to re-focus and additional practicing. Of course we could shorten this time frame later when the available time is getting short. But from our perspective there should be at least 2 weeks between the trys.

Ok, now let's switch back to the start of your PMP journey.

First of all you should

prepare your learning environment:

You should take your PMP preparation as a project on it's own and as you are a professional already (otherwise you wouldn't fulfill the PMP Exam requirements, right?) you should be professional here as well. That means that you would prepare your learning environment and create all the preconditions (including your personal learning strategy!) for a successful undertaking.

You can find detailed instructions and guidance for creating your learning environment within the first section of our "let me be your PMP prep guide"-program.

If you do not want to participate in the complete program you could alternatively download the Section 1 out of the program from here (of course for free!):

 > Download Section 1 <

If you have finished this task you will

start your preparations (KA1 - KA10):

Now you will start deep diving into the several "knowledge areas" (KA's) mentioned in the PMBoK Guide and your prep books. Of course you could follow the PMBoK Guide structure here (and most PMP exam prep books are structured in the same way), BUT we would highly recommend NOT to start with "Project Integration Management" (what would be the first KA in the PMBoK Guide!

In our "let me be your PMP prep guide"-program we do follow another sequence and we do also explain why this makes a lot more sense from our perspective (but in the end it is your personal decision of course!).

To support your studying you should utilize a complementary training course which will also help you to fulfill the PMP exam application requirement regarding the 35 "contact hours"!

You can do this either by joining a live class/boot camp or alternatively by using one of the available online training courses (mostly much more less expensive than live classes!)

Here are some recommendations for such online training courses:

Prep Cast:http://goo.gl/KUPFBG
Izenbrigde PMP Course: http://goo.gl/9kjrXK

 

If you have worked through all the content you should start

intensive practicing:

We can't underline this more: The key to PMP exam success is: practice, practice and practice! And to maximize your chance to succeed we do always strongly recommend using a professional online exam simulator. Yes, this may need to invest some bucks, but this will definitely pay off, trust us. We know this from our own experience!

Of course you should also practicing while working through the several KA's (i.e. by doing the end of chapter questions provided in every good prep book). But know is the time to really simulate the PMP exam situation. This does mean that you should do several (at least three!) full timed and full loaded exam simulations (200 Questions/4 hours).

And professional online exam simulators are designed and optimized to do exactly this!.

By utilizing such a simulator (or may be even two different ones) you will be able to assess your exam readiness by analyzing your mock exam results intensively (and those simulators will provide you the tools for this analysis!).

Here are our recommendations for the best available PMP exam simulators available out there:

 

#1: PMP Exam Simulator:http://goo.gl/9jh79N
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other discounted PMAspire Simulator packages an be found here:

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And if you feel ready finally it has come the time to go for your first try.

We wish you all the best for your PMP exam preparation journey and much success for your exam taking in 2017!

 

PS: This post and of course the timeline will be updated on a regular basis over the course of 2017; at least monthly.

Posted on: February 23, 2017 10:08 AM | Permalink | Comments (9)

17% off this January 2017 for new The PMI-ACP® Exam Simulator!

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17% off this January 2017 for new The PMI-ACP® Exam Simulator!

What are the features of the new PMI-ACP® Exam Simulator?
It has 4 simulated exams of 120 questions each. A total of 480 exam questions. Covers 7 domains of the PMI-ACP® Exam. Live feedback available for student feedback on the simulator questions.

What will students get?
• 90-day access to PMI-ACP® Exam Simulator realistic questions.
• Exam course of advanced Project Management Institute (PMI)® exam strategies.
• Sample exam score worksheet for monitoring exam practice results.
• Contact Hour worksheet to tally your contact hours.
• Forum access for discussions with other students.
• Exam Tips newsletter.

Will students get the complete sets in January?
No, it will be a progressive release. Here is the timeline for the release of the simulated exam sets:
• Exam sets 1 & 2 with 120 each questions will be released on January 2017. Price will be $59 for 90-day access and $220 if bundled with Agile PrepCast (Elite package).
• Exam set 3 will be released on February 2017. With a total of 360 questions, it will then be sold at $79 for 90-day access and $230 as Elite package.
• Exam set 4 available by April 2017. Complete package price will be $99 for a total of 480 questions to access for 90 days. Elite package price becomes $240.

Our Recommendation: Purchase either The PM Exam Simulator or the "Elite" bundle in January, even if you are planning to take the PMI-ACP Exam in April or later. This makes financial sense because your 90-day access only begins when you take the first exam/quiz in the simulator. So you can buy it in January and then simply wait until April (or later) to take your first exam. This will allow you to access all 4 Exams with a total of 480 Questions (starting in April), but you only paid the price for 2 exams! It's the cheapest you can get it.

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Posted on: January 26, 2017 10:13 AM | Permalink | Comments (3)

Introducing "MP4PM-MindmaPping for ProjectManagement" - Part III

In Part III of the Introduction of our “MP4PM – Mind mapping for Project Management”we will not only provide you the next general “MP4PM” features; we will also introduce you the next deliverable/result of “MP4PM” so you can already see how “MP4PM” will work and look like.

If you have missed the first two Parts of our Introduction you should first have a look here:

Introducing "MP4PM-MindmaPping for ProjectManagement" - Part I

Introducing "MP4PM-MindmaPping for ProjectManagement" - Part II

 

Now let’s have a look on the next general features “MP4PM” will provide you:

MP4PM Intro part three

Not bad, right? Well, there is still a lot to come ... 1.1.2 MP4PM review Business Case

 

OK, let’s come back to the next installment of “MP4PM”. Again we had great support of the projectmanagement.com community and so we had just released the Version 1.0 of the second deliverable (to use project management wording). This time it is a map/template what should support you as a project manager in reviewing the business case/documents which are often the basis for a project initiation, right?

And so the map/template is called “review business case”.

We have promised, that “MP4PM” will be closely aligned tot the PMBoK Guide and the business case or equivalent documents are known as PMBoK Guide develop charter flow chartan input to the “develop project charter” process in the PMBoK Guide fifth edition, right?

We have done a version 1.0 already, but of course - like the complete “MP4PM” framework - this deliverable will be continuously improved and developed further. If you want to participate in this development, please feel free to add your valuable inputs in the corresponding discussion threads at the end of this posting. Any feedback is highly appreciated!

You can access an interactive online version of the “review business case” map here (or just by clicking on the picture above):

http://www.projectmanagement.plus/mp4pmmaps/1.1.2%20MP4PM%20review%20Business%20Case.html

Please use this version for review only.

If you want to use the map and/or work with it, then please download it from here:

http://projectmanagement.plus/en/mp4pm/mp4pm-downloads

For downloading the map/files you need to be logged in on projectmanagement.plus.

“review business case” is not only available as .mmap (what is the MindManager file format, but could also be opened with Xmind for instance), it is also provided in several other formats like the usual MS Office formats for instance.

Please try out and let us know your feedback/critic and/or additions; highly appreciated!

In our next blog we will introduce you the next “MP4PM” features and may be we will talking already about the next deliverable what is actually work in progress.

Until next time ... ;)

 

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If you want to contribute to the map please refer to the following discussion threads; we have created one discussion thread for each branch in the map for a better overview:

Posted on: December 21, 2016 10:09 AM | Permalink | Comments (8)
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